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Senior Art Exhibition on Display at Missouri State University


Missouri State University is hosting the 13th annual Senior Art Exhibition. The exhibit showcases paintings, sculptures and drawings created by adults 60 years old and up. KSMU's Jana Greer spoke with some of the artists and has more.

Rita Jacob has been entering her pieces in the Senior Art Exhibition since it first started 13 years ago. She says she's been painting off and on for almost 60 years.

The Missouri State Gerontology Department puts on the exhibit each year. The artists are adults 60 years old and up. This year's oldest artist will soon be turning 104. Bradley Fisher is the coordinator for the event. He explains why the exhibit is important to these artists.

There's a variety of art at the exhibit. You can find sketches, sculptures and paintings done in oil, acrylic, and water color. Lou Bradshaw entered two paintings of birds done in acrylic. He says he's been painting for 50 years and that it helps keep him young.

This year, artists submitted over one hundred pieces to the exhibit, a new record. You can see these pieces on display at Juanita K. Hammons Hall at Missouri State University until April 10.