Register Now: Artists Conference – St. Louis, MO

Missouri Art Education Association (MAEA) has reached out to BOMH members by inviting us to join their Spring Conference April 7-9, 2016 in St. Louis at the Frontenac Hilton.  MAEA’s goal is to advocate quality visual arts education by supporting creative teaching, providing opportunities for professional development and encouraging the study and implementation of best practices in the Arts.  The conference theme is titled, “Thinking Like An Artist” and many opportunities have been added with BOMH artists in mind.


  1. The speaker series hosts big names locally and internationally.  There is not one but two amazing keynote speakers — Olivia Gude and Alison Saar.  The Friday afternoon panel discussion will bring together several artists to discuss ‘Art as an Agent of Social Change.’
  2. Be a part of the Bizarre Bazaar at the Kirkwood Station Brewery Co. in Kirkwood April 7 from 6:00-8:00pm. If you are registered for the conference, you get a free table to do a “quick sale” and sell your art or even your supplies/miscellaneous/etc. at the kick-off event. No commission, no fees. We expect 150+ art educators AND the public for this social time. Set up is 5:00-6:00, first come first serve where your table will be. If you can not attend the conference, BOMH Juried Artists are invited to rent a space for $25.  To sign up for the Bizarre Bazaar event, please contact Kim Foster, new BOMH Board member, at 314-313-9835 or [email protected]
  3. Enter up to 2 pieces of artwork in the MAEA Member’s Annual Exhibit.  Ribbons will be given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the various categories. The categories are: oil / acrylic, watercolor, mixed media / collage, drawing, printmaking, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture/glass/wood, assemblage, fiber arts, photography, and digital design. The Best of Show award is a $1000 scholarship for further professional development of the recipient’s choice.
  4. MAEA brings big name vendors together in one place for you: Krueger Pottery, Blick Art Materials, Crayola, Amaco, Ed Hoy’s International, Nasco, United Art & Education, Mayco/Colormics, Triarco Arts & Crafts, Pacon, Jack Richeson & Co., University of IL Champaign, Davis Publications, Art Institute of STL, and many more. Talk directly with the Reps for these companies, view products, explain your needs, compare prices, and take home samples.  Many vendors will be giving workshops and demonstrating their new materials and techniques.
  5. There will be over 65 breakout sessions and hands-on workshops during the conference.  On and off-site sessions are presented by a variety of professionals and members. For example, you could attend the Preservation Tour hosted by the St. Louis Art Museum and take a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into art conservation.  Attend Marilynn Bradley’s hands-on watercolor workshop exploring inventive uses of simple materials for dramatic compositions. Explore and learn how to focus on environmentally-friendly, safe printing practices during a presentation led by St. Louis printmaker and internationally known artist, Jeff Sippel. Many hands-on workshops range from learning the Japanese Punch method of bookbinding to practicing Art Journaling for the following reasons of goal setting, inspiration, expressing one self, and fun. Learn Kumihimo: The Japanese Art of Gathered Threads and how it is being taught to even elementary students.  There are wellness workshops such as using yoga practice centered around relaxation and imagination to our fan-favorite workshop, the Art of Laughter.
  6. Evening workshops include fun events such as the Curriculum Slam, where in 3 minutes, teachers share their methods of teaching contemporary art to their students. Join an open painting studio and work with abstract artist, Teri Willett. The popular Art on the Spot Workshop will take place opening night! This timed impromptu art challenge will be judged, prizes given, and exhibited for a brief viewing.
  7. There is a raffle and silent auction.  Freebies. Contintental breakfast and a box lunch is included both Friday and Saturday for your convenience because you will not want to anything.
  8. And if that is not enough to encourage you to attend, on Friday evening we are hosting a BIG party to celebrate the outstanding artists, award winners, and supporters of the Visual Arts in Missouri. Join us for an evening of awards, music and great conversation at the “Black, White, and the Blues” event. Celebrate in your favorite BLACK and WHITE. Wear that outdated skirt and boots, dust off the Harley t-shirt, shop until you find the perfect black dress or just wear the only black and white duds you own, with or without paint on them.  We are bringing back the MAEA photo op area, so plan to show off your talents at the big bash. Feel free to get creative! It is going to be an event you don’t want to miss.


Early registration must be processed by March 21st. Registration after March 21 will be charged an additional $35 processing fee. If you are travelling from out of town, make reservations at the Frontenac Hilton and take advantage of the conference (discounted) rate by March 16th.  After the 16th, the rooms set aside at the discounted rate will be released to visitors running in the St. Louis GO Marathon that weekend.


For more information contact Kim Foster, [email protected] or to register for the MAEA Spring Conference, go to