Founded in 1961 to encourage artistic awareness, participation, and expression, the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri features three distinct visual arts galleries.
The Jean A. Chapman Gallery features works by the Visual Arts Cooperative, of more than 48 artists.
Gallery 100 and Lorimier Gallery feature works by other local talent.
The Arts Council, along with other downtown galleries, hosts the First Friday Opening Reception on the first Friday of each month, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Wine, soft drinks and refreshments are available. These events showcase artwork in Cape Girardeau and offer guests a chance to talk with the artists.