Transition Spaces 16.2 Opens July 1 in Crisp Museum


Transition Spaces 16.2 opens July 1 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning July 1. The exhibit will feature Zenon Duda, Renee Gordon, Ellen Hahs, Lynn Lancaster and Ann Ritter, who will display two pieces each; one each as a part of this collective exhibition and one each as a part of Cleda Curtis’ ‘From Portraits to Still Life’ exhibit, also opening July 1.

The exhibit will remain on display through August 21. Admission is free.

Zenon Duda

Duda’s studio artwork focuses on sculpture and humanism with an international scope. He is also a multimedia performance artist. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.

Duda’s performance artwork has been displayed in Venice, Italy and St. Louis, Missouri. His artwork is also displayed as public works, museum collections and private collections in Honduras, France, England and the U.S.

Renee Gordon

Gordon was born and raised in Marble Hill, Missouri and received her Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Southeast. She is the owner and operator of Flesh Hound Tattoo Studio in Cape Girardeau. Gordon has been a student of Curtis for the past eight years, studying portraiture and still-life painting.

Earlier this year, Gordon opened an art studio and established the Gravel Hill School of Art in Burfordville, Missouri, where she teaches and sponsors workshops by leading artists. The grand opening event featured Don Sahli, a nationally acclaimed artist.

Ellen Hahs

A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Hahs received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast. She spent several years teaching, with an emphasis in art, before her interest in art brought her back to the University, where she completed an internship at the Crisp Museum. In 2005, she became an outreach specialist and presented educational exhibits on the Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum.

Currently, Hahs is curator of education for the Crisp Museum. She develops education programming, including workshops, lectures, family days, and adult and children’s art classes for the museum. Hahs has been a student of Curtis for the past 15 years.

Lynn Lancaster

A native of southeast Missouri and currently living in Sikeston, Lancaster’s artwork focuses on rural life. He uses his emotional attachment to the subjects of his paintings to tell a story or to evoke a memory. Cotton fields, old barns and old trucks are some of his favorite subjects. Lancaster often works with oil and watercolor paints, but also uses pens and inks to creature artwork of historical structures in and around the Sikeston area.

Lancaster has studied under Beth Huber, who taught him the building blocks of a good painting and to develop his own style of painting. He has also studied under Billy O’Donnell, a ‘plein aire’ artist and author, as well as participated in workshops with Roger Bansemer and Don Sahli. Lancaster is currently a student of Curtis, studying design, value, and color temperature and harmony.

Ann Ritter

A native of Cape Girardeau, Ritter is a graduate of Cape Central High School and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She has studied at the Scottsdale Art School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Loveland Art Academy in Loveland, Colorado. She has also spent many years as a student of Curtis.

Ritter primarily uses oil paints and her artwork focuses on still-life painting. She has been a board member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and a member of the Visual Arts Co-operative. She and her husband, Dr. Raymond Ritter, host art exhibits and work together on paintings.

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 5 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