Wesley is a Wiz!

Sculpture student Wesley Scafe demonstrates the fully functional ribbon cutting scissors he constructed for Truman State University. They were used for the first time at the 2019 Homecoming celebration and ribbon cutting for the new plaza and fountain. Thank you Wesley!

Breaking News About Priya Kambli

Truman is excited to announce that Professor Priya Kambli’s series, “Buttons for Eyes” is one of the two winning bodies of work for the “Story Category” for the Female in Focus award, “a new award from 1854 Media, running for the first time in 2019. The aim of the award is to highlight the exceptional quality of work by female photographers around the world.”


At 1854’s core is British Journal of Photography, the world’s longest running photography title, which has been showcasing pioneers of the art form since 1854.

The winning series will be part of the Female in Focus exhibition, taking place at United Photo Industries in Brooklyn, NYC for a month in Oct /Nov 2019 – with the opening being on Oct 22, 2019.

Professor Kambli’s series, “Buttons for Eyes” has also been selected as one of 10 Finalist in The Print Center’s 94th ANNUAL International Competition from the 512 international artists that applied.


From the 10 finalists, they will select three solo exhibitions winners. Those exhibitions will open at The Print Center in January 2020. Winners will also will be eligible for additional awards – including cash, acquisition and material prizes – granted in spring 2020. The full list of Finalists and Semifinalists will be publicly announced in an email newsletter later in October.

“The Print Center, a nonprofit gallery located in Philadelphia’s historic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, encourages the growth and understanding of photography and printmaking as vital contemporary arts through exhibitions, publications and educational programs. The Print Center is an international voice in print; our global outlook coincides with a strong sense of local purpose. Recognized as a locally significant and internationally respected gallery, an art education provider and an artists’ advocate, The Print Center is known for supporting emerging and established artists; developing unusual and intriguing programs that attract a diverse audience; and making art accessible to all members of the community.

Dunnagan’s New Public Artworks

This summer, art professor Lindsey Dunnagan showed work at Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City and completed two large public painting commissions.  Through Weinberger Fine Art, she sold six paintings to Truman Medical Centers in Kansas City, Missouri.  They will be installed later this winter.  Additionally, Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art in Dallas, Texas sold a 48” x 72” commissioned painting by Dunnagan to the new Springhill Suites Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas.  This painting will also be installed later this fall.

Springhill Suites, Fort Worth, Texas

Truman Medical Centers, Kansas City, Missouri

Additionally, Dunnagan is part of an exhibition in Terminal E of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport through October 2019.  Her handmade artist book “Wax Chrysalis” is in the group show “The Book as Art: Flight Edition.”

Professor Derezinski and International Media in the Arts

Matthew Derezinski was part of the International Media Team for the 24th World Scout Jamboree, held in West Virginia. Over 45,000 Scouts attended from 150 countries around the world and over 10,000 International Staffing Team to help run all the events at World Jamboree. It has been over fifty years since the last World Scout Jamboree was held in the United State. This Jamboree was hosted by three countries: United State, Mexico and Canada.

The Art Department also got funding to purchase a Glowforge, which is a laser cutter and engraver. Aaron Neeley and Matthew Derezinski have been working on developing protocols and procedures in how to use the machine. Here are some examples:  (see google drive folder)

Priya Kambli Had a Whirlwind Summer Full of Art

This summer, Art Professor Kambli completed an artist residency at Latitude.  In her own words, “My strong desire to participate in the Artist in Residence program at Latitude was driven by my need to investigate and expand the nature of my own photographic practice.”  You can visit her artist lecture here.

She also traveled to France with Truman’s International Travel Grant to research contemporary photography.