Art incorporates themed semester

Patricia Robinson

Prints from German artists from Albrecht Durer to Kathe Kollwitz are on display in Missouri Southern’s Spiva Art Gallery until Sept. 19.

The exhibit, on loan from the Springfield Art Museum, chronicles printmaking methods including woodcut, etching and lithography techniques.

“It’s an amazing exhibit. All the little details are magnificent. It ties in well with the themed semester and the Art Department,” said Whitney Fair, senior studio art major.

The exhibit is one of the cultural offerings during the Germany Semester this fall.

Frank Pishkur, assistant professor of art, said this event is a great representation of the University’s international mission.

“We’re bringing the greater world to the Joplin area,” Pishkur said.

Pishkur said the University always presents an art exhibit for the themed semesters, but this year is exceptional because the Springfield Art Museum provided a nice collection of artwork.

The artist most represented in the exhibit is the pioneer expressionist Kathe Kollwitz, the first woman to be elected to the Prussian Academy of Art. She was considered a “social realist,” as demonstrated in her works, said V.A. Christensen, Spiva Art Gallery coordinator.

Kollwitz is noted for her relief prints from the early 20th century, exploring harsh themes of suffering and death.

Christensen said Kollwitz art represents the aspects of her career, as most of her works include scenes of children, family and poverty.

The exhibit is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Sept. 19.