Faculty Show and Exhibit Beyond Truman


Natural Domestic, the exhibit by the Crescent Collective (including Truman Professor Laura Bigger), is on display in Minneapolis this month.


Truman State printmaking professor Laura Bigger and her two collaborators, Teréz Iacovino (on the left, an artist), and Artemis Ettsen (in the middle, an architect), currently have a solo exhibition in Minneapolis.  The trio collectively is known as the Crescent Collective.   with my collaborative trio Crescent Collective. The show is called Natural Domestic and is housed at Form + Content gallery.  Laura tells us “This work is distinct from my independent work although it thematically overlaps very closely.”


Temporary Assistant Professor of Photography Amanda Breitbach has curated an art exhibit in St Louis at Webster University’s Gateway Campus.  “Rendered Visible” is her contribution to the Arcade Comtemporary Art Projects is an exhibition of photographs that address the topic of American incarceration and the justice system.

Painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan to speak at “#15 for Art” on Thursday, October 20th

New Assistant Professor of Painting, Lindsey Dunnagan, is giving this week’s “#15 for Art” talk.  Come to the University Gallery on Thursday October 20th at 4:45 pm.  These images may give you a sense of her work, but come and see what she talks about on Thursday afternoon.

Professor Dunnagan has a major art series which just had its first public exhibit this past summer. Her The Journey Home Project was featured at Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art in Dallas, TX, from late July to late August, 2016.  She describes the process of creation and the work itself:the-journey-home-project

For the past year, I collected locations from people in North Texas and beyond, including various student groups and a refugee center in Dallas. Now their names and “ideas of home” have been painted onto a large-scale installation that forms a labyrinth.

As visitors walk through the painted translucent walls, they may find a location that holds significance to them while also experiencing other places that are cherished. In this way, the project presents the world as a treasure and a place to discover; it intimates a deep connection we have with each other and the planet.

Lindsey Dunnagan, The Journey Home Project, on display in Dallas, August 2016.

In addition, Lindsey Dunnagan installed a large commissioned work in Fort Worth, TX, at Store #532 of the Kroger Company.  Native Treasures is painted and drawn with watercolor, ink, salt, and acrylic on Clear Acrylic.  You can see it in Fort Worth at 5241 N Tarrant Parkway.

nativetreasures-by-lindsey-dunnaganNative Treasures, 2016, installed in Kroger store #532.

All photographs courtesy of Lindsey Dunnagan.

New Exhibition in University Gallery

We have two fabulous exhibitions opening on Tuesday, October 18. A public reception will be held 5-6 p.m.

Fact or Fiction, which is installed in the main gallery, presents contemporary artworks by three St. Louis-based artists, Brandon Anschultz, Michael Behle, and Greg Edmondson. Each experiments with the formal elements of their artworks to test the ambiguous boundaries between the illusionistic representations of reality and the abstract materiality of artistic media. In other words, their works inhabit the space between fact and fiction. The exhibition includes an exciting spectrum of media including: drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and new uses of traditional materials.


I, too, am America, a collection of photographs taken by fast food workers in the Kansas City Area, is in the side gallery. Originally shown last May in Kansas City, this exhibition received national media attention for capturing the everyday occurrences, the working conditions, and the common struggles of urban low-income workers as captured from their own perspective. The photographs explore major issues that our contemporary society faces including income inequality, race and gender discrimination, workers’ rights, and the working poor.

“New Works by Truman Faculty” Show to Close This Saturday


The University Art Gallery’s current show “New Works by Truman Faculty,” with artwork by Laura Bigger, Amanda Breitbach, Aaron Fine, and Francine Fox, has its last day on Saturday, October 8th.  If you are interested in seeing art from our new faculty or some of the works created by Aaron Fine on his sabbatical, you don’t have much time to take a look.

As a special treat, Laura Bigger will discuss one of her works on Thursday, October 6th, as part of the Art Department’s #forArt series.  At 4:45 pm every other Thursday in the University Gallery there is a presentation from a faculty member.  A 15 minute talk, between classes on  Thursday evening.  Come hear Professor Bigger talk about her own work in front of examples of it, as one of the highlights of this week in art.


Art History Class Visits World War I Museums


Truman students at the General Pershing Boyhood Home in Laclede, Missouri. Photo courtesy of Nala Turner.

Generous  funding from a School of Arts & Letters Mini-Grant and from the Friends of the Gallery fund of the University Art Gallery helped students in ART 428 Topics in Art History:  Dada and World War I travel on Wednesday, September 28.  Students visited the Gen. John J. Pershing Boyhood Home and State Historical Site in Laclede, MO, and the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, MO.  At both sites, students met with museum staff and visited these important museums and their collections;  since students are working on a Spring 2017 exhibition, to be held in the University Art Gallery, which focuses on creative responses to World War I, the trip benefited not only their studies this semester, but also the Gallery show in the spring.  Stay tuned for more on the students’ work in this class and on the show, entitled Arts Against the Great War.


Truman students in front of the National World War I Memorial and Museum in Kansas City, MO.


New Faculty Member Francine Fox

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Assistant Professor Francine Fox in her studio

            Truman State University has added several new faculty in the Art Department this fall.  Francine Fox is starting as an Assistant Professor of Foundations and she will be teaching Drawing, Art Studio Foundations I and II, and sections of Introduction to the Visual Arts focused on Drawing in the fall and on Watercolor in the spring.
            Before accepting her position at Truman, Fox taught a range of Fine Art courses at Western State Colorado University, Casper College, the Art Institute of York Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, Millersville University, and the University of Delaware. She has been a member of the New Wilmington Art Association, The Lancaster County Art Association, Emerging Young Artists, The Casper Artists’ Guild, and the Rochester Contemporary Art Center.
            Fox is a nationally- and internationally-exhibiting artist whose work is represented by Kenise Barnes Fine Art in Larchmont, New York. She has exhibited at the Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy, the Social Sciences Research Council in Brooklyn, NY, the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science, and Art in Scranton, PA, and the Werner Wildlife Museum in Casper, WY. Additionally, Fox has works in the collections of the Contemporary Painting Museum at Namık Kemal University in Tekirdağ, Turkey, the University Hospital for Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, and the 2016 Wyocity Public Art Project in downtown Casper, WY.
            Fox utilizes combinations of figures, gently anthropomorphized animal imagery, traditional and personal semiotic lexicons, and depictions of invisible forces through modified and invented charting symbols to examine the significance and aesthetics of gray areas between opposing ideas linked to identity and epistemology.
             For more information on Francine Fox, please visit – http://www.francinefox.net or http://www.kbfa.com.
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New work by Francine Fox will be on display in the University Gallery in September.


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.

Alumna Publishes First Article

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 art@truman.edu.

Greek Sculpture Studies at Truman

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:

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Sam Pohlman as a Fallen Warrior from the pediment of the Temple of Aphaia at Aegina

Hegeso with names

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Stay tuned for images from their replication of Greek painted vases.