First day of classes!


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!


Majors Day on Tuesday!



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!




Welcome, new students!



Welcome to all new students:  first-year, transfer, everyone!  Those living in dorms will be moving in on Sunday, August 17 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 19 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


Prof. Nelson’s JBA class, An Animated Course

 JBA 3

Photo Credit:  Rusty Nelson

Middle and junior high school students in Prof. Rusty Nelson's Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) class, "An Animated Course", worked on traditional drawn cell-frame animation, stop-motion photography, and claymation animation during this three-week course. Students completed 12 animations totaling about 5 to 6 full minutes of animation at 10 frames per second.

To learn more about Truman's Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars, please visit the program's website:



Congratulations to Students (plus Midterm Break!)


Photo credit above and below:  Danielle Bell

As blog readers will know, this week the Juried Student Art Exhibition opened in the University Art Gallery.  The show, juried by Kansas City ceramic artist and arts professional Tommy Frank, features outstanding artwork made by Truman State University students.

Congratulations to all students who submitted work, and to the following students whose work was selected for the exhibition:

Kimberly Allen, Allison Behm, Emily Bendet, Elli Bervillier, Kayla Busby, Caitlin Carey, Charles Cantrell, Juliet Desnoyer, Meghan Doil, Alex Eickhoff, Greg Fister, Ben Flowers, Kat Klebenow, Albert McCormick, Lauren Moll, Danielle Naeger, Jacquelyn Wheeler, Sadie Pafford, Kyle Pappalardo, Priscilla Parisa, Maurine Pfuhl, Lauren Radix, Daniel Riekena, Emma Roeder, Kelsey Schmidt, Shannon Spickler, Shawnah Stephens, Kathryn Sutton, Danielle Tobar, Theresa Wildhaber, Darrell Williams, Elizabeth Williamson, Susan Zhu, and Jessica Zilch.

Congratulations also to the following students who were recognized with awards:

Student Union Purchase Prize

Danielle Naeger for Mother Nature

Shawnah Stephens, for Life

Juror’s High Honor Award

Kayla Busby, for Man

Caitlin Carey, for a self-portrait

Daniel Riekena, for Madame Gartreau Drinking a Toast

Juror’s Honor Award

Allison Behm, for a cotton tapestry with metallic thread

Alex Eickhoff, for Mac Miller

Albert McCormick, for Funerals

Kyle Pappolardo, for a porcelain vase

Emma Roeder, for Kurt and Nancy

Congratulations again to all these students!  The show will be up through April 15, 2014 so plenty of chances to see some great artwork.

Also, Truman State University will be on Midterm Break next week (March 10 – 14) and so the Art Department blog will be taking a break then as well.  But stay tuned for more news about Department goings on when we return on Monday, March 17.  For now, best wishes to all for a great break.




Call for Entries–Juried Student Exhibition!

Any interested Truman students may submit work for the upcoming Juried Student Exhibition.  We'd love to see as much great art as possible.

Drop Off Artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

Friday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pick up declined artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

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

Exhibition juror is ceramic artist Tommy Frank;  he will give a public talk on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in OP 2210.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 4 – Tuesday, April 15 with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).


Art Department events during Finals Week!

Strong Foundations

Monday, December 9 – Friday December 13

University Art Gallery (OP 1114)

The University Art Gallery will hold its annual Strong Foundations exhibition.  This show features student work from our Foundations courses selected by faculty as some of the most exemplary artwork produced in these intro-level Art courses.  The exhibition will be up during Finals Week, as well as the first four days of the Spring semester.  The closing reception will be held on Thursday, January 16 at 4:30 p.m.

Exhibition of Student Photographs

Wednesday, December 11

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.

Kirksville Arts Association (117 S. Franklin St.)

Students in Prof. Priya Kambli's Photography classes will be displaying work at Kirksville's arts center.  The opening will be on Wednesday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. 

As always, these events are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Kirksville Skate Park vote!


"Octopus", Kristen Williams

Prof. Aaron Fine (Studio Art;  University Art Gallery) sent the following about a great class project;  hope you can all sign on and vote soon!

"My Advanced Drawing students came up with designs for a Skate Park Mural for Kriksville Parks and Recreation. Folks can go to this facebook page and "like" the one they want to see become a reality."  

Truman Ranked #3 by Washington Monthly

Good news from Truman Today:

Truman State University has again been named one of America’s best colleges by a national publication.
Truman  is No. 3 in the Best Master’s University category of the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Truman is the only Missouri school listed in the top 75, and the only public Missouri school on the entire Top 100 Master’s Universities list.

Washington Monthly bases its rankings on three criteria: social mobility, which gives colleges credit for enrolling low-income students and helping them earn degrees; research production, with particular emphasis on schools where undergraduates eventually earn Ph.D.s; and commitment to service. More information about the rankings can be found here.

In addition to the Washington Monthly, The Princeton Review listed Truman as one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The education services company has again featured Truman in its annual college guide, “The Best 378 Colleges.” Only about 15 percent of America’s four-year colleges are profiled in the 2014 edition.