Ceramics Instructor Eric Ordway is Visiting Artist at College of the Ozarks

Truman’s Ceramicist Eric Ordway recently visited the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO (just south of Branson). The campus is currently closed to visitors but Dr. Richard Cummings and Professor Michael Ashley found a way for him to still come down and demonstrate his practice to the students.

He writes: “One of the moments that I really enjoy (besides getting to dialogue with their amazing ceramic students) was when I got to see my work installed and lighted in the studio space for the first time. I have been living with this work in my basement and my garage for the last year and it had started to feel under whelming… But when the work was displayed, lighted and given space to breath, it felt like I was able to see the pieces with new eyes. It gave me a sense of pride and confidence to continue making and continue to share my process and my vessels with the wider world.”

Congratulations to Eric Ordway for his beautiful work and impressive show. We are pleased you had a chance to share your work with a new audience!

Winners of the Student Union Building Purchase Prize Announced

Exciting news! Elisabeth Held’s relief print “St. Dolly” and Machayla Poe’s fiber work “Fried” have been selected for the 2020 Student Union Building purchase prize! Each year, staff and students who work at the Student Union vote on two artworks from the Juried Student Exhibition to purchase for permanent display in the SUB. It was a tight vote because there are so many strong works in this year’s Juried Student Exhibition, up until September 29th.

Truman student, Maggie Adams, accepted into the Surface Design Association’s Juried Student Exhibition.

Maggie Adams’ hand-felted installation work Digestive Gestation was accepted into Future Tense 2020.  The show will be on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, from August 13 – October 27.

Maggie Adams, Digestive Gestation

Maggie Adams, Digestive Gestation

Future Tense 2020 celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. This exhibition was juried by Stefanie Gerber, current director of the North Carolina Glass Center, and Rena Wood,  Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft.

A full online exhibition of Future Tense 2020 will be live soon.

Juried Student Show

Because of the measures taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the Truman State University Art Gallery will closed for the remainder of the 2020 spring and summer calendar. We’re sorry to announce that the 2020 Juried Student Exhibition and the spring BA/BFA capstone exhibitions will be canceled.
The Annual Juried Student Exhibition is always one of the highlights of the year in the University Art Gallery. We’re sad we won’t be able to invite visitors to view the art of our hardworking Truman students in person this spring. However, you can check out these photographs of the student artworks selected for juror awards (before spring break) by this year’s juror, Barry Anderson, Professor of Art at UMKC. Congratulations again to all the students who were selected for the show and to those who received awards!
Honorable mentions went to:
Abby Miriani, “God is a Powerful Woman,” fibers
Bethany Schatz, “Modern Fairytale,” wood sculpture
Ingrid Erickson, “A happy slug,” quilt
Maggie Adams, “Threaded Vase,” porcelain
Vee Le, “gauze,” photography
3rd place:
Machayla Poe, “The Barry County Olympic Games,” acrylic
2nd place:
Emmett Divendal, “Mouth, Brain, Skin, Soul,” felt
1st place:
Wesley Scafe, “Basic Living,” wood sculpture
Best in show:
Lindsay Picht, “Projection,” oil on canvas
To see highlights from the show, visit this facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/tsuartgallery/photos/?tab=album&album_id=2933978566641356 

Dr. Cook’s Chapter Publication

Congratulations to Dr. Heidi Cook on the publication of her chapter in this new book out from University of Alabama Press.
The book Portraits of Remembrance: Painting, Memory, and the First World War includes includes Dr. Cook’s chapter “Maksimilijan Vanka’s “Our Mothers” and the Croatian Memory of the First World War”. We are excited to see this research on Maksimilijan Vanka, the topic of Dr. Cook’s PhD dissertation, come to press!

Exciting Things For Priya Kambli

Photography Professor Priya Kambli has been busy!

  1. Her series Shubh Mangal Savdhan was published in an online photo platform- Archivo Platform – https://www.archivoplatform.com/showroom-pkambli

Archivo Platform was founded in 2012 with the purpose of creating a space of reflection about photography and visual culture through debate around its current practices and discourses, provided by the collaboration with practitioners, writers and researchers who explore photography and lens based media.

  1. Her series Buttons For Eyes was published in an online photo platform – http://www.fractionmagazine.com/priya-kambli

Fraction Magazine is an online venue dedicated to fine art, contemporary photography, bringing together diverse bodies of work by established and emerging artists from around the globe.

  1. Images from her series Buttons For Eyes were published in a photography magazine Musée Magazine Issue No. 23 Choices.

  1. Her work from the series Shubh Mangal Savdhan has been acquired for the collection of Museum of Contemporary Photography and her work will be represented in their print image series.

AIGA Invited Joe Wright to Present Digitally

The Design students at Truman are continuing to be active in their student organization. Those leading the Truman State University chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Artists) invited Joe Wright (pictured below) to present on Thursday, March 26th through Zoom at 6 PM for their club. Joe, an alum of the program will be responding to these questions:
Can you talk about UX design and how it affects the design process?
What is the web design process like?
If someone doesn’t like coding, how far can they go?
How was it adjusting to a job out of college?
What jobs have you had, and what are some things you have learned from each?
How is WordPress used in your work?
What advice do you have for college students entering the workforce?
We are pleased to have Joe “visit” us again – it is such a pleasure to see that smile!