Best of Missouri Hands Exhibit Returns to WWU

An exhibition of juried artwork, featuring the Best of Missouri Hands artists, will return to William Woods University, Aug. 25 through Sept. 19. A “meet the artists” reception will be held Sunday, Sept. 19, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Cow - Best of Missouri HandsThe fifth annual “Celebrating Creativity” show will be held 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.


The 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 ofSunflower 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 director, education and Horseexhibition 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.                           



“Rolfing Road Neighbors,” an oil on canvas by Julie Wiegand


“Sunflower Morning Glory,” a photograph by Martin Spilker


“Brown Betty,” a found wood sculpture by Rachel Wilson