Beginnings of Studio 55 by Dr. Bradley Fisher

Studio 55 Arts Guild was formed in 1997 following the first Senior Art Exhibition in 1996 organized by the Gerontology Program at Missouri State University.  Dr. Bradley Fisher, the Director of the Gerontology Program and the organizer of the exhibition, was approached by Harriet Cremeen who asked him if there was some way to contact the participants of the exhibition to see if there was interest in forming an art guild.  Dr. Fisher contacted all the artists and twelve showed up for a meeting in late 1996.    The artists enthusiastically welcomed the idea of forming a group for those 55 and above which would offer support for members to continue pursuing artistic endeavors and opportunities for exhibiting their work.  One of the main discussions was that the guild should be open to both amateurs and professionals and would eventually provide a venue for members to participate in art workshops.   After meeting monthly for the next four months, Studio 55 Arts Guild was chosen as the name of the group and officers were elected.   From that moment on, Dr. Fisher stepped back from a leadership role to allow the artists to guide the destiny of the organization.   He continued to serve as an ex-officio member of the Arts Guild board and regularly participated in meetings for the first two years until the guild was firmly established with bylaws and a stable administrative structure.  Since that time, Studio 55 has held monthly meetings, organized exhibitions of members' work, and offered presentations by artists at monthly meetings.   Dr. Fisher is now retired as an Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Gerontology and still organizes the annual Senior Art Exhibition which attracts many submissions from members of Studio 55. 


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Board of Directors: 2022

Tracy Bruton, Chair/President


​Cynthia Bylander


Felicia Ellis, Secretary


Janice McCain, Treasurer


Gary Tebbenkamp, Exhibits, 417-234-2868


Sandra Letson, Past President, 417-496-1838,  Webmaster and Newsletter Canvas

Our membership is composed of art lovers and visual artists of all media and levels of expertise, including art professionals and emerging artists who are 18 years old and above. The club meets monthly for educational programs, sponsors workshops, organizes exhibitions and facilitates the interchange of ideas, information, and motivation of our members and the arts community. Members and guests are invited to show and share their art at each meeting.

Our monthly meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m. in The Gallery at National Avenue Christian Church, 1515 S. National Ave. Springfield, MO. The parking lot is 
behind the church and can be accessed from Portland Street.  (The entrance to the Gallery is adjacent to the parking lot behind the church)


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