Five Students Receive Summer Grants to Create Art

Five art students were awarded TruScholar grants to pursue research this summer.  You can see their resulting work in the Atrium Gallery of Ophelia Parrish from Monday, August 30- Friday, September 3.  Below is a summary of each project:

For his TruScholar research, Kameron Clark compared struggles of contemporary wealth inequality with similar themes from the past.  Historical paintings such as “Hard Times” by Hubert von Herkomer (1885) and “Evicted” by Blandford Fletcher (1887) are reimagined in the current United States climate.

Kameron Clark

Maggie Adams conducted her TruScholars project on the fiber artist Lenore Tawney; her research combined studio art and art historical methodologies. Adams focused on replicating Tawney’s understudied weaving techniques in her body of work “Woven Forms” and its connection to Abstract Expressionism in the 1960s.

Anna Grahlherr’s summer research reclaims the female nude in art from the perspective of female-sexed people.  In this series, she rejects the tradition of the male gaze and explores diverse bodies.

Anna Grahlherr

ZuZu Smugala created artwork that explores how people use different coping mechanisms in their daily lives.

ZuZu Smugala

Kristen Buck’s project is about documenting her body to create permanence of her self-image. After going through a drastic physical change, her reality has been comprised by her own thoughts. The resulting series of photographs capture her contradictory feelings as well as igniting conversations about what an image is and how it serves to preserve truth.

Truman Art Faculty Honored

Russell (Rusty) Nelson, Professor of Design

Design Professor Russell Nelson and Ceramics Professor Eric Ordway have both been selected as  Featured Artists for the month of August by the Missouri Arts Council. The MAC  selects artists with diverse demographics and locations throughout the state who are producing quality original work in a variety of art mediums and genres.

Reclaimed (watercolor) by Russell Nelson

Green Tea Set, Stoneware with Green Celadon By Eric Ordway

Eric Ordway, Professor of Ceramics

Last Chance to See!

This is the last week of the Student Juried Show in the University Gallery.  We have pictures of students with their award-winning art if you need encouragement to see what students have been doing over the past year.

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

1st place: Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Third Prize: Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

Best in show: Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

 

2nd place: ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

Students making Site Specific Art

Intermediate and Advanced Drawing students have created large, spite-specific artworks drawn directly on the walls in Ophelia Parrish. The work can be viewed through April 15th in the hallway adjacent to the Truman State University Gallery. Come check out the exhibition! And if you haven’t seen it yet, visit the Juried Student Show in the gallery!Students making art on walls of OP

Congratulations to Student Juried Show Award Winners

Heidi Cook, our gallery director, has announced the winners of this year’s juror prizes and the Student Union Purchase Prizes. Our juror this year was Nick Satinover of Middle Tennessee University, and he assigned the following juror’s awards:

 

Honorable Mentions:

Rachel McCary, Restless Wanderer, Oil on canvas

Shania Montúfar, Brain Fog, Inkjet print

Maddie Morris, Self Portrait Six Ways, Watercolor

Kristen Buck, Flowers leaping, Paper and wire

Kristen Buck, Flowers Leaping

3rd place ($50):

Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

 

2nd place ($50):

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

 

1st place ($75):

Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Best in show ($150):

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship

 

Each year selected Truman staff and student workers get to vote on two works to purchase for the Student Union Building Purchase Prize for $250 each. This year they chose

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas, Course: Painting III

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic

 

Congrats to our award winners! Please brag about this to all of your friends and family.

Alumnus Shows at Indian Hills

Truman alumnus Joe Hermann has an exhibition up at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Joe did his AA degree at IHCC, then came to Truman where he majored in painting. He then went on to the University of Delaware, where he earned his MFA.

Joe is “interested in the infinite aspect of art making, capturing moments in time. His painting are full of the nuance and drama that makes life interesting.” The gallery is open Monday-Thursday and Sunday afternoons. His exhibition is up until Thursday, March 25th. Congratulations, Joe! It looks like a wonderful show!

 

Exhibition in the Charlyn Gallery

Watchers by Natalie Gruber, detail

Watchers by Natalie Gruber, detail

Laura Bigger’s Intermediate and Advanced Drawing Exploration students present Drawing – Implied in the Charlyn Gallery. The works in the exhibition explore “drawing,” the verb, in the abstract and test the limits of what one considers a drawing. Each artist created a wall-based installation that emphasizes formal decisions to create something that reads as a drawing, considers implied line or line created by both traditional and nontraditional means, and intentionally incorporates light and shadow to draw in a three-dimensional space.

Artists include: Maggie Adams, Sarah Early, Jamie Foutch, Natalie Gruber, Abby Moreno, Stephen Poindexter and Wesley Scafe.

The exhibition runs February 1st through 25th.

Congratulations to Professor Priya Kambli

Our own Priya Kambli has been chosen by the Missouri Arts Council as the recipient of the Missouri Arts Award for Individual Artist – our State’s highest honor in the arts. “Honorees are recognized for their profound and lasting contributions to Missouri’s artistic and cultural legacy.”

The press release says:

Individual Artist | Priya Kambli, Kirksville

Internationally recognized photographer whose art is suffused with themes of loss, love, and memory across generations of family, inspired by the archive of family heirlooms, artworks, and photographs she brought with her to the U.S. when she migrated from India at age 18.

Congratulations to Professor Kambli!