Current Show:

A Neva Wood Retrospective

June 5 - July 21

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Current Show

Neva WoodFollowing the far-ranging recent art shows at the Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art—from Northeast Brazil art to Salvador Dali—the focus has returned to the art for which the Gallery is most broadly known, regional North American artists and their works.

During the new summer show, "A Neva Wood Retrospective and Art in Honor of the 200th Anniversary of Howard County," regional artist Neva Wood will be featured. Wood, who paints primarily in watercolor and oil, is known for exploration of color as design, whether painting realistic or abstract pieces.

Wood is professor emerita of art and former chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of Central Missouri (UCM) in Warrensburg. From 1991 to 2007, she taught painting, drawing, and design there. One highlight of her tenure was her nomination for the William H. Bylor Distinguished Faculty Award.

Wood has had numerous shows in Missouri and also South Dakota, both solo and with others. Her work has found its way into national and international juried competitions, including in Nebraska, California, and Indiana, as well as Missouri. She has been part of "The Missouri Top Fifty" at the Missouri State Fair, "Artists Along the Katy Trail," and "Women in the Arts," among other displays.

Before receiving her MFA in painting and watercolor in 1990 from the University of Missouri – Columbia, Wood had received an M.A. in Studio Art in 1985 and a Bachelor of Science in 1977 from UCM (then Central Missouri State University). She received the painting award/scholarship for two consecutive years for her MFA thesis work.

Professionally, Wood has served as president of The Missouri Art Education Association and as representative to the National School of Art and Design for seven years. She has presented numerous lectures and workshops in art and design.

Her works can be found in myriad private collections and at UCM, UM-C, and Boone County National Bank.

She lives in Jefferson City where she admits she is inspired by the view of the Missouri River valley.

The anniversary show will also feature works from the permanent collection, focusing on artists and subject matter that exemplify the history of Howard County and celebrate its 200th anniversary as a county of Missouri. Howard County is reflected through the artists and/or their art. Two examples are "Before It's Gone, the Jackson Place" by Pat Stapleton, which shows a Claiborne Jackson home that once stood on Rte. 87 just south of Glasgow; and the "Hampton L. Boone House" (known more commonly as the Boone-Carson-Watts home) still in existence on Church Street, across the street from Central Methodist University and just south of the Parish House, painted by George Potter, Central Methodist 1963.