‘Recent Acquisitions’ Opens May 11 at Crisp Museum


“Recent Acquisitions,” an exhibition of recently donated artworks and artifacts, opens Friday, May 11, 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. May 11. The exhibit will remain on display through June 24. Admission is free.

“Viewers to the exhibition will see recent acquisitions of the museum, including colorful abstract paintings, sculpture, abstract and minimalist photographs and Pre-Columbian artifacts,” says Peter Nguyen, director of Crisp Museum and curator of this exhibition.

Ten of the works on display will expand the museum’s Equity Collection. These new gifts owe their beginnings to George and Placed Schriever, who were inspired to support the museum after a visit to Southeast’s campus and the museum. Their generous gift started the museum’s Equity Collection, a compilation of artists from the New York Artists Equity Association. Over the years, the Schrievers have continued to support and donate to this collection.

Regina Stewart, a friend of the Schrievers who was director of the Tamara Kerr Art Bank at the time of their original gift, has worked with Crisp Museum to grow their collection of contemporary fine art. Her relationship with the museum over the years has greatly contributed to the museum and its collections’ successes. Pieces by Jack and Regina Stewart are included in the “Recent Acquisitions” exhibition.

Three painting and three sculptures are the work of Charles Keller. His artwork was donated by his children, Daniel Keller, Marthe Keller and Kathryn Keller Rule.

Also on display are two ceramic pieces by Maria Martinez, which will expand the museum’s existing collection of southwest pottery. This donation comes from Jerry and Martha Erlbacher.

Pieces donated by the family of Paul Corbin will augment the museum’s vast prehistoric collections. Corbin’s collection will continue to be used to educate Southeast students and the local community.

Additionally, two pieces, one pottery and another made of slate, donated by the Casey Family will also be unique additions to the prehistoric collections.

The final pieces displayed in “Recent Acquisitions” include photographs from The Museum Project collection. These works are by Robert von Sternberg, Sheila Pinkel and Suda House.

For more information about the exhibit, visit http://www.semo.edu/museum/exhibitions/2017-2018/recentacquisitions2018.html.

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. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 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.