What happens to exhibitions after they are completed?

As much as we would love to, we cannot keep all our exhibitions up forever. In order to give opportunities to other artists, new exhibitions are typically rotated through the museum monthly. Our exhibitions provide a great insight into the mind of talented artists from all walks of life. We don’t want the final date of the exhibition to be the last opportunity to observe the work. Once an exhibition reaches its last day of presentation at the Crisp Museum, sample photographs, and descriptions are sent to the archived exhibits and the previous year’s exhibits are catalogued here 

Exhibiting Excellence

Beginning Feb. 12, Exhibiting Excellence, the 45th Annual High School Art Exhibition, an invitational juried art exhibit for 11th and 12th grade students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, will be displayed at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

The Annual Juried Student Exhibition will be displayed in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus March 24 - April 30, 2023. A reception for the artists is March 24, 4-8 p.m. and is open to the public. An awards ceremony will be held at 5 p.m. in Crisp Museum.

Senior BFA Exhibition

May 5-14, 2023, Graduating Southeast University seniors display their artistic skills and inspirations.

Quilt Extravaganza

“Quilt Extravaganza” June 2-25 at Crisp Museum. Two hundred quilts and sewn items will be displayed June 2 through 25, 2023 at Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum’s “Quilt Extravaganza”. Opening day, museum hours will be 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Quilting has become much more than repurposing fabric scraps with a needle, thread, and thimble. Antique Singer machines, quilted bears, bags, useful tools, and a large variety of quilts, such as traditional and paper piecing, samplers, cross stitch, three yard quilts, collage, crazy quilts, landscape, still life, T-shirts and hand stitched antiques will be displayed. This quilt exhibit is free and open to the public. A closing reception is 1-4 p.m. on June 25 with a Bed Turning beginning at 3 p.m. A bed turning consists of having quilts stacked on a bed. Then, lifting them one by one and telling the information that is known, such as its maker, when it was made, the fabrics, patterns used, the story of it changing hands and heart warming tales. A featured collection of 52 small quilts owned by Mary Meyer of Cape Girardeau made by her aunt, Lorraine Bakke, will be displayed. At the age of 92, Bakke challenged her guild in the Yucca Valley of California to make a quilt a week for one year. She included bright colors and some of her husband’s silk ties. Tim Miller’s collection of vintage Singer sewing machines are a nostalgic sight. The models include 201, 15-90, domestic ’49, 99K, 99K, 327, Domestic 1949, and 221 featherweights in standard black and custom blue. All were produced in the 1940s and 195Os. Crisp Museum will host stitching, workshops, and a demonstration: Each Friday / Stitch at Crisp / 9 a.m.-4 p.m. / social time with other like-minded creators June 3-4 / 1-4 p.m. / Hand Sewn Quilted Bowl Cozie/ supplies provided / ages 10+ / no experience required / drop in make and take. June 10-11 / 1-4 p.m. / Quilted Casserole Tote / BYO Machine and supplies / ages 10+ / with sewing experience, preregistration, and $5 fee. June 17-18 / Place Mat with Pockets / BYO Machine and supplies / ages 16+/ with sewing experience, preregistration, and $5 fee. June 24 / 1-4 p.m. / T-shirt Quilt Demonstration / The easy part is collecting the T-shirrs, the rest is all about shape, color, and arrangement. / free and open to too the public. Area quilt groups and fabric stores will have displays with information on their events such as classes, socials, meetings, and fund raisers. Ellen Flentge, educator at Crisp Museum, is the curator of Quilt Extravaganza and has recently taken up quilting. “When I went to my first guild meeting, I felt the joy and positivity the participants shared in seeing each other’s quilts of all sizes. Thousands of locals are quilters and many, many more own quilts that they treasure. These beautiful works need to be seen. I am eager to help others begin using the tools and learning the quilting language, like the terms selvage, stack-and-whack, round robin, free motion, sandwich, jelly roll, and quilt sleeves,” Flentge says with a laugh. Crisp Museum is located at 518 S. Fountain St. inside the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Hours: Weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Weekends 1-4 p.m. First Friday of the Month 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Questions: museum@semo.edu (573) 651-2260.

The Soul of Art Exhibition by George DeMeyers II

July 8, 2022 – July 31, 2022, Reception July 8, 4-8 p.m. with Artist Talk at 5:30 p.m., The Soul of Art Repertoire by George DeMeyers II is an eclectic array of black art consisting of portraits, murals, acrylics and oils on canvas.

Don Sahli: An Act of Color

May 6, 2022-June 26, 2022 Opening Reception May 6, 4-8 p.m. Abstract Expressionism Workshop with Don Sahli May 19-21 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Preregisteration required. Crisp Museum provides 50% discount by registering through Ellen Flentge (573) 651-2260. Regular fee $375, only $187.50 with discount. Supply list online at Sahlistudio.com

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

April 1, 2022-May 1, 2022 Opening Reception April 1, 4-8 p.m. The Department of Art and Design students show off their creative talent during this annual exhibit.

Small Quilts: Welcome Spring

Locally created quilts on display in celebration of spring March 18-27. Closing reception is March 27. This is a judged show with entry information available. If you are interested, check it out!

Exhibiting Excellence: 44th Annual High School Exhibition

Feb. 13, 2022-Mar.13, 2022 Opening Reception Feb. 13, 2-4 p.m. High School Students from around the region in grades 11 and 12 are invited to enter their finest work in any of the following categories: Sculpture, Ceramics, Printmaking, Mixed Media, Photography, Fibers, Drawing, Painting, Digital Art, and Graphic Design.

Powerful Pastels by Sketched Perfect: Works by Alfonzo Branch

Dec. 3, 2021-Jan 23, 2022 Opening Reception Dec. 3, 2021, 4-8 p.m. 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.

Louise Marler: Digital Americana

Oct. 1-Nov. 14, 2021 Opening Reception Oct. 1, 2021, 4-8 p.m. 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.

Interwoven: The Lives and Roles of Women: Art by Jean Rissover

Aug. 6-Sept. 19, 2021 Opening Reception Aug. 6, 4-8 p.m. "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.

Sylvia R. Greenfield

July 9, 2021 through Aug. 1, 2021 Reception: July 9, 2021, 4-8 p.m.

Biennial Faculty Exhibition

May 21 through June 20, 2021 Reception: May 21, 4-8 p.m.

Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations

December 4, 2020 through February 21, 2021 Art pictured: Sayaka Ganz, Wisdom, an image of the artist and her work, photo by Adam Parsons Artist Talk 5:30 p.m. February 5 will be a live presentation by the artist. Plus, a Zoom presentation for those unable to attend in person can be seen at the same time.

Robert Harding Jr.: Art from the Heart

September 4 through November 8, 2020 Reception: September 4, 4-8 p.m. Art pictured: Robert Harding, Tortured, 1977, mixed media, watercolor on paper

Barbi Myres: Transition Spaces 20.1

July 1, 2020 through August 23, 2020 Reception: July 10, 4-8 p.m.

William H. Thielen: The Voices in My Head

July 1, 2020 through August 23, 2020 Reception: July 10, 4-8 p.m. Artist Talk: July 10, 5:30 p.m.

Threshold Print Exhibition

Aug. 5 - Sept. 18, 2022, Reception August 5, 4-8 p.m., International Print Exchange Program is a non-profit initiative through which printmakers share their work with each-other across the globe. IPEP boosts networking among printmakers and creates awareness about printmaking as an art form among its viewers. This exhibit will feature 40 print artists from 21 countries.

Exhibiting Excellence

Beginning Feb. 12, Exhibiting Excellence, the 45th Annual High School Art Exhibition, an invitational juried art exhibit for 11th and 12th grade students in southeast Missouri and southern Illinois, will be displayed at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

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