Art History professor Sara Orel, whose speciality is ancient Egypt (she has her Ph.D. in Egyptian Archaeology), led a June 10th tour of the Sunken Cities exhibition at the St. Louis Art Museum for members of Truman State University’s Alumni Association. The show includes objects from underwater excavations of the lost cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus, off the northern coast of Egypt in the Mediterranean sea. In addition there are several pieces on loan from the Greco-Roman Museum in Alexandria, Egypt, and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Thirty former (and current) Truman students and their friends and family got to see the objects which included beautiful jewelry and statues, including three colossal statues of granite set up in the lobby of the museum. Art History graduate Krista Garcia took several pictures and was willing to let us use them here.
Congratulations to May 2018 graduates from Truman State University’s Art Department. Our graduates are going on to take up exciting jobs, graduate programs in a variety of fields, and internships in businesses and museums. Three Art History majors are going to serve as curatorial interns this summer at the St. Louis Art Museum. These include the two graduates shown here, Amelia Goldsby and Kathryn Hodge, as well as rising senior Kalven Duncan.
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.
On Friday, October 13th, Gretchen Claire, a Truman Alumni and Graphic Design major, gave a presentation to design students about her work experiences. Gretchen works for environments WORKS, a Community Design Center firm that is based out of Seattle, Washington. She had been with the company for over eight months. The presentation discussed her ability to get job, what employers are looking for and what students need to think about after graduation. Once the presentation was over Gretchen met with seniors and juniors about their portfolios.
2003 Sculpture graduate Dusty Folwarczny will return to Truman to speak with students on Monday, October 23rd. She will be working with Priya Kambli’s Art Foundations II class in the morning and will speak to the Senior Seminar class in the evening. In addition to her active work as a sculptor in Chicago, she co-founded a company that provides illustration services where the client is an active participant in the creation process. ink factory has developed murals, videos, and installations of various sorts for a wide range of clients, both private businesses and community and non-profit groups.Two views of “Give,” by Dusty Folwarczny, made of salvaged steel, and 14 feet tall.
Assistant Professor of Art Heidi Cook completed her Ph.D. this year in the history of art and architecture at the University of Pittsburgh with advisor Barbara McCloskey. Her dissertation was titled “Picturing Peasants: Maksimilijan Vanka’s Folkloric Paintings and the ‘Croatian Question’ from Habsburg Empire to Croatian Nation-State.” Using the work of Croatian-American artist Vanka as a linking thread, her project explored how the production, circulation, and reception of objects and images related to Croatian folk culture played an active role in imagining a spectrum of competing national and imperial identities in early twentieth-century Yugoslavia. She received an American Councils Title VIII Fellowship, Foreign Language and Area Studies Academic-year Fellowships, and a Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship from the University of Pittsburgh among other grants to fund her research and writing. Her research will continue to focus on visual constructions of nationalisms and other competing political identities in the modern art, architecture, design, and cultural history of Central and Eastern Europe.
Truman split their commencement into three parts this year because of construction and track improvements. So the BA and BFA students were honored at a 9 am ceremony on May 13th, which also featured an address by Dr. Cole Woodcox of the English Department, who has also taught Art History for several years. Congratulations to all graduates! We will miss you as you go on to your exciting futures. Please keep in touch and let us know what you are doing.
Photo courtesy of Tim Barcus
Over spring break, Emma Shouse (senior Art History major) sent us the following message:
“I will be working towards a Masters of Arts in Fashion Studies at The New School: Parsons Paris in Paris, France. It is a two year program that looks at fashion through an interdisciplinary lens (art history, anthropology, sociology, film studies, design, fashion theory, etc.), which allows for students to find their niche while still having to push themselves to analyze fashion in new ways. Students get access to the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris Fashion Week, and numerous other design houses and museums around Paris. Each student is required to complete an internship, and many find placements in design houses, museums, fashion magazines, and retail headquarters… I could not be more thrilled with this program!”
Congratulations, Emma! We look forward to hearing from you next year (send pictures)!
Lori Nix, who graduated from Truman (then called Northeast Missouri State University) in 1993, is featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. Lori double majored in Photography and Art History and she has continued to work as an artist from her MFA at Ohio University through to her successful career in New York City.
The article is available at the National Geographic website. Just to give you a taste of the full writeup (which has several photographs of her work), here are the first two paragraphs:
It’s the end of the world as we know it, but Lori Nix feels fine. In fact, she and Kathleen Gerber, her partner in art and life, are the cheerful architects of this apocalypse. On a gray winter day in Brooklyn, the two women are working in their chockablock apartment cum studio, carefully building small-scale dioramas of disaster.
Their goal, says Nix, is to create and photograph “open-ended narratives—models of a post-human metropolis in the future, after an unknown catastrophe.” To “unlock, engage, and provoke” viewers’ imaginations, “we want [them] to contemplate the present. Do we still have a future? Will we be able to save ourselves?”
Several Art faculty attended the annual meeting of the College Art Association in New York this past week. Professor Aaron Fine had the launch of his book on color theory (Dialogues on Color), while Dr. Heidi Cook (Truman alumna and now a faculty member here) gave a paper on Croatian art. Dr. Julia DeLancey hosted a reception for art faculty from institutions that are members of the Consortium of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, and Dr. Sara Orel co-chaired a workshop on undergraduate research in Art History with Dr. Alexa Sand of Utah State University. Dr. Cole Woodcox also attended the conference, taking advantage of the wide range of sessions and museums available in New York.
In addition to the Art faculty, several alumnae attended the conference or otherwise participated in the week’s events. Dr. Jasmine Cloud (now a professor at the University of Central Missouri) gave a paper, and we saw Emily Nickel (now an MFA student at the University of Iowa), Lori Nix (an artist working in New York), and Emily Hagen (a graduate student at Penn State). Some of the alumnae and faculty got together for lunch at the conference. Although not shown in the photograph, we have Aaron Fine to thank for the record of the event.
From left to right: Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Cole Woodcox, Dr. Jasmine Cloud, Emily Hagen, Dr. Heidi Cook. Photo courtesy of Professor Aaron Fine.