WWU Features Exhibit by Missouri Art Teachers

Art teachers are known for encouraging the creativity of their students, but seldom do they get recognition for their own artwork. The upcoming art exhibit at William Woods University aims to change that.


The invitational exhibition of works by Missouri art teachers was created to recognize them for their artistry and service to the community.


The exhibit is scheduled to run Feb. 17 through March 17 in the Mildred M. Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. A reception, open to the public, will conclude the exhibit. It will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 17.


Among the artists represented in the exhibit from the Fulton area are: Debbie Humphrey, Missouri School for the Deaf; Chris Daily, Fulton High School; Alan Miles, McIntire Elementary School, and Terry Luebbert, New Bloomfield.


From Columbia—Connie Zullo and Jo Donati Shaw, Hickman High School; Allan Richardson, (retired) Jefferson Junior High School; Jo Anne Bereche, Columbia Public Schools, and Jan Wagner, Academic Support Center, University of Missouri.


From the St. Louis area—Jerry Thomas, Bettie Polites, Jaclyn Lawson and Shirley Nachtrieb, St. Louis Artists Guild; Kim Foster and Grant Kniffen, Parkway School District; JoAnn Stremsterfer, Hazelwood School District; Helen Hume, St. Louis School District, and Beverly Lake Hoffman, Meramec Community College.


From other communities—Ann De Rosier and Charlotte Middleton, Jefferson City High School; Janis Burgin, Jefferson City Council for the Arts; Carol Bramon, Mexico Public Schools; Rebecca Berry, Van-Far High School; Brenda Benson, Monroe City; Amy Harris, Iberia High School; Pam Doss, Winfield High School, J. Dowhower, Fort Osage District #1 and Virginia Dragschutz, St. Peters Community Arts Coalition.

“Diverse creative works by artists/teachers from public, and private schools, as well as guilds, are represented in this distinct body of work,” Terry Martin, professor of art at William Woods University, said. “These individuals have demonstrated excellence by consistently producing high quality works of art and by providing art instruction to art students. This exhibition recognizes their effort and creative talent.”


The smaller gallery contains a selection of landscape paintings by Jerry Thomas, who will judge the teachers’ exhibition. Thomas is an award-winning impressionism artist, instructor, author, art demonstrator and critic.


The St. Louis Watercolor Society has recognized him as “Artist Laureate of The Year.” He has also served as president of the St. Louis Artists’ Guild and has taught classes there for more than 14 years.


Thomas works extensively with other art organizations and educational institutions in the region. He also created the largest collection of paintings and drawings (315 pieces) of the Missouri Botanical Garden ever done by an individual artist.


Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (573) 592-4245.