Plein Air Painting on the Quad

Professor Lindsey Dunnagan’s Painting I class took advantage of the wonderful warm weather we’ve been having to go outside and practice their art outside the studio, following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Renoir and Monet.  It was beautiful but, sadly for the artists, rain is predicted for the next couple of days.

                        Violet Odzinski paints outside on a beautiful early autumn day.

WANTED: Raccoon

On Wednesday, September 13th, power to many of Truman State’s buildings was knocked out by a raccoon exploring where it probably should not have explored.  According to a news item on KTVO, the local television station, the raccoon made its way into the university substation, broke an insulator, and took power offline for 15 buildings for the full day.  According to someone who saw the creature, it apparently walked away, having had a bit too much adventure.  It had a sudden bald patch as well, likely where its fur was singed.

Francine Fox, our Visiting Assistant Professor of Foundations, found inspiration in the story of the intrepid raccoon, drawing a “Wanted” poster and posting it on the wall in the Art wing of Ophelia Parrish.

Professor Derezinski Designs for the Boy Scouts

Matthew Derezinski has been developing promotional materials from print to social media design for the Scouting 500 over the past six months. The Scouting 500 will be held this coming weekend at the Kansas City Speedway. The event is expecting to have over two thousand attendees, including Cub and Boy Scouts, as well as Venturers, Varsity Scouts, Explorers, leaders, family members and friends.

Art in Unexpected Places

Have you noticed any smiling or particularly hungry-looking trash cans recently?












Any giraffes nibbling on your hair?  Someone just hanging on?








Are you feeling very small? or REALLY hungry?

Maybe you are experiencing ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, a project of Professor Lindsay Dunnagan’s Advanced Painting classes.  (Top row by Daniel Degenhardt; Second row (l) Lindsay Picht, (r) Austin Dellamano; Third row (l) Mia Palumbo, (r) Lisa Simms; Fourth row: Mona Abhari; Below: photo of class at the north gate to the university.

Design Faculty Road Trip Over Labor Day Weekend

Over the Labor day weekend Design professors Rusty Nelson, Matt Derezinski, and Aaron Neeley took a trip to Detroit, Michigan to see the House Industries Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum. Known throughout the world for its eclectic font collections and far-reaching creative exploits, House Industries has been a standard-bearer for American graphic design for 25 years. House has worked with a diverse list of collaborators including Jimmy Kimmel, Hermès, The New Yorker, John Mayer, Muji, the Estate of Charles and Ray Eames, and Heath Ceramics.

Art Blows Up!

Professor Danielle Yakle continues to provide Truman’s campus with art entertainment.  On September 5th, posters started to appear that advertised a pop up “Blow Up” art exhibition.  Fortunately the morning of September 7th dawned bright and clear and not too windy, and the Advanced Fibers/Sculpture classes trekked their plastic sculptures and air blowers out to the Quad and got ready to stop passersby in their tracks.







The assignment was to create a sculpture that was a very large version of a small stuffed animal.  And as the elephant, floppy dog, unicorn, crab. and other creatures suddenly appeared, people certainly paid attention. The new art contrasted well with the art that seems more “normal” for a university campus.


Stay tuned for the next of the Professor Yakle’s public art projects.  And keep an eye on the Quad, and around campus generally.  You never know what you might see!