Truman Alumnae have big hearts

Kayla Decker poses next to the heart she painted for the Kansas City Parade of Hearts

Kayla Decker poses next to the heart she painted for the Kansas City Parade of Hearts

Kayla Decker, a Design alumna who now works as a Graphic Designer at Hobby Lobby Corporate Headquarters, in Oklahoma City, writes that she painted a heart design for the Kansas City Parade  of Hearts in Kansas City now through June. There are 154 painted hearts around the city by 123 artists.
There is an app available on which you can track the hearts you have seen. Kayla also tells us that Jessica Endaya Keefer, also a Truman Design graduate now working for VMLY&R, a marketing form in Kansas City, MO, painted a heart for the parade as well.

Jessica Endaya Keefer poses next to her heart, painted for the Kansas City Parade of Hearts.

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

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.

Congratulations to Laura Bigger!

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.

Students Drawing on Walls!

Intermediate and Advanced Drawing students are currently doing a project in which they work at a large scale directly on the walls in Ophelia Parrish in the hallway across from the Art Gallery. You can see their in-process work for the next week or so and then their finished drawings will remain in place through April 11th. Here is an image of the students working on-site.

 

Gallery has three shows this month!

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.

Nick Satinover demonstration