Summer 2023 at the University Galleries featured nationally recognized and reviewed exhibitions.
Brick City Gallery
Unfolding the Map, work by Sharon Harper
July 5 – August 4
Part of the ongoing emeritus series, Unfolding the Map features work in painting, drawing, ceramics, and crochet that use visual metaphors and self-portraits to create a personal narrative of Harper’s own life experiences.
“My process of working has not changed much over the years: I respond to my current thoughts, surroundings, and materials to find my way. Not sure of what will come next, my map unfolds as the journey continues.”
Unfolding the Map was featured in SECAC’s 2023 Online Exhibition Reviews.
Carolla Arts Exhibition Center
The Carolla Arts Exhibition Center annually hosts the fine arts final showcase for the Missouri Fine Arts Academy every June. The Missouri Fine Arts Academy (MFAA) is a two-week summer residential program for highly motivated student artists in visual arts, theatre, dance, creative writing, and music. The Academy offers an intensive schedule of classes in interdisciplinary and discipline-specific arts, and a wide range of co-curricular activities. MFAA is conducted with the support and cooperation of Missouri State University, and is funded through program fees, grants, endowments, scholarships, and private donations.
The Figure, Reclaimed
A Renaissance of the body in visual culture, co-curated by Jodi McCoy and Mara Cressey
July 5 – August 4
The Figure, Reclaimed, seeks to celebrate and explore the Renaissance of the female body and the female figurative painter in visual culture. Through the work of Aneka Ingold and Livia Xandersmith, this exhibition explores how female figurative painters have combined the traditional art of figurative painting with contemporary, stylized approaches to redefine and expand upon what it means to be a figurative painter, ruminate on the female experience, and how representations of the female body are consumed.