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Crisp Museum hours weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. 
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (except January or April, 2021) and in conjunction with certain River Campus events.
The museum is closed for major holidays. April 2-4, and May 29-31, 2021.
Museum hours for March 15 - 19, 2021, and May 17 - August 13, 2021, will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When you visit Crisp Museum, masks, social distancing, and directional traffic flow are in use. Face coverings are to be worn by most people older than 9 in almost all public spaces and gatherings throughout Cape Girardeau county until further notice by Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center Board of Directors.
Social distancing and directional traffic flow is 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 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. and Wednesdays 1-4 p.m. (4 people per class limit) 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.

January 26 & 27
            $15 Basket Weaving - participants will follow kit directions and assistance will be given to  understand the process occurs. This will be start to finish in one 3 hour session.

 February 2, 3, 9, 10
            $15 Gourd Bowl - during the workshop, participants will cut their gourd open with a jigsaw, hollow out the inside with a drill attachment, then drill holes as needed, and add decoration with paint, stitching, or other embellishments. This takes two sessions, to complete.

 February 16 &17
            $5 Paint, Pattern, and Marker - choose your colors and begin with blocking in sections on your surface, layer over those with repeating pattern(s) and embellish with details and/or more accent colors.

 February 23 &24
            $5 Spring Flower Field -  using acrylic paint and bright spring representational flower shapes, paint from top to bottom with blossoms and stems creating a lovely field of flowers.

Take and Make
Prepared art/craft activites are free while they last. Most age ranges preK-adult are capable of completing the projects which will include instructions. A completed item will be displayed.

Feb. 5, 4-8 p.m.; Feb. 6 & 7, 1-4 p.m. LINES OF CHANGE is a free activity that starts with a simple drawing. Then, use at least two colors of paper, one dark and one light to depict the simple image. When placed correctly, lines are created by the shape of the edges edges you cut into the paper. Free while supplies last. Start simple and make your image more complex as you go.

March 5, 2021, 4 p.m.-8 p.m. ; Mar. 6 & 7, 1-4 p.m. OPTICAL ILLUSTIONS
Southeast staff and students will lead participants in learning how light and dark value changes can create the optical illusion of 3D images on a 2D surface. Participants will create images that seem to go down into the paper or appear to magically float above it. Geometric shapes that case shadows to simulate a bird’s eye view will also be made. Free while supplies last. 

May 7, 4-8 p.m.; May 8 & 9, 1-4 p.m. PAPER FLOWERS & QUILLING
Participants will be shown completed paper sculpture floral examples. Using simple cutting, pleating, twisting and rolling techniques, design a bouquet or simple single flower from paper to display or gift to someone. Free while supplies last. 

All University Transfer Students are Invited to Attend
Activity: Quilted Bowl Hotpad
(Tentative) Mon., January 25, 2021, 1-5 p.m.

This is a private, free event hosted by Crisp Museum for University transfer students. Using simple hand stitching and fabric squares in SEMO colors, a microwavable hotpad for a bowl will be completed by participants. This craft is prepackaged to go, if desired.

*Gourd Workshop
Preregistration and $15 fee required. Two sessions offered, each lasting 2 days; 4 participants maximum.

Tue. and Wed., Jan. 26 and 27, 2021, 1 p. m. –  4 p. m.
Sat. and Sun., February 6 and 7, 2021, 1 p. m. – 4 p. m.

Rosemary Berkel and Harry L Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting two “Gourd Workshops” Jan. 26 and 27, 2021, 1–4 p. m. and Feb. 6-7 from 1-4 p. m.

Preregistration and $15 fee is required by Jan. 21.  Open to the public. Supplies will be provided, but participants may bring their own decoration materials as well. Two two-day sessions will be offered.

During the workshop, participants will cut their gourd open with a jigsaw, hollow out the inside with a drill attachment, then drill holes as needed, and add decoration with paint, stitching, or other embellishments.

Space is limited and registration is required by Jan. 21. To register, visit For more information, contact the Museum at (573) 651-2260.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Camps, located at 518 S. Fountain St. in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

Knit Ear Warmers Workshop (must preregister/fee, four sessions offered; 4 participants each)
Thu., Fri., Sat., and Sun., January 28-31, 2021, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Crisp Museum, 518 S Fountain St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, USA (map)
Rosemary Berkel and Harry L Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus is hosting a “Knitting Ear Warmers” workshop from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 28-31.

Preregistration and $10 fee is required by Jan. 25. Supplies are provided or you can bring your own. To register, visit Four three-hour sessions are offered.

During the workshop, participants who are beginners will learn a few easy patterns. Knitting requires good attention, finger dexterity and patience. The full process of how to create an ear warmer will be explained from start to finish, and participants may take instructions if not completed in the allowed time.

Painting Mini Figures Workshop
January 30-31, 1-4 p.m.
Preregistration required.

Come out of the cold to paint mini figures. Supplies are provided. Participants will receive two mini figures to paint during the workshop. The workshop is limited to eight people per day. The workshop is free but preregistration for each person is required by January 29, 2021.


The Crisp Museum will be open 1 p.m. till 4 p.m. January 30 & 31, 2021.

Basket Weaving
Feb. 2 and 3, 9 a.m.-Noon Preregistration and $15 fee required by Jan. 26. Two sessions offered, each lasting 3 hours; 4 participants maximum each.
Packaged kits are provided containing the supplies and step by step instructions will be demonstrated. A finished basket will be shown.

Valentine Cards
Feb. 3-14, during open hours
Make a nice card to gift using our supplies provided. Free and available to University students/staff.

Feb. 13, 1-4 p.m. Preregistration required by Feb. 6th

Come enjoy a challenge and learn the art of Origami and Kirigami. The difference between the two, is that Origami solely involves folding and nothing else. While, Kirigami involves folding and cutting, even glue is allowed. Supplies are provided. The workshop is limited to eight per day. The workshop is free but preregistration for each person is required by February 12, 2021.

***EVENT IS POSTPONED ***Family Day: Lego
WAS TO OCCUR: Sat, February 13, 2021, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. NEW DATE (TBD)
Where: Crisp Museum, 518 S Fountain St, Cape Girardeau, MO 63703, USA (map)
The Museum’s second annual LEGO event. Displays, sculptures, free builds, and much more!

Wire Jewelry Workshop
Feb. 20, 1-4 p.m. Preregistration and $10 fee required by Feb. 12. Two sessions offered 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Eight per session. Led by Blake Walker.
Use tools to make simple wire twists that can be turned into rings, bracelets, and charms. These creative pieces of jewelry make great statement pieces and gifts for anyone. Tools and wire will be provided. Offered to all ages, but adult supervision required if under 10 (not an additional fee). Class is limited to eight.

When: March 2, 9, 16, 23, 2021, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

International Women's Day Program
March 13 and 14, Sessions start everty 30 minutes. The last session starts at 3:30. The museum opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 4. Preregistration required by March 5 for this free event. All ages welcome, supervision of young children required.This free event is sponsored  by Gamma Sigma Sigma Sorority.
Come be inspired at our International Women’s Day program! Make artistic vision board collages to help focus your life and goals for 2021 and learn about the power of women across the world.

String Art Workshop
Mar. 20 and 21, 1-4 p.m.
String Art, popular in the 70s, is making a comeback as a retro inspired artwork. Supplies are provided. Workshop is limited to eight per day. The workshop is free but preregistration for each person is required by March 19, 2021.
Ukrainian Egg Decorating (fee and preregistration required by march 15)
March 23, 1-4 p.m.; March 24, 1-4 p.m. and 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Preregistration and $10 fee required by March 15. Participants will learn the rich history, folklore, and symbolism as they complete a Pysanka egg with rich dyes and meaningful designs using a wax resist process. Teaching Artist: Barbara Duncan. All supplies are provided.

River Cane Wind Chimes Workshop
March 27 and 28, 1-4 p.m.

March winds are blowing, spring is in the air. Come create your own wind chime, made from local cane. Supplies are provided. The workshop is limited to eight per day. The workshop is free but preregistration for each person is required by March 25, 2021.

Workshop TBA
April 10, 1-4 p.m.
Poetry Open Mic Night 
April 14, 7-9 p.m.
Enjoy a fun night of entertainment, poetry, and coffee.
Participants can read their original poetry or choose publshed poetry.
Free and open to the public.

Pour Painting Workshop
April 17, 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Preregistration and $15 fee required by April 9. Led by Ivie Walker.
Learn how to take your art skills to the next level with a fun and easy paint project that anyone can do. Watch as the paints mix to create your perfect marble masterpiece. Be ready to get a little messy! Six per session, with two sessions offered. Wear mess worthy clothing.

Crisp Museum will participate at Cape Comic Con
April 23-25 Drop in and visit our table.
(more info soon)
Memorial Wreath Making Workshop
May 1, 1-4 p.m.
(more info soon)

Watercolor Workshops led by Brenda Seyer.
June 12 and 13, from 1-4p.m., for Adults
June 26 and 27, from 1-4 p.m. for High School age

 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.

Preregistration and a $25 fee is due by June 5. Seating is limited. A supply list will be provided.  

Register and pay online at Additional questions can be answered by email or phone, or (573) 651-2260.

Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
Date (TBD)
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.

Sayaka Ganz Artist Lecture
Date (TBD) Spring 2021
Free and open to the public for all ages.
James Phillips Presents
The Beckwith Memorial Lecture
Date (TBD)
Spring 2021
Please check back for more information.


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