New Faculty Member Francine Fox

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Assistant Professor Francine Fox in her studio

            Truman State University has added several new faculty in the Art Department this fall.  Francine Fox is starting as an Assistant Professor of Foundations and she will be teaching Drawing, Art Studio Foundations I and II, and sections of Introduction to the Visual Arts focused on Drawing in the fall and on Watercolor in the spring.
            Before accepting her position at Truman, Fox taught a range of Fine Art courses at Western State Colorado University, Casper College, the Art Institute of York Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, and the University of Delaware. She has been a member of the New Wilmington Art Association, The Lancaster County Art Association, Emerging Young Artists, The Casper Artists’ Guild, and the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
            Fox is a nationally- and internationally-exhibiting artist whose work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, New York. She has exhibited at the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, the Social Sciences Research Council in Brooklyn, NY, the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art in Scranton, PA, and the Werner Wildlife Museum in Casper, WY. Additionally, Fox has works in the collections of the Contemporary Painting Museum at Namık Kemal University in Tekirdağ, Turkey, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and the 2016 Wyocity Public Art Project in downtown Casper, WY.
            Fox utilizes combinations of figures, gently anthropomorphized animal imagery, traditional and personal semiotic lexicons, and depictions of invisible forces through modified and invented charting symbols to examine the significance and aesthetics of gray areas between opposing ideas linked to identity and epistemology.
             For more information on Francine Fox, please visit – http://www.francinefox.net or http://www.kbfa.com.
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New work by Francine Fox will be on display in the University Gallery in September.

 

The Art Department has added several new faculty this year.  Check back on the blog this fall, because we will be highlighting them, along with other events and activities that are going on at Truman.

Alumna Publishes First Article

April Johnston (Art History 2014) works in St. Louis as a curator for a private art collector, and she sent us the following message this spring:

I wanted to share with you that I’ve had my first piece of art-writing published! I was invited by the editors of All the Art, St. Louis’s new visual arts quarterly, to contribute to their Art + Money issue. The piece is a short interview with my boss, John Horseman. It’s been a little over a year since he hired me and managing the collection continues to be extremely fun, rewarding, and educational! The entire issue can be read with this link; my piece is on page 12-13 of the print edition, and on page 15-16 in the digital edition.

Congratulations, April!  And if you are an alumna/alumnus of our program and have some news to report we would love to hear from you.  Our email address is art@truman.edu.

Greek Sculpture Studies at Truman

In Dr. Sara Orel’s spring Greek and Roman class, students photographed themselves in poses taken from sculpture and vase paintings of the Archaic and Classical Periods (roughly 600 BCE to 330 BCE).  This gave them a chance to study the poses, objects, and relationships of the figures.  Here are some of the photos they submitted for the assignment:

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Sam Pohlman as a Fallen Warrior from the pediment of the Temple of Aphaia at Aegina

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Stay tuned for images from their replication of Greek painted vases.

News from Alumni

We are always happy to get news from alumni of our Art and Art History programs, some of whom are involved with Art careers and others who have really exciting careers in other fields.  Here are some of our latest updates from Art History majors:

From Bryna Campbell:

In May 2015, I graduated with my PhD in Art History & Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, with a dissertation titled “The Comic Grotesque: Troubling the Body Politic in American Graphic Satire from World War I to the Great Depression.” I also received a graduate certificate in American Culture Studies. Since graduating I have been teaching as an art history instructor at Portland State University in Portland, OR. I am also the co-creator and founding editor of The Art and Place Blog (theartandplaceblog.wordpress.com) and the co-creator of the creative writing project Un/Settled (un-settled.org), which focuses on themes related to rural diaspora.

Brian Dale (who wrote his senior thesis the same year as Bryna):

I work in financial services as an Asst. Vice President with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis. I live with my family in Webster Groves, MO, and my involvement with art does not extend beyond drawing with my daughter and the odd trip to the museum.

Katherine Eusey:

My love of Islamic architecture led me to pursue an MA in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University. Although my thesis was on the topic of mosque architecture, real-world pressures (ya know, needing to eat and pay rent) ended up pushing me into the field of security and intel. After working for a year as an intelligence analyst at a large security and executive protection firm in Tel Aviv, I joined a small startup called Levantine Group (also Tel Aviv-based) as the Director of Partnerships. In that role, I work with diplomats, journalists, corporate security managers, and even a few university study abroad program directors who are based across the Middle East.

If you are an alumn(-a/-us) of Truman’s Art programs and have news of your post-Truman activities, we would love to hear from you.  Please send us email at art@truman.edu.

Students heading to Graduate School

Congratulations to the following Art majors who have been accepted to graduate school in their fields:

Emily Hagen, who has been accepted at Penn State University to study Art History,

Matt Treasure, who will study Egyptian Archaeology and Language at the American University in Cairo,

and Darrell Williams, who will be going to the University of Missouri to study for his MFA in Painting.

One of the pieces from Darrell Williams' BFA exhibition, up in the gallery from November 30th to December 4th.

One of the pieces from Darrell Williams’ BFA exhibition, 2015.

Stay tuned for updates on what other students will be doing with their summers, and if you are a current or former alum who has news, please email us at art@truman.edu.

Student Art in the Library

In the spring semester, Danielle Yakle’s Sculpture, Fibers, and 3D classes joined forces to produce a set of sea creatures that hung in the library.

Jelly fish in the library

For about a month in late February and early March, jellyfish, whales, rays, and sharks prowled the atrium space. Thank you to the Art students who worked together to change the ambience of Pickler Memorial Library and the library authorities who were so welcoming to this public art project.

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Visual Communication Exhibit

For the second year in a row, seniors in our Visual Communication program held their capstone exhibition in the display space of the Kirksville Arts Association.  Rusty Nelson sent these pictures of the exhibit and the reception, held May 6th, the night before Truman’s graduation.

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Academic Honor Awards in Art

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o Benjamin Flowers receives a certificate in recognition of his selection as the Outstanding Student in Art: Studio Art. The award is presented by Sara Orel, Professor of Art History.

 

Congratulations to the three students, representing three of our major programs, who were selected by the Art faculty to receive recognition as the outstanding members of their senior class.  The three students are:

Sadie Pafford, Outstanding Student in Art

Benjamin Flowers, Outstanding Student in Art: Studio Art

Madeline Perel, Outstanding Student in Art: Visual Communication

Dr. Sara Orel represented the Art Department to present the awards to Sadie and Benjamin.  Madeline was otherwise occupied, taking part in the BFA: Visual Communication capstone exhibition at the Kirksville Arts Association, for which the final reception was the same evening (the Friday before graduation).  We will have pictures from that exhibition soon.  In the meantime, here is a photograph from Benjamin Flowers’ senior BFA show.  Congratulations to all three students from the Art faculty and from Truman State University.  We will miss all of you!

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Visitors admire Benjamin Flowers’ BFA exhibition in the University Gallery.