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)

January 4, 2019 Comic Me 4-8 p.m.
Pick up a free drawing packet with tips to get started making carictures of people you know. Have a print of your head added to a comic figure. Begin a storyboard and create your own comic strip.

February 1, 2019 Art Stations 4-8 p.m.
Go station to station using our different art tools. Sketch and learn to 'make a line without a line,' Cut and paste light and dark shapes to create forms, cut and flip cut outs to create a design, overlap objects to show blended colors with watercolor, make shadow illustrations and more.

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 back. Updates are made frequently.

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

    In 1988 London, a group of British artists exhibited together for the first time. Noted for their “shock tactics” and the use of common materials in uncommon ways, these artists became known as the Young British Artists. Notable early works include a tiger shark preserved in formaldehyde (Damien Hirst) and a disheveled bed surrounded by the detritus of everyday life (Tracy Emin). Collectively, these artists set the tone for contemporary art and paved the way for creative inclusion in the 21st century.

    Newth is Foundations Instructor Interim Foundations Coordinator in the Department of Art and Design at Southeast Missouri State University. Newth’s paintings and drawings express an affinity for nature and an exploration of the idea of beauty in the ordinary. He has exhibited nationally at the Toledo Museum of Art, Louisiana State University, Tampa Museum of Art, and Hockaday Museum.  He earned his Master of Fine Art in Painting at Wayne State University, Michigan and his Bachelor of Science in Cell and Developmental Biology at Michigan State University.

  • Feb. 12 Dr. Charles Phillip Gause, Art Imitating Life or Life Imitating Art-Black Male Images as Tools of Consumption, Protest or Liberation

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

  • Feb. 19 Dr. Joni Hand, Art Nouveau Art Movement (postponing to future date TBA)

  • Feb. 19 Marlene B. Rivero, Elizabeth Keckley a Living History Performance
    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.
  • March 5 Justin Miller, New Lepzig School Art Movement

    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.

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

Events & Activities

  • Arts & Crafts (Note: Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1 class is 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.
  • Winter in Waterolor

    Jan. 3 • 1-4 p.m.
    $10 Fee • *must preregister by Jan 2 • Supplies provided. No experience required.
    Participants will be led in the use of watercolor for both abstract and representative snowscape artworks. Understanding watercolor's transparent qualities and unique blending capabilities can produce an entirely different look from other mediums. A brush can be so much more than a brush. It can drop in color or wick out unwanted puddles or darkness. Gravity can also be used to move the suspended pigments. The addition of salt, alcohol, and plastic wrap change the result of the pigment on paper. A variety of artistic terms and an introduction to color theory will be covered. The techniques will be conceptualized through quick demonstrations and the use of different pigment water ratios. One will discover, that to represent snow, you can use a lot of color.
    To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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  • Drawing Workshop: Facial Features 
    Jan. 10 and 17 • 6-8 p.m. 
    $10 Fee • *must preregister by Jan. 3 • Supplies provided. • ages 18+ • No experience required.
    Participants will be introduced to the intricacies of facial differences using observation and comparison. When made aware to look for a feature's highest, lowest and widest points, it simplifies the ability to duplicate the shape. But, that correct shape also needs to be placed in correct relation to other feature's shapes. Learning what to leave out and using both positive and negative drawing, a likeness can quickly be captured. Once you have this class, you will tune in to the detailed differences when observing faces, such as nose tips, nostril shapes, eye corners, white of the eyes, lip thickness, and all the convex and concave locations a face has.
    To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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  • Family Day: Colorworx
    Feb. 16 • 1-4 p.m.• drop in • free
    Participants will create colorful works using a variety of mediums at several craft/art stations. Supplies provided, drop in event.

  • Spring in Color ages 50+
    Mar. 21 and 28 • 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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  • Pysanka Eggs with Barbara Duncan
    April 9, 2019 • 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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  • Museum Summer Academy
    June 4-7 • ages 4-8 from 9 to 11a.m., ages 9-15 from 1 to 4 p.m.
    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.
    To register call (573) 651-2260 or email
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  • Arts Festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    June 15 • drop in • free
    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.

  • Summer in Color 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for ages 50+
    June 21 and 28
    $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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*All events take place in the Crisp Museum unless noted. Fees may apply.

To register or for more information contact us by 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


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