John Bohac Retrospective opens Tuesday, September 1

The first exhibition of the 2015 – 2016 academic year in the University Art Gallery will look back at the work of Prof. John Bohac (Studio:  Painting) over his career at Truman State University.  The show will be up from Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, October 2 in the Gallery (OP 1114).  This exhibition presents the forty-five-year artistic journey of John Bohac (Professor of Art) who has served at Truman State University for twenty-five years. A representative selection of over fifty of Prof. Bohac’s work will trace his career from a young student of painting to a wry commentator on the history of modern art. His retrospective exhibition includes paintings, drawings, manipulated signage, and mixed-media assemblages.

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m.   As always, the reception is open to everyone and will include refreshments as well as a chance to congratulate Prof. Bohac.

We hope to see you there!

First day of classes!


Thursday, August 20 is the first day of classes!  Welcome back to everyone, and best wishes for a great Fall 2015 semester.  We look forward to seeing you at lots of great Art Department events this year so check back here often to see what’s going on!

Majors Day Today!

Don’t forget Majors Day on Tuesday, August 18, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  This is a day for all majors new to the Art Department (first-years, transfers, and others here this week) to meet the faculty and staff and learn more about the Department’s programs.  Students will also have a chance to meet with faculty in their respective areas (Art History, Studio Art, and Visual Communication) and have any advising questions answered as well.  There will also be treats and a good chance to socialize.  We’ll look forward to seeing everyone there!

Welcome, new students!


Welcome to all new students:  first-year, transfer, everyone!  Those living in dorms will be moving in on Sunday, August 16 and starting Truman Week classes as well.  We are so happy that you’re all here and look forward to seeing you all both during Truman Week and in classes this fall.

Just as a reminder, Majors Day for the Art Department is Tuesday, August 18 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  This is a day for all new students to get to know the programs, faculty, and staff in the Department of their chosen major.  We look forward to seeing all new Art majors there!  Any questions, please e-mail

Welcome Back! (and Output Center Open House)

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Although most if not all faculty have been hard at work this summer teaching, making art, doing research, writing, preparing classes, and/or doing a bit of relaxing too, Wednesday, August 12 marks the official start of meetings for faculty and staff on campus so welcome back to everyone.  Stay tuned to the blog for news about what faculty have been up to over the summer and about the exciting goings on in the Art Department!

We are particularly excited in the Art Department that tomorrow will be an open house for the new Output Center in OP 1250.  Please join us Wednesday from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. to learn more about this great new center and to congratulate Prof. Matt Derezinski and Prof. Rusty Nelson on all the hard work!

The Output Center will provide a range of services to faculty and students on various different platforms. Their services will include:  lamination; 3D printing; binding; large- and medium-format printing.  They also have 60” LG HD TV.

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Printmaking Trip!

Senior Charles Cantrell (Studio:  Printmaking) shared this great information about a recent trip related to historic printmaking in Missouri:  “This past Fall semester, Professor Jim Jereb and I went to the Deustcheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri where the Museum maintains houses and areas that have survived through the years and are used to recreate the past, which includes a house in which newspapers were printed complete with an Iron hand press. Professor Jim Jereb has been working with the museum in Hermann for a few years now recreating the print shop where the newspapers were printed, and fixing up the press to working order. This trip we took was to check the pressure settings on the press and begin to figure out any other pieces of furniture or equipment necessary to recreate the site realistically , which meant we got to print some copies of a poem written by an ancestor of one of the benefactors of the museum as well as a wood type poster that I had set up.”

Prof. Kambli news!

Prof. Priya Kambli (Studio:  Photography) has had great successes this last semester!

  • She was invited to attend the third annual New York Portfolio Review! Her work was chosen from among 3500 portfolios and she traveled on Saturday, April 11th 2015 to a day of reviews and community in New York City.


  • An interview, accompanied by work, was published in Black and White Photography (174).

Congratulations!  For more information on Prof. Kambli and her work, please visit her website at

News from Alumni

We always love to hear from alums of the Art Department.  Here’s some of the great recent news we’ve received!

Leah Bowring received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Mamie Cox writes:  “I will be studying at Newnham College at Cambridge University [in the UK]. Continuing research I began in my undergraduate [Art History] thesis on illustrations of anthropomorphic animals in children’s literature, I will complete a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature.

Taylor (Wysocke) Henry and her husband had their home featured in the finale of the DIY Network’s show Desperate Landscapes.

Lori Nix had her work featured in the February 9, 2015 issue of Newsweek: 

Kelsey Wiskirchen is currently doing a fibers residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts – a part of Tennessee Tech University in Smithville, Tennessee.  She writes:  “It is a satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University, which offers a BFA program in fibers, metals, woods, clay, and glass. During the summer, the Craft Center offers a program of weeklong workshops in all of the studios. I help manage the fibers studio, teach classes in Foundations and Fibers, and teach in the high school outreach program.”  Kelsey shared some photographs with us which are included below.

Congratulations to all!  Again, if you are an alum, we’d love to hear from you!  Please write to us at

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2015 graduate news

With graduation in May we have been getting news about things our graduates will be up to.  Here’s some of the great things we’ve heard about.  If you’re a recent grad, we’d love to hear from you!  Please write to us at

Hailey Gearo (Studio:  Painting) will have her work featured in her first one-person (solo) art exhibition.

Danielle Naeger (Studio:  Painting) will be enrolling in the Art Therapy program at Emporia State University in the fall.

Daniel Riekena (Studio:  Painting) has just been hired as the high school Art teacher in Chillicothe, MO for the next school year, and writes:  “I am very excited to be a part of such an inviting and active high school.”  He will replace another Truman-educated Art teacher in that position.  Daniel also won the Missouri Art Education Association’s annual art show in the sculpture category in April, as well as second place in Chillicothe’s Juried Local Artists Art Show last Thursday (his work was selected out of approximately 75 artworks).

Congratulations to all these bright students!  We’ll update this post as we get more information from more grads and, again, if you have news you’d like to share, please e-mail us at!