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!
Danielle Yakle’s advanced sculpture classes celebrated their final project by having a parade from campus to downtown. The assignment was to create an outfit/costume that changed their body shape and incorporated programmed lights. Here are some pictures of this event, accomplished during a break between spring rain showers.
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.
Students in the Advanced Sculpture classes are at it again! For this Homecoming week, the lobby of Ophelia Parrish Hall is featuring blow-up animals, this time inside a fiber aquarium. The sculpture is made to walk through, and the animals are far larger than life-sized.
The art installation should be up throughout the week.
Professor Danielle Yakle continues to provide Truman’s campus with art entertainment. On September 5th, posters started to appear that advertised a pop up “Blow Up” art exhibition. Fortunately the morning of September 7th dawned bright and clear and not too windy, and the Advanced Fibers/Sculpture classes trekked their plastic sculptures and air blowers out to the Quad and got ready to stop passersby in their tracks.
The assignment was to create a sculpture that was a very large version of a small stuffed animal. And as the elephant, floppy dog, unicorn, crab. and other creatures suddenly appeared, people certainly paid attention. The new art contrasted well with the art that seems more “normal” for a university campus.
Stay tuned for the next of the Professor Yakle’s public art projects. And keep an eye on the Quad, and around campus generally. You never know what you might see!
In the spring semester, Danielle Yakle’s Sculpture, Fibers, and 3D classes joined forces to produce a set of sea creatures that hung in the library.
For about a month in late February and early March, jellyfish, whales, rays, and sharks prowled the atrium space. Thank you to the Art students who worked together to change the ambience of Pickler Memorial Library and the library authorities who were so welcoming to this public art project.
Suzy Williams earned her BFA in VisCom in 2008, and has found success by combining both areas. We just heard from her about what she has been doing. Suzy writes:
Congratulations, Suzy! It is always great to hear about the successes of our students.
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One of the nicest things about hanging around an Art Department (particularly ours!) is the constantly changing art on the walls. Here are some pictures of the latest work by students in our Fibers classes.
Art students celebrate Halloween enthusiastically because of all its creative potential (not to mention a bit of candy to enjoy). Those who overlapped at Truman with Taylor (Klein) Worley from 2005 to 2009 will remember her elaborate and convincing costumes. After she graduated with her Art History BA, Taylor completed her Master of Library Science at Emporia State University in 2012. She is now a Youth Services Librarian at Springfield Public Library in the Oregon Willamette Valley. She still enjoys going all out for Halloween, this year by entertaining children and parents alike with her convincing Max (Where the Wild Things Are) costume. She is pictured here at her library’s annual “Little Monster’s Bash!” event. Youth Librarianship lends itself creativity in many ways, but dressing up as beloved characters is one of Taylor’s favorites!Taylor (and we) wish you the Happiest of Halloweens! If you are an alum and have news (or Halloween pictures) to share, please write to us at email@example.com We’d love to hear from you.