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.
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
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
Opening reception: Tuesday, August 28, 5:00-6:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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)
The Western Desert, located in west central Australia, is home to many of Australia’s indigenous communities and is seen as the birthplace of the contemporary Aboriginal art movement. Indigenous Australian art is often based on Dreamings, called Tjukurrpa in the Western Desert region. Dreamings link Aboriginal peoples to their sacred lands, often referred to as Country, through narratives of ancestors and creator beings. Western Desert artists bridge the gap between traditional Aboriginal practices and the contemporary art world by expressing Tjukurrpa in their work through ceremonial iconography and aerial perspectives of sacred landscapes associated with creator beings and ancestors. The paintings in Claiming Country explore the essential role that Country plays in the identities of Indigenous Australians. This exhibition brings together paintings by prominent Western Desert artists Pansy Napangardi, Makinti Napanangka, Weaver Jack, Harry Tjutjuna, Kathleen Petyarre, Tjumpo Tjapanangka, and Paddy Japaljarri Sims.
These works have graciously been loaned to Truman State University from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, the only museum outside of Australia dedicated to the exhibition and study of Indigenous Australian art.
Opening reception for all three of these exhibitions will take place Friday, January 25, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
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.
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.
The University Art Gallery resides in the renovated gymnasium in Ophelia Parrish Hall located at 300 East Normal Avenue.
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.
For More Information
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.