Aside from just having a vast collection of historical artifacts on display, the Crisp Museum also presents a series of exhibitions throughout the year to display the creative work of talented, often local, artists.

With exhibitions rotating roughly on a monthly basis, you are certain to find inspirational, beautiful, and complex art that interests you.

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: (573) 651-2260.

Exhibition Archive

In order to keep our exhibits new and exciting, we rotate in new exhibits and thus have to archive old ones. But just because these older exhibits are put in the archive doesn’t mean they should be forgotten. Check out our exhibits from the past year in the archive below.

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River Campus
175 Cultural Arts Center
518 S. Fountain
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

Mailing Address
One University Plaza, MS 7875
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701