Spring Semester Begins

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.

Hey! There’s an Aquarium in the OP Lobby!

Students in the Advanced Sculpture classes are at it again! For this Homecoming week, the lobby of Ophelia Parrish Hall is featuring blow-up animals, this time inside a fiber aquarium.  The sculpture is made to walk through, and the animals are far larger than life-sized.

The art installation should be up throughout the week.

Plein Air Painting on the Quad

Professor Lindsey Dunnagan’s Painting I class took advantage of the wonderful warm weather we’ve been having to go outside and practice their art outside the studio, following in the footsteps of such luminaries as Renoir and Monet.  It was beautiful but, sadly for the artists, rain is predicted for the next couple of days.

                        Violet Odzinski paints outside on a beautiful early autumn day.

Art Blows Up!

Professor Danielle Yakle continues to provide Truman’s campus with art entertainment.  On September 5th, posters started to appear that advertised a pop up “Blow Up” art exhibition.  Fortunately the morning of September 7th dawned bright and clear and not too windy, and the Advanced Fibers/Sculpture classes trekked their plastic sculptures and air blowers out to the Quad and got ready to stop passersby in their tracks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The assignment was to create a sculpture that was a very large version of a small stuffed animal.  And as the elephant, floppy dog, unicorn, crab. and other creatures suddenly appeared, people certainly paid attention. The new art contrasted well with the art that seems more “normal” for a university campus.

 

Stay tuned for the next of the Professor Yakle’s public art projects.  And keep an eye on the Quad, and around campus generally.  You never know what you might see!

3D Modeling, Motion, and Animation Final Projects on Display

Come and Enjoy!

In addition, Design capstone projects are up at the Kirksville Arts Association (1902 S. Baltimore, Suite 100) this week.  The reception to celebrate their completion of the degree will be at 6 pm Friday evening at that location.  We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the events coming up this week.

Department Is Featured Artist

Local art gallery Gallery 104: Art on the Square highlights the Truman State University Art Department as their featured artist for the month of April.  The Art Department has had exhibition space in Gallery 104 since their opening last summer. Student artwork is on sale, and this month you can window shop for Truman artwork in the front window as well.

 

 

On March 31st, there was a reception for the exhibitors and students who attended are shown below: (from left to right, back row) Daniel Degenhardt, Hannah Nicks, Emily LaMarche, Lindsey Picht, Jenny Reagan, Audrey Kastner, Greta Dellinger, (from left to right, front row) Karlynn Naylor, Claire Nipper, Olivia Brady, and Maddie Pearson.

A poster from the “Join, Save, Buy” exhibit in the University Gallery this past February hangs in the Gallery 104 window on the Kirksville Square.

The sea serpent that spent last summer on the Quad has found a comfortable home in the gallery (his name is Wilburt, if you hadn’t heard!).

Student Art in the Library

In the spring semester, Danielle Yakle’s Sculpture, Fibers, and 3D classes joined forces to produce a set of sea creatures that hung in the library.

Jelly fish in the library

For about a month in late February and early March, jellyfish, whales, rays, and sharks prowled the atrium space. Thank you to the Art students who worked together to change the ambience of Pickler Memorial Library and the library authorities who were so welcoming to this public art project.

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Events You Won’t Want to Miss: Friday, April 29th

Two retirement receptions and one gallery reception.  What a way to end the semester and the year! Come join us this Friday to celebrate the end of Bob Jones’ and Jim Jereb’s careers at Truman, and the completion of the BFA degrees of three seniors.


The events start at 2 pm in the Georgian Room in the Student Union.  Come and celebrate the contributions of Professor Bob Jones to Truman and the Art Department.  The senior member of our department, Bob has taught at Truman since 1979, serving in numerous administrative positions, starting the Visual Communications program, and teaching thousands of students over the decades. fad-jonesThen at 6 pm come to the University Gallery for the reception celebrating the last gallery show of the year.

BFA posterAnd a fitting way to end the evening is the retirement reception for our printmaking professor Jim Jereb, who has been at Truman since 1990. In addition to teaching a generation of printmakers, Jim has taught a variety of courses in foundations and the university core.  He has mentored many students who were interested in learning about conservation and most recently has helped to prepare an exhibit of posters from the Great War to be displayed in the University Gallery in 2017.  Come to the Dukum Inn at 7 pm Friday and celebrate his contributions, his past, and his future.fad-jereb