The 2014 Missouri State Fair Fine Arts Department will be busy this year, beginning with an artist reception Wednesday evening highlighting the top 50 artists in the state and spotlighting five artists-in-residence for the duration of the fair.
“The reception is open to the entire community,” said Madge Gressley, assistant fine arts superintendent. “The artists are welcome to bring carloads of friends and family with them. It is hosted by the Sedalia Visual Art Association and the Mid-Missouri Artists (Warrensburg), they provide the food. And this year the Missouri Wine and Grape Board are donating the wine to the reception.”
Awards for the Missouri 50 and Junior 50 will be announced during the reception.
“They announce who the winners are and there are four $800 winners, and four honorable mentions,” Gressley said. “This is juried and all entries have to be selected. There are 50 artists in this show, not 50 pieces. Sometimes, in years past, an artist has gotten both pieces in, but this year the judge chose 50 artists.”
While the second floor of the Fine Arts Building showcases the Missouri 50, downstairs highlights the open art divisions for both amateur and professional, photography and porcelain. The Junior 50 is also hung downstairs.
“The open divisions downstairs are not juried and anybody is welcome to enter (by the deadline),” Gressley said.
Adam Price, executive director of the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Neb., was Juror for both Missouri 50 and Junior 50, said Fine Art Superintendent Alan Weaver.
Judging the open professional and amateur art divisions are University of Central Missouri Professor Emeritus Neva Wood, of Jefferson City; for photography, professional photographer Henry Domke, of New Bloomfield; and porcelain art, Joan Ferry, of LaPlata.
Weaver added that artists-in-residence for this year’s fair will include Glenda Miller, of Tipton; Janis Burgin, of Jefferson City; and Cynthia Morris, of Warsaw, all working downstairs at the Fine Arts Building. Working upstairs will be ceramic artist Norleen Nosri, of Columbia, and painter Damon Freed, of Sedalia.
The Missouri State Fair Fine Arts Reception will run from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Fine Arts Building. Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe will present awards upstairs for the Missouri 50 and Junior 50 between 6:30 and 7 p.m.