BOBBY STORTS | Angel #1 , acrylic on textured canvas

ANTHONY SCHEFFLER | Teapot #6 , wood

SHARON SPILLAR | Uvalde , acrylic

ASIA LONG | Adam , from Flowers to the People series, mixed media


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.

Bobby Storts
painter, maker, visual storyteller


Anthony Scheffler

St. Louis

Sharon Spillar
contemporary abstract painter

Kansas City

Asia Long
visual artist


Anthony Scheffler | Introspection, wall hanging, cherry wood with ash and cardinal wood accents


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.

Bobby Storts |  Brain Fog, from Mindscapes series, acrylic on textured canvas


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. 

Sharon Spillar |  Rise, acrylic


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.

Asia Long |  This Bridge Called My Back, mixed media


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.


Victoria Johnson
visionary artist

Katarra Parson
musician, vocalist, producer
St. Louis

Andy Klein
metal fabricator and sculptor
Kansas City

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.