A set of paintings on display at a gallery in downtown Columbia presents an art history case study of the complex relationships between artists, galleries and the paintings themselves. It also revives an ongoing conversation about the presence of the Midwest in the larger landscape of American painting. In this conversation, you'll hear the story of those paintings on display, along with that larger discussion of how our region continues to find its place in the national and international art world.
Melissa Williams, owner, Melissa Williams Fine Art
Jennifer Perlow, owner, PS Gallery
Joan Stack, curator of art collections, State Historical Society of Missouri
David Houston, former director of curatorial, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Ark.; and newly appointed director of the Bo Bartlett Center at Columbus State University (joining the program by phone)
We hear from the author of a new book that retraces the route William Least Heat-Moon took in his bestselling book, Blue Highways. But first, a conversation with MU Provost Brian Foster about the latest developments concerning the University of Missouri Press. Hosted by Rehman Tungekar.
Brian Foster, provost, University of Missouri-Columbia
Ed Ailor III, author, "Blue Highways Revisited:
William Least Heat-Moon, author, "Blue Highways"
From 2001 to 2008, painter Billyo O’Donnell traveled across the Show-Me State to capture scenes from each of Missouri's 114 counties and the city of St. Louis. Meanwhile, writer Karen Glines compiled essays about each county to accompany the artwork. Since being published in a coffee-table book titled "Painting Missouri" in 2008, the paintings have toured the state and are back on display this month in Columbia. We hear from the duo about what went into their effort, what they saw along the way, and how people have responded to the work.
Karen Glines, author and former arts and culture writer for AOL in St. Louis
Billyo O'Donnell, landscape painter
This program is part of Innovation Week at the Reynolds Journalism Institute.How do political campaigns drum up support? How do marketers increase brand loyalty? And how do community organizers bring people together? In this public discussion on community engagement, our panel of experts -- and our live audience -- talk about what real engagement looks like as we explore some of the tools that organizations are using to connect individuals and foster a sense of community.