Last Chance to See!

This is the last week of the Student Juried Show in the University Gallery.  We have pictures of students with their award-winning art if you need encouragement to see what students have been doing over the past year.

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic Winner of the Student Union Purchase Prize

1st place: Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Third Prize: Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

Best in show: Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

 

2nd place: ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

Congratulations to Student Juried Show Award Winners

Heidi Cook, our gallery director, has announced the winners of this year’s juror prizes and the Student Union Purchase Prizes. Our juror this year was Nick Satinover of Middle Tennessee University, and he assigned the following juror’s awards:

 

Honorable Mentions:

Rachel McCary, Restless Wanderer, Oil on canvas

Shania Montúfar, Brain Fog, Inkjet print

Maddie Morris, Self Portrait Six Ways, Watercolor

Kristen Buck, Flowers leaping, Paper and wire

Kristen Buck, Flowers Leaping

3rd place ($50):

Natalie Gruber, A Fly in the Ointment, Watercolor

 

2nd place ($50):

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas

 

1st place ($75):

Maggie Adams, Sink or Swim, Cotton, fishing line

 

Best in show ($150):

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship, Wood, 3D printed plastic

Wesley Scafe, Market Worship

 

Each year selected Truman staff and student workers get to vote on two works to purchase for the Student Union Building Purchase Prize for $250 each. This year they chose

ZuZu Smugala, Pink Rock, Acrylic on canvas, Course: Painting III

Phuong Duong, Intuitive, Spray paint and acrylic

 

Congrats to our award winners! Please brag about this to all of your friends and family.

Congratulations to Laura Bigger!

Professor of Printmaking Laura Bigger has been selected as one of the Missouri Artists of the Month by the Missouri Arts Council.  In her artist’s statement she writes:

My work explores the relationships that exist among humans, animals, and ecosystems, particularly in terms of the food chain, raw materials, and the human tendency to exert control over natural systems. My art considers existential quandaries such as what it means to be a human today, how we can live in the world responsibly, and what our obligation is to do so. As a multimedia artist, I question anthropocentric viewpoints and interpret the manmade environment primarily through print, drawing, and installation.

Gallery has three shows this month!

We have three great shows opening on Tuesday March 16 in the University Art Gallery!  Our 2021 Annual Juried Student is packed with works that show off the hard work and creativity of our Truman students – you won’t want to miss it. In the cube, you’ll find the work of this year’s juror, printmaker Nick Satinover, whose works place words and pattern together to explore the passing of time. And in the Charlyn Gallery, our professor of graphic design, Aaron Neeley is showing some of his latest work.

While Nick Satinover visited Truman State University to jury the student exhibition and mount an exhibition of his own work, he also printed an edition of multiple color stone lithographs using his signature method of reductive flats.

Nick Satinover demonstration

Alumnus Shows at Indian Hills

Truman alumnus Joe Hermann has an exhibition up at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Joe did his AA degree at IHCC, then came to Truman where he majored in painting. He then went on to the University of Delaware, where he earned his MFA.

Joe is “interested in the infinite aspect of art making, capturing moments in time. His painting are full of the nuance and drama that makes life interesting.” The gallery is open Monday-Thursday and Sunday afternoons. His exhibition is up until Thursday, March 25th. Congratulations, Joe! It looks like a wonderful show!

 

Exhibition in the Charlyn Gallery

Watchers by Natalie Gruber, detail

Watchers by Natalie Gruber, detail

Laura Bigger’s Intermediate and Advanced Drawing Exploration students present Drawing – Implied in the Charlyn Gallery. The works in the exhibition explore “drawing,” the verb, in the abstract and test the limits of what one considers a drawing. Each artist created a wall-based installation that emphasizes formal decisions to create something that reads as a drawing, considers implied line or line created by both traditional and nontraditional means, and intentionally incorporates light and shadow to draw in a three-dimensional space.

Artists include: Maggie Adams, Sarah Early, Jamie Foutch, Natalie Gruber, Abby Moreno, Stephen Poindexter and Wesley Scafe.

The exhibition runs February 1st through 25th.

Lindsey Dunnagan Exhibits in Kansas City

Ice Flare Detail 6

Ice Flare Detail 6, Mixed Media on Acrylic

Professor Lindsey Dunnagan has told us about her current exhibition at Weinberger Fine Art in Kansas City, MO. The Exhibition is titled “Northern Catch” and she writes:

This series is a pleasure project inspired by my childhood of growing up in Anchorage, Alaska where I spent time by the ocean and watched the sky for the Aurora Borealis. Each piece is multi layered and includes images offish nets, the shapes of icebergs, and patterns found in the Alaskan landscape, such as ice striations. Formally, some pieces are linked to one another because the series responds to and plays with process scraps. For example, “Migrating Silver” is made of several paper layers. The top layer has a hole cut in the shape of a fish net. Inside the hole are other fish net and ice berg shapes cut out of other paintings. Every cut form becomes part of a new work. The playful process of this work parallels my glance back at childhood. By manipulating shapes from the place I love, the work evokes a panglossian nostalgia.

Painting by Lindsey Dunnagan

Ice Flare Detail 2, mixed media on acrylic

Painting by Lindsey Dunnagan

Sun Shimmer, watercolor, graphite, and silver leaf on paper

Batik Workshop

Danielle Yakle demonstrates Batik

Professor Danielle Yakle demonstrates the process of batik to Truman students

In conjunction with the “Wandering Sprit: African Wax Prints” exhibition currently up in the gallery, we hosted a small batik workshop in the fibers studio. Indonesian batik textiles severed as the inspiration for the nineteenth-century industrial Dutch imitations that became what we call African wax print fabric today. Fibers professor Daniel Yakle and Fibers club students walked students through how to apply layers of wax resist to create patterns on dyed cotton. The results were stunning!

Students work on their batik scarves

Chetanae Ellison waves to the camera, enjoying her experimentation in wax painting on cloth.Wax painting

Stephen Poindexter paints in wax on a scarf.

Student with completed scarf

Lee Gardunia shows off a completed batik project.

Have a marvelous summer!

Truman is in to its summer season, with Joseph Baldwin Academy students on campus and incoming students visiting us to register for their fall classes.  We welcome all of you, and hope those who are students already (and alumni) are having a great summer, whether working or interning, or just hanging out at the beach and painting or reading a really good book!

We look forward to seeing new and returning students here in the fall.  May you have a wonderful summer wherever you may be.

Art Bus Spring 2019

The Art Bus class this spring was a trip to Chicago led by painting professor Lindsey Dunnagan and printmaking professor Laura Bigger.

While there the class met with artists and curators, visited grad schools, and saw original works of art, such as Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate, known colloquially as “The Bean” because of its shape.