Professor, Student to Display Nature, Wildlife Art

The nature and wildlife art of a William Woods University art professor and one of his students will be on display at the Runge Conservation Nature Center in Jefferson City, Jan. 5-Feb. 29.

Terry Martin, professor of art, and Sarah Williams, a sophomore art major from Brookfield, Mo., will display artwork they have completed in the university’s Mentor/Mentee program.

William Woods University’s Mentor/Mentee program provides an opportunity for students to participate in enrichment experiences outside of regular coursework. The program pairs a faculty member and a student for collaborative study, using investigative, research-related exploration.

“Being involved in the mentor/mentee program has taught me valuable lessons in formatting, framing and actually putting together a show,” Williams said. “Mr. Martin has been extremely helpful and encouraging throughout this program.”

Martin is well known for his nature paintings, has exhibited nationally and has won numerous competitions. Williams is no stranger to nature painting either. This past year, she won best of show in the Missouri Junior Duck Stamp Contest and third place in the national competition. She also had work selected for exhibition at the St. Louis Artist’s Guild.

The Runge Center will be the first stop for the traveling exhibit, which is titled, “Varied Art Media to Express the Natural World.” The exhibit will showcase a culmination of nature and wildlife art accompanied by artists’ comments for each piece.

“We hope this exhibit will provide enjoyment to the community,” Martin said. “We believe the arts are one of humanity’s most eloquent means of promoting conversation and may also provide a moment of pause and reflection in everyday life.”

Admission is free and open to the public. The Runge Center is located on Highway 179 in Jefferson City and is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information on the WWU exhibit, call the division of visual, performing and communication arts at William Woods (573-592-4245) or the Runge Center (573-526-5544).