This article is a part of ArtTalk, a new Missourian project inviting people from the arts community to tell us what’s cooking around town. To submit something you're excited about and inform the community about local art, fill out the form at the bottom of this story. Find past submissions here.
Here's the latest in the series, written by Hannah Reeves, pictured below.
Q: What's your connection to Columbia's art scene?
A: I am director of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery in the MU Department of Art, and I serve on several arts-event planning committees in Columbia.
Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about?
A: The George Caleb Bingham Gallery collaborates with MU student clubs each semester to bring world-renowned visiting artists to campus. This is great for everyone involved: student clubs obtain grant money to pay the artist to visit classes and give talks, so these events can be free and open to the public, and the gallery offers exhibition space and professional curation so that the artists can install their work in person and be present for receptions, which are also free and open to the public.
Q: Why are you excited, and why might other people be interested?
A: Art-interested people can get so much more from an exhibit when they have access to the artist him- or herself, and can see something of the process required to make the finished product. The combination of demonstrations, lectures, personal installation, and exhibition is really ideal.
Q: Is there an event attached to the project?
A: This November 5 - 14: Visiting Cuban artist Rolando Estévez Jordán exhibits handmade books and drawings in the Bingham Gallery
November 5 - 8: Estévez visits classes in Fine Arts, showing his personal work and making one-of-a-kind books with students. Open to the public. See poster for times and locations.
November 12: Free reception at the gallery 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., with remarks by the artist at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Have something from Columbia’s arts and culture scene that you’d like to share with the rest of the community? Become a part of ArtTalk.
The rules? There aren’t many. Describe works of art, places, events, workshops, exhibits or anything else arts-related. The only restriction is that you can't share your own work. To submit, fill out the form below or email the same information to us at Submissions@ColumbiaMissourian.com.
This invitation is part of the Missourian's partnership with the Public Insight Network. Read more about that here.