WWU to Display ‘Evidence of Life,” an Exhibit of Sculpture, Ink Drawings

Two Columbia artists—Michael Sleadd and Chris Teeter—will display their work at William Woods University this month. Sleadd is chair of the art department at Columbia College and a professional artist specializing in intricate pen and ink abstractions ink drawings. Teeter, a sculptor, is manager of Orr Street Studios.


Called “Evidence of Life,” the display is in WWU’s Mildred Cox Gallery Feb. 7-March 5. A reception will be held Friday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Gladys Woods Kemper Center for the Arts. It is free and open to the public. 


Sleadd has been at Columbia College since 1989. Before that he was a visiting professor at the University of Missouri for two years and at Stephens College for five years. He also taught at the University of Kentucky and Kentucky State University.


Teeter, who had a 28-year career as a piano tuner, turned to art in the 1980s. Working almost exclusively with steel, Teeter gets his materials in junkyards and at garage sales, and he frequently employs scraps of metal, bits and pieces of furniture and old machine parts.  He welds the pieces of steel, a process he became familiar with when he began working in machine shops and factories in St. Louis at age 15.


“I am passionate about sculpting because it is a fascinating blend of intuition, creation, intellect and hard manual labor,” Teeter says. “I am passionate about the studios on Orr Street because I love being around other artists and I want to see art take its rightful place in the make-up of Columbia.”


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


CUTLINE:  Examples of sculpture by Chris Teeter and ink drawings by Mike Sleadd.