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Art Nourishes the Soul: The Soul Sustains Art Installations and Works of Jo Stealey

The works of well-known Columbia artist Jo Stealey will be featured in a new exhibition opening Oct. 21 at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art at Central Methodist University in Fayette.

SquaresStealey will be present for a reception in her honor at the gallery from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The title of her exhibition is "Art Nourishes the Soul: The Soul Sustains Art - Installations and Works of Jo Stealey."

Stealey, a native of Wentzville, is a professor of art and head of the fiber arts program at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she has been on the Department of Art faculty since 1992. She also served as the Visiting Professor of Textile programs during the winter 2007 semester at Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Stealey holds a doctorate in art education from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

A fiber artist, Stealey works with a variety of materials, including handmade paper. A background in ceramics and weaving influence some of the technical and conceptual underpinnings of her work. Stealey said she has always "had a love for functional clay forms, as well as traditional textiles, particularly baskets." Much of her work is three-dimensional.

Her exhibition at The Ashby-Hodge Gallery includes three major installations that are all three- dimensional, as well as wall hangings and some of her vessel art. The vessel art, too, is an extension of her ceramic and weaving background.

Also being shown during the Stealey exhibition are several epic paintings from the permanent collection of The Ashby-Hodge Gallery of American Art.