Drury, MSU & Springfield Art Museum Partner to Help Artists Explore Educational Opportunities

Local opportunities in post-baccalaureate art education will be in the spotlight at an upcoming event co-sponsored by the art programs of Drury University and Missouri State University, as well as the Springfield Art Museum.

“Flexible Art Worlds: Graduate Art Education in Springfield and Beyond” will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, at the Springfield Art Museum, 1111 E. Brookside Dr.

“Flexible Art Worlds” is a one-day symposium that combines a portfolio review, keynote lecture, panel discussion and informational reception. The event is geared toward artists exploring graduate degree options; helping them weigh the pros and cons of seeking such a degree in general, and highlighting local options in particular.

The event is free and open to the public, and promises to spark noteworthy conversation about the current state of art and education.

Event Schedule

2 p.m. – Performative lecture and diagram, titled “Flexible Artworlds,” by Adelheid Mers, a visual artist and Chair of the Arts Administration and Policy program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she also teaches courses in Art History & Criticism, Visual & Critical Studies, and Sculpture. (Mers’ biography is attached.) Through an examination of the broader “art world,” Mers’ presentation and diagram will help contextualize, as she puts it, “what is available out there, and how to think about it in a more expansive way.”

3 p.m. – Continuing the discussion, a panel on graduate art education will be moderated by Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum. Panelists will include: Tom Parker, Director, Summer Institute for Visual Arts at Drury University; Carolyn Cardenas,  Department Head, Art + Design at Missouri State University; Todd Lowery, Chair, Department of Art and Art History at Drury University; Sage Dawson, MFA 2009, University of New Mexico; Joshua Albers, MFA 2013, University of Illinois at Chicago; and Jeff Broekhoven, MFA 2013, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

4:30 p.m. – The panel discussion will be followed by a light reception where interested participants may meet representatives from each of the local programs and have their portfolios reviewed onsite for advice and/or to begin the graduate application process.

For more information contact: Tom Parker, Director of Drury’s Summer Institute for the Visual Arts, at mart-siva@drury.edu; or Nick Nelson, Director of the Springfield Art Museum, (417) 837-5700.


Student Group Continues its Work with Art Inspired

Drury Enactus, formerly known as SIFE, has been hard at work this year expanding the business they helped develop three years ago, Art Inspired. In collaboration with Abilities First, Art Inspired was created to offer meaningful employment to people with developmental disabilities.

Officially launched in August 2012, Art Inspired has grown and transformed in the short time it has been open. It started as a document disposal agency that converts recycled paper into artwork. Some of the products available for sale include frames, stationary, decorative letters, wine racks, and even furniture. 

Each year, Drury Enactus works with Art Inspired to help broaden its appeal and revenue. The business now includes an art gallery, art classes, and a “creation” station where customers can use the store’s paper and supplies to decorate their purchased product at a cost of $5 an hour.

Matt Hill, en employee at Art Inspired, makes a mold for a candle holder. He's using material make from shredded paper.

Matt Hill, an employee at Art Inspired, makes a mold for a candle holder using material made from shredded paper.

This year, Drury Enactus has worked with Central High School’s Special Education Department to develop an internship program at Art Inspired. Now included in their curriculum, students in one of Central’s Special Education classes travel to Art Inspired twice a week to learn about customer service and job shadow some of the current employees.

“This is a great opportunity for the students to get real-world experience,” says Drury Enactus member Emma Wheat. “They go through the job application process, learn about work place etiquette, and gain skills to put on their resume.”

Drury Enactus is also working with Art Inspired to expand its event space rentals. For $100 an hour, people can rent out the space for up to four hours. Art Inspired can also coordinate the rental of chairs, tables, sound systems, food, and other services for an additional charge. It can hold 150 people seated or 250 standing.

This versatile space has already been used for a networking event with the Chamber of Commerce, wedding receptions, office and social events, and art exhibits. The artwork of Edward Deeds, an Ozark man who spent most of his life in a mental hospital in Nevada, Mo., was revealed at a gala event during March’s First Friday Art Walk and is currently displayed at Art Inspired.

Without help from the Springfield community, none of these endeavors would have been possible, says Dr. John Taylor, faculty advisor of Drury Enactus.

“The core mission of Art Inspired is to serve as an employment and growth opportunity for individuals with special needs,” Taylor says. “Everything the Enactus team does in its partnership with Art Inspired serves that mission. In order for the business to fulfill its mission, we need the support of the community. Their patronage is key to the success of the store.”

The Drury team will present their work and compete at the 2014 Enactus National Exposition April 1-3. For more information about Art Inspired, visit its website or Facebook page, or the store location at 310 S. Campbell Ave.


Story by Kaleigh Jurgensmeyer, English and Writing major at Drury.  A version of this story originally ran in the Springfield News-Leader. 

Self Employment in the Arts Conference to be held Saturday, April 5

Aspiring artists, musicians, writers and actors cannot afford to miss the 7th Annual Self Employment in the Arts (SEA) Conference Saturday, April 5, at Drury University. The conference will be held in the Trustee Science Center on the university campus, and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., with lunch and breakfast provided.

The purpose of the SEA Conference is to help students and emerging artists gain insightful information drawn from the experience of other artists that have been successful in their field.

Each year, the SEA Conference aims to bring in new and exciting speakers relevant to the interests and disciplines of attendees.

This year’s conference will feature a plethora of speakers from nearly every field in the art world, and will also offer students the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with professional artists.

The two featured keynote speakers are James Osmond and Anne Roderique-JonesOsmond is a singer, actor, and businessman who has been involved in the arts for almost 40 years. He is currently president of Osmond Entertainment, and has experience in nearly every aspect of the music business. Roderique-Jones is a well-known journalist who has written for more than 15 publications, and has been nationally syndicated on AOL, Yahoo, and MSN.

Additional speakers include:

●  Gary Bedell – Area artist
●  Peter Bezemes – Casting and talent agency owner
●  Cody Collier – Actor
●  Mark Oehler – Potter and gallery owner
●  Ric Furman – Opera singer
●  Jan Hyde – Owner of Hyde Gallery
●  Kelly Knauer – Editor for Time, Inc.
●  Susan LaBarr – Composer
●  Kay Osborne – Bookkeeping
●  Reed Waddle – Singer/songwriter

The cost to attend the SEA conference is $30 per person. However, it is free for all students with a valid student I.D., thanks to support from Drury Student Advocates for the Arts and the Drury Student Government Association.

For more information about the SEA conference, visit the website at www.drury.edu/ejc/sea, send an email to EJC@drury.edu, or call (417) 873-6357.


Humanities Speakers Series Examines Human Rights and Democracy

The Drury University Humanities & Ethics Center’s Spring Speakers Series features two thought-provoking presentations and discussion forums. All events are free and open to the public. Members of the community are welcome to attend, listen and discuss these important topics.

The series kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 10, at the Diversity Center, 803 N. Washington Ave. Dr. Adam Potthast of Park University will present a talk titled “The Dark Side of Human Rights: Should We Defend Rape Jokes, Fred Phelps, and Intolerant Cultures?” The event is free and will be followed by a reception.

Then, at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, the Center will host a community forum on human rights at the Midtown-Carnegie Branch Library, 397 E. Central St. Dr. Potthast will be joined by Stephanie Perkins of PROMO for this forum, which will be moderated by Dr. Craig Titus, assistant professor of philosophy at Drury.

The second speaker is Dr. Caroline Levine of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, who will present “Provoking Democracy: Why We Need the Humanities and the Arts” at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 31, at the Diversity Center. A community forum will again be held at 12:30 p.m. the following day, April 1, at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. It will feature Levine as well as Nick Nelson, director of the Springfield Art Museum, and Dr. Rich Schur, associate professor of English at Drury, leading a discussion about the intersection of the arts, Humanities and democracy.

Examining these kinds of issues through the lens of the humanities is essential, says Dr. Dan Livesay, assistant professor of history at Drury.

“We often think of topics such as human rights and democracy as political or policy issues, and they certainly are,” he says, “but they ultimately stem from our desire for certain humanistic institutions to exist. Our concepts of basic rights are shaped by our philosophical sense of the world around us.”

The speaker series is made possible by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council and by Drury’s Humanities & Ethics Center.

The Drury Humanities & the Arts Film Series also resumes later this month on March 29. More information about the three remaining films, which also are followed by open discussion forums, is available online.

For more information, contact: Dr. Dan Livesay, (417) 873-6954 or dlivesay@drury.edu.


Health & social entrepreneur Mark Arnoldy speaks at Drury on March 6

Drury University’s 2013-2014 Theme Year series, The Morality of Wellness: Why Good Health is Everyone’s Responsibility, will resume this week with guest speaker Mark Arnoldy, executive director of Nyaya Health. Nyaya Health works to deliver transparent, data-driven health care for Nepal’s rural poor.

Arnoldy will speak at 11 a.m., Thursday, Mar. 6 in Clara Thompson Hall. His presentation is entitled, “Creating Health for the World’s Poorest.”

Arnoldy became passionate about building health systems for the world’s poorest after his first trip to Nepal, where he suffered from a severe allergic reaction and did not have access to adequate care. A lack of health care is a reality for millions of Nepalis. Nyaya Health is committed to providing health care systems for Nepalis where they can receive high-quality and responsive care. Today, the organization has treated more than 101,000 patients, employs over 155 Nepali employees, and has received more than $1 million dollars of investment. Arnoldy also advised the creation of two blended value businesses in the United States that fund programs in Nepal — Nut-rients Foundation and Springfield-based 5 Pound Apparel.

Arnoldy graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder, completed Harvard’s Global Health Effectiveness Program, and was a Fulbright Scholar to Nepal. He is also a 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur.

Drury’s Theme Year series of speakers and events explores the moral obligation to be a well citizen and the economic impact of lifestyle choices. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit http://www.drury.edu/moralityofwellness.

48th Annual Jazz Festival Brings Young Musicians to Drury

The sounds of swing will be heard on campus this weekend as the 48th Annual Drury Jazz Festival is held Saturday, March 1, at Clara Thompson Hall.

The all-day event features 18 high school and middle school jazz bands from Missouri and Arkansas. The festival is a competitive event that allows students and directors to perform for and receive comments from some of the top jazz musicians and educators in the country.

Each band is scheduled for a 30-minute slot starting at 7:30 a.m., and continuing throughout the day. The final event of the day is a free concert by the Drury Jazz Ensemble at 5:15 p.m. in Clara Thompson Hall. The concert is open to the public and will last about 30 minutes. The performance will feature the Drury student musicians and percussion instructor Robin Hendry on drums.

“Competitions are a great way for students to hone their performance chops and get feedback from professional musicians and college educators,” says Bob Holden, adjunct professor for jazz ensembles at Drury.

Clara Thompson Hall is located on Benton Avenue. Media are invited to cover any portion of the day’s competition and closing concert.

For more information, contact: Bob Holden, adjunct jazz instructor, at rholden@drury.edu.


“Ecopreneurship” Event Highlights Career Choices in Sustainability

Local high school and college students are encouraged to learn about the expanding and increasingly important field of environmental sustainability at the 4th Annual Ecopreneurship Panel and Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Drury University.

The free event begins with a career fair from 4-6 p.m. at the Trustee Science Center. Students can visit with representatives from more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies about volunteer, internship and job opportunities, and explore various ways that an environmental education can lead to various careers.

Appetizers from Metro Farmer restaurant and pizza will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Anderson, Environmental Science Professor at Drury, will offer opening remarks at 6 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a discussion with Barbara Lucks and Daniela Liscio. Lucks is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Springfield. Liscio is a former attorney who changed careers and began a nutritional consulting business called Eat for Sport.

Co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Environmental Sciences Department at Drury, the annual event spotlights the nexus of a several trends in the job market and global community.

“Most of the innovations needed to solve our most pressing environmental problems will emerge from people with the interdisciplinary skill sets,” Anderson says. “Environmental education at Drury is deeply interdisciplinary and committed to community engagement. We ensure that our students develop critical thinking skills based on broad understandings of ethics, economics, management, politics, laws, psychology, and the natural sciences.”

Employers are increasingly adding positions that focus on sustainability to their staffs, says Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Yet even with the increased corporate opportunities, some students will find it necessary to start their own businesses to have the impact they desire,” Still says. “That’s the reason we hold this joint venture between Environmental Sciences and the Edward Jones Center. We want to empower them to choose that path.”

For more information, contact: Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, at (417) 873-7458 or kstill@drury.edu; or Wendy Anderson, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, at (417) 873-7445 or wanderso@drury.edu.


Drury University Team Selected to Compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

Students from across Drury University and Crowder College have been selected to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon against peers from 19 other colleges from around the nation, including Yale and Stanford and Missouri University of Science & Technology.

The race is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which announced the 20 invited collegiate teams this afternoon. The competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

Drury is partnering with Crowder College in Neosho to form a team. The Department of Energy selects the teams based on an application process. The complete list of schools to compete can be found at www.solardecathlon.gov.

The teams now begin a two-year process to design and build solar-powered, highly efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in the fall of 2015 at the competition site in California.

True to Drury’s commitment to the liberal arts, students from all areas of study will be able to take part in the team. The formal application was made possible through a partnership between the Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture, the Breech School of Business Administration and the Department of Communication.

“This is an interdisciplinary project,” said Traci Sooter, Director of the Design/Build Program at the Hammons School of Architecture. “It will be open to students of all majors and it’s an incredible opportunity for our students. We’re looking for leaders. We need people who will step up and be great partners in the project. There’s marketing to do, web design, writing, and more. We have lots of room on the team, and we welcome all students of diverse backgrounds.”

Crowder College, a two-year school, has twice before participated in the Solar Decathlon, and has a strong program for solar technology and innovative construction technology, Sooter says. Applicants are now required to have an accredited architecture school, and following Drury’s ongoing efforts in the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo., after the May 2011 tornado, a bond was formed between the two schools, Sooter says.

Sponsors will be needed for the project. Sooter says the community can help the Solar Decathlon team both with both financial support and in-kind support, such as donations of building materials, interior finishing and transportation of the materials to California.

Drury’s Design/Build Program designs and builds projects for communities and agencies in need. In addition to multiple projects in the Joplin area following the 2011 tornado, the program participated in four episodes of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and numerous other projects.

For more information, contact Traci Sooter, Associate Professor of Architecture, at (417) 873-7416 or (417) 234-6405.

Area Businesswomen Honored at Annual Entrepreneurship Event

Two outstanding women business owners were honored today at the 6th Annual Women in Entrepreneurship Symposium. Winners were announced the conference’s closing luncheon.

Hurts Donut Co., co-owned by Kas Clegg, was chosen as the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year. Clegg co-owns the business with her husband, Tim. Located at 301 Park Central West, the shop opened in November and builds on recent boutique pastry trends.

Other nominees included: Fleur (Lisa Clary & Kim Wood); Behavioral Learning Center, LLC (Ginger Crabtree); School of Rock (Jennifer Jester); and Bodacious Cases, LLC (Arianna Russell).

Jennifer Wilson, founder and principle architect at nForm Architecture, was chosen Woman Entrepreneur of the Year. Exceptional client service and environmentally responsible design are the cornerstones of the firm, which opened in 2007 and is located in downtown Springfield. Jennifer is a native of Springfield. She obtained her architecture degree from the University of Arkansas. She is licensed in Missouri and is a LEED-AP.

Other nominees included: Deborah Bellotti & Candice Carson (The Buzz restaurant) and Jennifer Choi (Rose Diamonds Custom Design & Repair).

To qualify for an award, a woman must own at least 50 percent of a business and operate within 30 miles of Springfield. The Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nominees must have been in business for at least five years, and the Woman-Owned Start-Up of the Year nominees should have been in business for less than two years.

“We’re thrilled to highlight all of our nominees and show that women in our area have a strong and successful entrepreneurial spirit,” said Dr. Kelley Still, director of Drury’s Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, or EJC.

The EJC hosts WES in order to provide women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the various aspects of owning a business, network with other entrepreneurs and visit with a wide range of exhibitors. This year more than 150 people attended the half-day symposium.

Drury Students to Advocate for Arts & Culture in Jefferson City

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 4, 2014 — Fifteen Arts Administration students from Drury University will head to the state capitol in Jefferson City on Wednesday to advocate for the arts and participate in the political process.

The students and Drury instructor Leah Hamilton will take part in Citizens’ Day for the Arts, an annual effort put forth by Missouri Citizens for the Arts. They will attend a legislative briefing and meet with lawmakers individually at the Capitol building. They will also attend the Missouri Arts Council’s annual award ceremony that evening.

Drury’s Arts Administration degree is one of only about two dozen such undergraduate programs in the nation, and the trip this week will provide a rare opportunity for college students to engage the political process first-hand.

“I want them to understand that legislators want to hear from the public and their constituents,” Hamilton says. “We want the students to feel like they can be part of the political process, and that their voices do matter.”

The students will speak to legislators about what the arts means to them personally and how the arts contribute to the economy and quality of life in Springfield. Hamilton says it’s a chance for the students to better understand how arts funding fits in with other, competing priorities in Jefferson City.

The trip is made possible by Student Advocates for the Arts, a grassroots student group, with funding support from the university’s Student Government Association.

For more information about the trip and the arts administration program, contact Leah Hamilton, Director of Arts Administration, at (417) 224-1018 or lhamilton@drury.edu.