Art majors have a number of opportunities each year to exhibit their artwork. Art projects are displayed regularly in the department and in the University Center display cases. The library also accepts art student exhibitions. Most important, are the Annual Art Students Juried Assessment Exhibition and the Annual Art Seniors Exhibition.
For the Annual Art Students Juried Assessment Exhibition, all majors must enter two works they produced in class. All pieces entered are judged by a juror/artist from another university. Monetary awards are given in each category, and purchase awards are given from many administrative offices.
Students wishing to accomplish a BFA degree in art must exhibit a body of work created during their senior year. These exhibitions are held in the campus museum or in community exhibition spaces. Senior BFA artwork is produced under the direction of three faculty members who help prepare the student for a career in art.
The Salon Des Refuse Exhibition occurs once a year in conjunction with the Annual Art Students Juried Assessment Exhibition. The exhibition consists of artwork that is not selected by the juror to be in the hurried show. Students take pride in their work and want it seen by the campus community so they host a “refused” art exhibit. This long-standing tradition dates back to the late 1800’s.
The Artist’s Guild Sale is annually in the Fall and Spring. Student’s artwork of ceramics, wearable fiber art, prints and photographs are for sale at the River Campus Cultural Arts Center Atrium.
Many of the senior level art majors exhibit their artwork in galleries and restaurant spaces around the Cape Girardeau community. Students band together, rent spaces and produce post cards to advertise the show.
The Department of Art sponsors annual trips to art conferences and art centers located in major cities. These trips allow students and faculty members to experience original art, sculpture and architecture in large museums and professional galleries. These student trips run approximately $400 to $600, depending upon the location and typically do not include college credit.
An opportunity to study abroad is also available through special art classes offered at Southeast. Faculty members teach art history and watercolor classes in Paris, London, Venice and Rome. Students and faculty members stay in apartments and hold classes in museums and architectural monuments. Trips last anywhere from one to two weeks and cost under $4,000. Flights, transfers, tours and accommodations are arranged by our faculty members teaching the courses.
Presented by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri and the Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art.