ABOUT A MASK is a juried virtual exhibition showcasing artwork from all areas of the Missouri State Department of Art and Design and features a variety of mediums from undergraduates and graduates exploring our new masking culture.

Many thanks to the jurors, Cole Closser, Dr. Mitzi Kirkland-Ives, and Jina Seo and to the organizer of the exhibition, Eric Pervukhin



Russ Bray
I Can’t Breathe


This phrase is a glimpse into both major issues occurring in America, used by a man struggling to breathe as he slowly fades away, but also used by citizens who feel that that phrase is enough reason to risk their lives and others by not wearing a mask. It is okay when the latter person says this phrase and is excused from following mandated orders that prevent the spread of sickness, but when the former man said this, no pressure was eased off of his neck. He did not get excused from the 8 minutes and 46 seconds of not being able to breathe that ended with his death.



Meidi Karampour
In Crowd and Loneliness
Oil on canvas



Madison Harper
The Mask Trees
Pencil and digital illustration



Rick Briggenhorst
Save Travels

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Safe Travels is a short video that focuses on the relationship of humans and surveillance technology. As the technology to track/identify/record individuals becomes more available at a consumer level; humanity must attempt to find low cost methods of deterring these rapidly developing devices. The cloak seen in the video was made with the intention of hiding in plain sight from the DJI Mavic Air 2’s human tracking capabilities.



Joni Neal
Pandemic Hands

We have all felt tied down at times by pandemic changes, but what it actually did was tie us together. The tangible clarity of restrictions, uncertainties, and sorrow have enabled unity in compassion, empathy, and gifts of loving sacrifice.



Nadia Issa
See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil
Collage, photography, papier-mâché

My work was based on a simple idea to use papier-mâché and the all-over news image collage to communicate information overload. I recreated the gesture of the three wise monkeys embodying the proverbial principle “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil” to show my attempt of trying to protect myself from fake news and mass media. The mask itself has a protective function as well- it preserves our identity from external attacks.



Rana Alamro
This time will pass
Air clay

Arabic calligraphy sculptural mask!



Kallen Brown
Hurting, Healing
Digital photography



Emi Juchems
The Great Mask Wave 2020
Fabric and acrylic

An exploratory series of works to discover if face coverings can be both functional and fashionable. Originally created as an assignment for Dana Bridges’ ART 101- 3D Design class during Covid- Spring semester.



Emily Reed
Plague Doctor
Watercolor and ink


Sarah Powell

Sound of Silence
Pen and Ink, Watercolor, Mixed Media

Personal reflections through artwork.


Rae Ann Rockwell


This mask was made during a summer ceramics class inspired by one of Dr. Follensbee’s ancient art history classes.


Patrick Cunningham

Lights out, masks on
Digitally-modified photography

This work is an attempt at re-contextualizing masks on an unfamiliar face.


Lucas Fiegenbaum
Hint of Emotion
Graphite and colored pencil

My mask was designed for fashion over function. I have always been inspired by the Japanese art of Kabuki and old school Hollywood glamour. My mask illustration is an example of both of these forces. The colors used were strategically placed to resemble different emotions, just as they are in Kabuki.


Lauren Ludtke

Wear It
Graphite to digital media



Source: https://art-design.missouristate.edu/exhibit/brickcity/about-a-mask/ 
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