Students Attend National Ceramics Conference

Professor Wynne Wilbur and several ceramics students attended the  National Council for Education for the Ceramic Arts 50th Annual Conference in Kansas City, MO, in mid March.  Among the almost 6000 in attendance, our students had a great time talking with artists and other students from across the United States and abroad.  Wilbur takes students to the conference annually and this year, because it was so close, more were able to make the trip than usual.

Truman students at the opening ceremonies at NCECA 2016. From close to far: Kristin Kennedy, Josslyn Ross, Nala Turner, Morgan Price, Charles Cantrell, and Piercyn Charbonneau (Photo: Wynne Wilbur).

 

Visiting Artist Demonstrates Methods

Chandra DeBuse, a Kansas City area artist whose work was on display in the Truman State University Gallery for the month of November, gave a workshop and lecture for Truman ceramics students (and other members of the art department) during a visit on November 9th. During the workshop she demonstrated her “drop mold” system of making pots and sculptures and had students contribute to one sculpture of a cactus that she demonstrated on. During these demonstrations, and then later during her lecture, she talked about her journey to becoming a studio artist, including her previous career as a psychologist, her education as a potter, her residency experiences, and the inspiration for and meaning of her work.

Chandra DeBuse in the Ceramics Studio at Truman, November 9th, 2015.

Chandra DeBuse in the Ceramics Studio at Truman, November 9th, 2015.

Faculty Support Undergraduate Research Nationally

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.

Although the CUR business meeting was very busy, there was an opportunity to take a short break. Here Dr. Julia DeLancey takes advantage of a moment between sessions at the Oklahoma Memorial Union (University of Oklahoma, Norman) to check her email.

 

 

 

 

Ceramic Artist to Visit Art Department

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.

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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.

Gallery Opening Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.!

Please join us on Tuesday, October 20 at 6:00 p.m.for an opening reception in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114). There will be refreshments, and photographer Dana Fritz will be in attendance.

 

We have three new exhibitions that will run simultaneously until November 20, 2015:

Dana Fritz: Shaping Nature 

photography – in the main gallery

Shaping Nature includes two series by photographer Dana Fritz, Terraria Gigantica and Garden Views, in which the artist uses photography to investigate the ways in which humans display, represent, and shape nature in constructed and enclosed landscapes.

Anna Youngyeun: I feel funny, but I like it 

drawings and fibers – in the cube

Truman alumna Anna Youngyeun’s exhibition I feel funny, but I like it includes drawings and fiber arts installations that use humor, play, and tactility to address issues of bodily and racial shame.

Chandra DeBuse: Fair Shares 

ceramics – in the side gallery

In her show Fair Shares, Kansas City-based ceramicist Chandra DeBuse enlivens functional pottery with whimsical narratives.

 

Three Shows Open in the Gallery!

From Tuesday, October 13 – Friday, November 20, three new shows will on display in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  The opening reception will be Tuesday, October 20, 6:00 p.m.

  • Dana Fritz, “Shaping Nature” will feature photography in the main gallery.
  • Chandra DeBuse, “Fair Shares” will feature ceramics work in the side gallery.
  • Anna Younguen (alum, Studio Art), “I feel funny, but I like it” will feature drawing and fibers work in the cube.

As always, University Art Gallery events are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you at the opening or another gallery event soon!  For more information about the gallery, including hours and contact information please visit: http://www.truman.edu/majors-programs/academic-departments/about-the-art-department/art-gallery/.

First day of classes!

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Thursday, August 20 is the first day of classes!  Welcome back to everyone, and best wishes for a great Fall 2015 semester.  We look forward to seeing you at lots of great Art Department events this year so check back here often to see what’s going on!

Majors Day Today!

Don’t forget Majors Day on Tuesday, August 18, 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  This is a day for all majors new to the Art Department (first-years, transfers, and others here this week) to meet the faculty and staff and learn more about the Department’s programs.  Students will also have a chance to meet with faculty in their respective areas (Art History, Studio Art, and Visual Communication) and have any advising questions answered as well.  There will also be treats and a good chance to socialize.  We’ll look forward to seeing everyone there!