King Of The Ozarks: Family Stories

Springfield, MO– 

Attend an Artist Reception for Joyce McMurtrey on Saturday, February 10, 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room. Joyce will share her artistic process and stories behind her portraits of a multigenerational, African American family that has lived, loved, struggled and thrived in southern Missouri for more than 150 years.

     King of the Ozarks began from McMurtrey’s curiousity to discover more details about an almost mythical person, H. King Davis, and a wish to meet her neighbors. 

     Over four years, the project evolved into a collection of portraits and profile from interview into a collection of portraits and profile from interviews McMurtrey conducted with this multi-generational African American family who has farmed in southern Missouri since the Homestead Act.