Happy Winter Break!


Finals Week ends on Friday, December 12 with December graduation taking place on Saturday, December 13th.  Congratulations to all Art Department (and Truman) graduates!  Please stay in touch (art@truman.edu).

This also means that the Art Department blog will be taking a break until the week before classes start in January.  However, during that time the blog will feature faculty artwork (and other images) related to winter themes so do check back often!

For now, greetings of the season to all!

Art Department this week and next–great things happening

There are lots of great things going on in the Art Department this week and next including some great town-gown collaboration.  We hope to see you at some or all of them!

  • ART 421 Visual Communications IV project displays for the Red Barn Arts Festival up all this week in the OP Art Atrium;  reception Tuesday, December 2 in the evening.
  • Reception Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) for BA and BFA students Molly Diecker, Ali Goeckner, and Carly Winchell.  At the same time is a reception for the Strong Foundations exhibition which features work from the Foundations program, selected by Art Department faculty as examples of some of the best work produced by first-year Art students.
  • Advanced Painting work up until Thursday, December  4 at TruYo on Jefferson St. in Kirksville.
  • Clay People Sale (of ceramics works):  Thursday, December 4, OP Main Atrium, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Work by students in Advanced Printmaking (Melissa Aholt, Kim Allen, and Jessica Zilch) up at TruYo from Thursday through the end of Finals Week.
  • Exhibition of work produced in Painting I and Advanced Drawing:  Friday, December 5, Kirk Gym, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Work by graduate student painters Shelby Seaman and Daniel Riekena up at Beard’s Gallery in Kirksville now through Friday, December 5.
  • The student chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) at Truman will be holding a sale of handmade work;  check their blog for more information.

If you know of something else going on this week in the Art Department that’s not listed, let us know! art@truman.edu.  Otherwise, we hope to see you there!

Artist Talk This Afternoon!

rose and robin 5x6



One of the artists in the Hunter/Gatherer exhibition in the University Art Gallery will be visiting campus this week.  Photographer Margaret LeJeune (Peoria, Illinois) will be here on Thursday, November 13 and Friday, November 14.

On Thursday, November 13 she will give a public talk on her work (OP 2210) at 4:30 p.m.  The talk with feature discussion of her photographs such as the one above, “Rose and Robin”.  As always, this event in the Gallery is free and open to the public.

On Friday, November 14 She will be visiting Art and Science classes at the Kirksville High School.

If you have questions about this visit or the exhibition, please contact University Art Gallery Director, Prof. Aaron Fine, at afine@truman.edu or on (660)785.5386.

“Perspectives on Food” in the Gallery

On Tuesday, November 4 at 6:00 p.m., the University Art Gallery will host a public discussion entitled “Perspectives on Food”. This event is open to all members of the campus, Kirksville, and other communities in order to discuss the topics that inspired this exhibition.

As blog readers will know, this exhibition is part of a larger gallery program known as “Food and Conservation in the Heartland” and utilizes contemporary art to engage with themes pertaining to the food supply of rural Missouri residents.  “Hunter/Gatherer” seeks to transcend political divisions in order to provoke discussions around the issues of where our food comes from, its production, the ways it connects us to our environment, and what accounts for food insecurity. Some of the themes being touched on include hunger, food safety, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and hunting.It  is one of the most uniquely engaging exhibits the gallery has shown to date.and features extensive educational programming, free transportation, and guided tours for schools, churches, and other groups

For questions, or to request a group tour of the exhibition, please contact University Art Gallery Director, Prof. Aaron Fine at (660)785.5386 or at afine@truman.edu.

We hope to see you there!

Prof. Derezinski’s photography and other work









Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communications) let us know about a lot of the great things he’s been up to this year:  35 exhibits, 13 awards and 3 publications. Over the summer, he photographed the Boy Scouts of America Heart of America Council, the first ever “Scouting 500″ that took place at the Kansas City Speedway. He also had the pleasure of meeting Ms. Gill Clay, the granddaughter of Scouting’s founder, Lord Robert Baden Powell.  For more on what Prof. Derezinski has been up to, please visit his website:  http://mderezinski.wordpress.com/

Congratulations, Matt!

Interdisciplinary Collaboration in the Gallery!

Blog readers will know that the Hunter/Gatherer exhibition, currently up in the University Art Gallery, has a significant public-outreach component.  As part of that, the Gallery is engaged in lots of interdisciplinary collaboration!

  • Monday, October 27, 4:30 p.m.:  the Gallery and the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will co-host the Interdisciplinary Faculty Caucus in the Gallery.
  • Wednesday, November 12, the Gallery will host a reception immediately following the opening night performance of the Department of Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone.  We hope to see you at the play and the reception!
  • On Friday, November 14 the Gallery, together with the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will host a reception for new faculty and their guests immediately prior to the Lyceum Concert which features bluegrass legend Rhonda Vincent.

New Music in the Gallery!

This week the Department of Music is hosting the New Horizons Music Festival (Monday, October 20 – Saturday, October 25).  As part of that, the University Art Gallery is presenting experimental music inspired by the theme of the current gallery exhibition, Hunter/Gatherer.  The music can be heard in the Side Gallery of the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).

For more information on the New Horizons Music Festival, please visit:  http://nhmf.truman.edu/ or #NHMusicFest.

We hope to see you there!