Monday, May 1, 2017

Marjorie Schick: 50 Years Innovating Art for the Body

During a half-century of mentoring students and creating art, Professor Marjorie Schick has fostered a legion of teachers and artists and earned an international reputation as evidenced by articles in numerous publications and artworks in collections of art museums around the world.

Her exhibition, “50 Years Innovating Art for the Body” features colorful body sculptures and large-scaled sculptural jewelry. See it in Porter Hall’s University Gallery from April 11 through May 6, 2017. Professor Schick will hold a public lecture May 6, at 3:00-4:00, in Room 109 Grubbs Hall with a reception to follow in the Harry Krug Gallery in Porter Hall from 4:00-5:30 pm. 

Dr. James B. M. Schick, Professor in the History Department, PSU, author, and for more than 30 years, editor of Midwest Quarterly, and Marjorie, started teaching at PSU in 1967. Together, their combined commitment to PSU is a remarkable 100 years. During that time, both achieved University Professor level and national and international recognition.

Calling herself “quietly rebellious,” Schick’s body sculptures and large-scaled jewelry cross
the boundaries separating jewelry, sculpture, and fashion. Her work came to the attention of an international audience in the 80s with a series of painted dowels that explored not only color and three-dimensional form but also the scale of the objects in relationship to the human body. She has continued an experimental approach and in 2004 was one of 100 contemporary craft artists interviewed for the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, Smithsonian Institution, as part of the Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America (find it online). As part of the project, her papers have been requested for the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. 

In an interview in 2016, Schick stated “My work not only brings the wearer and the viewer to question what constitutes jewelry, but also how the wearer navigates life’s spaces and what adornment truly means. I am encouraging a reconsideration of what materials are suitable for jewelry as well. . . . In the past, of course, precious metals and stones were prevalent—though societies have defined precious variously—but I use . . . materials that aren’t precious . . . paper, wood, wire, canvas and paint.”

Schick received a B.S. in Art Education (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin and an M.F.A. (with distinction) from Indiana University in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing. Her work has since been added to museum collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum, Athens; the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; and the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan.

She has presented lectures at numerous conferences, universities, and museums worldwide
in places such as Helsinki, Finland; Amsterdam, the Netherlands; and Perth, Australia. Other locations include the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conferences in Toronto and Denver; Seoul National University, South Korea; the University of the Arts, Tokyo, Japan, and the Yale University Art Gallery, Connecticut. Schick was one of a handful of Americans who participated in the cultural events that are required for the Olympics, in her case making jewelry in a workshop/ exhibition sponsored by the Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway, and making a BBC video funded as part of the Summer Games in London. A lavishly illustrated examination of her work, Sculpture to Wear: the Jewelry of Marjorie Schick was published in 2007 by Arnoldsche Art Publishers of Stuttgart, Germany.

Join with us to celebrate this amazing career. Teacher. Artist. Friend. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The END etc.

The Seniors of Pittsburg State University’s Department of Art invite you to join them in viewing their public exhibition The END etc. The exhibit features the student’s selected final projects in their respective emphases and will be on view in Porter Hall’s Harry Krug Gallery April 24 through May 5, 2017. 

Our graduating seniors in 2017 are Luis Calderon (Illustration & Visual Storytelling),  Susan Covert (Illustration & Visual Storytelling), Brianna Gillis (2D Fine Art), Lauryn Hastert (2D Fine Art), Cameron Parks (Illustration & Visual Storytelling), Mattie Parrigon (Illustration & Visual Storytelling), Ashley Tyson (Illustration & Visual Storytelling), and Brittney Walton (Illustration & Visual Storytelling).

The students will hold lectures discussing their works on April 28 in two sessions the first being from 5:00-6:00pm and the second from 7:00-8:00pm in Russ Hall, Room 409. In between these lectures, there will be a reception from 6:00-7:00pm in Porter Hall. There is no obligation to stay for the duration of the evening, please feel free to attend the presentations of your choice. 

When choosing a title, the senior class first selected, simply, The End because their time growing and learning together in Porter Hall was coming to a close. After some thought, they added etc. to signify that although a huge part of their lives was ending, another exciting part was just about to begin.

We are very proud of our seniors and welcome you to join us in celebrating their achievements. Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Upcoming: High School Art Day, Spring 2017

It is time once again for the Pittsburg State University Department of Art's High School Art Day! On Tuesday, April 25th we will be hosting groups of students from all over the region. They will participate in workshops led by our students, to get some hands on experience with a new art technique, and to get a feel for the kind work we do here at the university. As with all of our High School Art Day events, we will also be holding an art competition for the students in attendance, judged by alumni of the program. This year's judges are Michael DeRosa and Janelle Null.

We're looking forward to welcoming all of the students next week! Below are some pictures from last semester's High School Art Day workshops. Our undergraduate workshop leaders had a great time, and so did their students!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lasting Impressions in the University Gallery

A new exhibition is on display in the University Gallery in Porter Hall until December 1st. Lasting Impressions: Printed Masters from the Leonard H. Axe Library Special Collections features a selection of prints from the library's Special Collections in order to highlight one of the Collection's many strengths, as well as to celebrate the printmaking, one of several art-making processes taught here at Pitt State. The exhibition includes work by several notable artists, such as Käthe Kollwitz, Otto Dix, Aubrey Beardsley, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Fransisco Goya, and more.

The Special Collections and Archives departments contain material pertaining primarily to Kansas and Pittsburg State University, specializing in printed materials from Southeast Kansas, its culture and inhabitants, as well as the correspondence, libraries, business files and memorabilia of significant Southeast Kansans. In addition, the Special Collections has a significant amount of artwork. Lasting Impressions was curated by two Pittsburg State University undergraduate students, Brittney Walton and Morgan Vietti, both of whom have worked with the Department of Art for several years. 

A printmaking demonstration, led by Professor S. Portico Bowman, was held at Porter Hall on September 7th as part of the programming associated with the exhibition. On September 8th, Curator of Special Collections Steve Cox gave a talk about the material included in the exhibition, followed by a talk by Assistant Professor Emmalyn Gennis about the relevancy of printmaking to 21st-century art-making, and a reception. Lasting Impressions will be on display in the University Gallery until December 1st. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Art Students Honored For Research Colloquium Presentation

Students from Jamie Oliver's Mural Painting class participated in Pittsburg State University's annual Research Colloquium this spring and were awarded first place in Category C Creative Works Oral research presentation. The students collaborated to present work in both the poster competition as well as the oral presentation competition on "Practice-Based Investigation of Large Scale Client-Based Artwork Production," in which they discussed the design process, working with clients, the execution of the works, and conclusions from the Fall Mural Class producing four 6'X6' paintings for Axe Library. 

BFA students Lauryn Hastert presented the poster, and Brianna Harris gave the oral presentation, but the research and work was also shared by Luis Calderon, Jared Jennings, Leslie Van Loenen, Lauren Downing, Shandara Richardson, Aaron Skapik, Sarah Walden, Brittney Walton, Ithaca Marlier and Gaga Zheng. The Research colloquium took place on April 7th. 

Representing the group at the Research Banquet on April 25th to accept the award were Brianna Harris, Luis Calderon, Lauryn Hastert, and Aaron Skapik. The abstract for their award-winning presentation can be read below. Congrats to all of the students who participated!


This practice-based research aims to develop unique knowledge in the areas of experience and representational learning through the design and execution of 4 large- scale paintings client based artworks.  While supporting the mission of the Department of Art, the arts on campus, and creative research this project will culminate by bringing artwork into the Axe Library. 

The project allows students to merge their artistic skillsets with the demands of the client utilizing a practice- based visual output as both material and creative representations of knowledge.  This investigation will engage aspects of student visual research and design, input from the client, and knowledge of artistic skillsets, both from prior experiences and those gained from the execution of the project. 

Through developing visual strategies in the design and execution phases of the work this study will explore how the resulting paintings might support the representation of knowledge in the field.  Central to this investigation will be the development of material knowledge through learning new craft based skills and how the development of this knowledge or skillsets might influence future artwork creation on the part of the collaborators.