MMA art teacher LT Chris Bain and the Advancement office have launched an initiative to construct the Academy’s first permanent art gallery, located in Barnard Hall. The purpose of the exhibit is to display students’ works of art on a rotating basis and to present themed exhibits that will serve as teaching tools on the subjects of art and humanities.
With a goal to raise $3,500, Bain is planning to install lighting and materials on the second floor of Barnard Hall, near the art room. The wall space in that area is
currently unused. He hopes to name the gallery consistent with the annual art show named in memory of the late Kathryn Epple and plans to call it the Epple Art Gallery.
“The Epple Memorial Art Show has been an annual tradition at Missouri Military Academy, but art education isn’t a once-a-year event,” says LT Bain. “We’d like to showcase our students’ artwork year-round and make the most of our educational space.”
Funds will also be used to reinvest in and expand the annual Kathryn Epple Memorial Art Show held during the spring Festival of the Arts. The funds will be used to purchase new, more portable display boards to put the show in a more prominent location and to exhibit artwork at various times of the year.
Bain has been actively working to develop the art program at MMA, introducing the first public gallery showing of cadet artwork in January and February 2013, when cadets displayed paintings and drawings at the Vault Gallery in Mexico, Mo.
Kathryn Epple was the spouse of the late Dr. Lawrence Epple, MMA alumnus and then MMA physician, who were well-known members of the Mexico community. Kathryn, Lawrence and several of their children were tragically killed in a car accident many years ago. Their memory lives on via the annual art show at MMA, held during Spring Family Weekend.
Individuals who would like to contribute to the project may do so via the MMA web site – http://www.missourimilitaryacademy.org/support-mma-2/give-now/ , by mailing a check to Missouri Military Academy Att: Epple Gallery Fund, 204 N Grand St., Mexico, Mo 65265 or by contacting Christine Smith, Terry Logue ’72 or LTC Paul Gillette ’70 at 573-581-1776.