Joplin Arts News (Apr. 13–19)

Missouri Southern State University Senior Art Exhibits

Missouri Southern State University Art Department students will soon be holding Senior Exhibits! This year, there are so many students exhibiting work that they will be using two different gallery spaces: 1) the MSSU Spiva Art Gallery (on campus) and 2) Focal Point Gallery (downtown – 521 Main Street). There will be five different exhibits including 3 to 6 students per group.

  • April 16 at Focal Point Gallery
    Reception: April 18, 6–9pm
  • April 20 – 24 at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery & Focal Point Gallery
    MSSU Spiva Art Gallery Reception: April 25, 12–2pm
    Focal Point Gallery Reception: April 25, 6–8pm
  • April 27 – May 1 at MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
    Reception: May 2, 12–2pm

“Senior Exhibit includes graduating students from the MSSU studio art, design, and art education programs. For some of them it’s the culmination of several years of work, while for others it’s an opportunity to produce an entirely new body of work. The broad range of work presented at these exhibits includes paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, graphic illustration, package design, mixed media, web design, photography,and probably a few surprises. They’re all excited for this chance to put their work out there in a public display, and I believe that everyone visiting these exhibits will be impressed by the quality of the work, and the quality of the students. They are moving on to graduate school programs, teaching careers, and professional design jobs. The entire MSSU Art Department faculty are incredibly proud of these graduates and their accomplishments. I’ve been working with them since the 2014 Fall semester, preparing for the Senior Exhibit this spring. It’s been a great experience, and our students deserve all the credit for it.”
– Ed Outhouse, Assistant Professor of Art

Interested in a sneak peek? Read below for a partial list of exhibiting artists…

Sandra Conrad

Sandra Conrad: “Exhibition: Issues”
April 16 | Focal Point Gallery
Reception: April 18, 6–9pm
Conrad’s show is an eclectic installation focusing on current women’s issues through the use of satire. “An installation is more about the experience between the viewer and the art versus just viewing pieces hung on a wall,” Conrad said. She hopes that the overall public will be enticed to think more about these issues and become more compassionate toward those suffering. 

Lea Ann JordanLea Ann Jordan
April 20 – 24 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
Reception: April 25, 12–2pm
“My work is about identity, communication, and understanding. Like people, my paintings have more to offer the longer they are experienced. The process I used also mimics interpersonal communication.” 

Anthony GreningerAnthony Greninger
April 20 – 24 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
Reception: April 25, 12–2pm
“Art is a way to view someone else’s take on life and if you do it effectively, you might be able to bring out the viewers emotions. I create designs that are simplistic but leave enough detail to keep things interesting. There’s a lot of problems in the world today so I aim to create designs that will take you away for a moment to something peaceful so that people don’t forget how to be happy.” 

Lindy BraundLindy Braund
April 20 – 24 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
Reception: April 25, 12–2pm
Lindy Braund is an Art Education Major and will graduate in December. She plans to teach elementary aged children. Her favorite medium is graphite or charcoal and her style is realism. “I believe there is beauty in everything, and find inspiration in everything God has created.” 

Derrick FieldsDerrick Fields
April 20 – 24 | MSSU Spiva Art Gallery
Reception: April 25, 12–2pm
“My theory and concept for my senior show is the gospel of Jesus Christ. My subject matter deals with choice, faith, good & bad, light & dark, and perspective.” 


Connect2Culture on KSN’s Living Well Show

Connect2Culture on Living Well KSN16We had a great time last Friday promoting Connect2Culture and the Joplin Arts on KSN’s Living Well show. The arts are definitely key to living well! Missed it? Just click here and watch away! 


Fourth Friday Film Night at Phoenix Fired Art

4th Friday Film - April 2015

Phoenix Fired Art’s next Fourth Friday Film Night (April 24 at 7pm) will show Victor Spinski: A True American Master of Fun(k) – what a title, huh? These film nights showcase artists biographies, art techniques, as well as philosophical art-related films. Bring your own camping chairs and snacks! No charge, but donations are welcome.

“As Peter Shire was the only American in the ‘Memphis School’, perhaps Victor Spinski, if he was ten years younger and knew Restany, could be considered the only American in Pierre Restany’s Nouveau Realisme – the European answer to American POP Art School in the 50’s. My analysis again is that Spinski’s work is as much about concept and innuendo as well as what is thought of as real. His sculpture is not just trickery. He used this format very clearly as a commentary about life and to make a political statement for example, humorous statement, popular culture statements, and I believe nostalgic statements on life past as exemplified by his wooden tool boxes.” – Steve Alpert, Art Collector

The film also includes an image portfolio of Spinski’s work, a tour of his studio, and a mold-making and casting demo. 


A Closer Look – Coulter Auditorium

T Frank CoulterOn Tuesday, April 14 at 6:30pm, Joplin High School will celebrate the opening of their new Performing Arts Center. The dedication ceremony includes musical performances, a preview of the upcoming JHS Theatre Department’s spring play Legally Blonde, a ribbon cutting for the community safe room within the PAC, a recognition of T. Frank Coulter, and tours of the PAC and the new school.

The auditorium within the PAC is named for Coulter, who was born in Joplin in 1893. After graduating from Oliver College in Michigan in 1916, he returned to his high school alma mater, Joplin High School, to teach mathematics. When he arrived at JHS, there was no school band and only a makeshift orchestra consisting of 25 musicians. Coulter worked tirelessly to develop a robust music program at JHS. The student body adored him, nicknaming their enthusiastic director “Chief.” Their parents, as well as local citizens, greatly appreciated his love and respect for his students and enjoyed the cultural aspect of attending the operas, band recitals and orchestrated concerts. The ever-entrepreneurial Coulter chartered streetcars, trains and later buses to transport his students all over the United States for competitions and recitals, including a national competition that was broadcast live on NBC, all without spending district funds. Coulter’s 45-year career and contributions to Joplin Schools were recognized in 2003 with the Joplin Schools Board of Education decision to name the auditorium at JHS after him.