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Caroline Kahler: Compelled To Make, A Retrospective

Caroline Kahler: Compelled to Make, A Retrospective 1980-2017

"Caroline Kahler: Compelled to Make, A Retrospective 1980-2017" opens Nov. 3 in Crisp Museum

“Caroline Kahler: Compelled to Make, A Retrospective 1980-2017” opens Friday, Nov. 3, in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus.

The public is invited to the opening reception 4-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3 with artist’s talk at 6 p.m. by Caroline Kahler, Professor of Art and chair in the Art Department at Southeast Missouri State University. The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 28. Admission is free.

“The common phrase “art reflects life” is certainly demonstrated by this exhibit. The constant thread in my work has been the urge to make art and it never mattered to me what medium, only the intrinsic need to create. I refer to the natural world, life cycles, and the influence of humans on the planet as motivation. Repurposing, recycling, and combining materials that are different from one another has often led to new discovery. As an educator and artist, I have always felt the commitment to good craftsmanship along with a thorough understanding of process. This provides me with the ability to liberate my creativity. My life as an artist has been one of a problem solver, solution seeker, a prophet and a maker,“ Kahler said.

Kahler is a current member of Missouri Fiber Artists, Art Council of Southeast Missouri, Visual Artist Co-Op of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and American Crafts Council.

Through her career Kahler has had her work appear in over fifteen publications, led many workshops, and been chosen as juror and panel member in multiple Midwest states. She was also nominated for the Mortvedt Distinguished Teaching and Campus Leadership Award, Bethany College in 1995.

Kahler earned her Master of Fine Art in Ceramics at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas. She earned a Master of Arts in Creative Arts and Textiles at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art Education at Kutztown State College, Kutztown, PN. Her Bachelor of Science was earned at Kutztown State College in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Some of Kahler’s significant pieces reside in personal and museum collections in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Georgia, and Alaska.

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. 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