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The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri hosted an opening reception for the annual Regional Juried Exhibition on Friday, December 1 from 5 - 9 pm. The show will be displayed until January 27, 2018 and will feature pieces by 27 regional artists.

The exhibition was developed to provide a forum to demonstrate the diversity of this five-state region and the artists who live here. Artists were encouraged to submit works that interpreted any aspect of the Southeast Missouri region as well as its bordering states. Accepted artists represent Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, and Arkansas.

Promotional image above is titled "Hermitage, TN" by artist Shannon Randol.

Exhibition Dates: December 1, 2017 - January 27, 2018

Exhibition Location:
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16B N. Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

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A Moral Ground
Graphite on Paper
16" x 12"

Joshua Newth was born in Toronto, Canada, and raised in metro Detroit. He received his Bachelor of Science in Zoology from Michigan State University and his M.F.A. in Painting from Wayne State University. Through painting and drawing, Newth explores the ostensibly forgettable and yet grand fragments of our daily lives, revealing their exquisite nature and beauty. In this exploration, he strives to separate everyday objects from their traditional environment, isolating them in space or framing them in a new context, ultimately reinforcing their importance and grandeur. Newth exhibits his work both regionally and nationally, and currently teaches at Southeast Missouri State University. 

The history of art is built on both artistic evolution and revolution; whether social, political, or personal, it is a totem that helps define experience. Art has the ability to communicate an ideology; while also allowing the artist the opportunity to explore the inner workings of humanity, and its relationship to the world at large. As a result, the arts are an integral component of any thriving population, and as a cornerstone of this community, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and its Regional Exhibition have helped to propagate the significance of art.

Comprised of a diverse body of work, the Regional Exhibition is a manifestation of the influences that make art so important to this area, and it is a reminder that Southeast Missouri and neighboring regions have a wealth of artistic talent. The under riding theme that weaves throughout this year’s exhibition is the environment, and its myriad interpretations and iterations. Through both two-dimensional and three-dimensional work, the participants in this exhibition have explored the importance of one’s surroundings.

The environment, or the space in which we live, says as much about who we are as it does about what we appreciate. It is the individual interpretations of this theme and its mutability that allows for exploration in unique and accessible ways. Through embracing the traditions of the pastoral landscape, some artists speak to the beauty of nature, a splendor that surrounds us, yet nevertheless one that is under threat. Other artist’s interpretations revolves around a well-founded rejection of the established notion of the environment, creating an intimate ecosystem that thrives on individuality. Still other artists use absence to explore the relationship mankind has with the environment, employing objects as reminders of our indelible presence. However one defines the environment, this exhibition serves as a platform for dialogue and interpretation regarding the space we inhabit.

I would like to thank each of the artists who submitted work for this exhibition; each piece is a window into the passion and diversity of ideas that make this region such a valuable venue for the arts. Simultaneously, I am grateful to Sarah Steffens, Conley Clark, and the Arts Council for the invitation to serve as this year’s Regional Exhibition juror, and I am proud to play even a small role in presenting it to the greater community.  

- Joshua Newth


House not a Home: Church Warden by John Ford


 2nd Place

Dish Rack by Kari Woolsey


    Nashville, TN  by Shannon Randol 
    Treasure Hunt by Deanna Hoffman 
    Chairs by Cassaundra Sanderson 

Cassaundra Sanderson

Cherie Markham

Conley Clark

Dave Carter

Deanna Hoffman

Heather Robbins

Helen Towner

Janet Bixler

Jim Serrett
John Ford

Joni Hand

Juliana Comer

Justin Henry Miller

Karen Linduska

Kari Woolsey

Larry Braun

Larry Rhodes

Lee Copen 
Marty Riley

Mike Tenholder

Pat Patterson

Roxanna Cummings

Scott Arthur

Shannon Randol

Tom Neumeyer

Tyler Price

Vicki Outman