Congratulations Prof. Derezinski

Congratulations to Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communications) who has been selected by the Chelsea River Gallery for inclusion in their current exhibition "10 under 40".  Here's what the Chelsea River Gallery had to say about the exhibition:

"In keeping with our mission to identify and promote emerging talent as well as exhibit mid-career and established artists, the gallery sent out a regional call for entries to artists under 40 years of age.  10 artists were selected as finalists to be hudged by an advisory committee made up of academics, collectors and art lovers."

More information can be found here: and and

Congratulations, Matt!

Alumnus returns to speak on Federico Barocci show at the St. Louis Art Museum

Federico Barocci, Italian, c. 1533-1612;  "Annunciation", 1582-84;  oil on canvas; 97 5/8 x 67 inches;  Vatican Museums, Vatican City;  photo copyright Vatican Museums

We are looking forward very much to welcoming back an Art Department alumnus to campus later this week! Prof. Chris Naffziger (BA Art History, 2000) is Research Assistant in Early European Art to 1800 at the St. Louis Art Museum and teaches Art History at Lindenwood University.  He will be returning to speak about two projects he is actively involved in.  The first is the exhibition currently in display at the St. Louis Art Museum about sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance painter Federico Barocci (;  the exhibition travels from St. Louis to The National Gallery in London (under a different title).  Chris will speak about Barocci with Dr. Julia DeLancey's ART 324 Renaissance Art class, and then will give a public lecture about his work on the exhibition:  "You Spent How Many Years Working on This?:  Reflections on Mounting a Major Renaissance Painting and Drawing Exhibition", Thursday, November 29, 4:15 p.m., OP 2210.

In addition, Prof. Naffziger writes the popular and award-winning blog, St. Louis Patina, which chronicles architecture in one of Missouri's most well-known cities.  Prof. Naffziger will be working with Dr. Cole Woodcox's JINS course on architecture while on campus.  The blog was awarded "Best Architecture Blog" by The Riverfront Times in St. Louis.

All events are free and open to the public;  hope to see you there!

04_Study for the Head of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation
Federico Barocci, Italian, c. 1533-1612;  "Study for the Head of the Virgin Mary for the Annunciation";  chalk and pastel on blue paper;  11 3/4 x 9 inches;  Lent by Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II, The Royal Collection copyright 2011 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II/The Bridgeman Art LIbrary

Prof. Derezinski & Design in Japan!

Photo Credit:  Matt Derezinski

Last May, Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communication) attended the International Art Design Festa, Vol. 36, the biggest design festival in Asia, held this year in Tokyo, Japan.  10,000 international artists participate and thousands of visitors attend.  The festival includes live painting, painting, illustration, fashion, film, mixed media, animation, and other exciting contemporary art media.

If you'd like to learn more about Prof. Derezinski's experiences, please attend his presentation tonight, Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the Beta Lab (OP 1210).  The event is hosted by Truman's student chapter of AIGA and is a great chance to learn about this wonderful event.


Prof. Bates exhibition!

Congratulations to Prof. Jamie Bates (Ceramics)!  Her work is featured in a two-artist exhibition entitled "Traces:  Synchronistic Memory" at the Gallery in the Sams Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas State University.  She gave an artists' talk last week and the show will be up until Friday, December 13th.  Photographs of one of the works in the show appear above and below.


“Discussing the China Trade” panel discussion!

Please join us Tuesday, November 13 at 6:00 p.m. in OP 2210 for a panel discussion "Discussing the China Trade".  This event will involve three short talks by three experts involved in the exhibition The China Trade, currently on display in the University Art Gallery.  The presenters and topics are as follows:

Elizabeth Porter (Managing Director, Nanking Porcelain Company):  “The Modern China Trade: A Personal Perspective"

April Johnston (junior Art History and English double major at Truman State University):  “Ming and Qing Dynasty Porcelain in the St. Louis Art Museum”

Wynne Wilbur (Associate Professor of Art, Truman State University):  “Jingdezhen

As always, this event is free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!

Fibers Projects Exhibited in Ophelia Parrish Lobby

Students in Fibers 1 and 2 learned plaiting, coiling, and twining earlier this semester.  They then created sculptural forms which utilized these traditional basketry techniques.  For the final month of the semester, these projects will be on display in the glass exhibition case in the lobby of the Ophelia Parrish building.  Stop by to see these artworks in person!

Allison Behm

Allison Behm; Title: Wish Upon; Clothesline, cotton twine, wax, hand-dyed; Coiling


Mia Hammond; Title: Spontaneity; Copper wire; Twining


Emily VanGelder; Title: Sexual Fluidity; Hand-dyed cotton fabric, wire; Plaiting


Emma Roeder; Title: Full Circles; Rope, commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabric, found objects; Coiling

Study in China with Truman State

Poster Design:  Prof. Ping Xu

There are yet more opportunities to explore China with Truman State University.  This time, it's through a study abroad trip to China this coming summer, led by three Truman faculty members, one of whom is Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications).  Lots more information appears on Prof. Xu's poster above.  Or, interested students can attend an information meeting which will be held in McClain Hall, Rm. 306 on November 6, 2012  from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  More information is also available through the Visual Communications website here or through the School of Business website here.












Sewing in the Fibers Studio


The Fibers studio at TSU is equipped with a dozen Janome sewing machines for students to use on projects.  This week, students in Fibers 1 began learning the basics of machine sewing, using fabric that was hand-dyed using Fiber Reactive Dyes.  The rest of the semester will be focused on sewing construction methods, textural surface sewing, and sewing dimensional forms.


Hand-dyed range of cotton fabric