New Gaber Gallery Exhibit

The Kirksville Arts Association is proud to present Andrew Gooch and Diane G Apa’s art in our upstairs Gaber Gallery!

“A Family Affair” opens today, July 1st, and will be available for viewing until July 31st. Be sure to head upstairs when visiting our “Thank You For Your Service” exhibit.

Diane and Andrew are also both selling post cards of their art work! There are limited quantities, so be sure to stop by!

KAA moving into july

We hope you enjoyed last Friday’s Summer Off the Square band, No Apology!

We almost had to call a rain day, but we made it through unscathed! We even got to enjoy the outlaw honky-tonk to a beautiful rainbow at one point.

We were able to host No Apology with the help of our sponsors — without whom, none of these would happen! Thank you to Sparklight, The City of Kirksville, Kirksville Tourism, and the Missouri Arts Council.

We have a new workshop available for sign-up! Our quilling for beginners class has evolved into Beginner Card Making!

Join us at SRAC on July 16 to learn how to create and take home 4 self-made cards! The class will run from 9AM to 12PM noon. Reach out to us via the web, phone, or email to sign up today!

Our upcoming performance for Summer Off the Square is The Aaron Russel Band! Aaron Russel Band is brought to us by Chariton Valley, in addition to Sparklight, the City of Kirksville, Kirksville Tourism, and the Missouri Arts Council.

The Aaron Russel Band is a local favorite, and brings us Country from the 60s thru the 90s, Classic Rock, and a bit of Gospel. Be sure to see them this Friday, July 1st, at 7PM! We are still right outside SRAC at 215 S Franklin!

Before we enjoy Aaron Russel Band, we also get the pleasure of having the Kirksville Community Band play at 5:15 for the All American Red White and Blue Festival!

Follow the link above to learn more about the Festival activities going on this weekend!

Enjoy the rest of your week, Kirksville!

Summer off the Square + Updates

Hello Kirksville!

We hope you are ready for our next band in our Summer Off the Square Series: Keota!

Keota at a previous SOS!

Keota hails from Macon, MO, and brings us Americana, Bluegrass, Country, and Classic Rock! Be sure to have your chairs and refreshments ready by 7PM on Friday for our next big show!

We are still located at the same place — the lawn next to the Sue Ross Arts Center at 215 S Franklin St.

Our Summer Off the Square concert series is brought to you by Sparklight, Missouri Arts Council, The City of Kirksville, as well as Kirksville Tourism!

A few updates for our members! We have changed the dates of some of our upcoming workshops.

Quilling for Beginners has evolved into Cardmaking for Beginners! This will now be hosted on July 16th, 9AM – 12PM.

Intermediate Acrylic Canvas Painting has also been moved, and is now August 13th, 12:30PM – 4:00 PM.

We also plan on having Mommy and Me: Jewelry Workshop in September! This will be a super fun activity that parents and their little ones can equally enjoy. Be sure to stay tuned for more!

More updates on these to come! Be sure to spread the word that KAA is hosting more workshops — we want you involved! We have so many fun activities planned for the rest of the year, and we can’t wait to share them with you. Feel free to reach out to us via email, phone, or our site!

Summer Off the Square + New Workshops!

Hello friends of the Arts!

I hope you are ready for our second Summer Off the Square performance, Blue Velvet! Blue Velvet hails from Macon, Missouri, and they are ready to bring you Big Band Era Standards.

Blue Velvet is brought to you by our sponsors Sparklight, City of Kirksville, Kirksville Tourism, and the Missouri Arts Council.

See you there at 7PM, outside of the Sue Ross Arts Center located at 215 S Franklin. Bring your chairs for a comfortable viewing experience!

KAA also has open registration for two upcoming Workshops! We are currently offer a Beginner’s class in Quilling, as well as Intermediate Acrylic Canvas Painting.

Not sure what quilling is? Not a problem — quilling is a type of ornamental craftwork involving the shaping of paper, fabric, or glass into delicate pleats or folds. You will receive a beginner’s kit when you sign up for the workshop, and you get to take it home with you when you are done! This workshop is June 18th, and runs from 9AM to 12PM noon.

Our newest workshop brings Larissa Fajkus, BFA to SRAC. Using the top paintings as examples in the flyers, students will learn to hone their artistic skills and refine their brushwork. Students are encouraged to bring their favorite brushes, if they would like. This workshop is June 25th, and runs from 12:30 to 4:00 PM.

Stop by the SRAC to sign up, or call / mail to reserve your spot! Reach us at (660) 665-0500 or

And of course be sure to stop by our current exhibit – Thank You For Your Service. This is a wonderful photography exhibit featuring military veterans from the area, including 4 WWII veterans!

Know a veteran? We are looking to do this exhibit again next year — give us a call for more information!

Reception is still upcoming, on June 14th, 5:30 – 7:00 PM – Flag Day! Be sure to stop by to enjoy the gallery, partake in some refreshments, and even meet some of the veterans themselves.

Enjoy the weekend, Kirksville!

New Workshop: Basic Quilling

Join Amy Posterick in learning quilling techniques that you can take with you into the future.

Not quite sure what quilling is? No problem! This will be a basic beginner workshop, and you can take your quilling kit home with you when you are done!

Be sure to stop by KAA to register! This workshop will be on June 18th, from 9AM to 12 PM. The fee is $50 for KAA members, and $55 for non-members.

Create beautiful works of art with us, and enjoy the great company as well! Limited class size available; please register no later than June 11 at 4PM.

June 2022: Upcoming

Welcome to June 2022! You made it!

There are lots of fun and interesting things happening here at Kirksville Arts, as well as around Kirksville!

This upcoming Friday (June 3) is action-packed! First, there is the Kirksville Art Walk starting at 4:30 PM. Kirksville Arts is proud to host the Splintered Spool this Friday!

The Splintered Spool creates wonderful works of art in both woodworking and quilt making. They even have their own Etsy shop! Be sure to stop by SRAC while you are perusing the art downtown and check them out.

From the Splintered Spool website

Once you are done seeing the fantastic artwork that Kirksville has to offer, be sure to head back to us for the premiere of our free concert series, Summer “Off” the Square! We kick off our series with Fully Loaded! Fully Loaded hails from Kirksville, and boasts music skills in the genres of 90s Country, Classic Rock, Blues, and Alternative Favorites. There will definitely be something for everyone! Fully Loaded is brought to us this week by Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, as well as Sparklight, the City of Kirksville, and Kirksville Tourism!

Our concerts begin at 7:00 PM on Friday (and every Friday)! We will be located on the lawn next to KAA. Parking will be available in the lot behind the SRAC across the rock alley. Be sure to bring your chairs and refreshments!

Fully Loaded

If you can’t make it to Fully Loaded, no need to worry! Check out our full Summer off the Square schedule here! We will be going every Friday all summer.

Finally, we have a new upcoming Exhibit! We will be offering a “Thank You For Your Service” photography exhibit opening on Friday, June 3rd! Yes, this means you can check out our new exhibit while enjoying the Art Walk and the concert series. The SRAC will be open during the concert, so feel free to stop by!

This exhibit will be running all summer, from June 3rd to August 31st. We will be offering a Reception on Flag Day — Tuesday, June 14th. There will be food, drink, and quilts presented by our Hands of Friendship Quilt Guild. You will not want to miss it!

Take a peek at the map below for more Art Walk information.

Upcoming: 8th Annual Kirksville Art Walk

Join us for the 8th Annual Kirksville Art Walk!

Friday, June 3rd from 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm! Businesses will be hosting local artisans of all types downtown, as well as offering specials and sales during the event.

This is a free event anyone can attend. Make your way downtown and enjoy our local talent, as well as do some shopping! KAA is joining The KV Chamber of Commerce in promoting this worthwhile event!

If you are interested in joining the Chamber as a business or artist- registration is OPEN!

  • Businesses may find their own Artist (Ages 16+), or the Chamber committee will pair you with an artist (if applicable)
  • Space will be limited for those located off of the downtown square. Due to Adair County Courthouse renovations, off-site businesses will be set up in the Bank Midwest Parking Lot.
  • If artists have a Missouri Sales Tax I.D. they may sell their art during the event!
  • There is no fee to participate in the event.

While you’re downtown, be sure to stop by our Summer on the Square free concert! The concert will be held in the lot next to the Sue Ross Arts Center, located at 217 S Franklin. This will be the new “Square” while the courthouse is under construction.

The opening band for Summer on the “Square” is Fully Loaded! Fully Loaded is sponsored by Maxwell’s Bar and Grill here in sunny Kirksville! Extra thank you to Sparklight as well for sponsoring the entire upcoming series! Fully Loaded starts at 7:00 PM, and it is free to attend! Their style is 90s country, Classic Rock, Blues, and Alternative Favorites. Can’t wait to see you there!

Interested in sponsoring a band (or the entire summer) of Summer on the Square? Reach out to us at 660-665-0500, or

New Exhibit: Truman BFA Design Capstone Show

We welcome seven Truman artists as they present their final capstone project on display at the Sue Ross Arts Center. Seven students will have their work displayed from May 1st until May 6th, with a reception held on Friday, May 6th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM.

There is a total of 225 hours put into this display by the students! Come visit the gallery in person to see all the hard work up close.

Peek a sneak preview below of some of the amazing work you will find!

Upcoming workshop: Beginner and Intermediate clay techniques for Jewelry Making

Sign up today at the Sue Ross Arts Center to participate in this super fun upcoming workshop! Spend a Saturday morning here with Debbie Burbee and Rita Hutchins learning how to beautifully create your own jewelry set.

Each participating artist will get the opportunity to create a necklace, bracelet, and earring set!

The current fee is $35 for Kirksville Arts Association members, and $40 for non-members.

Note: KAA cannot currently take any credit or debit cards at this time. Please be ready to provide cash or check. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

New Exhibit: Area High School artists

The Sue Ross Arts Center is now proud to display some of the best upcoming talent from Kirksville’s area High School. Come stop by and take a look at some very talented inviduals!

The High School exhibit will be on display until Saturday, April 30th! There will be a reception hosted by the school on Saturday, April 23rd, from 12 PM – 2PM.

Check out our Exhibits page for a small preview of what you can expect to see!