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 the 4th of May is the last day of classes. Come out and celebrate with senior studio art majors as they host the reception for their exhibitions. The shows will be up in the University Art Gallery from Monday, April 30th, to Friday, and the concluding reception is Friday, 6 pm, in the Gallery.
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)!
In the dark of February we welcomed visiting artist Josh Winkler, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University – Mankato. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and has since spent his time creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally.
In addition to a lecture about his work titled “Reaching for the Sun,” Winkler met with students in Printmaking classes. His current artwork reflects his interest in how humans manipulate and label the land and how time, politics, and social change alter the context of both natural and inhabited locations.
Josh Winkler meets with students in Laura Bigger’s printmaking class.
Please join Dr. Heidi Cook and others on Tuesday, October 17, at 5 p.m. in the University Art Gallery, for an artist talk by Laura Berman, professor of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute, in conjunction with her solo exhibition Once & Then. Refreshments to follow at 6 p.m.
In April, during the last full month of the (academic) year, art students Jennifer Reagan, Nick Phan, Claire Nipper, Morgan Price, Morgan White, Greta Dellinger, Cassie Koelling, and Madi Pearson all went on a trip with Professor Laura Bigger, our printmaking instructor.
The trip took them all to the Minneapolis Institute of the Arts and its Print Study Room, Cave Paper, The Minnesota Center for Book Arts, The Walker Art Center, Midway Center for Contemporary Art, two graduate programs (at the University of Minnesota and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design), Leg Up Press, and the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
They also made requisite stops to eat doughnuts and yummy food.
Professor Bigger herself writes that this summer she will be heading to Documenta
and Berlin to research a study abroad trip for the Art Department. She will also mount an exhibition at The Holland Project
in Reno, Nevada, and the Silverwood Park Gallery
in St. Anthony, Minnesota. We hope to have pictures from those adventures in the fall.
Professor Laura Bigger has sent us photographs of her exhibition, “Elements,” at the Frontier Space Gallery in Missoula, Montana, installed in early March. Congratulations!
Two retirement receptions and one gallery reception. What a way to end the semester and the year! Come join us this Friday to celebrate the end of Bob Jones’ and Jim Jereb’s careers at Truman, and the completion of the BFA degrees of three seniors.
The events start at 2 pm in the Georgian Room in the Student Union. Come and celebrate the contributions of Professor Bob Jones to Truman and the Art Department. The senior member of our department, Bob has taught at Truman since 1979, serving in numerous administrative positions, starting the Visual Communications program, and teaching thousands of students over the decades. Then at 6 pm come to the University Gallery for the reception celebrating the last gallery show of the year.
And a fitting way to end the evening is the retirement reception for our printmaking professor Jim Jereb, who has been at Truman since 1990. In addition to teaching a generation of printmakers, Jim has taught a variety of courses in foundations and the university core. He has mentored many students who were interested in learning about conservation and most recently has helped to prepare an exhibit of posters from the Great War to be displayed in the University Gallery in 2017. Come to the Dukum Inn at 7 pm Friday and celebrate his contributions, his past, and his future.
The Index, Truman’s student newspaper, featured articles on two Art Department professors in their March 24th edition. Jim Jereb was featured in a tribute article about his retirement. Jim, who has taught at Truman for 26 years, will be moving to Big Horn, Wyoming, to take up a curatorial position at the Brinton Museum there. He will also head the printmaking section of the museum’s new education center.
The second article featured Priya Kambli, our professor of photography, who presented her work at the St. Louis Art Museum. The symposium, “If it Wasn’t for the Women: Women of Color Behind and Through the Lens,” was a Women’s History Month event. “If It Wasn’t for the Women” is a free annual program that brings special attention to women of color and their experiences in the arts. This year the focus was on photography.
Mami 2015: A recent work by Professor Priya Kambli.
Priscilla Parisa made a lovely video to share what a day in Printmaking I was like. It happened to be National Soup Day and after the images of preparing and printing some very nice artworks the students and Jim Jereb, Professor of Printmaking, celebrate with steaming bowls of goodness. Just another lovely day in the print studio. Thanks for sharing, Priscilla!