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MoOverThereMissouri Over There, WWI Traveling Exhibit

Exhibition: January 16- February 23, 2018

Gallery Reception and Guest Lecture: January 30, 5:00 - 7:00 PM



Over 156,000 Missourians went “over there” to serve in World War I, resulting in more than 11,000 casualties.  Prominent Missourians who fought in the War include Generals John J. Pershing and Enoch Crowder, future President Harry S. Truman, and Walt Disney. The last surviving U.S. veteran from World War I, Frank Buckles, was a Missouri native.

As part of a larger exploration of Missouri’s contribution to WWI (1914-1918), this traveling exhibit is touring five community college campuses across the state to give residents a closer look at the local war effort. The exhibit features 7 double-sided panels with end caps featuring notable Missourians who served in WWI, as well as two interactive kiosks & a short documentary film curated by Missouri Over There staff.

Visit missourioverthere.org to view an extensive digital collection of historical documents, photographs, artifacts, oral histories and other primary source material from museums, archives, libraries, and private collections from across Missouri.  Funding and logistical support is provided in part by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Springfield-Greene County Library.




50 by Murphy: A Retrospective of Illustration & Fine Art

Exhibition: August 22 - September 23
Gallery Reception: September 9, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00pm


Dennis Murphy


I was born and raised in Kalamazoo, Michigan. My first exposure to art was in the back room of a wallpaper store where they had a display of fine art posters: I found Dali’s Crucifixion (Corpus Hypercubicus) and was completely mesmerized. It made me want to create. My brother Mike and I would sit on our front porch and have drawing wars: He would sketch a boat and I would make a submarine to sink it. This went on for years and drawing on the blank side of restaurant placemats has become a family tradition.

At our library I discovered all the great illustrators of the day, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfied Parrish, Marshall Arisman, Milton Glaser and with them the power of image. When I went away to college at the University of Missouri, I not only studied painting, design and drawing but also made art for many underground newspapers that were so prevalent in the late sixties.

After completing my BFA I set up a freelance studio making fine art and illustration. Clients included The Columbia Daily Tribune, Missouri Medical Review, MacMillian Books, Beacon Press, and more. I continued expanding my skill set by taking postgraduate courses, attending media specific workshops (silver point, color pencil, print making and paper casting) and by doing collaborative work with other artists.

In 2000 I was offered a position as an illustrator with University of Missouri Extension. This included design work, art direction, information graphics and illustration. During this time I wrote several grants and was funded (subjects included digital art making, photography, botanical art and scientific drawing). I also advocated for the arts, participating in local institutions such as First Night and Habitat For Humanity. I taught both children and adults for Columbia Public Schools and worked with Lee Expressive Arts School students to create their own art gallery. I was selected in 2013 for a month long artist residency at the Ondarte Center in Akumal, Mexico.

In 2015 I retired from the University of Missouri and began to concentrate on fine art series. These include a collection of portraits of cast off containers, wrappers and coverings as well as a group of maps that I painted or drew on. I continue to try new things, advocate for the arts and draw every day.


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MACC 90 – a Trip through Time

Exhibition: August 21 - September 30, 2017

Gallery Reception: Thursday, August 31; 6pm - 8pm



In celebration of MACC’s 90th anniversary, the Gallery features a timeline of historical highlights. Spanning nine decades of College, local, national, sports and pop culture moments, the exhibit includes pictures, text and artifacts from various archives. The timeline covers nearly 100 linear feet of wall space and includes both vinyl and foam core-mounted, printed pieces.


Gallery of Works:

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    Transitory Boundaries

    Exhibition: October 3 - November 11

    Gallery Reception: October 7, 2016; 5:00pm-7:00pm

    Transitory Boundaries is a large-scale installation created by Trudy Denham & Catherine Armbrust. The work surrounds viewers with soft forms to suggest watery and earthen spaces. With this immersive environment the artists address concerns about fresh water resources, building awareness about issues of supply and demand within our own domestic borders.

    Denham and Armbrust met in graduate school at the University of Missouri and have been designing installations and other art objects together since 2010. Their work often focuses on play and temporality of desire and domestic space.


    Trudy Denham


    Trudy Denham lives in Missouri and works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the University of Missouri Department of Art. Denham has a M.F.A. in fiber art, M.Ed. in art education, and a B.F.A. in sculpture. Her art has shown throughout the United States, Ireland, and Scotland. Denham was one of the 15 emerging artists chosen to receive the 2011 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award sponsored by the International Sculpture Center. She was also recognized regionally at the 2011 Innovations in Textiles 9 symposium at the Art Saint Louis Fiber Focus exhibition when she won Best of Show. Denham’s work has been published in Sculpture (October 2011) and Showcase 500 Paper Objects (2013).


    Catherine Armbrust


    Catherine Armbrust grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas but has enjoyed life in various parts of Missouri since 1989. An alumnus of the University of Missouri, she earned her MFA in Fibers & Sculpture and BA in Anthropology. Armbrust currently lives in Columbia, Missouri and works as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the MU & UMKC Art Departments. Armbrust was the Gallery Visitors’ Choice Award winner at the 2014 Kinsey Institute Juried Art Show and the 2013 Best in Show winner at the 20th annual Women in the Arts in Columbia, Missouri.

    Armbrust’s mixed media work conflates biological and cultural themes in the forms of costumes, dioramas, collages, soft sculpture, and installations. In that work she channels a Rococo spirit to parody human methods of collection, ornamentation, pleasure, play, and seduction.



    Eclectic Images of Interest: Works by Rodney Burlingame

    Exhibition: January 11- February 17, 2017

    Gallery Reception: January 27; 5:00pm-7:00pm



    Rodney Burlingame earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Southwest Missouri State University in 1974, with a focus in commercial art. That same year, Burlingame accepted a position in Boston, Massachusetts where he worked for a number of advertising agencies for over thirty years as an on-staff Art Director, then later as a freelancer.

    During that time, Burlingame won a number of industry awards including Hatch, Effie and Design 7.

    Among his numerous clients included:
    Kentucky Fried Chicken, Pizzeria Uno, Anderson-Little, John Hancock Insurance, Pepsi Cola, Canada Dry, Polar Beverages, Charter Hospitals, Joslin Diabetes, Copley Plaza Hotel, Back Bay Hilton, Tremont House, American Radio Systems, Harvard University, Boston State College, American Tower Corporation, BJ’s Wholesale Club, CVS, Cumberland Farms, Children’s Hospital, American Lung Association, WR Grace, Buick of New England, Pontiac of New England and Peugeot of New England.

    Rodney Burlingame now resides in Columbia, Missouri, where he continues to offer his services in graphics and in fine arts. Since 2013, he has created and framed well over 100 acrylic paintings.




    Gallery of Works:

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