Several Art faculty attended the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York this past week. Professor Aaron Fine had the launch of his book on color theory (Dialogues on Color), while Dr. Heidi Cook (Truman alumna and now a faculty member here) gave a paper on Croatian art. Dr. Julia DeLancey hosted a reception for art faculty from institutions that are members of the Consortium of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and Dr. Sara Orel co-chaired a workshop on undergraduate research in Art History with Dr. Alexa Sand of Utah State University. Dr. Cole Woodcox also attended the conference, taking advantage of the wide range of sessions and museums available in New York.
In addition to the Art faculty, several alumnae attended the conference or otherwise participated in the week’s events. Dr. Jasmine Cloud (now a professor at the University of Central Missouri) gave a paper, and we saw Emily Nickel (now an MFA student at the University of Iowa), Lori Nix (an artist working in New York), and Emily Hagen (a graduate student at Penn State). Some of the alumnae and faculty got together for lunch at the conference. Although not shown in the photograph, we have Aaron Fine to thank for the record of the event.
From left to right: Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Cole Woodcox, Dr. Jasmine Cloud, Emily Hagen, Dr. Heidi Cook. Photo courtesy of Professor Aaron Fine.
Department chair and painting professor Aaron Fine has a new book out!
Are Not Books will have his new book, Dialogues on Color, for sale at the 2017 conference of the College Art Association, which starts on Valentine’s Day in New York City. If you will be at CAA, drop into their booth and take a look. And keep your eyes peeled for many Truman faculty who will be presenting in various sessions at the conference.
Last week the Art Department was pleased to welcome back Dr. Jasmine (Fry) Cloud, who completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Art History at Truman in 2005. After Truman, she earned her Master’s in Art History from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her PhD from Temple University in 2014. Currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Missouri, Dr. Cloud has published her research in Reflections on Renaissance Venice, Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Days, and Venice in the Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Patricia Fortini Brown. Dr. Cloud was the recipient of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation’s Institutional Fellowship which included a residency at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome. While at Truman, Dr. Cloud gave a public talk on her research in Early Modern Rome, as well as meeting with members of the Art History Society (of which she was an active member during her undergraduate years) and the juniors in our Historical Methods seminar class. Her visit was funded by an Alumni Visit Grant from the School of Arts and Letters.
Jasmine Cloud (at right) meets with Art History students in the library coffee shop.
There is an exciting new opportunity for artists at Truman. The Pickler Memorial Library Gallery is now accepting submissions for solo or group art shows for the fall of 2017. The student body will be able to decide the winners through voting at 15 For Art, the Truman Jazz Festival, a basketball game, and the Big Event. If you would like to show your art, please fill out the application by February 10 at 5:00 p.m.
From Spring 2016: Emeritus Professor Jim Jereb’s prints in the Pickler Memorial Library Gallery.
In commemoration of the centennial anniversary of World War I, the Truman State University Art Gallery and Pickler Memorial Library’s Special Collections have collaborated on two interrelated exhibitions about art produced during the Great War. Join, Save, Buy: WWI Posters on the Homefront consists of a selection of never-before-exhibited World War I posters from the E.M. Violette Museum which reveal experiences on the American home front. Arts Against the Great War looks at creative responses to the Great War which explore the war’s complications, violence, and human cost.
Truman State University undergraduates contributed and are contributing significantly to the exhibitions, including in research, writing, installation, serving as docents and designers, and other activities.
The University Gallery during installation of Join, Save, Buy: WWI Posters on the Homefront. Photo courtesy of Sara Orel.
And here is a 3D view of the side gallery during installation of Arts against the Great War.
This week we have two exhibits opening in the University Gallery: “Join, Save, Buy: U.S. World War I Posters on the Home Front” will be the featured show in the main gallery, and in the side gallery there is an exhibition sponsored by the Friends of the Gallery: “Arts Against the Great War.”
Art History Major Kalven Duncan helps to install “Join, Save, Buy: U.S. World War I Posters on the Home Front” in the University Gallery
Join us for the opening reception for both exhibits on Friday, January 27th, at 5pm.
Emma Shouse at Persepolis (the City of the Persians), Iran.
As part of their Art History program, majors do a significant activity that takes them outside of the classroom. We have students who do internships and excavations and study abroad. Emma Shouse traveled to Iran last summer. Here is a short report from her on what she experienced:
This summer, I went on a two week trip with Intrepid Tours to Iran. I was the youngest out of 11 people on the tour, not including our fabulous tour guide Nadia, and was the only American. We traveled around the center of the country, hitting a lot of the more historical cities, and also spent one night in a mountain village with a nomad family. While this was not an academic trip, my goal was to visit as many mosques as possible and use my experience to enhance my research of Persian mosaics. Some of the famous sights we visited include: the Tehran Bazaar, Imam Khomeini’s Shrine, the Necropolis, Persepolis, the Zoroastrian Tower of Silence and Chak Chak Temple, Sheikh Lotfollah and Shah mosques of Esfahan, the tomb of Hafez, and Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz. As their tourism industry is still in its infancy, there were some moments where we were the only tourists in sight.
I was aware that the version of Iran shown by the American media is not an accurate portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of average Iranians, but I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality and kindness shown to me. Almost every day I had girls around my age ask to take selfies with me, and some were kind enough to give me their phone numbers just in case I had any emergencies while in Iran. It was quite the celebrity treatment. We were offered food and gifts, and almost everyone had something to say about the upcoming presidential election once they found out I was American. There was not a single moment where I felt unsafe, and being American, the Iranian government was more worried about my safety than I was (one problem including an American would have the potential to destroy their entire tourism industry). If given the chance, I would go back in a heartbeat.
Tuesday, January 16th, marks our first day back from the holidays.
To celebrate your return, you can now go octopus hunting on the quad! When you walk around campus on your way between classes be sure to check out the latest installation from Danielle Yakle’s Introduction to the Visual Arts class.
Students in Danielle Yakle’s Fall 2016 Intro to the Visual Arts class with their installation outside the library.
All photos courtesy of Atticus Bailey.
Join us for a screen printing workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of Ophelia Parrish. Truman students, faculty, and Kirksville community members are invited to participate in the workshop, put on by students and faculty from the Department of Art at Truman State University.
Organizers will screen print posters and T-shirts featuring positive messages and designs supporting diversity and equality. Anyone interested in promoting these values both on campus and in the wider community is invited to participate by bringing blank T-shirts, tote bags, and other cotton apparel to be printed for free. Posters will also be free, and a limited number of T-shirts in assorted sizes will be available for a small fee. Please keep in mind that the ink will be black, so for best visibility, clothing should be another color.
Students from the Truman State University Art Department will display work at Gallery 104 – Art on the Square in Kirksville through the months of December and January. The student displays include work from the sculpture and photography areas.
The community is invited to a Featured Artist reception at the gallery this Friday, Dec. 2, from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Artist Steve Easterwood will be on hand to talk about his paintings and attendees will have the chance to win a free painting, titled “Retired.” The drawing for the artwork will be between 6:00 and 6:30 p.m. during the reception.
Another Featured Artist reception will be on Friday, Jan. 6, featuring work by artist Judy Harris.
Truman students featured in the exhibition in December include Larissa Sullivan, Madee Richardt, and Madi Pearson from sculpture (working under the direction of instructor Danielle Yakle), and Stephanie Best, Athena Geldbach, Austin Hornbostel, Haley Johnson, Madison Kamp, Lu Meng, Kara Nord, and Zoe Zaiss from photography (working with instructor Amanda Breitbach).
Professor Danielle Yakle preparing display of student work at Gallery 104 in Kirksville.
Gallery 104 is located at 104 N. Franklin St. Open hours are from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with extended hours on Friday evenings until 7 p.m. The gallery will be open daily, Monday through Saturday in the weeks leading up to Christmas, from Dec. 12-23.