Gallery Talk with Larry Gawel

Larry Gawel, a Nebraska artist whose tintypes are on display in the University Art Gallery’s “Hunter/Gatherer” exhibition will be in the gallery this Friday, October 24 at 2:00 pm to discuss his work. Mr. Gawel’s images document his encounters with the landscape and the plant and animal life he hunts, gathers, and consumes as food. The tintype process he uses is an antique method of capturing photographic images that cuts him off from the latest digital methods and creates hauntingly beautiful images of food as the connection between ourselves and our environment. This event, like all others associated with this exhibition, is free and open to the public.

During his visit, Mr. Gawel will also be working with students, faculty, and classes in the Art Department.

In addition to being an active studio artist, Gawel also teaches photography at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha, Nebraska.  His beautiful tintype photographs are made using a traditional photography process.

We hope to see you there on Friday!  If you have any questions about this event, please contact Prof. Aaron Fine (Director, University Art Gallery) at or (660)785.5386.

Faculty at Council on Undergraduate Research Conference

Three Art Department faculty members serve as Councilors for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).  CUR’s mission is  “…to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship”.  Dr. Sara Orel (Art History) was elected as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division and also serves on the Executive Board.  This year, Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Studio) and Dr. Julia DeLancey (Art History) were elected to serve as Councilors in the Arts and Humanities Division.  In those roles, all three faculty members also attended the annual meeting this past summer in Washington D.C.  Truman State University faculty are very active in CUR:  one hundred twenty four (124) are members of CUR and many serve in leadership positions such as Division Chair or as heads of task forces such as Internationalization.  Stay tuned for more information about Art Department presentations at CUR as well!


Hunter/Gatherer to open on Tuesday!

install hunter gather

On Monday, October 13 the new exhibition in the University Art Gallery will open.  Here’s what Gallery Director Prof. Aaron Fine (Studio) had to say about the show:

Truman State University Art Gallery’s latest exhibition “Hunter/Gatherer: Food and Conservation” will open with a reception on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  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.

“Hunter/Gatherer” is one of the most uniquely engaging exhibitions the gallery has shown to date. This exhibit will feature extensive educational programming and offer free transportation and guided tours for schools, churches, and other groups.

A collection box will be available in the University Art Gallery for exhibit visitors to make canned good or monetary donations that will benefit the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

In addition, there will be a public forum, “Perspectives on Food” on Tuesday, November 4 at 6:00 pm in the University Art Gallery. This event is open to all members of the community in order to discuss the topics that inspired this exhibition.

An opening reception will be held on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:00pm in the University Art Gallery located in Ophelia Parrish 1114 on the campus of Truman State University. The exhibition opens on Tuesday, October 14 and continues through Friday, November 14, 2014.

The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 7:00pm, Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, noon to 4:30pm. The gallery is closed during campus holidays. For more information, or to schedule a group tour, please contact Aaron Fine at 660-785-5386 or

This program supported in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Student clubs up and running!


The Art Department has a variety of great and active student clubs, many of which are already up and running for the academic year.  A full listing of clubs in the Department can be found here.  Here are more details about a few of the clubs which are already doing cool things:

Art History Society:  contact to be added to the mailing list and get information about meeting times.  President:  Danielle Bell.

First event:  hosting talk by Dr. Catherine Schmidt Patterson of The Getty’s Conservation Institute, Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., OP 2210

American Institute of Graphic Artists student group:  President, Anna Grace (  Meets every other Monday, 7:00 p.m., OP 1222 (Illustration Room).  Pictured above:  members of AIGA on trip to New Orleans to visit design firms there.

Clay People:  President, Ali Goeckner.  For more information, contact Prof. Wynne Wilbur (  No regularly scheduled meeting time, but watch the bulletin board outside the Ceramics Studio (OP 1260) for notices of meetings and activities.


Getty scientist and Truman alumna to present about art conservation

Dr. Catherine Schmidt Patterson (Conservation Institute, The Getty) will return to campus to give two talks this week.

“Science of Art–Art of Science:  Conservation Science and Fourteenth-Century Florentine Painting Practice”  Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., OP 2210 (Hosted by the Art History Society)

“More from Less:  Scientific Techniques for the Study of Museum Objects”   Friday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., MG 1000

Catherine Schmidt Patterson (Truman State University 2002;  BS in Chemistry with an Art History minor) is an Associate Scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the GCI’s Collections Research Laboratory.  Her primary areas of research are the use of non- or minimally-invasive techniques such as Raman microspectroscoy and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study works of art, the development of new analytical methodologies, and technology transfer for the benefit of cultural heritage science.  Prior to joining the GCI as a member of staff in 2009, she was selected for the GCI’s prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science (2007-2009). She received her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, where her research focused on the fundamental physical chemistry governing the interaction of small organic molecules with catalytic surfaces (Thesis Title: Interaction of Indoor Air Pollutants with Titanium Dioxide Catalyst Coatings Studied by Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry).

Dr. Schmidt Patterson’s visit is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry.  All talks are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Portrait of Catherine Patterson.

Faculty Exhibition Opens!

John Bohac. Aquarium. Toys, sand, plastic resin, plexiglas, aluminum, LEDs. 13x15 in. 2014



The Faculty Art Exhibition will open the University Art Gallery’s offerings for the academic year.  Each year, the Faculty Art Exhibition features the artwork of selected members of the Art Department faculty.  This year, the Gallery will showcase the work of Prof. John Bohac (Studio:  Painting, also an Art Department alumnus), Prof. Jim Jereb (Studio:  Printmaking), and Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications).

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center, Rm. 1114 on Truman’s campus).  As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public–and the receptions always include refreshments as well.  We hope to see you there!

Image Credits:  above–John Bohac, Aquarium, 2014.  below–Ping Xu, terra cotta warriors poster.

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Alumna artwork featured on Time magazine cover

thurs_cover Blog readers will remember the exciting news that Truman Art Department alumna Lori Nix won, last May, a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship.  She and fellow artist Kathleen Gerber were commissioned by Time to create the cover for the Thursday, June 26, 2014 issue! To learn more about Nix and Gerber’s process, and the creation of the cover image, and to watch a video about both, click here. Congratulations again!

First day of classes!


Thursday, August 21 is the first day of classes!  Welcome back to everyone, and best wishes for a great Fall 2014 semester.  We look forward to seeing you at lots of great Art Department events this year so check back here often to see what’s going on!


Majors Day on Tuesday!



Don’t forget Majors Day on Tuesday, August 19, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  This is a day for all majors new to the Art Department (first-years, transfers, and others here this week) to meet the faculty and staff and learn more about the Department’s programs.  Students will also have a chance to meet with faculty in their respective areas (Art History, Studio Art, and Visual Communication) and have any advising questions answered as well.  There will also be treats and a good chance to socialize.  We’ll look forward to seeing everyone there!




Welcome, new students!



Welcome to all new students:  first-year, transfer, everyone!  Those living in dorms will be moving in on Sunday, August 17 and starting Truman Week classes as well.  We are so happy that you’re all here and look forward to seeing you all both during Truman Week and in classes this fall.

Just as a reminder, Majors Day for the Art Department is Tuesday, August 19 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  This is a day for all new students to get to know the programs, faculty, and staff in the Department of their chosen major.  We look forward to seeing all new Art majors there!  Any questions, please e-mail