Five art students were awarded TruScholar grants to pursue research this summer. You can see their resulting work in the Atrium Gallery of Ophelia Parrish from Monday, August 30- Friday, September 3. Below is a summary of each project:
For his TruScholar research, Kameron Clark compared struggles of contemporary wealth inequality with similar themes from the past. Historical paintings such as “Hard Times” by Hubert von Herkomer (1885) and “Evicted” by Blandford Fletcher (1887) are reimagined in the current United States climate.
Maggie Adams conducted her TruScholars project on the fiber artist Lenore Tawney; her research combined studio art and art historical methodologies. Adams focused on replicating Tawney’s understudied weaving techniques in her body of work “Woven Forms” and its connection to Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s.
Anna Grahlherr’s summer research reclaims the female nude in art from the perspective of female-sexed people. In this series, she rejects the tradition of the male gaze and explores diverse bodies.
ZuZu Smugala created artwork that explores how people use different coping mechanisms in their daily lives.
Kristen Buck’s project is about documenting her body to create permanence of her self-image. After going through a drastic physical change, her reality has been comprised by her own thoughts. The resulting series of photographs capture her contradictory feelings as well as igniting conversations about what an image is and how it serves to preserve truth.
This is the last week of the Student Juried Show in the University Gallery. We have pictures of students with their award-winning art if you need encouragement to see what students have been doing over the past year.
Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize
1st place: Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line
Third Prize: Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor
Best in show: Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic
2nd place: ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas
Professor Danielle Yakle demonstrates the process of batik to Truman students
In conjunction with the “Wandering Sprit: African Wax Prints” exhibition currently up in the gallery, we hosted a small batik workshop in the fibers studio. Indonesian batik textiles severed as the inspiration for the nineteenth-century industrial Dutch imitations that became what we call African wax print fabric today. Fibers professor Daniel Yakle and Fibers club students walked students through how to apply layers of wax resist to create patterns on dyed cotton. The results were stunning!
Chetanae Ellison waves to the camera, enjoying her experimentation in wax painting on cloth.
Stephen Poindexter paints in wax on a scarf.
Lee Gardunia shows off a completed batik project.
Exciting news! Elisabeth Held’s relief print “St. Dolly” and Machayla Poe’s fiber work “Fried” have been selected for the 2020 Student Union Building purchase prize! Each year, staff and students who work at the Student Union vote on two artworks from the Juried Student Exhibition to purchase for permanent display in the SUB. It was a tight vote because there are so many strong works in this year’s Juried Student Exhibition, up until September 29th.
Maggie Adams’ hand-felted installation work Digestive Gestation was accepted into Future Tense 2020. The show will be on display at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, from August 13 – October 27.
Maggie Adams, Digestive Gestation
Future Tense 2020 celebrates the creative work of student artists, designers, and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials or techniques. The exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of contemporary fibers by presenting the very best work being made by students in the field today. This exhibition was juried by Stefanie Gerber, current director of the North Carolina Glass Center, and Rena Wood, Assistant Professor at Tennessee Tech University’s School of Art, Craft & Design at the Appalachian Center for Craft.
A full online exhibition of Future Tense 2020 will be live soon.
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.
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
Friday at 6 pm come and join the graduating BA students to celebrate their capstone exhibition, which is on display in the University Gallery until that evening. Help us congratulate the students on completion of their degree (and enjoy some lovely snacks while you do)!
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.