The cases in the lobby of Ophelia Parrish Hall are once again filled with Ceramics I student work. The assignment from Professor Wynne Wilbur asks students to create a functional vessel inspired by a pot more than 500 years old, with decoration that might be much more recent in concept and design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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!
Welcome to all new students: first-year, transfer, everyone! Those living in dorms will be moving in on Sunday, August 16 and starting Truman Week classes as well. We are so happy that you’re all here and look forward to seeing you all both during Truman Week and in classes this fall.
Just as a reminder, Majors Day for the Art Department is Tuesday, August 18 from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114). This is a day for all new students to get to know the programs, faculty, and staff in the Department of their chosen major. We look forward to seeing all new Art majors there! Any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.