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The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri was proud to present the annual Regional Juried Exhibition. TheRegional 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 hosted an opening reception for the annual Regional Juried Exhibition on Friday, December 7 from 5 - 9 pm. The show was on display until January 26, 2019 and featured 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 7, 2018 - January 26, 2019

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


  Jennifer Higerd grew up in a small town in Northwest
Kansas. She received her BA cum laude in French,
Political Science, and International Studies from Kansas
State University and a Diplôme d’Études Françaises
(Diploma of French Studies) from the Université de
Rennes II in Rennes, France. She earned a BFA in
Graphic Design and an MFA in Ceramics from Fort
Hays State University.
  She has traveled extensively in Western Europe,
particularly in France, and taught in the Ivory Coast in
West Africa. In the U.S., Jennifer has taught a variety of
subjects to high school students, hearing impaired
students, college students, and adult learners.
Her work has been exhibited in regional and national
juried competitions. She is an Art Instructor and Gallery
Coordinator at East Central College in Union, Missouri.

The human instinct towards beauty intrigues me. Across time and place, we see manifested the desire to adorn and enhance our homes, our bodies, our rituals, the objects around us, and on and on. The related human impulse to make likewise fascinates me. The generative act of creating sometimes feels like the moment when we are most alive, most human. This intersection of the desire for making and the desire for beauty is where I locate this show. 

The abundance of and within the works submitted made the selection choices both difficult and delightful. I enjoyed savoring the variety of works... such an array of media, style, and content. Clearly the passion and joy of each maker was present. In selecting the works, my choices relied on adeptness in handling the media, unique vision of the maker, and the spark of delight, as well as celebrating makers at different points in their artist journey. 

Thank you to Angela Sander and the Arts Council for inviting me to jury this year’s Regional Exhibition. Many thanks to the artists who submitted work – thank you for sharing a piece of yourself.

- Jennifer Higerd

Sarah Capps
January Thaw
Jesse Avina
Enemies Strengthen Allies Weaken (fictions #8)



Jim Serrett
Short and Stout
 Robert Ressel
Fruit, Bow, and Picture

 Carey Netherton
Monochrome: Cadmium Red

 Tony Abboreno
 Julie Dale
Vicki Outman 
 Michelle Spencer
 Clarence Alford
 Jimmy Gockel
 Robert Ressel
 E. Suzanne Suggs Mortimer
 Jesse Avina
 Hazel Grant
 Hannah Sanders
 Mike Tenholder
 Sarah Capps
 Lisa Maione
 Jim Serrett
 Tyler Webb
 Dave Carter
 Jack Moore
 Brenda Seyer
 Steve Whitworth
 Tom Cody
 Carey Netherton
 William Sieber
 Juanita Wyman
   Tom Neumeyer
 Randy Simmons