Art beat: Local art and lattes

Breathtaking, inspiring and thought-provoking pieces of art are displayed in every campus nook and cranny. Join us as we explore MU as a veritable gallery.

a composite of three gallery paintings

Nov. 30, 2022
Contact: Deidra Ashley,

Artwork from local artist Lisa Bartlett is currently on display in Ellis Library at the Bookmark Café. The work will be on display through May 2023.

Bartlett’s work is part of an ongoing series in the café featuring local artists and is one of many opportunities to enjoy the humanities in the library.

Bartlett uses a variety of mediums in her pieces here, including photos, paint and gold leaf.

You can see Bartlett’s artist statement below.

Being of a restless, creative nature, I generally have multiple projects going on at once. I bounce between media, and I love to experiment. I am interested in those who have suffered and yet persevered. I like to honor cultures that have been marginalized. I do this by showing the joy and vibrancy of peoples through color and vibrant brush strokes.

Sometimes, I like to paint on very large canvases and include collage and gold leaf in the composition. I also enjoy working in three dimensions using found objects such as old clock cases, broken ceramics and Victorian hardware. My work often tells a story since I’m fascinated by human nature and by what history has to teach us. Old photographs, old letters and other memorabilia are major sources of inspiration.

I’m always looking for new ideas, new construction techniques and new projects to get excited about. Anything that involves experimentation, anything complicated and finally just the act of creation itself — that’s what I love.


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