Student Summer Travel in Iran (Summer 2016)

Emma Shouse at Persepolis (the City of the Persians), Iran.

As part of their Art History program, majors do a significant activity that takes them outside of the classroom.  We have students who do internships and excavations and study abroad.  Emma Shouse traveled to Iran last summer.  Here is a short report from her on what she experienced:

This summer, I went on a two week trip with Intrepid Tours to Iran. I was the youngest out of 11 people on the tour, not including our fabulous tour guide Nadia, and was the only American. We traveled around the center of the country, hitting a lot of the more historical cities, and also spent one night in a mountain village with a nomad family. While this was not an academic trip, my goal was to visit as many mosques as possible and use my experience to enhance my research of Persian mosaics. Mosaics on the Shah Mosque, EsfahanSome of the famous sights we visited include: the Tehran Bazaar, Imam Khomeini’s Shrine, the Necropolis, Persepolis, the Zoroastrian Tower of Silence and Chak Chak Temple, Sheikh Lotfollah and Shah mosques of Esfahan, the tomb of Hafez, and Nasir ol Molk    Mosque in Shiraz. As their tourism industry is still in its infancy, there were some moments where we were the only tourists in sight.

I was aware that the version of Iran shown by the American media is not an accurate portrayal of the thoughts and feelings of average Iranians, but I was absolutely blown away by the hospitality and kindness shown to me. Almost every day I had girls around my age ask to take selfies with me, and some were kind enough to give me their phone numbers just in case I had any emergencies while in Iran. It was quite the celebrity treatment. We were offered food and gifts, and almost everyone had something to say about the upcoming presidential election once they found out I was American. There was not a single moment where I felt unsafe, and being American, the Iranian government was more worried about my safety than I was (one problem including an American would have the potential to destroy their entire tourism industry). If given the chance, I would go back in a heartbeat.

 

Midterm Break Travels

Even over a break, Truman people go out of their way to experience art.  We asked for pictures from the week off and several students and faculty sent us some from their travels.  Thank you and enjoy!

Pictures from Midterm travels: (clockwise from upper left) Nala Turner in New York, Emily Pulley in Denver, Maddie Tweed in New York, Dr. Sara Orel in Ghent (Belgium), and Taylor Knoche in St. Louis.

Pictures from Midterm travels: (clockwise from upper left) Nala Turner in New York, Emily Pulley in Denver, Maddie Tweed in New York, Dr. Sara Orel in Ghent (Belgium), and Taylor Knoche in St. Louis.

Undergraduate Research in Egypt

Matt Treasure repairs an early 5th/late 4th century BCE Phoenician Torpedo Jar found at Mendes, a major center of perfume production in antiquity. This jar was used to transport oil scented with cedar chips used in manufacturing perfume.

Matt Treasure repairs an early 5th/late 4th century BCE Phoenician Torpedo Jar found at Mendes, Egypt.

Senior Art History major Matt Treasure has recently been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Scholarship from Truman’s Office of Student Research. He will use these funds to travel to Egypt in December where he will photograph and sketch the wall reliefs and architraves at the Temple of Esna. This is part of the research for his senior thesis in Art History.

Last summer Matt participated in an archaeological field school at the ancient city of Mendes located in the north-central Egyptian Delta. Members of the Mendes Expedition repaired broken pottery, documented, identified, and sketched lithics, small finds, and bones, and excavated two locations inside the ancient city’s walls.

Members of the team also had the opportunity to visit various museums, temples, pyramids, and archaeological sites throughout Egypt. Some of the highlights of the Mendes study tour were pyramids at Giza, Saqqara, and Dahshur, temples at Karnak, Luxor, Dendera, Philae, Kom Ombo, Abydos, and Edfu, and archaeological sites from Aswan to Alexandria.

Members of the Mendes Expedition at the Avenue of Sphinxes just outside the Karnak Temple Complex. Matt is on the left of the lower row.

Members of the Mendes Expedition at the Avenue of Sphinxes just outside the Karnak Temple Complex. Matt is on the left of the lower row.

Printmaking Trip!

Senior Charles Cantrell (Studio:  Printmaking) shared this great information about a recent trip related to historic printmaking in Missouri:  “This past Fall semester, Professor Jim Jereb and I went to the Deustcheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri where the Museum maintains houses and areas that have survived through the years and are used to recreate the past, which includes a house in which newspapers were printed complete with an Iron hand press. Professor Jim Jereb has been working with the museum in Hermann for a few years now recreating the print shop where the newspapers were printed, and fixing up the press to working order. This trip we took was to check the pressure settings on the press and begin to figure out any other pieces of furniture or equipment necessary to recreate the site realistically , which meant we got to print some copies of a poem written by an ancestor of one of the benefactors of the museum as well as a wood type poster that I had set up.”

Summer activities in Art!

Summer has arrived in Kirksville and the students, faculty, and staff in the Art Department will be taking full advantage of it.  Here are a few notes about what we’ve heard about from some faculty and students about summer plans:

Faculty

Dr. Sara Orel (Art History) writes:  “I will be working on two long-simmering Egyptological projects: the publication of the Gebel el-Haridi survey from the 1990s, and the re-examination of the excavations by John Garstang at Beni Hasan more than a century ago.  In addition, I am attending the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) business meeting, and beginning my third year as chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of CUR.”

Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications) will take five Visual Communications students to China for internships at TBWA Worldwide and McCann Workgroup Shanghai.

Students

Vis Comm students Will Genazzi, Nick Hollander, Olivia Brady, Lauren Jin, and Conner Frazier will join Prof. Xu’s study abroad trip.

Katie Feldkamp (Art History-History double major) writes:  “This summer I will be interning at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City. I will be working with the education coordinator to create different public programs and gain a better understanding of the mission of a museum.”

Duncan Holahan (Art History major) writes:  “For my summer I will be spending a month abroad in Málaga, Spain taking a course at the Universidad de Malaga on Spanish Art and Architecture.”

Dani Martin (Art History-Anthropology double major) will travel to Ireland for six weeks where she will tour various Medieval castles and cathedrals, as well as participate in an archaeological dig at Isert Kelly.

Emma Shouse (Art History major) has been accepted to do an internship with Saving Antiquities for Everone (SAFE).  Ms. Shouse will be working on social media writing, centering on Syria and Iraq, with possibly also some posts about Yemen.

Matt Treasure (Art History major) will participate in an archaeological dig under the direction of faculty from Pennsylvania State University at ancient Mendes in the Egyptian delta.

If you are a current student and have information to share about your summer activities, please e-mail us at art@truman.edu.  We’d love to hear from you!

This Week in the Art Department!

If you’re looking for information on the Leonardo bridge project, just scroll down.

Otherwise, there’s great things going on in the Art Department this week!  Lots of Art students are presenting at the Student Research Conference on Tuesday, April 14 so we hope you can join!  Check out the program here: http://src.truman.edu/browse/summarynew.asp?year=2015

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m., Dr. Aidan Dodson (University of Bristol) will be giving a public lecture entitled “The Valley of the Kings” (OP 2210).  Dr. Dodson is an internationally recognized expert on ancient Egypt and his lecture is free and open to the public.

We hope to see you at one of these great events!  And stay tuned for more about the student exhibitions opening next week as well.

Art alum in Venice!

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Congratulations to Art Department alum Galen Gibson-Cornell just finished a three-month artists’ residency in Venice, Italy at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica.  Galen sent some pictures of Venice and the student and had a closing exhibition there of his work as well.

More about Galen’s projects can also be found on these videos, produced as part of his involvement as a recipient of a Fulbright in the arts.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCoKwgsdWg0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJVKALllSdM&list=UUizfDnsf3JvciqVVPhM5ZZQ (6:30 for Galen)

If you are an alum of the Art Department and have news to share, we’d love to hear from you!  Please drop us an e-mail at art@truman.edu.

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Happy Winter Break!

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Finals Week ends on Friday, December 12 with December graduation taking place on Saturday, December 13th.  Congratulations to all Art Department (and Truman) graduates!  Please stay in touch (art@truman.edu).

This also means that the Art Department blog will be taking a break until the week before classes start in January.  However, during that time the blog will feature faculty artwork (and other images) related to winter themes so do check back often!

For now, greetings of the season to all!

Faculty at Council on Undergraduate Research Conference

Three Art Department faculty members serve as Councilors for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).  CUR’s mission is  “…to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship”.  Dr. Sara Orel (Art History) was elected as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division and also serves on the Executive Board.  This year, Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Studio) and Dr. Julia DeLancey (Art History) were elected to serve as Councilors in the Arts and Humanities Division.  In those roles, all three faculty members also attended the annual meeting this past summer in Washington D.C.  Truman State University faculty are very active in CUR:  one hundred twenty four (124) are members of CUR and many serve in leadership positions such as Division Chair or as heads of task forces such as Internationalization.  Stay tuned for more information about Art Department presentations at CUR as well!

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Students, Faculty, and Alumni at National Ceramics Conference

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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).