Professor of Printmaking Laura Bigger has been selected as one of the Missouri Artists of the Month by the Missouri Arts Council. In her artist’s statement she writes:
My work explores the relationships that exist among humans, animals, and ecosystems, particularly in terms of the food chain, raw materials, and the human tendency to exert control over natural systems. My art considers existential quandaries such as what it means to be a human today, how we can live in the world responsibly, and what our obligation is to do so. As a multimedia artist, I question anthropocentric viewpoints and interpret the manmade environment primarily through print, drawing, and installation.
We have three great shows opening on Tuesday March 16 in the University Art Gallery! Our 2021 Annual Juried Student is packed with works that show off the hard work and creativity of our Truman students – you won’t want to miss it. In the cube, you’ll find the work of this year’s juror, printmaker Nick Satinover, whose works place words and pattern together to explore the passing of time. And in the Charlyn Gallery, our professor of graphic design, Aaron Neeley is showing some of his latest work.
While Nick Satinover visited Truman State University to jury the student exhibition and mount an exhibition of his own work, he also printed an edition of multiple color stone lithographs using his signature method of reductive flats.
Professor Laura Bigger was the subject of an interview in Art Reveal Magazine. Congratulations on the recognition! In the interview, she talks about her own art and contemporary art more broadly. One of the focuses is on her most recent series of work, Celestial Bodies. Here is a sample of that work:
Radiate, monoprint (intaglio & relief with copper leaf), 10.5 x 14.5,” 2019
Exciting news! Elisabeth Held’s relief print “St. Dolly” and Machayla Poe’s fiber work “Fried” have been selected for the 2020 Student Union Building purchase prize! Each year, staff and students who work at the Student Union vote on two artworks from the Juried Student Exhibition to purchase for permanent display in the SUB. It was a tight vote because there are so many strong works in this year’s Juried Student Exhibition, up until September 29th.
Professor Laura Bigger recently exhibited her Elements series in a two-person show with sculptor Evan Reed at the University of Mary Washington gallery in Fredericksburg, VA.
(Photographs courtesy of Laura Bigger)
Senior printmaking major Morgan White and printmaking professor Laura Bigger attended the SGCI conference 2019 in Dallas, TX. Both participated in the open portfolio sessions, attended panels, lectures, demonstrations, and visited many printmaking exhibitions.
Photos courtesy of Laura Bigger
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.