A Lee’s Summit Art Teacher, Stephanie Mennemeyer, has installed a permanent student art exhibit in the Missouri State Capitol. Supported by the Missouri Art Education Association and Missouri Alliance for Arts Education, The Inaugural Senate Exhibit has been hung at the Missouri State Capitol. Through the approval of the Capitol Commission, MAEA and MAAE were able to install a permanent Art Gallery in the hallway that connects the Senate Parking Garage and the Capitol Building. The Senators were ecstatic for the opportunity to be involved in the selection of Art to represent their district, and are overjoyed with the first installation.
Teachers had the opportunity to digitally submit up to four pieces each in their School’s Senate District through Artsonia. Senators then selected their top four pieces to represent their District for the 2014 year. The Inaugural Exhibit was hung in March and will hang through May. The second exhibit will hang May through July. The third exhibit will hang July through Sept. The final exhibit will hang Sept. through Nov.
Artsonia hosted the contest and donated prints, The Capitol Commission donated the book “The Art of the Missouri State Capitol” by Bob Priddy for the inaugural winning students, and MAAE for donated Artsonia giftcards for the inaugural winning teachers.
For the 2015 Exhibit, MAEA will send a Call for Entries in Fall 2014. Teachers will submit artwork through Artsonia until Oct.15, 2014. Senators will have until Dec. 1, 2014 to choose their winners. Finally, the winning pieces will be printed and displayed during the 2015 year, with the exhibit rotating quarterly.