The College of Arts and Science’s new School of Visual Studies (SVS) was officially launched Sept. 27 during the school’s inaugural event at Sager Braudis Gallery in downtown Columbia. MU Provost Garnett Stokes, Arts and Science Interim Dean Pat Okker, and SVS Director Jo Stealey each spoke at the ceremony, which featured an exhibit of artistic works by faculty and students in the new school.

The College of Arts and Science is proud to be home to some of the world’s best historians, scientists, artists, authors, performers, innovators, and scholars. The A&S Faculty Fellowship program allows the college to recognize outstanding faculty members by providing a one-time award of $5,000. The fellowship may be renewed if the faculty member is selected again.

A pair of teachers, a couple of advisers, and two teaching assistants will be recognized for their contributions to MU students during a year-end reception hosted by the Arts and Science Student Council May 2. For the second time this semester, the student council has solicited nominations for Purple Chalk Awards for the best instructors, Blue Chalk Awards for excellence in advising, and Green Chalk Awards for outstanding graduate teaching assistants.

One or more annual awards made to a female student(s) specializing in photo print making (photography) or ceramics at the MFA level; must demonstrate financial need.

Mid-Missouri florists design and create fresh-cut floral arrangements inspired by the artwork and artifacts found throughout the museum's collection. MU's Textile and Apparel Management Department will display costumes with floral themes from the Missouri Historic Costume and Textile Collection. Free and open to the public March 18-20 at the Museum of Art and Archaeology, 2021 Mizzou North.

Two students from the art department have reached impressive professional milestones in their fields.

WHAT: The University of Missouri School of Music, the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art will host the Chancellor’s Arts Showcase, “The Jefferson Era,” to be held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday.

University Concert Series Presents the Chancellor's Arts Showcase: Celebrating Shakespeare in the Arts, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., at the Missouri Theatre, 203 South Ninth Street, Columbia, Missouri.

Chancellor's Arts poster


Every year, the MU School of Music holds a special Chancellor’s Concert in the spring, but this year the event will look different. It has been transformed into an arts showcase and will include the Department of Theatre and the Department of Art as well. The event is being held on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and it will include selected works from the Jeffersonian era.

After several decades spent creating and teaching art, Bede Clarke is known for his broad exploration of the field of ceramics. He resists the idea that an artist needs to have a single signature style. Instead, Clarke loves to switch things up, and he isn’t afraid to try new techniques. “I’m driven by a desire to understand things,” says Clarke. “I follow my nose and get into a lot of mischief, and I really relish that aspect of this creative discipline.”

Please stop by the George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the Fine Arts building to view the Drawing Showcase, a group exhibition featuring drawn works from MU undergraduate students. A free reception will be held Thursday, Oct. 6 from 5-7 p.m. The Drawing Showcase will be featured in the Bingham Gallery through Oct. 20.

2016 drawing showcase

Awarded to full-time sculpture graduate students. Recipients must submit a portfolio of their work for review with a written declaration of interest. Financial need is not a consideration.

Awarded to an outstanding graduate student in painting or drawing enrolled in the MFA program. Recipients must have successfully completed nine hours of graduate work and continue in the program during the semester following the award. Award is based on merit, as determined by the evaluation of a portfolio of original work in drawing or painting during graduate training. Finalists must appear before judges for a personal interview to explain their work and professional aspirations.

Exploring Issues of Womanhood: A Talk by Artemis Anastasiadou

Artemis Anastasiadou

The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents: Exposed South, a Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition in Fibers by artist Billy George. This exhibition of dual installations runs from April 24–May 5, 2017.  The works are shown in two locations: MU Student Center- Main Level and George Caleb Bingham Gallery- Fine Arts Building. George will host an artist talk in the gallery on Thursday, May 4th at 4:30 p.m.

One or more annual awards to worthy students enrolled in the fine arts. The recipient may be a graduate or undergraduate who is worthy and deserving, has a good academic record, and exhibits initiative and integrity. The award rotates between art, music, and theater.

Rick Ross, filmmaker, comic book artist, painter, and illustrator will give a gallery talk entitled "Working in Comics and Film".

There will be a questions and answer session at the end of the gallery talk, followed by a reception, both off which are free and open to the general public. Ross earned a BFA in 1992 from the University of Missouri.  He also is being honored this week as a 2017 College of Arts and Science Distinguished Alumni.

The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents Gradualism: Graduate Student Showcase 2018, an annual exhibition featuring current work by University of Missouri’s MFA candidates. The work involves a wide variety of themes and media, including ceramics, sculpture, fibers, painting, printmaking, and photography.

Curators Art Teaching Professor Deborah Huelsbergen presents a show at which BFA students present their graduating projects.

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Professor Jean Brueggenjohann pushes her graphic design students to produce fresh concepts and interesting work each semester. Her students graduate with job offers from top agencies and companies including Hallmark, the Kansas City Chiefs, and the U.S. State Department, among many others. Outstanding portfolios and resumes always predicate these job offers, and two of Brueggenjohann’s recent students, Brianne Boland and Jacob Brcic, can add an impressive accomplishment to their resumes.

Gyongy Laky

Gyöngy Laky, San Francisco sculptor, is a past recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship; she was also one of the first textile artists to be commissioned by the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program.

Awarded to graduate students who are majoring in art and are in good academic standing with the College of Arts and Science.

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What ignites the artist’s vision?

What do artists spend money on or trade their own work for?

What inhabits the “visual space” in their homes?

What artworks or images captivate and inspire them?

Photographer Drew Nikonowicz, BFA ’16, says reactions to his work often differ depending upon the age of the viewer. Nikonowicz, 24, says the thesis of his work is founded in his world view.

The MU Photo Club and ORG are pleased to present a lecture by photographer Jess T. Dugan, an artist who explores the power of identity, desire, and connection while working within the framework of LGBT and queer experience.

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Awarded to art majors who have demonstrated special talent and financial need.

Awarded to BFA students entering their junior or senior years who have been accepted to the bachelor of fine arts program; must have a strong interest in an artistic career as a production potter. Student must submit ceramics work for review with a written declaration of intent.

After retirement, some people choose to travel or begin a new hobby. Melvin Platt, chair of the Department of Art, will be taking on a new responsibility; he was recently selected to be the District Governor for Rotary District 6080, which encompasses most of central and southern Missouri, from 2017 to 2018. A longtime member of the Rotary Club of Columbia, Platt served as club president from 2012 to 2013. Platt is also a longtime leader at MU.

The MFA Showcase will run from Jan. 9-26 in the George Caleb Bingham Gallery. This is the annual art exhibition by MU graduate students seeking a Masters in Fine Art (MFA). The work is diverse in media and theme, including ceramics, sculpture, fibers, painting, graphic design, printmaking, and photography. A reception will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, from 4:30-6:30pm and is free and open to the public.

faculty showcase

The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents the biannual MU Art Faculty Showcase, an exhibition of work by the Art Department’s full-time and adjunct faculty members. The showcase celebrates the faculty’s diversity in ideas and media, as well as the interesting visual and conceptual connections.

The Fiber Arts Club and ORG are presenting a lecture by installation artist Nathalie Miebach, an artist who translates scientific data from meteorology, oceanography, ecology, and musical scores into three-dimensional sculptural forms employing traditional basketry techniques. Miebach is a TEDGlobal 2011 Fellow. To learn more, visit the links to her TED talk: 

Please join us for a reception at Imago Dec. 8 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event will feature a talk by Associate Teaching Professor of Art Matt Ballou at 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Awarded to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in art (BA) or fine art (BFA). Must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

One or more annual scholarships to students in the Department of Art.

Annual award(s) made to deserving students who are in financial need. These students shall be of good character and demonstrate high scholastic aptitude. Rotates between art, theatre, and music.

Please join us to celebrate the announcement of the new School of Visual Studies within the College of Arts and Science.

SVS Faculty and Student Exhibition

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

An exhibit celebrating the early creative vision of former University of Missouri art faculty member Eric Sweet opened today in the Craft Studio in the lower level of the north tower of Memorial Union. Sweet died April 6 and the exhibit is being curated by his wife Catherine Armbrust. The show features Sweet’s works from 1993–2010.

Many of us fondly remember reading adventure stories when we were young, such as Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island or Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels. We would defy our parents’ admonition to “Go to sleep!” and hide under the covers with our book and a flashlight and race through the pulse-pounding narrative until we could no longer keep our eyes open. The book’s illustrations flooded our dreams, and we awoke in the morning eager to pick up where we left off.

The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents "The Artistry of Teaching," an exhibition of work by current art education students and faculty. As artist educators, we believe that the act of teaching is a creative process that is echoed within the creating of our own artwork.

Artistry IS a teaching, teaching IS artistry. This show highlights and celebrates parallels in both creative processes.

clay cup

The University of Missouri’s George Caleb Bingham Gallery presents The Clay Cup: Vessel,
Icon, Canvas, a biennial juried exhibition featuring functional, design-based, and sculptural
ceramic cups. The work of over 50 artists will be on display for this show.
Free and open to the public.

The MU Department of Art's artist lecture series presents, "Tea Time" with Assistant Professor Scott McMahon of Columbia College on Friday, 3 p.m. in the Ceramincs Studio, A118, Fine Arts Building. Hot tea and cookies will be served.

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Basket weaving, or simply basketry, is one of the most ubiquitous and oldest forms of craft making in human civilization, with some of the oldest known baskets dating back nearly 12,000 years. Early basket makers used materials close at hand, such as grass, wood, even animal remains—which decay over time without proper preservation—so much of the early history of the craft has been lost.

Awarded to a doctoral student with a concentration of study in weaving and its applications (fibers).

University of Missouri Fiber Arts Club is sponsoring visiting artist Grant Benoit who will be leading an artist workshop at Bingham Hall Fibers Studio from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m., followed by an artist lecture at 5 p.m. in Room 101, Swallow Hall.  Events are free and open to the public.

Awarded to a student majoring in art, in any year of study, who has done work of sufficient merit to be worthy of recognition.

It Happened flyer

“It Happened”

An art exhibition addressing the topic of sexual violence

Curated by Katina Bitsicas and Lee Ann Woolery

Exhibition dates: Monday, August 28 to Thursday, September 21, 2017, 8 am-5 pm

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