‘Proximity’ Explores Human Connections in Catapult Student Artist of the Month Exhibit


“Proximity,” an exhibition of paintings by Southeast Missouri State University student artist Amber Huckaba, is the first exhibit in the Student Artist of the Month Fall 2021 exhibition season at Southeast’s Catapult Creative House.

The exhibition is currently on view on the second floor of Catapult Creative House and will remain on display through Sept. 3, with an exhibition reception that evening from 5-9 p.m. Face coverings are required.

Huckaba is a senior fine arts major with an emphasis in painting from Fredericktown, Missouri. Her work is part traditional portraiture and part metaphor. Using the human form, ambiguous environments and physical relationships, Huckaba produces powerful and moving paintings with mysterious narratives. Within in these vignettes, she hints at the importance of interacting with those around us and the physical, mental and emotional connections that are starved without human contact.

As a part of a program to promote community-based and integrated art making, a student artist is chosen to exhibit his or her work each month at Catapult Creative House’s Student Studio Gallery. These exhibitions will showcase a range of work from individual artists that highlights their personal and professional artistic explorations as a part of the southeast Missouri art community. These artists explore the physicality of the human condition, its relationship to nature and the role of art in contemporary society.

Attendees are welcome to tour the entire Catapult facilities including Southeast’s Department of Art and Design student studios and gallery, which currently feature multimedia work by Southeast student artist Ashlyn Kinman. Visitors are also invited to browse the merchandise in the Shoppe, which features student work and local business products.

Catapult Creative House is located at 612 Broadway, Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public.