Reflections of Korea (Please Come This Way, This Way Please)
International Art Seminar: The Art of Korea
August 14–September 1, 2017 | MSSU Spiva Gallery (3950 Newman Rd)
Reception: Monday, August 21, 4:00–6:00pm

A group exhibition of artwork created for the course, “International Art Seminar: The Art of Korea” as the culmination of the Art Department’s study abroad trip to South Korea this summer. The 8-day immersion into the art and cultural sights of Korea included many Korean National Treasures, several UNESCO World Heritage Sites and was sponsored by the Institute of International Studies. While primarily based in Seoul, the MSSU group also visited Suwon and then in conjunction with the 2017 Gyeonggi International Ceramic Biennale, Gwangju and Icheon. The featured works are inspired by objects, architecture, aspects and/or experiences from the trip. The exhibition includes artwork by art majors Danielle Davis (B.F.A. Graphic Design candidate), Sarah Clark, Makenzie Paden, Carla Rea (B.F.A. Studio candidates) and faculty trip leader, Frank A. Pishkur. The MSSU Spiva Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Complex and is free and open to the public. Hours are 8:00am–5:00pm, Monday through Friday. A reception with light refreshments will be held from 4:00–6:00pm on August 21 with the artists. 

The Inner Power of Color by Connie Miller
August | Infuжn Водка Bar (530 S Main St)

The Inner Power Of Color relates to the way early expressionists used color and form to express how they felt about their subjects. Color can also bring out emotions in the viewer. Connie Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Art and a Masters in Psychology. She believes these two studies work together to help her create modern expressionistic paintings with a fauvist approach of using form and color to represent emotional reactions to realistic subjects.

Life at the Beach
August | Urban Art Gallery (511 S Main St)
Reception: During First Thursday ArtWalk, August 3, 5:30–8:30pm

A group show, including work from: Linda Teeter, Kristin Girard, Merlen White, Connie Miller, Dustin Miller, Mary Datum, Todd Williams, Philip Ledbetter, Annabelle Seelye Fuhr, Sam Bullette, and Cindy Head. Several mediums depicting life at the beach by showing ocean fun, creatures of the deep, as well as beauty of the sea.

A Bell(e)s Ball: Porcelain Figures by Linda Ganstrom
July 28 – September 24 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Main Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5:30–7:30pm

The various roles of women in the late 20th and early 21st century, their connection and responsibility to their community and the environment, as well as the changing perceptions of women’s potential are reflected in Linda’s figurative sculptures.

Anemoi, Breath of the Morning Sky Ceramic Whistles by Laurie Spencer
July 28 – September 24 | Spiva Center for the Arts, Regional Gallery (222 W 3rd St)
Opening Reception: Friday, July 28, 5:30–7:30pm

Sponsored by Sharon Beshore, featuring sculptural organic whistles. Spencer is interested in using sound as the voice of the sculpture as a means of giving them a sense of life. The whistles are not meant as musical instruments, but rather as organic “living” sensuous forms. 

Artwork by Holly Gomez
August | Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (506 S Joplin Ave)

Description coming soon! 

Artwork by Taylor Kubicek
August | Club 609 (609 S Main St)

Taylor Kubicek works primarily in oils. His contemporary realist style lends itself to contemplative symbolism by exploring the subtle emotional qualities of familiar objects. His figurative works often reflect common archetypes found in life. He received his BFA Studio Art degree from MSSU. 

Post Art Library’s Art Medley
Joplin Public Library (1901 E 20th St)

A medley of artwork by local and regional artists as presented by Post Art Library. Photography, painting, sculpture, pottery, and encaustic works are on display. This is Post Art Library’s first exhibit in their new building.