‘Ron Clayton: Retrospective’ Exhibition Opening Nov. 6 in Museum


Photo of a piece of artwork to be included in the Clayton exhibition opening Nov. 6 in the Crisp Museum.

This piece will be on display in the exhibit, “Ron Clayton:  Retrospective,” opening Nov. 6 at the River Campus.


Oct. 19, 2009 – The Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum will feature the exhibition, “Ron Clayton:  Retrospective” opening Nov. 6 at the River Campus.

On Friday, Nov. 6, the public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m.  Clayton is scheduled to give a gallery talk at 6 p.m.  The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 24.

This retrospective exhibition spans 20 years of painting by Southeast Missouri State University’s painting Professor Ronald Clayton.  The paintings in the exhibition evolve from early abstractions to representation.  The artwork references 19th century paintings of architectural ruins while combining modern art sensibilities. 

“[The paintings] address contemporary issues, implicate civilization as a house of illusions, warn the human species of its imminent extinction, show the world without us as a place of peace, harmony and balance, say in effect, the earth will be better off without us,” Clayton explained.

A fully illustrated catalogue with an essay by Dr. Stanley Grand, previous Crisp Museum director and current director at the Lancaster Museum of Art in Lancaster, Pa., and an introduction by Peter Cuong Nguyen, director of the Crisp Museum, accompanies this exhibition.

Clayton has a master’s degree in fine arts from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Utah.  He is currently a professor of art at Southeast. 

In addition to teaching, Clayton maintains an active exhibition record of solo, group, juried and invitational exhibitions.  Selected exhibitions include “New Art of the West,” Eiteljorg Museum, Indiana; “Balanced on the Line, Paintings by Ron Clayton,” Fine Arts Center Gallery, Arkansas; “Utah Art, Utah Artists, a 150 Year Survey,” Springfield Museum of Art, Utah; “The Art of Collecting,” Sonoma Museum of Visual Art, California; “With an Eye Turned Inward,” Gwenda Jay/Addington Gallery, Chicago; “Ronald Clayton,” Phillips Gallery, Utah; “Ronald Clayton,” Na Un Gallery, Korea; and “Landscape Now,” Gallery V, Ohio.

For more information on the exhibition, e-mail museum@semo.edu, call (573) 651-2260, or visit www.semo.edu/museum/.