Best of Missouri Hands Awards Announced at WWU

PondAwards have been announced for the Best of Missouri Hands exhibition of juried artwork, which opens at William Woods University Wednesday (Aug. 25).


Award recipients are:

·    Joel Chrisman, Ashland, Mo., Best of Show for “Pond Series/Sunset,” a pastel  

·    Susan Lumsden, Thayer, Mo., first place for “Celebrating Normalcy,” a hand-dyed silk quilt  

·    Rachel Wilson, Reeds, Mo., second place for “Brown Betty,” a found wood sculpture  

·    Jerry Cox, Hillsboro, Mo., third place for “Mask,” a photo


Receiving honorable mention awards are:

·    Julie Wiegand, Berger, Mo., for “Summer Evening on Rolfing Road,” an oil

·    Don Casper, St. Louis, Mo., for “Palm, Sun, Rust,” an infrared digital photo

·    Cox for “Man in the Moon,” a wood mixed media sculpture

·    Ellen Klamon, St. Louis, Mo., for “Big Sur” and “Sandia Mountains,” Polaroid transfers

·    Renee Nilges, Linn, Mo., for “Rural Shadows,” an oil


Celebrating NormalcyThe fifth annual “Celebrating Creativity” show will be on display through Sept. 19 in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery, located in WWU’s Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. It is this year’s Natalie Collins Acker Memorial Exhibit, an annual event named for a 1932 WWU alumna who was a generous supporter of the arts at William Woods.


A “meet the artists” reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.


Brown BettyThe Best of Missouri Hands was founded in 1989 as the Missouri Artisans Association, a nonprofit corporation “dedicated to the development and recognition of Missouri arts and artisans through education, interaction and encouragement.”


The exhibition at WWU includes a cross-section of the current state of Missouri’s arts and fine crafts from members of Best of Missouri Hands. It contains paintings and drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry and mixed media.


The juror, Luanne Rimel, is an artist, curator and currently the senior Maskdirector, education and exhibition programs, at Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Mo. Her photographic imagery and textile work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, including Japan, China and Korea, and is in many private and corporate collections. She received an MFA in fibers from Southern Illinois University and has taught numerous workshops and classes around the country.

The Cox Gallery is open to the public Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays, 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 573-592-4245.