Art Department Faculty

Matthew Rahner
Matthew Rahner, 2015
Director, Morris Gallery of Contemporary Art
Assistant Professor of Visual Art
Faculty Sponsor - Art Club
MFA University of Missouri-Columbia
BFA Columbia College
(660) 831-4094
Baity 300 1/2
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Matt Rahner recently received his MFA from the University of Missouri at Columbia, after receiving his BFA from Columbia College in 2010. While attending graduate school Mr. Rahner studied under the photographers Joe Johnson, Daniel Farnum and Travis Shaffer. Mr. Rahner’s work has been awarded by Dominic Molon, Contemporary Arts Curator of the RISD Museum, and by Anne Lyden, International Photography Curator at the National Galleries of Scotland.  Mr. Rahner's latest work, Eminent Domain, has been shown as a solo-exhibit at the Genevieve Guldner Gallery, in Kansas City, The Red Lady Gallery, in Kansas City, the Bingham Gallery, in Columbia, Missouri, and in September of 2015 will be displayed at the Elder Gallery located in Lincoln, Nebraska.

At Missouri Valley College Mr. Rahner teaches all levels of graphic design, photography and animation. Mr. Rahner is an avid researcher of contemporary art, and is constantly expanding his theoretical, historical, and practical knowledge in the field of art. Mr. Rahner is excited to work with the students of Missouri Valley College as they pursue their careers in graphic design, photography, or any related art profession.

Mr. Rahner calls Marshall home, where he lives with his wife, Anmarie, two daughters, Elsa and Ada.

Sara Fletcher
Sara Fletcher, 2017
Assistant Professor of Visual Art
MFA University of Iowa
BFA Alfred University
(660) 831-4175
Baity 303
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Sara Fletcher received her MFA in painting at the University of Iowa, and her BFA in ceramic sculpture at Alfred University School of Art & Design. She also studied painting as a post baccalaureate at Brandeis University. Sara is a member of Prince Street Gallery in New York, NY.

In 2017, Sara exhibited in Five Visions at Prince Street Gallery and in Small Works Invitational at Blue Mountain Gallery in NY, NY. In 2016, she was in a 2-person show with her husband, painter Chris Fletcher, at the Ashby-Hodge Museum at Central Methodist College, and in a 3-person show at the Sidney Larson Gallery at Columbia College. In 2015, her work was awarded Honorable Mention by Hrag Vartanian, editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic, at the 58th Chautauqua Annual Exhibition of Contemporary Art at Strohl Art Center in Chautauqua, NY.

Sara's teaching and research interests include discovering dynamic connections between imagination and observation, between artists from various times and places, and between formal compositional concerns and meanings/stories.

Prior to coming to Missouri Valley College, Sara was a Visiting Artist/Sabbatical Replacement at Columbia College and at Cornell College, and an adjunct at Stephens College and Columbia College. At Missouri Valley College, Sara will teach all levels of drawing, painting, 2D design, printmaking, art history, art appreciation, the Business of Art, Senior Portfolio, and Art on Location.

Sara lives in Boonville, with her husband Chris, who is also an artist, and their daughter Beatrice.

Matt Moyer
Matt Moyer
Adjunct Professor of Visual Art
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Matt Moyer earned a BFA in Ceramics with a minor in Graphic Design from Illinois State University. Between undergraduate and graduate school he served as Artist in Residence at the Herbert Hoover National Historical site in West Branch Iowa as part of the National Park Service Artist in Residence Program. He earned an MFA in Ceramics with a minor in Sculpture from the University of Missouri. During graduate school at the University of Missouri he traveled abroad and served as Artist in Residence at The Tainan National University of the Arts where he worked and exhibited for six months.

Matt Moyer's creative research takes him in several different directions at any given time; ranging from functional pottery to mixed media ceramic sculpture and large outdoor welded steel installations. All his work is firmly rooted within traditional craft as it pertains to both art and skilled trades, and all facets of his creative work have a decidedly industrial sensibility. This stems from his blue-collar upbringing in Moline, Illinois (the home of John Deere's World Headquarters).

He has taught at the University of Missouri, Columbia College and Missouri Valley College. His work can be found in many private and public collections. He has been exhibiting his outdoor steel works from Idaho to Rhode Island with a focus on exhibitions in the Mid-West United States.

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