First Day of Classes!

Classes for the 2013-14 academic year begin on Thursday, August 22nd for students and faculty across campus.  We are so happy to have everyone back and look forward to a great year ahead.  Stay tuned to the blog to keep up on events this coming academic year in the Art Department and beyond.

Good luck each and all and best wishes for a great year!

Welcome, First-Year Students!

The Art Department sends a special welcome to all first-year Art majors!  Freshmen arrived on campus this past Saturday, August 17th to move into the dorms and start settling into life at Truman.  They also start Truman Week classes, some of which will be in the Art Department.  We look forward to welcoming them all at Majors Day on Tuesday of this week and in their full schedule of classes starting on Thursday.

Welcome, all, and best wishes for the year to come!

Happy Summer!

Photo Credit:  Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)

The Art Department blog is on break until classes resume in late August…enjoy the summer, everyone, and be sure to check back again later in the summer to find out what's going on in Art at Truman!

Student Awards…congratulations!

Photo Credit:  Matt Derezinski

Congratulations to the following Art majors who were given awards by the Art faculty…well done everyone!

Outstanding Student–BA Art:  Laura Wellington

Outstanding Student–BA Art History:  Amy Hall

Outstanding Student–BFA Art (Studio):  Brittni Jakuboski

Outstanding Student–BFA Art (Visual Communication):  Sara Rudder

Departmental Service Award:  Kristine Campbell & Rachel Vaught

The following students received Departmental Honors:  Kristine Campbell, Emma Dunlap, Hannah Rosell, Sara Rudder, and Rachel Vaught

The following returning students were awarded scholarships by the Art Department faculty:  Danielle Bell, Katie Brewer, Wes Harbison, April Johnston, Shelby Maggart, Lona Moody, Danielle Naeger, Jessica Poole, Lauren Radix, Colleen Ryan, Shelby Seaman, Kathryn Sutton, Valerie Weinhaus, Kristin Williams, Carly Winchell, and Jake Wittrock.


Congratulations Graduates!

Photo Credit:  Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)

Congratulations graduates!  We had a wonderful commencement ceremony on Saturday and it was great to celebrate all the graduating Art majors (including the four Vis Comm students pictured above).  Best wishes to each and all and please do stay in touch!  (

New honorary art society at Truman State University!

The Art Department at Truman now has the newest chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.  Truman's chapter–the Theta Eta Chapter of Kappa Pi–will be officially installed at some point during the Spring 2012 Semester when the President of Kappa Pi will visit Truman's campus to conduct the Chapter installation and Charter Member induction (specific date and further information forthcoming).  Truman's chapter of Kappa Pi is the direct result of a student initiative and petition effort lead by current art majors Emily VanGelder, Andy Doering, and Andrea Linskey.  

Kappa Pi is a 100-year old honorary art fraternity that through the "artistic interests and influence of its members, upholds the highest ideals of a liberal education; [and] provides a means whereby students with artistic commitment meet for the purpose of informal study and communication…to raise the standards of productive artistic work among students…"  (from the Kappa Pi Constitution).  Among the goals of Theta Eta chapter will be the promotion of the visual arts on the Truman campus and within the broader community and the enrichment of the creative environment within the Art Department.  Membership in Kappa Pi is a recognition of excellence in and dedication to the visual arts.  All art majors — studio, visual communications and art history — will be eligible for membership once the chapter is officially installed.

Recent Grad & Alumni News!

Photo by Tim Barcus, Campus Photographer

Classes are now in full swing and it's been a beautiful week in Kirksville! 

Some recent (and not-so-recent) grads have shared news with us this summer about where they are and what they are doing and that's included here below.  If you are an alum and have news to share with the Department, please let us know!  We can be reached by e-mail at or you can fill out this form.  We'd love to hear from you!

Joyce Wong (Studio Art, 2011) is attending graduate school at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine (for a MFA in Fibers).

Dr. Ryan Gregg (Art History, 1999) has just been awareded a tenure-track job in Art History at Webster University in St. Louis.

Anna Youngyeun (Studio Art, 2011) is a graduate student in Fibers at University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas.

Valerie Lazalier (Art History, 2011) is beginning graduate degrees in both Information and Library Science and Art History at Indiana University.

Jen Teter (Studio Art, 2002) is Director of Education at the Quincy Art Center, and also teaches Ceramics at John Wood Community College in Quincy, Illinois.

Julie (Pincus) Glossenger (Studio Art, 2009) is teaching at Chesterfield Elementary School in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Rosemary Melton (Studio Art, 2010) is a Kindergarten-5th Grade Art teacher at both Lewis & Clark Elementary School and Gibson Elementary School in the Riverview Gardens School District.

Jasmine (Fry) Cloud (Art History, 2002), doctoral candidate in the History of Art at Temple University, has just moved to Italy for the next two years where she will be a Kress Foundation Institutional Fellow at the Biblioteca Hertziana in Rome.

Brianne Fulton (Studio Art, 2002) teaches at Art at Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri.

Katherine Eusey (Art History, 2006) is pursuing a Masters Degree in Middle Eastern Studies at Tel Aviv University in Israel.

We also plan to share more in-depth information on some of our alumni in upcoming posts, so please stay tuned for more soon!

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all the Art students who graduated on Saturday!  Best wishes and please do keep in touch.  Here are some of the things that some of our very newly minted graduates will be up to this summer and the coming year (in no particular order). 

Alex Merchant:  accepted into the MFA program at the University of Tennessee

Megan Klco:  accepted into the MFA program at the Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University (Michigan)

Katibeth Lee:  will be working at the Houston Area Women's Center, Houston, Texas

Rachel Bock:  has been accepted into the MFA program in Costume Design at the University of MIssouri-Kansas City

Julia Curran:  year-long residency at Evil Prints, a professional art studio printshop in St. Louis

Galen Gibson-Cornell:  one-year internship at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City) as well as accepted into the graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, awarded a full-ride stipend and a graduate teaching position.

Matt James:  summer internship at Evil Prints, professional art studio printmaking studio led by artist Tom Huck

Rosemary Melton:  summer internship at Firecracker Press, a professional letterpress shop in St. Louis (2009);  Accepted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Alex Thierry:  accpeted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Sarah McKee:  accepted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Samantha Lyons:  accepted into the Art History graduate program at the University of Kansas

Cecilia Muruato:  has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship in France at the Academie de Nantes for the 2010 – 2011 academic year

Natalie Hall:  accepted into the immersion program at IFALPES University in Chambery, France.  She will also be tutoring French students in English while there