Tuesday, September 16, 2014

You're Invited!

Join us for Colby Parsons' Artist's Lecture and reception on September, 26 at 4:00pm!

Ceramicist and New Media artist, Colby Parsons, will present a public lecture over his work at 4:00pm on Friday, September 26, in room 103 Porter Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend and there will be a reception to follow!

Colby's work is a fascinating combination of ceramics and projected video that elevates his sculptures beyond their physical forms. Check it out in the University Gallery in Porter Hall from now until September 26!

University Gallery Hours:
Adjusted hours for Colby Parsons:
Monday - Friday: 11am - 4pm

Thursday, August 28, 2014



Are you ready for "A Day at the Circus", this year's most excellent High School Art Day @ PSU?

The Art Department is buzzing with the possibility that you will be joining us from 9am-2pm on one of three dates in 2014:

Friday, September 12th
Friday, October 24th
Friday, November 21st

Due to campus construction, this year we will host the day exclusively at Porter Hall with very limited numbers for each day. We apologize for this limit, but feel this allows more schools to participate during this busy construction time.

September and October are limited to 30 STUDENTS TOTAL, 10 STUDENTS MAX PER SCHOOL not including teacher.

November date will expand to 60 STUDENTS TOTAL, 10 STUDENTS MAX PER SCHOOL not including teacher.

Please register your name and the names of the students you will bring with Tony Fuentez, Associate Director of Admissions via his email:

Registration is first come, first served, so sign up quickly! We will be in touch to confirm your numbers, date and information about days art making fun! If you have questions about registration call 620-235-4262.

We are very excited about this year’s “High School Art Day” and look forward to seeing you and your students here at Pittsburg State University.

Wishing you all the best,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colby Parson's "Semiotic" now on display in the University Gallery!

Come check out Colby Parson's "Semiotic" in the University Gallery in Porter Hall from August 18 through September 26, 2014!

Hand built ceramic forms mimic the everyday shapes of common scenes from Parsons’ daily life. From a cast iron skillet with eggs, the floor of his bedroom, to spoons in a silverware drawer his composite video projections enhance the already remarkably rendered objects, imbuing them with their own histories and thought processes, taking them to a stance of memory and thought, beyond the physical form.

Please note adjusted gallery hours are 11:00am – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

New Faculty to Join Department in Fall!!!

The Department of Art is very pleased to announce that Josie Mai will join us as Associate Professor starting Fall 2014! Josie will be responsible for the Art Education emphasis area within Department of Art.
Josie Mai is an artist and teacher from Kansas City. She received her undergraduate degree and certificate in art education from the University of Kansas. She then taught art to urban and suburban high school students in the Kansas City area's public schools and not-for-profit organizations such as Studio 150 and Chameleon, Inc. Ms. Mai received her Masters of Fine Arts degree at Parsons School of Design in New York City in order to explore new territory, develop as an artist, and earn a degree to enable her to teach at the college level.

Josie comes to PSU from being an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Missouri where she taught, developed her artwork, curated, and exhibited.

Help us welcome Josie to PSU! We are really excited to have her join our art department family!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Current PSU Student enjoys a journey to the past

Department of Art's student Catherine Jepson blog describes herself as "A young artist searching for anything to suffice her curiosity of that one thing we all have in common and all struggle with, life. In the process, we should all enjoy the journey, one day at a time". Over the past couple of years, we agree her curiosity has successfully managed to take her on an amazing journey. It was undertaken due to what started out as an outrageously colored printing press. 
Although the press is restored Cat's journey is not complete. She will be doing an internship this summer at Skylab Letterpress in Kansas City. You can read about the restoration of the press and internship via her blog:

xThursday, August 22, 2013:
 "Vandercook No. 2 Proof Press, Made only by Vandercook & Sons, Chicago U.S.A." This is the information that I could find on the press itself. After a quick google search, I have found that this press is from either 1934 or 1935 and obviously not painted bright blue in its original state. 

"With great excitement, my goal is to get it cleaned up and running so students in the future can use it."