About Lil Olive

Born in Joplin, Missouri 1958


Currently an MFA candidate at Savannah College of Art and Design
1980, B.J., University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri
1984 A.D., Nursing, Missouri Southern State College, Joplin Missouri

Related Education: I have participated in several intensive painting workshops over the years at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Co. studying with Ed Paschke, Julie Heffernan, Katherine Alexander, Melinda Beeman, Emily Cheng and Carole Caroompas.

I have worked as a nurse, and a gallery owner. I now enjoy painting full time on my farm in Missouri.

Most Recent body of work: Earth Melancholia:
My most recent body of work is born out of my intense love and reverence for nature. It is a love letter to earth, a melancholy response to the growing threats to our natural environment. I hope to reveal a particular beauty and fragility imbued with an encroaching possibility of loss.

Ecoconsciousness Fall 2020 Online + Billboard Show
I was one of 80 artists chosen out of 400 for this national juried online exhibition. The painting that was chosen was “Forest.”

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2019 Earth Melancholia, Solo Exhibition, painting and photography, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2018 Inspiration: A National Juried Exhibition ExploringCreative Expresssion.
Webster Arts Center, Webster University, St. Louis, Mo.
2018 It’s Not Natural, two person exhibition, Bookmarx Bookstore, Springfield, Mo.
2017. Reflections and Other Water Offerings, Solo Exhibition, painting, Obelisk Home Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2016 Spiva Invitational Group Show, painting, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2014 New Works, Solo Exhibition, painting, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2013 Tribute to Rose O’Neil, Group Show, painting, Rose O’Neil House, Drury University,Springfield, Mo.
2010 Open Doors Invitational, Group Show, Painting, Creamery Arts Center, Springfield, Mo.
2005 Get Your Heart On, Valentine Group Show, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2006 Photo Spiva National Juried Competition,photography, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
2004 Keep Off the Grass, Two Person Show, painting, Good Girl Art Gallery, Springfield, Mo.
2003 Eating Disorder Awareness, Group Show, photography, Missouri State University, Springfield, Mo.
2002 Still Lives and Real and Imagined Two Person Show, painting,Carthage Art Central, Carthage, Mo.
2000 Photo Spiva, National Competition, Photography, Spiva Center for the Arts, Joplin, Mo.
1997 Two Person Show, Iron Horse Restaurant, Springfield, Mo.
1998 Silos and Minarets, Solo Exhibition, painting and photography. Mud House Coffee Shop, Springfield, Mo.
1997 Mannequins on Main Street, Solo Exhibition, Kassab’s Store, Joplin, Mo.

Public Collections
Othopedic Specialists of Springfield, Springfield, Mo.
Rose O’Neil House, Drury University, Springfield, Mo.
Mercy Hospital, Springfield, Mo.
Public Commissions
Two Murals, Discovery Center Children’s Museum, Springfield Mo.
The Art and Science of Chocolate, Event Poster, Discovery Center Children’s Museum,
Springfield, Mo.Album Cover, Frog Daddy Band

2019 Salann Magazine Artist Feature
2017 Reflections and Other Water Offerings
The Poetry and Painting of Lil Olive, Lulu Press

2014 Patron’s Choice Painting Award, 1st Place
Spiva Art Center Charity Ball

View My Current Body Of Work


Spring 2020 – Savannah College of Art and Design

Be sure to check out the Springfield News-Leader write up about Lil and her current show, Reflections and Other Water Offerings.

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Gallery Showings

Artist Lil Olive

Exhibition Dates:
February 5th – March 3rd, 2021
Open Reception:
February 5th, 2021 6 pm-10 pm
Gallery Hours:
Tues-Fri 10 am – 7 pm, Sat 10 am – 5 pm

Obelisk Home & Gallery
214 W Phelps St #101
Springfield, MO 65806


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