Last day of classes and good luck with finals!

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Photo Credit: Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)

Those on campus will know that Friday, May 1 is the last day of classes at Truman.  Finals Week will be next week, with Reading Day falling–as is tradition–on Wednesday, May 6.  Those on campus will also know that it’s been a particularly beautiful spring.  Prof. Aaron Fine (University Art Gallery/Studio Art) sent this picture of painting students enjoying the weather.

Also for next week:  the Leonardo bridge will be taken down on the morning of Thursday, May 7 so if you’ve been meaning to come see it, next week is your chance!

And stay tuned for more information about the Visual Communications Senior Portfolio display!

For now, good luck to all with finals and Finals Week.

Painting I students enjoying the spring weather out on the Quad.  Photo Credit:  Aaron Fine

Painting I students enjoying the spring weather out on the Quad. Photo Credit: Aaron Fine

This week in the Art Department!

It’s the last week of classes at Truman so there is lots going on in the Art Department!

ART 429 Historical Methods Mini-Conference:  junior Art History majors Duncan Holahan and Matt Treasure, and senior Art History minor Danielle Naeger, will present their historiographic research at a mini-conference which they have organized for Tuesday, April 28 from 9:00 – 10:20 a.m. in OP 2210.

BA/BFA Studio Exhibition:  in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, Hailey Gearo, Danielle Naeger, Colleen Ryan, and Jessica Zilch (BA in Art) will be exhibiting artwork as will Alex Eickhoff (BFA in Studio Art).  The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  As always, this Gallery event is free and open to the public.

Strong Foundations exhibition:  continuing through this week in the Gallery is the Strong Foundations show; this features work selected by Art Department from produced in Art Studio Foundations courses (and generally as part of the Foundations Proficiency portfolio review).  This semester, work by Hannah Nicks, Sadie Pafford, Nicholas Phan, Joslyn Ross, Colleen Ryan, Taylor Schulz, and Yochi Tu appears in the show.

Clay People sale: students in the ceramics club, Clay People, will be holding a sale of their work on Thursday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Quad (rain location: OP main atrium).  Great chance to buy reasonably priced, hand made, sustainable, and beautiful gifts!

We hope to see you at some or all of these great events, and stay tuned for more on the BFA in Visual Communications senior portfolio exhibition on Monday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kirksville Arts Association!

 

Student exhibition opens this week!

This week opens the exhibition of Senior Capstone work done for the BA degree in Art.  Please join us in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) to see work by Melissa Aholt, Allison Behm, Molly Diecker, McKenzie Grabish, and Caroline Tiffin.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, April 21 at 6:00 p.m. in the Gallery.

As always, this event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

This Week in the Art Department!

If you’re looking for information on the Leonardo bridge project, just scroll down.

Otherwise, there’s great things going on in the Art Department this week!  Lots of Art students are presenting at the Student Research Conference on Tuesday, April 14 so we hope you can join!  Check out the program here: http://src.truman.edu/browse/summarynew.asp?year=2015

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol) will be giving a public lecture entitled “The Valley of the Kings” (OP 2210).  Dr. Dodson is an internationally recognized expert on ancient Egypt and his lecture is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you at one of these great events!  And stay tuned for more about the student exhibitions opening next week as well.

Leonardo on the Quad!

Blog readers will know that on Friday, April 10 students in the interdisciplinary seminar JINS 394 Biography:  Leonardo built a bridge according to a design by Leonardo da Vinci.  For more information about the project, please visit this blog post: http://blogs.truman.edu/art/2015/04/09/leonardo-bridge-on-the-quad/

For now, here are some pictures of the construction below!  Stay tuned for more information about the bridge design and–we hope–a video of the construction.  The bridge should be up on the Quad until Friday, April 24.  If you visit the bridge please remember:  for safety’s sake, please do not climb on the bridge and please look with your eyes, not your hands.  Thank you.

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Bridge components loaded into engineer Tim Baker's truck

Bridge components loaded into engineer Tim Baker’s truck

students  assemble the bridge

students assemble the bridge

A very Leonardo moment:  photo of a camera drone which Greg Marshall brought to use to film aerial views of the bridge.  Since Leonardo designed flying machines, we think he would have loved this

A very Leonardo moment: photo of a camera drone which Greg Marshall brought to use to film aerial views of the bridge. Since Leonardo designed flying machines, we think he would have loved this

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Leonardo bridge on the Quad!

Leonardo da Vinci.  Miscellaneous Designs.  Codex Atlanticus (1478 - 1519), , f. 71v.  Milan:  Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

Leonardo da Vinci. Miscellaneous Designs. Codex Atlanticus (1478 – 1519), f. 71v. Milan: Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

On Friday, April 10 students in JINS 394 Biography: Leonardo will be building a bridge on the Quad according to a design by the Italian Renaissance creator extraordinaire, Leonardo da Vinci. Construction will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should be finished by the end of the 10:30 a.m. class block (so by 11:20 a.m.). The project has been overseen and directed by engineer Mr. Tim Baker (Physical Plant), with some materials donated by Mr. Baker but also funded by Dr. Scott Alberts (Office of Interdisciplinary Studies).  Please come join us to watch the bridge being put together!

The design was proposed by Leonardo in an undated drawing which appears above.  In the drawing, Leonardo envisioned a bridge which could be put together very quickly using readily available materials (in this case tree trunks) and which could be disassembled just as rapidly.  Although the version on the Quad will have some bolts and other reinforcements for safety purposes, Leonardo’s design holds together and supports significant weight without the use of any nails, bolts, or other fasteners;  it uses only the notches in the logs and the bridge’s own structure.

Leonardo likely had a variety of applications in mind for this design although it would have been particularly attractive for military uses (other drawings on the sheet relate to cannons).  An advancing army could use trees found on site, put the bridge together in a matter of minutes, and then–once used–could pull on strategically placed ropes and the bridge would come apart.  The components could then either be taken along or allowed to fall into a river or ravine below and swept away.  For more on Leonardo’s mobile bridge designs, please see this National Endowment for the Humanities essay by Leslie Geddes:  http://faculty.virginia.edu/Fiorani/NEH-Institute/essays/geddes

The drawing is one of 1,119 sheets found in the Codex Atlanticus in Milan.  This massive collection of miscellaneous drawings was assembled in the late sixteenth century, long after Leonardo’s death.  As a result, we do not have a good sense of the specific date of the drawing and so cannot speculate here about any specific patron or military campaign which he might have had in mind.  For more on the Codex Atlanticus, please visit: http://www.leonardo-ambrosiana.it/en/il-codice-atlantico/ or, to page through the entire codex, please visit:  http://www.leonardodigitale.com/

The bridge should be up for two weeks, so until Friday, April 24 so we hope you’ll stop by to see it!

FOR SAFETY’S SAKE, PLEASE DO NOT CLIMB ON THE BRIDGE!  Touch with your eyes – not your hands

Art History Alumnae in St. Louis

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Valerie Lazalier ’11 (left)  and Natalie Chardonnet ’10 (right)

We both graduated from the art history program at Truman, and went on to work in museums and do graduate work related to the field. Last fall we were both looking for employment opportunities and coincidentally ended up working together for U.S. Art Company in their St. Louis office! In fact, in our office of four full-time staff, three of us are Truman grads.

The work we do involves coordinating with museums, galleries, and collectors worldwide to meet their art transportation needs. It is quite interesting to see all that goes on behind the scenes before a work of art even reaches a museum or gallery. It is also great to work with a friend.

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If you are an alum and have news to share, we’d love to hear from you! Send us an e-mail at art@truman.edu.

 

Art alum in Venice!

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Congratulations to Art Department alum Galen Gibson-Cornell just finished a three-month artists’ residency in Venice, Italy at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica.  Galen sent some pictures of Venice and the student and had a closing exhibition there of his work as well.

More about Galen’s projects can also be found on these videos, produced as part of his involvement as a recipient of a Fulbright in the arts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCoKwgsdWg0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJVKALllSdM&list=UUizfDnsf3JvciqVVPhM5ZZQ (6:30 for Galen)

If you are an alum of the Art Department and have news to share, we’d love to hear from you!  Please drop us an e-mail at art@truman.edu.

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Art History alumna returns to campus

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Marjorie (Iwai) Maas (BA:  Art History) returned to campus on Wednesday, February 25 to work at the Career Fair on campus.  While she was here, she took time to meet with Art History Society members (and other majors) to talk about career opportunities in Art History and her own path in arts administration, arts lobbying, and college access.  It was great to have Marjorie back on campus and we look forward to a return visit soon!

If you are an alum and will be returning to the Kirksville area we’d love to hear from you.  Please e-mail us at art@truman.edu!