Welcome Back! With snowy images from new Lindsey Dunnagan show

Truman’s Spring 2019 semester begins on Monday.  We are getting about six inches of snow before classes start, so be safe as you come back to campus.


Moonlit Crossing, courtesy of the artist.

Painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan begins 2019 with a new show in the Twin Cities area (in Silverwood Park, Saint Anthony, on the northern side of Minneapolis). Her exhibition, “Skimming Boundaries,” was rooted in her experience with her grandmother, who battled Alzheimer’s Disease for the last ten years of her life.

In her artist’s statement, Professor Dunnagan writes:

A Familiar Face, courtesy of the artist.

 

In the beginning, her illness showed in small ways as she repeated stories she told just days before.  Toward the middle of the disease, she began reinventing the history of her life. Toward the end, my grandmother didn’t know who I was.  She lost the ability to recognize family.  Conversations with her became circular as her short-term memory began to fail as well.  In the moments when the recognizable parts of her seemed to flicker in and out, I often wondered where she had gone.  It seemed as if a part of her was testing the waters of another realm even though her physical body remained vital.

 

In this series, I explore the intangible world of the spirit and the boundary that separates us. Religion maps out worlds of before and after death, but even the most secular are confronted these questions. What is the journey between life and death?  Where are the edges?  In this series, I search for what is felt but unseen.

Blinking Current, courtesy of the artist.

Much of the work experiments with natural dyes, a technique I learned while serving in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  Vegetation such as raspberries and cabbage are boiled and poured over mordanted paper, resulting in permanent reds, blues, and greens.  Rocks and black walnuts provide tones of sepia and simultaneously act as a resist, allowing the places they weigh down in the paper to remain white.  Sometimes paper is buried overnight and exposed to the rain or wrapped around trees to capture the imprint of bark.

The dying process, courtesy of Lindsey Dunnagan.

Stay tuned for all the exciting events coming up this spring semester at Truman.  And Welcome Back!

Last Chance to See…

The exhibition MicroEcos is in its final week.  This show features the work of multimedia artists Brandon Gellis and Shelby Shadwell and includes photographs, drawings, interactive media, and sculpture of various sorts.  You are sure to find something intriguing in the University Gallery and the Charlyn Gallery.  Come take a look before Friday, as Thursday is the last day the gallery will be open for you to view this wonderful work. 

 

What is going on in the first floor hallway?

In case you have been wondering:

Laura Bigger sends this report:

Students in the Intermediate Drawings Explorations course are working on large-scale drawings on the walls in Ophelia Parrish near the gallery. Passersby have the opportunity to see work in progress through November 14th. Finished work will remain until late November. Make sure to check out the students’ work!

Second Annual Blow Stuff Up on the Quad Exhibition!

 

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.

 

Summer 2018 Plein Air Painting Course in Spain

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)

BFA Studio Students Present Their Capstone Exhibitions

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.

Guest Artist in Printmaking: Josh Winkler

In the dark of February we welcomed visiting artist Josh Winkler, Assistant Professor of Printmaking at Minnesota State University – Mankato. He received his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2010, and has since spent his time creating works on paper, running a small gallery, building a stone cabin, and exhibiting work nationally and internationally.

In addition to a lecture about his work titled “Reaching for the Sun,” Winkler met with students in Printmaking classes. His current artwork reflects his interest in how humans manipulate and label the land and how time, politics, and social change alter the context of both natural and inhabited locations.

Josh Winkler meets with students in Laura Bigger’s printmaking class.

What Will Hannah Nicks Do After Graduation?

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.