The last week of classes is always busy, but it is good to get out and enjoy looking at some art. Fortunately, there are lots of opportunities this time of year.
As blog readers will know, the retrospective exhibition of Prof. John Bohac’s work will be up in the University Art Gallery through October 1, 2015. Student Anna Lang (Communications major) wrote a great post for the University Art Gallery blog which is reprinted below. We hope it serves as a great added inspiration to attend the exhibition!
John Bohac retrospective is now open in the University Art Gallery
This exhibition presents the forty-five-year artistic journey of Truman professor John Bohac. A representative selection of over fifty works demonstrate how he has grown as an artist over his lifetime. The Retrospective exhibition includes paintings, drawings, manipulated signage, and mixed-media assemblages.
Professor Bohac has always shown natural artistic talent but describes his early outlook on art as very narrow. “I viewed art as a skill and that was the extent. My early pieces reflect that,” said Bohac. After taking a few art courses at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), his perception of art completely changed.
“I learned that art was so much more than just skill. There is a whole other dimension to it,” said Bohac. “Art involves a lot of critical thinking.” He spends a lot of time deliberating his pieces before, during, and after their production.
Today, Professor Bohac is a wry commentator on the history of modern art. He routinely reads art journals and studies contemporary art theories and criticism. His work is often influenced by this research. “Someone will write something that will make me think in a completely different way. I’ll think about it for a while, then I might even make some art about it.” Some of his pieces embrace art theories, while others poke fun at them.
Over the course of Bohac’s career, his works have been showcased in many exhibitions. He thought it would be interesting to include information in this exhibition about where his works have been exhibited in the past. “Having it exhibited is kind of akin to having written work published,” said Bohac. Each work’s label in this exhibition includes information about previous exhibitions in which the work has appeared and, in some cases, is accompanied by postcards and brochures from those past exhibitions.
Bohac looks forward to cultivating new works too ambitious to try to balance with a teaching career. “I’d like to work on some more labor-intensive pieces because I will have more time,” said Bohac.
Both Professor John Bohac’s skill and thoughtfulness are prevalent in his Retrospective exhibition. Each work of art represents a different stage in his development as an artist over the years, and together creates a rich but concise image of forty-five years in the art field.
The first exhibition of the 2015 – 2016 academic year in the University Art Gallery will look back at the work of Prof. John Bohac (Studio: Painting) over his career at Truman State University. The show will be up from Tuesday, September 1 – Friday, October 2 in the Gallery (OP 1114). This exhibition presents the forty-five-year artistic journey of John Bohac (Professor of Art) who has served at Truman State University for twenty-five years. A representative selection of over fifty of Prof. Bohac’s work will trace his career from a young student of painting to a wry commentator on the history of modern art. His retrospective exhibition includes paintings, drawings, manipulated signage, and mixed-media assemblages.
The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 2 at 6:00 p.m. As always, the reception is open to everyone and will include refreshments as well as a chance to congratulate Prof. Bohac.
We hope to see you there!
Don’t forget Majors Day on Tuesday, August 18, 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Congratulations, Truman graduates! We wish you all the best in wherever your paths may take you. Please stay in touch! (firstname.lastname@example.org).
As those on Truman’s campus will know, this week is Finals Week–so, lots going on in the Art Department whether it’s final exams, final critiques, studio cleaning, and the like. Here are a few of the additional things going on this week–hope to see you there!
Monday, May 4, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Exhibition of Work by Painting I students. OP south atrium.
Thursday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. (on the Quad in front of OP) The Leonardo bridge will be taken down so if you’ve been meaning to get by and see it, this week is your last chance!
Friday, May 8, 6:00 p.m. Visual Communications Senior Capstone Portfolio Exhibition: closing reception. Kirksville Arts Association. The show will be up at the KAA May 7 – 9, 2015.
We hope to see you at many if not all of these great events!
We would also like to congratulate the following students who have received the following awards from Art Department faculty. They will be honored at the Academic Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. in the SUB (Georgian Room).
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art History
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Studio Art
Outstanding Undergraduate Student in Art: Visual Communications
Congratulations and best wishes to these talented and bright students.
Those on campus will know that Friday, May 1 is the last day of classes at Truman. Finals Week will be next week, with Reading Day falling–as is tradition–on Wednesday, May 6. Those on campus will also know that it’s been a particularly beautiful spring. Prof. Aaron Fine (University Art Gallery/Studio Art) sent this picture of painting students enjoying the weather.
Also for next week: the Leonardo bridge will be taken down on the morning of Thursday, May 7 so if you’ve been meaning to come see it, next week is your chance!
And stay tuned for more information about the Visual Communications Senior Portfolio display!
For now, good luck to all with finals and Finals Week.