Prof. Nelson commission


Prof. Rusty Nelson (Visual Communication, Illustration) recently completed a commission from the members of the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Adair Post 2508 for a mural to honor the service from World War I through the Iraq War of veterans of all service brances.  An image of the mural appears above, and below is an image of Prof. Nelson (back row, fourth from the left) with members ofPost 2508 at the dedication ceremony for the mural.  To view the mural, please contact the Post at (660) 665-6009.


Prof. Pauls Retrospective

Congratulations to Prof. Jim Pauls on the recent retrospective of his sculptures held January & February 2010 in the University Art Gallery.  This significant exhibition featured both large- and small-scale sculptures made during Pauls' time at Truman as well as one or two pieces from his graduate work at Northern Illinois University.  Prof. Pauls can be contacted at

Art History Students Attend CAA in Chicago


A group of Art History majors attended the recent College Art Association conference in Chicago.  CAA is the national conference and professional organization for those involved in teaching art, art history, and graphic design at the university level also includes others such as museum professionals, those involved in the art market, and so on (for more, see  Students worked as room monitors, attended sessions, and visited museums such as the Art Institute of Chicago, where the picture above was taken.  Thanks to Valerie Lazalier for sharing this picture with the Department!

Student-curated “The Big Read” Exhibition on Vietnam War Opens


"The Things They Carried:  Mementos from Kirksville Vietnam War Veterans" opened last week at the Kirksville Arts Association Arts Center. Congratulations to the student curators:  Matt Carlson, Melinda Gross, Luke Icenogle, Michele Kaminski (alumna), Karin Li, Sam Lyons, Cecilia Muruato, and Valerie Lazalier.  This exhibition, organized and curated by Truman State University students (mostly Art History majors or minors, and mostly Art History Society members), focuses on the experiences of Kirksville vets and displays information about and items associated with those vets service overseas.  To prepare for the exhibition, the students interviewed six local veterans and those vets have generously and graciously loaned pictures, uniforms, and other items to the exhibition.  In addition, the show features some other items from other Kirksville residents as well as photographs from the National Archives in Washington D.C.

The exhibition will be on display in the Arts Center through Friday, February 26, 2010.  For directions and gallery hours, please visit:

This show is part of the larger The Big Read project going on in Kirksville during February and March 2010.  Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, The Big Read focuses on increasing reading in communities across the country.  For the Kirksville Big Read, residents will be reading Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, which focuses on the Vietnam War.  For more information on The Big Read, to obtain a book, or participate in other related activities, please visit: or call (660)785.4383.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Arts Midwest.

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Exhibition organizers and curators Michele Kaminski, Melinda Gross, Cecilia Muruato, Valerie Lazalier, Karin Li, Luke Icenogle, Samantha Lyons, and Matt Carlson at the exhibition opening.
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National Research Conference Congratulations!

Congratulations to Natalie Hall, Luke Icenogle, Samantha Lyons, and Cecilia Muruato, all of whom had their proposals accepted to present at the National Council of Undergraduate Research conference this year in Montana.  Cecilia, Natalie, and Sam will present on their Art History Senior Thesis projects, and Luke will present research done in Renaissance Art.  That makes a 100% acceptance rate for Truman applicants in Art History!  For more information on the conference, please visit: