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Heroes, Villains, Monsters is a showcase of comic book and fantasy art on display at the Crisp Museum at Southeast’s River Campus. Terese Nielsen is among the artists who are featured in this exhibition, and she was present for the launch event in November. Nielsen is perhaps best known for her artwork in the collectible card game Magic: The Gathering. Her figures have a striking beauty to them, and are powerful, by way of their physicality, or perhaps with a cunning look.

Rick Burchett / Image Comics

Rick Burchett’s career as a comic book artist has included work with a variety of characters and types of stories, including a satirical reboot of E-Man, and The Death of Superman. He’s twice received an Eisner Award, an honor frequently described as the “Oscar of comics” for his work on The Batman and Robin Adventures and Batman: The Gotham Adventures.

A new initiative will pay former prisoners to make art. The project stems from the Mirror Casket, art produced during Ferguson related protests. According to one artist, there’s a direct relationship between issues of police brutality and mass incarceration.

“Whether your life is taken by a bullet or is taken by a prison cell, that life, that potential, is still taken away from this person,” said De Andrea Nichols.

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The work of fine art photographer, Sparky Campanella, 54, is on display at Southeast Missouri State University's Crisp Museum.

The exhibition is entitled "Horizon." The pieces are minimally aesthetic landscapes that capture the urban horizon.

Campanella said that in many settings the horizon line is bounded by trees, mountains or some other form of nature. In a city like Los Angeles the line is defined by something man made.

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In a living room converted to a theater for the evening, Ethan Peterson and Madeleine Russell portray the characters from Mary Swander’s play, “VANG.” In it, the actors share the emotional stories of four immigrant couples who farm in Iowa. Swander used transcriptions of conversations with Hmong, Mexican, Sudanese and Dutch farmers to create the play.