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


Students provide ceramics work for Truman Foundation reception

Wynnes students

Students in Prof. Wynne Wilbur's (Studio:  Ceramics) Advanced Ceramics class worked on an assignment this semester to provide serving dishes for Sodexho, specifically for the Truman Foundation reception held Saturday, April 12, 2014. Those participating included, Kyle Pappalardo, Caity Priese, Paige Tunze, McKenzie Grabish, Ali Goeckner, Darrell Williams, Shawna Obrien-Stephens,and Emily Keppel.  Some pictures of the serving items from the reception appear above and below.  Congratulations!

Wynnes 2

Wynnes 3

Students, Faculty, and Alumni at National Ceramics Conference


Current and former Truman students meet up at NCECA (the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts) in Milwaukee March 19-21. Pictured are Kyle Pappalardo, Ali Goeckner, Emily (Dahmer) Nickel (Studio Art, 2008), Andrea Bright, Prof. Wynne Wilbur, Andrea Linskey, Leah Bowring (Studio Art, 2010), and Alex Thierry (Studio Art, 2010). 

China Study Abroad!

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Prof. Xu (front left) and students at the Heaven Temple in Beijing.  All photo credits: Ping Xu

Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications) and other Truman faculty led a study abroad trip to China this summer.  They arrived in Beijing on May 22. During the first five days in Beijing, they visited the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, Olympic Park, and the National Opera House. They then travelled to Xi'an where they spent another five days.  Students there visited the City Wall, the Shaanxi Historical Museum, and the Terra Cotta Museum during the time in Xi'an.
The team arrived at Shanghai University on June 1st. In addition to taking  Chinese language classes, two Truman Art majors in Vis Comm interned at TBWA Shanghai. In the team's spare time, they traveled to Shanghai's neighbor cities–Suzhou and Hangzhou. In addition, they visited the Shanghai Museum, the offices of Coca Cola, and saw the sights in Shanghai.

For more information on future study abroad trips in China with Truman State, please contact Prof. Xu ( and the Center for International Education at Truman.

TBWA Intern





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!

Truman Week going strong!


Truman Week classes in the Art Department this week have been going strong as first-year Art students settle into life in college.  We are excited that two Truman Week sections of our new Art Studio Foundations I course are being offered.  Yesterday, Prof. Priya Kambli (Photo) took her class to the Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery in Kirksville which contains graves of Civil War soldiers, Andrew T. Still (founder of osteopathy), and other notable Kirksville citizens.  The students drew and explored, and Prof. Kambli shared these great photos with us!


Art at the Student Research Conference!

Tomorrow Truman will hold the 26th Annual Student Research Conference.  Classes are cancelled on this day to allow students, faculty, and staff to experience the fantastic range of research and creative work being done by students on Truman’s campus.  The Art Department will be very well represented and we hope to see you at a lot of these events!  Congratulations to all the students and to their faculty mentors (including Prof. Priya Kambli who was a semi-finalist for the Research Mentor of the Year award!).

Featured throughout the day will be two exhibitions of student artwork:

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Atrium, South Wing of OP
Studio Art Display

8:30 am – 7:00 pm • University Art Gallery (OP 1114)
Annual Juried Student Exhibition

In addition, the following events will highlight students and their creative or research work:

Art History (these will be individual research presentations)

1:00 – 2:15 • OP 2117

1:00 ALLIE M. STRAUSSNER (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Sara Orel, and Dr. Paul Yoder, Faculty Mentors)   Henry Fuseli: Sensations of the Erotic.

1:15  APRIL N. JOHNSTON (TruScholar 2012), (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentor)
I Sacrificed Nothing: Struggle and Triumph in the Painting of Lee Krasner,

1:30 MAMIE E. COX (TruScholar 2013), (Dr. Elizabeth Gand (Fort Lewis College), Dr. Julia DeLancey, and Dr. Cole Woodcox, Faculty Mentors)
At the Moulin Rouge: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and the Dancer

1:45 LACY A. MURPHY (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentor)
The Women of Jacques-Louis David

Exhibition of Student Works (Studio and Visual Communication)

(students will not make formal presentations, but rather will be available during this time to answer questions about their work;  because of the overlap with Art History presentations, some if not all of the students below have agreed to be available starting at 12:45 p.m.  Thank you to them!).

12:45- 2:15 • OP South Atrium

ELIZABETH A. WILLIAMSON (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Creative Photography: Churches

KATHERINE D. KLEBENOW (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Unnatural: A Photographic Investigation of Interactions with Nature

SHELBY SIMS (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Surrounded by Life

ROCIO D. HOPSON (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Exploring Pregnancy

Large Scale Sculptural Installation

LONA D. MOODY (TruScholar 2012), (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Experimentally Combining Alternative and Traditional Photographic Processes

ROCIO D. HOPSON (Prof. Matthew Derezinksi, Faculty Mentor)
Casa Nahual, Bed & Breakfast

1:30-2:15 • OP 1210

Studio Art

CARLY M. ROBISON*, KATHRYN E. SUTTON, and KRISTEN N. WILLIAMS (Prof. Matthew Derezinksi, Faculty Mentor)
Design in Motion