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Thought I would reintroduce myself in honor of Women’s History Month. Yes, I am Teresa Dirks and I am an artist, poet, and painter . . .
Formerly, I was environmental educator and art educator, originally from rural SE Missouri 2 hours north of Memphis TN. Small town gal.
Had some serious challenges early in life, tough but they gave me my strength. BTW I didn’t have anyone around who was an artist. So art as a profession was a foreign concept to me. Somedays it still is honestly. :)
Luckily, I did have music along the way. Piano, percussion and guitar. And again, luckily I grew up around seamstresses, quilters, gardeners, and farmers, I learned to love nature, nurture, growing and making. This made me creative. Later as an adult, I found art and painting. Again lucky.
One moment in particular as an adult, on a trip to the STL Museum, I saw my first Morris Louis. I fell in love with art. I can’t really put to words what I felt. The sensation was life altering. Monumental moment.
Dave and I lived in a geodesic dome we built. We raised a beautiful family . . . for 30 plus years on a farm only 30 minutes from the Mississippi River. The delta and horizon helped to define my work along with other things. The horizon is something we all share. This joins us together. More about that later.
As an adult and mother, I went back to school and studied English and Art. I have a BA in Creative Writing emphasis in Poetry and a Minor in Art. Later I went back for my Masters to teach Art.
In 2010, we had the opportunity to move close to KC and my first granddaughter. We jumped on it. We were in Warrensburg and this sparked opportunities. The prestigious MO50 and the MAC award. Things started to get easier. Five years ago, we moved to KC and two years ago I moved into my first “out of the home” studio. My work and life has grown because of the vibrant and giving artist community here in KC. I am so grateful! KC changed my experience entirely. Thank you.
Now about my art and that process . . .
No matter who you are or where you live, you have a horizon, a sunset, a connection to humanity that each individual has experienced. This is a string or connection that ties us together. My work is an abstraction of that concept and connection. We are all interwoven in humanity. Interconnected. I feel as we merge into this new realm of technology and political unrest it is vital to make those connections. It is a desire for unity and sense of community.
As I said I fell in love with the Morris Louis’, Alpha Tau, and the colorfield movement. It profoundly directed my work. So why am I drawn to Louis’ work? As I mentioned, I am also a poet. I studied Walden and transcendentalism. I love the brevity and contemplation of modern poetry. The succinctness! This is what my art is about. It is at its simple core. I love the ability to break something down to its essence, whether that is a painting of a moment or a poem of a single experience. It is the essence! It is humanity. And I want to share that essence of unity with my audience.
Thanks for listening!
So . . . please allow me to qualify this award. If you have known me a long time (forever friends and forever family), or if we have only become friends recently since our two moves, I wish to say that it is my pleasure to have your support and friendship in my journey . . . and to say that “no man [or woman] is an island.”. . . . I am tremendously fortunate to have so many kind and loving people in my life. . .and I wanted to thank you for that . . .You have my gratitude. You have my heart. . .
Press Release . . .
Seven alumni and one faculty member will receive Merit Awards presented by the Southeast Missouri State University Alumni Association Nov. 4 at the Copper Dome Society/Merit Recognition Dinner during the University’s Homecoming celebration. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Show Me Center.
Alumni Merit Awards have been presented annually since 1958 to Southeast alumni who have brought distinction to themselves and the University.
This year’s alumni recipients are: Teresa Mosley Dirks, ’98, of Kansas City, Missouri, award winning artist in the Kansas City area; Dr. Jerry D. Durham, ’68, of Waterloo, Iowa, chancellor of Allen College; Janet Perez Eckles, ’75, of Orlando, Florida, inspirational speaker and author; William T. (Bill) Gamewell, ’72, of Ballwin, Missouri, senior vice president with Commerce Bank in St. Louis, Missouri; Pamela Macke Johnson, ’77 and ’00, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, criminalist supervisor and forensic scientist with the Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop E Crime Laboratory in Cape Girardeau; Pamela McClune, ’72, of Denver, Colorado, retired compliance manager with the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority and retired attorney and U.S. Navy captain with the Judge Advocate General’s Corps, U.S. Navy Reserve; and Dr. Pernell Witherspoon of St. Louis, Missouri, and Huntington Beach, California, associate professor of criminal justice at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri.
Receiving the Faculty Merit Award will be Dr. Julie Ray, professor and chair of the Department of Elementary, Early and Special Education at Southeast. The Faculty Merit Award is presented for excellence in teaching.
Teresa Mosley Dirks
Dirks, an artist, painter and former educator, graduated summa cum laude from Southeast in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in art. In 2005, she earned a master’s degree in education from William Woods University.
Born in Kennett, Missouri, and raised in Malden, Missouri, Dirks spent most of her life in southeast Missouri, absorbing the essence of rural, farm life and the relationship between life and nature, a theme she has captured in her photographs, poetry and paintings.
She taught environmental education and then art education in public schools for several years, but her passion for painting inspired her lifelong career.
When creating her artwork, Dirks’ aim is to reconstruct those experiences from her life and environment, and to share that connection with others. She strives to recreate a conceptual experience whether it is the complexity of urban decay, the intensity of the sky, or the linear connection to cultivation, nature and the horizon. The proportions and structure she portrays within her works come from her subconscious need to create with some sense of balance, and also with a tension that is derived from the power of her experiences, and the sense of her being a part of something bigger.
Over the years, her work has developed texturally and organically by using the visual elements and principles of color, line, texture, movement and pattern. The resulting variants and contrasts reflect the complexities and tension of her experiences. Her art has come to symbolize her inner strength and connection with her environment and the years spent watching the brilliance of the world around her.
Dirks is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2011 Missouri Arts Council Poster Award. Her work was featured in the 2012 MAC publications. Her work is held by private and corporate entities.
She has served on the Art in Public Places Committee in Warrensburg, Missouri; organized Paint with Your Girls, a fundraiser for breast cancer research; and served on the advisory boards of Southeast Missouri State University-Malden and the Bootheel Youth Museum where she was also a volunteer programmer. Dirks lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with her husband, Dave. They have two sons and four grandchildren.
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Open Studios at the Livestock Exchange Building, 1600 Genessee, Kansas City MO, Friday, are August 4, 4:30-9 & Saturday, August 5, 10-2 pm. Artists and businesses in the Livestock Exchange Building are excited for you and your friends to join them in the second event of 2017.
We will have another in November. Please check back with us. for details.
Love in Summer Show at 2016 Main Gallery.
July 7 and August 4 Opening Receptions, 6-9.
Join us and the five artists and their diverse depictions of love. This show is also homage to the Summer of Love that started in 1967.
Teresa Dirks, painter
Chris Frye, Painter
Angie Jennings, photographer
Dee Thurn, painter
Jodi Vander Woude, photographer
2016 Main, Kansas City, MO 64108
Runs July 7-August 30, 2017 by appointment. Call or text at Angie, 816-807-4793.
First Friday Guest Artist @ Studio Above
2016 Baltimore, Kansas City, MO
May 5, 2017, 6-9 p.m.
Join me in the Crossroads Arts District for May First Friday. I will be introducing new work including paintings on canvas, paper, panel and my poem that explores and celebrates the diversity of our world. It would be my joy to have you there.
Don't miss this new work in the Crossroads Arts District on Cinco de Mayo. See you soon.
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Stay tuned for First Friday Events in Kansas City, MO scheduled for April 7&8 (Open Studio at the Historical Livestock Exchange Building) and May 5 in the fabulous Crossroads Arts District. Details to come.
Please join us for the Artist Reception, 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Dobbins Center Gallery on the Southeast River Campus. See Teresa Dirks' art work on paper and canvas, created and inspired by the river . . . its power and its beauty.
This free reception marks the opening of a month-long exhibit of works by Southeast alumna Teresa Dirks who will be recognized at the Show Me Center later in the evening during the annual Copper Dome Society Dinner as one of the University’s 2016 Alumni Merit Award recipients. Dirks, of Kansas City, MO, graduated from Southeast in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and a minor in art. The exhibit will remain on display through Dec. 9.
Crazy excited to announce that I have moved into a studio suite in the historic West Bottoms. This was a difficult decision to make for several reason including rent, convenience, but on the plus side, networking and having a public space to create and show art. The time felt right, so here we are . . .
I look forward to sharing more info soon. Additionally, in the future I will be scheduling studio visits. In the meantime, please message me if you are interested.
Guess who is moving into her own art studio space at the incredible Kansas City Live Stock Exchange Building in the West Bottoms this September? Boy oh boy oh boy . . . am I excited!
More info soon!
Took a short business trip to Omaha with Dave and to check out a few galleries and saw some incredible art. Omaha's Old Market is so quaint. Love to walk and absorb the colors and patinas there on the streets. Walked at least 4 miles everyday . . .
If you have not been to Omaha, go! Here are a few inspirational pics from my visit.
Be well. Do well. See well.
Please stop in Cafe Trio, enjoy a meal or happy hour . . . and see my newest work. We may work on a reception so stay tuned. In the meantime, here is a link to Cafe Trio: http://www.cafetriokc.com/event-calendar/
New work, Two Souls, 54x36", Acrylic, Oil Pastel, Graphite.
You won Best of Houzz 2016!
Exciting news from Houzz!
Hi Teresa Dirks' Art and congratulations,
We're writing to let you know that you've been voted by the Houzz community as a winner of our Best of Houzz 2016 award! You can read the full press release here.
Your work won in the Design category, as your portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz in 2015. We have already placed a "Best of Houzz 2016" winner badge on your Houzz profile page; visit your profile page (http://www.houzz.com/pro/teresadirksart) to see it.
Happy New Year! No resolutions here, but wishes for a new year filled with more love, more understanding, more peace, more joy and more kindness.
For the past year, I have spent many nights awake, wondering how I can make my art and my world correspond and create a better world a better place for us all. With that said aloud, I have not figured that out yet, but I will. I encourage you to share if you have ideas. I would love to collaborate and make a difference.
In the meantime, keep thinking those good thoughts!
Sending my best,
Happy. Happy. Happy to announce that I will be the featured artist for KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project on Instagram. Please follow me starting October 29, 2015, for six days on Instagram @kcartistscoalition and see a week in the life of this KC artist. My hopes are to share some of my inspiration, along with a few works in progress and possibly the process of a commission in the works. If time allows, (it is Halloween you know,) you might even witness a painting marathon of sorts. Who knows what the week holds?
Also important, please join me @artist.teresadirks on Instagram and follow me everyday on my journey. Super excited be a part of Kansas City's Renaissance; It is a great time to be in KC, and wonderful to have you along on the ride . . .
Here is a link to KCAC's Blog. http://kansascityartistscoalition.org/artists/teresa-dirks/
Please let me know what you think, I love feedback and inspiration . . .
Sending you my best,
Great night and reopening after a remodel and expansion at Plus Modern Design for October First Friday in KC's legendary Crossroads Arts District. Here are a few pics.
Thanks Keith! The store looks simply fabulous.
New work this week. More and more I am finding the organic and feel this is my painting confidence shining through. It is tougher than I imagined to allow myself this (in a sense) vulnerability. What I mean is I am losing the control I have had with my linear past. I think I am becoming braver with the paint brush and that is metaphoric of my place in this life. There is joy in chaos, isn't there?
I am happy with that decision. This is a small piece,12x12". Title: 2 Hearts. Acrylic and Pastel. #teresadirksart #kcarts#kclove #abstractart #art collector l. #teresadirksart #kcarts#kclove #abstractart #artcollector
Please join us at Plus Modern Design tomorrow night 10.02.15 for their Reopening First Friday Event. Knowing Keith's amazing design work, I cannot wait to see the new space. By the way, I will have several works at the remodeled showcase including my newest work, "For Our Sons and Daughters." Hope you can join us.
Artist Teresa Dirks
P.S. Amy and I will be there 5-7. Dave has a birthday dinner that I have to cook after that. Woohoo. Celebrating many things this First Friday!
Tomorrow 5:30 PM · Plus Modern Design · Kansas City, MO
After several weeks of work, I have finished this large abstract painting, For Our Sons and Daughters, 36x60", Acrylic and Oil Pastel.
I began this on my oldest son's birthday in response to a friend's tragic event. Despite that event, my friend's family aspires to have hope and encourage others to do random acts of kindness. This hope is relayed in this painting. Furthermore, it also relays the need for us to be more thoughtful and gentle on so many levels. I can talk about this more in detail later. But in the meantime . . .
“Be thoughtful. Be kind. Be gentle.”