Welcome, new students!

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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 art@truman.edu.

News from Alumni

We always love to hear from alums of the Art Department.  Here’s some of the great recent news we’ve received!

Leah Bowring received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Mamie Cox writes:  “I will be studying at Newnham College at Cambridge University [in the UK]. Continuing research I began in my undergraduate [Art History] thesis on illustrations of anthropomorphic animals in children’s literature, I will complete a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature.

Taylor (Wysocke) Henry and her husband had their home featured in the finale of the DIY Network’s show Desperate Landscapes.

Lori Nix had her work featured in the February 9, 2015 issue of Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/2015/02/20/post-mankind-vision-photographer-lori-nix-305531.html 

Kelsey Wiskirchen is currently doing a fibers residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts – a part of Tennessee Tech University in Smithville, Tennessee.  She writes:  “It is a satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University, which offers a BFA program in fibers, metals, woods, clay, and glass. During the summer, the Craft Center offers a program of weeklong workshops in all of the studios. I help manage the fibers studio, teach classes in Foundations and Fibers, and teach in the high school outreach program.”  Kelsey shared some photographs with us which are included below.

Congratulations to all!  Again, if you are an alum, we’d love to hear from you!  Please write to us at art@truman.edu.

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This week in the Art Department!

It’s the last week of classes at Truman so there is lots going on in the Art Department!

ART 429 Historical Methods Mini-Conference:  junior Art History majors Duncan Holahan and Matt Treasure, and senior Art History minor Danielle Naeger, will present their historiographic research at a mini-conference which they have organized for Tuesday, April 28 from 9:00 – 10:20 a.m. in OP 2210.

BA/BFA Studio Exhibition:  in partial fulfillment of degree requirements, Hailey Gearo, Danielle Naeger, Colleen Ryan, and Jessica Zilch (BA in Art) will be exhibiting artwork as will Alex Eickhoff (BFA in Studio Art).  The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  As always, this Gallery event is free and open to the public.

Strong Foundations exhibition:  continuing through this week in the Gallery is the Strong Foundations show; this features work selected by Art Department from produced in Art Studio Foundations courses (and generally as part of the Foundations Proficiency portfolio review).  This semester, work by Hannah Nicks, Sadie Pafford, Nicholas Phan, Joslyn Ross, Colleen Ryan, Taylor Schulz, and Yochi Tu appears in the show.

Clay People sale: students in the ceramics club, Clay People, will be holding a sale of their work on Thursday, April 30 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on the Quad (rain location: OP main atrium).  Great chance to buy reasonably priced, hand made, sustainable, and beautiful gifts!

We hope to see you at some or all of these great events, and stay tuned for more on the BFA in Visual Communications senior portfolio exhibition on Monday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kirksville Arts Association!

 

Annual Juried Student Exhibition

Submit your work this week for the Annual Juried Student Exhibition!

Students may submit up to four artworks (created as part of their Truman experience)

Works may be submitted in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114)

Tuesday, February 24, 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 25, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

All declined artwork must be picked up Friday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

The exhibition is being juried by Prof. Stephanie Lanter, Emporia State University.  Prof. Lanter will be giving a Juror’s Talk on Thursday, February 26.

In addition, a reception and awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, March 3 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).

We hope to see you there, and students:  submit your work!

Gallery opening, new exhibitions

From January 27 – February 20, 2015 the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) will feature two new exhibitions:

  • in the main gallery will be Middle Earth:  Midwest Regional Ceramics Invitational, co-organized by Prof. Aaron Fine (Studio Art/University Art Gallery Director) and Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Studio Art:  Ceramics).
  • in the side gallery will be Robert Mertens:  Nothing from Something (Digital/Fibers/Audio)

These two shows open on Thursday, January 22, with an opening reception to be held on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00 p.m.

As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public;  for more information, please visit:  https://tsugallery.wordpress.com/about/.

Happy Winter Break!

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Finals Week ends on Friday, December 12 with December graduation taking place on Saturday, December 13th.  Congratulations to all Art Department (and Truman) graduates!  Please stay in touch (art@truman.edu).

This also means that the Art Department blog will be taking a break until the week before classes start in January.  However, during that time the blog will feature faculty artwork (and other images) related to winter themes so do check back often!

For now, greetings of the season to all!

Art Department this week and next–great things happening

There are lots of great things going on in the Art Department this week and next including some great town-gown collaboration.  We hope to see you at some or all of them!

  • ART 421 Visual Communications IV project displays for the Red Barn Arts Festival up all this week in the OP Art Atrium;  reception Tuesday, December 2 in the evening.
  • Reception Tuesday, December 2, 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) for BA and BFA students Molly Diecker, Ali Goeckner, and Carly Winchell.  At the same time is a reception for the Strong Foundations exhibition which features work from the Foundations program, selected by Art Department faculty as examples of some of the best work produced by first-year Art students.
  • Advanced Painting work up until Thursday, December  4 at TruYo on Jefferson St. in Kirksville.
  • Clay People Sale (of ceramics works):  Thursday, December 4, OP Main Atrium, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Work by students in Advanced Printmaking (Melissa Aholt, Kim Allen, and Jessica Zilch) up at TruYo from Thursday through the end of Finals Week.
  • Exhibition of work produced in Painting I and Advanced Drawing:  Friday, December 5, Kirk Gym, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Work by graduate student painters Shelby Seaman and Daniel Riekena up at Beard’s Gallery in Kirksville now through Friday, December 5.
  • The student chapter of AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) at Truman will be holding a sale of handmade work;  check their blog for more information.

If you know of something else going on this week in the Art Department that’s not listed, let us know! art@truman.edu.  Otherwise, we hope to see you there!

First day of classes!

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Thursday, August 21 is the first day of classes!  Welcome back to everyone, and best wishes for a great Fall 2014 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!

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Majors Day on Tuesday!

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Don’t forget Majors Day on Tuesday, August 19, 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!