Arts Administration

C-Street Gallery opens “Representing Reality” exhibit April 7

SPRINGFIELD, MO., April 7, 2017 – “Representing Reality” opens at the Drury on C-Street Gallery with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening. The exhibition will focus on work that encapsulates the idea of representation, and will feature pieces by various artists and their interpretation of diversity of experience. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is free to the public with food provided by Café Cusco.

“Representing Reality” was conceptualized by Arts Administration students Tori Manisco and Madison Morgan.

“There is a serious lack of diversity in mainstream media and too often a huge part of our population is left feeling under represented,” Manisco says. “Yet, when suddenly there is someone with whom you identify, who represents your struggle or your experience, it can be the most liberating feeling.”

“Creating and maintaining diversity in mainstream media is an invitation to be included in a narrative you never thought you could be a part of – it humanizes our differences,” Morgan says. “When we share and listen to stories that recount our respective struggles, we are granted the opportunity to broaden our outlook on life and form a more inclusive society.”

This exhibition will run from April 7 through 31. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 11-2pm on Mondays, 11-12:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1-2pm on Wednesdays, 11-1pm on Fridays, and on Saturdays from 10-2pm.

For more information, call (417) 873-6337 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local

organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, and the weaving studio. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Director of Arts Administration: (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu.

Drury students offer veterans free portrait photos this month

Drury University photography students are again taking portraits of veterans and their families, free of charge, this November.

The project began several years ago as a way of giving back to those who have served our country while also allowing commercial photography students to hone their studio skills.

Jessica Barrows 2

Jessica Barrows and her two children

Abraham Clark, who was in the Marine Corps for 10 years in the 1960s and 70s and served in Vietnam, is a repeat customer – he’s been getting his photo taken by Drury students for a few years now.

“I’m about to run out of poses,” he jokes.

Clark says he finds the Drury students to be professional and kind. He enjoys getting to know them during the shoots, especially international students. He wishes more veterans would take up the opportunity.

Abraham Clark

Abraham Clark

“The thing about photos is they’re memories for families for a long time,” he says. “Sometimes we don’t do this, and then later the family doesn’t have anything to look back on. So I think it would be great if people took advantage of this for their families.”

The shoots begin on Saturday and run through next weekend. There are 50 slots available. Rebecca Miller is Drury’s Art, Art History & Arts Administration program chair and organizes the event, though students ultimately run the shoots.

“The students are on their own to take the photographs and solve any challenges that may come up like lighting, posing, energetic children, or even crying babies,” she says. “A lot of the time I’ll be working in my office making a family’s CD of the images and I hear a lot of laughter coming from the studio, which is always a wonderful moment. Many times I’ve stood outside the studio and just observed our students interacting with the community members and they always delight me with their abilities to solve problems, be professionals, and work together as a team.”

Cody Stepp was one of those students last year. He graduated in May with a degree in graphic design and visual communication. He says the candid shots in which veterans let some of their personality out were the most challenging, but also the most enjoyable.

“It helps engage you as a photographer because you’re investing in these people because they’re opening up a side of themselves to you,” Stepp says.

For example, Clark has worn Native American ceremonial clothing to reflect his heritage. Joe Snider, a 1953 Army draftee who served in Korea, sported a cowboy hat last year.

“That’s my uniform,” says Snider, who has family roots in rural Wyoming. “That’s what I wear. I’m a western man.”

Clark appreciates the opportunity for the portrait, but says he thinks the students get just as much out of the experience.

“Everybody has a different exposure, a different experience,” he says. “So I think it’s good when you put all of these people together. It’s good exposure for the kids.”

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Miller at rmiller01@drury.edu or (417) 873-6337.

Joe Snider and his wife, Dee.

Joe Snider and his wife, Dee.

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Drury students offering free portrait photography to military families

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 26, 2016 — Drury University photography students will again offer free family portraits to active duty military personnel and veterans during the week of the Veterans Day holiday. This is the sixth year for the project, which allows commercial photography students to give back to those who have served our country while also sharpening their photography skills.

Jessica Barrows

“The students benefit from being able to photograph people from a variety of backgrounds and generations while applying the technical and communication skills they’ve learned in the classroom like studio lighting, camera operation, and interacting with the people they are photographing,” says Rebecca Miller, the program chair for Art, Art History, and Arts Administration at Drury.

“I’ve enjoyed getting to meet so many veterans over the years and hear their stories about time spent serving our country and their life experiences outside the military,” Miller adds. “Whether it’s a family of 10 or a single veteran, the interaction our students have had with those who have served our country in this indispensable way has been invaluable to their educational experience. It is an honor for us to take their photographs and we thank them for their service.”

The portraits are open to the first 50 families that make a reservation. The portraits are photographed in the Pool Art Center, 940 N. Clay Ave., at the following dates and times:

Saturday, Nov. 5 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 8 – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 10 – 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Saturday Nov. 12 – 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Rebecca Miller at (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu.

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“Chromatic Pop” exhibition opens Friday in renovated C-Street space

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Aug. 31, 2016 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its September exhibition “Chromatic Pop” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., on Friday, September 2 in its newly renovated space. Returning artist Jessie Schwartz will present his solo show as the opening to the gallery’s exhibition season. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is a free event with food and refreshments provided.

Chromatic Pop

“Chromatic Pop” is a retrospective of pop icons from history, films, television, and classic rock. Growing up in the late 60’s and 70’s has influenced Schwartz in a way that he only recently realized. Music, television, and films were a way to escape and helped him get through some very tough times. He is not only captivated by the body of work of his subjects but the character in their faces and what they convey. Each piece is targeted for a specific memory and time for each viewer.

The process of “Chromatic Pop” in which Jessie paints is highly intuitive. Unsure of the outcome until it is complete, Jessie relies on the songs and images of the retrospective pop. Using large canvases and brushes forces him to paint in a large scale and lets the subject have a visually bigger impact when viewing.

Schwartz’s solo exhibition will run September 2 through 30. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Saturdays, September 13 and 27.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

Media Contact: Rebecca Miller, Director of Arts Administration: (417) 873-6337 or rmiller01@drury.edu.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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C-Street Gallery opens Crafting Our Well-Being: Art as Therapy on April 8

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 1, 2016 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will host an opening reception for its April exhibition, Crafting Our Well-being: Art as Therapy, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 8.

The exhibit features works from retirement community members and more than 10 local artists that illustrate how art is used as cognitive and emotional therapy. The event is free and open to the public. Food and refreshments will be provided as well as live musical entertainment from singer Micah Textor and Drury’s ukulele club, DUkes. There will also be a raffle to win a piece of featured art. Proceeds from the raffle will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association.

The show is composed of a wide range of media including paintings, ceramics, photography, fiber arts, live performance art, and more. It features work from Rebecca Miller, the director of the arts administration program at Drury, and Jessie Schwartz from Studio 13 in addition to numerous other artists. Weaver Paula Rosen and ceramist David Cogorno will create works live at the opening reception.

Crafting Our Well-being: Art as Therapy runs April 8 through April 28. The gallery is open from 1 to 5 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial St.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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Guest lecturer brings music & marketing expertise to Drury March 31

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 29, 2016 — The Self-Employment in the Arts Lecture Series, sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, will bring world-renowned opera singer Michael Spyres to campus for a lecture at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 31 at Carole Lambert Studio in Shewmaker Hall. The talk is open to the public.

Spyres was recently named artistic director of the Springfield Regional Opera. Born and raised in the Ozarks, he is one of the most sought after tenors of his generation and has performed extensively throughout Europe and North America.

During his talk, Spyres will share the story behind his success as a self-employed singer in a dizzyingly competitive industry. The event comes just before he leads the SRO in performances of Mozart’s classic comic opera “The Marriage of Figaro” on April 1 and 3 at the Gillioz Theater.

About the Series and the Edward Jones Center

The Self-Employment in the Arts Series features successful, entrepreneurial artists from across the country for small-group sessions, lectures and the occasional performance on Drury’s campus. The series will bring Drury alumnus and professional opera singer Michael Spyres to campus on Thursday, March 31.

The Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship was made possible by the generous contribution of John and Crystal Beuerlein and Edward Jones, Inc. All parties feel passionately about entrepreneurship and believe in the idea of helping people create new businesses. They are also eager to provide employees of existing corporations with tools to continually refresh and reinvent their organizations as markets and business environments change.

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“Putting a Face to Veteran Homelessness” opens Dec. 4 on C-Street

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 24, 2015 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its December exhibition, “Springfield Strong: Putting a Face to Veteran Homelessness,” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 4.

The reception is free and open to the public, with refreshments provided. Students from Drury’s Music Therapy association, Mu Theta, will provide musical entertainment. A silent auction will be held, with proceeds benefitting The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home At Last program, which aids homeless veterans.

“Clifton” – painting by Jessica Mahan

“Clifton” – painting by Jessica Mahan

Springfield residents Trysta Herzog and Jessica Mahan began Springfield Strong as a project to spark conversation, collaboration and advocacy for veterans who are, or were, homeless. Their project was born from the question, “What can I do?” For Herzog and Mahan, the answer was to use art and other media to tell the stories for those living with this issue. The exhibit consists of paintings and photographs of veterans as well as the display of an American flag flown during World War I and World War II.

The Kitchen, Inc.’s Home At Last program helps veterans and their families gain access to housing and social services. Considering the fact that veterans are twice as likely than the general population to become chronically homeless, Herzog and Mahan decided this issue should be brought to the community as a whole with hopes for more people asking themselves, “What can I do?”

The exhibition will run Friday, Dec. 4 through Friday, Dec. 11. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5. The gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

Media Contact: Leah Hamilton, Arts Administration Program Director. Office: (417) 873-6359; mobile: (417) 224-1018; email: lhamilton@drury.edu.

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C-Street Gallery opens Undergraduate Juried Exhibit on Oct. 2

SPRINGFIELD, MO., Sept. 28, 2015 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its October showing, the Drury Undergraduate Juried Exhibit, with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2. An undergraduate show will be the featured exhibition for the first time ever at the gallery.

The reception is free with food and refreshments provided. The Drury Jazz Ensemble will provide entertainment for the evening. The gallery is located at 233 E. Commercial St.

The exhibition features the works of undergraduates chosen by Drury art faculty and juried by associate art professor Jacqueline Warren. Each featured artist – McKenzie Johnson, Ryan Quigg, Trevor Wellman and Olivia Willoughby – focuses on a different medium and will have a diverse set of artwork in the show.

The Drury Undergraduate Juried Exhibit should not be confused with the annual senior undergraduate show in May at the Pool Art Center on campus. This is a different opportunity for undergraduate art students to present their work to the community.

This exhibition runs from Oct. 2 through 30. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on two Saturdays, Oct. 10 and 24.

For more information, call (816) 308-8404 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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C-Street Gallery opens “In Progress” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March 30, 2015 — The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its April exhibition “In Progress” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, April 3.

The exhibition is focused on the progression of the feminist movement and features six local artists: Marina Bolchakova, Diane Denton, Mary Hamilton, Katie Hovencamp, Emma Reynolds and Leigh Ann Thomas,. A poetry reading by MO Poetry Slam Springfield and Claire Griffin will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. The opening reception is a free event with food provided by Hy-Vee.

“In Progress” seeks to help viewers understand feminist ideas as well as the merits of feminism and the progress the movement has made. The work will be organized into distinct categories of feminism. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Kelsey Pressnall and Hannah Stark.

"Queen of the Night" by Mary Hamilton

“Queen of the Night” by Mary Hamilton

MO Poetry Slam Springfield is a local arts organization that works to support, promote and encourage poetry in southwest Missouri. Poets representing the organization will be reciting original feminist work for the first hour of the opening reception.

“In Progress” will run April 3 through 23. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial St.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street 

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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C-Street Gallery opens “hue. Psychology of Color” exhibition on Friday

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., March. 2, 2015 – The Drury on C-Street Gallery will open its March exhibition “hue. Psychology of Color” with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday, March 6. The exhibition features six local artists: John Payne, Holly Goodwin, Sherry Haney, Susan Neese, Meike Aton and Juliet Biggs. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is located on 233 E. Commercial Street. The opening reception is a free event with Drury’s Student Union Board providing Hurts Donuts and Panera Bread coffee. Entertainment will be provided by Lost and Found.

“hue. Psychology of Color” is focused on the color and its emotional affects on the audience. Each color hue has an overwhelming focus on a certain emotion. During this exhibition, cards with written emotions will be given out to each person that walks in the gallery. Throughout the changing hues of the artwork, the audience will be asked to place the “emotion card” where it seems to be the strongest. The exhibition is curated by Drury Arts Administration students Ivan Garnica and Lora Sorenson.

“Quandary” - Painting by John Payne

“Quandary” – Painting by John Payne

“hue. Psychology of Color” will run March 6 through 26. Gallery viewing hours after the opening reception will be 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 7. A closing reception, “Late Night with Hue,” will be held from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., Thursday, March 26.

For more information, call (417) 873-6359 or visit Drury on C-Street’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/DruryCStreet.

About Drury on C-Street 

The Drury on C-Street Project is an initiative by Drury University, in partnership with other local organizations, to establish a Drury Center on Commercial Street. This center includes an art gallery, a business resource center, space for weaving looms, architecture classroom and a multi-use area for additional classes and seminars. The Drury on C-Street Gallery is a professional, student-run gallery featuring emerging and established artists. Drury University’s Drury on C-Street Gallery provides arts administration majors the experience of promoting the work of local artists. The gallery connects the community to new and relevant art in an accessible and welcoming environment.

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