About Us

Juried Artist/Studio:

Dave Carter

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dave's studio–Visual Art Services

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Awards and Honors

Mass Media/Featured Guest:

2018Featured Artist/Speaker Capital Arts, Jefferson City, MO (Jun. 3);

2017—Article Southeast Missouri State University News (Aug.29); Interviews KZIM (Aug.31) & KUPR Radio (Apr.7); ‘Red Light Night’ Speaker, Arts Council of Southeast Missouri (Mar.16);

2016—Article Southeast Missourian (Dec.2); Featured Artist/Speaker Capital Arts (Sep.23); and Featured Artist/Speaker for “Art Sunday”, Olivet Christian Church, Columbia, MO (Jun.05).


‘Mills of South Missouri’ Exhibits 2017: Dobbins Center Gallery (Aug.-Sep.) 2018: Bollinger Mill State Park (Apr.); Capital Arts Gallery, Jefferson City, MO (May-Jun.); Sikeston Depot Museum (Jul.-Aug).; Lutheran Heritage Center & Museum (Sep-Oct); Cape Girardeau County History Center (Nov.); 2019: Margaret Harwell Art Museum, Poplar Bluff, MO (Mar.)

 First Place & Honorable Mention-Oils; Regional Art Exhibit; Poplar Bluff, MO (Nov. 2017)

Regional Juried Shows (2017/16/13/12); The Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau

Featured Artist ‘There Be Monsters…!’ (Oct.) & ‘Critters’ (Aug.) Cape Girardeau  2017

‘Golden Hour’, ‘Rabbit Hole’ & ‘Personal Space’ (2017); ‘Mix Tape’ (2016) Regional Exhibits; Art St. Louis

‘Everything Blue’ Regional Exhibit (July 2017); Soulard Art Gallery, St. Louis (3 paintings)

Global Cultures Exhibition’; Manchester Arts, Manchester, MO (Jun./Jul. 2017) (2 paintings)

Six Month Exhibit Des Peres Hospital, St. Louis, Summer & Fall, 2017 (BOMH 8 paintings)

2017 Juror’s Award 2016 Best of Show ‘Art For the Health of It’; Southeast Regional Health, Cape (2013-17)

Third Place ‘Flights of Fantasy’ (2017);‘Subliminal’(2016); & ‘Wild Things’(2015)

National Juried Exhibits; Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape Girardeau, MO

Solo Exhibits ‘Out For A Walk’(2017) & ‘Outside My Window’ (2016) Cape Conservation Ed. Center

Featured Artist ‘2016 Fall Professional Artist Exhibit’; Capital Arts Gallery, Jefferson City (10 paintings)

First Place ‘32nd Annual Bootheel Regional Art Competition’; Sikeston, MO (Sep./Oct. 2016)

First Place ‘2016 Members Exhibit’; Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, Cape (Sep. 2016)

Best of Show ‘Doubt’ Regional Juried Exhibit; Gretchen Brigham Gallery, St. Louis (Aug./Sep. 2016)

Five Month Exhibit Branson, MO Convention Center; Aug. 2016-Jan. 2017 (15 paintings)

First Place ‘From Earth’ Juried Exhibit; Tall Grass Art Association, Lake Forest, IL (May 2016)

‘Art St. Louis XXXII & XXXI—The Exhibition’ Juried Regional Shows (Nov.-Dec. 2016/15)

Solo Exhibit ‘30/30-A Retrospective’ Cape  Public Library Gallery (May-Jul.2015) (25 paintings)

‘With These Missouri Hands’ Juried Show BOMH/Lillian Yahn Gallery, O’Fallon, MO (Jul. 2015)

Honorable Mention ‘Missouri Top 50’ Juried Art Competition; Sedalia (Aug. 2014)

Solo Exhibit ‘The Haiti Paintings’; Leawood, KS (Apr. 2011) (17 paintings)

2010 Best of 2D Artwork Red Barn Arts & Crafts Festivals; Kirksville, MO (2009-12)


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About Our Art

dave carter received a BFA in Studio Art from Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University) in Kirksville, Missouri, with concentrations in Painting, Ceramics, and Photography. dave served as graphics manager for a sign company from 1996 through 2010. In February of 2011 he and his wife, Sally, opened “dave’s studio—Visual Art Services” in Kirksville. The shop offered artwork, art supplies, art classes, and commercial design/sign production. His wife having accepted a position at Southeast Missouri State University, the couple moved to Cape Girardeau, Missouri, during the summer of 2014.


Juried Member Best of Missouri Hands; Board of Directors Arts Council of Southeast Missouri; Co-Chair Visual Arts Cooperative, Cape Girardeau; Ste. Genevieve Artist Guild; and Art St. Louis.

Artist’s Statement:

“Nature is a revelation of God; Art is a revelation of man.” This Henry Wadsworth Longfellow quote effectively describes the two paths my artwork has traversed these past few years. On the one hand I enjoy producing traditional paintings of land and seascapes, portraits, and wildlife—surface considerations of what is pleasant to the eye and comforting to the spirit. On the other hand I am moved by a desire to produce larger, abstracted works of strident colors and bold design—efforts to tickle the eye and stimulate the soul with something unexpected.

The “job” of the visual artist is to react and respond to any and all aspects of existence as it appears materially, as it is experienced rationally/intuitively, and as it is discerned metaphysically. None of these very different approaches to depiction is superior to the others. As a culture, we need all of them to maintain a balance of familiar expectations, exploratory comprehension, and adventurous surprise.


Dave Carter
Juried Member