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Now through Aug.16, 2021 Hours Weekday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sat-Sun. 1-4 p.m.
Closed Sept. 3-5, Nov. 24-28, 2021 and Dec 23, 2021-Jan.2, 2022
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m., but not Sept. 3-5, 2021.
Open late in conjunction with certain evening River Campus events/performances also.

Southeast Missouri State University • 518 S. Fountain St. • Cape Girardeau, Mo
Tours may be scheduled by calling (573) 651-2260.

Activities & Lectures

(check details for possible preregistration, age limit, and possible fee)

Small Group Adult Art Class (fee and preregistration required)
Ongoing Weekly come on Tuesdays 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m. or Wednesdays, 1-4 p.m.
Fee and pre-registration required, limited seating. Questions:, enroll and pay online or in person.
This class can be for beginner to advanced. A variety of art and craft mediums are covered throughout the year. Participants may use their own supplies or the supplies provided. Topics can include the following: painting, (oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel chalk) drawing, jewelry, stitching, book making, paper arts (2D and 3D) , fiber arts, weaving, collage, carving, calligraphy, photography, sculpture, and more. Painting styles include abstract, representational, and realism. If you have a project on your own that you want to bring in, you are welcome to do so.

Book Group  Starting  Sept 16, 2021 Time 3 p.m. CST
"It's Never Too Late to Begin Again: Discovering Creativity and Meaning at Midlife and Beyond" by Julia Cameron with Emma Lively
Meet in person at Crisp Museum or link to group through Zoom weekly on Thursdays at 3 p.m.
No fee for this group. Purchase the book on your own.

In It's Never Too Late To Begin Again, Julia Cameron turns her eye to a segment of the population that, ironically, while they have more time to be creative, are often reluctant or intimidated by the creative process.

This twelve-week course is aimed at defining—and creating—the life you want to have as you redefine—and re-create—yourself, this book includes simple tools that will guide and inspire you to make the most of this time in your life.
Cameron tells the inspiring stories of retirees who discovered new artistic pursuits and passions that more than filled their days—they nurtured their souls.
One chapter will be read each week, then you have activities:
Morning Pages (three daily pages of longhand, stream-of-consciousness writing done first thing in the morning) and Artist Dates (weekly fun solo expeditions),  a twice-weekly 20-minute solo walk and writing a memoir. (I guess new retirees can be expected to have more time for tasks and to need exercise.)

Weekly-Friday Fun with Fiber Friends
12:30-2 p.m. each Friday Fall 2021
Southeast Missouri State University and local communities are welcome to the "Friday Fun with Fiber Friends" Each Friday from 12:30-2 p.m. at the Rosemary Berkel and Harry L. Crisp II Museum. During the event, participants are encouraged to bring their knitting, embroidery, felting, spinning, crocheting, sewing, weaving, and book binding projects to work on and share with the group. All experience levels are welcome. Questions: Emily Denlinger 

River Campus Open House
Sept. 28, 2021
Please check back later for updated information.
Free and open to the public.

First Friday Opening Reception and Trick-Art-Treat
Oct. 1, 2021,  4-8 p.m.

An art exhibit opening reception for Louise Marler: Digital Americana occurs Oct.1 from 4-8 with an artist’s talk at 5:30 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Nov. 14.  Admission is free.  Face coverings and social distancing are encouraged.

Marler's art has been largely influenced by her father who collected and repaired old typewriters. Her artistic style integrates modern digital photography with her passion for vintage items. The result is a composite of thought and form. She seeks to create art collections and events which integrate history, education, and entertainment.

A halloween themed craft will be available for Trick-Art-Treat. Plus, our. month long scavenger hunt begins this evening. Your completed checklist will put you in the running for our Cauldron of Candy to be awarded at 8p.m. Oct. 31. (Winner doesn't have to be present.)

Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.

Scavenger Hunt
Oct. 1-31, 2021 During open hours

Crisp Museum sets up different spooky items around the exhibit to blend in with the historical pieces for the guests to find. Your completed checklist will put you in the running for our Cauldron of Candy to be awarded at 8p.m. on Oct. 31. Free and open to the public. (Winner doesn't have to be present for the award announcement.)
Museum October hours weekdays: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends 1-4 p.m. Extended hours Oct. 31, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
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Heritage Day
October 2, 2021, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Drop by Crisp Museum and view history displays, observe interesting demonstrations, participate in hand sewn quilting, candle making, pluck on a lap harp and hear a few good stories of local history.

1 p.m., Richard Flentge, local historian and story teller, will read excerpts by authors Tom Runnels and Mark Twain. Both had a way of entertaining a reader with grit and humor.

2 p.m., Dr. Frank Nickell, board chairman of Cape Girardeau’s Kellerman Foundation for Historic Preservation, will discuss the role of trees and lumber in the evolution of southeast Missouri with a story involving two men on a bear hunt.

Samantha Keller, local Southeast University student majoring in music, will fiddle around with a few popular Scotch (or Scots) Irish tunes through the day.

A one day exhibit of handkerchiefs plus antique and modern hand stitched quilts will show the fine detail in stitching processes such as piecing, embroidery, applique, and cross stitch. Anyone interested can give stitching a try.

Demonstrations for candle making and yarn spinning will also be shown. Visitors may also hear and see a steam engine close up, look through parts of our outreach Missouri History exhibit, and watch videos for Missouri archaeology, streams, swamps, and caves.

A docent tour will highlight the Inland Waterways mural by Gary Lucy and introduce various areas of our history gallery displays of early peoples, geology, empires, transportation, land adaptations, and the beginnings of Southeast University.

Mini Skull Decor
October 9, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Come joins us and learn the skills of painting a plastic skull to look real.
Paints and two plastic mini skulls will be supplied.
Halloween 3D Paper Projects
Oct. 16, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Come try your luck at creating a 3D Halloween six inch paper coffin box. In this workshop you will receive a choice of paper coffins to choice from, plus a paper puzzle to create to place within your coffin box. All supplies are provided. Preregistration is required with limited seating.
First Friday with the Arts
November 5, 2021, 4-8 p.m.
The current art exhibit on display is Louise Marler: Digital Americana.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.
Marler's artist talk at 5:30 p.m. 
Free and open to the public.
More about this exhibit.
Peote Stitch Beading
November 6 and 7, 2021 from 1-4 p.m.

Preregistration for this two day calss and $10 fee required. Ages 14 and up. Register
The peyote stitch is usually one of the first things a new beader learns. It is considered to be a form of quiet, mindful meditation for many beaders throughout the world. Seven basic stitches will be introduced. Participants may decide how to use thier new craft for making an object or embelishing an item to keep or to gift.

Flat peyote patterns are a favorite of both beginner and experienced beaders for the beautiful designs and colors used in them. It can be made into tubular designs for seed bead bezels for crystal rivolis and cabochons.

Peyote stitch can be used to create sculptural beadwork as well as beaded jewelry like necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, and sculptural peyote techniques are used to create three-dimensional works of art.

LEGO Family Day
November 13, 2021, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Please check back for updates.
Holiday Card Making
Nov. 20 and 21, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Holiday card making in time for the holidays, come by and make a special card(s) for your family and friends. This activity is open to come and go during the event.
First Friday with the Arts
December 3, 2021, 4-8 p.m.

Pastels Potentia Per Formam Perfecta (Powerful Pastels by Sketched Perfect) will have its opening reception.
Alfonzo Branch, owner of Sketched Perfect Designs, spent most of his adult years forging his way into the art world creatively, using pastels as a primary media. He has found that not many people use pastels for the type of work he is requested to do, because they are so difficult to master. He is a current member of the Texas Art Coalition. He has mastered the art of pastels and continues to use his creativity to enhance the artist community.
Crisp Museum remains open for evening gallery visits most first Fridays of the year.
Free and open to the public.
Finger Weaving
December 11 and 12, 2021, 1-4 p.m.
Finger Weaving
Dec. 11 and 12
1-4 p.m.
This free event for ages 15 and older and is open to the public and requires preregistration. Face coverings are required, and social distancing guidelines are in place.
Participants will receive individual supplies and tools, and materials are not to be shared. Participants may bring their own water and snacks.
The first day is instruction and beginning a weaving. The second day will be continuing work on a weaving.
During the workshop, participants will learn how to weave a pattern using only their fingers. The finish project will be 2-3 inches wide and is considered a sash, but its uses are limitless.

Mini Figure Painting Interactive Demo
December 18 and/or 19, 2021
Sign up for either day. Only one day needed to complete the activity.
This event only takes one session and requires preregistration. Seating is limited to 10. Two sessions are offered. Register

Mini Figure Painting activity is free and open to the public. Face coverings will be required. Social distancing guidelines are be in place.

Participants will receive individual supplies and tools, and materials are not to be shared.
During the workshop, participants will receive two mini, plastic figures to paint, such as soldiers, aliens, and cowboys.


Questions: email or call (573) 651-2260.
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River Campus, 175 Cultural Arts Center

Crisp Museum
One University Plaza, MS 7875 (mailing address)
518 S. Fountain St. (physical address)
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701