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54th Annual Boone County Art Show Call for Entries
October 12-13, 2013
Entry form deadline: September 28!
posted August 2013
It’s all change in the CAL Education Director role with the departure of Chelsea Swentik and the arrival of long-time Columbia resident, Karen Shortt-Stout.
When CAL Board Director, Sharyn Hyatt-Wade, heard that Chelsea was going to be departing for St. Louis so that her husband could take up his new job at Mercy Hospital, she began the search for Chelsea’s replacement, starting with her art education graduate students at the University of Missouri.
Luckily for CAL, one of her students jumped at the chance and CAL was able to make a seamless transition from Chelsea to Karen.
With a B.A. in Studio Art and Minors in Art History and Interior Design from Stephens College and 8 years work experience as a manager at Clovers, Karen is three semesters into her Masters in Art Education. Having already decided that she wanted to pursue her academic studies at a leisurely pace, she was looking for a full-time job in the art education field.
“Four years ago when I was completing my Capstone project at Stephens College, I had to interview a person who had my dream job, and I interviewed Diana. When I heard that the Education Director job was opening up, I knew that was the job I wanted.”
Commenting on Karen’s appointment, Sharyn said: “Karen Shortt is one of our hardest working and brilliant students in our graduate program at MU. Somehow the stars aligned when Chelsea had to move on, and the perfect artist/educator appeared!”
Karen started in her new role on June 24th, and will be overseeing the children’s summer art camp programs and planning new children’s and adults’ classes for the Fall. Her email address is or she can be contacted at CAL on 573-443-8838.
posted June 2013
Mark Your Calendar!
The delicious, annual Betty Brown Tea will be on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 3pm at the University Club. Tickets are $30, with a portion of all tickets going towards CAL's programs in the community.
This year's Boone County Art Show will be on October 12 and 13, 2013. Entry forms will be available at CAL and here on the website.
The fourth annual Fall Into Art takes place November 16 and 17, 2013. Calls for Entries >>
posted May 2013
Local chefs will choose a work as an inspiration for a tapas-style dish.
See more about Let Them Eat Art!, which takes place Thursday, April 4, 2013, from 6-9pm at the CAL Gallery.
posted March 2013
Columbia Art League Camps are for kids and tweens who just love art, whether it’s a favorite kind or trying something new. CAL Camps provide quality art instruction that mixes technique and skill-building with opportunities for creative freedom and self-expression in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Enroll now! >>
posted March 2013
A new series of talks by artists. Free for CAL Members.
Life as an Artist: Choosing What to Paint
The first in a new series of talks by artists. Up first, Kerry Hirth, a pastel artist known for her abstract paintings of music, will discuss how combining normally unrelated experiences such as music and color can give us a unique perspective that helps us choose the best subjects for our artwork. She will explore how working with an abstract subject such as music can affect what we look for when we evaluate our own work and understand the work of others. Artists of all kinds are welcome, including writers, musicians, chefs, gardeners, mechanical geniuses, and anyone who is dedicated to appreciating them!
posted February 2013
Fancy a sneak peek into the creative dens of 3 of our favorite local artists? Here's your chance!
Sunday, April 21, 2-4pm: Don Asbee
Sunday, May 5, 2-4pm: Susan Taylor Glasgow
Sunday, May 19, 2-4pm: Kerry Hirth
All ticket sales are being donated by the artists to CAL programming. Our heartfelt thanks to Susan, Don and Kerry for their generosity! Buy your tickets here!
posted February 2013
It was with extreme sadness that we learned of the passing of one of CAL’s founding fathers, Professor Robert Bussabarger, on Tuesday 22nd January. He was 90 years old. The University of Missouri Professor Emeritus had been a constant presence at the Columbia Art League for over five decades, and was one of the organization’s guiding lights in the early years.
An avid traveler, he co-authored an illustrated book with CAL founder, Betty Robins, entitled ‘The Everyday Arts of India’ in 1968.
We know the CAL community will join us in passing on our deepest condolences to Professor Bussabarger’s family, especially to his wife Mary Louise and children Wendi and David and their families.
A service will be held at Calvary Episcopal Church on Friday, January 25, at 11am.
Professor Bussabarger's obituary (Columbia Daily Tribune).
posted January 2013
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CAL in the News
In new CAL show, virtue and vice are their own artistic rewards (Columbia Daily Tribune)
CAL holiday show supplies works of beauty for the art lover on your shopping list (Columbia Daily Tribune)
CAL artists convert small stories from fiction to depiction (Columbia Daily Tribune)
New CAL exhibit explores shades of color, meaning
Painting the town red
Diana Moxon highlights Summer Art Camp on Radio Friends with Paul Pepper (download the video) (KBIA)
Five words that never sounded so sweet (Columbia Daily Tribune)
Diana Moxon highlights 'Based on a True Story' on Radio Friends with Paul Pepper (download the video) (KBIA)
CAL’s ‘Hybrid Identity’ calls on artists to look within themselves to share symmetry and discord (Columbia Daily Tribune)
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