Truman State University is now on break until classes resume on Monday, January 9, 2012. During that time the Art Department blog will be on break too. So, visit here again in early January to see what's going on in the Department! In the meantime, thanks to Prof. Wynne Wilbur for these images of campus from last winter.
Finals week started this morning, with final exams, projects, and other work going on throughout the Department. Finals will continue through Friday afternoon, with the traditional Wednesday Reading Day to give everyone a one-day breather. Good luck to everyone, students, staff, and faculty alike, in this busy week!
Congratulations to Prof. Derezinski (Visual Communications)! He just had photographs juried into an exhibition in Mexico entitled "Crossing Identities". The show, organized by International ArtExpo and curated by Italian artist Luca Curci, focuses on works that explore the fluidity of identity in contemporary society. Congratulations!
All day on both Thursday, December 8 and Friday, December 9 the Clay People (the club for students interested in ceramics) will be holding a sale of some of their pieces (Atrium Lobby, Ophelia Parrish, just opposite the Severns Theatre). It's a great chance to support Art students, to do some holiday or home shopping, and to get some new, beautiful, hand-made things. Proceeds for the sale will support travel to the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) conference in Seattle this academic year.
Congratulations to Art (Studio: Ceramics) faculty member Prof. Wynne Wilbur who was just awarded a competitive sabbatical leave for the 2012-13 academic year! Prof. Wilbur applied to have leave for the year to travel to The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China, and then to return to the States where she will plan, design, and create a new body of ceramic artwork based on her experience in Asia. Located in the eastern portion of China, Jingdezhen has been known as a center for ceramic production, in particular porcelain, for almost 2,000 years.
Lots going on in this last week of classes!
All Art History majors are required–sometime during their time at Truman–to complete some sort of art historical experience outside of the classroom. This might be an internship, study abroad, a workshop, or lots of other possibilities. Students then share their experiences with the campus community; on Monday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. in OP 2210 the Art History Society (the club for students interested in Art History) will be hosting a series of presentations by students who completed their experience in Summer 2011. Please join us to learn more from Amy Hall, April Johnston, Allie Straussner, and Elmer Stunkel about internships at both the DUMBO Arts Center in Brooklyn, New York and at the St. Louis Art Museum (with Truman Art History alum Dr. Mike Murawski), and study exchange in the Czech Republic!
Everyone is also invited to the University Art Gallery on Tuesday, December 6th at 6:00 p.m. for the opening of the exhibition of work by students planning to graduate with a BA: Art or BFA: Studio Art degree. The exhibition will be up through Friday, December 9 and will feature work by Sarah Harford, Sierra McCown, Danielle Pahls, Amanda Rispoli, and Sammy Wheeler. As always, the exhibition is free and open to the public, and (again, as always) refreshments will be served at the opening. More information on Gallery events can be found at http://tsugallery.org.
Hope you can join us to support and congratulate these students!