Two awards for Prof. Kambli!

Priya Kambli, "Dada Aaji and Mama"

Congratulations to Prof. Priya Kambli (Photography)!  She is one of the winners of EnFoco's New Work Photography Fellowship Award.  En Foco is a non-profit whose mission is to nurture and support contemporary fine art and documentary photographers from diverse cultures.  As part of this fellowship, Prof. Kambli's work will be exhibited June 3 – 23, 2012 at Calumet Photographic in New York City.  Prof. Kambli is also the third-place winner of the PhotoNola Review 2011 for her photograph "Dada Aaji and Mama", illustrated above.

Congratulations, Priya!

Art History Alumna in Rome!

Photo Credit:  Nick Cloud

We just recently heard from and received this picture from Art Department alumna Jasmine (Fry) Cloud (BA Art History 2005).  She had this to say about her time at Truman State University:

"As for Truman, how I loved it!  I graduated in 2005 with the last name Fry.  When I began graduate school, I found that Truman had prepared me exceptionally well for further study, which I didn't quite realize while I was a student there.  The guidance of the art history faculty prepared me both for coursework and for the writing of a Masters thesis, and now a Ph.D. dissertation.  The engagement in the classroom which Truman professors encouraged also put me ahead of many of my peers for graduate seminars.  I believe that much of my success in graduate school can be attributed directly to the preparation which I received at Truman."

Jasmine earned an MA in Art History, in the Italian Renaissance, from the University of Colorado at Boulder and is a currently PhD candidate at Temple University also in Italian Renaissance art.  Last spring, she was offered two prestigious research grants in Art History:  the Samuel H. Kress Foundation's History of Art: Institutional Fellowship that includes residency at the Bibliotheca Hertziana in Rome and a Fulbright doctoral research fellowship to Italy.  Unable by fellowship guidelines to accept both, she ultimately chose to take up the Kress Foundation residency in Rome;  she, her husband, and their two cats moved to Rome this past fall and are settling in and working well!

Her dissertation's title is "Renovation in the Campo Vaccino: The Churches on the Roman Forum from Clement VIII to Alexander VII."  Here is a brief description of her project:  "The study considers the historical resonance of the site for the post-Trent Catholic Church as manifested through a series of renovations of the churches of the Forum.  It also considers the site as part of the greater environment of Rome.  Several popes of the seventeenth century revitalized the city through urbanistic projects and reclaimed areas of the disabitato, of which the Forum is an example, for the modern city of Rome."

Two of Jasmine's articles will be published sometime in the coming year:

“From Cattle Market to Public Promenade: Remaking the Forum in the Seventeenth Century.”  In Perspectives on Public Space in Rome, from Antiquity to the Present Day, eds. Gregory Smith and Jan Gadeyne.  Ashgate, forthcoming 2012.

 “A Shifting Sense of the Past: The Changing Interpretation of the Byzantine Spolia at the Basilica of San Marco.”  In Venice in the Renaissance: Essays in Honor of Patricia Fortini Brown, eds. Blake De Maria and Mary Frank.  Five Continents/Abrams, forthcoming August 2012.

If you are an alum of the Art Department and have news to share with us, please e-mail us at!   



Good news about Departmental minors!

Good news for all majors in the Art Department!  The Art faculty have been working for over a year to fix some issues related to what have been referred to as "internal minors" (that is, students focusing on one area in Art–e.g. Vis Comm or Studio–wanting to minor in another area in Art).  Previously, this has not been possible.  However, we are pleased to announce that those issues have been addressed, so that it is now possible for the following combinations to occur:

BA: Art History majors may minor in a Studio Art specialty by fulfilling the requirements for the Art Studio minor. **However, only six hours of credit many be counted in both the major and the minor.

BFA: Studio Art and Visual Communications and BA: Art majors may minor in Art History by fulfilling the requirements for the Art History minor. **However, only six hours of credit may be counted in both the major and the minor.

The Photography minor is the only Studio Art minor currently possible for BA: Art and BFA: Studio and Visual Communications majors.

As a note, at present there is no Visual Communications minor. 


Alumna Show at Kirksville Arts Association

Congratulations to Art Department alumna Joyce Wong (BFA:  Studio Art (Fibers), 2011) who has an upcoming exhibition, A Funeral for your Past, at the Kirksville Arts Association.  Joyce's work will be on display from January 20 – February 20, 2012 at KAA (117 S. Franklin St., Kirksville), and there will be an opening reception for the show on Friday, January 20th at 6:00 p.m. (with palm reading from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.)

Two Gallery Shows Open!

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This coming week will see the opening of two exciting new shows in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114), both of which will run from January 17 – February 17, 2012:

Voyeur:  Repositioning the Gaze

This exhibition was curated by the 2012 Truman Curatorial Fellowship recipient, Prof. Brandelyn Dillaway, and includes work by Deedra Baker, Safaa Bilal, Daniel Colburn, Robert Ladislas Derr, Gina Genis, Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Freja Mitchell, and Thinh Nguyen. More information about the exhibition and its themes is available here.

Prof. Dillaway will give a presentation on Tuesday, January 17 at 5:00 p.m. in OP 2210, and there will be an artists' panel discussion on Wednesday, January 18 at 12:00 Noon in the Gallery.

Anyone interested in applying for the Truman Curatorial Fellowship should contact University Art Gallery Director Prof. Aaron Fine at

Any students interested in talking with Prof. Dillaway about their own work, or about curating, may sign up for her "office hours" to be held on Wednesday in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).  The sign-up sheet will be posted later in the day on Tuesday outside OP 1223.

Pioneers of Digital Media Invitational

Curated by Art Department Prof. Matt Derezinski, this show Includes work by Eric Standley, Eric Winter, Siji Keda, and Dane Webster.  Events related to this show will happen in early February so please check back here for more information.

Both shows are free and open to the public.  There will be an opening reception for both shows in the Gallery (OP 1114) on Tuesday, January 17 at 6:00 p.m.


Welcome back! + Atrium exhibition and reception

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Welcome back and good luck today with the first day of classes!

If you're looking to get some good art in this first week back in classes, please come by the Atrium space in the Art wing of Ophelia Parrish (south wing, ground floor) to check out the exhibition "A Strong Foundation:  Faculty Selections from the Fall 2011 Proficiency Display" (January 9 – 13, 2012).  This exhibition features work selected by faculty members from the first-year Studio and Visual Communications majors' proficiency portfolios and so features some of the best artwork made (in general) by first-year majors in those areas.  There will be a chance to congratulate those students, as well as their instructors, at a reception this Thursday, January 12 at 4:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served.  Hope to see you there!

Congratulations to the students whose work was selected for the exhibition:

Emily Bendet, Tim Cooper, Megan Doil, Colleen Glaeser, Andrea Hock, Melanie Pailer, Kyle Pappalardo, Lauren Priest, Emma Roeder, Erin Smith, and Alexandra Williamson