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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
Stay tuned for images from their replication of Greek painted vases.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
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!