Traveling Art Exhibition ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Showcases Artwork by Southeast Art Faculty

Photo of Caroline Kahler

Caroline Kahler with her work at the show’s second stop in Lincoln, Kansas.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 3, 2014 – “Rock, Paper, Scissors,” a traveling exhibit consisting of art created by faculty members in the Department of Art at Southeast Missouri State University, is on a tour across the Midwest. Its final stop will be at Southeast, where it will be on display from May 1-June 21, 2015.

“The theme of ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ was chosen in order to accommodate the artistic merits of the faculty on a variety of levels. We discussed a plethora of ways to interpret this theme, among which were taking chances, the game of chance, or a literal interpretation of materials, which would allow the artists to participate in their own way,” said Dr. Caroline Kahler, chair of the Department of Art at Southeast.

Photo of exhibit

Featured images are sculpture by Chris Wubbena, print by Kristin Nowlin, and drawings by Emily Booth.

Faculty members who have work on display are Louise Bodenheimer, Emily Booth, Emily Denlinger, Benjie Heu, Carol Horst, Kahler, Justin Miller, Kristin Powers Nowlin, Hannah Sanders, Kathy Smith and Chris Wubbena. Art historian Joni Hand wrote the forward piece for the exhibition catalogue, designed by Bodenheimer.

The exhibition was on display at the Manhattan Art Center in Manhattan, Kansas, from July 19-Aug. 15. Its second stop was at the Lincoln Art Center in Lincoln, Kansas, from Sept. 5-Oct. 31.

The traveling exhibition will resume next year when it moves states and is set up at the University of Tennessee at Martin in Martin, Tennessee. It will be on exhibit from Jan. 13-30, 2015, and its opening reception will be from 5-6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 13.

Next on its itinerary will be a stop at the University of Southern Indiana, Outreach and Engagement, where it will be housed in the New Harmony Gallery of Contemporary Art in New Harmony, Indiana, from Feb. 28-April 10, 2015.

Finally, the art show will arrive at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast’s River Campus. It will be on display from May 1-June 21, 2015, with an opening reception on May 1, 2015. Crisp Museum is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Kahler came up with the idea to promote the Southeast Department of Art faculty members’ “unique gifts as artists, educators and historians.”

“I believed it would be exciting to combine these into a traveling exhibition that could be shared with a wider audience. I presented this idea to the faculty in the Department of Art, and it evolved into this exhibition,” Kahler said.

Financial support for the exhibition comes from the Offices of the Dean Francisco Barrios, of Liberal Arts; and Rhonda Weller-Stilson, director and associate dean of the Earl and Margie Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts; and the Southeast Department of Art.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Department of Art at (573) 651-2143 or