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Now through Aug.16, 2021 Hours Weekday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat-Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Closed July 3-5, Sept. 3-5, Nov. 24-28, 2021 and Dec 23, 2021-Jan.2, 2022
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m., but not Sept. 3-5, 2021.
Open late in conjunction with certain evening River Campus events/performances also.

When you visit Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, masks, social distancing, and directional traffic flow are in use. 

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tours may be scheduled by calling (573) 651-2260.

Activities & Lectures

(check details for possible preregistration, age limit, and possible fee)

Small Group Adult Art Class (fee and preregistration required)
Ongoing Weekly on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m.
Fee and pre-registration required. Contact Curator of Education, Ellen Flentge about availability.

This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture an others. Painting styles include abstract, representational and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

*Plein Air Oil Painting Instruction for Beginners  Indoor/Outdoor
May 10, 17, 24, 31   from 10 a.m.-Noon, ages 16 and up
*$30 fee due by May 5 at Crisp Museum. Workshop led by Ellen Flentge.

Each class starts by watching a demo painting started in various locations. It only takes an inspiration, a quick sketch, color mixing, and a simplified painting to capture the true brilliance of nature and more specifically, light. Each of those steps can contain tremendous amounts of knowledge. Big issues such as color mixing, wind, light affecting vision and light constantly changing, standing/sitting, wet canvas and pallet, and uneven ground will be introduced. Start a painting on your own following that Monday's instruction. Determine shapes, value, intensity, and temperature. Your work is to be shared for critique at the beginning of the next class. Participants may paint indoors as they look outdoors or be outside. Should you have access to a french easel, use it, but it is not required. This class will require 8"x10" canvases, a dual primary oil paint pallet plus white, black, and burnt umber, with a range of bristle and synthetic brushes and a paint knife.
Contact Flentge or 573.651.2260 with questions.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Watercolor Workshops led by Brenda Seyer
(FILLED TO MAXIMUM ) June 12 and 13, from 1-4p.m., for Adults
June 26 and 27, from 1-4 p.m. for High School age
Preregistration and a $25 fee is due by June 5. Seating is limited. A supply list will be provided.

 During this workshop, taught by local artist Brenda Seyer, participants will explore watercolor’s abilities as they create practice works with their own creativity and from reference images.

The use of watercolor can be purposeful where the painter manipulates pigments with other materials or as carefree as letting the pigment flow across the surface with minimal manipulation.

Seyer’s workshops are for an introductory level painter. The adult session includes instructions in painting realistic objects, animals, and landscapes. The high school session covers a variety of techniques and methods of creating with watercolor.

In both sessions, Seyer will demonstrate how watercolor can create a variety of images, from solid to translucent and light to dark, using single and multiple colors.

Register and pay online at Additional questions can be answered by email or phone, or (573) 651-2260.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Summer Arts Festival June 19, 10a.m. - 5p.m.
Crisp Museum Contests:

Step outside and experience artists capturing nature, history, and the entertainment of visual and performing arts.
Entry fee is $15 per artwork with a max of 2 entries per artist
Paper or canvas is to be stamped 10-11 a.m.
Painting is to occur on River Campus grounds between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Works will be turned in by 3 p.m. and displayed in the lobby of the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum during the afternoon.
Prize winners are announced at 4 p.m.

This contest is free. Ages 6 and over may enter the contest. Those under 6 may draw for fun.
Supplies will be provided while they last.
Image must be contained within the designated space.
Drawing must occur between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Prize winners are announced at 3 p.m. after judging by Craig Thomas professional street painter.
$25 cash prizes will be awarded for Best Summer Theme in each age group:
Children ages 6 to 12
Students ages 13 to 17
Adults age 18 and over
SUGGESTED SUPPLIES Hat, sunscreeen, image or rendering, yardstick, tape measure and chalk line, latex gloves, pillow, carpet square or kneeling pad, kneepads, water and lunch,* additional pastels depending on supplies

*Chartwells food and drink will be available for purchase.
Join us for our most popular festival featuring displays, exhibitions, and activities pertaining to the visual and performing arts and media. The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, magic, visual arts displays, family-friendly art, museum exhibitions, musical instruments, and more. The event is free and open to all ages. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
“We are very excited to host another great festival showcasing the work of artists from across our region, and giving the community an opportunity to celebrate the arts and visit the River Campus, enjoying all it has to offer,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, dean of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media. “There is something for everyone of all ages. From engaging live performances to hands-on art activities and competitions, families and art lovers can be a part of this special day.”

Rocket Workshop
Three weekends, July 10-24 1-4 p.m., for Ages 10 and up.
Preregistration with $20 fee is due by July 3, 2021. Seating is limited. Supplies will be provided, and no experience is required.

Group A meets July 10, 17, and 24
Group B meets July 11, 18, and 24 
It really is rocket science! Participants won't just learn about the science and technology of rockets in the three-weekend workshop, but will also construct a 12 inch, Estes Viking rocket model to launch and take home.

Week 1 includes wing shape testing with straw rockets, and the beginning of the Viking model.
Week 2 includes a trajectory lesson and finishing the model.
Week 3  will be the launch date. Both groups meet Saturday July 24, 1-4 p.m.

Workshop leaders are Gary Tyler and Jim Phillips. 
Click "Register for Classes" at to check availability and pay to be registered. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.Questions: contact Gary or (573) 651-2260.

The Beckwith Memorial Lecture
Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
September 16, 2022
Free and open to the public.
Although gender has become an increasingly important focus of archaeological inquiry over the last several decades, the specific roles of motherhood and infancy in ancient cultures have remained underexplored. This research combines data from old excavations with newer ideas about gender, fertility, and associated phenomena in the late prehistoric Mississippian tradition in southeast Missouri in order to provide a more complete picture of how Mississippian women navigated their lives as mothers, particularly in their experiences of reproduction, childbirth, and caregivers to infants.


Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
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River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701