We are always happy to get news from alumni of our Art and Art History programs, some of whom are involved with Art careers and others who have really exciting careers in other fields. Here are some of our latest updates from Art History majors:
From Bryna Campbell:
In May 2015, I graduated with my PhD in Art History & Archaeology from Washington University in St. Louis, with a dissertation titled “The Comic Grotesque: Troubling the Body Politic in American Graphic Satire from World War I to the Great Depression.” I also received a graduate certificate in American Culture Studies. Since graduating I have been teaching as an art history instructor at Portland State University in Portland, OR. I am also the co-creator and founding editor of The Art and Place Blog (theartandplaceblog.wordpress.com) and the co-creator of the creative writing project Un/Settled (un-settled.org), which focuses on themes related to rural diaspora.
Brian Dale (who wrote his senior thesis the same year as Bryna):
I work in financial services as an Asst. Vice President with Wells Fargo Advisors in St. Louis. I live with my family in Webster Groves, MO, and my involvement with art does not extend beyond drawing with my daughter and the odd trip to the museum.
Finals Week ends on Friday, December 12 with December graduation taking place on Saturday, December 13th. Congratulations to all Art Department (and Truman) graduates! Please stay in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This also means that the Art Department blog will be taking a break until the week before classes start in January. However, during that time the blog will feature faculty artwork (and other images) related to winter themes so do check back often!
For now, greetings of the season to all!
Three Art Department faculty members serve as Councilors for the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). CUR’s mission is “…to support and promote high-quality undergraduate student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship”. Dr. Sara Orel (Art History) was elected as Chair of the Arts and Humanities Division and also serves on the Executive Board. This year, Prof. Wynne Wilbur (Studio) and Dr. Julia DeLancey (Art History) were elected to serve as Councilors in the Arts and Humanities Division. In those roles, all three faculty members also attended the annual meeting this past summer in Washington D.C. Truman State University faculty are very active in CUR: one hundred twenty four (124) are members of CUR and many serve in leadership positions such as Division Chair or as heads of task forces such as Internationalization. Stay tuned for more information about Art Department presentations at CUR as well!
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 (email@example.com).
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; 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
Photo Credit: Tim Barcus (Campus Photographer)
The Art Department blog is on break until classes resume in late August…enjoy the summer, everyone, and be sure to check back again later in the summer to find out what's going on in Art at Truman!
The Foundations Proficiency exhibition is up on the hallway walls in Ophelia Parrish until noon Friday, September 30th. Stop by and see some great student work.