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Details, dates released about annual art show held at Crowder College

August 8, 2014

The Joplin Globe, Mo.

Aug. 08--NEOSHO, Mo. -- Details were released recently about the 19th Annual Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit held annually at Crowder College. The event this year will include a painting demonstration, public reception and more.

The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 11, and the exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, Oct. 26, in the Longwell Museum in the Elsie Plaster Building on the campus.

From 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 11 there will be a demonstration, "Painting the Night," in oils, and viewers may sit in for free.

Awards will be presented by the judge at 2 p.m. and a reception open to the public is set for 3:30 to 5 p.m.

John P. Lasater IV will serve as the judge. He is a former designer and illustrator for a division of Hallmark Cards who now paints full time from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road. He also teaches oil painting workshops regionally. Lasater also is involved in the Heart of America Artists' Association, which promotes art in communities, and has started a tour called "24 Paintings in 24 Hours."

Jason Sacran of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will give the "Painting the Night," demonstration in the Elsie Plaster Theater. Sacran is a full-time artist/painter, and part-time instructor for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. He also is the Arkansas state ambassador for the Portrait Society of America. He has a bachelor's degree in painting from Tennessee Tech University and is the former curator for the Fort Smith Art Center.

The annual competition and exhibit is sponsored by the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance. The Neosho Arts Council donated $1,000 for awards and the Joplin Regional Artists Coalition donated $500.

The 2D competition will have two divisions: professional and emerging. Mediums represented are oil, acrylic, pastel, mixed media, drawing, and watercolor, all competing for the $500 Best of Show donated by Community Bank & Trust, with Crowder College offering a one-man show in the Longwell Museum as Best of Show prize.

Art work must be original and created solely by the artist without help from an instructor.

Want to particiate?

Artists interested in participating in the 19th Annual Thomas Hart Benton Four State Regional Art Competition and Exhibit can visit the website of the Southwest Missouri Art Alliance at They also can contact Becky Golubski at or 417-489-3041


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