Welcome Back

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.

Screen printing workshop Wednesday (December 7th) in Ophelia Parish

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.love

Student Artwork displayed in Gallery 104

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.

I, too, am America — round table discussion

On October 27, Mona Lee and Zoe Abbey, visited Truman State University Art Gallery to discuss their contributions to the current exhibition I, too, am America: Photographs by Kansas City Fast Food Workers, on view in the side gallery until Thursday December 1.
The two artists, who have both been employed in the fast food industry for many years, are actively involved in Stand Up KC (http://standupkc.org), an organization set up to give fast-food and retail workers a voice to speak for better working conditions, higher wages, and a union. Through their work with Stand Up KC, Lee and Abbey were drawn into the Langston Hughes Club and collaborated on this photography project with photojournalist Steve Hebert. The aim of the project was to document—from their own perspective—the conditions in which low-income workers live and work.
Both Lee and Abbey talked discussed how their and their fellow workers’ financial, personal, and social difficulties were expressed in the everyday scenes captured in this exhibition, showing among other things bare rooms, empty refrigerators, and bathtubs full of laundry. The interactive and personal discussion provided an invaluable inside perspective, showcasing exactly why the exhibition I, too, am America has caught the attention of media nationwide (http://nyti.ms/1GDn5Ld).

Mona Lee and Zoe Abbey, who contributed to the I, too, am America exhibition, pictured with Gallery Director Heidi Cook

Fact or Fiction

(Featuring artists Brandon Anschultz, Michael Behle, and Greg Edmondson)

The second set of fall exhibition at the Truman State University Art Gallery, Ophelia Parrish 1114 are coming to a close on Friday December 2. Fact or Fiction features new work by three Saint Louis-based artists: Brandon Anschultz, Michael Behle, and Greg Edmondson.

The works of these three artists collaboratively come together to address questions concerning artistic media, patternistic logic, material reality, color, and the illusionary.

Brandon Anschultz’s works featured in the exhibition fog the border of painting and sculpture. Utilizing the paint as a physically sculptural medium, he challenges the tradition of painting and explores the effect of color on the human eye. The pieces are created to stimulate curiosity in the viewer to explore the unknown and the ambiguous. His works are inspired by elements of narratives, art historical movements like Minimalism and Constructivism, Queer culture, and personal history.

Michael Behle’s paintings on photographs question the material reality, illusionary, and the representational in art. Iconographic elements exist alongside a fascination with the human experience. His sculptural works and mix-media photographs draw a psychological reaction from the viewer, exploring common themes and narratives.

Greg Edmondson uses his art to explore the ideas of organic growth and informational coding systems. His pieces emphasize pattern and artistic technique. Edmondson’s pieces see through the process of exchanging and organizing information. He utilizes the imagination to create art and cement the importance of the scientific, in the seemly separate, but all-to-connected world of art.

#15 for Art

The Art Department’s series of short faculty presentations — 15 minutes, one professor, one work of art — continues this Thursday, October 17th, with Professor Matthew Derezinski, who teaches in the Design (formerly “Visual Communications”) program. Matt’s talk will begin at 4:45 pm in the University Gallery.

The mini lecture series was featured several weeks ago on Truman’s media network.  Talks will continue into the spring semester, with a different faculty member featured every two weeks.

Kirksville High School Students Job Shadow in the Art Department

Kirksville High School seniors in a personal finance class were challenged to shadow someone who does a job they are interested in.  Two high school seniors shadowed Art faculty members on Wednesday, October 26. They were able to talk with faculty, sit in on classes, and visit the University Art Gallery.  We really loved having them on campus and in Ophelia Parrish and wish them all the best as they finish up their senior year!

Kirksville High School student Mikaila Battrick  (center) with Professors Heidi Cool (left) and Julia DeLancey (right).

Kirksville High School student Mikaila Battrick (center) with Professors Heidi Cool (left) and Julia DeLancey.


Anyone interested in setting up a job shadowing opportunity in the Department of Art should please e-mail art@truman.edu.  We enjoy having visitors who are interested in our Art program.

Tomb Wall on Display in OP Atrium

Dr. Orel’s Egyptian Art class has installed a full-size copy of the wall from a tomb at Beni Hasan in Middle Egypt.  The tomb dates from about 4000 years ago, and belonged to a provincial governor.  The artwork was recorded by English Egyptologists in the late 1880s, and was published at a small scale.  Fine Arts Design took the line drawing and blew it up again to the real size so students can experience the art at its original scale rather than shrunk down to fit in a publication.  The “wall” will be on display until Friday afternoon, September 11th.img_9889