We hope you are finally warming up from bitter cold winter break (in Kirksville New Year’s day saw a high of 4 and a low of -17 degrees!). As we are now one week into the spring semester of 2018, we begin the Art Blog by wrapping up some of Fall 2017’s news.
The first thing we want to do is to encourage you to investigate the new art installation to be found in front of the McKinney Health Center (between that building and the Kirk Building).
Professor Danielle Yakle (in the middle of the picture above, wearing a turquoise beret) wrote, in her proposal asking to install the sculpture in its current location:
Their (her Introduction to Visual Arts students) idea was to create an installation of enlarged human organs and systems. The various parts (a brain, heart, stomach, rib cage, etc.) will be assembled in the space much like an anatomical study. While being somewhat educational, the main concept is to recreate objects, which are normally soft and temporary, as something that is solid and long-lasting. The class was interested in the contrast between the ephemeral nature of the body compared to the hard and durable qualities of the concrete we are using for the sculpture. They hope to treat viewers to a surreal experience by positioning the interior of the body in an outdoor space.
These photographs (courtesy of Atticus Bailey) show the installation of the sculpture at the beginning of December. The pieces are made of concrete and many are attached to the ground with large metal spikes, which will help to keep them in place as they are climbed upon. Human body parts displayed include:
A brain – approximately 5’ long by 3’ high by 2.5’ wide
Two sets of ribs – 6’ by 4’ by 1’, connected with a bracket
A heart – 3’ by 3’ by 2.5’
A stomach – 5.5’ by 5’ by 2’
Two kidneys – 2.5’ by 1.5’ by 1.5’ each
Three lengths of large intestine – the largest is 7.5’ by 2.5’ by 2’
If you want to go by on a sunny day, the grassy space between Kirk and the Health Center seems to be a nice place to take in the view.
Professor Rusty Nelson has had one of his works selected as a runner up in Creative Quarterly 50. His “Belfast Daisies” will be in their online exhibit. Congratulations, Rusty!
Hannah Nicks, who will graduate in December with a BA double major in Art History and Studio (Ceramics Concentration), sends us the following exciting news about what she will be doing after walking across the stage to receive her diploma:
Following my December graduation, I will begin an Art Residency at Access Arts in Columbia, Missouri. At Access Arts I will be teaching two classes, Adaptive Clay Handbuilding for adults and children with special needs, and Handbuilding & Altered Forms for more advanced students. During the residency, I plan to make a body of work that I can use to apply to a graduate program for ceramics. Along with the creation of this body of work I have a number of art shows around the midwest that I am going to apply for in order to gain exhibition experience.
Congratulations to Hannah and our other graduates!
Here are a few of Hannah’s recent works for you to admire.
If you are in New Orleans this coming weekend, you should take the opportunity to hear Truman Professor Priya Kambli talk about her work at the Louisiana State Museum at The Old US Mint. She will be speaking as part of the PHOTONOLA 2017 event. Priya’s talk is on Sunday, December 10th, at 10 am, and it is free and open to the public. She also has a solo exhibition in New Orleans, at the Staple Goods Gallery from December 9th-January 7th.
Louisiana State Museum Old US Mint Staple Goods
400 Esplanade Avenue 1340 St. Roch Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116 New Orleans, LA 70117
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10am – 4:30pm Hours: Sat + Sun, 12-5pm
From the PHOTONOLA 2017 website:
Priya Kambli’s artwork is intrinsically tied to her own family’s photographic legacy and her move at age 18, following the death of her parents, from India to the United States. Before she emigrated, she and her sister split their photographic inheritance in half. One portion remained in India, and the other was displaced along with Priya, in America. For the past decade, that archive of family photographs has been Priya’s primary source material in creating bodies of work which explore the migrant narrative and experience; albeit through a personal lens. Priya’s work has always touched upon universal themes, with the potential to start a dialogue about cultural differences and universal similarities. In the last year those private references and broad themes have taken on a new public significance that requires a creative response, by delving deeper into her own immigrant narrative, engaging with its personal but increasingly, if accidentally, political context.
In this free public presentation, Priya Kambli will discuss her bodies of work which explore the migrant narrative and experience as seen through a personal lens, beginning with her book Color Falls Down, and continuing through her latest project Buttons for Eyes.
Join us this week, December 4th-8th, for the graduating BFA Exhibition featuring the works of graduating BFA Truman student Linan Sun and pieces featured from promising foundation students. The Reception will take place this Friday, but the show will be up Monday through Friday.
Both the reception and the show itself are free and open to the public.
Dr. Sue Thomas, President of Truman State University, invited students to submit small works of art to be used as gifts for visiting dignitaries, something more unique than Truman memorabilia (which is great too, of course!). Students submitted works that were smaller than 5x5x5 inches, ones that were unmounted (if flat work) so they can be easily packed in a suitcase. Students submitted some 40 pieces, and faculty narrowed the selection, and from Dr. Thomas selected ten, including ceramics, fibers, paintings, drawings, and prints. Each student received $30 and the knowledge that their work would represent the university around the world. Congratulations to the students, and thank you to Dr. Thomas for coming up with such a wonderful idea.
Truman classes are off for the full week of Thanksgiving to allow students and faculty a chance to catch up on sleep, writing and grading, and to get together with friends and family and reexamine all the things that make us fortunate in life. We hope you will have a good holiday yourself, and come back in a week to hear about all the exciting happenings in the Art Department.
Professor Francine Fox, “Turkey.”
Laura Bigger’s Art Foundations I students are spending a couple of weeks enjoying the lushness in the Magruder Hall Greenhouse amid winter gloom! Their botanical watercolors will be on display in Ophelia Parrish the week after Thanksgiving Break.
Dusty Folwarczny, Studio Art graduate, and co-founder of Chicago’s Ink Factory, visited Truman in October to talk about her post-Truman career and provide a workshop on Visual Note Taking. She spoke to classes, including the Senior Capstone Seminar, and explained to students what she does as part of this innovative Chicago start-up, and gave them a chance to practice visual note taking themselves.
Dusty and Art Department chair Aaron Fine talk after her presentation. Student tries out visual note taking.