A look at midcareer artists

Sunday, September 26, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 3:49 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 18, 2008

Jane Anne Gideon

After taking classes at St. Mary’s College, the Cochran School of the Arts in Washington, D.C., and at MU, Gideon settled in Fairfax, Va., where she graduated from George Mason University. Gideon’s watercolors are sought by private and corporate collectors and were commissioned to appear in prints, publications and greeting cards. The former art editor of Phoebe magazine is a member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society of America and is a signature member of the Kansas Watercolor Society.

Lampo Leong

Leong has participated in more than 170 group art shows and more than 45 solo shows around the world. Educated at the prestigious Guangzhou Fine Arts Institute in Guangdong, China, and later at the University of California at Berkley and California College of the Arts, Leong is now an assistant professor at MU. His work was selected for 60 national and international juried exhibitions in the past three years. San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown proclaimed November 19, 1999, to be Lampo Leong Day.

Dennis Murphy

The book “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” sparked Murphy’s interest in illustration. The former paramedic earned his bachelor of fine arts degree from MU in 1985, and he is pursuing a master of fine arts degree. He was awarded grants for work on a comic book on the future of Columbia, three public-art projects and for attending workshops. His paintings of three Hitt Street houses are on display at the Foundry Art Centre in St. Charles. His current work in progress is “The Insect Series.”

Leslie Payne

Educated at Stephens College, Payne studied the sciences before a genetics professor encouraged her to pursue art as a possible career. Her first entrepreneurial venture in the art world was painting portraits of horses at the boarding stable she managed. The subjects of her paintings now cover such topics as humanity, healing, relationships and humans’ struggle for control. She experiments with artistic styles, including abstract and surrealist.

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