Ricardo Quiñónez Alemán: Within My Borders

The gallery is welcoming Truman State University’s new painting professor, Ricardo Quiñónez Alemán, by hosting his exhibition Within My Borders.

“I think coming in with an exhibition is great,” said Quiñónez. “It gives the students the opportunity to get to know me as an artist, not just their teacher.”

Before coming to Truman, Quiñónez spent two years conducting observational research at the southern border dividing El Paso, Texas from Ciudad Jáurez, Mexico. Quiñónez is from Ciudad Jáurez, and wanted to go back to his roots after spending many years living and teaching in the Midwest. He spent this time at the border researching the conflicts people face at the line dividing the two nations.

“It is a study of the problematic social events that happen on the south borders relating to politics, immigration, and religion,” said Quiñónez about Within My Borders.

Quiñónez uses painting as his mode of storytelling. He said he uses a process of underpainting and glazing from the 16th and 17th centuries. He calls his work a constant experimentation and makes modifications by applying new techniques in background lighting, layering, paint thickness, and sizing. Quiñónez loves working with a paintbrush has been inspired my many artists over the years.

“Some of my inspirations include Michelangelo, Leonardo Da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, and many more,” said Quiñónez. “It is possible to see other people’s influences in my work because I admire many artists.”

Within My Borders will be on display in the main gallery form January 21 – February 26. An opening reception with refreshments will be held in the gallery on Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. The gallery is free and open to the public.

By Anna Lang


“John Bohac: A Retrospective” is now on display in the Truman State University Art Gallery

The Retrospective exhibition presents the forty-five-year artistic journey of Truman professor John Bohac. A representative selection of over fifty works demonstrate how he has grown as an artist over his lifetime. The Retrospective exhibition includes paintings, drawings, manipulated signage, and mixed-media assemblages.

Professor Bohac has always shown natural artistic talent but describes his early outlook on art as very narrow. “I viewed art as a skill and that was the extent. My early pieces reflect that,” said Bohac. After taking a few art courses at Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University), his perception of art completely changed.

“I learned that art was so much more than just skill. There is a whole other dimension to it,” said Bohac. “Art involves a lot of critical thinking.” He spends a lot of time deliberating his pieces before, during, and after their production.

Today, Professor Bohac is a wry commentator on the history of modern art. He routinely reads art journals and studies contemporary art theories and criticism. His work is often influenced by this research. “Someone will write something that will make me think in a completely different way. I’ll think about it for a while, then I might even make some art about it.” Some of his pieces embrace art theories, while others poke fun at them.

Over the course of Bohac’s career, his works have been showcased in many exhibitions. He thought it would be interesting to include information in this exhibition about where his works have been exhibited in the past. “Having it exhibited is kind of akin to having written work published,” said Bohac. Each work’s label in this exhibition includes information about previous exhibitions in which the work has appeared and, in some cases, is accompanied by postcards and brochures from those past exhibitions.

Bohac looks forward to cultivating new works too ambitious to try to balance with a teaching career. “I’d like to work on some more labor-intensive pieces because I will have more time,” said Bohac.

Both Professor John Bohac’s skill and thoughtfulness are prevalent in his Retrospective exhibition. Each work of art represents a different stage in his development as an artist over the years, and together creates a rich but concise image of forty-five years in the art field.

“New Mythologists: The Two Horsemen of the Apocalypse” and The Annual Juried Student Art Show are currently on display through April 14 at the Truman State University Art Gallery.

Featuring the works of David Mazure & the MMXII Collective and current Truman students, these exhibitions cover a wide variety of media.

New Mythologists” is a site-specific art installation that uses an experimental silkscreening process: flocked prints using recycled tire rubber shavings. This Baroque-inspired, wallpaper pattern confronts the viewer with the correlation between war and pattern.

The student show in the main gallery features recent work created by current Truman students. Pieces in the show have been selected by juror Stephanie Lanter, a faculty member at Emporia State. Students were eligible for monetary prizes awarded by the juror and two pieces were selected by the Student Union Building for purchase.

Awards were announced at the opening reception on Tuesday, March 3. Honorable Mentions went to Brenna Karoly, Megan Sorhus, Tim Whyman, Hailey Gearo, Allison Behm and Yochi Tu. “Artist’s Voice Awards” went to Rahil Gomes and Alex Eickhoff. Eickhoff’s painting was also purchased by the Student Union Building, along with one of Caroline Ticktin’s pieces. Jaqueline Wheeler was awarded First Place for Hello Letterpress and G. Gamache received “Best in Show” for The Best I’m Ever Going to Look.

Opening Reception for “Middle Earth” tonight!

Please join us for the opening reception for “Middle Earth: Midwest Regional Ceramics Invitational” tonight, Tuesday, January 27 at 6:00pm in the University Art Gallery located in Ophelia Parrish on the campus of Truman State University. This event is free and open to all.

Middle Earth” highlights the works of seventeen ceramic artists from across the midwest. A rarity at Truman, this exhibit features many different ceramic forms including handbuilt figures, sculptural and thrown pieces.

Guided tours and educational programming are available for schools, churches, and other groups. Funding is available for transportation.

The exhibition opened on Thursday, January 22 and continues through February 20, 2015.

The Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30am to 7:00pm, Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Saturday, noon to 4:30pm. The gallery is closed during campus holidays. For more information contact Aaron Fine at 660-785-5386 or afine@truman.edu

This program supported in part by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

Don’t forget about our exciting gallery events this weekend!

Remember to join us this afternoon in the gallery at 2 pm for a conversation with Hunter/Gatherer contributing artist Larry Gawel.

Gawel uses tintype images to record his interactions with the plant and animal life he consumes.

The gallery will also have extended hours tomorrow, Saturday October 25 in conjunction with the New Horizons Music Festival sponsored by the Truman Music department and the Epsilon Pi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota.

Selected compositions inspired by the theme “Hunter/Gatherer” can be heard in the side gallery. Be sure to check it out as this installation is exclusive to the music festival!

A collection box will be available in the University Art Gallery for exhibit visitors to make canned good or monetary donations that will benefit the Adair County food bank.

For more details and a schedule of events visit the New Horizons Music Festival website.

Welcome back!

The gallery is into full swing for another semester as guest artist Peter Fine and writer Carmen Gimenez Smith of New Mexico State University will be visiting next week!

Combining creativity and scholarship, Peter Fine is a professor of Graphic Design at NMSU and is completing his book Graphic Design: Sustainable Principles and Practices to be published by Berg Publishers in 2014.

Carmen Gimenez Smith is the recipient of a 2011 American Book Award for her memoir, Bring Down the Little Birds (University of Arizona, 2010) as well as the 2011 Juniper Prize for Poetry, and a 2011-2012 fellowship in creative nonfiction from the Howard Foundation.

Their show, “dis_assemblage” incorporates lyric essays with collage and will be held in the side gallery.

Events with the artists will be held on Thursday, January 24 in the Truman State University Art Gallery in Ophelia Parrish.

A gallery talk will be held at noon. Please feel free to bring your own lunch.

Carmen Gimenez Smith will hold a reading at 5 pm, followed by another talk.

An open reception will be held at 6 pm. Refreshments will be provided