We have lots of great news, from some current students:
Daniel Degenhardt and Linnea Moody both have received Tru-Scholars fellowships for undergraduate research this coming summer. Both of them will be working with Photography Professor Priya Kambli.
Art major Abby Moreno will be doing research through the McNair program this summer. Dr. Heidi Cook will be her mentor for that project.
And Department Chair Aaron Fine writes:
Current Art Major Natalie Gruber was surprised but pleased by the response to her painting of “Mothman in Domestic Bliss” – a painting she created in her Painting I class. When she posted it on twitter it received over 23,000 likes and was shared over 8,000 times within just a few days. Comments included those begging her to sell prints of the image, so it seems this one post has led to a new side business for her.
And we have news from an Alumna of the department:
Painting alumna Megan Klco Kellner had her collection of poetry selected to be published as a chap book by Michigan Writers Cooperative Press. More information can be found in their Facebook Announcement:
Michigan Writers Cooperative Press — Chapbook Contest Winner
Michigan Writers Cooperative Press is pleased to announce the winner of our annual chapbook contest. This year we will be publishing one new author, Megan Klco Kellner and her poetry chapbook, “What Will You Teach Her?”
Megan’s book will be released at a celebratory reading and reception on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at 7pm. We invite the public to join us for this free event at the Writing House on the campus of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. Mark your calendars to help us celebrate Megan’s work.
Megan Klco Kellner writes poems and makes paintings in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She holds an MFA in painting from Kendall College of Art and Design. She started writing poems in earnest during late-night feedings after her children were born. She is, above all, their awe-filled observer.
Congratulations to the following students who have sent us their recent news:
Katie Feldkamp, a 2017 Art History/History double major, will be attending graduate school abroad this fall. She writes:
I will be attending the University of St. Andrews in Scotland this September for their Museum and Gallery Studies MLitt program. The program is a year-long course that focuses on practical hands-on skills as well as more theoretical coursework and provides students with broad training in all types of museums, galleries and other heritage facilities.
Lisa Simms’ news comes from painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan:
Lisa Simms has been working as a Teaching Artist at Resident Arts in Columbus, MO. She works with teen artists to teach them different painting techniques and they are also working on a large public mural along the MKT trail under Elm Street. The position will come to a close around the end of the summer when the full-time person returns from maternity leave.
Lisa Simms (right) with professor Lindsey Dunnagan (left) at Simms’ capstone exhibit.
Art History grad Kathryn Hodge, who has been a curatorial intern at the St. Louis Art Museum this summer, writes to say she has accepted a part time position with Leslie Hindman Auctioneers as a client services specialist. As she has always been interested in the collecting aspect of art, this is a great move for her. We wish her the best of success!
If you are a Truman art student alumna/alumnus and would like to share your adventures with us, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!
Friday at 6 pm come and join the graduating BA students to celebrate their capstone exhibition, which is on display in the University Gallery until that evening. Help us congratulate the students on completion of their degree (and enjoy some lovely snacks while you do)!
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.
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.
o Benjamin Flowers receives a certificate in recognition of his selection as the Outstanding Student in Art: Studio Art. The award is presented by Sara Orel, Professor of Art History.
Congratulations to the three students, representing three of our major programs, who were selected by the Art faculty to receive recognition as the outstanding members of their senior class. The three students are:
Sadie Pafford, Outstanding Student in Art
Benjamin Flowers, Outstanding Student in Art: Studio Art
Madeline Perel, Outstanding Student in Art: Visual Communication
Dr. Sara Orel represented the Art Department to present the awards to Sadie and Benjamin. Madeline was otherwise occupied, taking part in the BFA: Visual Communication capstone exhibition at the Kirksville Arts Association, for which the final reception was the same evening (the Friday before graduation). We will have pictures from that exhibition soon. In the meantime, here is a photograph from Benjamin Flowers’ senior BFA show. Congratulations to all three students from the Art faculty and from Truman State University. We will miss all of you!
Visitors admire Benjamin Flowers’ BFA exhibition in the University Gallery.