ARTIST STATEMENT

Growing up in the rural quasi-south, around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me. Creative. 

So now, when I create art, my aim is to reconstruct those experiences from my life, from my environment, and share the connection that I have. I strive to recreate a conceptional experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation, nature, and the horizon. The proportions and structure I portray within my works comes from my subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of my experiences, and the sense of my being a part of something bigger. The awe. 

Over the years, my work has developed texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement, and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of my experiences. My art has come to symbolize my inner strength as a woman and connection with my world and years spent watching the brilliance of the world around me. 

 

 


BIO

Born in Kennett, MO, Dirks spent many years living in the Southeast Missouri rural setting. She taught environmental education and then art education in public schools. Her art deeply reflects the time spent living in the country and her love of nature, its vibrancy . . . and the power of color and its effect on our lives. Dirks feels as society and technology merge, it is now more important than ever to connect with nature and its healing properties. 

Currently, Dirks lives in Kansas City, MO. For over twenty-five years she has been driven to paint and create. Dirks holds numerous awards including the 2011 Missouri Arts Council Poster Award and her work was featured on all 2012 MAC publications. Dirks work is held privately and corporately. In November 2016, Dirks was selected as the first woman for the Southeast Missouri Alumni Merit Award for the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts. 

 


RESUME

Teresa Dirks    

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

  •         2016 "River Flow," Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
  •         2016 "New Day," Art Source and Design Gallery, Overland Park, KS
  •         2016 Flow" Cafe Trio, Kansas City, MO
  •         2015 “Back Home,” Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO
  •         2013 “Slight Spectrum,” Old Drum Gallery, Warrensburg, MO
  •         2013 “POV, “ Cafe Trio, Kansas City, MO
  •         2012 “Thirty Four,” BICMedia, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, MO
  •         2011 “Recent Works,” University of Central Missouri Art Gallery, Warrensburg, MO
  •         2011 “Synthesis Series,” 2631 Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  •         2011  Recent Works, Got Art Gallery, Lee's Summit, MO
  •         2010 “Mixed Media Works,” MOD Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  •         2008 “In One Hundred Years,” Tinnan Fine Art Center, Poplar Bluff, MO
  •         2003 “Pulp Elements,” Cape Arts Council, Lorimier Art Gallery, Cape Girardeau, MO
  •         1997 “Be Still,” Southeast Missouri State University Museum, Cape Girardeau, MO 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

  •        2016, "Everyone's In 3-D," The Alice, Seattle, WA
  •        2013-14 “Public Hanging” Kansas City Artist Coalition, KC, MO
  •        2013 ”Missouri Top 50,” Juried Exhibit, State Fair Fine Arts ,  Sedalia,MO
  •        2012 "Missouri Top 50,” Juried Exhibit, State Fair Fine Arts, Sedalia, MO
  •        2012 “Mannequin Memoirs,” MOD Gallery, Kansas City, MO
  •        2011  Apex Art Space, Crossroads Arts District, Kansas City, MO
  •        2011"Missouri Top 50,” Juried Exhibit, State Fair Fine Arts, Sedalia, MO
  •        2010 "Missouri Top 50" Juried Exhibition, State Fair Fine Arts Center, Sedalia, MO
  •        2009 “Sew What Juried,” Womenʼs Juried Exhibit, Art Dimension's Flax Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  •        2009 “On the Record Juried Exhibit,” Art Dimension's 3rd Floor Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  •        2008 “Think Pink,” Juried Exhibit, Flax Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  •        2008 “Harwell Mail-in Art Show,” Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO,
  •        2008 “Mid-Missouri Artists Summer Exhibition,” University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO
  •        2008 “Rusty Spring,” Juried Exhibit, Art Dimensions, St. Louis, MO 2006
  •        2006 "Generations,” Tinnin Fine Arts Center, Poplar Bluff, MO
  •        2004 “Small Works,” Tinnin Fine Arts Center, Poplar Bluff, MO
  •        1999 “Memphisʼ 4th Annual Art Festival on the River,” Juried Exhibit, Memphis Art Council, Memphis, TN

PUBLIC WORKS

  •         2010 “Burg Dog,” Warrensburg, MO
  •         2012 “Projector Project,” First Fridays, Warrensburg, MO 

AWARDS-DOCUMENTATION

  •         2016 Alumni Merit Award for the Holland School of Visual and Performing Arts, SE MO State University, Cape Girardeau, MO
  •         Nelson Atkins Spencer Library, Artists' File Initiative, Kansas City, MO
  •         2011 Missouri Arts Council Poster Award, Missouri Arts Council, St. Louis, MO
  •         2009 “Sew What” Best of Show HM, Art Dimension's Flax Gallery, St. Louis, MO
  •         2008 Poplar Bluff Artists’ Guild Regional Art Show,” 2nd Place Mixed Media, Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO  
  •         2007 Poplar Bluff Artists’ Guild First Place Mixed Media, Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO
  •         1998 Photo ‘98, National Juried Exhibition, Gallery 100, Cape Girardeau, MO 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  •          2006-Present   Visual Artist
  •          2002-06           Arts Educator, Malden Public Schools
  •          2006-07           Arts Educator, Gideon Public School
  •          1998-02           Project Grant Director, Environmental Ed, BSWD 

VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE

  •         2012-13   Art in Public Places Committee Member, Warrensburg, MO
  •         2010-11   Paint with Your Girls Organizer (Breast Cancer Fundraiser)
  •         1998-09 Southeast Missouri State University at Malden Board Member

  •         1998-02 Bootheel Youth Museum Board Member and  Volunteer Programmer

SELECTED COLLECTIONS

  •          PNC Bank, The Tower at PNC Plaza, Pittsburgh, PA.
  •          Dr. Luis Alvarez, Private and Corporate, Collection, Boca Raton, FL
  •          Elizabeth Morehead, Actress, Private Collection, Los Angeles, CA
  •          Perry Dement, Private Collection, Memphis, TN
  •          Dr. Wells Askew, Private Collection, Rochester, MN
  •         Jon Hart, 90.9 The Bridge, V.P., and Leslie Swank Hart, Private Collection, Kansas City, MO
  •         Catherine and Robert Morehead, Private Collection, Memphis TN
  •         Janie and Dan McLeod, Private Collection, Oxford, MS
  •         Sara Freeman, Private Collection, Kansas City, MO
  •         Dr. and Mrs. Carl Dirks, Private Collection, Prairie Village, KS
  •         Jim Demaree, Private Collection, Bentonville, AR
  •         Melanie Threlkeld, Private Collection, Waynesville, N.C.
     

EDUCATION

  •         2005 William Woods University, MA
  •         1998 Southeast Missouri State University, BA