Have a Great Summer!

Prof. Wynne Wilbur demonstrating maiolica ceramic technique at Bracker's Ceramics.

The summer is upon us, and so the Art Department blog will be taking a break unless we receive groundbreaking news!  Here's some more specific news of what some of the Art Department faculty members will be up to this summer in addition to the good work all faculty members will be doing on course prep, mentoring students, teaching, making art, and doing research.  So, for now, happy reading and we'll see you in the Fall!

Wynne Wilbur just finished teaching a workshop at Bracker's Ceramics in Lawrence, Kansas.

Ping Xu will spend the summer in Shanghai.  While there, he will visit the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, one of top three Chinese art schools where he will discuss some details for the coming international exchange show at Truman's University Art Gallery in Fall 2010.  Follow some of Prof. Xu's activites at his Flickr site.

Aaron Fine has received an artist residency at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City, Nebraska.

Jim Jereb will be serving in May as an historical consultant at the Deutscheim Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri.  In June, he will have a solo exhibition at the Loveland Art Center in Loveland, Colorado as well as a group exhibition at the Centennial Gallery in Centennial, Wyoming.  In addition, he will be teaching a letterpress workshop at the Wyoming Photography Institute in Riverton, Wyoming as well as serving from May – August as a consultant and instructor at the Wyoming Territory Historic Museum in Laramie, Wyoming.

Julia DeLancey will be working on two articles related to color sellers in sixteenth-century Venice.

Priya Kambli will has a solo show at the XVI Encuentros Abiertos:  Festival de la Luz 2010 in Buenos Aires, Argentina in August and will be traveling there to participate in the Festival.

See you in the Fall!!

Some Student Summer Plans

Truman Art students will be heading off throughout the world this summer…here are some of the plans we've heard about (in no particular order):

Anna Jahn (Studio:  Painting) has received a competitive paid internship at Dreamworks Studios in Hollywood.

Sarah Schneider (Vis Comm) has an internship in the Department of Graphic Design at the Lance Armstrong Foundation, in Austin, Texas.

Erin Semple (Vis Comm) has an internship at Fair City News in Springfield, Missouri and at the Wannenmacher Advertising Agency, also in Springfield.

Alyssa Noe (Vis Comm) has an internship with Windsor Crossing Community Church in St. Louis.

Chelsea Shelton (Vis Comm) has an internship with St. Louis Magazine.

Morgan Sachs (Vis Comm) has an internship with Programming and PR at Dance St. Louis.

Emily James (Vis Comm) has an internship at Nestle Purina.

Huyen Dinh (Vis Comm) has an internship at H&J Productions in Hanoi, VIetnam.

Danielle Hill (Vis Comm) has an internship with the advertising agency Trungale Egan & Associates in Chicago.

Corinne Nagel (Vis Comm) has an internship with the St. Louis Artists' Guild as well as a paid internship with Scottrade in St. Louis in the Multimedia Department doing Flash and After Effect videos.

Andrew Doering (Vis Comm) has an internship doing flash animation and digital signage with New Ground in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Tara Larson (Vis Comm) has an internship with The Web Marketing Group of Marsh Global Consumer, Affinity and Private Client Solutions in Urbandale, Illinois.

Valerie Lazalier (Art History) received a competitive internship with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum in Independence, Missouri.

Jaime Chambers (Art History) was accepted to participate (and will participate) in a SHUMLA Field Methods in Rock Art archaeological field school in Texas.

Stephanie Barry (Art History) will be interning at the Kirksville Arts Association.

Ruby Jenkins (Art History) will be returning to her summer work and travel in Italy with Travel for Teens as well as working as a preceptor for Truman's Joseph Baldwin Academy.

Congratulations to each and all!


Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all the Art students who graduated on Saturday!  Best wishes and please do keep in touch.  Here are some of the things that some of our very newly minted graduates will be up to this summer and the coming year (in no particular order). 

Alex Merchant:  accepted into the MFA program at the University of Tennessee

Megan Klco:  accepted into the MFA program at the Kendall College of Art & Design at Ferris State University (Michigan)

Katibeth Lee:  will be working at the Houston Area Women's Center, Houston, Texas

Rachel Bock:  has been accepted into the MFA program in Costume Design at the University of MIssouri-Kansas City

Julia Curran:  year-long residency at Evil Prints, a professional art studio printshop in St. Louis

Galen Gibson-Cornell:  one-year internship at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City) as well as accepted into the graduate program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, awarded a full-ride stipend and a graduate teaching position.

Matt James:  summer internship at Evil Prints, professional art studio printmaking studio led by artist Tom Huck

Rosemary Melton:  summer internship at Firecracker Press, a professional letterpress shop in St. Louis (2009);  Accepted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Alex Thierry:  accpeted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Sarah McKee:  accepted into the MAE program at Truman State University for Fall 2010

Samantha Lyons:  accepted into the Art History graduate program at the University of Kansas

Cecilia Muruato:  has been awarded a Teaching Assistantship in France at the Academie de Nantes for the 2010 – 2011 academic year

Natalie Hall:  accepted into the immersion program at IFALPES University in Chambery, France.  She will also be tutoring French students in English while there

Art Student Awards!


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Congratulations to Art majors who were honored this afternoon by Art Department faculty members at a reception in OP (Ophelia Parrish, the building on campus that houses Art, Music, and Theatre as well as the School of Arts & Letters).  Some students listed below were selected by the faculty to receive awards that recognize academic achievement and dedication to their area, or extraordinary service to the Art Department.  Others applied for and earned (pending final grades) Departmental Honors.  Finally, others applied for and were selected by the Art faculty to receive competitive Art-related scholarships (see also this link).  Department chair, Prof. Rusty Nelson, served as master of ceremonies.


Congratulations to all!



Undergraduate Student of the Year:  Art (overall): Megan Dowdy

Outstanding Student in Studio Art: Allison Sissom

Outstanding Student in Visual Communications: Andrea Bailey

Outstanding Student in Art History: Cecilia Muruato



Art History:

Cecilia Muruato

Samantha Lyons


Bonnie Frisch

Katibeth Lee

Rosemary Melton

Leslie Song

Vis Comm:

Megan Dowdy

Jordan Worcester


Valerie Lazalier

ART-RELATED FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS (winner's name is preceded by the name of the Foundation scholarship)

Talley/Johnson – Anna Youngyeun

Unger – Joyce Wong

Kraus – Ashley May

Jamison – Michelle Kimberlin

Hearst -   Andrew Doering

                Janna Langholz

                Samantha Wheeler

McGuire - Laura Wellington


Rocio Mauricio

Sara Rudder

Julianne Gross

Valerie Lazalier

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