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The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is proud to present the annual 2019-2020 Regional Juried Exhibition. The Regional Juried Exhibition is open to all area artists, 18 years and older living within the five state region of Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Kentucky. Entries must be original, not previously exhibited at the Arts Council or in any Arts Council sponsored juried exhibit. Interested artists can find the prospectus below.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri will host an opening reception for the annual Regional Juried Exhibition on Friday, December 6, 2019 from 5 - 9 pm. The show will be on display until January 25, 2020 and feature pieces by 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 are encouraged to submit works that interpret any aspect of the Southeast Missouri region as well as its bordering states. Accepted artists represent Missouri, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Arkansas.

Exhibition Dates: December 6, 2019 - January 25, 2020
Exhibition Location: 
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16B N. Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701

The artwork for the 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition will be selected by April Goeke, an artist and arts educator. April Goeke is a local artist and teacher who lives in Herrin, IL. She graduated from Murray State University with a BS in Art. Later on, she completed her MFA in Painting at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. 

Her artwork has been shown in regional and national juried exhibitions including the Smithsonian in Washington DC. Her paintings have won several awards. She also has taught a variety of art classes at Shawnee Community College and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale such as Painting, Photography, Ceramics, and Drawing.

Currently, April Goeke spends most of her time creating new work, but also periodically teaches at the Hartley Art Gallery in Herrin, IL.

I am honored to have served as the juror for the 2019 Regional Juried Exhibition. It is clear there is much talen and creativity to be found in this region. Judging the submissions was a great challenge as all the works were filled with passion and ingenuity.

When curating the art, I wanted to show the creative diversity of the area. I looked at the works’ concept, aesthetics, and skill when making my selections. I hope the audience enjoys the show and finds it as exciting and thought-provoking as I do.     

-April Goeke

Swing for the Fences 

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   Hopelessly Optimistic
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   Before the Storm

   Willa & Law

 Larry Braun
Josephine Young
Jack Moore
Mack Ramsey
Tom Neumeyer
Helen Towner
Janet Chamberlain
Suzanne Mortimer
Jim Serrett
Lesley Eby
Melissa Whittaker
Karen Sellars
Allie Gilmore
Scott Chaddon
Loria Chaddon
Tracy Foster
Rochelle Steffen
Joshua Newth 

 If you have any questions regarding this exhibit, please contact us at 573-334-9233