Students and faculty display art at exhibition in Albrecht-Kemper Museum


The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art located here in the heart of Saint Joseph, has just recently opened three new exhibitions. One of which has partnered with Missouri Western students and art faculty to showcase their talents with their artistry through paintings, sculptures and digital designs named the “Perspectives: Biennial Missouri Western Faculty Exhibition.

“Just how we study Picasso now and how he experimented around with stuff in his time, these are the Picasso’s of our time. In 60-70 years, they’re going to be studying how these artists created these,” Bee Burgiss Hal said, who is guest services and front desk concierge.

The AKMA showcases collections of the 18th through the 21st Century and was originated in 1913 with the foundation of twelve women who wanted to raise public awareness and understanding of art. They were called the St. Joseph Art League.

The museum’s collection has grown tremendously since then with the help of enthusiasts and supporters. It ranges from many different American artists to active working artists at MWSU.

“After I graduated from Missouri Western, I left for awhile, but I came back and to be apart of this is museum is amazing. I get to come in each day and see such beautiful work. You get to witness and see all of the talent that the community and schools have and there is so much,” Christy George said, who is the Marketing and Communication Manager of AKMA.

The other two exhibits are “My Story: Juried Exhibition” and “Expanding the Collection: Recent Acquisition.” “My Story” showcases artists to express their truths and stories through their choice media, and expanding the collection is opportunity to add to AKMA’s permanent collection. This exhibit showcases pieces that have been added since 2016.

“I think art is a creative way for people to express themselves. It definitely plays a major role in our society today. It’s pretty cool, and a great opportunity for us students and our faculty to show their creative side as they show us how they express their talents, whether it’s through paintings, sculptures and digital designs,” Marcus Cooper said, a freshman at Missouri Western.

“The Perspective: Missouri Western Faculty Biennial Exhibition” artworks can be purchased ranging from $125-$18,000. If you want to add your own pieces or artworks, contact the museum at 816-233-7003. Donations and volunteers are also accepted. For more information, visit their website at

They are also hosting upcoming events such as an Art & Carafes: a fun evening of paint and wine on Sept. 27 at 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and a Halloween Prep Party on Oct.7th at 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. where front desk concierge, Bee Burguiss Hall will be teaching how to apply Halloween makeup and eyelashes. Cost for admission is $10. Members and groups are offered different rates.

The museum is located at 2818 Frederick Ave. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday- Sunday 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and closed on major holidays. Admission is $1 for students with a valid student I.D., $2 seniors, $5 adults. Museum members and children under six are free.