Art and its importance to Missouri Southern and the community will be one topic of today’s meeting of the Missouri Southern State University Board of Governors.  The Board Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. in the Board Room (Room 310) of Billingsly Student Center.

Christine Bentley, head of the MSSU Art Department, and Joslyn “Josie” Mai, Associate Professor of Art, will talk about the importance of art to the community, emphasizing its abilities to cut across social barriers, improve academic achievement and enhance learning outcomes.

Bentley and Mai also will discuss short-term and long-term goals for the Art Department at Missouri Southern State University.

Bentley is a Ph.D. candidate in Art History from the University of Indiana-Bloomington. She received her Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Notre Dame.

She has served as curator for over 40 contemporary art exhibitions featuring local and national artists. She has experience as a teacher, gallery assistant, museum docent trainer and museum education trainer.

Mai has an MFA in Painting from Parsons New School of Design in New York City and a BA in Art Education from the University of Kansas.

She has taken part in a large number of efforts in recent years including the ArtWorkers Exhibit in Joplin, board membership at the Spiva Center for the Arts and the Power of Art conference in Washington, D.C.

The Board meeting is open to the public.  It will air at 7 p.m. Sunday night on KGCS-TV.