Summer Course in St. Louis: JINS 336 – Environment

Vaughn Bell

Village Green, Vaughn Bell, 2008

This JINS course will be a
study of Art, Environment, and Community
in St. Louis.  Weekly meetings will be
held at various locations in the city, including the St. Louis Art Museum,
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Public Library, and the Missouri Botanical
Garden.  Students will create artwork
dealing with ecology in the St. Louis community.  Other coursework will be online via

Registration is now open – If
you will be in St. Louis for the summer, join the fun!

more information, contact course instructor Kelsey Wiskirchen (

Various news!

Congratulations to the following Art Department folk on recent(ish) accomplishments!

Prof. Wynne Wilbur (faculty, Ceramics) won the Love of Learning award from The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Mr. Buck Jones (alumnus, Vis Comm) was one of four featured artists at "Toonfest" in Marceline MO last fall.

Mr. Adam Rowlett (alumnus, Studio) had an exhibition of his work, entitled "Gothic Abstract" at McKinney Avenue Contemporary at Mercantile Coffee House in Dallas.

One of the books for which Ms. Ruby Jenkins (alumna, Art History) did the illustrations is now available through iTunes.  The title is "Runley's A Pig in a Tub".

Alumna in Gallery

The current exhibition in the Spotlight Gallery features work by Truman Art Department alumna Danielle Yakle.  Prof. Yakle completed her BFA in Fibers and Sculpture at Truman and earned MFA in Textiles from the University of Kansas (2010) where she currently serves as an Lecturer in Textiles.  The exhibition, "Futilitarian", showcases fibers installation work by Prof. Yakle.  Hope to see everyone there!

Alumnus in Hong Kong

We were very happy to hear recently from Art Department alumnus Shawn Griffin. 

Shawn writes:  "I was accepted into the Master of Fine Arts program for photography at SCAD [Savannah College of Art & Design] Hong Kong in the Fall of 2012 and am currently in my second semester. Since living in Hong Kong, my undergraduate photos from Truman were shown in the Hong Kong Mid-Levels Gallery and two of my graduate works have been added to the SCAD Hong Kong permanent collection. I will be graduating with my MFA in the Spring of 2014."  He also let us know that his work was shown to represent SCAD at the Hong Kong Film Festival and was displayed in Hong Kong at the Oasis Gallery.

Congratulations, Shawn!

If you are an alum and have news to share with us, please e-mail  We'd love to hear from you.

Spring Break!


Photo Credit:  Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)

Even though we're still snow-covered here, Truman State University will be on Spring Break until Monday, March 18 so we hope everyone can enjoy viewing some great art outside of Kirksville.

As a reminder, when you return, check out the two shows in the University Art Gallery:  the Student Juried Exhibition, and Futilitarian (and exhibition of work by alumna Danielle Yakle).  Congratulations to Ms. Yakle and to all the students who had work selected for the exhibition.

The annual Friends of the Gallery fundraiser will be Friday, March 22.  Please contact Aaron Fine ( or (660)785.5386 if you'd like to know more about that.

For now, have a great break everyone and we'll see you in a little over a week!

Kappa Pi Update

Students in Truman's Art Department have initiated a new chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.  The fraternity received an official charter earlier this semester, and members are making plans for events this semester.  Currently, the fraternity is partnering with a local Lutheran elementary school to teach art classes, and
are preparing to help with the annual Tom Thumb art event.



Truman's Theta Eta Chapter of Kappa Pi at induction earlier this semester.




Kappa Pi members having a bleach tie dye event last semester.