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Transition Spaces 16.2

Duda, Gordon, Hahs, Lancaster and Ritter: Transition Spaces 16.2

July 1 - August 21, 2016
Opening Reception: July 1, 4-8pm

lancaster still life painting

Lynn Lancaster 
Lilacs & Amber 
oil on canvas 

Transition Spaces 16.2 opens July 1 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The public is invited to view the exhibition beginning July 1 with an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through August 21. Admission is free.

The exhibit features Zenon Duda, Renee Gordon, Ellen Hahs, Lynn Lancaster and Ann Ritter, who are all students of Cleda Curtis. The artists each have two pieces displayed in this exhibit, which is associated with Cleda Curtis’ ‘From Portraits to Still Life’ solo exhibit, also opening July 1.

 Zenon Duda

Duda’s studio artwork focuses on sculpture and humanism with an international scope. He is also a multimedia performance artist. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine.

Duda’s performance artwork has been displayed in Venice, Italy and St. Louis, Missouri. His artwork is also displayed as public works, museum collections and private collections in Honduras, France, England and the U.S.

Renee Gordon

Gordon was born and raised in Marble Hill, Missouri and received her Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Southeast. She is the owner and operator of Flesh Hound Tattoo Studio in Cape Girardeau. Gordon has been a student of Curtis for the past eight years, studying portraiture and still-life painting.

Earlier this year, Gordon opened an art studio and established the Gravel Hill School of Art in Burfordville, Missouri, where she teaches and sponsors workshops by leading artists. The grand opening event featured Don Sahli, a nationally acclaimed artist.

Ellen Hahs

A native of Sikeston, Missouri, Hahs received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an emphasis in art from Southeast University. She spent several years teaching, before her interest in art brought her back to the University, where she continued persuing art. In 2005, she became the outreach specialist and presented educational exhibits on the Southeast Explorer Mobile Museum. Soon after, she became curator of education for the Crisp Museum. She develops education programming, including workshops, lectures, family days, and adult and children’s art classes for the museum.

Hahs tends to make her works realistic and representational. She enjoys creating portraits, landscapes, and sculptures. She creates with a variety of mediums including oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylics, spray paint, plaster cloth, fabric, wood and leather. She finds plein air painting a way to incorporate her love of outdoors with her love of art. Hahs has been a student of Curtis' for the past 15 years.

Lynn Lancaster

A native of southeast Missouri and currently living in Sikeston, Lancaster’s artwork focuses on rural life. He uses his emotional attachment to the subjects of his paintings to tell a story or to evoke a memory. Cotton fields, old barns and old trucks are some of his favorite subjects. Lancaster often works with oil and watercolor paints, but also uses pens and inks to creature artwork of historical structures in and around the Sikeston area.

Lancaster has studied under Beth Huber, who taught him the building blocks of a good painting and to develop his own style of painting. He has also studied under Billy O’Donnell, a ‘plein aire’ artist and author, as well as participated in workshops with Roger Bansemer and Don Sahli. Lancaster is currently a student of Curtis, studying design, value, and color temperature and harmony.

Ann Ritter

A native of Cape Girardeau, Ritter is a graduate of Cape Central High School and Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. She has studied at the Scottsdale Art School in Scottsdale, Arizona, and the Loveland Art Academy in Loveland, Colorado. She has also spent many years as a student of Curtis.

Ritter primarily uses oil paints and her artwork focuses on still-life painting. She has been a board member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and a member of the Visual Arts Co-operative. She and her husband, Dr. Raymond Ritter, host art exhibits and work together on paintings.

The 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, Mo. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Friday, 1-4 p.m. on weekends and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. For more information, call (573) 651-2260 or email


River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center
Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701