MU College of Arts and Science seeks artists for portrait

Thursday, February 11, 2010 | 10:09 a.m. CST; updated 11:12 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 11, 2010

COLUMBIA — The MU College of Arts and Science is seeking artists.

The college has announced it will commission the next portrait in its collection of paintings of major donors.

The donors, Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, made a $1 million contribution to the MU School of Music.

“The Sinquefields believe that new music should be a part of everyone’s life,” said Robert Shay, director of the school, in a press release. “This gift will establish the School of Music as a center for new music, a destination for the best and brightest young composers and a place where they can pursue their craft in a uniquely supportive environment.”

The portrait will be hung in Lowry Hall where six other donor portraits currently reside.

College spokeswoman Laura Lindsey said the application deadline is April 15. Artists should submit a sketch of what they’d like the portrait to look like, as well as a bid for how much money they want the portrait to sell for.

“The sketch is about creativity,” she said. “They supply the sketch by the deadline, then we choose someone and the artist will get more specific instructions.”

She said the artist who is selected will have to remain somewhat consistent in creating the size of the portrait to match the others in the hall, but there is room for creativity, too.

The selected artist will be paid for the work. Interested artists may contact Lindsey at 884-2197 or at

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