Student clubs up and running!


The Art Department has a variety of great and active student clubs, many of which are already up and running for the academic year.  A full listing of clubs in the Department can be found here.  Here are more details about a few of the clubs which are already doing cool things:

Art History Society:  contact to be added to the mailing list and get information about meeting times.  President:  Danielle Bell.

First event:  hosting talk by Dr. Catherine Schmidt Patterson of The Getty’s Conservation Institute, Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., OP 2210

American Institute of Graphic Artists student group:  President, Anna Grace (  Meets every other Monday, 7:00 p.m., OP 1222 (Illustration Room).  Pictured above:  members of AIGA on trip to New Orleans to visit design firms there.

Clay People:  President, Ali Goeckner.  For more information, contact Prof. Wynne Wilbur (  No regularly scheduled meeting time, but watch the bulletin board outside the Ceramics Studio (OP 1260) for notices of meetings and activities.


Getty scientist and Truman alumna to present about art conservation

Dr. Catherine Schmidt Patterson (Conservation Institute, The Getty) will return to campus to give two talks this week.

“Science of Art–Art of Science:  Conservation Science and Fourteenth-Century Florentine Painting Practice”  Thursday, September 25, 7:00 p.m., OP 2210 (Hosted by the Art History Society)

“More from Less:  Scientific Techniques for the Study of Museum Objects”   Friday, September 26, 12:30 p.m., MG 1000

Catherine Schmidt Patterson (Truman State University 2002;  BS in Chemistry with an Art History minor) is an Associate Scientist at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, where she is a member of the GCI’s Collections Research Laboratory.  Her primary areas of research are the use of non- or minimally-invasive techniques such as Raman microspectroscoy and x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy to study works of art, the development of new analytical methodologies, and technology transfer for the benefit of cultural heritage science.  Prior to joining the GCI as a member of staff in 2009, she was selected for the GCI’s prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship in Conservation Science (2007-2009). She received her Ph.D. at Northwestern University, where her research focused on the fundamental physical chemistry governing the interaction of small organic molecules with catalytic surfaces (Thesis Title: Interaction of Indoor Air Pollutants with Titanium Dioxide Catalyst Coatings Studied by Chemical Ionization Mass Spectrometry).

Dr. Schmidt Patterson’s visit is sponsored by the Department of Chemistry.  All talks are free and open to the public.  We hope to see you there!

Portrait of Catherine Patterson.

Faculty Exhibition Opens!

John Bohac. Aquarium. Toys, sand, plastic resin, plexiglas, aluminum, LEDs. 13x15 in. 2014



The Faculty Art Exhibition will open the University Art Gallery’s offerings for the academic year.  Each year, the Faculty Art Exhibition features the artwork of selected members of the Art Department faculty.  This year, the Gallery will showcase the work of Prof. John Bohac (Studio:  Painting, also an Art Department alumnus), Prof. Jim Jereb (Studio:  Printmaking), and Prof. Ping Xu (Visual Communications).

The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, September 9 at 6:00 p.m. in the University Art Gallery (Ophelia Parrish Fine Arts Center, Rm. 1114 on Truman’s campus).  As always, Gallery events are free and open to the public–and the receptions always include refreshments as well.  We hope to see you there!

Image Credits:  above–John Bohac, Aquarium, 2014.  below–Ping Xu, terra cotta warriors poster.

Terra Cotta-A