One of the joys of being in an art program is being surrounded by art of all kinds.
Ceramics majors and other art students made bowls for a fundraiser for the Pantry for Adair County, an organization that provides help for those in our community who experience food insecurity. The “Empty Bowl Soup Lunch” sold tickets for a meal consisting of soup, pie, and beverage. People attending could choose to take a bowl that was made by an artist, for $30, including the luncheon, or one that was simply “unique,” which only cost $20, including food. It was a big success and the students’ bowls sold out well before the end of the event. Thank you to everyone who made this a success!
Bowls arrayed for selection at the “Empty Soup Bowl Lunch,”sponsored by the Pantry for Adair County on November 10th. Among these are many made by Truman students.
September 14th, 2018, was a bright sunny day with relatively little wind — the perfect day to showcase the work of Advanced Sculpture, as taught by Professor Danielle Yakle. As they did last year, students outdid themselves with playful over-life-sized toys taking over the great lawn between Ophelia Parrish and Baldwin Halls.
Photographs from Professor Lindsey Dunnagan’s summer study abroad course in Spain. Ten students went to paint “en plein air” in May of 2018, and had a wonderful time making art. And doing a few other things!
(For a larger image, double click below and you will be able to look more closely at what the students did and produced on their adventure)
The Design Program students held their annual capstone show from May 7-11 in the Kirksville Arts Association with a reception Friday night where family and friends celebrated their completion of their BFA coursework. A lot of the students marched the next afternoon at Truman’s graduation.
Congratulations to all our graduates! Stay in touch with an email to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Our graduating Design (Visual Communication) majors have set up an exhibition of their capstone work at the Kirksville Arts Association (1902 South Baltimore, Suite 100). Come and see their creative endeavors and get a chance to talk with them about their work and future plans. Their celebratory reception is Friday, May 11th, the evening before graduation. Congratulations to all our graduating seniors!
Friday the 4th of May is the last day of classes. Come out and celebrate with senior studio art majors as they host the reception for their exhibitions. The shows will be up in the University Art Gallery from Monday, April 30th, to Friday, and the concluding reception is Friday, 6 pm, in the Gallery.
As the culminating assignment in the fall, ART 421 (Graphic Design IV) students designed logos, advertisements, and other branded items for the Kirksville Arts Association and one of its major events, the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival. Their work was on display in the Student Union Building in early December. Although it happened last semester, we thought you might like to see some photographs of the displays and their art.
Above and below: Some examples of student work.
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.