SEMO Arts Council to reopen with new art

Art galleries are beginning to reopen in the Heartland.

On Tuesday, June 9, the Southeast Missouri Arts Council will open its doors to the public for the first time since mid-March, after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Sara Steffens, the director of the arts council, said this is a sign that life is slowly returning to some state of normalcy.

The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri is the longest-running arts council in the state and regularly features art by regional and touring artists.


Steffens said they will reopen their gallery space with a lot of precautions like limiting the number of people who can be inside the gallery, visitors will be asked to wear a mask and use social distancing, and there are markers on the ground to help with the flow of foot traffic.

According to Steffens, these are necessary measures to make sure they can keep the arts alive in the community.

“Just seeing how not only statewide, but nationally how it’s been affecting the arts and non for profit sectors, it’s been pretty devastating,” Steffens said. “…I think this is just really important because it’s just something enjoyable people can see and we’re all kind of in this together.”

On display at the gallery is work by local artists that make up the Visual Arts Cooperative, which is comprised of more than 40 regional artists.

The show includes all sorts of mediums including film photography, painting, pastel, drawing, sculpture, and textile.

These pieces will be up through July 31.

Due to concerns over the pandemic, First Friday with the Arts is canceled for June.

However, people are still invited to enjoy art at the gallery.

The gallery is open at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.