Five Students Receive Summer Grants to Create Art

Five art students were awarded TruScholar grants to pursue research this summer.  You can see their resulting work in the Atrium Gallery of Ophelia Parrish from Monday, August 30- Friday, September 3.  Below is a summary of each project:

For his TruScholar research, Kameron Clark compared struggles of contemporary wealth inequality with similar themes from the past.  Historical paintings such as “Hard Times” by Hubert von Herkomer (1885) and “Evicted” by Blandford Fletcher (1887) are reimagined in the current United States climate.

Kameron Clark

Maggie Adams conducted her TruScholars project on the fiber artist Lenore Tawney; her research combined studio art and art historical methodologies. Adams focused on replicating Tawney’s understudied weaving techniques in her body of work “Woven Forms” and its connection to Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s.

Anna Grahlherr’s summer research reclaims the female nude in art from the perspective of female-sexed people.  In this series, she rejects the tradition of the male gaze and explores diverse bodies.

Anna Grahlherr

ZuZu Smugala created artwork that explores how people use different coping mechanisms in their daily lives.

ZuZu Smugala

Kristen Buck’s project is about documenting her body to create permanence of her self-image. After going through a drastic physical change, her reality has been comprised by her own thoughts. The resulting series of photographs capture her contradictory feelings as well as igniting conversations about what an image is and how it serves to preserve truth.

Aaron Fine’s New Book

Congratulations to our Department Chair, Professor Aaron Fine, for his new book!

Cover of Color Theory

Color Theory Cover

This book discusses color theory from its ancient origins to the present, and provides a fascinating contribution to art theory using one of art’s essential building blocks. Professor Fine discusses aspects of color that are long-recognized as important but by analyzing “colonialist and gendered attitudes, materialist and romanticist perspectives, spiritualist approaches to color, color in the age of reproduction, and modernist and post-modernist color strategies” (from the Amazon description of the text) he provides a new framework that allows the application of color theory to practical applications.  Published by Bloomsbury Press and gorgeously illustrated, you can order direct from the publisher or from your local bookstore or through Amazon. Congratulations, Aaron!

Truman Art Faculty Honored

Russell (Rusty) Nelson, Professor of Design

Design Professor Russell Nelson and Ceramics Professor Eric Ordway have both been selected as  Featured Artists for the month of August by the Missouri Arts Council. The MAC  selects artists with diverse demographics and locations throughout the state who are producing quality original work in a variety of art mediums and genres.

Reclaimed (watercolor) by Russell Nelson

Green Tea Set, Stoneware with Green Celadon By Eric Ordway

Eric Ordway, Professor of Ceramics

Last Chance to See!

This is the last week of the Student Juried Show in the University Gallery.  We have pictures of students with their award-winning art if you need encouragement to see what students have been doing over the past year.

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

1st place: Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Third Prize: Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

Best in show: Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

 

2nd place: ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

Students making Site Specific Art

Intermediate and Advanced Drawing students have created large, spite-specific artworks drawn directly on the walls in Ophelia Parrish. The work can be viewed through April 15th in the hallway adjacent to the Truman State University Gallery. Come check out the exhibition! And if you haven’t seen it yet, visit the Juried Student Show in the gallery!Students making art on walls of OP

Congratulations to Student Juried Show Award Winners

Heidi Cook, our gallery director, has announced the winners of this year’s juror prizes and the Student Union Purchase Prizes. Our juror this year was Nick Satinover of Middle Tennessee University, and he assigned the following juror’s awards:

 

Honorable Mentions:

Rachel McCary, Restless Wanderer, Oil on canvas

Shania Montúfar, Brain Fog, Inkjet print

Maddie Morris, Self Portrait Six Ways, Watercolor

Kristen Buck, Flowers leaping, Paper and wire

Kristen Buck, Flowers Leaping

3rd place ($50):

Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

 

2nd place ($50):

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

 

1st place ($75):

Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Best in show ($150):

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship

 

Each year selected Truman staff and student workers get to vote on two works to purchase for the Student Union Building Purchase Prize for $250 each. This year they chose

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas, Course: Painting III

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic

 

Congrats to our award winners! Please brag about this to all of your friends and family.

Congratulations to Laura Bigger!

Professor of Printmaking Laura Bigger has been selected as one of the Missouri Artists of the Month by the Missouri Arts Council.  In her artist’s statement she writes:

My work explores the relationships that exist among humans, animals, and ecosystems, particularly in terms of the food chain, raw materials, and the human tendency to exert control over natural systems. My art considers existential quandaries such as what it means to be a human today, how we can live in the world responsibly, and what our obligation is to do so. As a multimedia artist, I question anthropocentric viewpoints and interpret the manmade environment primarily through print, drawing, and installation.

Students Drawing on Walls!

Intermediate and Advanced Drawing students are currently doing a project in which they work at a large scale directly on the walls in Ophelia Parrish in the hallway across from the Art Gallery. You can see their in-process work for the next week or so and then their finished drawings will remain in place through April 11th. Here is an image of the students working on-site.

 

Gallery has three shows this month!

We have three great shows opening on Tuesday March 16 in the University Art Gallery!  Our 2021 Annual Juried Student is packed with works that show off the hard work and creativity of our Truman students – you won’t want to miss it. In the cube, you’ll find the work of this year’s juror, printmaker Nick Satinover, whose works place words and pattern together to explore the passing of time. And in the Charlyn Gallery, our professor of graphic design, Aaron Neeley is showing some of his latest work.

While Nick Satinover visited Truman State University to jury the student exhibition and mount an exhibition of his own work, he also printed an edition of multiple color stone lithographs using his signature method of reductive flats.

Nick Satinover demonstration

Alumnus Shows at Indian Hills

Truman alumnus Joe Hermann has an exhibition up at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Joe did his AA degree at IHCC, then came to Truman where he majored in painting. He then went on to the University of Delaware, where he earned his MFA.

Joe is “interested in the infinite aspect of art making, capturing moments in time. His painting are full of the nuance and drama that makes life interesting.” The gallery is open Monday-Thursday and Sunday afternoons. His exhibition is up until Thursday, March 25th. Congratulations, Joe! It looks like a wonderful show!