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BKD To Use Local Artwork in New Building

If you’re a starving artist in the Ozarks trying to make it big, now may be your chance to catch someone's eye. KSMU’s Kristian Kriner has more.
At the corner of St. Louis Street and John Q. Hammons Parkway sits a vacant lot that will soon house the new headquarters for a local consulting firm.

BKD, an accounting and consulting firm, is asking local artists to submit their work for the new Springfield building.

BKD says the new building will be more than four stories tall and the firm wants local artwork on every floor.

John Cook, a partner with BKD in Springfield, says there are some artwork guidelines.“Really the primary guidelines is it has to be original art, so no reproductions or those type of things. I think that as far as the artists are concerned what we would like to have is artists submitting who have exhibited in at least one gallery or at least one juried show.”

Cook says BKD will accept any type of art including paintings, sculptures, drawings or even interactive art.

He says the artwork can be any size or shape, and that it will be displayed in conference rooms, the lobby and outside the new building.

Cook says BKD is only asking for artwork from local artists.

“We thought it would be a great opportunity to bring really local artists from around Springfield, Joplin, Fayetteville and really bring world-class art to the BKD building in Springfield, Missouri and really have an opportunity to showcase the local artists.”

Artists who want to submit their artwork should send it to BKD Art Program care of Leopold Gallery at 324 West 63rd Street Kansas City, Missouri 64113.

This information as well as the requirements for the submissions can be found on our website or

The deadline for submissions is November 8.

For KSMU News, Kristian Kriner.