Dr. Julia DeLancey's article, "Shipping Colour: Valute, Pigments, Trade, and Francesco di Marco Datini" came out last month in a new volume entitled 'Trade in Artists' Materials: Markets and Commerce in Europe to 1700' (eds. Jo Kirby, Susie Nash, and Joanna Cannon, London: Archetype, 2010). The article publishes research Dr. DeLancey conducted in the Archivio di Stato (state archives) in Prato, Italy on the late fourteenth- and early fifteenth-century Italian merchant Francesco di Marco Datini and in particular on what some of the documents in Datini's archive can tell us about the movement of painters' pigments around the Mediterranean. The twenty-eight articles published in the volume were originally presented at an international interdisciplinary conference in 2005 organized by the National Gallery in London and the Courtauld Institute, also in London. Dr. DeLancey's research for this conference paper and article was funded by a summer stipend from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The Fall 2010 Foundations Proficiency Exhibition displays the art work from the foundation classes of Drawing I and II and Design I and II. The hallways in Ophelia Parrish are always packed with student work during proficiency. Each student displays five pieces of artwork from the four foundation courses to demonstrate in an exhibition their proficiency in drawing and design.
Dr. Sara E. Orel presented on the Egypt Exploration Society's Gebel el-Haridi project at the 3rd British Egyptology Congress on September 11th at the British Museum. For more, see this link.
Three friends from graduate school days at the University of Toronto: Dr. Orel, Dr. Julie R. Anderson (Assistant Keeper, Ancient Sudan and Egyptian Nubia, The British Museum), Dr. Carolyn Routledge (Curator of Egyptology and Archaeology, Bolton Museums). Behind them in the case is the Rosetta Stone.
Priya Kambli's son at the Recoleta looking at the work of Charlotte Haslund-Christensen from Denmark.
Prof. Priya Kambli and her family traveled this summer to Buenos Aires in Argentina for the show of her photography taking place as part of XVI Encuentros Abiertos–Festival de la Luz 2010. Prof. Kambli was invited to present a solo exhibition of her work at the Centro Cultural Recoleta there from August 6 – 30, 2010.
In addition, her photographic series "Color Falls Down" was selectedby Vince Aletti(Writer/Critic for The New Yorker) as his "Juror Pick" in the Project Prize Category. This prize is part of a new competition: in recognition of mutual interests in documentary and fine art photography, Daylight Magazine and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University have started an international competition, the Daylight/CDS Photo Awards, to honor and promote talented and committed photographers, both emerging and established.
And finally! two photographs for Prof. Kambli's series "Color Falls Down" have been selected by Anne Tucker (Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator Museum of Fine Arts, Houston) to be shown at Museum of Fine Arts Houston, for their Photo Forum exhibition. The purpose of the Photo Forum exhibition is to put together a group show of works that the museum would like to acquire for its collection. The exhibition will run from September to January at the MFAH. In November the museum hosts an event for Photo Forum members, who pool their money, and vote on which works from the exhibition they want to fund and give to the MFAH.
A group of students, mostly Art History majors and mostly from ART324 Renaissance Art and ART428 Topics in Art History: Reading Michelangelo recently visited two exhibitions in St. Louis. Students went to the St. Louis Art Museum to see a wonderful exhibition entitled "The Mourners". This show featured stunning alabaster sculptures originally made for the tomb of Jean sans Peur (John the Fearless), Duke of Burgundy who died in 1419; these late Medieval/early Renaissance works were paired with an early twenty-first-century video installation by the American artist Bill Viola entitled Visitation. In addition, at the Vatican Splendors show at the Missouri History Museum, students had the chance to see autograph documents by artists such as Michelangelo and Bernini as well as a sculpture probably by Michelangelo, as well as lots of other items from the Vatican collections in Rome. In addition, students had the chance to meet with Truman alumni Dr. Mike Murawski (Director of School Services, St. Louis Art Museum) and Ms. Lisa Gilbert (Education Coordinator, Missouri History Museum) to discuss musuem work, education in the museum settings, and internships available through both organizations.
Congraulations to Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communication) who will have two exhibitions of his work this semester. His work (one example of which is seen above) is currently on display on campus at Truman's University Art Gallery together with the work of two other Truman Art colleagues, Prof. Rusty Nelson (Visual Communication) and Prof. Jim Jereb (Printmaking). In addition, Prof. Derezinski will have solo show in October at the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters in Madison, Wisconsin!
Dr. Sara Orel, Professor of Art History, is teaching for the Missouri in London Program this semester. As classes only get started this week, she has been working at the Egypt Exploration Society library (shown above), where she is preparing a paper to be given at the Third British Egyptology Congress. The conference will be at the British Museum on September 11th and 12th. Dr. Orel will be talking about her investigation of Gebel el-Haridi, a multi-period site in Upper Egypt.
Congratulations to Prof. John Bohac on his juried show featuring current work at The Gallery at the University City Public Library in St. Louis. More works can be seen at the Gallery website and if you're in St. Louis, please come to the opening reception on Sunday, September 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.! The show will be up from September 1 – 25, 2010 so please do stop by.