BA & BFA Shows, II


Check out the University Art Gallery blog for more information on this week's BA & BFA student shows.  Congratulations to all students and faculty on a great two weeks of shows.  407 people attended the April 20th opening so thanks too to the Truman and Kirksville communities for all the great support!

In addition, remember check out the Visual Communications blog for more information on this coming Monday's Vis Comm BFA student portfolio show!  Good luck to all those seniors as they prep for that event. 

Alumna Dusty Folwarczny’s work featured in Chicago Art 2010

Sculptor and Truman State Art alumna Dusty Folwarczny was recently featured in the Chicago Sun-Times in an article about her piece "Scrape" which is being shown as part of Art Chicago 2010.  Dusty is quoted in the article as saying: “I love working with steel and its raw textured surface and the beautiful oranges in the rust.  And I love the idea of public art’s power to change people’s view of the world.”


Art Department Alumni and Faculty at Renaissance conference in Italy!


Three Art History alumni and one faculty member participated in this year’s Renaissance Society of America’s annual meeting held in Venice, Italy;  the Renaissance Society of America is the leading international conference on Renaissance studies.  Dr. John Garton (BA, Art History and Studio Art;  currently Assistant Professor o f Art History, Clark University) presented a paper entitled “The Siege Ladders of Leonardo da Vinci” in a session honoring his doctoral supervisor, Dr. Colin Eisler (Institute of Fine Arts at New York University);  Jasmine Cloud (BA, Art History;  currently a PhD candidate in Italian Baroque Art at Temple University), was selected to give a paper entitled “A Shifting Sense of the Past: The Early Modern Interpretation of the Façade of San Marco” in a session honoring the historian of Venetian art, Dr. Patricia Fortini Brown (Princeton University);  Leslie Contarini (BA, Art History;  currently working for the art restoration organization Save Venice) helped to organize and host a session sponsored by Save Venice, entitled “Recent Restorations in Venice:  Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese”;  and Dr. Julia DeLancey (Professor of Art, Art Department) was invited to give a paper entitled “L’importantissima mercanzie”:  mapping color sellers (vendecolori) and visual environments in Renaissance Venice” in a session on period eyes and urban space.  Dr. DeLancey also chaired a session entitled "In Search of the Venetian Popolani I:  Identities and Representations".  Please see the conference program for more information (the relevant abstracts are available in the .pdf on pages 142 (Garton), 1 (Cloud), 175 (DeLancey:  chair) and 671 (DeLancey:  paper) and for the Save Venice session, please see page 11 of the Special Events section of the program.

Jasmine, John, and Leslie
(Leslie Contarini, John Garton, and Jasmine Fry in the Centro Don Orione, Dorsoduro, Venice)


Art History Students at National Research Conference

(A view of the campus of the University of Montana)

Four Art History students presented last week at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research at the University of Montana in Missoula.

Two of the students presented aspects of their Senior Thesis projects:

Samantha Lyons presented a paper entitled: "Jeff Koons:  Artistic Parody and False Comfort in the Consumer Age".

Cecilia Muruato presented a paper entitled:  'The Mexican Baroque:  Survival of Indigenous Artistic Traditions".

Natalie Hall presented on a project for which she received a Truman State University Student Research Stipend:  "A Byzantine Traveling Icon:  The Hands-On Study of Iconography, Manufacture, and Provenance".

Luke Icenogle presented a paper he wrote originally for ART324 Renaissance Art:  "Masculine Homosocial Identity in Donatello's bronze David"

Congratulations to all four on an outstanding job.

Prof. Kambli Interview & Solo Show


Priya Kambli was recently interviewed about her work by Todd Wemmer (on which features audio interviews and field recordings related to photography).  For the audio of Prof.Kambli's interivew please visit:


In addition, Prof. Kambli has been invited to participate in the  XVI ENCUENTROS ABIERTOS –  FESTIVAL DE LA LUZ 2010 and in particular to present a solo exhibition in the Centro Cultural Recoleta. The Centro Cultural Recoleta is a major cultural arts center in the Buenos Aries community.  This Center will simultaneously present 12 solo exhibitions by artists from around the world: one each from Mexico, Australia, South Korea, Denmark, Holland, Switzerland, five from Argentina, and then Prof. Kambli.

The Center staff writes: 

"These exhibitions at the Centro Cultural Recoleta are themselves a part of the larger festival “Encuentros Abiertos – Festival de la Luz”. This is the 16th edition of a festival celebrated for the first time in Buenos Aires in 1989 with the purpose of creating a space of communication, education, and exchange between photographers of all places and the public. With over 900,00 people visiting 120 participating institutions; this has become one of the most important festivals in Latin America. The Encuentros Abiertos festival is, in turn, associated with a global “Festival of Light” collaboration – with 32 festivals hosted by cities around the world such as Pairs, Arles, Houston, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, Moscow, Bratislava, Stockholm, Montreal, and Mexico, among others. These festivals have a common website:"

Alumnus Galen Gibson-Cornell at University of Wisconsin-Madison, plus other news

Congratulations on alumnus Galen Gibson-Cornell (BFA Printmaking, 2009) on his acceptance to the University of Wisconsin-Madison's MFA program in Lithography!  He will begin that program in the Fall of 2010.

Galen also recently was invited to be the March featured artist at the Roeland Park City Hall in Kansas City and had a solo show there in March 2010.

And finally, he just had an exhibition of his works funded by the Student Research Stipend as part of the Student Research Conference just this past Tuesday.

Art History Major & Alumni Fall 2010 Plans!

Ifalpes University

(The Château de Boigne, site of the IFALPES University language school;  photo by Natalie Hall)

Congratulations to students and alumni on great news about summer and fall 2010 plans!

Natalie Hall (anticipated graduation, May 2010, Art History major) has been accepted into the immersion program at IFALPES University in Chambery, France.  She will also be tutoring French students in English while there.

Samantha Lyons (anticipated graduation, May 2010, double-major in English & Art History) will be attending the Master's degree program in Art History at the University of Kansas' Kress Department of Art History.

Cecilia Muruato (anticipated graduation, May 2010, double-major in Art History & French) has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship in France at the Academie de Nantes for the 2010 – 2011 academic year.

Lauren Walton (BA, Art History, 2008) will be attending the University of Connecticut's Masters program, also in Art History.  Lauren has been offered a teaching assistantship which will cover tuition and also includes a small stipend.  She will be working with one of the Art History survey classes at UConn.

Dr. Orel to spend fall semester in London

Quarry A image by Gerry Allaby
Platform in front of Quarry E, Gebel El Haridi, Egypt (Photo by Gerry Allaby)


Dr. Sara Orel, Professor of Art History, will be teaching for the Missouri in London program in the fall of 2010.  While there she will offer courses in Non-Western Art and Culture and Islamic Art.  She will also be working on finishing up several Egyptological projects while there, including preparing the final publication of the Egypt Exploration Society's Gebel el Haridi Survey Project.  She will present her research on the site at the Third British Egyptology Conference, to be held September 11th and 12th at the British Museum.

Haridi is a stunningly beautiful series of cliffs beside the Nile just south of Asyut.  The earliest identified occupation consists of rock-cut tombs of the Old Kingdom, and the latest major architecture dates to Late Roman/early Christian times.  The quarries, cemeteries, and settlements will be the focus of a book coming out in the next couple of years.