Welcome, Prof. Kelsey Wiskirchen!

Kelsey Wiskirchen, Installation view of Handed On, Polyester thread on cotton gauze, 2012.


Prof. Kelsey Wiskirchen received her BFA in Fibers from Truman
State University in 2009.  In May 2012,
Kelsey completed her MFA in Fibers at the Herberger Institute for Design and
the Arts at Arizona State University.   We
are thrilled to have this Alumni return!  Welcome back, Kelsey!


In 2010, Kelsey traveled to Bolivia to volunteer with
Projecto Artesania Zona Andina, a women’s weaving
cooperative.  While there, Kelsey was
inspired by the empowerment that the women in the cooperative achieved through
weaving.  In 2011, Kelsey received a
Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship to spend the summer in South Africa with the
Mapusha Weaving Cooperative
There, she learned tapestry rug weaving from the women in the


Continuing to learn and to teach others about textiles
has become Kelsey’s focus.  In addition
to teaching Fibers at Truman State University, Kelsey volunteers with community
groups to help women find healing and empowerment through Fiber Art.  She is also the 2012 Artist-in-Residence at
Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches community classes in


Kelsey’s current studio work focuses on tradition and
connection between women through stories. 
She utilizes weaving and embroidery to document experiences shared by
women and preserve the stories created therein. 
Kelsey’s work will be exhibited in the Truman Art Gallery from September
4 to October 2. 


For more information about Kelsey’s work, please visit


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.Kelsey Wiskirchen, Dona Maxima and Gabriella, Cotton thread, 2012.

Welcome, Prof. Jamie Bates!


Jamie Bates, Science and Sentiment, coil built stoneware and video projection, 2012.

     As friends of the Department know, Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Ceramics) has received a competitive sabbatical leave for 2012-13.  We wish her all the best with her creative and scholarly projects this coming year.  We will miss Prof. Wilbur, but are also very excited to  have Prof. Jamie Bates with us for the year in the Ceramics studio!
     Here's more info from Prof. Bates' website: 
     Jamie received her MFA in Ceramics at the University of Kansas in Spring of 2012. She received her BFA in Studio Art with and emphasis in Ceramics in 2008 at the University of Central Missouri. Her most recent work addresses the fragility of the human spirit in the midst of illness and loss in relation to her family’s history with cancer.
     Jamie has shown work both locally and nationally including, shows at First Street Gallery in New York; the Clay Studio of Missoula in Missoula, MT; and at the National Student Juried Exhibition at the Jacob Lawrence Gallery in Seattle, WA; in conjunction with the 2012 National Council on the Education for the Ceramics Arts Conference.
You can read more about Prof. Bates and see more of her work at her website:  ww.jamiembates.com
Jamie Bates, Specimen #2, kiln cast glaze, 2011.

Congratulations TruScholars!

Congratulations to Art majors April Johnston (Art History) and Lona Moody (Studio), both of whom won competitive TruScholars fellowships for Summer 2013!  April conducted archival and museum research on mid-twentieth-century American painter Lee Krasner, and Lona Moody made new works using the cyanotype photographic process.

Both will present their work this Saturday, August 25 as part of the TruScholars Symposium.  The full schedule can be found at the Office for Student Resarch website.  The two Art majors will present as follows:

April Johnston
'Even When I'm Just Looking, I am Working': The Significance of Lee Krasner's Transitions
April is the second presenter in a
session that starts at 8:30 a.m. in the SUB Alumni Room
(mentor: Dr.  Julia DeLancey, Art History)

Lona Moody
Stream of Unconscious: A Work of Painted Cyanotypes
Lona will be giving an artist talk from 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. in the OP South Atrium
(mentor:  Prof. Priya Kambli, Studio)
Truman students who are interested in applying for the summer 2013 TruScholars Undergraduate Research Program can find more information here.  Hope to see you on Saturday!

Welcome back!


Photo Credit:  Tim Barcus, campus photographer

Campus was buzzing today as begining-of-the-academic-year meetings for faculty and staff started.  Many professors had been active on campus all summer, with teaching, administrative duties, and the like.  Many others, were traveling locally, nationally, and internationally in relation to class preparation and their creative work and scholarship.  Here are some selections, below, of just a few of the things some of us have been up to over the summer term.

John Bohac (Studio:  Painting) exhibited work in a juried exhibition entitled "Blur" at Art St. Louis in St. Louis, Missouri during June and July.

Sara Orel (Art History) was selected to participate in the Japan Studies Institute from the Japan Studies Association in Honolulu, Hawai'i.

Jamie Bates (Studio:  Ceramics) showed at the Plenum Space Gallery in conjuction with Kansas City First Fridays.

Aaron Fine (University Art Gallery and Studio:  Painting, Drawing) was selected, along with Chaya Chandrasakhar, as guest editor of the Spring/Summer 2013 AsiaNetwork Exchange journal.

Matt Derezinski (Visual Communication) visited Japan and saw an international design show.  Stay tuned, also, for a separate post about his solo show in Illinois.

Julia DeLancey (Art History) was selected to participate in an interdisciplinary National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in Florence, Italy entitled "Leonardo da Vinci:  Between Art and Science"

Stay tuned, also, for updates to this post as we hear from more faculty!