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Artist Ron Burns
Giving Barkley House a Boost

The MU College of Veterinary Medicine is pioneering the way people think of animal care through the development of Barkley House. Supporting Barkley House, pet portraitist Ron Burns will exhibit his work at Perlow-Stevens Gallery in Columbia to raise funds for the project.

Activities planned in conjunction with the exhibition:

  • Guest lecture as part of Arts and Science Week — 2-4 p.m., Feb. 15, 2008, Middlebush Hall, room 12, on the MU Campus.
  • Book signing and artist’s reception — 6-8 p.m., Feb. 16, Perlow-Stevens Gallery, 812 E. Broadway, Columbia. R.s.v.p. Kelley Marchbanks,

The exhibit runs from Feb. 12 through March 29. Burns’ original work, Barkley’s House will be sold during an auction at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 during the reception.

Artist Ron Burns Giving Barkley House a Boost Barkley House will be a home away from home for families of animals being treated at the CVM Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital. Dr. Carolyn Henry, an associate professor of oncology in the MU Department of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery with a dual appointment at the MU School of Medicine in hematology and oncology, conceived the Barkley House concept. Barkley House will provide a facility where pets that are undergoing treatment at the University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital can stay alongside their families.

The plans for Barkley House include designated dog and cat suites with kitchenettes, a resource library, laundry facilities, central dining area, porches, and an exercise area for pets. A central family room will facilitate interaction between guests who wish to speak with others going through similar situations, as well as allow veterinary students a place in which to interact with clients in a more informal setting and to improve their client communication skills.

Having had many canine and feline family members, Ron Burns, whose work has been featured in Extreme Makeover – Home Edition, has dedicated his personal and professional life to making the lives of animals better. When he heard about Barkley House, he sympathized with the families of sick animals who do not have the resources for accommodations while their animal family members are receiving daily treatments such as chemotherapy or radiation, sometimes for several weeks at a time.

Burns has painted a piece called Barkley’s House featuring Blaze, the “spokesdog” for Barkley House, along with his kitten buddy. There will be a limited 95 editions on canvas of the piece. For the life of the piece, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Barkley’s House will benefit the Barkley House. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of any other pieces sold from the exhibit at Perlow-Stevens Gallery at 812 E. Broadway, Columbia, will also benefit the Barkley House.

Burns has been featured twice on Extreme Makeover – Home Edition, and CNN, Fox News, and other national television spots, including a segment on Good Morning America. Additionally, his art has been in multiple magazines, including TIME, New York Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, and Forbes, which writes that Burns’ style is “extremely collectible.” Clients include Elizabeth Taylor, the Princess of Monaco, Joan Rivers and Doc Severinsen.

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