Congrats to Art alum!

Congratulations to alumna (Studio Art) Kayla (Goff) Knox who has started the graduate program at Eastern University in Philadelphia working towards a Masters in Urban Studies with an emphasis in Transformational Art! Kayla had this to say about her program:  "With this degree I can work in inner cities, or internationally, teaching art but not art for arts sake. I would teach students academics, social skills, and other things like that all the while using art as the means."

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Gallery Opening Tonight!

We hope to see you at the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) tonight for the opening reception for two great shows!

The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will feature works by Truman State University Art students selected by exhibition juror Prof. Armin Mühsam.  Prof. Mühsam, who is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Nortwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, was invited to jury the show.

At the same time as the Juried Student Art Exhibition, also up in the Gallery will be an exhibition, entitled "Narratives of Inevitability".  This show features Prof. Mühsam's own paintings which deal with "the changing and changed landscape, particularly the face of nature as altered by human intervention".  For Prof. Mühsam's artist's statement and images of some of his paintings, please click here.

Both exhibitions were funded in part by the Missouri Arts Council and are both free and open to the public.  We hope to see you at the reception!

Alumna returns to campus!

Photo Credit:  Sara Orel

Allison Meadows (BA in Art History, Truman State University, 2008; MSc in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnology, Oxford University, 2009) returned to campus last week as a guest speaker for the Folklore Colloquium.  In addition to her talk she also presented to several classes about her research on material covered by NAGPRA (the federal Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and her work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University.  Allison talked with several students about how to identify and take advantage of opportunities for training in Museum Studies, including how to choose and apply for internships and jobs, what different types of training are needed for different types of jobs, and what academic and co-curricular activities might offer to someone interested in museums as a career path. 

Allison Meadows speaks to/with students in ART 428: Museums and Collections about training and careers in Museum Studies, on Valentine's Day 2012.  Photo Credit:  Sara Orel

Great Art Events This Week!

This coming week brings two wonderful opportunities to learn about art from Art Department alumnae who have been invited back to campus!

On Tuesday, February 14, alumna Melissa Whitwam (Studio Art, Fibers) has been invited back by Art Department Prof. Julia Karll (also an alumna of the Fibers program at Truman) to conduct a workshop on shibori and natural indigo dyeing.  The workshop will run from 1:30 – 4:20 p.m., with an open potluck from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., both in the Fibers Studio.  Spots in the workshop are open first to Fibers I students, and then to other Art Department students after that.  Sign up on Prof. Karll's door (OP 2235). 

From Prof. Karll about the workshop:  'Melissa will present her work completed during graduate school and beyond, demonstrate various shibori techniques, explain the natural Indigo dye bath and its upkeep (it's alive!), and participants will have plenty of time to try out the many methods of pattern creation through mechanical resist. We'll be utlizing the book, "Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing", by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada.'


Then, on Wednesday, February 15 (5:30 p.m., OP 2210), alumna Allison Meadows (Art History) will give a talk entitled “Remembering” Identity: Oral history in the twentieth and twenty-first-century museum" as part of the Folklore Minor Colloquium on campus.  The description of her talk follows here:

Oral history has the ability to both engage the museum audience and connect institutions to the communities they represent. This talk will introduce the use of oral history in museum practice more generally, and then focus on the importance of oral history to twenty-first-century cultural and anthropological institutions, Native American communities, and the implementation of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Allison Meadows earned a B.A. in Art History from Truman State University in 2008 and attended the University of Oxford the following year for a M.Sc. in Material Anthropology and Museum Ethnology. Her masters thesis was titled “Authentic Indian Souvenir.” An Investigation into the Issues of Museum Store Product Development and American Indian Material Culture.

While on campus, Ms. Meadows will also be working with Dr. Orel's ART 428 Special Topics in Art History:  Museums and Collecting course.  For more on the great things students in that course have been up to, stay tuned to this blog!

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More alumni news!

Congratulations to Art History alumna Jaime Chambers who just let us know that she has been accepted to be a Peace Corps volunteer.  Jaime just found out that she will be working as a secondary-level teacher of English in the Republic of Malawi in southeastern Africa.  Congratulations, Jaime!

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Artist Talk in the Gallery: “Finding the Sweet Spot”

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In conjuction with one of the current shows in the University Art Gallery–"Pioneers of Digital Media" curated by Prof. Matt Derezinski–one of the artists in that show, Prof. Dane Webster (Associate Professor of Creative Technologies, Virginia Tech University) will be giving a talk.  Prof. Webster's presentation, "Finding the Sweet Spot:  Adventures in Computer Animation and Visualization" will take place on Monday, Febuary 6 at 5:30 p.m. in Violette Hall Rm. 1000.  Prof. Webster will be discussing his background and experience in the world of three-dimensional animation. This illustrated talk will explore how he uses pictures to build three-dimensional environments, and then how he translates those into film versions of those same environments.  He will also discuss ways in which he can create models on the computer and then use those to create actual 3D models in wax and how he applies these skills in artwork, interactive media, and visual presentations.  This event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!