Last Chance to See Great WWI Exhibition in Library!

Students with WWI display sailor and pup tent behind

Ann Frydrych, Rebecca Meyer, Sarah Gann, and Anna Goodloe, in front of their World War I exhibit in Pickler Memorial Library.  Photo Credit here and below:  Sara Orel.

Last semester (Fall 2014) Dr. Sara Orel taught ART 428:  Topics in Art History:  Museums and Collecting. Students in that class did a variety of projects as their major assignment in the fall of 2014.  We will highlight a few of these in the spring semester (many of them are available to view at a variety of locations across campus). 

First up is an exhibition curated by majors in Art History and History.  This exhibit, on view until the end of January in the space outside the coffee shop in Pickler Memorial Library, focuses on World War I and the experiences of Kirksville residents and university alumni in that War.  Items, including a tent used on the battlefield, letters home from the troops, and a piece of hard tack, are interspersed with items of clothing such as helmets and boots, as well as reproductions of war posters and poppies from the Veterans of Foreign Wars.  Although 1917 was the year the United States entered the Great War, 2014 is the centenary of the start of the conflict and Truman will be offering several events and courses to commemorate the hundred year anniversary.  This exhibition, designed and installed by students in an Art History class, is the first of that series. 

As a reminder, this exhibition in Pickler Memorial Library will close January 31, 2014 so hurry over to see it before then!

Boots in WWI case

Boots worn by a soldier in World War I and poppies in memory of those who died.

Lynn looking at letters
 Art History student Lynn Koch admires her fellow students’ installation in Pickler Memorial Library. 


In the Gallery and Department This Week!


Photos above and below show the Lori Nix exhibition in the side gallery.  Photo Credit:  Aaron Fine.

Once again, it's a very busy week in the Art Department and the University Art Gallery!

A number of events will be held in connection with the current exhibitions in the Unviersity Art Gallery.  In the main gallery "Apocalyptic:  artwork, poetry, and thought about the end" features contemporary art from around the world.  That show was curated by Prof. Aaron Fine (Studio Art;  University Art Gallery Director) and Dr. Bob Mielke (English & Linguistics).  In the side gallery "Lori Nix:  Post-Apocalyptic" is a solo show of work by Truman State University alumna Lori Nix who is now actively working in New York.

Special events this week in connection with those two shows include:

Monday, January 27, 6:30 p.m., OP 2111:  presentation by Lori Nix.

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 p.m., OP 1114 (University Art Gallery):  Opening Reception

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

In addition to these events in the Gallery, senior Visual Communications major Andy Doering will be giving a talk on Monday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m. in OP 2210.  Mr. Doering will be talking about being a Viscom major as well as what he has learned both at Truman, and through in internships and working as a freelance designer. Hope to see you there as well!


Prof. Xu’s Recent Work

Ping IcA
Prof. Ping Xu recently had some graphic design work published in International Contemporary Artists (Vol. 7), including the posters he designed for the University Art Gallery's Cross Connections exhibitions.

In addition, he exhibited work as part of an international exchange of student and faculty graphic design work at the SangMyung Gallery, College of Design, Sang Myung University, in Korea.  A number of Truman students also exhibited work in that exchange (for more information, see the link above).

Congratulations to Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications) on these great publications and recognitions.

Student and Faculty Work at Kirksville Arts Association (Opening Tonight!)

 COMPOSITIONS poster 5Jan14

Tonight will be the opening reception for a new exhibition at the Kirksville Arts Center!  The reception will be from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Kirksville Arts Center, 117 S. Franklin in Kirksville.

The show, titled "Compositions", features three-dimensional work in a variety of media and includes work by Truman Art Department faculty members Prof. Matt Derezinski (Visual Communications) and Prof. Lily Lee (Fibers/Sculpture/Three-D), as well as students from Fibers and Sculpture classes at Truman taught by Prof. Lee and Prof. John Bohac.  Those students include:  Allison Behm, Emma Roeder, Melanie Pailer, Emily VanGelder, Juliet Desnoyer, Connor Penland Frazier, Jacquelyn Wheeler, Jessica Zilch, Lauren Moll, Katie Burke, Ian Reed, Justin Sevier, Daniel Riekena, Rahil Gomes, Charles Cantrell, and Kevin Foster as well as others.

We hope to see you at the reception or at the exhibition!

Exhibition Opens Today!


Work by Jave Yoshimoto, to be included in the exhibition (Photo Credit:  Aaron Fine)

On Wednesday, January 22nd in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114) a new exhibition will open!  The exhibition is entitled "Apocalyptic:  artwork, poetry, and though about the end" and was curated by Prof. Aaron Fine (University Art Gallery Director and Professor of Art) and Dr. Bob Mielke (Professor of English) and features contemporary artwork.

The opening reception for the exhibition will be Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.  As always, the opening will offer a chance to meet others interested in the arts, sample some delicious food, and see some great artwork.  We hope to see you there!

On display in the side gallery at the same time will be an exhibit of work by Lori Nix entitled "Post-Apocalyptic".  Nix is a Truman State University alumna and will be visiting campus for the exhibition.  Check back here for more information on her visit.

We hope to see you at some or all of these great events.

Student Worker Appreciation


Photo Credit:  Lily Lee.  Left to right:  Kodey Springate, Shaili Patel, Charles Cantrell, Erica Klagues, Grace Flacke, Mat Kuehnle, Randy Soto, Jessica Swopshire

Last semester, Prof. Lily Lee (Fibers/Sculpture/Three-D) sent this great picture from a pizza party she held in appreciation for the student workers who had staffed the Sculpture and Fibers studios last semester.  The students posed wearing their favorite safety gear and some grabbed a favorite tool from the Sculpture studio! They are standing in front of some storage in that studio organized and built as one of their many projects during Fall 2013 semester.

Visiting Artist on Campus and Gallery Events


Artist Jill Waterhouse installs work in the University Art Gallery (Photo Credit:  Aaron Fine)

There is lots going on in the University Art Gallery this week!

Thursday, January 16, 9:15 a.m., OP 1114 (main gallery)

Artist Jill Waterhouse will be talking in the gallery about the sculpture/installation piece which she is installing for the upcoming gallery exhibition entitled "Apocalyptic: artwork, poetry, and thought about the end". She is visting campus from the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.  If you can't make Thursday's talk, there will a repeat of that talk on Friday at 11:30 a.m., also in the Gallery.

Thursday, January 16, 4:30 p.m., OP 1114 (side gallery)

Closing reception for the "Strong Foundations" exhibition.  Blog readers may remember that this show features work made by students in the Art Studio Foundations program (generally first-year students).  Faculty have selected some of the best work from this year's Proficiency portfolios to be featured in the Gallery.  As Gallery Director Aaron Fine says:  "Let's all take a good long look at this final sample of work from the foundations program. Free food of course and maybe a door prize too!"

Friday, January 17, 11:30 a.m. (tentative)  (main gallery)

Repeat of Jill Waterhouse's talk on Thursday morning (see above).

Please note also that the the upcoming exhibition, Apocalyptic: artwork, poetry, and thought about the end, curated by Prof. Aaron Fine (University Art Gallery Director and Professor of Art) and Dr. Bob Mielke (Professor of English) will open on Wednesday, January 22.  Prof. Fine reports that new work is arriving daily which is very exciting!  The opening reception for that show, as well as "Lori Nix:  Apocalyptic", a solo show of work by Truman alumna Lori Nix, will be held on Tuesday, January 28 at 6:00 p.m.  As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!