Art Department alumna Lori Nix receives prestigious 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.


Students, Faculty, and Alumni at National Ceramics Conference


Current and former Truman students meet up at NCECA (the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Milwaukee March 19-21. Pictured are Kyle Pappalardo, Ali Goeckner, Emily (Dahmer) Nickel (Studio Art, 2008), Andrea Bright, Prof. Wynne Wilbur, Andrea Linskey, Leah Bowring (Studio Art, 2010), and Alex Thierry (Studio Art, 2010). 

Congratulations to Students (plus Midterm Break!)


Photo credit above and below:  Danielle Bell

As blog readers will know, this week the Juried Student Art Exhibition opened in the University Art Gallery.  The show, juried by Kansas City ceramic artist and arts professional Tommy Frank, features outstanding artwork made by Truman State University students.

Congratulations to all students who submitted work, and to the following students whose work was selected for the exhibition:

Kimberly Allen, Allison Behm, Emily Bendet, Elli Bervillier, Kayla Busby, Caitlin Carey, Charles Cantrell, Juliet Desnoyer, Meghan Doil, Alex Eickhoff, Greg Fister, Ben Flowers, Kat Klebenow, Albert McCormick, Lauren Moll, Danielle Naeger, Jacquelyn Wheeler, Sadie Pafford, Kyle Pappalardo, Priscilla Parisa, Maurine Pfuhl, Lauren Radix, Daniel Riekena, Emma Roeder, Kelsey Schmidt, Shannon Spickler, Shawnah Stephens, Kathryn Sutton, Danielle Tobar, Theresa Wildhaber, Darrell Williams, Elizabeth Williamson, Susan Zhu, and Jessica Zilch.

Congratulations also to the following students who were recognized with awards:

Student Union Purchase Prize

Danielle Naeger for Mother Nature

Shawnah Stephens, for Life

Juror’s High Honor Award

Kayla Busby, for Man

Caitlin Carey, for a self-portrait

Daniel Riekena, for Madame Gartreau Drinking a Toast

Juror’s Honor Award

Allison Behm, for a cotton tapestry with metallic thread

Alex Eickhoff, for Mac Miller

Albert McCormick, for Funerals

Kyle Pappolardo, for a porcelain vase

Emma Roeder, for Kurt and Nancy

Congratulations again to all these students!  The show will be up through April 15, 2014 so plenty of chances to see some great artwork.

Also, Truman State University will be on Midterm Break next week (March 10 – 14) and so the Art Department blog will be taking a break then as well.  But stay tuned for more news about Department goings on when we return on Monday, March 17.  For now, best wishes to all for a great break.




Alumna News!


Congratulations to alumna Dusty Folwarczny who will be exhibiting her sculpture in the [Sears] Willis Tower Lobby. The show will be up through April, so if you're in Chicago, please visit!

Here is further information from the press release for the exhibition:

Six Chicago sculptors–Dusty Folwarczny, Ted Sitting Crow Garner, Donna Hapac, Terry Karpowicz, Jean Jacques Porret, and Michael Young–are exhibiting their work in the first floor lobbies of the Willis Tower. The lobby is so spacious that each artist can show a single large work in the Wacker Drive entrance atrium and other examples of his/her sculptures throughout the first floor public areas. The show will be up through April of 2014. 

The exhibit is notable for the variety of approaches that the six artists take to their materials. Folwarczny transforms large-diameter steel pipe into curving, curling objects. Garner welds steel scrap into forms that suggest his experiences. Hapac builds and weaves open, organic forms from reed, wood, and waxed linen thread. Karpowicz employs the ancient craft of windmill construction to create his wooden sculptures. Porret casts bronze forms that suggest the human figure. Young constructs and welds sheet aluminum and stainless steel into swooping, plant-like sculptures.

All six artists are members of Chicago Sculpture International, a chapter of the International Sculpture Center, a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

If you are an alum and have news to share, we'd love to hear from you!  Please write to us at

Juror to Speak Tonight

Tommy Franks will be giving a talk about his ceramic work later today (Tuesday, February 25) in OP 2210 at 6:00 p.m.  Franks is on campus to jury works for the Student Art Exhibition and also to set up an exhibition of his own work which will be featured in the University Art Gallery starting next week.  

As always, this Gallery event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium


Truman State University will host this year's Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium on Monday, February 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in OP 2210.  The Symposium will feature four talks by art and architectural historians about their interdisciplinary research on Florentine and Venetian art and visual culture:

Dr. Saundra Weddle (Drury University):  "Architecture as a Tool of Resistance and Control at Sixteenth-Century Venetian Convents"

Dr. Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago):  "Florentia Illustrata:  digital mapping and the return of Renaissance geographies"

Dr. Douglas Dow (Kansas State University):  "Confraternal Entanglements:  Non-linear Networks of Patronage and Tenancy in Late Cinquecento Florence"

Dr. Sally Cornelison (University of Kansas):  "Recycling, Renaissance Style:  Vasari's Repurposed Religious Paintings"

The event has been generously sponsored by the Art Department, Medieval Studies Committee, Office of Intersiciplinary Studies, School of Arts and Letters, Sixteenth Century Journal, and University Art Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Call for Entries–Juried Student Exhibition!

Any interested Truman students may submit work for the upcoming Juried Student Exhibition.  We'd love to see as much great art as possible.

Drop Off Artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

Friday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pick up declined artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

Wednesday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition juror is ceramic artist Tommy Frank;  he will give a public talk on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in OP 2210.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 4 – Tuesday, April 15 with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).


Closing Events for “Apocalyptic”

The two shows in the Gallery–"Apocalyptic" and "Post-Apocalyptic:  Works by Lori Nix" will be up through Friday, February 21.  There are a variety of great events going on this week so hope to see you there!

Film Showing:  Wednesday the 19th at 6:30 – come see 12 Monkeys in OP 2210 (brief words by Dr. Dereck Daschke (Philosophy & Religion) beforehand;  refreshments served afterwards)

Poetry Reading:  Thursday the 20th at Noon – enjoy Apocalyric: Poetry about the apocalypse in the Side Gallery (emcced by Dr. Jamie D'Agostino (English & Linguistics); refreshments served)

Faculty gathering (Faculty only):  Friday the 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Interdisciplinary Faculty Caucus – this one is for faculty rather than students and faculty – in the Gallery (yep – refreshments served)

We hope to see you there!  And stay tuned for more information about the next show, the Juried Student Exhibition.

For those particularly interested in Lori Nix's work, Prof. Fine (Gallery Director) sent this link to an in-depth interview with her about her work.