Summer Course in St. Louis: JINS 336 – Environment

Vaughn Bell

Village Green, Vaughn Bell, 2008

This JINS course will be a
study of Art, Environment, and Community
in St. Louis.  Weekly meetings will be
held at various locations in the city, including the St. Louis Art Museum,
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis Public Library, and the Missouri Botanical
Garden.  Students will create artwork
dealing with ecology in the St. Louis community.  Other coursework will be online via

Registration is now open – If
you will be in St. Louis for the summer, join the fun!

more information, contact course instructor Kelsey Wiskirchen (

Kappa Pi Update

Students in Truman's Art Department have initiated a new chapter of Kappa Pi International Honorary Art Fraternity.  The fraternity received an official charter earlier this semester, and members are making plans for events this semester.  Currently, the fraternity is partnering with a local Lutheran elementary school to teach art classes, and
are preparing to help with the annual Tom Thumb art event.



Truman's Theta Eta Chapter of Kappa Pi at induction earlier this semester.




Kappa Pi members having a bleach tie dye event last semester.


Weaving in the Fibers Studio

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In the fibers studio at Truman, we have a great set of wide looms for weaving fabric.  This week, fibers students worked together warping the looms to prepare for weaving.  Students will be learning the basics of weaving including pattern drafting and dyeing fiber for their woven work, and will create woven yardage fabric to be used in projects.  Check back for more images of finished woven work!


BFA/BA Capstone Exhibition and “A Strong Foundation” in the University Art Gallery


This week, the University Art Gallery in Ophelia Parish is hosting the BFA and BA Capstone Exhibitions.  These exhibitions are the final culmination of the Capstone experience for students completing a degree in studio art.  Students in this semester's BFA exhibition are Emily Woll (painting) and Megan Moore (painting).  Students in the BA exhibition are Amanda Bell (fibers), Casey Bruno (fibers), Abby Buck (painting), and Cate Chaney (fibers).

In the Side Gallery, A Strong Foundation features exceptional student works selected by the faculty from this semester's Foundations Proficiency Exam. 

The reception for these exhibitions is tonight, December 4 at 6:00 pm.  Please join us to help celebrate the incredible work that our Studio Art students have done this semester.  The exhibit will be up through the end of this week, so stop by between classes when you need a break from studying!



Fibers Projects Exhibited in Ophelia Parrish Lobby

Students in Fibers 1 and 2 learned plaiting, coiling, and twining earlier this semester.  They then created sculptural forms which utilized these traditional basketry techniques.  For the final month of the semester, these projects will be on display in the glass exhibition case in the lobby of the Ophelia Parrish building.  Stop by to see these artworks in person!

Allison Behm

Allison Behm; Title: Wish Upon; Clothesline, cotton twine, wax, hand-dyed; Coiling


Mia Hammond; Title: Spontaneity; Copper wire; Twining


Emily VanGelder; Title: Sexual Fluidity; Hand-dyed cotton fabric, wire; Plaiting


Emma Roeder; Title: Full Circles; Rope, commercial and hand-dyed cotton fabric, found objects; Coiling

Sewing in the Fibers Studio


The Fibers studio at TSU is equipped with a dozen Janome sewing machines for students to use on projects.  This week, students in Fibers 1 began learning the basics of machine sewing, using fabric that was hand-dyed using Fiber Reactive Dyes.  The rest of the semester will be focused on sewing construction methods, textural surface sewing, and sewing dimensional forms.


Hand-dyed range of cotton fabric



Basketry Techniques in the Fibers Studio


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Fibers Students Creating Knotless Netting with Plastic Bags


Students in Fibers 1 have been exploring recycling materials
into basketry forms.  Last week they
learned how to do plaiting with newspaper, and this week are doing a knotless
netting technique with plastic bags that have been turned into “plarn”. 



Knotless Netting

Knotless Netting Samples with Plastic Bags




Plaiting with Newspaper

After learning four traditional basketry techniques of
plaiting, netting, coiling, and twining, each student will create a sculptural
project that utilizes one of these techniques. 
Stay tuned for images of finished projects in a few weeks!





Knotless Netting in Progress


Monotype Printing in the Fibers Studio


Fibers 1 Students Monoprinting

The semester is off to a great start in the Art
Studios!  Students in Fibers 1 spent
their first week learning Monotype Printing on cotton fabric.  First applying textile ink to a sheet of Plexiglas,
they then created layers of color and texture by pressing the ink directly onto
the surface of the fabric. 


In the next couple of weeks, students will be learning how
to screen print and dye fabric and will design patterned yardages.  Other techniques covered in Fibers 1 this
semester will include traditional and contemporary basketry techniques and
sewing three-dimensional forms.  Stay
tuned for more updates from the Fibers Studio!

Welcome, Prof. Kelsey Wiskirchen!

Kelsey Wiskirchen, Installation view of Handed On, Polyester thread on cotton gauze, 2012.


Prof. Kelsey Wiskirchen received her BFA in Fibers from Truman
State University in 2009.  In May 2012,
Kelsey completed her MFA in Fibers at the Herberger Institute for Design and
the Arts at Arizona State University.   We
are thrilled to have this Alumni return!  Welcome back, Kelsey!


In 2010, Kelsey traveled to Bolivia to volunteer with
Projecto Artesania Zona Andina, a women’s weaving
cooperative.  While there, Kelsey was
inspired by the empowerment that the women in the cooperative achieved through
weaving.  In 2011, Kelsey received a
Nathan Cummings Travel Fellowship to spend the summer in South Africa with the
Mapusha Weaving Cooperative
There, she learned tapestry rug weaving from the women in the


Continuing to learn and to teach others about textiles
has become Kelsey’s focus.  In addition
to teaching Fibers at Truman State University, Kelsey volunteers with community
groups to help women find healing and empowerment through Fiber Art.  She is also the 2012 Artist-in-Residence at
Craft Alliance in St. Louis, Missouri, where she teaches community classes in


Kelsey’s current studio work focuses on tradition and
connection between women through stories. 
She utilizes weaving and embroidery to document experiences shared by
women and preserve the stories created therein. 
Kelsey’s work will be exhibited in the Truman Art Gallery from September
4 to October 2. 


For more information about Kelsey’s work, please visit


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.Kelsey Wiskirchen, Dona Maxima and Gabriella, Cotton thread, 2012.