Sarah Riley to Display Artwork in Crisp Museum


Sarah Riley, Pschic Adventurer copy 2CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 17, 2014 – “Sarah Riley: A Retrospective” will open May 2 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. May 2.

Southeast’s printmaking professor Sarah Riley will display her artwork through June 22. This retrospective exhibition will span 20 years of her paintings and prints.

Riley states, “In my prints, drawings and paintings, I work with certain objects and images either imagined or from photos and currently early Italian Renaissance art that contain within them an evocation of longing and commemorative urges. Recently, I photographed an admirable tree in the Boboli Gardens, Florence. It was aged, craggy, bulging; a great shape due to many years of close, semi-destructive and therefore transformative pruning. Devoid of leaves, the early spring ones having been cut away along with many branches, its color was starkly white against the dark grass-green hill. To me it was beautiful; struggle and beauty in the face of restriction — good place to start for a drawing.”

Riley has been an artist-professor at Southeast since 1994. She teaches courses in printmaking, figure drawing, two-dimensional design and watercolor/mixed-media. She has chaired two departments of art, at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and at Southeast from 1994 to 2000. She has a master’s degree and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Virginia Commonwealth University. She has completed additional studies at Temple University/Tyler School of Art’s extension in Rome and at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colo.

Riley has received two fellowships to paint at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt. Primarily a painter and printmaker, her works are in many collections around the world, including the Springfield Art Museum, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for the Graphic Arts in Portland, Ore., the Kansas Watercolor Society and First National Bank’s Important Missouri Artists Collection in Columbia, Mo. She is a signature member and board member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society and previously owned and curated exhibitions for Fountain Street Gallery in Cape Girardeau, a gallery of contemporary art.

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 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. on weekends. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email