Best of Missouri Hands to Exhibit at William Woods

An exhibition of juried artwork featuring the Best of Missouri Hands artists will be on display at William Woods University Aug. 14 through Sept. 16. “Celebrating Creativity” will be held in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery located in WWU’s Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts.

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’s arts and artisans through education, interaction, and encouragement.”

According to the organization’s website, the show at William Woods “will have an incredible diversity of mediums, from the traditional to cutting edge.” The exhibition will include a cross-section of the current state of Missouri’s arts and fine crafts from members of Best of Missouri Hands. It will contain paintings and drawings, photographs, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, furniture and mixed media.

The art forms are so varied that Terry Martin, professor of art at William Woods, plans to use the exhibit to teach students to identify aspects of style, form and composition for the purpose of art criticism. Students will study the originals in September and assess what they have learned by reviewing and critiquing digital images at the end of the semester.

“This is a great mechanism to integrate the gallery program with the art curriculum, and to combine production with art critique,” Martin said.

“Celebrating Creativity” will be this year’s Natalie Collins Acker Memorial Exhibit, an annual event named for a WWU alumna who was a generous supporter of the arts at William Woods.

Susan Bostwick, a ceramic artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and included in several publications, will jury the exhibit. Bostwick has 25 years of experience teaching ceramics and drawing, with 15 years devoted to working in St. Louis community-based organizations.

A “meet the artists” reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16. The Cox Gallery is open to the public, free of charge, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Call 573-592-4245 for more information.