BFA Exhibition in the Gallery!

The exhibition of Capstone work by students working towards the BFA degree in Studio Art will be held next week!  The show will be up April 29th – May 3, with an opening reception on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m.  Congratulations to the following students!

Toni Brister (Painting)

Jonathan Moeller (Printmaking)

Lona Moody (Painting)

Erica Robertson (Ceramics)

Lauren Thomeczek (Ceramics)

Jake Wittrock (Painting)

As always, all Gallery events are free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!


Dr. Orel appointed to CUR leadership position

Sara Orel, Professor of Art History, has been elected chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).  CUR is a national organization for promotion of undergraduate research in all disciplines and provides support for faculty development, including publications and outreach to share successful models and strategies for implementing research at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum.  The organization sponsors the National Conference of Undergraduate Research every spring as well as workshops and institutes throughout the year. 

Dr. Orel was one of the presenters at a CUR institute for promoting undergraduate research in the Arts and Humanities at the University of Delaware in November of 2012 and will be a co-editor of their  publication on successful models for involving students in research through classwork and other settings.  She will assume her position as chair of the Arts and Humanities Division at the end of the June business meeting of CUR. 

BA Studio exhibition in Gallery!

This week, we have a chance to see work submitted by students in fulfillment of the requirements for the BA in Art in Studio Art.  The show will be up through Friday, with an opening reception to be held Tuesday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m.  As always, all Gallery events are free and open to the public. Congratulations to these great artists!

Katie Brewer (Painting)
Tori Hudson (Painting)
Andrea Linskey (Ceramics)
Lauren Radix (Ceramics)
Emily Frierdich (Ceramics)

Galen Gibson-Cornell news

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We recently received some great news from alumnus Galen Gibson-Cornell (Studio Art: Printmaking) who is finishing up his MFA in Printmaking at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.  His MFA exhbition will open on April 13th, 2013 (see poster above for more details) in Madison, he has an exhibition of his work in Florence, Italy at the Santa Reparata International School of Art, and he will graduate in May!

In August of this year, he has been selected to receive a very competitive and coveted Fulbright Fellowship in the Arts, to Hungary.  While there, he will be based in Budapest and will:  work with art students at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts;  create a series of prints alongside master printers at the Art Union of Hungarian Etchers and Lithographers;  and work at Printa, a screen-printing workshop and gallery. He will also have a solo show at Galleria IX in Budapest in May 2014 to showcase the project and will be establishing an on-going printmaking exchange between students at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and at UW-Madison. 

Heartiest congratulations!

If you would like to keep up with Galen's work, please visit his website.

And if you are an alum of the Art Department and would like to share your news, please write to us at

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Prof. Bohac in juried exhibition

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Congratulations to Prof. John Bohac (Studio Art:  Painting;  also an alumnus of the Art Department) whose work was juried into an exhibition entitled "Misperception".  The exhibition was held at Art St. Louis (St. Louis, Missouri) last January and February 2013 and one of the works appears above.  Congratulations again!

Art at the Student Research Conference!

Tomorrow Truman will hold the 26th Annual Student Research Conference.  Classes are cancelled on this day to allow students, faculty, and staff to experience the fantastic range of research and creative work being done by students on Truman’s campus.  The Art Department will be very well represented and we hope to see you at a lot of these events!  Congratulations to all the students and to their faculty mentors (including Prof. Priya Kambli who was a semi-finalist for the Research Mentor of the Year award!).

Featured throughout the day will be two exhibitions of student artwork:

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Atrium, South Wing of OP
Studio Art Display

8:30 am – 7:00 pm • University Art Gallery (OP 1114)
Annual Juried Student Exhibition

In addition, the following events will highlight students and their creative or research work:

Art History (these will be individual research presentations)

1:00 – 2:15 • OP 2117

1:00 ALLIE M. STRAUSSNER (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Dr. Sara Orel, and Dr. Paul Yoder, Faculty Mentors)   Henry Fuseli: Sensations of the Erotic.

1:15  APRIL N. JOHNSTON (TruScholar 2012), (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentor)
I Sacrificed Nothing: Struggle and Triumph in the Painting of Lee Krasner,

1:30 MAMIE E. COX (TruScholar 2013), (Dr. Elizabeth Gand (Fort Lewis College), Dr. Julia DeLancey, and Dr. Cole Woodcox, Faculty Mentors)
At the Moulin Rouge: Henri de Toulouse Lautrec and the Dancer

1:45 LACY A. MURPHY (Dr. Julia DeLancey, Faculty Mentor)
The Women of Jacques-Louis David

Exhibition of Student Works (Studio and Visual Communication)

(students will not make formal presentations, but rather will be available during this time to answer questions about their work;  because of the overlap with Art History presentations, some if not all of the students below have agreed to be available starting at 12:45 p.m.  Thank you to them!).

12:45- 2:15 • OP South Atrium

ELIZABETH A. WILLIAMSON (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Creative Photography: Churches

KATHERINE D. KLEBENOW (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Unnatural: A Photographic Investigation of Interactions with Nature

SHELBY SIMS (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Surrounded by Life

ROCIO D. HOPSON (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Exploring Pregnancy

Large Scale Sculptural Installation

LONA D. MOODY (TruScholar 2012), (Prof. Priya Kambli, Faculty Mentor)
Experimentally Combining Alternative and Traditional Photographic Processes

ROCIO D. HOPSON (Prof. Matthew Derezinksi, Faculty Mentor)
Casa Nahual, Bed & Breakfast

1:30-2:15 • OP 1210

Studio Art

CARLY M. ROBISON*, KATHRYN E. SUTTON, and KRISTEN N. WILLIAMS (Prof. Matthew Derezinksi, Faculty Mentor)
Design in Motion

Students in Gallery

Fiber piece by Melanie Pailer.

Congratulations to the following students who had their work selected for the Student Art Competition exhibition currently up in the University Art Gallery!  Prof. Mike Sleadd, Chair of the Art Department at Columbia College, juried the exhibition.

Aerin Melvin, Allison Behm, Alyssa Vannoy, Amanda Aichholz, Amanda Bell, Andrea Bright, Andrea Linskey (Juror’s Award), Daniel Riekena, Danielle Naeger, Danielle Tobar, Elizabeth Williamson, Emily Alderson, Emily Bendet, Emily Frierdich, Emma Roeder, Erica Robertson, Hannah Rosell (Juror’s Award), Ian Reed, Jake Wittrock, Jonathan Moeller, Kat Klebenow (Juror’s Award), Kathryn Sutton, Katie Brewer, Kristin Henry, Lauren Thomeczek (Juror’s Award), Linh Dao, Lona Moody, Mason Einspahr (Student Union Purchase Prize), Meghan Doil, Melanie Pailer (Student Union Purchase Prize), Melissa Aholt, Ravelle Lucero, Sara Cantrell, Steven Boos, and Susan Zhu.

The exhibition will be open through Tuesday, April 16th.  The University Art Gallery is located in Ophelia Parrish 1114 and all Gallery events are free and open to the public.  Hope to see you there!


Revisions to the Art History major!

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Students in Dr. Sara Orel's ART 428 Topics in Art History:  Museums & Collecting course install works in the popular "Cabinet of Curiosities" exhibit in the Ruth Towne Museum and Visitors Center on campus.  Photo Credit:  Sara Orel.

The Art Department has been hard at work this year on updating and revising a number of curricular areas, including the Foundations Program, and a variety of degree programs.  As part of that, a number of revisions have been made to the Art History major.  Information about that follows here:

Revisions and expansions made by the Art Department to the Art History major will be available to students as of the 2013-2014 academic year (and the 2013-2014 catalog).  Our hope is that these revisions will make the Art History major attractive for more Truman students, including double  majors, and that will also provide more appropriate opportunities for students not necessarily interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in Art History.  The number of required hours will be lowered from 44 to either 40 or 39, and the specific number of hours will depend on which “track” students choose to follow.  As of the fall of 2013, there will be two tracks to the Art History major: a Thesis track (40 hours of coursework), for which the culminating project is a two-semester senior thesis on a topic of the student’s choice (those students who are interested in graduate work in Art History, for example, may want to choose this track); and a Praxis track (39 hours of coursework), which will emphasize the practical application of the Art History major (those students who are interested in Arts Administration or Arts Education, for example, may want to choose this track). 

For both tracks within the Art History major, students will continue to do an Outside of the Classroom Experience (OOCE).  Students choosing to follow the Thesis track may choose from such opportunities as studying abroad, archaeological excavation, or an Art History-related internship.  Students on the Praxis track are required to complete an internship; their capstone course will focus on research on current trends and issues in their chosen internship field, evaluation of the internship experience, and professional preparation such as resume writing, interviewing, and job and career exploration.  Truman offers a variety of international internship opportunities, so students doing the Praxis track may still have a valuable overseas experience. 

Students on both tracks will take ART 101: Art Studio Foundations I (Design-Enhanced Drawing), and may count one additional studio class toward their Art History required coursework.  Those who are interested in pursuing additional Studio courses are encouraged choose to minor in Art Studio or double major in Art (Studio or Visual Communications).  

Complete information and degree worksheets will be available when the 2013-14 academic year catalogue is released sometime this coming summer.    

Please do not hesitate to direct questions about the changes in the major to either of the full-time faculty members in Art History:  Dr. Sara Orel (Program Coordinator; or Dr. Julia DeLancey (

Please do not hesitate to contact Prof. Rusty Nelson (Art Department Chair; with any questions about the updates to other areas in Art Department programming.