“In the Midst of Things,” a solo exhibition by artist Sarah Hiatt, will open Monday, March 14, in the Spiva Gallery at Missouri Southern State University.

Hiatt is a photographer who explores the passage of time through a visual narrative created from personal experiences. Her works document struggles with her own purpose while themes of guilt and loneliness plague her life.

Hiatt, who lives in Chicago, Ill., works primarily within the photographic medium and bookmaking, as well as using archival footage, family historical documents, prose and poetry. She’s been part of the staff at Chicago Academy for the Arts since 2019, teaching photography, cinematography, and directing for grades 9-12.

Her work has been shown in Chicago, Long Island City, N.Y., Kansas City, Mo. and other cities throughout the United States and internationally. In 2019, Spurl Editions published a 58-page book of her photographs, “In the Midst of Things.”

A virtual artist talk will be available at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 17, followed by a reception in the gallery at 7 p.m. The talk will also be available to view via Zoom.

Zoom link:


Passcode: 897723

The exhibition at Spiva will run thruogh Friday, April 1. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday. Admission is free and open to the public.