Five Northwest Art Students’ Work Chosen For Museum Exhibition – Including Maryville Native

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Five Northwest Missouri State University students’ artwork will appear this spring in the Albrecht-Kemper Museum’s 2021 undergraduate art exhibition.

The exhibition opens with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 16, and continues through Sunday, June 6, at the museum in St. Joseph, Missouri. The juried art exhibition selects about 25 percent of the submissions it receives from throughout the nation.

“Juried exhibitions are competitive,” Dr. Karen Britt, a Northwest assistant professor of art, said. “The selection of our students’ artwork for the exhibition is important professional recognition that attests to the strength of their work and, of course, their talent and creativity as artists.”

Bailey Hopkins, a junior art education major from Creston, Iowa, will have one piece featured in the exhibit. Her piece, titled “Flight Home,” depicts a hummingbird made of paper. She chose the image because she found the constant movement of the hummingbird to be a representation of her busy schedule.

Hopkins, who had three works included in the exhibition last year, takes pride in the number of students representing Northwest this year.

“I’m just excited that so many people made it this time,” Hopkins said. “I think I was almost more excited to hear that five Northwest students made it than knowing about my one piece.”

Emily Thomas, a junior art education major from Indianola, Iowa, had a painting and two sculptures chosen for the exhibit. “Nature’s Beauty” is a painted image of a beach, while her sculptures depict a willow tree, titled “Reflections of Growth,” and a cube that reflects the elements of nature, titled “Elements of Nature.”

“I was just hoping for one,” Thomas said. “Seeing that email come up, I really wanted to do a happy dance. It makes you feel like all those struggles with art classes is worth it when you get into something like this.”

Mackenzee Butts, a junior art education major from Liberty, Missouri, had two of her works selected for the art exhibition. Her paper collage, “Desert Rose,” deals with the idea of feminine beauty standards, and her painting, titled “Ocean View,” depicts an image of a wave.

Ashleigh Erickson, a junior studio art major from Kansas City, Missouri, had two functional ceramic works, a soda-fire teapot and an electric oxidation-fired ewer, selected for the exhibition. Her inspiration comes from the Victorian Gothic style and historical vessels from that time period.

Taylor Giesken, a senior art education major from Maryville, had two of her works selected for the exhibition. The first piece, “Ugly,” portrays nine elements of the human body on a quilted wall hanging. Her abstract landscape multimedia sculpture also was selected.

“Showing your work is always an amazing opportunity,” Giesken said. “Whether your work is for social aspects or political or whatever your message is behind it, it’s being shown to people and hopefully that message is getting across to them.”