CB Adams | Hot Tomato, from Wrought Project, photograph

Dana Neuenschwander | North Campbell Alley View, acrylic

Lady J Huston  | cover art for CD single Hide-Away

John Rutkowski |  What Was Left Behind No. 3, acrylic, sand, and graphite on canvas


Explore our new Missouri Featured Artists for April – and all the rest

Since we founded our Missouri Featured Artists Program in December 2020, we have highlighted nearly 170 imaginative makers from throughout the state. We’ve brought you 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.

CB Adams

St. Charles

Dana Neuenschwander
painter / teacher


Lady J Huston
vocalist, trumpeter, songwriter, producer, band leader, spokesperson, advocate

St. Louis

John Rutkowski


Dana Neuenschwander |  Shelvin Roots, acrylic


painter / teacher | Nixa

I love to express beauty and liveliness through slightly over-saturated colors, exaggerated lines, and proportions. This allows a story to unfold on the canvas that relates to somewhat of an Ozarks-style fairy tale or spinning a yarn.

I specialized in automotive airbrush from 1998 to 2014, with notable commissions for John Paul DeJoria’s Patron Tequila, the St. Louis Blues, and Merle Haggard. Following my diagnosis of cancer in 2014, I retired from airbrushing. Although this illness has left challenges, it has not stopped me from creating and teaching. My current acrylic work examines the Ozarks area under a detective-like lens. I need to engage in all that the scene offers, which includes the messiness of power lines, trash canisters, cars, downed trees, brush, rocks, and fungus. I enjoy focusing on views that are not usually considered every day. To put forth within the composition beguiling ways of looking at the objects buildings, paths, forest, fiends, streets that make up these altered visuals rendered with a slight exaggeration of color, value, and form.

John Rutkowski |  I Suppose, acrylic, oil stick, graphite, and paper on canvas


painter | Springfield

My art is not about replicating what I see or know. It’s about expressing how I feel. And there is beauty in the mess. The finished work can appear minimalistic but the process is anything but.

My painting has evolved from editorial illustration, where I interpreted external content and developed paintings with a clear plan, to that of an abstract painter, where I’m exploring a more personal expression with a process that is spontaneous and full of discovery. Consistent from the beginning is a fascination with texture and layering. When I work now, I like to begin by “seasoning” raw canvases. They lie on my studio floor and I walk over them, as as apply things like bleach, graphite, and acrylic washes. From this foundation, I use paint, objects, marks, and scratches. I am intrigued by how these elements combine and work in tandem to bring to life the thoughts or feelings I want to express. The application of these elements and the act of creating each piece establish a physical connection to the work. This energetic link is just as much a part of the story as the idea or feeling that prompts it.

Lady J Huston |  Groove Me Baby album


vocalist, trumpeter, songwriter, producer, band leader, spokesperson, advocate | St. Louis

My shows deliver high energy entertainment and encourage engagement from the audience. Music can soothe the savage beast and make the timid get off their feet!

My mother was a fabulous songstress I’d tag along becoming a child prodigy dancer on her shows. Learning the flutophone and drums in grade school, I graduated high school as a trumpeter, vocalist, valedictorian, and voted “Most Talented Female.” In college I started as a music theory/composition major then switched and earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. I toured as trumpeter and then music director with Albert King. I lived for 25 years in Las Vegas, winning Blues awards, features on national TV, and more. I returned to my St. Louis roots due to a health crisis and defied the odds. In 2023 I released my first album, Groove Me Baby , receiving great reviews and awards. This year I’ve been awarded a grant by Music to Life to teach Black teens about their family tree and how American music is rooted in the Blues. I’ll be performing at the Missouri Arts Council’s Creative Missouri convening on April 27.

CB Adams | Big Wheel, photograph, using Holga Toy Camera


writer-photographer | St. Charles

Almost all of my exhibited and award-winning photographs have been created in Missouri, including my own backyard. My goal is always to convey the universal within the local.

Through words or images, my goal is to create art that resonates, inviting viewers to see, and then see again, the world around them. I create photographs with a wide range of formats, from the intricate detail provided by large-format bellows cameras to the raw authenticity of cheap plastic cameras. Each format offers a unique opportunity to capture moments in a way that invites viewers to delve deeper into the story behind the images. My photographs have been showcased in more than 30 exhibitions nationwide including galleries in New York City, Boston, Salt Lake City, and New Orleans; purchased by an extensive cadre of collectors; and published in numerous magazines and journals including Genre Urban Arts and Midwest Review . My book-equivalent collection of short stories has been published in River Styx, Zoetrope All-Story Extra, and Elder Mountain: A Journal of Ozarks Studies, among others.  


Justin Kidston

Mark Hurd
digital graphic artist
St. Louis

Sylvia Augustus
Kansas City

Asia Long
visual artist

Victoria Johnson
visionary artist

Katherine Martínez
St. Louis

James Hall
sculptor / fabricator
Fair Grove

Benedetta Orsi
opera singer
St. Louis

Anthony Scheffler
St. Louis

Katarra Parson
musician, vocalist, producer
St. Louis

Steve Snell
painter / filmmaker / adventure artist
Kansas City

I. Lynn Garriott Porter
artist / proprietor of Garriott Porter Art Studio, LLC / art instructor

Joseph Pintz
ceramic artist

Sharon Spillar
contemporary abstract painter
Kansas City

Andy Klein
metal fabricator and sculptor
Kansas City

Darlene Spell
nature photographer
Scott City

Mary Silwance
imaginer, writer, educator
Kansas City

Evan Church
St. Charles

Bobby Storts
painter, maker, visual storyteller

Andrew Jones

Mee Jey
multidisciplinary artist
St. Louis

Ted Hinrichs
abstract painter
Kansas City

Jo Narron

Gary Staab
PaleoArtist, animalier, sculptor

Richard Prosch
Jefferson City

Linda Wilmes

Askia Bilal

Jennifer Walker
Kansas City

Lillian Gardner
visual artist, poet, musician, dancer, mentor
St. Louis

Laurie Van Mondfrans
Dardenne Prairie

David Borrok
professor and photographer

Luke “Skippy” Harbur
creative producer and entertainer
Kansas City

Nicole Hanna
glass fusing artist

Ray Harvey
New Haven

Ruben Castillo
artist and educator
Kansas City

Amy S. Miller
painter, illustrator, designer
St. Louis

Dan Woodward

John Fennell

cartoonist, editor, professor
St. Louis

Jana Dunn
paper artist, creative entrepreneus
Kansas City

Marilynne Bradley
Webster Groves

Aimee Fresia
visual artist, teacher, chicken-wrangler
Lee’s Summit

Lew Aytes
sculptor, curator, teacher

Essex Garner
Jefferson City

Travis Bond
artist: graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, pastel

Rick Wright
Kansas City

Jane Ballard
Shell Knob

Hayveyah McGowan
multidisciplinary artist and designer
St. Louis

Garrett SixOne Jackson
Osage Beach

Jenny Molberg
poet, professor, editor
Kansas City

Gonz Jove
muralist/fine artist/sculptor
St. Louis

Michelle D. Harvey
scenic designer and visual storyteller

Nela Navarrine
visual artist and media mixer

Angel Brame
ceramic artist

William Fields
nature photographer, writer, teacher, philosopher

Cesar Lopez
artist and arts organizer
Kansas City

Lynnette Horn

Douglas Dale
sculptor and fiber artist
St. Louis

Lanjiabao Ge
pianist, pedagogue

Steve Paul
writer etc.
Kansas City

Eddie Moore
Kansas City

Michael Munster

nature and wildlife photographer

Christine Riutzel

painter, muralist, interior designer

Elinor Harrison

dancer/movement scientist
St. Louis

Wanda Taylor

color pencil artist

Michael McClure

Willow Springs

Randy Bacon

portrait photographer

Simiya Sudduth

visual artist and art educator
St. Louis

Gregory Stout

novelist/railroad historian
Cape Girardeau

Cristina Núñez


Molly Simms

(not your typical) singer/songwriter
St. Louis

Nick Gadbois

surrealist, cement artist, innovator, career starter for other artists
Kansas City

Joshua Newth
Cape Girardeau

Teri Moore
artist who draws

Clarissa Knighten
jewelry artist/sculptor
Kansas City

Daniel Biegelson
writer, teacher, transparent eyeball

Laurel DeFreece
painter, collage artist, photographer, encaustic artist, papermaker, printmaker, designer

Paige Alyssa
singer, songwriter, producer

St. Louis

Butch Murphy
metal sculptor
Bellair & Kansas City

Steve Wiegenstein
author, speaker, teacher

Alicia Farris
painter of life, workshop instructor

Kirk Decker

Kendall Hart
sculptor, illustrator

Kim Bouldin-Jones
mixed media artist and photographer
St. Charles

JT Daniels
Kansas City

Lisa Franko
print and collage artist

Jodie Sutton
encaustic artist

W. Mark Akin
classical guitarist
St. Louis

Benjamin Parks
artist, painter
Kansas City

Mick Byrd
original songwriter, musician

Yolanda (YORO) Newson
jewelry designer, fashion artist, wardrobe stylist, set creator
St. Louis

Jo Stealey
fiber and mixed media artist

BT in America
musician, instrumental solo guitarist, music arranger
Stockton Lake Area

Michael Bauermeister

Kelley Carman
St. Louis & Paris

Sheri Purpose Hall
author, spoken word artist
Kansas City

Karen E. Griffin, Art by .E Lewis
textile and performing artist, educator, tour manager, storyteller, speaker, co-author, radio co-host
Kansas City

Kaitlyn McConnell
Ozarks story sharer

Ken Konchel
St. Louis

Ken Nichols

Joseph Puleo
St. Louis

Joha Bisone
Kansas City

Linda Hoover
muralist, watercolorist, portrait artist, caricaturist

Limmie Pulliam
opera singer, arts activist

Lee Copen
artist, teacher
Mountain View

Melissa Donoho
mix media artist
Kansas City

Vince Martin
St. Louis

Dave Walker
fiber artist

Joachim Knill
installation artist

Cheryl Eve Acosta
metalsmith, sculptor, jeweler
Kansas City

Andrew Batcheller
installation artist
Kansas City

Sukanya Mani
interdisciplinary artist

Dana Forrester
watercolor painter

Marco Rosichelli
conceptual artist
Kansas City

Candice Ivory
musician, vocalist, composer, visual artist
St. Louis

Janey Seamans Hale
West Plains

Poet t.l. sanders
language artist, author, actor, educator, consultant, filmmaker
Kansas City

Priscilla Block
visual artist
St. Louis

Andy Thomas

Brie Duey
painter, magical realist

Denise Thimes
songstress, motivational speaker
St. Louis

Malcolm “Airbrush Assassin” McCrae
artist, author, speaker, entrepreneur
Southeast Missouri

Genevieve Flynn
silversmith, artist, educator
Kansas City

David Spear
muralist, illustrator, graphic/exhibit designer

Mollie Chounard
St. Ann

Eric Ordway
ceramic artist, potter, teacher

Russell Nelson
designer, illustrator, watercolor artist, educator

Glyneisha Johnson
poly disciplinary artist, educator, community care taker
Kansas City

Allison L. Norfleet Bruenger
mixed media jewelry and assemblage artist
St. Louis

Kyle Selley
firework artist, visual artist, art educator
Kansas City

Lisa Bartlett
mixed media artist, painter

Ray Cardwell
singer songwriter from the Ozarks
Jefferson City

Azaria Rianne Hogans
choreographer, dancer, educator

Greg Holden
artist, photographer, inquisitive observer, thankful human being

Patrick Rafferty
guitarist, teacher

Barb Byrne
fused glass artist
Pleasant Hill

Gary Cadwallader
painter of acrylics and watercolor

Byron von Rosenberg
poet, illustrator, storyteller
Byrnes Mill

Regina Willard
contemporary impressionist
West Plains

Hyejin Cho
concert pianist, educator

Grant Kniffen
Dardenne Prairie

Laura Bigger
artist, printmaker

Ralph Hepola

Jen Everett
interdisciplinary artist
St. Louis

James Douglas Cox
metal artist

Natalie Wiseman
visual artist

Kevin Umaña
painter, ceramics sculptor
Kansas City

Nartana Premachandra
dancer, writer, storyteller
St. Louis

Wanda K. Tyner
glass artist
Lee’s Summit

F.C. Shultz
author, poet, reader
Webb City

Lindsey Dunnagan
visual artist

Brian Owens
soul musician/vocalist
St. Louis

Anand Prahlad
literary author, musician/songwriter, filmmaker, teaching artist

Brenda Beck Fisher
painter, watercolorist, interpreter of the beauty in the world

Anne Garney
landscape painter, fauve, expressionist
Kansas City

Jeffrey Noonan
musician: performer, teacher, scholar
St. Louis

Whitney Manney
fashion and textile designer
Kansas City

Justin Hamm
poet, photographer, citizen of the American Middle West

Robin Van Hoozer
artist, painter, maker of unusual things
St. Joseph

Bobby Norfolk
storyteller, author, teaching artist
St. Louis


What is the program’s goal?

The Featured Artists program promotes and supports individual artists and demonstrates the variety of creative Missouri talent.

How does the program work?

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.

Who is eligible?

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.

What kind of content on an artist’s website is required?

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.

May artists participate if they don’t have a website?

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.

How do artists apply?

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.

How are Featured Artists selected?

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.

How will artists know if they are selected?

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.

How often should artists apply?

Artists need apply for this program ONLY ONCE. Applications are kept on file for future consideration.

How long will this program last?

We will continue this program through June 30, 2022. If funding allows, this program may continue.