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One of the most frequent questions the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is asked is:

 “How can I show my artwork with the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri?”

We love being able to display monthly exhibitions in our galleries! There are four main ways for an adult artist to display their artwork with us: Become a Member, Enter a Juried Exhibition, Apply for a Full-Gallery Exhibit, and to Join the Visual Arts Cooperative. Below we go into detail on each option!

Don't forget - There are many places to show, share, and sell your artwork at in Cape Girardeau and Southeast Missouri! If none of the options below work for you, visit our Visual Arts Venues list and our First Friday with the Arts list and see if there is another location that suits your needs.

Additionally, we host a Calls for Artists page, under the "Resources" tab above, which compiles calls for artists from the five state-region. If you have any questions, please give us a call at 573-334-9233 or email Conley Clark at conley@capearts.org.



Every September, the Arts Council hosts an exhibition to celebrate our Member Artists and showcase their work! All Member Artists are eligible to bring in one work of art of their choosing, within certain size limitations included in the prospectus. The Members Exhibit has grown to become one our largest and most diverse shows of the year. To view information on last year's Members Exhibit, visit www.capearts.org/MembersShow.aspx

To become a member of the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, visit www.capearts.org/BecomeAMember


Each year the Arts Council has 2-3 open months for solo, two-person, or group exhibitions. The exhibition schedule is established a year in advance at a spring meeting between March - May. The Arts Council is presently booked for solo exhibitions through 2019. Therefore, we do not recommend submitting proposals at this time.

Each application should include the following information:
  • Exhibit Proposal (Who will be exhibiting, what kind of works will be exhibited.)
  • Artist Statement on Proposal. (What do your works as collective say or try to convey to the audience.)
  • Resume or List of Related Experiences
  • List of References (e.g. Galleries that you've exhibited at, arts groups that you are part of, etc.)
  • Portfolio of Works/ At least 6 Images (High-Res Digital Images highly preferred; Images also accepted on a C.D. or by Physical Photographs of your Pieces. C.D.s and photographs will not be returned.)


The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri holds three juried exhibitions each year, two at the Arts Council galleries and one off-site. A juried exhibition is an art exhibition in which artists submit their work for consideration and a juror (usually a professional artist, faculty member, curator, or gallery owner) selects which pieces will be on display and win awards. Each juried show has a Prospectus which goes over all of the eligibility requirements and entry process. the prospectus is sent out with a Call to Artists, which we will include at: www.capearts.org/CallsForArtists.aspx

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri’s Juried Exhibitions are:

Regional Juried Exhibition

  • Open to Artists: From Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Tennessee
  • Call Opens: September
  • Asks 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.
  • On Display: Annually from December - January
  • Location: At the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Gallery
  • For more information, please visit: www.capearts.org/RegionalShow.aspx
Art for the Health of It
  • Open to Artists: Within a 175 Mile Radius of Cape Girardeau, MO
  • Call Opens: April
  • On Display: Annually June - August
  • Location: Sponsored by SoutheastHEALTH and held at Southeast Hospital.
  • View information from our last Art for the Health of It exhibition, including participating artists and winning artwork at: www.capearts.org/ArtForTheHealthOfIt.aspx
National Juried Exhibition
  • Open to Artists: Within the United States.
  • Call Opens: February
  • Exhibition theme changes annually.
  • On Display: Annually from June – July.
  • Location: At the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Gallery



If you would like to show your artwork on a regular basis, you might consider applying to join the Visual Arts Cooperative. The Visual Arts Cooperative is made up of about 50 local and regional artists. It was formed by artist and retired physician Jean A. Chapman as a way to offer opportunities for members to show and sell their artwork on a continuing basis. The formation coincided with the Arts Council's move to the location at 32 N. Main Street, where an additional gallery, named the Jean A. Chapman Gallery after the Co-op's founder, provided a display space for the group of artists. The Arts Council's move to 16 North Spanish Street in 2016 provided the Visual Arts Cooperative with a brand new gallery for their new exhibits every month, giving each artist a chance to bring in a new piece.

The works displayed each month contain a wide variety of styles and media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, digital, sculpture and photography. "Our goal is to show fine art of the highest quality produced locally," said Dr. Chapman.

If you would like to join, please click here for more information.