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Crisp Museum hours weekdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m. 
*Summer hours for May 17 - August 13, 2021, will be weekdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and weekends 1-4 p.m.
Extended hours of operation occur on First Fridays 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (except January or April, 2021) and in conjunction with certain River Campus events.
The museum is closed for major holidays. May 29-31, July 3-5,  2021.

When you visit Crisp Museum at Southeast Missouri State University's River Campus, masks, social distancing, and directional traffic flow are in use. 

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 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 9 a.m.-Noon or 1-4 p.m.
Fee and pre-registration required. Contact Curator of Education, Ellen Flentge about availability.

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 an others. 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.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Finger Weaving Demo
May 1 and 2, 1-4 p.m.
Free, drop in
Fingerweaving is a Native American art form used mostly to create belts, sashes, straps, and other similar items through a non-loom weaving process. Unlike loom-based weaving, there is no separation between weft and warp strands, with all strands playing both roles.
Museum Manager, Jim Phillips, will be demonstrating the ancient craft of finger weaving. Visitors are welcome to drop in for this free event.  Check it out, observe, and ask questions.

Take and Make
Prepared art/craft activites are free while they last. Most age ranges preK-adult are capable of completing the projects which will include instructions. A completed item will be displayed.

May 7, 4-8 p.m.; May 8 & 9, 1-4 p.m.
Free, drop in 
Participants will be shown completed paper sculpture floral examples. Using simple cutting, pleating, twisting and rolling techniques, design a bouquet or simple single flower from paper to display or gift to someone. Free while supplies last. 
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Still Life Alla Prima Oil Painting Demo
June 5 and 6, 1-4 p.m.
Free, drop in 
Alla Prima painting is when the painter goes from start to finish in one sitting. Museum Educator, Ellen Flentge, will demonstrate alla prima painting with oils. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Painting alla prima is a great practice for any artist and good entertainment for those who like to watch others paint. For this still life painting demo, I'll set up my colorful items and will have either natural light or studio lighting. I can do several paintings in three hours time on small canvases. In each, I can put to use different categories of color theory, both with how I mix paint and color choices to paint with. You can stretch your imagination and adapt a still life to your heart's desire using, relaism, representational or abstract styles. The colors can be bold and bright, monochromatic, analogous, complimentary, harmonious or even completely different than you see. Many options have to be decided on the spot in alla prima such as what is in focus and what is blurred or dulled to accentuate your main focus," Flentge says.

Crisp Museum will participate at Cape Comic Con
April 23-25
Drop in and visit our table.
(more info soon)

*Plein Air Oil Painting Instruction for Beginners  Indoor/Outdoor
May 10, 17, 24, 31   from 10 a.m.-Noon, ages 16 and up
*$30 fee due by May 5 at Crisp Museum. Workshop led by Ellen Flentge.

Each class starts by watching a demo painting started in various locations. It only takes an inspiration, a quick sketch, color mixing, and a simplified painting to capture the true brilliance of nature and more specifically, light. Each of those steps can contain tremendous amounts of knowledge. Big issues such as color mixing, wind, light affecting vision and light constantly changing, standing/sitting, wet canvas and pallet, and uneven ground will be introduced. Start a painting on your own following that Monday's instruction. Determine shapes, value, intensity, and temperature. Your work is to be shared for critique at the beginning of the next class. Participants may paint indoors as they look outdoors or be outside. Should you have access to a french easel, use it, but it is not required. This class will require 8"x10" canvases, a dual primary oil paint pallet plus white, black, and burnt umber, with a range of bristle and synthetic brushes and a paint knife.
Contact Flentge or 573.651.2260 with questions.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Watercolor Workshops led by Brenda Seyer
June 12 and 13, from 1-4p.m., for Adults
June 26 and 27, from 1-4 p.m. for High School age
Preregistration and a $25 fee is due by June 5. Seating is limited. A supply list will be provided.

 During this workshop, taught by local artist Brenda Seyer, participants will explore watercolor’s abilities as they create practice works with their own creativity and from reference images.

The use of watercolor can be purposeful where the painter manipulates pigments with other materials or as carefree as letting the pigment flow across the surface with minimal manipulation.

Seyer’s workshops are for an introductory level painter. The adult session includes instructions in painting realistic objects, animals, and landscapes. The high school session covers a variety of techniques and methods of creating with watercolor.

In both sessions, Seyer will demonstrate how watercolor can create a variety of images, from solid to translucent and light to dark, using single and multiple colors.

Register and pay online at Additional questions can be answered by email or phone, or (573) 651-2260.
Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.

Summer Arts Festival Crisp Museum Contests
June 19
10a.m. - 5p.m.
Check back for detailed Art Contest Info:
Avenue of Art Contest - Chalk Painting, free to enter while supplies provided last
Plein Air Contest - Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor or Pastels, entry fee $15/per stamped canvas, supplies not provided

Join us for our most popular festival featuring displays, exhibitions, and activities pertaining to the visual and performing arts and media. The day’s events are scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will feature live music, dance and theatrical performances, magic, visual arts displays, family-friendly art, museum exhibitions, musical instruments, and more. The event is free and open to all ages. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.
“We are very excited to host another great festival showcasing the work of artists from across our region, and giving the community an opportunity to celebrate the arts and visit the River Campus, enjoying all it has to offer,” said Rhonda Weller-Stilson, dean of Southeast’s Earl and Margie Holland College of Arts and Media. “There is something for everyone of all ages. From engaging live performances to hands-on art activities and competitions, families and art lovers can be a part of this special day.”

Rocket Workshop
Three weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, July 10-25 1-4 p.m.
It really is rocket science! Participants won't just learn about the science and technology of rockets in the three-weekend workshop, but will also construct a 12 inch, Estes Viking rocket model to launch and take home. Week 1 includes wing shape testing with straw rockets, and the beginning of the Viking model. Week 2 includes a trajectory lesson and finishing the model. The last session will be the launch date. Preregistration is due by July 3, 2021 and a $20 fee is due by June 5. Seating is limited. Supplies will be provided, and no experience is required. Workshop leaders are Gary Tyler and Jim Phillips.Two sessions are offered on either Saturday or Sunday for ages 10 and up.
Click "Register for Classes" at to check availability and pay to be registered. Face coverings will be required, and social distancing guidelines will be in place.Questions: contact Gary or (573) 651-2260.

Dr. Jennifer Bengtson
presents "Mississippian Mothers and Infants: Old Excavations and New Interpretations in Southeast Missouri"
Date (TBD)
Free and open to the public.
Although gender has become an increasingly important focus of archaeological inquiry over the last several decades, the specific roles of motherhood and infancy in ancient cultures have remained underexplored. This research combines data from old excavations with newer ideas about gender, fertility, and associated phenomena in the late prehistoric Mississippian tradition in southeast Missouri in order to provide a more complete picture of how Mississippian women navigated their lives as mothers, particularly in their experiences of reproduction, childbirth, and caregivers to infants.

James Phillips Presents
The Beckwith Memorial Lecture
Date (TBD)
Spring 2021
Please check back for more information.


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