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Jorgenson Gallery Hosts National Artists and free public events

The Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery at Moberly Area Community College is hosting two national artists with local roots this month. Works from Lacey Campbell and Aron Fischer will be shown through September 25.

According to her bio, Lacey Campbell learned the value of hard work while growing up on her family's cattle and hog farm outside Columbia. On the farm, she taught herself building and design by re-purposing scrap materials and tinkering with machines. Campbell studied ceramics and sculpture at Northwest Missouri State University and went on to earn a BFA in Furniture Design from Savannah College of Art & Design. After graduation, she went to work for Sauder Woodworking Company, based in Archbold, Ohio, as a furniture designer. During her five years at Sauder, Campbell traveled the world, picking up the latest trends from furniture shows and factories.

In the summer of 2014, Campbell left Sauder to join Spike TV's Framework. The reality TV show filmed in Los Angeles and pitted 13 furniture designers from around the country against each other in a variety of design contests. While she didn't make it to the final competition, Campbell did assist one of the finalists in the last episode that aired in March 2015. Today, she designing and selling her own furniture and working on commission pieces. Campbell will discuss her experience and career arc in a free, public event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7pm in the Blue Room on the Moberly Campus.

Aron Fischer is the Gallery's other featured artist this month. His sculptures are made of materials traditionally used both in Art and Craft contexts and seem to be are hand tools, but their purpose is obscured, or even unknown. Displayed on Shaker-inspired peg rails, which may seem out of place in a gallery, each installation blurs the line between the functional and non-functional. Fischer's objects explore how hand tools, and by implication the handiwork skills they require, are appraised in today's society.

Fischer grew up in the St. Louis area and received his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri at St Louis. He moved to Chicago, eventually becoming the Senior Display Coordinator for Anthropologie. When Fischer's husband moved to Columbia for medical school, he followed and obtained his MFA in Sculpture from the University of Missouri.

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 in January, 2014. Fischer has been awarded residencies in Columbia, MO, in 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 at galleries in New York, Boston, New Orleans, Chicago and L.A.

Fischer also 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.

Gallery Director Andrew Glenn invites the community to meet the artists at a Gallery Reception on Friday September 25 from 5pm-7pm.

The Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery, named in honor of MACC President Emeritus Dr. Evelyn E. Jorgeson, was created as part of the remodel of the historic MACC Coliseum in 2002. The new space provides an updated and expanded space for Graphic Arts & Fine Arts programs, including lab space, classrooms, and studios. Today the Gallery houses rotating exhibits throughout the year featuring the work of artists around the nation as well as local high school and MACC student work. The Gallery is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 7AM to 8:30PM and on Friday from 7AM to 4PM.


Artist & furniture designer Lacey Campbell's work is currently on display in the Jorgenson Fine Arts Gallery at Moberly Area Community College. She will discuss her experience on SpikeTV's reality show Framework and her career arc in a free, public event on Thursday, September 24, at 7pm in the Blue Room on the Moberly Campus.




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