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.

Terra Cotta-A






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


Welcome back!



Although most if not all faculty have been hard at work this summer teaching, making art, doing research, writing, preparing classes, and/or doing a bit of relaxing too, Wednesday, August 13 marks the official start of meetings for faculty and staff on campus so welcome back to everyone.  Stay tuned to the blog for news about what faculty have been up to over the summer and about the exciting goings on in the Art Department!


Congratulations again, Lori Nix, and summer break for the blog!

The Art Department blog will be taking a break for the rest of the summer, but please come back in mid-August as we gear up for the new academic year and look forward to welcoming new first-year and transfer students.

However, in case readers missed the news earlier in the spring, we will repost the great news about alum Lori Nix winning a Guggenheim Fellowship!

The Art Department is very pleased and proud to announce that alumna Lori Nix (Art History and Studio Art) just been named a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow in the Creative Arts (Photography)!

The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation was founded by US Senator Simon Guggenheim and his wife as a memorial to a son who died in 1922.  As the Foundation website states, “….[it] offers Fellowships to further the development of scholars and artists by assisting them to engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts, under the freest possible conditions and irrespective of race, color, or creed.”  The Guggenheim Fellowships “are intended for men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts.”

Fellows include future winners of the Fields Medal, the Nobel Prize, and writers who have gone on to become Poets Laureate and include among their ranks hundreds of prominent creative individuals.

Those on campus in Kirksville will remember the recent exhibition of Nix’s work in the University Art Gallery (Fall 2013) as well as Nix’s great visit to and talk on campus during that exhibition.

To read more about and to see some of Ms. Nix’s work, please visit her website.

Faculty and Alumni at Renaissance Society of America annual meeting

Truman State University Art Department faculty and alumni participated in the recent Renaissance Society of America annual conference in New York City in late March, 2014.

Dr. Jasmine Cloud (alumna, Art History;  who just recently received her doctorate in Art History from Temple University) presented a paper entitled "In and Out of the Roman Forum:  Charting the Properties of Ss. Cosma e Damiano and S. Francesco Romana" based on her archival research on Roman architecture and urban layout.

In addition, Dr. Julia DeLancey (Art History) and Dr. John Garton (alumnus, Art History;  Associate Professpr of Art History at Clark University) co-organized a pair of sessions entitled "Harmonies and Disharmonies in Leonardo 's Approaches ot the Body".  In one of those sessions, Dr. Garton presented a paper entitled "Leonardo and Creative Ugliness" and Dr. DeLancey a paper entitled "On Bended Knee:  Leonardo da Vinci and the Anatomy of Devotion".  The sessions came out of a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute, "Leonardo da Vinci:  Between Science and Art" held in Florence, Italy in the summer of 2012.  The Institute was organized by Dr. Francesca Fiorani (University of Virginia).

Finally, Dr. Ryan Gregg (alumnus, Art History:  Assistant Professor, Webster University) presented a paper entitled "Anachronism as Fact:  Vasari's Resurrection of the Porta San Gallo Monastery for Cosimo il Vecchio" in a session called "Reconsidering Premodern Accuracy:  Verisimilitude and Truth Claims".