Montminy Art Gallery

Montminy Art Gallery

The 2019 Montminy Gallery Season continues…


Matthew Ballou’s exhibit, The Eternal Idol: Conflict, Impossible Scenes, and the Denial of Human Value

The show will be on display from April 4 – June 2, 2019.

Ballou is an educator, writer, and visual artist living and working in Columbia, Missouri. The work in the exhibition was created between 2006 and 2019 and represents Ballou’s ongoing attempt to picture the impossible spaces created by a collective unwillingness to constrain power, war, greed, and consumerism. Ballou’s work strives to make the foolishness of conflict, oppression, and war apparent. An opening reception and artist talk will be held on Friday, April 12 from 4:30-6:30pm.

This event is free and open to the public.
“My artworks are meant to depict spaces, bodies, and objects that should never have existed. But they do. Whether they will continue to be made is a question for each of us. We answer the question with our votes, our credit cards, our meals, and our entertainment.” – Matthew Ballou, 2019

The Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Montminy Gallery is located inside the Boone County History & Culture Center, owned and operated by the Boone County Historical Society.

Gladys Swan – The Map of the Invisible: Playing with Color & Movement

As a writer and visual artist, Gladys Swan, is dedicated to the exploration of how imagination can offer us a way of knowing, not only in the effort to communicate her a personal vision but also to a create a sense of community and a recognition of influences from the past. Please join us for a visual journey that maps the invisible story of an artist and author’s love of color and movement.

Feb. 2 –March 31, 2019

Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 10, 1–3 p.m.

The gallery is proudly sponsored by Commerce Bank

What is Columbia? Photography Show

November 29, 2018 – January 27, 2019


What is Columbia? Photography Show will open Thursday, November 29 and run through January 27, 2019. This collaborative COMO Living Magazine and Montminy Gallery show will consist of images from 10 different local photographers. We have asked each photographer to create a visual story that communicates, What is Columbia? – to them. From commercial to editorial to educational photographers, the show will capture a range of perspectives. We hope to see you at the show opening and magazine release party on 29 November from 4:30 to 6:30.


September 7 – November 4, 2018


kelly coalier, cooper’s circus & david spear, middle child
The Montminy Gallery is proud to announce the COALIER/SPEAR show. This exhibition showcases the work of two award-winning local artists, Kelly Coalier and David Spear. Among their awards, each has won the City of Columbia Commemorative Art Poster. The COALIER/SPEAR show is the first dual show for this pair of long-time Columbia friends and residents. With each artist exhibiting more than 25 works of art, it is also the largest show for either artist in many years.

Coalier has been making artwork daily for 30 plus years. His current drawings and photographs reflect a decade of raising kids and living in Boone County. Fairs, festivals, family and friends are inspirational sources in Coalier’s work. His style and composition are influenced by traditional drawing, comics, ani-mation, photography, and pre-World War II modernism.

Spear’s work is influenced by history and the evolution of art. He weaves together genres of realism and abstraction to express a range of artistic concepts and points of view. His artistic career and work are motivated by a continuous commitment to the development of a broad understanding of diverse process-es and perspectives.

Access Arts: Building Community

August 4 – Sept 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Saturday, August 11, 4-6 pm


Elizabeth Parris, “Bethlehem”, 42 x 42”

The exhibit highlights the work of Access Arts’ artists and instructors and the impact they have made on their students’ creative work. From fiber arts to painting to ceramics, artists and students’ work will be exhibited together to illustrate how a community is built through art. Participating artists include: Elizabeth Parris, Tiffany McPeak, Jenny Sennott, Lisa Franko, Carina Jimenez and Linda Plushke.

The show will also include installation art and educational videos.

What do you think art does?

June 8, 2018 – July 29, 2018


Please join us for the thought-provoking show “What Does Art Do?”. The exhibit will showcase work from the University of Missouri, Art Education Program’s faculty, graduates, and students. Their annual exhibit has transformed the Montminy Gallery into an exciting teaching and learning space by highlighting 13 different artists’ works. Along with inspirational artwork, each artist has provided an artist/teacher statement which speaks to “what their artwork DOES” in the world.

This participatory show will also ask visitors the question, “What do you think art does?” when they enter and leave the gallery. Each visitors response will help create a collaborative work of art that evolves throughout the duration of the exhibit.

We look forward to reading your answers to this important question and learning more about “What Does Art Do?”. The exhibit opened on June 8 and will close July 29, with an opening reception on Thursday, June 14, 4-6 p.m.

Art of Nature

Art of Nature, the Story of the North American Grouse exhibition, showcases the work of Noppadol Paothong, an award-winning nature/conservationist photographer, and a staff photographer with the Missouri Department of Conservation. His work will be on display April 5 – May 27, 2018. The exhibit showcases more than 45 photos, educational maps, and videos.

On Saturday, April 14, please join us for:
Meet the Author book signing event: 10:30 – noon and,
Artist’s Reception: noon – 2:00 p.m.
Both events are free and open to the public.

Noppadol Paothong has received many prestigious national and international honors for his work, including “Best of the Best” at the Outdoor Writers Association of America Photo Contest, Picture of the Year International, National Wildlife Photo Contest, Nature’s Best, Audubon Photo Contest, and Missouri Photojournalist of the Year.

The Artist and Educator Women’s Collective

February 04, 2018 – March 31, 2018


The Montminy Gallery announces The Artist and Educator Women’s Collective, showcasing the work of nine local artists, all of whom are nationally or internationally recognized artists and educators, including Jo Stealey, Susan Taylor Glasgow, Jenny McGee, Jane Mudd, Naomi Lear, Sara Fletcher, Amy Meyer, Irina Tevzadze and Brooke Cameron. The exhibit will open February 4 and close March 18 with a reception honoring the artists at the gallery on February 11, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. A panel discussion with the artists will be held on Thursday, February 15, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., also at the Montminy Gallery. Both events are free and open to the public.

The exhibiting artists represent more than 200 years of combined educational experience from a range of learning environments including the University of Missouri, William Woods University, Stephens College, Columbia College and one-on-one workshop style classes.

“The 2-D and 3-D exhibit will focus on telling the powerful story of how women in our community combine their dedication for art with their drive to educate”, said Kate Gray, MFA Montminy Gallery Director. Participating artist Jenny McGee said, “It’s such an honor to be a part of this group show with so many talented women from Columbia. This is all about the creativity and strength of a community of local female artists and the impact they are making as creators and educators.”

The Gallery is open to the public Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sundays 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Montminy Gallery is located inside the Boone County History & Culture Center, owned and operated by the Boone County Historical Society.

Unfinished Stories-A Collection of Watercolors by Paul Jackson

November 17, 2017 – January 14, 2018


Paintings and sketches from Paul’s personal collection of favorites, new works unveiled and dozens of watercolor demos.

Paul Jackson’s upcoming exhibition “Unfinished Stories-A Collection of Watercolors by Paul Jackson” will be hanging from November 17, 2017 – January 14, 2018. We’ll have an artist reception Sunday, Nov 19 from 1 – 3.
Mark it on your calendars…you won’t want to miss this!


The Missouri Watercolor Society Members Exhibit

October 1- November 5


The Missouri Watercolor Society has returned to the Montminy to exhibit a juried show that includes 110 works by 55 artists from all over the state. The subjects include portraits, seascapes, landscapes, local views, animals large and small and a variety of abstracts. Most of the pieces are available for purchase and would make marvelous holiday gifts.

Winning artists include Masters Award winner, Dongfeng Li; Best of Show, Janet Doll; 2nd Place, Barbara Martin Smith, 3rd Place, Cathy Allsman.
Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am – 4:30pm, Sundays 12pm – 4:30pm. Free admission always.

The Eclipse of the Art


The current exhibit in the Montminy is the work of Columbia’s Access Arts.  Access Arts is an organization that consists of adults, students, those with disabilities and veterans – all of whom are artists. The organization, under the direction of Executive Director Shawna Johnson, arrived at an idea that would engage the entire community with the August, 2017 solar eclipse. Twenty-three area groups and businesses (listed below) took part in creating one or more of 72 panels that would together, create a 6′ tall, 64′ long wall mural. That completed mural is a standout feature of the Eclipse of the Art exhibit. However, there is much more to the exhibit. Dozens of individual works are highlighted. The exhibit runs through September 17 in the Montminy.

  • Access Arts Artists in Residence
  • Access Arts Board Members and their families
  • Boone County Family Resources
  • The Bluffs
  • C.A.R.E. – Career Awareness Related Experience
  • C.O.R.E. Initiative
  • Columbia Business Times
  • Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture
  • Columbia Square Townhomes
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • The Crossing Church (with True North youth)
  • Dave Griggs’ Flooring America
  • Dog Master Distillers (staff & customers)
  • Grant Elementary (youth & parents)
  • Harold’s Doughnuts
  • Midway Electric
  • Missouri State Teachers Association
  • M.U. Office for Civil Rights & Title IX and A.D.A.
  • Pangborn Home Inspections
  • US Bank (Business Loop Branch)
  • Welcome Home
  • Wild Folk
  • Woodhaven


Access Arts Residents program presents In the Studio


Access Arts, a non-profit arts organization serving Columbia and Mid-Missouri since 1971, started a new Artists in Residence program two years ago. The show features those artists who have been able to practice their art and gain teaching experience through the new program. Media is diverse and interests varied. Visit the gallery to appreciate and show support for the results of an innovative program. Most of the artworks in the exhibit are available for sale. The participating artists are:
  • Elizabeth Parris (abstract oil painting & pottery)
  • Tiffany McPeak (photography & installation)
  • Shannon Soldner (figurative oil painting)
  • Colleen Smith (figurative oil painting)
  • Cassandra Loos (functional pottery)
  • Ethan Buck (printmaking & animation)
  • Caroline Painter (printmaking & ceramic sculpture)
  • Lisa Franko (printmaking)
  • Patrick Hutti (fire sculpture)
The exhibit runs through July 30 and will be followed by another Access Arts Studio offering, Total Eclipse of the Art, opening August 3 and running through September 3

April 21 through June 18, 2017 – Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance Members Show


Featuring photography, clay, oils, acrylics, soft pastels, cold wax, wood, and watercolors. Nearly 100% of these outstanding works are for sale.
The exhibiting Alliance members are: Charlotte Beuselinck, Travis Bond, Diane Chappell, Megan Cooper, Tracy Eichhorn, Vicki Eultgen, Janet Flett, Diana Fogle, David Frech, Marni Gable, Alice Geller, Linda Green, Morgan Green, Cricket Hackmann, Diana Hallett, Jerry Hayden, Sharon Horton, Pamela A. Houser, Bill Palmer, Linda Pluschke, Mike Seat, Carrie Yonley

Join us for a reception to celebrate these artists on Sunday, April 30, 1pm – 3pm. Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

January 26 through April 2, 2017 – Parallels: A Father-Daughter Retrospective



The Montminy is proud and pleased to bring you an exhibit that’s never been seen before. It is a Father-Daughter exhibit that features the work of two very talented and critically-acclaimed artists, Lawrence “Lory” Rugolo and his daughter, Elise Rugolo“Parallels: A Father-Daughter Retrospective” is the first-time Lawrence and Elise have exhibited together in a two-person show. The exhibition features Lawrence’s screenprints, Elise’s paintings, and a group of their collages.

Elise recently moved back to Columbia, and one of the first things she asked her father upon returning was whether he would be interested in putting together a father-daughter show. In this retrospective, viewers are invited to contemplate the parallel paths Lawrence and Elise have followed throughout their artistic careers.

Lawrence’s screenprints are more methodical and precise than Elise’s expressionistic, painterly work; however, they both explore similar issues, such as balancing organic and geometric images within a highly-structured composition; layering processes; and juxtapositions of shape and color.

Lawrence has also worked in collage for many years, and Elise learned much from him at an early age regarding this technique, which she often combines in her mixed-media paintings. One feature of the show will be “The Collage Wall,” with highlights of collage work from each of their bodies of work.

Coming Next: The Columbia Youth Fiber Arts Show (April 5 – April 15) and the Mid-Missouri Arts Alliance (April 20 – June 18) 


November 18th – January 22nd, 2017    The Columbia Palette Group’s Point of View



The work is mostly plein air work in watercolor and oils and is the art of nine, individual artists. Those area artists are Collette Brumbaugh, Cecil Doubenmier, Richard Dutton, Kerry Hirth, Linda Hoffman, Kathryn Mitter, Eva Robb, Mike Seat and Jerry Thompson. The artists’ reception will be on Sunday, November 20, 2016 from 1-3 pm. Light refreshments will be served and as usual, the event is free and the public is especially welcome. The exhibit will run through January 22.


Through November 6, 2016, We are the Music Makers!

The Montminy Art Gallery at the Walters Boone County Historical Museum in Nifong Park is proud to announce the opening of the We are the Music Makers! national photography exhibit- sponsored by Commerce Bank. 

The exhibit, which coincides with the 10th Annual Roots N Blues N BBQ Festival in Columbia, will educate and engage viewers in the cultural history of Southern traditional music. We are the Music Makers! features photo documentation of Southern Roots musicians active in the past 20 years, all photographed and recorded by Tim Duffy in his quest to preserve Southern traditional music by partnering with the artists who make it. The photographs highlight questions of how poverty, geography and age have limited the exposure of these artists, causing the widespread idea that the musical traditions they perform have “died out.”

Our Living Past: Platinum Portraits of Music Makers: For 35 years, photographer Tim Duffy has immortalized Southern musical heroes and the world in which they live. The 30 x 40 images in the exhibit were made with wet-plate collodion photography and printed with the platinum/palladium process. The exhibit also includes a hand-made and hand-painted guitar, fiddle and hand-painted stage costumes.

The Music Maker Relief Foundation is the organization behind this national touring exhibit. The Foundation preserves Southern Roots music by directly supporting senior artists in need, while documenting their music and sharing their talents with the world. It’s Music Makers Blues Revue is the only musical act to appear in every year’s Roots N Blues Festival lineup in Columbia since the festivals inception.

This temporary traveling exhibit will run through November 6, 2016 in the Montminy, Columbia’s largest civic art gallery. Admission is always free and the gallery and museum are open Wednesday through Saturday, 11am – 4:30pm and Sundays, 12pm – 4:30pm.



July 8 through August 21, Unseen Columbia, the photographic art of Jon Luvelli

The Montminy is proud to present the work of street photographer Jon Luvelli. His portraits depict a slice of Columbia we don’t often see – if ever. Thus, the exhibit title, Unseen Columbia. The faces are those of rebels, misfits, mavericks, tramps, hobos and runaways. Most of them are not particularly ready nor are they seeking a portrait photograph. Luvelli captures candid moments and honest profiles in such a way that the result is both illuminating and beautiful. Perhaps not beautiful in the typical use of the that word, but beautiful in both composition and the way he captures a moment of gritty reality. Indeed, charming, mid-size Midwestern college towns are not always what they seem to be on their surface.




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