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“Crucial Playground” Debuts at STLCC-Wildwood

Artist Metra Mitchell will show her work Oct. 9-Nov. 17 at St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s Gallery of Contemporary Art.

Titled “Crucial Playground,” the pieces in this exhibit explore the intimate conflict between content and form. Each piece is carefully crafted to evoke emotion from the audience.

“Emotionality is contained within the intimate conflict between content and form,” Mitchell said. “Within the scenes of emotionality, the bodies and their gestures are arranged and rearranged in an attempt to reveal patterns of behavior. I refer to this process as visual surgery. This can be described in three stages: confrontation, negotiation and collaboration. This process stimulates a cathartic experience, where broader harmonies and complications are analyzed within the painted psychodramas. These assemblages become a collection of mediated bodies making explicit the framing of identity.”

The community is invited to meet Mitchell and view her work at a reception held in her honor, Thursday, Oct. 12, from 4-6 p.m. in the Gallery of Contemporary Art, located on the third floor of STLCC-Wildwood, 2645 Generations Drive. Gallery hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Mark Weber, professor of art and department chair at STLCC-Wildwood, expressed his enthusiasm for the new exhibit.

“Metra is a talented artist with a unique style. Her works are bold, and her approach challenges the way we think about art,” he said. “We’re excited to showcase her artwork in our gallery, and we invite the community to visit our campus to view her work.”

Mitchell holds a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Fontbonne University. She teaches drawing and design courses at Maryville University, St. Charles Community College and STLCC-Forest Park.

Her works have been exhibited in many galleries, including Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio, PhD Gallery in St. Louis, the St. Louis Artist Guild, Art St. Louis Gallery, Cinema Gallery in Urbana, Illinois, and The Foundry Art Center in St. Charles, Missouri.

Institutions that have exhibited her paintings include the University of Alaska-Anchorage, Susquehanna University, Northern Kentucky University, University of South Alabama, Western Kentucky University, Fontbonne University, the World Trade Center in St. Louis and the St. Louis Regional Chamber. She also has exhibited internationally in Eme’ Exposition Internationale at the Centre Culturel et de la Vie Associative Villeurbanne in Lyon, France.

For more information about the artist, or to purchase any artwork listed for sale in the exhibit, contact Mark Weber at