Alumna News!


Congratulations to alumna Dusty Folwarczny who will be exhibiting her sculpture in the [Sears] Willis Tower Lobby. The show will be up through April, so if you're in Chicago, please visit!

Here is further information from the press release for the exhibition:

Six Chicago sculptors–Dusty Folwarczny, Ted Sitting Crow Garner, Donna Hapac, Terry Karpowicz, Jean Jacques Porret, and Michael Young–are exhibiting their work in the first floor lobbies of the Willis Tower. The lobby is so spacious that each artist can show a single large work in the Wacker Drive entrance atrium and other examples of his/her sculptures throughout the first floor public areas. The show will be up through April of 2014. 

The exhibit is notable for the variety of approaches that the six artists take to their materials. Folwarczny transforms large-diameter steel pipe into curving, curling objects. Garner welds steel scrap into forms that suggest his experiences. Hapac builds and weaves open, organic forms from reed, wood, and waxed linen thread. Karpowicz employs the ancient craft of windmill construction to create his wooden sculptures. Porret casts bronze forms that suggest the human figure. Young constructs and welds sheet aluminum and stainless steel into swooping, plant-like sculptures.

All six artists are members of Chicago Sculpture International, a chapter of the International Sculpture Center, a member-supported, nonprofit organization founded in 1960 to champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society.

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Juror to Speak Tonight

Tommy Franks will be giving a talk about his ceramic work later today (Tuesday, February 25) in OP 2210 at 6:00 p.m.  Franks is on campus to jury works for the Student Art Exhibition and also to set up an exhibition of his own work which will be featured in the University Art Gallery starting next week.  

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

Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium


Truman State University will host this year's Kansas-Missouri Renaissance Symposium on Monday, February 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. in OP 2210.  The Symposium will feature four talks by art and architectural historians about their interdisciplinary research on Florentine and Venetian art and visual culture:

Dr. Saundra Weddle (Drury University):  "Architecture as a Tool of Resistance and Control at Sixteenth-Century Venetian Convents"

Dr. Niall Atkinson (University of Chicago):  "Florentia Illustrata:  digital mapping and the return of Renaissance geographies"

Dr. Douglas Dow (Kansas State University):  "Confraternal Entanglements:  Non-linear Networks of Patronage and Tenancy in Late Cinquecento Florence"

Dr. Sally Cornelison (University of Kansas):  "Recycling, Renaissance Style:  Vasari's Repurposed Religious Paintings"

The event has been generously sponsored by the Art Department, Medieval Studies Committee, Office of Intersiciplinary Studies, School of Arts and Letters, Sixteenth Century Journal, and University Art Gallery.

This event is free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Call for Entries–Juried Student Exhibition!

Any interested Truman students may submit work for the upcoming Juried Student Exhibition.  We'd love to see as much great art as possible.

Drop Off Artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

Friday, February 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Saturday, February 22, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Monday, February 24, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pick up declined artwork in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114):

Wednesday, February 26, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition juror is ceramic artist Tommy Frank;  he will give a public talk on Tuesday, February 25 at 6:00 p.m. in OP 2210.

The exhibition will run from Tuesday, March 4 – Tuesday, April 15 with an opening reception on Tuesday, March 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (OP 1114).


Closing Events for “Apocalyptic”

The two shows in the Gallery–"Apocalyptic" and "Post-Apocalyptic:  Works by Lori Nix" will be up through Friday, February 21.  There are a variety of great events going on this week so hope to see you there!

Film Showing:  Wednesday the 19th at 6:30 – come see 12 Monkeys in OP 2210 (brief words by Dr. Dereck Daschke (Philosophy & Religion) beforehand;  refreshments served afterwards)

Poetry Reading:  Thursday the 20th at Noon – enjoy Apocalyric: Poetry about the apocalypse in the Side Gallery (emcced by Dr. Jamie D'Agostino (English & Linguistics); refreshments served)

Faculty gathering (Faculty only):  Friday the 21st from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Interdisciplinary Faculty Caucus – this one is for faculty rather than students and faculty – in the Gallery (yep – refreshments served)

We hope to see you there!  And stay tuned for more information about the next show, the Juried Student Exhibition.

For those particularly interested in Lori Nix's work, Prof. Fine (Gallery Director) sent this link to an in-depth interview with her about her work.

Congratulations to Alumna


Congratulations to Art Department and Truman alumna Emily Dahmer-Nickle on her acceptance into the MFA program in Studio Art at the University of Indiana-Bloomington!  Emily sent us these two pictures as well, showing her above with an unfinished ceramic piece, and then the finished piece below.  Congratulations again.

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Emily D

Prof. Kambli’s Work in Exhibition at the University of Kansas

Photo KS

Congratulations to Prof. Priya Kambli (Photo) who had her work selected for an exhibition currently up at the Art & Design Gallery in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Kansas.  The show, entitled The Middle, features photo-based work by artists living in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska.  Kambli and her family, as well as other Art Department faculty members and Truman-related art lovers travelled to the opening to congratulate and celebrate (as shown above).  Congratuations again!

Vis Comm Students Exhibit and Win Awards in Korea


Congratulations to the eight Truman State University Visual Communications majors who had work selected for exhibition in a show entitled "New Generation:  The 10th International Exhibition of Visual Communication Design, 2013".  The exhibition was held at the Sang Myung Gallery in the College of Design of Sang Myung University, in Korea.  The students are:  Linh Dao, Corey Felter, Rachel Finney, Zhaoli Ge, Reina Koyano, Shelby Maggart, Sara Rudder, and Kathryn Sutton. To see all of their selected work, please click here.

Special congratulations to Reina Koyano and Kathryn Sutton who won "Next Generation Special Awards" for their work.  Ms. Koyano's award-winning poster appears at the top of this post, and Ms. Sutton's award-winning book cover designs appear below.

Congratulations to everyone!