River Campus Art Gallery Opens 2019-2020 Season with Rohr-Lovell Sculptures


An exhibit of mixed media sculptures featuring the work of the artist team of Danny Rohr and Jamie Lovell will be on display in the Southeast Missouri State University River Campus Art Gallery in September.

“Danny Rohr and Jam Lovell” will open Sept. 6 with an artist’s talk at 4:30 p.m. and a reception from 5-7 p.m. in the gallery as a part of First Friday arts activities in downtown Cape Girardeau. The exhibit will remain on display through Sept. 22.

Rohr and Lovell are an artist team whose work is derived from the influences of personal relationships, nostalgia and material explorations. Together, they own Black Dog Metal Arts, LLC in Peoria, Illinois.

“We are excited to have Southeast alumnus Danny Rohr return to Southeast along with his exhibition partner Jam Lovell,” said Justin Miller, associate professor of art and exhibitions coordinator. “The Exhibition Committee in the Department of Art and Design thought this would be a great opportunity to showcase the work of two artists earlier in their exhibition careers.  I would expect viewers to experience a show that utilizes many non-traditional materials and taps into many unconventional notions of what art can be.”

Lovell works as the gallery curator and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Illinois Central College. She holds a Bachelor of Science in painting with a minor in psychology from Illinois State University, a Master of Arts from Eastern Illinois University and a Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from Southern Illinois University.

Her work is an exploration of her relationships with others and is inspired by her poetry, making her sculptures a visual representation of her written work. She uses cast iron to represent the resilience of relationships and hand knit material to denote comfort, safety and familiarity.

Her work has been included in Expose Art Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Blue Room Magazine, season six of “Expressions” on PBS and the “Studio Break” podcast. She has been a resident at the Art Farm in Marquette, Nebraska, and has exhibited her work nationally, including in Las Vegas, Nevada; Chicago, Illinois; St. Louis, Missouri; Birmingham, Alabama; and Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Rohr is a 2013 graduate of Southeast Missouri State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture. His work focuses on metal fabrication, woodworking, welding, casting, ceramics, painting and illustrating.

During his years at Southeast, he exhibited works in the Lodo’s Design Exhibition, Open Studio Night, the Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, Cateye Glasses Studio’s “Identimotion” and “Earth, Wind, Design,” the Impressionist Painting Exhibition, West Bank Bistro’s Advanced Painting Exhibition and the Graduating BFA Exhibition.

He has constructed gallery space for a printmaking conference Southeast; was a member of the Mudhawks, Southeast’s ceramists’ organization; was a fabrication to Chris Wubbena, Southeast professor of sculpture; and collaborated with graduating dance students to create a kinetic sculpture. He was a sculpture studio assistant and a theatre sculpture designer/fabricator for Southeast’s Spring Into Dance. He also has installed a series of ornamental architectural friezes at the Rush Limbaugh Sr. Courthouse in Cape Girardeau.

Rohr has served as an installation assistant on a number of occasions, including with Chris Wubbena, Southeast professor of sculpture, on a faculty show exhibition; with Lovell’s RAW Art Show in Chicago; and with the Cape Girardeau Outdoor Sculpture Competition.

In 2015, he earned a Master of Arts from Eastern Illinois University (EIU). During his graduate studies, he had solo shows at The Plant Lady’s Corner and Latitudes Fair Trade Store, both in Cape Girardeau. He also exhibited works in the EIU Graduate Showcase at the Paper Café in Charleston, Illinois; the Sculpture/Painting Showcase with Lovell at The Speakeasy Art Center in Pekin, Illinois; and the Repositioning group show at the Indi Go Gallery in Champaign, Illinois.

He also holds a Master of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University.

The River Campus Art Gallery is located on the first floor of the historic Seminary Building in Room 106. River Campus Art Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-7 p.m. on First Fridays. All gallery exhibitions, events and talks are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Justin Miller at rcgallerycoordinator@semo.edu or (573) 651-2865.