Whether you want to make your own art or explore local artistic constructs, look no further.

Instructional crafting sessions and information on local artistic events can be found at the Crisp Museum. View the activities and lectures offered through the museum and enroll in a class today.

You can also download a printable version of the spring 2024 schedule.

Activities, Workshops, and Artist Talks

Museum program details are included below. Some activities have pre-registration, age limits, and possible fees. If you can't find your answer, please call (573) 651-2260 or email museum@semo.edu to speak with a person or leave a message.

Paint Nights at Crisp Museum
6-9 p.m. / free for university community / $10 fee for public / ages 12+ / supplies provided / 
Preregister online each person and date are to be entered separately or pay and preregister in person.
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 
Participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete their artwork with guidance from Ellen Flentge. All supplies are provided.

Jan. 11   Winter Scene - depict snow blanketing berries or a landscape with colorful shadows 
Feb. 8    Date Night - two paintings align to make a larger scene
Mar. 14  March Madness - a colorful interpretation with a basketball shape as the focus 
April 11 Wings and Things - zoom in to illustrate iridescence and transparency in winged creatures
May 9    Flowers - depict a new view of a flower that extends off the edges of your canvas

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center   

Crisp Museum is open late 4-8 p.m. on select first Fridays for the Art Walk where patrons visit multiple art venues.
This is free for all ages and some locations provide refreshments.

Enjoy the new exhibits with your friends and family, socialize, soak in the culture, and appreciate the arts. Many artworks are for sale.
Apr. 5
May 3 History Gallery open (art gallery show change)

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

February Art for Adults / University Community is Free / Public $5 class or $100 year
9 a.m.-Noon or 2 p.m.-close
Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Making art is a fun way to express your creativity with various mediums. This is a small group and if you have no experience, this is the place to start. Participants may work with the topics they like or get ideas from others in the group to gain experience in painting, drawing, collage, etc. Stencil image shapes quickly, learn to see values of color, temperature, perspective, and types of edges, and use color theory to mix the colors you need. If you are already a creator and want a positive environment and good company, you've found it. Crisp Museum has many supplies, but participants may also bring their own. Mini lessons will be facilitated by Ellen Flentge, curator of education.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

February Fridays - Stitch at Crisp
9 a.m.-3 p.m. / free, drop-in / bring your own supplies

Bring your own fabric and supplies to socialize with others as you make progress on your piece. For any fiber workers, spinning, felting, embroidery, or cross-stitch, bring your sewing machine and supplies if needed. Table space is provided with an electricity connection.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center

Feb. 1-Mar. 3 Underground Railroad Quilt Display
Free and open to the public.
An authentic Underground Railroad Quilt and modern recreations of Freedom Quilts will be on display. Panels will explain how quilts were displayed, the interpretations of their hidden codes, and the abolitionists who helped enslaved people escape to freedom.

Weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. / Weekends 1-4 p.m. / Open until 8 p.m. on Feb. 2, 8, and Mar. 1
Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

*** In addition to the cooperative events at Crisp Museum, the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance will have Threads of Liberation: Unraveling the Stories of Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad on display in Kent Library, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701

Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23 Freedom Quilt Block Making
9 a.m.-5 p.m.   
Preregister online: semo.edu/museum "Enroll in Class," or enroll in person at Crisp Museum / Q's call (573) 651-2260
This event is co-hosted by Black Faculty and Staff Alliance.
Each Friday in February, supplies and instructions to piece various freedom quilt blocks will be available to hand stitch with fabric or for the younger ones to assemble using paper and glue. With these, participants can see the symbols made from shapes, and learn what each secretly represents. 

*** In addition to the cooperative events at Crisp Museum, the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance will have Threads of Liberation: Unraveling the Stories of Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad on display in Kent Library, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701

Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

Feb. 12-14 Valentine Craft
9 a.m.-3 p.m. / free / drop-in

Make that special someone a last-minute, one-of-a-kind Valentine, including cards, origami, and other crafts. Supplies will be provided. 

Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

*Feb. 12 Trivia Night  (for University community only)
Preregister online click "Enroll in Class," and select a table number for your group. Each participant must enroll separately.
When asked to pay, select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

How knowledgeable are you? Get a group of friends or co-workers (max 6)together for a night of trivia at Crisp Museum. Free coffee or hot chocolate with cookies.

Make Crisp Museum part of your SEMO traditions.
Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

*Feb. 17 Escape Room: Forbidden Island  (for University community only)
Feb. 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Feb. 18, Noon-4 p.m.
Preregister online and click "Enroll in Class," and select a start time for your group. Each participant must enroll separately, with a maximum of four per team.
When asked to pay, select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Can your team follow the clues to find the four sacred treasures before Forbidden Island sinks, or will you become the next victim? It will take strategic thinking, problem-solving, and cooperation to escape in time.

Make Crisp Museum part of your SEMO traditions.
Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

Feb. 23 “Slavery and the Underground Railroad on the Missouri-Illinois Border”  
presentation by Dr. Patrick Hotle 

5:30 p.m.         
Free and open to the public.
This event is co-hosted by Black Faculty and Staff Alliance.    

Dr. Hotle's presentation will explore the impact of abolitionism on both sides of the border especially during the years 1831 to 1844 when Marion College in Missouri and the Mission Institute in Quincy, Illinois were most active. 

Dr. Hotle is a professor at Culver Stockton College in Canton, Missouri. This presentation was arranged through the State Historical Society of Missouri's Speakers Bureau.

*** In addition to the cooperative events at Crisp Museum, the Black Faculty and Staff Alliance will have Threads of Liberation: Unraveling the Stories of Freedom Quilts and the Underground Railroad on display in Kent Library, One University Plaza, Cape Girardeau, Mo. 63701

Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

Feb. 24-25 Finger Weaving
1-4 p.m. / age 15+
Preregister online and click "Enroll in Class" or in person.
Each participant must enroll separately.
When asked to pay, select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

During the workshop, participants will learn how to weave a complicated-looking but simple-to-create pattern using only their fingers. Finished, it will be two to three inches wide and is considered a sash, but its uses can be limitless.


Crisp Museum is located inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St. Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

March Art for Adults / University Community is Free / Public $5 class or $100 year
9 a.m.-Noon or 2 p.m.-close

Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Making art is a fun way to express your creativity with various mediums. This is a small group and if you have no experience, this is the place to start. Participants may work with the topics they like or get ideas from others in the group to gain experience in painting, drawing, collage, etc. Stencil image shapes quickly, learn to see values of color, temperature, perspective, and types of edges, and use color theory to mix the colors you need. If you are already a creator and want a positive environment and good company, you've found it. Crisp Museum has many supplies, but participants may also bring their own. Mini lessons will be facilitated by Ellen Flentge, curator of education.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

March Fridays - Stitch at Crisp
9 a.m.-3 p.m. / free, drop-in / bring your own supplies

Bring your own fabric and supplies to socialize with others as you make progress on your piece. For any fiber workers, spinning, felting, embroidery, or cross-stitch, bring your sewing machine and supplies if needed. Table space is provided with an electricity connection.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center

March 1, 2, 5, or 6 Pysanky Egg Decorating
1-4 p.m. / age 10+ / Preregistration required / $5 fee for public and free to University community
Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 


The name Pysanky comes from the verb to write. Pysanky surface design and handling techniques will be demonstrated. A stylus, called a kistka, is used to write with wax on the eggshell. The kistka has a handle and a small funnel which holds melted wax. Symbols and colors have meaning in this process. Choose your lightest color first, or start with the white of the shell. Then, draw your design with wax, before going on to your next color. Participants will leave with a completely decorated egg from one session. 

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

Crisp Museum is open late 4-8 p.m. on March 1, first Friday, for patrons to visit us during evening hours.

This is free for all ages and some locations provide refreshments.

Enjoy the new exhibits with your friends and family, socialize, soak in the culture, and appreciate the arts. Many artworks are for sale.


Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

Paint Night" March Madness  at Crisp Museum
6-9 p.m. / free for university community / $10 fee for public / ages 12+ / supplies provided / 
Preregister online each person and date are to be entered separately or pay and preregister in person.
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 
Participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete their artwork with guidance from Ellen Flentge. All supplies are provided.

Mar. 14  March Madness - a colorful interpretation with a basketball shape as the focus 

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center   

Art for Adults / University Community is Free / Public $5 class or $100 year / 9 a.m.-Noon or 2 p.m.-close
Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Making art is a fun way to express your creativity with various mediums. This is a small group and if you have no experience, this is the place to start. Participants may work with the topics they like or get ideas from others in the group to gain experience in painting, drawing, collage, etc. Stencil image shapes quickly, learn to see values of color, temperature, perspective, and types of edges, and use color theory to mix the colors you need. If you are already a creator and want a positive environment and good company, you've found it. Crisp Museum has many supplies, but participants may also bring their own. Mini lessons will be facilitated by Ellen Flentge, curator of education.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

 

April Fridays - Stitch at Crisp
9 a.m.-3 p.m. / free, drop-in / bring your own supplies

Bring your own fabric and supplies to socialize with others as you make progress on your piece. For any fiber workers, spinning, felting, embroidery, or cross-stitch, bring your sewing machine and supplies if needed. Table space is provided with an electricity connection.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum is open late 4-8 p.m. on select first Fridays for the Art Walk where patrons visit multiple art venues.
This is free for all ages and some locations provide refreshments.

Enjoy the new exhibits with your friends and family, socialize, soak in the culture, and appreciate the arts. Many artworks are for sale.
Apr. 5 - Annual Juried Southeast University Student Exhibition (March 26-April 21)

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

Paint Nights at Crisp Museum
6-9 p.m. / free for university community / $10 fee for public / ages 12+ / supplies provided / 
Preregister online each person and date are to be entered separately or pay and preregister in person.
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 
Participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete their artwork with guidance from Ellen Flentge. All supplies are provided.

April 11 Wings and Things - zoom in to illustrate iridescence and transparency in winged creatures

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center   

April 8 River Campus Eclipse Event
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. / free / drop-in

Southeast Missouri State University once again serves a front-row seat to experience this celestial phenomenon the Great American Solar Eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024, with educational opportunities, games, and one of the greatest shows seen from Earth to close out its sesquicentennial celebration.

Cape Girardeau is near the eclipse centerline and will experience totality (darkness as the moon passes in front of the sun) for more than four minutes starting at 1:58:22 p.m. (CDT). Eclipse viewing locations will be available on Normal Avenue and at River Campus.

Southeast’s River Campus will take an artistic approach to viewing the eclipse, with live performances by music, theatre, and dance students from the Holland College of Arts and Media. Also on the lineup are displays, exhibitions, interactive activities, food trucks, a photo booth, jewelry making, and more.

University Teach-In

SEMO has various guest speakers, including two from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center scheduled to appear in Academic Auditorium beginning at 10:30 a.m. Confirmed NASA guests include:

  • Matt McSavaney is a lead with the Architecture Baseline Definition team with the Artemis Moon to Mars Program Office at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He has degrees in physics and astrophysics. McSavaney has been working on the Artemis project for more than 20 months and managing Enterprise-level Systems Engineering and Integration for the NASA Artemis Missions, performing large-scale integration across NASA's flagship human spaceflight programs within the Artemis Campaign Development Directorate necessary to architect, design, and execute the Artemis missions. Before his work on Artemis Matt worked in a variety of roles as a NASA engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • Blake Parker is a payload operation and integration specialist at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. Parker has a degree in Aerospace engineering and more than a decade of experience in developing procedures for International Space Station experiments to be performed by astronaut crew members, supporting real-time console operations during experiments as a subject matter expert, and specializing in procedures for experiments performed in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and Life Science Glovebox (LSG).

SEclipse Block Party on Normal Avenue

Starting at 11 a.m., SEMO will host a block party on Normal Avenue to include eclipse-themed games, inflatables, a student organization fair, kickoff to SEMO’s Greek Week, and food trucks. Normal Avenue will be closed to traffic beginning Sunday, April 7, at 9 p.m. 

Visiting SEMO

Southeast is inviting area high schools to view the eclipse and tour campus on this day. The Office of Admissions will host a brief program, followed by a walking tour and lunch before joining the SEclipse Block Party on Normal Avenue. Interested schools can contact admissions@semo.edu for more information. 

All activities are open to the campus community and are free of charge, except items purchased at food trucks. Viewing a partial eclipse can only be done safely with special solar eclipse glasses. Once the eclipse hits totality, the glasses can be removed. Southeast will have a limited number of solar glasses available at its viewing events for the campus community.

River Campus is located at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Mo 63703

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus is hosting a Poetry Open Mic Night April 14 to celebrate National Poetry Month.

Open Mic Night is scheduled from 7-9 p.m. and is free and open to the public of all ages. Light refreshments will be provided.

Community members are invited to take the stage and showcase their literary talents, or to sit back and enjoy the speakers while supporting other performers.

Crisp Museum islocated at Southeast Missouri State Universitys River Campus at 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

April 13 or 14 Copper Embossing
1-4 p.m. / age 13+
Preregister online and click "Enroll in Class" or in person.
Each participant must enroll separately.
When asked to pay, select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

This event is free for ages 13 and older. Preregistration is required. Tools and materials will be provided. Participants will learn the art of creating raised images on the surface of thin copper using wood and bone tools to create images inspired by archaeological finds. Participants will also be encouraged to make their own designs.

Questions: Jim (573) 651-2722
Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

April 20, 21 Wind Chimes
1-4 p.m. / age 16+ / drop-in

The wind is blowing. During this free workshop, participants will learn how to make wind chimes using old keys and wood. A power tool will be used. All supplies are provided.

Questions: Gary (573) 651-2679
Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

April 27, 28 Infinity Fidget Cube
1-4 p.m. / age 8+ / Preregistration required
Preregister online and click "Enroll in Class" or in person.
Each participant must enroll separately.
When asked to pay, select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Come make a colorful two-handed infinity fidget cube featuring eight cubes that can be flipped, turned, and folded in remarkably fun ways. Preregistration is required and supplies are provided.

Questions: Gary (573) 651-2679
Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Art for Adults / University Community is Free / Public $5 class or $100 year
9 a.m.-Noon or 2 p.m.-close

Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Making art is a fun way to express your creativity with various mediums. This is a small group and if you have no experience, this is the place to start. Participants may work with the topics they like or get ideas from others in the group to gain experience in painting, drawing, collage, etc. Stencil image shapes quickly, learn to see values of color, temperature, perspective, and types of edges, and use color theory to mix the colors you need. If you are already a creator and want a positive environment and good company, you've found it. Crisp Museum has many supplies, but participants may also bring their own. Mini lessons will be facilitated by Ellen Flentge, curator of education.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

May Fridays - Stitch at Crisp
9 a.m.-3 p.m. / free, drop-in / bring your supplies

Bring your fabric and supplies to socialize with others as you make progress on your piece. For any fiber workers, spinning, felting, embroidery, or cross-stitch, bring your sewing machine and supplies if needed. Table space is provided with an electricity connection.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum is open late 4-8 p.m. on select first Fridays for the Art Walk where patrons visit multiple art venues.
This is free for all ages and some locations provide refreshments.

Enjoy the new exhibits with your friends and family, socialize, soak in the culture, and appreciate the arts. Many artworks are for sale.

May 9 - Senior Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition (April 26-May12)

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

Celebrate the Arts

Bedell Performance Hall - River Campus. A musical revue featuring music, theatre, dance, and exhibited student art benefiting international and national performance tours for Southeast students. 

Current SEMO students can get a $5 ticket. Visit any one of the three University box offices with your Southeast ID. 

May 4-5 Gourd Decor MOVED to June 8-9
1-4 p.m. / age 10+ / Preregistration required / $10 fee for public and free to University community
Preregister online and click Enroll in Class
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 

Participants will start with a scrubbed gourd. It may be painted with a solid color or a colorful design. Holes will be drilled along the rim to attach either leather or fibers that are stitched on with waxed string. Embellishments may be added to personalize it even further.

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center  

May 6-9 Destress with Creativity
9 a.m.-4 p.m. / drop-in

Drop by the table at Crisp Museum to create with the free supplies provided. Using color and shape takes both halves of your brain. While you are making a craft or art, you rest your thoughts about other things. Items can be made for yourself or to give away.

Questions: Gary (573) 651-2679
Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Paint Nights at Crisp Museum
6-9 p.m. / free for university community / $10 fee for public / ages 12+ / supplies provided / 
Preregister online each person and date are to be entered separately or pay and preregister in person.
Note: Online payment requires a card. To pay by check or cash please visit the museum.
University community registration: select "pay later" (but you really won't). 
Participants will follow step-by-step instructions to complete their artwork with guidance from Ellen Flentge. All supplies are provided.

May 9    Flowers - depict a new view of a flower that extends off the edges of your canvas

Questions: (573) 651-2260 Email museum@semo.edu
Map: 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63703
Crisp Museum is located inside Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus Cultural Arts Center   

Contact Us
Location
Office

River Campus
175 Cultural Arts Center
518 S. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701