Current Exhibitions

Exhibitions currently on display in the Main Gallery and Gallery 115

Congratulations to the Spring 2020 Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design majors!  Work samples from their portfolios are featured below.  Links to their online portfolios and websites are linked to their names on the left.

Scholarship Descriptions

Tony Denman Awards

Tony Denman was a graduate student in the Department of Art & Design who passed away unexpectedly in 1999.  Tony was wheelchair bound but did not let that affect his outlook on life.  His dedication, work ethic, character, leadership qualities, and generosity of spirit were inspirational and led to the establishment of this award.  For many years the award was given anonymously, funded by Professor John Lynch.   The tradition of making two Denman awards is continued and supported through the generosity of Mr. Lynch’s wife, Sheila, and professor emerita of art and design, Ms. Neva Wood.

Florence Rogers Binger Scholarship in Art

The Florence Rogers Binger Scholarship in Art is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in art. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from George and Barbara Binger in memory of George s mother, the late Florence Rogers Binger. A student must plan to be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing pursuing a degree in art. Student should demonstrate promise of leadership and academic ability in the field of art and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major. Applicants should also demonstrate financial need.

Virginia Anderson Bates Scholarship in Art Education

The Virginia Anderson Bates Scholarship in Art Education is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for an undergraduate student pursuing a degree in art. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from Charles Brian Roberts of Overland Park, KS, in honor of his grandmother, Virginia Anderson Bates. A student must be a full-time undergraduate in good academic standing, pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a major in Art, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in major. Student must have graduated from a Missouri or Kansas public or charter high school or earned equivalent GED in MO or KS. Student must demonstrate financial need.

Edwin C. Ellis Scholarship in Art

The Edwin C. Ellis Scholarship in Art is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation and was established in 1982 by the faculty of the UCM Department of Art to honor Mr. Ellis upon his retirement. Mr. Ellis taught at University of Central Missouri for 33 years.  He served as department chair for many years and taught drawing, watercolor and art history.  The Ellis Scholarship is for a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing, pursuing a degree in art, with financial need and demonstrating outstanding character, leadership and academic ability in the field of art.

Mary Foley Scholarship in Art

The Mary Foley Scholarship in Art available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation was established in 1968 by faculty and friends to honor Mary Foley who was a graduate of the University of Central Missouri and Professor Emerita of Art. This scholarship benefits a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing pursuing a degree in art, with financial need and demonstrating outstanding character, leadership and academic ability in the field of art.

Evelyn Louise Sims Memorial Scholarship in Art

Evelyn Louise Sims graduated from Odessa High School and was a 1936 graduate of the University of Central Missouri. She earned her Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University in New York, NY.

Mrs. Sims was an instructor of art at the University of Central Missouri for 33 years from 1945-1978.  She assumed a variety of leadership roles and served on numerous faculty committees at the University.  Because of her commitment to the University and her unwavering belief of the importance of the arts, Mrs. Sims gifted the University the first outdoor sculpture, Generations, for the permanent art collection.  Subsequent gifts of sculpture added to the collection.

The Evelyn Louise Sims Memorial Scholarship Art is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in art. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from family and friends of Evelyn Louise Sims.

Fanita Marie Davis McCubbin Art Ed Scholarship

The Fanita Marie Davis McCubbin Art Education Scholarship is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a student pursuing a degree in art education. This scholarship is made possible by way of a gift from Fanita Marie Davis McCubbin, 1943. A student must be full-time in good academic standing pursuing a degree in Art Education with a minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0.

Richard & Aileen Luehrman Art Scholarship for Student Teaching & General Art Scholarships (Department of Art & Design)

Richard Luehrman retired from the University of Central Missouri in 1993 as professor emeritus of art after being at UCM for 29 years.  Dr. Luehrman graduated from UCM in 1952, earned his master of arts at the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1956 and completed his doctorate at Florida State University in 1968.  Before joining Central’s faculty, Dr. Luehrman taught at the secondary and junior college levels.  While at UCM, Dr. Luehrman received the Byler Distinguished Faculty Award in 1992 and served as chair of the Department of Art from 1979-1981.

John W Lynch Memorial Scholarships

Mr. Lynch taught Graphic Design, Illustration and Drawing for many years in the UCM Department of Art & Design.  He inspired students to be their best and was much beloved by alumni who had him as a teacher.  He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in March of 2012.  The John W. Lynch Memorial Scholarship is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation for a full-time undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. This scholarship is made possible by way of gifts made by Sheila Lynch, Lees Summit, MO. To apply a student must be a full-time undergraduate in good academic standing pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a Graphic Design major or Studio Art major with an emphasis in Illustration.

R. Foster & Mr. & Mrs. Fred L. Foster Scholarship

The E.R. Foster/Mr. and Mrs. Fred L. Foster Scholarship was established in 1987 by Bonnie Foster Kelley and Robert T. Foster for a student pursuing a degree in the field of chemistry and/or art. Each year this scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a degree in art and to a student pursuing a degree in chemistry. For a full-time undergraduate student in good academic standing, pursuing a degree in art or a degree in chemistry. Must demonstrate financial need. Student should exhibit outstanding character, leadership and academic ability in the field of art.

Department of Art and Design Scholarship

The Department of Art and Design Scholarship is available through the University of Central Missouri Foundation and supported by the UCM Department of Art and Design and gives out scholarships based on department criteria.

The “52nd Annual Citation Awards Exhibition” is a juried exhibition open to art majors and minors in the Department of Art & Design. The exhibition distributes over 30 awards and scholarships of achievement funded by the Department of Art & Design, UCM Foundation, and Mid-Missouri Artists group. Individual scholarships and awards are determined by the department’s scholarship committee and this year’s outside juror, UCM alumnus and Kansas City ceramicist, Kate Schroeder.

Joey Borovicka

My studio is a room that leads to a seemingly infinite number of other rooms. I enter these other rooms by stepping into portals made of canvas and wood, never knowing what kind of room I’ll find myself in and seldom meeting the people who live there. I take the liberty anyway of rummaging through their belongings, drinking their beer, and staring out their windows. The people who occupy the rooms I visit typically appear to be loners whose solitude enables their strange obsessions. They collect things, build things, and futz around as if what they’re doing really matters–apparently for an audience of no one but themselves. It’s easy to linger in these rooms far too long without realizing it. I’ve stepped into the portals on beautiful spring days and stepped back out to find the trees outside my studio window completely bare–whole seasons of my life down the drain. I know the rooms I visit aren’t real. But sometimes they’re so real, my life feels like the thing I dreamt up.

Joey Borovicka is a painter living in Springfield, Missouri. His work has shown in solo and group shows throughout the Midwest and appeared in the publication New American Paintings in 2010 and 2013.