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Now through Aug.16, 2021 Hours Weekday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat-Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Closed Sept. 3-5, Nov. 24-28, 2021 and Dec 23, 2021-Jan.2, 2022
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m., but not Sept. 3-5, 2021.
Open late in conjunction with certain evening River Campus events/performances also.

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 come on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m.
Fee and pre-registration required, limited seaating. Questions: eflentge@semo.edu, enroll and pay online or in person. 

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, and more. 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.


First Friday with the Arts
August 6, 2021, 4-8 p.m.

Crisp museum hosts an opening reception 
Interwovern: The Lives and Roles of Women Art by Jean Rissover
"The characters I paint live in my head, and act out their lives there. I hope in trying to translate them into paint on canvas, to capture something about the human condition... especially, but not exclusively, the lives of women," says Rissover.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.

Welcome Back University Events

Aug. 21, 2021, Noon-3 p.m.
River Campus Engagement Day
College of Arts and Media Picnic and Whiffle Ball Tournament, 
Free Picnic Food, Snow Cones, and fun activities for University community 

Aug. 22, 2021, 4-6 p.m. (at Show Me Center)
Welcome Back Picnic
Meet some museum staff at our booth, pick up info about internships, exhibitions, and activities for University community.

Hawaiian Ice Social
August 25, 2021, 11a.m.-5 p.m.
For a cool afternoon treat, stop by for free Hawaiian ice from 2-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Photo opportunities with props will be available.

Mingle at the Museum
Aug. 28, 2021, 5-7 p.m.
“This event is a great way to see and explore the Crisp Museum and its collection,” said Jim Phillips, museum manager. Meet others on campus who have some of the same interests as you here.

Dorm Decor for University Students
Aug 31, 5-9 p.m. and Sept. 4 and 5, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
You can have what you desire almost for almost free by creating practical room furnishings and items from cardboard. Hot glue and glue guns will be provided along with some finished examples as inspiration. A collection of cardboard will be available while supplies last. 

First Friday with the Arts
Sept. 3, 2021, 4-8 p.m.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.  Make your way around town to all the galleries open with evening hours showing thier exhibitions. (Some galleries are open later.)

Hawaiian Ice Social
August 25, 2021, 11a.m.-5 p.m.
For a cool afternoon treat, stop by for free Hawaiian ice from 2-5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Photo opportunities with props will be available.

The River Campus is located at 518 S. Fountain Street in Cape Girardeau. Visit the Crisp Museum’s website at www.semo.edu/museum/ for information on upcoming events. For additional information, call (573) 651-2260 or e-mail museum@semo.edu.

Mingle at the Museum
Aug. 28, 2021, 5-7 p.m.
“This event is a great way to see and explore the Crisp Museum and its collection,” said Jim Phillips, museum manager. Exhibits include art and history, such as rocks, fossils, frontier empires, river and rail, sharecropper and prehistoric Native American dwellings, civil war items, university artifacts, normal school model and much more. The largest collection on display is the Beckwith Collection of local prehistoric lithics and ceramics. 

First Friday with the Arts
Sept. 3, 2021, 4-8 p.m.

The current art exhibit on display is Interwovern: The Lives and Roles of Women Art by Jean Rissover.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year. 
Free and open to the public.

Dorm Decor for University Students
Aug 31, 5-9 p.m. and Sept. 4 and 5, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
You can have what you desire almost for almost free by creating practical room furnishings and items from cardboard. What can you design for your dorm? Make a special place for those things that usually are setting out. Do what you want with the surface design, color coordinate or go all out and make something bold for yourself or to give away. Who knew it was this easy and fun? Be proud of your accomplishment to be both creative and practical.

Hot glue and glue guns will be provided along with some finished examples as inspiration. A collection of cardboard will be available while supplies last. 
Game Night
Sept. 16, 2021, 5-9 p.m.
Visitors can enjoy a fun evening with classic games! Check out the museum exhibits, bring a friend, meet new people, relax and have fun. Popcorn will be provided. This evening-hours event is free and open to the public for all ages. Free and open to the public.
Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
September 23, 2021
6:30 p.m. at Crisp Museum
Free and open to the public.
Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
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.

River Campus Open House
Sept. 28, 2021
Please check back later for updated information.
Free and open to the public.

Trick-Art-Treat
Oct. 1, 2021,  4-8 p.m.
The current art exhibit on display is Louise Marler: Digital Americana.
Marler's art has been largely influenced by her father who collected and repaired old typewriters. Her artistic style integrates modern digital photography with her passion for vintage items. The result is a composite of thought and form. She seeks to create art collections and events which integrate history, education, and entertainment.
A halloween themed craft will be available for Trick-Art-Treat. Plus, our. month long scavenger hunt begins this evening. Your completed checklist will put you in the running for our Cauldron of Candy to be awarded at 8p.m. Oct. 31. (Winner doesn't have to be present.)
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.

Scavenger Hunt
Oct. 1-31, 2021

Crisp Museum sets up different spooky items around the exhibit to blend in with the historical pieces for the guests to find. Your completed checklist will put you in the running for our Cauldron of Candy to be awarded at 8p.m. on Oct. 31. Free and open to the public. (Winner doesn't have to be present for the award announcement.)
Museum October hours weekdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends 1-4 p.m. Extended hours Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
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Heritage Day
October 2, 2021, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Drop by Crisp Museum and view history displays, observe interesting demonstrations, participate in hand sewn quilting, candle dipping, pluck on a lap harp and hear a few good stories of local history.
First Friday with the Arts
November 5, 2021
The current art exhibit on display is Louise Marler: Digital Americana.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.
November 13, 2021
LEGO Family Day
Please check back for updates.
First Friday with the Arts
December 3, 2021

Pastels Potentia Per Formam Perfecta (Powerful Pastels by Sketched Perfect) will have its opening reception.
Alfonzo Branch, owner of Sketched Perfect Designs, spent most of his adult years forging his way into the art world creatively, using pastels as a primary media. He has found that not many people use pastels for the type of work he is requested to do, because they are so difficult to master. He is a current member of the Texas Art Coalition. He has mastered the art of pastels and continues to use his creativity to enhance the artist community.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.

Staff

Questions: email museum@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2260.
Register for a museum workshop https://app.semo.edu/genl/DAPS/Application.aspx?app=CrispMuseum

Contact

573.651.2260
museum@semo.edu
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