Studio Art Major & Minor

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painting1printmaking1As a studio art major or minor at Truman, you will explore a variety of practical art concepts in our modern facilities. Choose from:


Pursue one of six different studio emphases:

Ceramics

Explore all aspects of a wide range of mediums in Ceramics classes, including glaze mixing and loading and firing kilns. You’ll also study the history of Ceramics and the role of Ceramics in various cultures, and become familiar with work that is being produced by contemporary artists.

With guidance, follow your own creative choices to develop a personal statement in clay. Use a wide range of mediums – including earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware – and many surface possibilities, including majolica and other earthenware glazes, reduction glazes, salt surfaces and other types of glazed and unglazed surfaces.

By graduation, you’ll be well equipped to go on to graduate school, set up a shop and produce creative work in clay, or explore Ceramics related fields while continuing to express yourself personally.


Fibers

Our Fibers studio contains wet and dry areas, 7′ printing tables, large table and floor looms, Janome New Home sewing machines, and a Bernina Industrial Sewing Machine. You’ll find spacious facilities for printing, dyeing, weaving, and fabric construction.

Learn surface design through a wide variety of dyeing, sewing, fabric manipulation, and construction techniques. Weaving and hand work are also included, with ample opportunity for you to explore a variety of fiber media. You’ll also learn to use computer programs and digital imagery for your structural textile design.

BFA Fibers graduates of Truman have gone on to the MFA program in Fibers at the University of Kansas, University of Missouri, University of Arizona, SIU Edwardsville, Kansas State, and other schools.


Painting

There’s no “preferred style” here. You’ll be encouraged to produce work that reflects your unique take on the world, because the painting program centers on the development and maturation of the artist as a critical thinker and a skilled technician.

Our student-based learning program focuses on techniques and materials, current aesthetic theory and criticism. Through independent work and group critique, you’ll develop your personal style, while entering juried competitions each semester to grow as an artist and learn to articulate the concepts and motives that inspire and inform your creations.


Printmaking

Investigate relief, intaglio, lithography, screenprint, letterpress, photo-based Processes, and papermaking. Our printshop has eight presses, excellent lighting, and is next door to the Drawing and Painting Studios – ideally placed to facilitate cross-course projects.

You will learn to both traditional and new technological processes to produce both monochromatic and multi-colored prints, culminating in a show at the University Gallery.


Sculpture

Work with metal (foundry and welding), wood, plaster, and plastics media to produce sculpture of all types and scale.


3-Dimensional Studio

The 3D studio allows for the fusion and exploration of all 3D specialties.


Preparing for Lives That Matter

Our graduates are in high demand, and have pursued advanced degrees at some of the finest institutions in the country:

  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • American University
  • George Washington University
  • University of California-Santa Barbara
  • Washington University
  • The John Hopkins University

See the Art Major & Minor FAQ for more info about the program. In addition to the Art Studio Minor, and you may be interested in our other art minor programs (Art History, Design, and Photography).

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

Incoming Student, Art Department Scholarship information and application


Student Work

High School Art Show and CompetitionHigh School Art Show and Competition

April 17, 2019

Truman State University welcomed high school students from the Clarence Cannon Conference (CCC) of north east Missouri for the annual CCC Art Show on Wednesday April 10th, 2019 . With about eighty students we were able to see some amazing artwork from the high school students and show off our facilities. With many of the…Read more High School Art Show and Competition

News from Current and Former StudentsNews from Current and Former Students

April 15, 2019

We have lots of great news, from some current students: Daniel Degenhardt and Linnea Moody both have received Tru-Scholars fellowships for undergraduate research this coming summer. Both of them will be working with Photography Professor Priya Kambli. Art major Abby Moreno will be doing research through the McNair program this summer. Dr. Heidi Cook will…Read more News from Current and Former Students

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