Southeast Missouri State University

Sarah Riley: A Retrospective

May 2-June 22, 2014
Art by Sarah Riley

The Psychic Adventurer Taunts the Tired Contortionist
22 x 30” 
watercolor, ink, prismacolor pencil on paper
2007
In the collection of Norma Fisk, Columbia, MO

Sarah Riley: A Retrospective will be on display beginning May 2, 2014 in the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus. 

The public is invited to attend an opening reception from 4-8 p.m. on May 2. Riley will give a gallery talk on her work at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through June 22. Admission is free.

This retrospective exhibition will span 20 years of paintings and prints by artist and professor Sarah Riley. Riley has been an artist-professor at Southeast Missouri State University since 1994.

Riley states, “I most often work in combined and layered imagery. I am interested in color, narrative, gesture, texture and discordant elements from diverse stylistic sources. Reverie is important. Poetry through a collage of images or variations is the goal."

Professor Riley teaches courses in printmaking, figure drawing, two-dimensional design and watercolor/mixed-media. She has chaired two departments of art, first at Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., and then at Southeast Missouri State University from 1994 to 2000.

She has a master's degree and a master's in fine arts degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia, a bachelor of fine arts degree from Virginia Commonwealth University, and has completed additional studies at Temple University/Tyler School of Art’s extension in Rome and at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colo.

Professor Riley has received two fellowships to paint at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vt.  Primarily a painter and printmaker, her works are in many collections around the world, including the Springfield Art Museum, the Vivian and Gordon Gilkey Center for the Graphic Arts in Portland, Ore., the Kansas Watercolor Society, and First National Bank’s Important Missouri Artists Collection in Columbia, Mo.  She is a signature member and board member of the Watercolor USA Honor Society, and recently owned and curated exhibitions for Fountain Street Gallery in Cape Girardeau, a gallery of contemporary art.

The Crisp Museum is located in the Cultural Arts Center at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus, 518 S. Fountain St., Cape Girardeau, Missouri. For more information, email museum@semo.edu or call (573) 651-2260. 

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