Crisp Museum Hosting Art Contests at River Campus 2021 Summer Arts Festival


The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus will host a number of activities, including two art competitions during the River Campus Summer Arts Festival on June 19.

The Museum will be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., during which visitors will have the opportunity to compete in plein air and street chalk painting events.

The plein air contest will feature one category – landscape/cityscape. Painters ages 10 and up must start and complete their pieces on the River Campus grounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

A registration fee of $15 per piece is required at Artists are asked to furnish their own supplies.

Artists may submit up to two works in the plein air contest that must be stamped by Museum staff is required for judging. Finished pieces must be turned in to Crisp Museum by 3 p.m., when judging will begin. Framing is not required. Winners will be announced at 4 p.m., and cash awards — $50 for first place and $25 for second place.

The street chalk painting “avenue of art” will begin at 10 a.m. and is free for all ages to participate. Artists may enter the competition at or on the day of the Festival. Children under six may participate but their artwork will not be judged. Entries will be judged by local artist Craig Thomas.

Thanks to the sponsorship of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum, Thomas also will create his own piece during the Festival.

Sidewalk chalk artists will be given a box of 24 soft pastels and a concrete space to create their respective entries. Images must be contained within that square.

Participants are encouraged to wear a hat and sunscreen and to bring an image or rendering with them from which to work. Other recommended supplies that participants should consider bring are a yardstick, tape measure and chalk line, latex gloves, a pillow, carpet square or kneeling pad, kneepads, water and additional pastels if necessary. Judging will take place at 2 p.m. and winners will be announced at 3 p.m.

Cash prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Ages 6-12 ($25)
  • Ages 13-17 ($25)
  • Ages 18 and over ($25)

Throughout the day, visitors to the Museum are encouraged to enjoy a Department of Art and Media faculty exhibition, selections from the permanent collection on display in the lobby, artifact touch tables and craft demonstrations.

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, Missouri.