Art History Cupcakes!

Ruby and Melinda at the bake sale
Ruby Jenkins and Melinda Gross at the bake Sale

Last week, the Art History Society had a bake sale to raise funds (after the fact) for their trip to the College Art Association conference this past February in Chicago.  Customers could either buy premade cupcakes (see below) or could request a custom-decorated, art history-related cupcake. 

Careful observers will notice in the selection below interpretations of (top row, left to right):  van Gogh's Starry Night, an Art History faculty member, and Jasper Johns' Target, and (bottom row) the Mona Lisa and Jeff Koons' Balloon Dog.

Starry night and sara face and jasper johns cupcakes

Derezinski award & exhibition


Congratulations to Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communications)!  Matt received an Honorable Mention in the Works on Paper Exhibit at Long Beach Arts, in Long Beach, California for the work shown above, "Don't Go, Go Away".

In addition, Prof. Derezinski will be the featured artist at an exhibition at the Space 237 Gallery in Toledo, Ohio.  The exhibition runs from April to June, 2010.

Prof. Wilbur finalist for national art award


Congratulations to Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Art Education and Studio Art: Ceramics) who has just been named a national finalist for The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi's Artist Award.  This national award recognizes "individuals who demonstrate the ideals of the Society through their activities, achievements, and scholarship". 

Prof. Wilbur also currently serves as Past President of the Truman State University chapterof The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. 

One of Prof. Wilbur's pots appears above;  pots like this one (but teapots) were made in part with the support of a competitive Truman State University Faculty Summer Research Fellowship

Alumna at the National Park Service


Alumna Adrien Keables (Art History and History, '08) recently sent this picture of her during her work as a Park Ranger in Interpretation at Glacier National Park.  The picture shows Adrien at the left helping two Junior Rangers show off a wolverine pelt.

Adrien had this to say about the way her Art History degree helped her in this work:

When people look at art, they all bring their own perspectives, experiences, and ideas; everyone gets something different out of it.  The same thing happens when people encounter nature or wilderness.  For an interpreter, the trick comes in finding out a little bit about visitors' perspectives, meeting them where they are, and then working from there.  Imagine you're outside talking to a group of people and a deer walks by.  Now, kids who grew up on Bambi will respond differently than, say, a hunter, or someone who can't keep deer out of her garden, or even someone who has only ever seen a wild animal in a zoo.  The interpreter in this instance has to talk to all those people at once and help them appreciate and understand the deer beyond their first reaction.  That's the idea anyway.  A lot like taking your extended family to an art museum.

Prof. Kambli’s Work Used for National Conference


One of Prof. Priya Kambli's photographs has been used as the main promotional image for the annual conference of the national organiation, the Society for Photographic Education.  Her photograph Cast Shadow was featured both on the promotional postcard (an image of which appears above), as well as on the Society's website.  Prof. Kambli also gave a very well-received talk at the conferenece about her work and the book project.

Prof. Kambli wins national photo competition and book prize

Congratulations to Priya Kambli on winning the Photolucida national photo competition;  Priya was selected  as one of the 50 top photographers in the country by a juror of international photographers. Of that group,  she then was then selected as one of three photographers to receive a book contract.  The cover of her book, Priya Kambli:  color falls down appears above;  the book is due out from the publishers in March 2010.  Advance copies may be ordered through Photolucida at: