A special art exhibition exploring female gender construction and a concert featuring the music of New Zealand will be offered at Missouri Southern State University.

“Ladylike” will open Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Spiva Art Gallery. It will feature video, animation and sculptural work by Emily Scott Beck, an associate professor in the practice of foundations at the University of Notre Dame.

Her work examines how specific stereotypes and historically assigned roles continue to hinder and undermine the progress of those identifying as female. Repetition, humor and/or labor are undercurrents in each of the works in the exhibition.

An artist talk and reception is scheduled from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in the gallery. The exhibit will run through Wednesday, Oct. 30. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Alexa Still will present “Music from New Zealand” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium.

Still, a New Zealander who has performed as the principal flute with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, is an associate professor of flute at the Oberlin (Ohio) Conservatory of Music.

The concert will showcase music written by New Zealanders and inspired by the country’s landscape, history, culture and mythology of the indigenous people, the Māori. Still’s concert will feature Māori text and musical instruments, mixed with modern Western flutes – assisted by Missouri Southern faculty member Dr. Elizabeth Robinson on piccolo, flute and alto flute.

Admission is free and open to the public.