Two members of the William Woods University art faculty—Terry Martin, associate professor of studio art, and Jane Mudd, instructor of art—will have “plein air” art on display in the “Artists Along the Katy Trail, 2002” touring exhibit.
The exhibit will be displayed at several locations across the state, including the Rozier Gallery in Jefferson City (Jan. 5-Feb. 24), St. Louis Artists’ Guild (April 14-May 18), William Woods University (June 3-June 28), Springfield Art Museum (Aug. 31-Oct. 6-tentative), and Central Missouri State University (Nov. 11-Dec. 13).
Plein air art, meaning open-air painting, is painting outdoors on location in natural light, as opposed to working in a studio with artificial lighting. According to Martin, artists enjoy the challenge of plein air art because it forces them to work quickly due to changing patterns of light.
Artwork for the touring exhibit is selected by the St. Louis Artists’ Guild. Artists wanting their work considered for the tour must paint at designated locations along the Katy Trail in October. A stamp is placed on the back of finished pieces and digital photographs and videos are taken to ensure originality. After further review of all artwork, pieces are selected for the exhibit.
Although anyone can be a member of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild, certain criteria must be met by artists wanting their work considered for the exhibit. Artists must have been accepted in 10 national exhibits within five years, three being St. Louis Artists’ Guild shows.
This year more than 400 artists entered 800 paintings to be considered for the exhibit. Only 70 paintings were selected. Martin and Mudd each had one painting selected.
Martin and Mudd have been members of the Artists Along the Katy Trail Organization and have competed in the juried painting process since the inception of the project in the fall of 2000.
According to Martin, the “Artists Along the Katy Trail” project has impacted the St. Louis area and beyond.
“With strong attendance from both artists and the public, a new appreciation for the arts and Missouri’s natural beauty is occurring,” he said.