About the Art Department

For information on events, alumni, faculty creative work and scholarship, and lots more, please visit the Art Department blog.

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Mission Statement

We believe that art matters. It changes lives, documents and reflects experiences, and shows us worlds and perspectives other than our own. Making art has been a fundamental part of human activity since the beginnings of known history; studying art has played a central role in the development of our understanding of human civilization. Further, societies are judged often by the art that they produce.

We also believe that the liberal arts and sciences matter. Knowledge does not exist in isolation; particularly in this global, digital world it is interconnected, is created, developed, and maintained communally, and is changeable over time and across cultures.

All of our activities in the Art Department at Truman State University grow out of this fundamental set of core beliefs.


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Objectives

Degree programs in the Art Department are defined by the faculty and were developed through the following objectives:

  • To offer programs of concentrated study that are sensitive to the needs of students and relate to the overarching goals of the university.
  • To ensure well-organized, coherent programs that provide opportunities for synthesis and integration across courses within those programs.
  • To help students assimilate the knowledge delivered within the programs and develop the capacity to focus on methods of inquiry and analysis that will enable them to use that knowledge.
  • To encourage students to develop a critical perspective that will enable them to learn about and from the variety of views existing within their chosen field of study.
  • To guide students in the cultivation of liberal learning by helping them perceive and appreciate the connections among courses in their major and those in other disciplines.
  • To assure practical support and encouragement for students’ intellectual and creative growth and development by providing opportunities for interaction and dialogue in an environment conducive to learning.
  • To present students with a culturally diverse approach to art and to acknowledge biases that may be inherent within the discipline.
  • To prepare students for graduate study or employment opportunities within the field.

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Minors offered


For More Information

Art in Unexpected PlacesArt in Unexpected Places

September 17, 2017

Have you noticed any smiling or particularly hungry-looking trash cans recently?                       Any giraffes nibbling on your hair?  Someone just hanging on?               Are you feeling very small? or REALLY hungry? Maybe you are experiencing ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES,…Read more Art in Unexpected Places

Design Faculty Road Trip Over Labor Day WeekendDesign Faculty Road Trip Over Labor Day Weekend

September 14, 2017

Over the Labor day weekend Design professors Rusty Nelson, Matt Derezinski, and Aaron Neeley took a trip to Detroit, Michigan to see the House Industries Exhibition at the Henry Ford Museum. Known throughout the world for its eclectic font collections and far-reaching creative exploits, House Industries has been a standard-bearer for American graphic design for 25…Read more Design Faculty Road Trip Over Labor Day Weekend

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