Entry Dates Announced for Harlin Museum’s 44th Annual Fall Art Show Competition

The Harlin Museum is pleased to announce that the entry dates for the 2019 Annual Fall Art Show Competition will be Friday & Saturday, September 13th & 14th, from 12 pm – 4 pm in the museum’s Hathcock Gallery (upper level). Please see the entry guidelines to ensure that all entries adhere to the show’s standard. The museum also announces that the minimum required age to enter has been dropped to 16 years old and older this year, opening this more professional art show to a younger age group than ever before,



Friday Night Is For Downtown Stroll On The Square

The Harlin Museum will be open special hours this Friday evening, July 12th, from 12 pm until 8 pm, as a part of the Downtown Stroll On the Square. This is an event sponsored by West Plains Downtown Revitalization, a non-profit effort whose mission is to encourage patronage of businesses located in West Plains’ downtown district around the town’s historic Courthouse Square. Visitors will have the opportunity to take in Hathcock Gallery’s current art exhibit, “Harlin Museum presents: The Permanent Collection,” while enjoying complimentary drinks & hors d’oeuvres. This event is free and open to the public. Come peruse the selection of the specialty stores on the square, take in the eclectic Permanent Collection at the museum, and end your evening over a cup of joe and a pastry at 10/40 Coffee. We’ll see you there!

As Spring 2019 Arrives, Learn the Art of Nature Journaling w/ Upcoming Harlin Museum Workshop April 27th & 28th

Join local instructor, Wendy Ziegler, on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2019 for our 2-Day Plein Air Nature Journaling Workshop & Nature Walk!

Nature journaling (sketchbook journaling) is the art of recording the natural world in its own environment; sketching in detail and recording information about plants, animals, mountains, and landscapes to use as a reference or for instances when it cannot be captured in detail by a camera.

This workshop’s emphasis will be on learning how to look closely at nature while observing with a keen eye and recording what you see in detail.  The cost for the workshop is $40, if you pre-register before April 20th, or $50, if you register after April 20th. The cost will cover instruction & student grade materials that will be provided to use during the workshop, however, you are encouraged to bring your own supplies. You can find a list of required supplies here.

The indoor part of the workshop will be in the Lower Level Classroom Space of the Harlin Museum on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Nature Walk portion to practice your skills will be on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Galloway Park. It is recommended that all wear walking shoes and comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor portion. Of course, participants are invited to bring their own lunch or snacks for either portion of the workshop.

If you are interested in signing up for this workshop or would like more information, you may contact either the instructor, Wendy Ziegler, by email at or Harlin Board member, Gladys Morris, at 417-255-0920 or by email at

IMPORTANT: Please pre-register to attend ASAP for the best value and so that set-up spacing, and materials can be verified ahead of time.  Registering and paying in advance guarantees your space in the workshop.


May 2019 Exhibit Announcement: Harlin’s Annual Photography Show Competition

We are pleased to announce that the exhibit in the Hathcock Gallery for the month of May 2019 will be our annual Photography Show Competition!  If you, or someone you know, is interested in photography and would like to enter, please read the guidelines below:


Harlin Museum’s 2019 Photography Show Competition

Exhibit Dates: May 2nd – 26th, 2019


Entry Dates

Friday, April 26th, 2019 from 12 pm – 6 pm & Saturday, April 27th, 2019 from 12 pm – 4 pm in the Hathcock Gallery of Harlin Museum

Entry Fee

1 photograph -$15.00, 2 photographs – $25.00, 3 photographs – $30.00, 4 photographs – $35.00
Photographers may enter a maximum of 4 photographs. Cash or check only; make checks payable to the Harlin Museum.

Entry Categories

  1. Black & White
  2. Color


  • Best of Show – $100.00
  • 1st place per category – $75.00
  • 2nd place per category – $50.00
  • 3rd place per category – $25.00



All photographs must be original works of the photographer entering. All works must not have been previously exhibited in the Harlin Museum’s Photography Show.  Photographs must be no smaller than 8” x 10” and no larger than 24” x 30” matted and framed under glass.  Photographs must be framed and ready with wire and eye-screws for hanging.  No Saw-tooth Hangers. Artists may offer their photographs for sale. Sales commissions are split between the artist & the museum 80/20.


Awards Reception

The Awards Reception will be held Saturday, May 25th, 2019, from 12 pm to 4 pm, starting with a meet & greet social for the photographers, their families, and their friends, followed by the awards ceremony at 3 pm, where the ribbons, prize money, and special awards will be presented by members of the Harlin Museum Board. Entries will be released after the awards presentation.  Entries may be picked up at the museum at any time the following week during regular business hours.



The 2019 Harlin Museum Photography Show Competiton is sponsored and hosted by the Harlin Museum Board.  Proceeds after expenses go towards the museum’s maintenance and the sponsorship of future shows and activities

Points of Contact
Gladys Morris, 417-255-0920,
Vicki Martin,

Learn the Basics of Crochet at Saturday, March 23rd Workshop w/ Angela Bullard

Instructor Angela Bullard

Join us for a fun craft workshop where participants will learn the basics of crocheting and receive one-on-one instruction to crochet their very own scarf! Cost is $20.00/person; must reserve a spot in advance. Students will need to provide their own supplies; you can find a list of them here: https://harlinmuseum.com/event/workshop-basics-of-crocheting-w-angela-bullard/


Winners from left to right: Amy Copen, Andrew Holden, Sarah Lyn Wilson, Leslie Myrick, & Eric Lee Rudolph

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt


If February’s High School Art Show at the Harlin Museum was any indication of the capability of today’s youth to take art to the next level, we would say that the future is definitely something worth looking forward to! Students from Southern Missouri area high schools entered the best of their recent work to the museum’s annual competition show, filling the gallery with professional-quality graphite sketches, white & black charcoal and scratch art masterpieces, colorfully diverse acrylics, and inventive three-dimensional pieces of both sculpture and yarn craft.

Students from West Plains High School, Cabool High School, Liberty High School, Thayer High School, and even a few who home-school, participated in the competition show, earning ribbons and monetary prizes for Best of Show, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and also several honorable mentions. For many of the students, this was their first competitive show and they drew their inspiration from a variety of sources, including nature, sports, television & film media, fantasy, celebrity; and the human form. However, one source seemed to truly be at the heart of their inspiration, encouraging them to hone their artistic skills and supporting their decision to enter the competition — their art teachers. The teachers of these students played an integral part in the experience, with many going out of their way to assist the students by accompanying them to the museum to both enter their art and to receive their awards, by showing them the ropes of proper art presentation by providing frames and aiding them in attaching picture wire for proper gallery hanging, and by celebrating and sharing their successes via social media.

The Harlin Museum’s High School Art Show Best of Show winner is Andrew Holden, a senior at Liberty Senior High School in Mtn. View, Missouri
The Best of Show winner, graphite pencil drawing titled, “Yee Haw”

The Best of Show award went to a Liberty Senior High School senior, Andrew Holden, for his graphite pencil drawing titled, “Yee Haw,” a portrait of a rodeo barrel racer in action atop his horse. The caliber of Andrew’s skill is so fantastic that many thought the drawing was actually a black & white photograph. Other winners included:

1st Place winners:

“Moon Eyes” (Mixed Medium) by Madison Newton of West Plains Senior High School 

“Cosmic Garden” (Mixed Medium) by Leslie Myrick of West Plains Senior High School

“White Iverson” (White Charcoal) by Sarah Lyn Wilson of Liberty High School


2nd Place winners:

“Lost Time” (Scratch Art) by Sarah Lyn Wilson of Liberty High School

“Self-Titled” (Mixed Medium) by Skyla Caldwell of Thayer High School

“The Sixties” (Ink Markers) by Gauge Jacobs of West Plains Senior High School


3rd Place winners:

“A Native Outlook on Modern Life” (Acrylic Paint) by Adriana Tharp of Thayer High School

“Daddy’s Hat” (Graphite Pencil) by Rebecca Brinkerhoff of Heritage Home School

“Ruth Ann” (Acrylic Paint) by Home School student Cassie Jankowski

And Honorable Mention winners include:

“Body Language” (Colored Pencil) by Eric Lee Rudolph of Liberty Senior High School

“Gourd On” (Clay) by /Madison Donnaley of Cabool High School

“On the Streets of Scotland” (Acrylic Paint) by Home-Schooled student Cassie Jankowski

Lightning Strikes” (Acrylic Paint) by Emily Wood of Thayer High School

“Mind” (Colored Pencil) by Aspen Burton of Thayer High School

“Debbie” (Colored Pencil) by Emily Wood of Thayer High School

“Strong Love” (Charcoal) by Caitlyn Basham of Liberty Senior High School

“Fishy Face” (Graphite Pencil) by Amy Copen of Liberty Senior High School (which also won the People’s Choice Award)

Other entries from area students included:

“Arionna” (Graphite Pencil) by Ashley Neagle, “Letter A” (Tempera) by Jackie Mayo, “Self-Portrait” (Graphite Pencil) by Nicole Coats, “Reflections” (Watercolor) by Madison Newton, “Blake Lively” (Mixed Medium) by Hannah Collins, and “Dad” (Mixed Medium) by Kendra Collins, all of West Plains Senior High School. (pictured in listed order below)

“Kraken” (Yarn) by Madison Forseca of Cabool High School (pictured below)

“Three Stooges” (B&W Charcoal) by Amy Copen, “Emotionless” (Graphite Pencil) & “Forgetting to Forget” (Charcoal) both by Abigail Reese, “Stetson Rich” (Pen & Ink) & “Saturdays Are For Girls” (Charcoal) by Timberly Richison, “Jim” (Graphite Pencil) by Andrew Holden, “While We’re Still Here” (Watercolor) by Eric Lee Rudolph, “Like Father, Like Son” (White Charcoal) by Madison Smith, “Shattered” (Graphite Pencil) by Marcy Grendan, all of Liberty Senior High School (pictured in listed order below)

“Simplicity” (Pen & Ink) & “Trip” (Colored Pencil) by Shelby Coursey, “The Wanderer” (Pen & Ink) by Skyla Caldwell, “Majestic Bubbles” (Colored Pencil) & “Hiding Crocodile” (Colored Pencil) both by LaCrysta Adams, “Paris” (Pen & Ink) & “Scarberd” (Pen & Ink) both by Skylar Todd, “ Young & Beautiful (Colored Pencil) by Yana Hanchuruk, & “Queen” (Graphite Pencil) by Aspen Burton, all of Thayer High School (pictured in listed order below)


The Harlin Museum of West Plains, MO will have a textile competition show January 10th-26th, 2019. Entry is open to all textile artists 18 & older.







Entry Dates:  Friday and Saturday, January 4 & 5, 2019, 12 noon to 4 pm at the Harlin Museum in the Hathcock Gallery, 405 Worcester Ave, West Plains, MO 65775, (417) 256-7801.

Entry Fee: 1 entry – $20.00, 2 entries – $30.00, 3 entries – $35.00, 4 entries $40.00; Payable to the Harlin Museum. Artisans can only enter 4 items.

Entry Categories:  Artisans and crafters can enter a full range of different types of textile items to include but not limited to quilts and afghans; crocheted & hand knitted articles, embroidery, and handwoven items; and handmade textile apparel. Items may not be displayed by categories, but by museum design to best display/show the entries.


Prizes:  Ribbons and prizes will be awarded for overall best of show and 3 each 1st, 2nd, and 3rd and 6 honorable mentions.  The prizes will consist of Best of Show – Gift Basket or Gift Certificate worth $50.00 and Gift Certificates for each of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There will not be any particular categories for the Prizes Awards given.  Prized will be awarded on artistic craftsmanship.


Guidelines:  All entries must be original works of the artists entering. All work must not have been previously shown in Harlin Museum past exhibits.  All entries that need special support to display item must have the support base accompanying the article.  Large quilts will be hung against the wall with butterfly clips. Smaller quilts and quilted wall hangings will be hung on panels.  Tables will be available to display smaller textile items and items that cannot be hung. Designer clothing must have the proper hangers to assist in displaying the items. All hangers and display supports will be returned to owners at the end of the show with their entries.


Reception:  The meet and greet social for the artisans will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 12 noon to 3pm, the awards will be presented at  2 pm, by the Harlin Museum Board President.  All entries will be released at 3pm, and the museum closes at 4 pm.  Entries may be picked up at the museum the following week Tuesday through Friday, from 12 noon to 4 pm.


Entries Posted for Sale:  The Harlin Museum will take 20% commission on the posted price of any sales during the show at the museum.


Points of Contact:  Cindy McLean, 417-274-6184,