Montminy Art Gallery

Montminy Art Gallery

The 2017 Montminy Gallery Season continues…

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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