Courses Taught: Introduction to Art, Design, Printmaking
Educational and Professional Background: Deby Gilley earned a BA Degree in Art from McPherson College in 1978, and completed the requirements to teach art from Missouri State University (formerly SMSU) in 1980. She began her teaching career in 1981 as a K-12 art teacher at Norwood R-I Schools until 1994. Deby taught middle school art at Mountain Grove R-III Schools for four years, and then taught middle school art at Willow Springs R-IV Schools until she retired in 2006. She earned a MS Degree in Education with an emphasis in art from SBU in 1996, and began teaching art history for SBU at the Mtn. View campus in 1997. She also teaches art history for MSU on the Mtn. Grove campus.
Relief Printmaking is what Deby focuses on as a professional artist. Her prints have been shown in many area galleries and museums and art shows, and have won numerous awards and cash prizes. Top honors include first place awards in the annual Missouri Art Education Association teacher's exhibit, first place award in printmaking from the Greater St. Louis Art Association, jurors choice award in the Springfield Visual Arts Alliance art shows, and being selected to the biannual event of Prints USA 1999, and 2003 at the Springfield Art Museum. The woodblock print to the right above is titled "Selfportrait".