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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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    Communication Device: Works by R-Q/Bryan Helton

    Exhibition: October 9 - November 3, 2017

    Gallery Reception: Friday October 13,2017; 5pm - 7pm


    R-Q/Bryan Helton


    Bryan Helton was born in Adair County in 1961. While he remembers being punished for not coloring the same as other children in grade school, it was an art instructor at MACC in 1979 who challenged him to explore the boundaries of what Helton could produce. That encouragement led to a first place showing in the Little Dixie Art League in 1980. Helton followed the muse of his art, first to Columbia, MO, working with paper and sound collage in advertising and live theater, before ultimately moving to New York City.

    Based across the Hudson in New Jersey, Helton worked throughout the city, becoming the first on-staff artist at Kate’s Paperie, one of New York’s fine paper stores. Working with handmade papers from around the world, Helton taught paper and package design, lectured at Parsons school of Design, the Fashion institute of Technology, School of Visual Arts, and the Pratt Institute. His work graced a variety of showcases, including appearances on Martha Stewart’s network show.

    While his professional work grew, Helton’s personal work continued as well. In the 90s, he was chosen to represent new art in America in San Jose, Costa Rica for the Ministry of Culture and appeared in a Japanese TV documentary on washi, a specific style of Japanese paper making. His works have sold worldwide under his alter ego R-Q, a pop international artist.

    In 2002, Helton moved back home to start a new chapter and opened the Odd Pear, an eclectic store offering collectibles and antiques, in downtown Moberly. His artistic work continues using mixed medium, paper, acrylic, and colored pencil. His exhibit includes some of his latest works along with pieces from his past.

    “I’ve moved into a place where I allow the paint to create its work,” said Helton. “This exhibit is a primitive communication device of a now grown child without words to explain. I’ve left my works untitled to allow the viewer to draw their own conclusions.”


    Gallery of Works:

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    MACC Student Show (Columbia Campus)

    Exhibition: November 27 - December 8, 2017

    Artists Reception: Friday, December 8; 1pm - 4pm



    Hosted on the Columbia campus, the MACC Student show will include works created in MACC studio art courses during the 2017 semesters.



    Works from the MICA Artist Residency Program in Brittany, France

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    Exhibition: November 13 - December 15, 2017

    Gallery Reception: Thursday, November 16; 4pm - 7pm



    The Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists is administered by the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). During the summer of 2017, MICA hosted an artist residency in the town of Léhon, France, for five artists who worked in the Abbey Saint-Magloire. This exhibit features the paintings and drawings created and exhibited during their eight-week stay. Participants included Felicia Leach, MACC Associate Professor of Art, and four other international artists who were selected for the 2017 residency.

    Isabel Klots began the residency program in 1989 to honor the memory of her father-in-law, Alfred Klots, and her husband, Trafford Klots, both of whom were artists, and to celebrate their hospitality to other artists.

    Originally called the International Program for Artists in Rochefort-en-Terre, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) became the program administrator in 1995. As the program flourished, the "Friends of Rochefort" was established in 1998 to provide further support, and along with Isabel Klots, MICA established an endowment fund to expand the program.

    In 2011, the program’s home at the Château at Rochefort-en-terre became uninhabitable due to serious structural defects and the program relocated to the nearby medieval village of Léhon, in the Brittany region of France. Léhon features a medieval abbey and gardens, along with one of the region’s oldest fortresses, and was built on the site of a strategic ford used by the Romans. It is one of only 22 cities in France to receive the distinguished Une Petite Cité De Caractère award for meeting and maintaining stringent historical and cultural aspects.

    The most recent artistic collaboration that took root in France developed into a symbiotic relationship of cultural art practice with the directors of the MICA residency, the five selected artists, and the surrounding area of Bretagne. The artists were hosted in the Abbey Saint-Magloire in the community of Léhon, and worked for eight weeks in June and July of 2017.

    More information on the MICA residency program is available on their website.

    Winston Chmielinski

    Winston Chmielinski (b. 1988, USA) is an artist based in Berlin, Germany. His paintings have received international acclaim (Art in America, Artnet, Vogue USA, Boston Globe) and have been exhibited extensively in North America and Europe (2017 Venice Biennale, 2016 solo shows at Galerie Thomas Fuchs and Magic Beans). Chmielinski's paintings reflect his synesthesial worldview and expertly blend the boundaries between recognizable forms and intuitive coloring. Chmielinski received his BA from NYU's Gallatin School in dance and philosophy, and continued his studies in Paris and Beijing on world art history. Most recently, Chmielinski studied Kung Fu in Shandong Province, and worked directly with Ai Weiwei on his upcoming film, "Human Flow."




    Gallery of Works:

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    Peter Foster

    Peter Foster studied painting, drawing, and sculpture at the New York Studio School under Graham Nickson, Stanley Lewis and Bruce Gagnier. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 

    "I work directly from observation to create a painted equivalent of what I'm looking at. Additionally, I copy paintings from the history of art. In making a copy, it informs me of a deeper understanding of a painting as a whole. Recently, I've begun remaking landscapes that I painted last summer in France. I am reinforcing my direct observation with memory and intuition. My aim is to find a sense of presence in the image."


    Gallery of Works:

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    Joshua Hagler

    Based in Los Angeles, Joshua Hagler’s work has followed a path of inquiry ranging from an intense interest in religious thought and its history into Westward Expansion, notions of progress and exploration, collective mythologies—especially when sublimated into Hollywood films—and the poetics of theoretical physics. With a focus on painting, Hagler’s ideas and interests expand into installation, video, animation, book making and other projects.

    Since 2006, Hagler has exhibited in galleries and museums throughout North and South America, Europe, and Australia, including a long list of solo exhibitions. Recently he was awarded a spot at MICA’s Alfred and Trafford Klots Program for Artists in Brittany, France and, beginning in 2018, will attend the year-long Roswell Artist in Residence Program in New Mexico, which includes full financial support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.  His project proposal for a major installation entitled “The River” was selected by the Brand Library and Art Center in Los Angeles to debut in the spring of 2018. 


    Gallery of Works:

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    Felicia Leach

    Based and raised in central Missouri, Felicia Leach (b.1977) is an alumni of Moberly Area Community College where she received her Associate of Arts degree with honors. She continued her education in Illinois and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Southern Illinois University- Carbondale with her BFA and MFA respectively focusing in painting and printmaking mediums. She has been grateful to have the opportunities to work with many creative groups such as the Citizen Jane film festival, the True/ False film festival, Detroit Contemporary, and the Philadelphia Art Alliance. Her practice retains immediacy through exhibitions nationally and internationally. Advancements in her work have been strengthened through residencies at the Shenandoah National Park and MICA Artist Residency, Brittany, France. Through these outlets, she has pursued interests in making site-specific prints, drawings, and paintings based in the investigation of time as tethered to place. Currently, she works as an artist and educator at Moberly Area Community College in mid-Missouri teaching foundational studio courses including drawing, painting, and design.


    Gallery of Works:

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    Maja Ruznic

    Maja Ruznic, a prolific and active artist, is primarily a painter, a storyteller who conjures form and narrative from ground up mineral, smeared oil, and stained canvas. Born in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1983, Ruznic immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling on the West Coast where she eventually went on to study at the University of California, Berkeley, later receiving an MFA from the California College of Arts. Ruznic’s often-quoted biography – a refugee who escaped the Bosnian War – is only the beginning of her journey. Ruznic’s vivid paintings speak for themselves, depicting figures that seem to emerge from the caverns of human history, from within their own supports, and somehow from within the viewer’s own recollections. The power of Ruznic’s vision can be evidenced in her myriad accomplishments: she has recently shown her work at Duplex100m2 in Sarajevo, Carmen Wiedenhoeft Gallery in Denver, Galeri G-Art in Istanbul, MASS Gallery in Austin, Galerie Ernst Hilger in Vienna, Arc Gallery in San Francisco, and locally at Charlie James Gallery, the Torrance Art Museum, Shulamit Nazarian Gallery, and most recently as part of MAIDEN LA. Ruznic’s work has been written about extensively, most notably in Juxtapoz, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Studio Visit Magazine, and twice in New American Paintings, including the cover as selected by curator Anne Ellegood.


    Gallery of Works:

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    Works by Aron Fischer & Lacey Campbell

    Exhibition: August 19 - September 25

    Meet artists Lacey Campbell and Aron Fischer during the Gallery Reception: September 25, 2015; 5:00pm-7:00pm

    Join Lacey Campbell in a free, public event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7pm in the Blue Room on the Moberly Campus as she discusses furniture design and her experience on SpikeTV's reality show Framework.


    Aron Fischer

    Artist Statement:
    My sculptural work is comprised of tool-like objects of unknown utility. Each object is made up of materials traditionally used both in Art and Craft contexts, and are reminiscent of hand tools, but whose purpose is obscured, or even unknowable. By displaying them on Shaker-inspired peg rails, inherently utilitarian fixtures and non-sequiturs in a gallery context, each installation blurs the line between the functional and non-functional. These objects aim to problematize how hand tools, and by implication the handiwork skills they require, are appraised in today's society.


    Aron Fischer received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri - St. Louis, and his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Missouri - Columbia. In between his BFA and MFA, he was a Senior Display Coordinator for Anthropologie. He and his Husband, John Steven Cummins, opened the second run of their project "Conversed" at Fort Gondo Compound for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri in January, 2014. Aron has been awarded residencies in Columbia, MO, Deer Isle, ME at Hay- stack Mountain School of Crafts, and was awarded an artist fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center for April 2015. He has shown in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and L.A.

    Aron runs a provision line, Facture Goods, and works with restaurants and boutiques in Missoula, MT, Cape May, NJ, St. Louis, MO, San Diego, CA, San Francisco, CA, Portland, OR, Dallas, TX, Kansas City, MO, Washington D.C., New York, NY and Chicago, IL. More information can be found at www.facturegoods.com.

    Aron is living and working in Columbia, MO with his Husband, John Cummins, and their two dogs, Toby and Jack.


    Gallery of Works:

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      Lacey Campbell


      Growing up on her family's cattle and hog farm in Missouri, Lacey Campbell learned the value of hard work. On the farm, Lacey taught herself building and design by re-purposing scrap materials and tinkering with machines. Further pursuing her interests, Lacey obtained a BFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design, and then started working for Sauder as a furniture designer. During her time at Sauder, Lacey traveled the world, picking up the latest trends from furniture shows and factories. When Lacey's not hard at work, gracefully solving unique designs problems, she enjoys listening to her boyfriend's band 'Tis.'


      Gallery of Works:

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