Missouri artist to present works at U of O

Release Date: 1/23/2008

Clarksville, Ark. --- Missouri artist Annie Helmericks-Louder will present her exhibit "Casting off and other stories," throughout the month of February at the University of the Ozarks.

Helmericks-Louder, an adjunct art instructor at Central Missouri State University in Warrensburg, Mo., describes herself as "an autobiographical storyteller; my art visually records where I have been and guides me to where I want to go."

She said her "stories" focus on the singular poignancy of life’s everyday personal experiences.

"My mother, nature writer and explorer Constance Helmericks, showed me that looking into landscapes --- mountains and canyons, rivers and streams --- could be my way of life," she said. "Working extensively on location continues to be an essential practice; it fills me up."

Hemlericks-Louder earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Arizona and a master’s degree in fine arts from the University of Missouri.

There will be a reception to meet the artist from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the Stephens Gallery, located in the Walton Fine Arts Center on the U of O campus. The exhibit is free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, throughout the month of February. For more information, please contact the U of O Division of Humanities and Fine Arts at 479-979-1349.

 'Casting off and other stories'