Text Only Skip to content
Skip header navigation.
Skip sub-section linksSTLCC Home » College News » 2009 » June » Meramec Music Faculty Member Is Also Accomplished Artist

Meramec Music Faculty Member Is Also Accomplished Artist

June 15, 2009

Pen & Ink by Gary Gackstatter

Gackstatter's First Place  Pen and Ink Drawing, awarded at the 2009 Webster Groves Art & Air Festival

Gary Gackstatter Gackstatter conducting the Meramec Symphonic Band

Gary Gackstatter, assistant professor in the music department at Meramec, was awarded first place in the Drawing/Graphics category at the Webster Groves Art and Air Festival, held June 5-7, 2009. Over 90 artists were selected in this juried competition and awards were given in Painting, Sculpture, Photography and Ceramics, in addition to Drawing.

Along with the recognition he continues to attract for his work as a composer and musician, Gackstatter's award-winning pen and ink artwork has been featured at many one-man shows, museums and festivals. He has received the Kansas Governors Arts Award and was also selected for the 2008 St Louis Art Fair in Clayton. He will participate in the Schlafly Art Outside Festival this fall.

For works such as the one that took first place at the Art & Air Festival, Gackstatter uses crow-quill pens dipped in ink to create his works, often spending as much as 50 to 100 hours on each drawing.