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Artwork by Feixue Mei in “Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration” at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Oct. 1, 2021

Northwest artists featured at Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art


The artwork of two Northwest Missouri State University faculty members is featured through Nov. 7 at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Feixue Mei and Veronica Watkins, assistant professors of art in Northwest’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts, are among 60 artists whose work appears in “Missouri Art Now: A Bicentennial Celebration.”

The contemporary art traveling exhibit features artists representing the state’s vibrant visual arts culture and presents a snapshot of contemporary art from all four corners of Missouri. Artists were selected for participation in “Missouri Art Now” by a juried competition after an initial call for entries.

Mei, a member of the Northwest faculty since 2020, teaches courses in computer graphics and print and digital design. She has a master’s degree in graphic design from Virginia Commonwealth University and bachelor’s degrees in graphic design from Colorado State University and in visual communications from Central China Normal University.

Watkins joined the Northwest faculty in 2002 and teaches courses in ceramics and drawing. She has a master’s degree from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and a bachelor’s degree from Northwest, both in art with a ceramics emphasis.

“Missouri Art Now” is a collaboration among the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri in Cape Girardeau; the Center for Missouri Studies in Columbia; the Post Art Library and Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin; the Hannibal Arts Council in Hannibal; and the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph. It is endorsed by Missouri 2021, an initiative of the State Historical Society of Missouri, and financially supported by the Missouri Arts Council.

About the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art

The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art aims to enrich the community through the collection and exhibition of visual arts by providing education, creating unique experiences, and nurturing regional artists. A work of art itself, the museum houses one of the finest collections of American Art from the 18th century to the present. The former William Albrecht home provides the perfect backdrop for works by pioneering artists including Mary Cassatt, Thomas Hart Benton, Gilbert Stuart and Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. A variety of special programs complement the museum’s collection, including temporary exhibitions, art classes, gallery talks, and special events.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $5 for adults, $2 for seniors and $1 for students; museum members and children under age 6 are free. For more information, visit http://albrecht-kemper.org/ or call 816.233.7003.


Media contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704