The last week of classes is always busy, but it is good to get out and enjoy looking at some art. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities this time of year.
Truman State University sends over twenty students a year to the National Conference of Undergraduate Research (NCUR,) a group that usually includes at least a couple of Art majors. The Art faculty are also very involved with NCUR’s parent organization, the Council on Undergraduate Research, helping to spread the knowledge of the importance of undergraduate research and creative activity to students’ growth as thinkers, scholars, and contributing members of society in a wide variety of ways.
Three members of the faculty serve as councilors in the Division of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Sara Orel is finishing up her term as chair of the Division and member of the Executive Board of the organization. Dr. Julia DeLancey is an active member of the International Committee, which is working to set up the first international congress focusing on undergraduate research in Qatar in the next few years. Professor Wynne Wilbur has just returned from an institute dedicated to Creative Inquiry in the Arts and Humanities in Greensboro, NC. This past summer all three attended the national business meeting in Norman, OK, along with several other Truman State faculty.
Alumna Leslie Contarini (BA Art History, 2005) visited campus November 2-3 and spoke to the Renaissance Art class about her work with Save Venice, Inc., an organization devoted to the restoration and conservation of works of art in the Italian city. After Leslie graduated she went to the University of Warwick, where she earned her MA in the History of Art, a program that included a semester in Venice. When she completed her degree, she returned to take a position with Save Venice, and has lived and worked there since.
Leslie presented the work of the organization to preserve the spectacular paintings in Venice, including those in their original location in churches across the city as well as some in the Academia, the main Art Museum.
While at Truman Leslie also was able to visit with current Art History majors, including members of the Art History Society, an organization Leslie was active in while a student here.
Kansas City ceramic artist Chandra DeBuse will be demonstrating and lecturing on her work Monday, November 9th. On her Facebook site she writes about her work: “My functional pottery incorporates narrative imagery, pattern and form to amuse and delight the user, imparting a sense of play.” Her ceramic work is on display in the University Gallery until Thanksgiving.
All Chandra DuBuse’ demonstrations will be in the Ceramics studio (OP 1260) from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The lecture will be at 4:00 in OP 2210 (all November 9th). Everything is free and open to the public.
Over the summer the Visual Communications faculty oversaw the renovation of the former Design Studio to house a new student-run inkjet printing service. The OP Output Center is sponsored by the Visual Communications program and the Art Department and is housed in Ophelia Parrish 1250.
The facility offers a large format (44”) lamination service. It houses two medium format (24”), photo-quality, EPSON Stylus Pro Roll-feed, Inkjet printers, one large format (44”) Hewlett-Packard Roll-feed printer, two medium format (17” and 24”) sheet-fed inkjet printers and two MakerBot Mini 3D printers (shown at left).
The Output Center serves the entire campus community as well as providing printing resources for the Visual Communications, Studio Art and Art History programs. OP Output Center offers student workers experiential opportunities to develop and refine project management, digital/technical and customer service skill sets.
Information and online submission forms can be at www.opoutput.truman.edu.