Jo Stealey is a full-time studio artist, Professor Emerita, former Chair of the Department of Art, and founding Director for the School of Visual Studies at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Stealey’s work over the years has spanned and combined numerous fibers media, including basketry, papermaking, and assemblage. The work presented in the September Exhibit represents an extremely informed exploration of materials and techniques, applied to conceptually-laden forms that represent and honor the domestic, the everyday, and the tools that bear out simple rituals by virtue of daily use. She says, “Celebration of the artifacts of life make the temporal long-lasting and memorable, turning the ordinary into the extraordinary.”