David Spear



2607 Burrwood Street
Columbia, Missouri 65203


MFA University of Missouri-Columbia
BFA University of Missouri- St. Louis


Dunafon Enterprises (2005 W Broadway, Suite 220 Columbia MO)
Robinson & Ries Orthodontics (1609 Chapel Hill Road, Columbia, MO)
Mill Creek Elementary School Columbia (2200 W Nifong Blvd. Columbia MO)
C.C. City Broiler Columbia (1404 Forum, Columbia MO)
Joe Machen's Dealerships (1710 Interstate 70 Drive, Columbia MO)
TRUE MEDIA Columbia (500 Business Loop 70 West, Columbia MO)
Boone County Hospital Columbia (1600 E Broadway, Columbia MO)
Holder Susan Slusher, LLC (107 N 7th Street, Columbia MO)
Jefferson Junior High School Columbia Holder Susan Slusher, LLC (107 N 7th Street, Columbia MO)
TRUE/FALSE Film Festival
Memorial Union at the University of Missouri (518 Hitt Street, Columbia MO)
Wabash Bus Station Columbia (126 N 10th Street, Columbia MO)
Boone Hospital (1600 E Broadway, Columbia MO)
H&R Block World Headquarters (126 N 10th Street, Columbia MO)
Sterchi, Cowden and Rice LLC (1010 Market Street Suite 905, St. Louis MO)
Nick and Jake’s Restaurant (6325 Lewis Street #110, Parkville MO)
Sophia's Restaurant (3915 S Providence Road, Columbia MO)
Addison's Restaurant (709 Cherry Street, Columbia MO)
Cicero's Venue (6691 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis MO)
Quinton’s Bar (124 S 9th Street., Columbia MO)

Community and Volunteer Service

2015-17 Picture Person Russell Elementary School
2016 Tiger’s on the Prowl Charity Benefit
Human Society live painting auction
2015 Sponsor of Kappa Pi, University of Missouri Art Fraternity
2010-15 Annual Live Painting to benefit the Rainbow House, a family shelter
2014 Painted cannon for MU ROTC that fires during MU football games.
2013-14 Collaborative painting with elementary students at Fun City Youth Academy
2014 Collaborative painting with Preschoolers at Child Development Center
2002-2013 Owner of Gallery Studio ALLEYWAYARTS: created and curated quarterly exhibitions
2013 Collaborative painting with elementary students at Mill Creek
2013 Tigers on the Prowl charity auction
2010-12 Volunteer Artists for Soul House, a shelter for homeless teens
2002-06 Board Member of the Columbia Art League as acting Exhibition Coordinator and Secretary


Voted “Best Visual Artist” by readers Inside Columbia Magazine
First Place "Everything is a Remix" Columbia Art League
Winner of the Commemorative Poster for the Columbia Office of Cultural Affairs
*Third Place Professional Painting Boone County Art Show Columbia, MO
Honorable Mention Boone County Art Show Columbia, MO
Third Place "Altered Realities" Columbia Art League
Honorable Mention Missouri 50
The Award of Excellence "City as Art" Art Saint Louis
First Place "Membership Show" Columbia Art League
Honorable Mention Professional Drawing Boone County Art Show
First Place "Our Home Town" Columbia Art League
First Place Professional Drawing Boone County Art Show
Third Place Best in Show Art in the Park
Best Local Artist Vox Magazine Best of Columbia March 20, 2003
Third Place "5th Annual Regional Exhibition" St. Charles College, Missouri
First Place "Student Show" University of Missouri- St. Louis
Design Award "Pinewood Derby" Pack 787


Marks, Colin and Roark, Marc “Color Me Secured” a supplemental 70 page illustrated coloring book for law students for classes studying Article 9 (secure transactions) Peter Lane Publishing, LLC (currently in production)

Lambert, Thom “How to Regulate: A guide for Policymakers” Cover Illustration, Cambridge University Press, Released August 11, 2017

“Gameroom Magazine” cover illustrator, Nic Parks Publisher, Modern Litho Press. Issue 1: August 2015, Issue 2. December 2015, Issue 3. March 2016, Issue 4. June 2016, Issue 5. September 2016

“Still House Concerts” Concert Poster Artist in Residency, Apr. 9th 2017 performer Charley Crockett, Feb. 17, 2017 performer Robbie Fulks, Dec. 17th, 2016 performer Amy Speace, Nov. 4th, 2016 performer Missy Raines, Aug. 14th, 2016 performer The Ragbirds, July 2nd, 2016 performer Anthony D’Amato, Feb.y 5th 2016 performer Sean Rowe, Apr. 7th 2016 performer Robbie Fulks

Spear, David “Tigers on the Prowl: The Adventures of the Patriot” University of Missouri Publications August 2016

Spear, David “Submerged: Artwork by David Spear 1995-2015 University of Missouri Publications December 2015

Qian, Liying “Gig Faces: David Spear on the Freedom and Burden of Freelance Art” Missouri Business Alert (website interview) Sept. 10, 2016

Danielsen, Aarik “Eye for an Eye” Columbia Daily Tribune Jan. 31, 2016

Bat, John Clement “David Spear’s Painting of ‘Blind’ Boone selected for commemorative poster” Missourian Aug. 10, 2015

Janse, Tom and Struyk,Fanny “Fatale Verlangens: Verhalen Van Ovidius” (Dutch: Fatal Desires: Tales From Ovid) Published by Hermaion-Houten pg. 93 2014

Bishop, Ben and McCarty, Morgan “Best of Columbia 2013” Inside Columbia March 2013

Smith, Dale “Art for All; Alumni artists enlivened Columbia’s landscape” Missouri Alumni Magazine
February 13, 2013

Danielson, Aarik “David Spear is Nobody’s Fool” Columbia Daily Tribune April 22, 2012

Moen, Stacy “Art for All” MizzouWire March 21,2012

Danielson, Aarik “Artful Avenues Line New Boone Hospital Tower” Columbia Daily Tribune June 26th 2011

Eaton, Niki “Interview with David Spear” Union Art Blog September 21, 2011

Danielsen, Aarik “A Moving Artist in Place” Columbia Daily Tribune August 8, 2010

Israel, Lynn “Artrageous Fun by any Other Name” Columbia Tribune Art Axis online July 22, 2010

Gerling, Jennifer "Like Benton" Missouri Life February 2009

Chadwick, Katlin "Collaborative Art Helps Children Work Together" Columbia Missourian Jan. 3, 2009

Howard, Lindsey "Revealing in Risk" Columbia Daily Tribune Jan. 18, 2009

Waters, Amelia "Look ahead: Columbia looks for new traffic box artist" Connect Mid-Missouri website Jan. 15, 2009

Israel, Lynn "Art goes to the Birds to Help Animals, CAL" Columbia Daily Tribune January 27, 2008

Maletsky, Kiernan "Students Find Meaning in Politics Through Art" Columbia Missourian Nov. 7, 2008

"Around the Columns" Mizzou Magazine, summer 2008

Semelka, Sara "Art to Combat Graffiti" Columbia Daily Tribune January 15, 2009

Heavin, Janese "Spear of Influence" Columbia Daily Tribune January 18, 2008

Hennebohl, Rudolf "Latein Kreativ" (Creative Latin) 2007 German Textbook on Greek Mythology.
Pgs. 31, 86,126, 160, 194

Sposito, Sean "Refurbished Wabash Unveiled" Columbia Daily Tribune October 12, 2007

Mulumby, Pamela "All Aboard with Art" Columbia Daily Tribune August 19, 2007

Braden, Jonathon “Musically Inspired Art” Columbia Daily Tribune August 29, 2007

Mulumby, Pamela "Public Art Grows in the City" Columbia Daily Tribune August 19, 2007

Wollridge, Lauren "Art Chugs into Station" Columbia Missourian September, 19 2006

Ashley, Seth "Spear Rising" Columbia Daily Tribune May 14, 2006

Miller, Greg "Percent for Art Goes Local" Columbia Daily Tribune April 22, 2006

Reed Colin "Capturing Tragic History" Columbia Missourian September 11 2005

Schneider, Shelly A. "Art Show" The Community News September 7, 2005

Thum, Erica "The Peoples' Artist" Columbia Missourian April 10, 2005

Voss, Nicole "Lunch with a Side of Art" Columbia VOX Magazine March 6 2003

May, Robin "Artist Profile" Columbia Home Magazine April 1, 2001

Gigantic (University of Missouri-St-Louis Literary Magazine) 97-98 issue #14 front cover & pg. 83


Choate, David "2008 Artist in Residence David Spear and the Artist of Jefferson Jr. High" 2008

Choate, David "Wabash Station Artist Profiles" 2007

Choate, David "Wabash Station" 2007

Film students from the University of Missouri-KC "Art on the Block"
Documentary about the artwork installed in the H & R Block Headquarters 2006 (shown on PBS)

Can be seen on the about page


Han, Ugin KOMU TV 8 "Canvassing the City" May, 15 2006


Quintessence Columbia Art League Columbia, MO
Hunter Gatherer George Caleb Bingham Gallery Columbia, MO

Faculty Show George Caleb Bingham Gallery Columbia, MO
Temporal Auxiliaries solo exhibition Orr Street Studios Columbia, MO

"Everything is a Remix" Columbia Art League

"Landscape: Idea and Ideal" Imago Columbia, MO
"Touching the Past" Museum of Art and Archeology Columbia, MO
"MU Faculty Show" George Caleb Bingham Gallery Columbia, MO

"National Juried Exhibition" First Street Gallery New York, NY
"Adaptations and Transformations"Solo Exhibition Moberly Community College, Moberly, MO
Edible Columbia Art League Columbia, MO

"HARRISON BERGERON: a multimedia extravaganza"
Bingham Gallery University of Missouri

"Eye of the Beholder" Columbia Art League Columbia, MO

"Playground" University of Missouri Craft Studio
"Graduate Showcase" 2011 George Caleb Bingham Gallery University of Missouri

"Graduate Showcase" 2010 George Caleb Bingham Gallery University of Missouri

Solo Exhibition Orr Street Studios Columbia, MO
Solo Exhibition Boone County Historical Society Columbia, MO
Solo Exhibition Carpe Diem Columbia, MO

"Composing Composition" Perlow-Stevens Gallery
"Altered Realities" Columbia Art League
"Politically Speaking" Columbia Art League

"Group Exhibition" Museum of Contemporary Art, Jefferson City, Missouri
"Alumni Show" University of Missouri-St. Louis

"Missouri 50" Sedalia, Missouri
"City as Art" Art Saint Louis
"Visual Sounds" Columbia Art League

"Missouri 50" Sedalia, Missouri
"New Year Visions" Columbia Art League

"Shutters" Columbia Art League
"Mosaics" St. Charles Art Festival
"Our Home Town" Columbia Art League
"Art in the Park" Columbia Art Festival

"Art in the Park" Columbia Art Festival
Solo Show Tellers' Gallery Columbia

"9-11" Art St. Louis
Solo Show, Tellers' Gallery Columbia

"One" Art Saint Louis
Solo Show, Tellers Gallery, Columbia

"5th Annual Regional Fine Art Exhibition" St. Charles College
"Senior Show" University of Missouri
"Varsity art 5" Art Saint Louis

"Museum of Myth, Mystery and Mayhem" St. Louis City Museum, Missouri
"Jazz on View" Saint Louis Artists' Guild,
"Student Show" University of Missouri, St. Louis

"Student Show" University of Missouri, St. Louis

Teaching and Lectures

Adjunct Professor Painting I, Drawing I & II - University of Missouri

Graduate Teaching Assistant Painting I, Drawing I, 2D Design - University of Missouri

Visiting Professor Painting I & II - Columbia College