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The Truman State University Art Gallery is committed to the belief that art matters. It changes lives, documents and reflects our experiences, and shows us worlds and perspectives other than our own. We also believe that the liberal arts and sciences matter. Knowledge does not exist in isolation; particularly in the information age it is interconnected, is created, developed, and maintained communally, and is changeable over time and across cultures.

Each year the University Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of faculty and student art, art historical exhibitions, and exhibitions of regional contemporary art.

Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Please note, the University Art Gallery is closed between exhibitions and during all Truman State University breaks.

2018-2019 Art Gallery Schedule

FALL 2018

August 28 – October 5

New Work by Truman State Art Faculty:
Priya Kambli – in the Main Gallery
Danielle Yakle, Grown-up Games – in the Charlyn Gallery

Professor of printmaking, Priya Kambli,  and professor of fibers and sculpture, Danielle Yakle, will show their newest projects in this year’s faculty exhibition.

Opening reception: Tuesday, August 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Priya Kambli, Studio Portrait (Aajooba, Neela Atya, Sona, Mona and Me), 2017, Archival inkjet print
Priya Kambli, Studio Portrait (Aajooba, Neela Atya, Sona, Mona and Me), 2017, Archival inkjet

Danielle Yakle, Grown-up Games, 2018, Multimedia
Danielle Yakle, Grown-up Games, 2018, Multimedia

October 16 – November 29

MicroEcos: Brandon Gellis and Shelby Shadwell

MicroEcos features the work of Brandon Gellis and Shelby Shadwell. Their collaborative project brings together 3D and 2D work that uses microscopic, preserved pollen to create artistic reconstructions of the early-terrestrial ecosystems of Wyoming. Using 3D modeling and printing, Gellis’ work visually explores complex interactions between human and biological systems. Shadwell’s large-scale monochromatic drawings magnify the form of microscopic pollen to immense scale, projecting their ability to recreate prehistoric landscapes.

Artist talk and opening reception: Tuesday, October 16, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Brian Gellis, MicroEcos: Pine pollen and Alpine landscape, 2016-17, Laser cut and 3D printing
Brian Gellis, MicroEcos: Pine pollen and Alpine landscape, 2016-17, Laser cut and 3D printing

December 3 – 7

BA/BFA Thesis Exhibition – in the Main Gallery
A Strong Foundation – in the Charlyn Gallery

Closing reception: Friday, December 7, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

SPRING 2019

January 24 – March 1

 Retrospective: Wynne Wilbur – in the Main Gallery

View a career-spanning retrospective of work created by Truman professor of ceramics, Wynne Wilbur.

Dreamwork: New Work by ceramicists Leah Bowring, Emily Nickel, and Alexander Thierry – in the Main Gallery

 Dreamwork features three ceramic artists who encompass a broad range of approaches to ceramics: Leah Bowring, Emily Nickel, Alexander Thierry. Dreamwork refers to the psychoanalytic concept that our unconscious often disguises truths in our dreams from our conscious mind, but, more broadly, the works in this exhibition address the work the mind undertakes when creating memories, fantasizing, meditating, and dreaming.

Claiming Country: Western Desert Painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection – in the Charlyn Gallery (Exhibition on view until March 22)

Masterpieces of Western Desert Painting from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection features a group of contemporary Australian Aboriginal acrylic paintings from the collection of the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at the University of Virginia. These works, painted by artists in the Western Desert region of Australia, are often abstract. They pull from forms and patterns linked to Aboriginal dreaming, which encompasses knowledge, myths, and legends that are passed down from generation to generation and define Aboriginal relationships to family heritage, indigenous Country, and nature.

Opening reception for all three of these exhibitions will take place Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Wynne Wilbur, Flower, 2017, Majolica on terracotta, slip
Wynne Wilbur, Flower, 2017, Majolica on terracotta, slip
Emily Nickel, Undoing, 2018, Porcelain, slip, underglaze, luster
Emily Nickel, Undoing, 2018, Porcelain, slip, underglaze, luster

March 19 – April 18

Annual Juried Student Exhibition – in the Main Gallery

Guest juror: Kate Casanova

Come view some of the best recent Truman student artwork, juried this year by Kate Casanova, Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at St. Olaf College.

Underbelly: Kate Casanova – In the cube

Underbelly will feature work by Minneapolis-based, interdisciplinary artist Kate Casanova. Working primarily in the media of sculpture and video, Casanova produces works at the intersection of sculpture, technology, and the natural world, which often combine living, organic, and artificial materials into single structures. Her work examines categories such as human/non-human, self/other, and sentient/non-sentient to create a more complex understanding of what it means to be a human in a more-than-human world.

Opening reception: Tuesday, March 19, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Kate Casanova, 60s Cane Chair & Pearl Oyster Mushrooms, 2011, 60s cane chair, pearl oyster mushrooms, straw
Kate Casanova, 60s Cane Chair & Pearl Oyster Mushrooms, 2011, 60s cane chair, pearl oyster mushrooms, straw

April 23 – 26

BA Thesis Exhibition

Closing reception: Friday, April 26, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

April 29 – May 3

BFA Thesis Exhibition

Closing reception: Friday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Visit Us

The University Art Gallery resides in the renovated gymnasium in Ophelia Parrish Hall located at 300 East Normal Avenue.

Parking

During regular business hours, free on-street parking is available on S. Florence Street and S. Mulanix Street. After hours and on Saturdays, you may park in the university parking lots off E. Normal Street and S. Davis Street for free.
Art Gallery Parking Map

For More Information

For more information about exhibitions and events please visit the University Art Gallery Facebook page and the Art Department Blog.

If you would like to receive emails or mailings about upcoming exhibitions and events at the University Art Gallery please email your contact information to the Gallery Director, Dr. Heidi Cook, hcook@truman.edu.