FEATURED ARTISTS PROGRAM
Our new Missouri Featured Artists for December
With this new foursome joining our roster this month, our Missouri Featured Artists Program embarks on its fourth year! We have spotlit nearly 150 imaginative makers from throughout the state: painters, pencil artists, sculptors, dancers, singers, instrumental musicians, poets, novelists, filmmakers, ceramicists, jewelry artists, glass artists, and many more who create in myriad other ways. You’ll find them all in the ever-growing gallery below our current highlighted quartet.
artist-maker | St. Louis
My intent and challenge is to create unique contemporary forms that evoke a personal and consequential response.
While in high school I would escape the orchestration of suburbia by bicycling for miles toward New Orleans, making my way to the river, arriving at dawn in the French Quarter. It was a fascination with the rich character of “The Quarter,” evident in its smells, sounds, and architecture that drew me back so often, informing my exploration of the power and appeal of shapes. In 2008, I began showing my work, which includes vessels, teapots, and wall sculptures, several of which are now in private and corporate collections, including the Fleur Bresler Collection and the permanent collection of The Kamm Teapot Foundation. Although known for my unique slab-built wooden teapots and vessels, my wall hangings best reflect my fascination with intersections, which I consider the “roux” of contemporary design.
painter, maker, visual storyteller | Augusta
My themes are diverse with a long list of inspiration that includes nature, music, texture, mind, body, spirituality, love, peace, curiosity, and discovery.
My career as a graphic designer and art teacher has taken me from growing up in Peoria Heights, Illinois, to college in Carbondale, Illinois, and St. Charles, Missouri, to Scottsdale, Arizona, back to the St. Louis area, and now to Augusta. During my recent 19 years as a high school art teacher, I was fortunate to get to work with kids to change their minds on the importance of art and to help them gain an appreciation for the fine arts. While teaching was extremely rewarding, it left little time for me, “the artist.” I retired this past July, and I’m excited for the transition from classroom to my own studio. I’ve prepped others to be touched by art; it’s now time for me to take personal self-explorations to find deeper meaning in my own artwork. I’m excited for the next chapter in my artistic journey and to seek new challenges in a field I love.
contemporary abstract painter | Kansas City
Color for me is life. It lifts me up and makes me smile.
My contemporary abstract paintings are a reflection of my inner world. I use color, shape, and form to express my emotions, thoughts, and experiences. I am not interested in creating realistic representations of the word around me. Instead, I want to create something that is purely personal and expressive. My paintings are often based on memories, dreams, and visions. I try to capture the essence of these experiences in my work. I am not interested in telling a story or conveying a specific message. Instead, I want to create something that is open to interpretation. I hope that my paintings will evoke a sense of wonder and discovery in the viewer. I want them to be a source of inspiration and reflection. I believe that art has the power to connect us on a deeper level, and I hope my work can help to create a more understanding and compassionate world.
visual artist | Columbia
In art, just as in life: we must draw lines where we see fit.
I have always been creative since I can remember. My official Art journey started after I spent two years doing activism work, when I decided art could be a useful way to convey what I feel. Mostly, I work with acrylics and mixed media. My Flowers to the People series was my first start at getting involved with fiber arts. This really speaks to me because I love to use materials that have a relation to the subject matter. I grew up really poor and was raised to use what I had at the time. My upbringing didn’t have the means to value art as a resource, and that was my reality for a long time. I declared myself an artist only about two years ago. It’s just really hard to see what you’re capable of when you’re in an environment of oppression. Now, as a self-taught artist, I hope my viewers see a bit of themselves in my work and continue to take that reminder with them on their journey in life.
OUR FEATURED ARTISTS FROM THE BEGINNING THROUGH NOVEMBER 2023
The Featured Artists program promotes and supports individual artists and demonstrates the variety of creative Missouri talent.
We feature four artists each month. We highlight and promote each month’s artists via the homepage of the Missouri Arts Council website, the Featured Artists page on the website, monthly email, social media, and links to the artists’ websites. Artists receive a $300 stipend/license fee to feature their work online. We appreciate the administrative support of Mid-America Arts Alliance.
Individual Missouri-resident artists of any medium with online work that they have ownership to license. (Groups are not eligible.) Mediums may include (but are not limited to) visual art, literature, music, video, dance, theater, storytelling, and traditional arts.
Our aim through all of our Featured Artists promotions, from our website to social media, is to drive people to the artist’s own website, where they can then learn more about the artist and experience more of the artist’s work. This means an artist’s website must have multiple examples of their work.
For film artists, this entails videos. For performing artists, this entails videos or audio recordings. These can be hosted on the artist’s website itself or at an exterior website. If the videos/recordings are not hosted on the artist’s own website, that website must provide a very obvious element that lets people know exactly where the art can be experienced online. The link to videos/recordings’ location must be clearly given. People must be able to listen to/watch the recordings/videos without any subscription, for free, such as on YouTube.
For literary artists, this entails text versions or performances of the artwork. Text versions of poetry should include the full poem. Text versions of fiction and non-fiction prose should feature substantial multi-paragraph excerpts, and more than one artwork must be excerpted. Both text versions and performances can be published/hosted on the artist’s website itself or at an exterior website. If text versions and performance videos/recordings are not published/hosted on the artist’s own website, that website must provide a very obvious element that lets people know exactly where the art can be experienced online. The link to the location of the text or the videos/recordings’ location must be clearly given. People must be able to listen to/watch the recordings/videos without any subscription, for free, such as on YouTube.
The website of Missouri’s 2021-2023 Poet Laureate, Maryfrances Wagner, is an excellent example of both entire poems published on the artist’s own site and of links to exterior sites where her poems can be read.
Artist’s biography: It is ideal, although not required, that the artist’s “about” biography on their website make their residence within Missouri explicit by specifying the town/city or region where they live.
No; an effective website is an essential part of this program. Without it, there is nothing to promote, neither your work NOR a place to send people to benefit you.
While your Instagram, Facebook page, Twitter page etc. can supplement with social engagement, these sites do not effectively showcase your work, nor are they as easily accessed or managed as a website. Moreover, Instagram requires that viewers have their own Instagram account in order to view the content, so it is not a fully open platform. Therefore, having ONLY a social media page without ALSO having a website is not enough to be considered as a Featured Artist.
Propose your work for consideration via this online form. Support your application with links to your website and other online platforms where your work is located. No work may be sent as an attachment. Work that cannot be accessed online may not be considered. Artists retain full ownership and rights to their work. Artists will allow with their consideration a limited use right to feature their work on the Missouri Art Council website and other platforms. There is no fee to apply.
Artists should apply for the program ONLY ONCE. Applications are kept on file for future consideration.
The Missouri Arts Council staff selects artists with diverse demographics and locations throughout the state who are producing quality original work in a variety of art mediums and genres.
Artists will be contacted directly if they have been selected. If you are not contacted, do not despair! All applicants will continue to be considered as the program continues monthly.
Artists need apply for this program ONLY ONCE. Applications are kept on file for future consideration.
We will continue this program through June 30, 2022. If funding allows, this program may continue.