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Catapult cultivates creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship by connecting interdisciplinary teams of students, faculty, and practitioners in a rich array of courses, collaborative projects and competitions, and a commercial learning laboratory that immerses students into the creative entrepreneurship process. For more information or to book the space please contact Catapult Operations Manager Leah Powers 573-290-5370.


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The Catapult Gallery is a cross-disciplinary, cross-departmental collaborative space linking the creative spirit of art with a wide range of diverse endeavors. Located in Catapult Creative House, a one of a kind creative arts and industries incubator, the Gallery is a 790 square foot space with movable walls located under a two-story skylight. The Catapult Gallery offers diverse exhibitions, lectures, gallery talks, and other activities to the Cape Girardeau and University communities. Catapult Creative House is handicapped accessible. All exhibitions, lectures, and events are free and open to the public.

Coordinator: Dr. Joni Hand

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Student Studios

Catapult Creative House provides students with a unique arts environment to work on individual and entrepreneurial artistic endeavors. The space includes individual studios with worktables and locker storage, as well as 24-hour access to computers equipped with Adobe Suite. Through a competitive application process, student artists are selected based on quality of work and proposed contribution to the community and Catapult Creative House. Studio participants are encouraged to use the space to push themselves artistically while also promoting their work through the Catapult Retail Space, monthly exhibitions, and various other Catapult events.

Coordinator: Dr. Joni Hand

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Students' Pop-Up Shop

In connection with Catapult exhibition receptions, the Catapult Creative House Student Studio artists present a monthly Pop-Up Shop. This retail space presents the opportunity for visitors to purchase one-of-a-kind prints, handmade jewelry and wearables, ceramics, and unique works of art. Created by the participating artists, these individual works of art help reinforce the entrepreneurial and community-based nature of Catapult Creative House.

Coordinator: Dr. Joni Hand

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Catapult Press

Catapult Press is integrally involved in helping young artists learn how to be entrepreneurs by providing space, equipment, and opportunities to learn the art of letterpress printing. These facilities are available for Southeast Missouri State University students and faculty as well as community members through participation in workshops and studio memberships.

Coordinator: Hannah Sanders

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Visiting Artist Program

The Catapult Visiting Artist Program seeks to bring professionals, students, educators, and community members together through shared learning experiences with artists from near and far. The Visiting Artist Program has brought in numerous visiting artists ranging from graphic design/letterpress entrepreneurs managing their own businesses and producing posters, labeling, cards, books, and more to art educators and fine artists using letterpress in untraditional ways including large-format sculpture, paper making, and installation art.

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Student Artist of the Month

Catapult Creative House hosts a student artist of the month during the academic year. Each participant installs his/her exhibition, promotes it through social media and printed materials, is available to discuss the work during First Friday events, and uninstalls the exhibition. Each student is also responsible for pricing his/her work and arranging for sold work to be delivered to the buyer. These exhibitions present students with a real-world experience, helping to prepare them for the business of art, which will be an important part of their future careers.

Coordinator: Dr. Joni Hand

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Interior Design

Through Catapult Interiors, students will gain business planning and practical interior design experience that will prepare them for a career in interior design, while providing the community with high-quality interior design services at a discounted rate. All services will be supervised by Dr. Michelle Brune, interim chair of the Department of Art and Design, professor of interior design, and NCIDQ certified interior designer and Ms. Morgan Campbell Schmid, interior design instructor. If you are interested in scheduling interior design services for your home or business, please contact Morgan Campbell Schmid at 573-651-2994.

Coordinator: Morgan Campbell Schmid


River Campus Seminary 104

Department of Art and Design
One University Plaza, MS 7825
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701