Announcement from the National Quilt Museum

New Quilts from an Old Favorite & Antique Flying Geese

March 31st - June 20th

Finalists and winners from the Museum's New Quilts from Old Favorites competition are showcased along with traditional examples featuring the theme of Flying Geese piecework.

Quilters around the world Were invited to enter outstanding quilts in the 24th Annual Competition coordinated by The National Quilt Museum. The 2016 competition was open to quilts that are innovative interpretations of traditional Flying Geese patterns.

Eighteen quilts were chosen from an international pool. Of the chosen quilts, 16 are from the USA and two from overseas. Art Department Faculty, Jean Brueggenjohann was included.


MU Graphic Design Alumni Nominated for Grammy

Matt Taylor, an MU Graphic Design alumni, was nominated for a Grammy for "Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package: Paper Wheels (Deluxe Limited Edition)–Matt Taylor, art Director (Trey Anastasio)."  You can see the announcement by clicking on the link below and scrolling down until you get to the Package Field and Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package. This is Matt's second grammy.

Matt Taylor a.k.a. Matt Varnish (or simply “Varnish”) is a Grammy award-winning art director and the proprietor of Varnish Studio Inc. Founded in August of 2006, Varnish Studio Inc has worked with some of the most prominent names and brands in music and entertainment today from Red Hot Chili Peppers to Blizzard Entertainment.  Taylor got his start on the art side of the music business in 1999 after earning a fine arts degree in graphic design from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After graduation, he immediately moved to Los Angeles to work as junior designer for MCA records. In 2005, he took a job as an in-house art director for Warner Bros., which connected him with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  As a designer, Taylor focuses mainly on music packaging, which allows him to marry his two loves of art and music, both of which he developed during his formative years in Mid-Missouri.  To see more of Matt's work, you can visit his website:

Visual Art & Design Showcase

January 30 - February 3, 2017

Remembering Jerry Berneche


Jerry Douglas Berneche, 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016, with his loving wife of 58 years by his side at their home in Columbia, Missouri.

Berneche taught in the art department at the University of Missouri from1966 to 2008. While at MU, he helped enrich and develop the art department curriculum as well as the Summer Study Program in Florence, Italy. He was a well-loved and respected mentor, colleague, and friend.

His teaching was enhanced by his involvement with the community as a board member of the Missouri Watercolor Society and School of Access Arts in Columbia, Missouri, and as an active member of the Columbia Art League. Berneche even had time for friendly competition and laughter through his MU faculty and staff bowling league and also belonged to the local Acaci Masonic Lodge.

Berneche’s legacy will live on through a scholarship that is being sponsored by the Department of Art and his wife, Joanne. Details for donating to the scholarship will be forthcoming in the next newsletter.


Jerry Berneche in the 1970s

MU Photography Alumna, Melissa Spitz, featured in Vice Magazine


MU Photography alumna, Melissa Spitz, was featured in Vice Magazine for her project, "You Have Nothing to Worry About". She began this work about her mother while completing her BFA in Photography at the University of Missouri. Read the article here, or visit her website for more photos from this project and others.