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Exhibition Dates:
December 4, 2015 - January 30, 2015

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday - Saturday, 10 am - 4 pm

Exhibition Location:
Gallery 100 & Lorimier Gallery
at the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
32 N. Main Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri’s Regional Juried Art Exhibition was developed to provide a forum to demonstrate the diversity of this region and the artists who live here. We encourage artists to submit works that interpret any aspect of the Southeast Missouri region as well as its bordering states. Work must interpret the people, places, or things that are representational of this 5- state region. If you have any questions, please email or call us at 573.334.9233.

Thank you to our generous sponsors!
Sponsors of the event include: Isle Casino Cape Girardeau, Ameren Missouri, Proctor and Gamble, First Missouri State Bank, and Terry Godwin, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. Reception catering and beverages will be provided by Celebrations Restaurant and Bar.

A native Missourian, James Wilson attended Missouri University and then graduated with honors from the Kansas City Art Institute with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking. While in Kansas City, he was awarded a Full Fellowship to The Yale University Summer School of Music and Art. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era, after which he spent a summer in Wilberforce, Ohio in a "Black Studies" program. James received a Teaching Fellowship to the Graduate Program at Boston University where he later received an MFA Degree in Graduate Painting. While there, he received the Presidents Drawing Award and was voted by the faculty as the Outstanding Graduate Painter for two consecutive years.

While in Graduate School James helped start the Bowery Gallery in New York City, where he also exhibited for several years. Allen Frumkin selected James to exhibit in a portrait show in his gallery. James also had one-man exhibitions in the Aaron Berman Gallery and was in many reviewed group exhibitions in such renowned galleries as the Phyllis Kind Gallery, The Blue Mountain Gallery, and the Munson Center for Creative Arts. He has had reviews in The New York Times, Arts Magazine, The Philadelphia Inquirer, among others. He also helped start The Artists Choice Museum and curated the largest exhibition of living figurative artists; 156 artists in eleven galleries.

In 1990, James took a six-month vacation to Alamos, Mexico. In Mexico, his work moved from the explosive competitiveness of New York Art to paintings that were involved with an intimate love of the human condition. James stayed in Mexico for ten years, married, and now has two children. In 2000, James and his wife moved to Missouri to educate their children in a first world nation. Since returning he has exhibited in several one man exhibitions at the Componere Gallery. He now shows at the Kodner Gallery in Clayton Missouri. Other group exhibitions include the Prince Street Gallery in New York City.

To see images of James Wilson's work, please visit:

April Dill
Oil on Canvas

To view more of the artist's work, please visit her website at:

Diner in Solitude
Kris Rehring
Oil on Stretched Linen

To view more of the artist's work, please visit her website at:

Gold Liner
Dawn Balk
Acrylic on Canvas
  Honey I'm from Missouri, you have to "SHOW" me
Rusty Newton
Hubble Creek, Jackson
Brenda Seyer


 Dodi Conrad
Aaron Horrell
J Rissover
 Scott Arthur -

 Cleda Curtis
Benjamin Madeska -
 Maddie Schlief
 Barb Bailey

 Jon Daniels
Tom Neumeyer
 Brenda S. Seyer
 Dawn Balk

 Anita Dickerson
Rusty Newton
 Thomas Shaner
 Janet G. Bixler
 April Dill -
Vicki Outman
 Suzanne Thompson -
 Larry Braun -
 Jeffry Hawk
Kris Rehring -
 Zack Tucker
 Barbara Calvin
 Brad Hollerbach
Marty Riley
 Juanita Wyman -

When judging a group of artist’s works for a specific time and place, there is a sense of self-discovery in the choices to be made. It is necessary to come to grips with what one actually cares about. The difficulty is, that all of the works from the applications have something special within the format of their own artwork. In studying these works of so many venues, it became a process of finding a kind of “truth” in the various paintings and sculptures grouped here.

I suppose what guided me was this sense that each work needed to be true to itself. Could the work do what it intended to do? Were the paintings finally really “visual” or were they just depictions of a motif. Did the image and its execution connect to make a visual statement outside of the notion of a “good painting or sculpture.” That something fit the idea of modern or cute was not in the cards for what I was looking for. I wanted the work to complete itself in terms of mark making, abstraction, or simply visual effectiveness. I also was looking for a certain aggressiveness that many times fly in the some of our basic beliefs about art or our lives.

This exhibition is a fine representation of our region. There are representations of basic Missouri images, fantasies taken from the air of our culture, and everyday life. These artists have depicted “our world” in this time and this place which, for me, is what moves the art world. Thank you for the pleasure of seeing your work. It was exciting and I am so grateful to have seen them.

- James F. Wilson