Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
The museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Make & Take Activities (While supplies last, free, drop in)

Dec. 7, 2018 Comic Me 4-8 p.m.
Describe your special powers and turn yourself into a comic character
in a drawing you make yourself, or have our character artist draw you.

March 1, 2019 Design Repetition 4-8 p.m.
Use scale techniques to resize and position changes to shift an object
that is repeated in your own original design.

April 5, 2019 3-D Forms with Value Changes 4-8 p.m.
Light and dark color changes can create the optical illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface.

May 3, 2019 (TBA) 4-8 p.m.

Historic Tuesday Talks, 7 p.m.

Please check again later for more updates

  • Nov. 13 John Herrington
    First American Indian (Chickasaw) Astronaut
       With humor and humility, Dr. Herrington shares his remarkable journey
       to the astronaut corps and the International Space Station. Mentors
       and motivation were the key to his success and he encourages others
       to find their passion in life and pursue their dreams through hard work,
       determination, and the advice of those that have led the way before.

  • Nov. 20 Bill Iseminger, Asst. Site Manager, Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site
    Skywatchers of Ancient North America
       Iseminger explains how American Indian cultures kept track of the time of
       year by observing the regular movements of the sun, moon, and certain
       bright stars and their alignments with natural and man-made structures.
       This presentation will examine the Woodhenges built at Cahokia Mounds,
       the mound and related structures in eastern North America, the rock
       Medicine Wheels of the northern Great Plains, and the pueblo structures
       of the Southwest and how these systems were used as calendars.

  • Nov. 27 Denise Dowling, Superintendent at Trail of Tears State Park in Missouri
    Finding Needles in Haystacks: Research and the Trail of Tears
       Dowling shares her process of connecting clues to fact using copies of 1837
       purchasing receipts stored at the National Archives, and explains the exciting
       fact finding quest to fill in the gaps of our spotty known history, to build a more
       complete understanding of this tragic relocation such as the management,  
       records, writings, collection, disbursement of food and goods for people and
       livestock.  Hardships happened in all areas, decision making, time, environment, 
       health, movement and other ways during the Cherokee Removal story. This
       event actually encompasses many more tribes than most were aware of.
  • Dec. 4 Denise Lincoln, is a citizen historian with an interest in the African American story of southeast Missouri

    Who is Ivers of Ivers Square?
       In June 2017, the City Council of the City of Cape Girardeau voted to name
       the historic public square at the Courthouse of Common Pleas "Ivers Square."
       The new name is becoming commonly known and associated with our
       beloved hilltop park overlooking the Old Town. What is the backstory for this
       naming event? This conversation will bring to focus a long-ignored aspect of
       our region's history -- slavery. In the Ivers, we find personal details of a family
       who struggled and persevered within the region's difficult reality of slavery.
       The conversation will focus on the 19th-century folks behind the surname
       and their personal contributions to bring to reality, the long-awaited promise
       of freedom.

  • Feb. 5 Joshua Newth, Young British Artists Art Movement

  • Feb. 19 Dr. Joni Hand, Art Nouveau Art Movement

  • March 5 Justin Miller, New Lepzig School Art Movement

  • April 2 Gary Tyler, Man on the Moon 50th Anniversary

Events & Activities

  • Arts & Crafts (Note: Nov. 14 class cancelled)
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays • 1-4 p.m.
    Pre-registration and Fee required ($5/single class or $100/year of classes, workshops by contracted teaching artists are not included) • supplies provided or bring your own • adults only
    Space is limited. Beginner and novice level lessons involve a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, fibers, printmaking, jewelry and multimedia. Activities will introduce art vocabulary along with knowledge of color theory and some art history. Individual participants learn to use the materials. Not everyone makes the same art. Realism, representational, plein air, abstract, expressionism and narrative are styles can be explored in this group setting.
  • Beginner Cartooning Face and Figure 5:30-6:30 p.m.
    Tuesday Evenings • Ages 9 to Adult ($5/per class) ongoing through fall semester
    Facial features and figure poses will be introduced. Participaints will sketch in pencil. Then, simplify their work on tracing paper, before using a marker and shading techniques. Characters may be imaginary or made to have a likeness of someone.
    To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
  • Drawing Still Life and Figure with Craig Thomas
    Nov. 14, 15 and 16 • 8 a.m.-Noon
    *registration $25 • supplies required • age 15 and up
    Local teaching artist, Craig Thomas, will lead his drawing class through a variety of processes that teach them to see as an artist. Gain experience by seeing how he starts from a blank page then builds with line, plane and form to make a finished representational drawing. Learn how to get correct proportion by using visual comparison with what is in front of you as your subject. The participants will be supervised by Thomas during their own drawing practice time in this class. The drawing goal is to make a likeness and/or capture a mood. This class is for beginners and up.
    To register
  • Winter in Waterolor
    Jan. 3 1-4 p.m. for ages 50+
    Supplies provided, drop in event.
  • Drawing Workshop: Facial Features
    Jan. 10 and 17 from 6-8 p.m.
    $10 • *must preregister by April 3 • supplies provided • ages 18+
    Participants will be introduced to intricacies of facial differences and observation of comparison.
  • Family Day: Colorworx 1-4 p.m.
    Feb. 16
    Participants will create colorful works using a variety of mediums at several craft/art stations. Supplies provided, drop in event.
  • Spring in Color 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for ages 50+
    Mar. 21 and 28
    $10 Fee and preregistration due by March 14
    Teaching artist will demonstrate and lead participants in use of supplies to create images/designs to represent spring. Supplies provided.
  • Pysanka Eggs with Barbara Duncan
    April 9, 2019 from 1-4 p.m. (only one day/one session needed)
    April 10 from 1-4 p.m. or 4:30-7:30 p.m. (only one day/one session needed)
    $5 • *must preregister by April 3 • supplies provided • age 9 and up
    Ukrainian Egg Decorating Participants will learn the rich history of legends, superstition, folklore and symbolism as they complete a Pysanka egg with rich dyes and meaningful designs using a wax resist process.
  • Museum Summer Academy
    June 4-7
    TBA, please check back
  • Arts Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    June 15
    River Campus hosts a day full of entertainment, programs and activities in Art, Music, Dance, Theater and more during this free event. Food and fine art vendors will have booths. Drop in event.
  • Summer in Color 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for ages 50+
    June 21 and 28
    $10 Fee and preregistration due by June 14
    Teaching artist will demonstrate and lead participants in use of supplies to create images/designs to represent summer. Supplies provided.


*All events take place in the Crisp Museum and are free and open to the public, unless noted.

To register or for more information contact us by email or call (573) 651-2260.


River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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