Regional Artist Exhibit Now Open!

Hello Kirksville!

The Kirksville Arts Association is happy to say that our first exhibit of 2023 is now open! Regional Artists brings in artists from Kirksville and the surrounding areas right here to the Sue Ross Arts Center. Come enjoy a variety of mediums from a wide spectrum of talented artists!

A big thank you to our sponsors Lovegreen Ford and Complete Family Medicine! Without them, exhibits would not be possible! Kirksville Arts relies on the Kirksville community to bring you new exhibits and events!

Upcoming in mid-April is our Area High School Artist Showcase! We will be sending information out to area High Schools in Kirksville and surrounding counties soon. We are offering monetary awards, including a prize to the teacher of the 1st place winner to be used for classroom supplies!

This exhibit will offer a unique opportunity for area young artists to experience exhibiting their work in a gallery along with their peers from other schools.

Stay in tune with KAA for more information soon!

The date for the 48th Annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival is official! Save the Date for Saturday, September 16th, 2023! Applications are currently in production — more updates to come!

A quick note: All tickets for the Lyceum show Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are currently SOLD OUT. The show premieres this Friday, January 27th.

Raffle + Upcoming exhibit

Hello Kirksville!

We hope you had a safe and happy Holiday!

We are happy to announce we have a Clara Straight raffle ongoing! The raffle will be for “Wild Sunflowers,” painted in 2022 by Clara.

Each ticket will be $5, or 5 tickets for $20! You will have until April 14th, 2023 to purchase entries!

Lyceum Series:

Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be performing January 27th with the Lyceum Kohlenberg series with Truman State University! This will be at the Baldwin Auditorium at 7:30 PM.

We suggest calling us before making the trip, to ensure we have the tickets in-office! (660) 665-0500!


Regional Artists is our next exhibit! This will premiere January 16th — Keep an eye out for future announcements!

This exhibit will welcome a multitude of talented artists spanning across various mediums. There will also be cash prizes, so come and see who the winners will be during the exhibit reception on Jan. 19. More info to come!

Spread the Holiday Cheer: The Holiday Marketplace is here!

Hello Friends of the Arts!

We are proud to announce the 3rd Annual Red Barn Holiday Market is currently open!

We have over a dozen talented artists who have brought their art and crafts to the Sue Ross Arts Center. This is the perfect time to get some holiday shopping done! We have many high quality hand-crafted goods for sale by regional artists that you won’t find anywhere else!

Holiday Marketplace Featured Artists:

Jeanne Scott, Green Castle MO | Linda Colton, Leawood KS

Barb Fitzgerald, Greentop MO | Gary Gibson, Edina MO

Michael Killen, Kirksville MO | Maureen McHale, Kirksville MO

David Schell, Kirksville MO | Pam Schell, Kirksville MO

John & Andrea O’Brien, Kirksville MO | David Walker, Macon MO

Robin White, Kirksville MO | Wanda Cagle, Kirksville MO

Mary Jo Pickett, Kirksville MO

Below is a small preview of what you can find during the Holiday Marketplace!

While the Holiday Market is in the main Ellebracht Gallery, we are also holding an Art Sale upstairs in the Gaber Gallery!

The art featured upstairs has been donated to the Kirksville Arts Association, so everything is at a discounted price. Proceeds from the Art Sale directly support the Association!

Below is another small preview of what you will be able to find!

The Holiday Market and Art Sale will be open only until December 10th! Come stop by the Sue Ross Arts Center to find the perfect gift today!

We are located at 215 S Franklin, here in downtown Kirksville. We are open from 11AM to 4PM Monday thru Friday, and 10AM to 2PM on Saturday. We take all forms of payment (cash, check, card)!

Have a Happy Holiday from the Kirksville Arts Family!

Upcoming Exhibit: 3rd Annual Red Barn Holiday Marketplace

Hello Kirksville!

In need of some unique Christmas shopping? Look no further! The Sue Ross Arts Center will be hosting our 3rd Annual Red Barn Holiday Marketplace!

What is the marketplace? Think of it as a mini Red Barn — we have a handful of artists and crafters who have been invited to set up their fine art and crafts here in the gallery! Peruse at your own pace as you find that perfect gift for your loved ones.

The marketplace will open next Wednesday, November 30th, and will run until Saturday, December 10th. Take a look at our invited artists, and see if you recognize any names!

Holiday Marketplace Artists:

Jeanne Scott, Green Castle MO

Linda Colton, Leawood KS

Barb Fitzgerald, Greentop MO

Gary Gibson, Edina MO

Michael Killen, Kirksville MO

Maureen McHale, Kirksville MO

David Schell, Kirksville MO

Pam Schell, Kirksville MO

John & Andrea O’Brien, Kirksville MO

David Walker, Macon MO

Robin White, Kirksville MO

Wanda Cagle, Kirksville MO

Mary Jo Pickett, Kirksville MO

We hope you stop by the Sue Ross Arts Center and find a hidden gem or two!

Looking to sponsor an upcoming exhibit or event? Reach out to us today! (660) 665-0500 or

Final Week: Dana Forrester’s No Picasso

Hello Kirksville Arts Friends!

As of today, there is one week left to come and experience Dana Forrester’s current exhibit: No Picasso! We have many original watercolors, as well as prints for sale!

Dana is a nationally recognized watercolorist, known for his brick walls and collector automobiles. Dana is also a Kirksville native, so it feels wonderful to have his body of work on display here at the Sue Ross Arts Center.

Our next upcoming exhibit is our 3rd Annual Red Barn Holiday Market! Keep in touch to hear the latest news regarding our upcoming exhibits and events!

Exhibit Reception + New Workshop

Howdy Kirksville!

Join us tonight, Thursday, October 27th, for the opening reception of Dana Forrester’s No Picasso!

There will be food and drink, and wonderful watercolor art to admire!

Come and meet the artist himself, and learn a bit about our current exhibit! The reception and exhibit is housed at the Sue Ross Arts Center – located at 215 S Franklin – from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM.

There are both framed and unframed prints available for purchase, as well as the incredibly impressive originals!

We can’t wait to see you tonight!

Kirksville Arts is also incredibly happy to announce a new workshop available for sign-up! Join Kirksville-native artist Michell Mozingo and learn how to perfect your watercolor florals!

This workshop will be Saturday, November 5th from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. Kirksville Arts Association members will enjoy a $45 fee to sign up; non-members will be $50. Reach out to us to sign up today!

We can be reached via phone (660) 665-0500, or email

Want that sweet KAA membership discount? Sign up to be a member today!

New Exhibit: Dana Forrester – No Picasso!

Hello Kirksville!

We have great news! There is a new exhibit currently on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center.

We are featuring a Kirksville native: Dana Forrester!

Dana has been painting professionally since the early 70s. He’s exhibited in and won awards in most national and museum juried exhibitions and major art shows across the US.

You won’t want to miss this show! It will be on display at the SRAC from October 24th to November 23rd.

Meet Dana in person and talk about his works during the reception on Thursday, October 27th from 5:30 PM to 7PM!

Dana creates about ten to twelve major works a year for publication as well as a number of commissioned watercolors for collectors wanting an original painting of a subject special to them. His paintings are included in many private, corporate, and museum collections worldwide.

Make a Monster!

Truman’s Symposium class is offering another activity for kid’s this month in conjunction with the Kirksville Arts Association: Make a Monster!

Kid’s ages 10 and up (5th, 6th, 7th, 8th grade) are welcome to join us on Saturday October 22nd to Make your own Monster! All supplies will be provided to sew together your own denim monster just in time for Halloween!

The event will be from 1PM to 4PM at the Sue Ross Arts Center! No prior sewing or sewing machine knowledge is needed — there will be plenty of Truman students to assist!

Please reserve your space before Wednesday, October 19th by calling us here at Kirksville Arts. You can reach us via phone at (660) 665-0500, or via email at

Limited Space is available, so reserve your spot today!

Upcoming Workshops

The Kirksville Arts Association is proud to announce two upcoming workshops!

Both of these workshops are jewelry-related, and will be on October 8th. First, we have a Mommy and Me Jewelry making class. This is to encourage bonding between parent and child through creating beautiful jewelry together. Each of you will take home a necklace and bracelet at the end of the day! This does not necessarily have to be Mommy and Me — it can be Daddy and Me too!

The cost is $25 for non-members, and $20 for KAA members. This includes both parent and child — if you would like to bring more than one child, it is an additional $5 per child.

After the Mommy and Me class in the morning, we have another workshop available — Beginner Jewelry Making!

This workshop will have you learning the basics of jewelry making, and going home with one or two sets made yourself! This class is in the afternoon from 1PM to 4PM.

Sign up for these classes at the Sue Ross Arts Center, or over the phone! We take all forms of payment.

Class sizes are limited, so grab your spot while you can!

Red Barn is around the corner

Hello Kirksville!

I hope you have had a wonderful September so far! Here at KAA, we have been preparing for this year’s upcoming 47th Annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival!

Red Barn takes place on Saturday, September 24th from 9AM to 4PM! This takes place on the same day as Truman University’s Family Day! There will be thousands of visitors coming to our historic downtown Kirksville square!

Even though we are getting close, we are still taking exhibitor applications! You can find them on our site, or you can mail in your application to us! At this time, any applications will not be in our printed materials, but you are always welcome to be an exhibitor!

Some of you may be familiar with our ad booklet this year — we decided to try something new regarding our sponsorships and advertisements this year! These are currently in the process of being printed, but you can have an exclusive first look here online!

47th Annual Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival

Feel free to digitally flip through the pages and take a sneak peek at our upcoming exhibitors and talent!

We will have a multitude of food trucks with a great variety to choose from, as well as our Kid’s Corner and entertainment stage! There is something for the whole family to enjoy!

Red Barn has been and always will be Free and open to the public. Bring your friends and family and come and see some of the best arts and crafts the Midwest has to offer! We hope to see you then!

Thank you to the City of Kirksville and the Missouri Arts Council!