The Twenty-Third Annual Senior Art Exhibition for ages Age 60+​ was a fantastic success. Jurors picked 87 pieces out of over 100 entries for this show and sale. Special thanks to the chair of exhibit, Dr. Bradley Fisher, for another highly successful exhibit for senior artists. Dr. Fisher is a founding member of Studio 55 and former chair of the Gerontology Department at Missouri State. We appreciate the work of the jurors: Judy Ferguson, Steve McGuire and Charles Summey, and those that hung the art: Don Letson, chairman and committee: Ramona Gist, Gary Tebbenkamp, Louise Eggleston, Kathy Fisher, Darlene Prater, Sandra Letson and students from the Gerontology Department. We are grateful for sponsors: The Gerontology Department (MSU), The National Art Shop, Robert Purvis (Valic Financial Advisors, Inc.) and Studio 55.

Congratulations to members Lois Reeves for receiving a Jurors Choice Award for her watercolor painting and Vivian Terbeek who received the

Fabric Art Award.  (See below)

November 13, 2017 to February 12, 2018: Studio 55 Exhibit at the Sky Gallery

Springfield-Branson International Airport. Studio 55 was invited by the Springfield Regional Arts Council to have a juried show at Sky Gallery. Twenty-seven members submitted entries and 27 members were chosen to exhibit, with a total of 45 pieces accepted for the show. 

January 10, 2018: 4:00 p.m. There was a reception at the Springfield-Branson Airport following our regular January meeting. Download a PDF with the member information for the Sky Gallery

News-Leader (Nov 23, 2017) "New Studio 55 Exhibit Greets Travelers at Springfield Airport' ​by Camille Dautrich. Thanks to Camille for this excellent article!

This is the airport's second partnership with Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild and it's one that's especially rewarding. "They're a dynamic, enthusiastic, passionate group," said Gallery Manager Kara Remington. "I think Sky Gallery is unique," she said. "It's a traveler's first glimpse of what Springfield is. The art is representative of the whole city." The new exhibit of work by 27 members of the Studio 55 group is now on display, and if you have a little time to look around, you'll enjoy what you see. For more exhibit details with a photo gallery, click here

Exhibits during 2017

October 2-30, 2017: Studio 55 Springfield Botanical Center Exhibit

September 1st: 4th Annual Studio 55 Fall Exhibition and Silent Auction

to assist Sammy’s Window, Part of Foster Adopt Connect. 

The art was judged by Nick Nelson, Audrey Bottrell-Parks, and Alicia Farris. The following awards were presented:

Best In Show - Jessie Schwartz for his acrylic entitled, Times Square, 

1st Place Overall - Steve McGuire for his photograph entitled, Winter Reflection.
2nd Place Overall - Meike Aton for her mixed media piece entitled, Serenity 1.
Special Merit Award from National Art Shop -  Stephanie Kitten for her bronze entitled, Eve #2.

Ribbons were awarded for the following categories:
Drawing: 1st place: Judy Ferguson, Boxer
2nd place: Olga Codutti, Happy Old Couple
Painting: 1st place: Nadine Ellman, Feeling Playful
2nd place: Jane Washick, You Want Fries With That?
Digital Art: 1st place: Larry Stevens, Rose #4
2nd place: Connie Stone, Yosemite Mist
Textiles:  1st place: Judy Ferguson, Shirtwaste
2nd place: Vivian Terbeek, Our Vibrant Earth
Mixed Media: 1st place: Julie Heim, Golden Years
2nd place: Dr. Rebecca Burrell, Madame Butterfly
3-Dimensional: 1st place: Stephanie Kitten, Rasta Rising
2nd place: Ron Henson, Mountain 

July and August:  Schweitzer Brentwood Library Guild Exhibit

June:  Library Center Exhibit

April:  Botanical Center Exhibit

The following are exhibiting at the Botanical Center: Penny Bantle, Vivian Verbeek, Peter Longley, Lea Dingman, Sonya Wise, Dawna Middleton, Arlene Jayne, Sue Owen, Tom Bakie, Stephanie Kitten, Nancy Dornan, Louise Eggleston, Judy Ferguson, Nancy Niewald, Chris Haik, Mona Gist, Joan Bowen, 

​Kathy Henderson, Olga Cordero, Lesley Escamilla, Janice Rosenburg, and Larry Stevens.

March 8 though April 5 (those over 60)   The Twenty-Second Annual Juried Senior ­­Art Show (2017)

Jurors Ramona Gist, Helen Long and Nick Bormann

The following received awards: (bold: Studio 55 members) Sponsored by the Gerontology Department (Mo. State University, Studio 55 Fine arts Guild, The National Art Shop, and Robert S. (Butch) Purvis.

  • Judy Ferguson: Best of Show, 5th Floor Title: "Boxer" Prismacolor Pencil

Also exhibiting at the Waverly House Opening April 7th at 2031 S. Waverly,  "Over Their" Exhibit, exhibit continues until April 28th, "God Bless                       America", Fiber Art.

  • Olga Codutti: Juror's Choice Watercolor, Title: "On the Road" 
  • James H. Lewis: Juror's Choice Mixed, Title: "Gone Fishin'"
  • Ernest Lorene: Three Dimensional Award, Title: "Cyclops" (Wood-Walnut-Maple)
  • ​Jean Rogers: Fabric Art Award, Title: "Indian Couple" Batik on Cotton
  • Jacqueline Stoner: Photography Award, Title: "Reflections"
  • Caryl Rohwedder: Juror's Choice Colored Pencil: "The End Of the Road"
  • Steve McGuire: The National Art Shop Memorial Award: "Liberty" Mixed Medium

 Others members Juried into the show: Nancy Brown Dornan, Ken Burstin, Dee Giles, Rita Jacob, Ramona Gist, Peter Longley, Joellen Mittlestadt, and Janice Rosenburg​

2017 AND 2018 Exhibits 

Studio 55 Fine Arts Guild

Thanks to Kara Remington, Sky Gallery Manager for the photos