Printmaking Trip!

Senior Charles Cantrell (Studio:  Printmaking) shared this great information about a recent trip related to historic printmaking in Missouri:  “This past Fall semester, Professor Jim Jereb and I went to the Deustcheim State Historic Site in Hermann, Missouri where the Museum maintains houses and areas that have survived through the years and are used to recreate the past, which includes a house in which newspapers were printed complete with an Iron hand press. Professor Jim Jereb has been working with the museum in Hermann for a few years now recreating the print shop where the newspapers were printed, and fixing up the press to working order. This trip we took was to check the pressure settings on the press and begin to figure out any other pieces of furniture or equipment necessary to recreate the site realistically , which meant we got to print some copies of a poem written by an ancestor of one of the benefactors of the museum as well as a wood type poster that I had set up.”

Prof. Kambli news!

Prof. Priya Kambli (Studio:  Photography) has had great successes this last semester!

  • She was invited to attend the third annual New York Portfolio Review! Her work was chosen from among 3500 portfolios and she traveled on Saturday, April 11th 2015 to a day of reviews and community in New York City.


  • An interview, accompanied by work, was published in Black and White Photography (174).

Congratulations!  For more information on Prof. Kambli and her work, please visit her website at

News from Alumni

We always love to hear from alums of the Art Department.  Here’s some of the great recent news we’ve received!

Leah Bowring received her MFA in Ceramics from the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Mamie Cox writes:  “I will be studying at Newnham College at Cambridge University [in the UK]. Continuing research I began in my undergraduate [Art History] thesis on illustrations of anthropomorphic animals in children’s literature, I will complete a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature.

Taylor (Wysocke) Henry and her husband had their home featured in the finale of the DIY Network’s show Desperate Landscapes.

Lori Nix had her work featured in the February 9, 2015 issue of Newsweek: 

Kelsey Wiskirchen is currently doing a fibers residency at the Appalachian Center for Crafts – a part of Tennessee Tech University in Smithville, Tennessee.  She writes:  “It is a satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University, which offers a BFA program in fibers, metals, woods, clay, and glass. During the summer, the Craft Center offers a program of weeklong workshops in all of the studios. I help manage the fibers studio, teach classes in Foundations and Fibers, and teach in the high school outreach program.”  Kelsey shared some photographs with us which are included below.

Congratulations to all!  Again, if you are an alum, we’d love to hear from you!  Please write to us at

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2015 graduate news

With graduation in May we have been getting news about things our graduates will be up to.  Here’s some of the great things we’ve heard about.  If you’re a recent grad, we’d love to hear from you!  Please write to us at

Hailey Gearo (Studio:  Painting) will have her work featured in her first one-person (solo) art exhibition.

Danielle Naeger (Studio:  Painting) will be enrolling in the Art Therapy program at Emporia State University in the fall.

Daniel Riekena (Studio:  Painting) has just been hired as the high school Art teacher in Chillicothe, MO for the next school year, and writes:  “I am very excited to be a part of such an inviting and active high school.”  He will replace another Truman-educated Art teacher in that position.  Daniel also won the Missouri Art Education Association’s annual art show in the sculpture category in April, as well as second place in Chillicothe’s Juried Local Artists Art Show last Thursday (his work was selected out of approximately 75 artworks).

Congratulations to all these bright students!  We’ll update this post as we get more information from more grads and, again, if you have news you’d like to share, please e-mail us at!