Joplin, MO – The collaborative exhibit “Everything is Sacred, Nothing is Sacred and Other Modern Allegories” is set to open Monday, Jan. 23, in Spiva Art Gallery at Missouri Southern State University.

The exhibit is a collaboration between Indiana-based artists Quincy Owens and Luke Crawley, showcasing their complementary styles. Owens creates abstract work from a spontaneous place that taps into a universal human connection, while Crawley analyzes and categorizes sound, light and visual elements into new, well thought-out systems.

The artists say the body of work in the exhibition began with the story of a group of people who revered something so much that it became a sacrament in their daily life. The story is fictitious but it is a reminder of the choices we make on a daily basis.

“What do we honor? What are our sacraments?” the artists ask in a statement. While this is technically a fictitious story, it is a powerful reminder of the choices we make on a daily basis. There is value in the true worth we are expected to derive from story and myth. Lessons abound in both the allegories of the past and the future still yet to be written.”

An artist talk featuring Owens and Crawley will be held from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Room 106 of Webster Hall. A reception for the artists will be held in the Spiva gallery from 3 to 5 p.m.

The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.