Have a marvelous summer!

Truman is in to its summer season, with Joseph Baldwin Academy students on campus and incoming students visiting us to register for their fall classes.  We welcome all of you, and hope those who are students already (and alumni) are having a great summer, whether working or interning, or just hanging out at the beach and painting or reading a really good book!

We look forward to seeing new and returning students here in the fall.  May you have a wonderful summer wherever you may be.

Art Bus Spring 2019

The Art Bus class this spring was a trip to Chicago led by painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan and printmaking professor Laura Bigger.

While there the class met with artists and curators, visited grad schools, and saw original works of art, such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, known colloquially as “The Bean” because of its shape.

Photographs from High School Workshop

While judging took place during the April 10th Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) Annual Art Show on Wednesday April 10th, the visiting high school students participated in a variety of workshops to experience working in the art studios and getting a taste of the university experience. In art history, students tried out an eighteenth century experience, copying the poses in paintings and sculptures to create tableaux vivantes, or “living scenes.”

High School Art Show and Competition

Truman State University welcomed high school students from the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) of north east Missouri for the annual CCC Art Show on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 . With about eighty students we were able to see some amazing artwork from the high school students and show off our facilities. With many of the art professors delivering workshops the students were able to get some time with a professor and a taste of the university experience.

Congratulations to Maci Winters of Clark County for her Sunflower piece winning Best of Show honors and getting a $500 scholarship to Truman State University!

Welcome Back! With snowy images from new Lindsey Dunnagan show

Truman’s Spring 2019 semester begins on Monday.  We are getting about six inches of snow before classes start, so be safe as you come back to campus.


Moonlit Crossing, courtesy of the artist.

Painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan begins 2019 with a new show in the Twin Cities area (in Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, on the northern side of Minneapolis). Her exhibition, “Skimming Boundaries,” was rooted in her experience with her grandmother, who battled Alzheimer’s Disease for the last ten years of her life.

In her artist’s statement, Professor Dunnagan writes:

A Familiar Face, courtesy of the artist.

 

In the beginning, her illness showed in small ways as she repeated stories she told just days before.  Toward the middle of the disease, she began reinventing the history of her life. Toward the end, my grandmother didn’t know who I was.  She lost the ability to recognize family.  Conversations with her became circular as her short-term memory began to fail as well.  In the moments when the recognizable parts of her seemed to flicker in and out, I often wondered where she had gone.  It seemed as if a part of her was testing the waters of another realm even though her physical body remained vital.

 

In this series, I explore the intangible world of the spirit and the boundary that separates us. Religion maps out worlds of before and after death, but even the most secular are confronted these questions. What is the journey between life and death?  Where are the edges?  In this series, I search for what is felt but unseen.

Blinking Current, courtesy of the artist.

Much of the work experiments with natural dyes, a technique I learned while serving in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Vegetation such as raspberries and cabbage are boiled and poured over mordanted paper, resulting in permanent reds, blues, and greens.  Rocks and black walnuts provide tones of sepia and simultaneously act as a resist, allowing the places they weigh down in the paper to remain white.  Sometimes paper is buried overnight and exposed to the rain or wrapped around trees to capture the imprint of bark.

The dying process, courtesy of Lindsey Dunnagan.

Stay tuned for all the exciting events coming up this spring semester at Truman.  And Welcome Back!

Students Contribute to Fundraiser for Food Bank

Ceramics majors and other art students made bowls for a fundraiser for the Pantry for Adair County, an organization that provides help for those in our community who experience food insecurity.  The “Empty Bowl Soup Lunch” sold tickets for a meal consisting of soup, pie, and beverage.  People attending could choose to take a bowl that was made by an artist, for $30, including the luncheon, or one that was simply “unique,” which only cost $20, including food.  It was a big success and the students’ bowls sold out well before the end of the event.  Thank you to everyone who made this a success!

Bowls arrayed for selection at the “Empty Soup Bowl Lunch,”sponsored by the Pantry for Adair County on November 10th.  Among these are many made by Truman students.

What is going on in the first floor hallway?

In case you have been wondering:

Laura Bigger sends this report:

Students in the Intermediate Drawings Explorations course are working on large-scale drawings on the walls in Ophelia Parrish near the gallery. Passersby have the opportunity to see work in progress through November 14th. Finished work will remain until late November. Make sure to check out the students’ work!

Art Bus: Encounters with Professional Practice

As of the fall of 2018 ll new Art majors will take a new class, designed to give them a taste of life as a working artist or art historian in a city setting. The “Art Bus: Encounters with Professional Practice” runs over a long weekend, allowing student to travel as a group to a major metropolitan area somwhere relatively close by, within 5-6 hours drive.   Depending on the location to be visited (which depends to a certain extent on who is leading the trip), students will visit artists’ studios, meet with gallery directors, talk with Art Department alumni, and visit art museums. The first time this class was run was this fall, when Print professor Laura Bigger took a small group of students to Minneapolis, where they had a great deal of fun and spent time at the Walker Art Museum.