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.
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!
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Our own Professor Lindsey Dunnagan has been honored as one of the Missouri Arts Council Featured Artists of the Month!
Lindsey writes: I visually explore interactions with the natural environment. At an intimate level, I am interested in home and identity. On a larger scale, I consider our spiritual ties to nature.
My creative pursuits are grounded in my Alaskan upbringing. Summers were spent hiking mountains, fishing the Russian River, and camping at bluegrass festivals. In the winter, my family cross-country skied under moonlight with miner’s headlamps. Each new season was enchanting and dangerous; it was not uncommon to pass a moose or see a black bear ahead on the trail. These experiences fostered a love of nature and a deep need to explore, discover, and create. To experience my work in person, swing by Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City, Missouri, for my solo show, “Northern Catch,” which will be up through March.
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.
We have just received word that Natalie Gruber and Madilyn McClain both were awarded Grants-in-Aid of Scholarship from Truman’s Office of Student Research to support their BFA Capstone projects next semester. Both are painting majors.