Southeast Instructor’s Exhibit to Open at Museum Nov. 6

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 26, 2009 – “Emily Booth: Transitions Spaces Series 09.2,” opens Nov. 6 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8:30 p.m. Nov. 6, with a gallery talk by the artist at 5 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 17.

Emily Booth’s exhibition in the Transition Space consists of five new paintings combining ideas of the role of the individual with more recent ideas dealing with the clandestine, subversive, loud and unavoidable guises of street art.  Booth is an instructor of art at Southeast. 

“Because my previous work had included the ‘official’ and ‘serious’ materials of the artist, I actively sought the opposite with this recent body of work,” said Booth.  “I used cruddy acrylic paints, Kraft paints, paint pens and Sharpie markers. I also used the fascinating static vinyl that works like a sticker without adhesive, which is totally clear and seems like a good vehicle for non-defacing graffiti.”

Booth’s paintings focus on isolated visual elements from her earlier work and also combine elements of street and public art.

Booth holds a master of fine art degree in painting from the University of Delaware and a bachelor of fine art degree in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Art.  She also attended Mary Baldwin College’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted.   Booth maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions.  Selected exhibitions include “Feminine Perspective,” Black Door Gallery; “Comments Series,” Street Art Project; “Art Faculty Exhibition,” River Campus Art Gallery, Southeast Missouri State University; “Missouri Art Professors’ Show,” Columbia Arts League; “Pictocrypt,” University Art Gallery, Truman State University; “small works” lo-fi gallery; “Addressing Iraq,” Reitz Union Gallery, University of Florida; “ArtHappens VI: the return of art,” Studio Arts Gallery, University of Delaware; “Secret Spaces,” Hanover Arts and Activities Center.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Mo. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and on weekends from 1-4 p.m. For additional information, visit www.semo.edu/museum/ or call (573) 651-2260.