September 14th, 2018, was a bright sunny day with relatively little wind — the perfect day to showcase the work of Advanced Sculpture, as taught by Professor Danielle Yakle. As they did last year, students outdid themselves with playful over-life-sized toys taking over the great lawn between Ophelia Parrish and Baldwin Halls.
Thanks to funding from the School of Arts and Letters we are happy to have Mimi Kato and Jimmy Kuehnle visit campus to give talks about their work. Both are successful artists, living and working in Cleveland, Ohio. We hope you will be able to join us to hear about their current creative work.
The flyer has an image from Mimi Kato’s work; an example of Jimmy Kuehnle’s work is below.
Professor Wynne Wilbur spent time this summer in a short term artist residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in Red Lodge, Montana. While there she worked on porcelain, returning to a material she has focused on during her sabbatical in China and since.
While at Red Lodge, Professor Wilbur was one of five Artist-Invites-Artist residents. Pictured below are Stephanie Craig (Ohio), Chanda Zea (Oregon), Professor Wilbur, Kyung Hwa Oh (Colorado), and Todd Leech (Ohio) horizontal!
Photographs from Professor Lindsey Dunnagan’s summer study abroad course in Spain. Ten students went to paint “en plein air” in May of 2018, and had a wonderful time making art. And doing a few other things!
(For a larger image, double click below and you will be able to look more closely at what the students did and produced on their adventure)
Congratulations to the following students who have sent us their recent news:
Katie Feldkamp, a 2017 Art History/History double major, will be attending graduate school abroad this fall. She writes:
I will be attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this September for their Museum and Gallery Studies MLitt program. The program is a year-long course that focuses on practical hands-on skills as well as more theoretical coursework and provides students with broad training in all types of museums, galleries and other heritage facilities.
Lisa Simms’ news comes from painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan:
Lisa Simms has been working as a Teaching Artist at Resident Arts in Columbus, MO. She works with teen artists to teach them different painting techniques and they are also working on a large public mural along the MKT trail under Elm Street. The position will come to a close around the end of the summer when the full-time person returns from maternity leave.
Lisa Simms (right) with professor Lindsey Dunnagan (left) at Simms’ capstone exhibit.
Art History grad Kathryn Hodge, who has been a curatorial intern at the St. Louis Art Museum this summer, writes to say she has accepted a part time position with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as a client services specialist. As she has always been interested in the collecting aspect of art, this is a great move for her. We wish her the best of success!
If you are a Truman art student alumna/alumnus and would like to share your adventures with us, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Kalven Duncan is one of three Truman students with curatorial internships at the St. Louis Art Museum this summer. He sends us this update:
I know you have always encouraged us to send you travel and summer project updates for possible art department blog material, so I am sending you a few photos of my recent trip to NYC and its institutions (Met, Frick, and Guggenheim–maybe I will get to the MoMA another time!)
I am writing you after my return back to Saint Louis from New York.
For my research on a city-scape of Rome in a Capitoline altarpiece by Marcello Venusti, I had recently reached out and got in touch with Truman alumnus, Dr. Ryan E. Gregg. He was gracious enough with his time and met me for coffee in Saint Louis to discuss my research.
Ryan Gregg (on left) and Kalven Duncan. Art History majors past and present.
While I was in NYC, I made stops to the Guggenheim for the Giacometti exhibition, the Met to see their collection and the Visitors to Versailles exhibition, and of course the Fired by Passion exhibition on French Porcelain at the Frick.
I am attaching a few highlight photos that you are more than welcome to rummage through and enjoy!
Always wishing the best,
Art History professor Sara Orel, whose speciality is ancient Egypt (she has her Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology), led a June 10th tour of the Sunken Cities exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum for members of Truman State University’s Alumni Association. The show includes objects from underwater excavations of the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, off the northern coast of Egypt in the Mediterranean sea. In addition there are several pieces on loan from the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, Egypt, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Thirty former (and current) Truman students and their friends and family got to see the objects which included beautiful jewelry and statues, including three colossal statues of granite set up in the lobby of the museum. Art History graduate Krista Garcia took several pictures and was willing to let us use them here.
Our congratulations go out to Madison Pearson, a studio major at Truman, who has received a grant to conduct research this summer. Here is her description of her project:
Over the summer I will be making handmade paper from natural fibers. Traditionally mixed handmade paper for printmaking uses abaca, a species of banana which is used in the papermaking industry for its strong natural fibers. For many printmaking papers abaca is used as a strengthening agent in a paper blend. It is primarily grown in the Philippines, Ecuador and Costa Rica. For my research I want to replace the abaca fiber with a fiber that can be locally grown, Flax. Many handmade papers are often a medley of fibers. In my research I have chosen 3 plant-based fibers, alfalfa, kenaf, and hemp to mix with my flax base. My project will be funded by the Office of Student Research as part of their Grant in Aid of Scholarship and Research summer program.
Photo courtesy of Laura Bigger
The Design Program students held their annual capstone show from May 7-11 in the Kirksville Arts Association with a reception Friday night where family and friends celebrated their completion of their BFA coursework. A lot of the students marched the next afternoon at Truman’s graduation.
Fine Arts Design advertising posters by senior Shelby Frazier.
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Timothy Whyman hands out playing pieces from his new game designed as part of his Visual Communication/Design capstone course.
Solus Invictus, Timothy Whyman’s game, was featured at the exhibit.