Artwork of Beth Thomas Coming to Crisp Museum


by News Bureau on Friday, Sep. 13, 2013

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 13, 2013 – “Beth Thomas: Transition Spaces 13.2” will be on display beginning Sept. 27 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 p.m. Oct. 4 with an artist’s talk scheduled for 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 8.

“I think of my assemblages as a glimpse into the past, typically objects from my childhood, those objects I consider are a part of my pop culture,” Thomas said. “Within the assemblage I try to incorporate my drawings, paintings, photographs and other media to compliment the object highlighted.”

Thomas graduated from Southeast with a Bachelor of Science in education in 1991. She then went on to receive her Master of Arts in secondary education in 2003.

Thomas has had her art displayed in many Cape Girardeau, Mo., galleries, including Lorimer Gallery, Hunter Valley Winery and Black Door Gallery. Her work was featured in a solo exhibition entitled “A Self Portrait: Influences of the African Ceremonial Mask” in Kent Library. In addition to her solo exhibitions, Thomas has been a part of many group exhibitions at local galleries in Cape Girardeau, Sikeston, Mo., New Madrid, Mo., Paducah, Ky., and Poplar Bluff, Mo.

“My arrangements are schematic, inviting the viewers to look back at their own childhood experiences: what object, toy, game, candy takes you back or connects the viewer to the art itself,” Thomas said.

Thomas has also been a part of many street painting installations, the most recent being at the Missouri Botanical Gardens in St. Louis, Mo.

In 2011, Thomas was awarded the Missouri Art Educator of the Year, and in 1990, she was the president of Student Missouri State Teachers Association. In 2008, her work was featured on the show “Save Our History” on The History Channel.

“Often referencing American history, my work explores the varying relationships between popular culture and fine art,” Thomas said. “Artists such as Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Joseph Carnell play an integral role in my creations.”

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email