Artist Gary Lang to Speak at Gallery Closing Reception


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Oct. 3, 2008 — The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host a closing reception for “Gary Lang: Out Standing Time” from 4-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10 in the Museum.

Lang will give a gallery talk at 5 p.m., discussing his pieces which have been created within the past five years. Refreshments will be provided.

Recently, 28 patrons, youth to adult, took part in the Tuesdays at the Museum program focusing on Lang’s artwork, which was introduced by a fun and engaging seek-and-find. The class then created their own paintings inspired by Lang’s work. Several commented on the complexity, planning, and patience Lang must embrace as he creates his pieces whether large or small.

Lang is a California-based painter and an outstanding colorist whose large, abstract canvases are visually stimulating and intellectually engaging. A digital piece is also included in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on display until Sunday, Oct. 12.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by David Pagel, Los Angeles Times art critic and chair of the Art Department at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, Calif., and an introduction by Dr. Stanley Grand, former director of the Crisp Museum, accompanies this exhibition and may be purchased. Financial assistance for this project has been provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, at 518 S. Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. Museum hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on weekends.

For additional information about the exhibition or the Tuesdays at the Museum program, contact the museum at, (573) 651-2260, or visit