Monday, November 30, 2015

PSU Student Jacqueline Denton Exhibits Work in Phoenix, AZ

Pittsburg State University student Jacqueline Denton will exhibit her work alongside the work artist Oliver Hibert at Palabra Gallery in Phoenix, AZ from December 18th-January 14th. Denton and Hibert have worked on numerous collaborative projects since 2013, including a 56-page full-color experimental comic book titled Trippin The Void, published by VonZos in 2015. Their complimentary visual styles engage the same surreal and colorful world. 

An opening reception for Psychic Space Twins will be held on Friday, December 18th, starting at 7pm. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Upcoming Student Art Fair

Pittsburg State University Art Department’s
Student Art Fair

Wednesday, December 2nd
Overman Student Center
Sunflower Room

Just in time for holiday shopping, the students of the Pittsburg State University Department of Art will be holding their 2nd annual Art Fair! The event will showcase the work of undergraduate artists working in a wide range of media including painting, ceramics, jewelry, illustration, photography, printmaking and more! Artwork, handmade crafts, and other unique items will be available to purchase from the artists in the Sunflower Room of the Overman Student Center on Wednesday, December 2nd, from 10am-2:30pm.

For more information please contact:

Emmalyn Gennis at 620-235-4300 or

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pitt State Art Student Restores Letterpress Units

With tremendous gratitude to Cat Jepson for her dedicated and passionate efforts restoring three abandoned and unused letterpress units, Darah Miller, Jessica Switzer, Hannah Coward, Mattie Parrigon, Jessica Purevich, Gretchen Burns and Jerel Toler, experienced the joy and addictive pleasure of fine art letterpress creativity. These students are enrolled in the "Printmaking, Papermaking, Bookarts and the Letterpress" class, taught by Professor S. Portico Bowman. 

Because of Ms. Jepson's unswerving and fearless research along with a generous $3000 Research Grant from Dr. Pawan Kahol and the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies, PSU's Department of Art joins the renaissance of fine art letterpress printing that is sweeping the globe. 30,000 letterpress
artists enjoy venues on Etsy, and 3,500 of them enjoy their own letterpress studios.  

The Department of Art extends a warm thank you to Cat Jepson for her hard work. A celebration and open house event will take place on December 8 at 11:00 am in Room 201 Porter Hall. Everyone is invited to attend.

Read more about Ms. Jepson's work in the Department of Art Letterpress Studio in The Collegio.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

High School Art Day Registration Now Open!

The theme is "Welcome Back to the Jungle". We are excite to be able to have the construction behind us. The faculty and students at Pittsburg State University Department of Art hope you will join us for High School Art Day! It is going to be bigger and better! 

Contact Tony Fuentez to Register.
10 students per school

On Friday, October 30th we will allow you to registrar additional students beyond the 10 students that you signed up. It will be on a first sign up bases. We will still need to cap the event at 400 overall students due to facilities and resources. Please contact Tony Fuentez at to register your additional students AFTER October 30th. 

High School Art Day juror is PSU Dept. of Art Alumni Tyler Pinneo!  Tyler is now a VR Story Artist at Penrose Studio in San Francisco, CA. 

You can look forward to...

• Please be reminded that there is a limit of 2 works per student.
• Works of art should not have been shown at the last PSU High School Art Day.
• Artwork must arrive as quickly as can be here to insure that works are properly
installed and available for the juror to review.
·      Artwork should have tags attached prior to arrival at PSU High School Art Day.

2D Competition Guidelines:
• Work can be drawing, painting, photography, or mixed media.
·      Individual award categories in painting, photography, digital art, commercially applied art and mixed media.
·      Overall award in 2-D
• Work should be no larger than 18” X 24”
• Matting is recommended but not required. No framed work please.
• Work must have been completed in the past two years, and produced by
students still enrolled in high school.

3D Competition Guidelines:
• Work can be jewelry, ceramics or sculpture.
·      Individual award categories in jewelry, ceramics, and sculpture
·      Overall award in 3-D
• Work should be no larger than 3’ in any one direction
• Work must have been completed in the past two years, and produced by
students still enrolled in high school

Students participating in competitions should plan on taking part in only one of the three competitions because they take place simultaneously, from 9:00-10:45.

Welcome Back to the Jungle
(This competition will take place in the Overman Student Center.)


The Jungle animal – Can be done PRIOR to High School Art Day. Main material used should be from magazines. Other materials maybe uses in collaboration with the magazines.

The Environment – MUST be done DURING High School Art Day. Cardboard will be provided. You may bring materials such as paper towels and toilet paper and the rolls.  Approach this construction of an environment remembering that paper towel and toilet paper rolls can be pleated, folded, scrunched, rolled, torn, crumpled, ruffled, woven, taped, tabbed, and slotted.  In addition, by placing the jungle animal in an unexpected environment a narrative is created. Push this narrative as far as you can! NO SPRAY PAINT!!!

Team Challenge award will be judged on the following criteria:
1.    Creativity
2.    Personality of the jungle animal
3.    How well the Jungle animal works with the paper towel and toilet paper environment
4.    Narrative of entire piece
5.    Use of materials

Students participating in competitions should plan on taking part in only one of the following because they take place simultaneously.


CHALLENGE: Create some Jungle Bling for you and your friends. 

            MATERIALS TO BRING: Whatever you want!

            MATERIALS PROVIDED BY PSU:  masking and duct tape


CHALLENGE:  to create a compelling self-portrait based on observation and imagination.
            MATERIALS TO BRING:  graphite pencils, eraser, and a small mirror
            MATERIAL PROVIDED BY PSU:  paper
**High School Faculty members will be welcome to participate by drawing their own self-portraits and are asked to bring their own materials.  Faculty will not be eligible for competitive awards.