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Missouri Western alums Laurel DeFreece (left) and Robin VanHoozer collaborated on “Fate.”

Jan. 18, 2022–The Potter Gallery on the campus of Missouri Western State University presents “Fate,” a multimedia collaboration by two artists who attended Missouri Western, Jan. 20 through Feb. 25. There will be an opening reception with light refreshments from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20. The reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

“Fate” is a collaboration between Missouri artists Laurel DeFreece and Robin VanHoozer, who both studied art at Missouri Western. Their Artist Statement reads:

From today’s current events that foreshadow change tomorrow, Fate explores climate, nature, and the random riot of events that intertwine the common threads of our tomorrow and are at the forefront of issues affecting our world’s future. Encaustic, mixed media, and collage techniques combine to depict themes of nature, truth, time, and destiny in rural America. Our mission in creating Fate is to portray and document the incremental temperature increases plus dramatic weather events, throughout the Midwest, growing through time and how that affects farmers and rural communities and in turn urban centers.

The Potter Gallery, in the lobby of Potter Hall on Missouri Western’s campus, is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. There is no admission charge. 

Missouri Western State University is a student-centered learning community preparing individuals for lives of excellence through applied learning. Missouri Western is located in St. Joseph, Mo., and is committed to the educational, economic, cultural and social development of the region it serves. Visit

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