Michael Faris: Transition Spaces 17.2 Opens Aug. 25 in Crisp Museum


Michael Faris: Transition Spaces 17.2 opens Friday, Aug. 25, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to the opening reception scheduled for 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The exhibit will remain on display through Oct. 22. Admission is free.

Faris chronicles actual events or fictional allegories that involve contemporary or historical people doing terrible things. His interests include combating violence, enforcing civil rights for everyone and working against concepts that create oppression or discrimination including racism, sexism and ageism.

“As long as there are bad people in the world, I will have plenty of subject matter for artwork for the next several hundred years,” Faris said.

Faris mainly creates oil paintings, drawings, sculptures and monoprints.

“Before I begin a work, I plan, sketch and rehearse the composition over and over in my mind for weeks, months and sometimes years,” he said. “I take photographs, print images from the Internet and arrange the subject matter in my mind before I begin. By the time I actually start the piece, the hard part is over.”

Faris earned a Bachelor of Science in art education and a Master of Science in Education with an emphasis in art from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. He earned a doctorate in art education at Indiana University-Bloomington.

Faris has exhibited his work in locations throughout the Midwest including St. Louis, Missouri, Centralia, Illinois, Ullin, Illinois, Marion, Illinois, Harrisburg, Illinois, Carbondale, Illinois, Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, and Herrin, Illinois.

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, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu.