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Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum

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

Make and Take  

Participants will create colorful works using a variety of mediums at several art and craft stations. Supplies provided.
Use scale techniques to resize and position changes to shift an object that is repeated in your own original design.
Try your hand at shaping bones into tools with rocks. Participants will be using shaping and using bone tools for a variety of tasks. Free to the public while supplies last.
Make your own atl-atl (spear thrower). Older than the bow and arrow this ancient tool is still in use today. Participants will get to make and use them. Class size is 15 people per day. Free to the Public, while supplies last.
Light and dark color changes can create the optical illusion of 3-D on a 2-D surface.
Cut paper to create scenes in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
Cut paper to create scenes in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
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.
Cool off with an icy treat and make selfies or group pics with our fun beach props.
Create a nightscape and include creative creatures and a creepy background with a glowing moon effect.

Historic Tuesday Talks, 7 p.m.

Please check back. Updates are made frequently.

Dr. Charles Phillip Gause
“Art Imitating Life or Life Imitating Art-Black Male Images as Tools of Consumption, Protest or Liberation"

The purpose of this presentation is to provide a brief evolutionary history of Black Male Images in Popular Culture and how the images have evolved overtime. The (re) presentations of Black masculinity in hip-hop, film and popular culture—American culture continues to impact “the Black Male image.” Under American apartheid the black male image was nearly absent in popular culture. Except for the occasional butler, field hand, or driver, black males were not the main characters in television or film. The past four decades have yielded an increase in black male images in popular culture, although many of these roles were nihilistic to say the least. With the explosion of Hip Hop as a global music genre and the election of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States provided a shift on how “black male images” are (re) packaged projected by the media; and reified “traditional” heteronormative constructions of being black and male in American culture. At the end of his 8-year presidency we have witnessed a backlash and all-out assault on the black male and people of color. This interactive experience will provide critical analyses of several multi-mediated discourses of popular culture and social media. Dr. Gause and the audience will use their positionalities as a research tool within the body of the session.

Gause is Professor & Department Chair in Department of Psychology and Counseling at Southeast Missouri State University

Marlene B. Rivero
Elizabeth "Lizzie" was born a slave, bought her freedom at the age of 37 and set up a dressmaking business in Washington, D.C. She secured Mary Todd Lincoln as one of several important clients, whose husband had, recently, been inaugurated as President of the United States. Mrs. Lincoln supported Keckley’s efforts to help freed blacks through her works with the Contraband Relief Organization. Keckley’s written memoir, Behind the Scenes, caused a break in her relationship with Mary Todd Lincoln, but provided a rare personal glimpse into the Lincolns’ family life because she was often present in the Lincoln’s private living quarters.

Rivero is a Storytelling/Dramatization Artist who has portrayed African-American, Native American and bi-racial women since 1999. from other parts of the country and point out interesting adventures in their lives. In highlighting the struggles of these women, we see they were not just push overs during their lifetimes. Understanding of one’s culture helps to interpret both the African American and parts of the Native American history.

Lincoln will discuss the backstory of this naming event and its significance to the community. The conversation will also focus on the Ivers family, who struggled and persevered within the region’s difficult history of slavery. Lincoln will explore the family and their personal contributions to achieve the long-awaited promise of freedom.

Lincoln is a citizen historian whose interest in the African American story of southeast Missouri was piqued by a chance encounter with the historic records of the enlistment of regional soldiers into regiments of the United States Colored Troops in Cape Girardeau. Time and travel have enhanced her opportunity to research and learn the stories of hundreds of men, women and children as they persevered through the transition from slavery to freedom. Her commitment is to tell the stories that have faded from the community’s memory.

Justin Miller
Miller Associate Professor, Painting Area Head, and Gallery Coordinator in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in art educagtion and a Master of Arts in studio art both from Eastern Illinois University. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts in studio art from the University of Notre Dame. He is a practicing artist who regularly exhibits his artwork nationally.

Gary Tyler
The late 1950s and 60s was a time when the world was both fascinated and worried about space. Tyler's talk examins the Space Race era, a decade of space programs that led to putting man on the moon. A tour of the Southeast Explorer's 'Man on the Moon' exhibit will follow. Tyler has been the University's Outreach Specialist with Southeast Missouri State University's Crisp Museum since 2008.

Tyler earned a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Christian education from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Central Methodist College at Mineral Area in Park Hills, Missouri, and a Master of Arts in Christian education from Assemblies of God Theological Seminary in Springfield.

Classroom Workshops

Tuesdays (morning class full) 9 a.m.-Noon,
Tuesdays 1-4 p.m.
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.

Seating is limited for this free workshop • must preregister by Feb. 22 • Supplies provided. • No experience required • ages 15 and up
Instructor: Susan Ream Wilson, textile artist
Saturday participants will learn how to use a drop spindle to make yarn.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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Seating is limited for this free workshop • must preregister by Feb. 22 • Supplies provided. • No experience required • ages 15 and up
Instructor: Susan Ream Wilson, textile artist
Participants will learn Finger Weaving to create a sash.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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9 a.m.-Noon
$25 Fee must preregister by Feb. 26 • bring your own or use class supplies • age 18 and up
Participants will be led through a basic still life set up all the way to painting completion during this four week class. Cleda Curtis includes art terminology and techniques in the painting process involving brush strokes, color mixing, the importance of values, color intensity, temprature, lost edges and more. A supply list will be sent by request or after registration.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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7-8:30 p.m.
Free must preregister by Jan. 31 • “The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care”
by Loewe and Kellner may be ordered personally or through the museum.
All cultures take cues from the Earth and sky in their practice of rituals. This book study will be a journey into the understanding of yourself and your spirit. Participants will meet through the year to learn, share and discuss their personal understanding, discoveries, interpretations and decisions related to a variety of seasonal content. Overviews of the ancient uses of crystals, herbs, essential oils, astrology, tarot, meditation and breathing will be introduced. Outcomes from studying “The Spirit Almanac” include reserving moments of your time to take care of yourself with your own transformational practices. Learning new insights from this book will make you aware of personal realizations, feelings of calmness and gratitude. Additional meetings will be scheduled in March, May, July, September and November, once the study group is formed.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$10 Fee must preregister by March 14 • supplies provided • no experience required
Live demonstrations will aid participants in the use of various painting supplies to create images/designs to represent spring. From shapes to scenes, color choices will be made
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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Caroline Thompson
Noon-4 p.m. (limited seating)
$25 Fee must preregister by March 25 • bring your own or use class supplies • age 18 and up
Teaching Artist Caroline Thompson will discuss some of her recent works and her manner of using repurposed items for applying, manouvering and sometimes removing the medium as integrated design elements. Participaints will choose a limited color pallet from paints or pastel chalk for the works they create. Caroline believes, "Freedom to create is a gift every artist gives themselves."
Registration begins soon. Please check back.

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 Fee must preregister by April 3 • supplies provided • age 9 and up • No experience required.
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.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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ages 4-8 from 9 to 11a.m.; ages 9-15 from 1 to 4 p.m.
$50 Fee must preregister by May 20
Topics relate to story writing, storytelling and illustration/animation. Use of historic museum artifacts and participant's personal narratives will be included. Museum staff and special guests facilitate a fun learning environment. Details of sessions are now being planned.
Registration begins in March. Please check back.

10 a.m.-3 p.m.
$10 Fee must preregister by June 14 • supplies provided. • no experience required.
Teaching artist will demonstrate and lead participants in use of supplies to create images/designs to represent summer.
To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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5-9 p.m.
$10 Fee must preregister by Aug. 22 • limited seating • supplies provided
Participaints will be led in the use of the supplies to create a rope rug to be embelished with images and/or designs. Craft forward: Learn this activity and share the knowledge by teaching others.


*All events take place in the Crisp Museum unless noted. Fees may apply.

To register or for more information 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