A creative hub that features works ranging from local creations by students and faculty to artists from across the country, the University of Central Missouri Gallery of Art and Design begins the 2022-2023 academic year with two free exhibitions from August 17 through September 17. The public is invited to visit the gallery to see the presentation of ‘Love Calls Us to the Things of This World’ and ‘The Art of the Children’s Book’, an exhibition featuring the work of two illustrators.
The Provost Faculty Showcase will take place at the Gallery of Art and Design during the duration of these exhibits and is scheduled for 6-7 p.m. on Sunday, August 21. The show reception for “Love Calls Us to the Things of This World” is scheduled for 5-7 p.m. on Monday, August 22. pm These events are also free and open to the public.
Inspired by a poem written by author Richard Wilbur, “Love calls us to the things of this world” is a presentation that recognizes the importance of the everyday and presents “the extraordinary ordinary”. Each artist participating in this show uses their unique sensibility and talents to transform ordinary scenes of life to make them extraordinary. This exhibition is curated by painter Amanda Millis, who has a studio at Waltham Mills in Waltham, Massachusetts, and has been recognized at exhibitions in the United States, Australia and Germany. She has held painting residencies at PLAYA, Hambridge Center for the Creative Arts, Monson Arts, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Eastern Frontier Educational Foundation, and Mount Gretna School of Art.
Amanda Millis will also be part of the virtual presentation which will begin at 4 p.m. on Monday, August 22 and will feature other artists from the exhibition. This is part of the Kleppe Visiting Artist lecture series and precedes the 5 p.m. reception at the Gallery of Art and Design. Those interested in learning more about this event can contact Melanie Johnson, associate professor in the Department of Art and Design, at [email protected]
“The Art of the Children’s Book” features the works of two artists, Stephen T. Johnson and John Malta, brought together in a single exhibition. Johnson offers illustrations from the book “My Little Yellow Taxi” and Malta will display elements from “Intergalactic Moving Day”.
Malta is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at UCM who teaches illustration courses at all levels. In addition to his work at UCM, he has self-published over 30 books, zines, anthologies, and comics, and exhibits regularly at festivals and conventions in the United States and abroad. He has worked on art direction and illustration projects for clients such as The New Yorker, Honda, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York Times, Washington Post, Hasbro and many more.
Johnson has a rich body of work that has been exhibited in public exhibitions, art commissions, site-specific galleries and museums, as well as award-winning original children’s books. This includes “Alphabet City,” which is a Caldecott Honor Book and The New York Times Best Picture Book of the Year. His drawings and paintings are included in the collections of private individuals such as singer-songwriter Paul Simon and actress Cherry Jones, and in the permanent collections of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, of the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut and the National Portrait Gallery. at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.