Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fall semester finals...

Heidi Kuehn

Department of Art students are finalizing portfolios and end of the semester projects this week. We will keep you posted with some fantastic artwork as they submit throughout the week. Images in this post are from the Commercial Art II course's concept art/ polymer project.

Kelsey Wilson, Zachary Stoppel & Heidi Kuehn

Zachary Stoppel

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Paul Morris Exhibition comes to a close..

The Paul Morris ceramics exhibition, "Sustaining Persistence" concluded today. The exhibition ran from November 8 - December 8th. PSU students and community members had a wonderful opportunity to meet and hear from the artist when the exhibition opened in early November. For those folks unable to make it out to the exhibition we have posted some amazing pictures of the work.

Better Homes and Bathrooms Exhibition Pictures

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Better Homes and Bathrooms Exhibition Opening this Thursdsay!

A collaboration between Nicole Meyer-Foresman’s Advanced Art Class from Girard High School and PSU’s S. Portico Bowman’s DesignII class will be on view in Porter Hall Thursday December 8 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm during the Art Department Holiday party.  

The GHS students have been working since October building a bathroom out of giant pieces of foam inspired by the imagination of Dr. Seuss, whereas the PSU students have been building kitchen appliances out of cardboard after the work of British sculptor Chris Gilmour.  PSU students have been in communication with Mr. Gilmour who will at the end of the semester decide if “he likes their work.”  If he does a portion of the final project points that students can be earned will increase.

                                                                  Chris Gilmour Website

BIKES (installation view) cardboard and glue 2003© Chris Gilmour

The Girard High School students and their objects are: Sarah Valentine/Karley Kindberg: Toilet Cassidy Verska/Leah Rogers: Shower Sydney Kindberg/Courtney Page: Sink

And the PSU Design II class students and their objects are: Jennifer Clark: Mixer, JD Dryden: Fridge, Darin Keen: Margarita Mixer Elysia Kim: Blender, Abby McCoy: Meat Grinder, Ross Schartel: Coffee Maker Jenna Spencer: Stove, Emily Westhoff: Microwave

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Geography and the Nature of Place: The American Midwest

Dr. Catherine Hooey will deliver the lecture "Geography and the Nature of Place:  The American Midwest" in response to the exhibit "Hauling Hay."  Dr. Hooey's lecture  will respond to the curatorial premise that “hauling hay” and other “classically contrived versions” of the Midwestern spirit help to shape men, and by extension art that is masculine" from her perspective as a geographer.

This lecture is the last one in the five week lecture series devoted to exploring a variety of viewpoints related to the exhibit “Hauling Hay,” guest curated by Mr. Joe Summers and featuring the artwork of Fred Kautt, Danny Meisinger and Guinotte Wise on view in the University Gallery until November 17.  

Dr. Catherine Hooey
6:00 – 7:00 pm Thursday November 17, 2011
Room 103 Porter Hall

Monday, November 14, 2011

The registration just closed on the PSU High School Art 2011 and it is a RECORD!

The registration just closed on the PSU High School Art 2011. 

Over 200 students and their faculty from high schools around the Four-State area will arrive prepared to enter artwork into competitions, compete in on-site group and solo events such as a 3D toothpick challenge and a self-portrait drawing competition on November 17 from 8:30 – 2:00 pm. 

Ms. Holly Kranker this year’s juror will conduct an Open Forum related to her work as a studio manager in Omaha, NE and her experiences as a PSU alum. The day will be supported by the volunteer efforts of students currently enrolled in art classes at PSU who will have their own opportunity to compete for prizes.

Check back here after the 17th for wonderful pictures of the day's activities!!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ahecha Paraguay - Lecture and Exhibition

Ahecha Paraguay is the exhibit in the Harry Krug Gallery from October 3rd to October 31st. 

Ahecha Paraguay is project completed by the United States Peace Corps, where they gave cameras and taught photography to rural Paraguayan children. The children used the photos to capture scenes from their communities. Roughly over 300 youth participated in the project, the best photos are exhibited at five venues in Paraguay's capital, Asuncion.

In celebration of 200 years of Paraguayan independence, Graham Kreiker's Kansas Paraguay Partners collaborates with Peace Corps volunteers to bring you the photographs we have now in the Harry Krug Gallery. 

Graham Kreicker will have a lecture in Porter Hall on Thursday October 6th, at 4:pm.

Photos taken by Carol Longman (Commercial Art)

Hauling Hay...You are invited!

The PSU Department of Art is kicking off its six week lecture series on Thursday, October 6th (details provided in the prior post). To celebrate, we have posted some wonderful images from the Hauling Hay exhibition.

Hauling Hay is Guest Curated by Joe Summers and has the work of Danny Meisinger, Guinotte Wise and Fred Kautt. The work will be in the University gallery from September 30th - November 17th, 2011.

Photos by Carol Longman (Commercial Art)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hauling Hay art exhibit at Pitt State - KOAM TV 7 Joplin and Pittsburg

A new art exhibit at Pitt State highlights the Midwest. The exhibit titled "Hauling Hay" features three Kansas artists who use a variety of media in their work.

Organizers say nearly everyone who stops by will be able to relate to the pieces.

"Things you have experienced or things you have run across in your everyday life and that is how everyone can relate to this art and this exhibition," says PSU Art Department Chair Rhona Shand.

A Lecture Series will be running in conjunction with the event:

  • Oct. 6 - Lecture from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Joe Summers (curator)
  • Oct. 13 - Workshop demo from 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, reception at 5:00 PM, lecture from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM - Danny Meisinger (artist)
  • Oct. 27 - Lecture from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Dr. Joey Pogue
  • Nov. 3 - Lecture from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Fred Kautt (artist)
  • Nov. 17 - Lecture from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Dr. Catherine Hooey

Monday, August 29, 2011

Exhibitions in University and Harry Krug Gallerys...

In the University Gallery, Cathy Breslaw

The Gallery Prep Squad - Portico Bowman, Kenzi Jordan and Alex Anger

The new school year means the start of new exhibitions in the University and Harry Krug Galleries. This is a great deal of work behind the scenes, as the Gallery Prep Squad  organizes, installs and promotes the upcoming artists.

Currently exhibiting...

University Gallery - 
August 23, 2011 - September 23, 2011
Cathy Breslaw 
Wall Sculptures/Hanging Textile

Harry Krug Gallery - 
August 29, 2011 - September 26, 2011
Margaret Buchen

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Department of Art's Student Organization Welcomes Back Students

Students and faculty gather for some afternoon fun

The Department of Art's student organization (University Art Association) hosted a welcome back pot luck last Friday. This is the second year that students and faculty started out the new school year with some great conversation, hot dogs and cole slaw. If you were not able to attend, check out the Department of Art's facebook page for more pictures. 


Friday, May 13, 2011

Excellence in Teaching Award

James Oliver receives award from Dean Meats
James Oliver has been on the faculty of Pittsburg State University's Department of Art since 2000. His time at Pittsburg State University has shown him to be an educator of exceptional ability and character. This past Thursday, the College of Arts and Sciences recognized Jamie's commitment to students by awarding him with the Excellence in Teaching Award. James will receive the official award next fall. Congrats James!

Monday, May 9, 2011

What to do this fall..

We have an excellent schedule of fall exhibitions and speakers. Mark your calendars now!

Senior Exhibition (Insert Title Here) Opening Pictures

 Marjorie Schick(Jewelry Design Faculty member), Karl Dahmer and Andrew Klusener

Art students, faculty and community members came together to celebrate the opening of the senior exhibition. (Insert Title Here) ran from April 26 - May 6th. Exhibition students were: Andrew Klusener (Commercial Art), Karl Dahmer (Commercial Art), Anson Pruneda(Commercial Art), Stacy Harbour (Commercial Art) and Megan Widner (Painting & Jewelry Design) 

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Gorilla Art @ St. Mary's Colgan

Pittsburg State University photography instructor Kerry Peak Boyles was asked to judge the St. Mary's Colgan sidewalk chalk contest. As you can see, the students were very creative in their use of the PSU Split Face gorilla logo. 

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Hummer has arrived

 LT Goodpasture, LTC Stoner,and Anson Pruneda (Commercial Art)
Commercial Art Student wins national competition. The prize is that the PSU ROTC receives the use of the Hummer wrapped in Anson's artwork for a year. More information about Anson's winning design can be found our earlier blog post and at

Monday, April 11, 2011

Join us on Facebook!

The Pittsburg Department of Art has a new Facebook page. Make sure and say hello! We are continuously uploading images (student work) to the page...

Friday, April 8, 2011

A little heavy lifting for Art

Faculty, students and artist, Michael Aurbach, pulled together to install the new University Gallery exhibition. "The Administrator and The Critical Theory Series" exhibition will be on exhibit from April 11 to May 2, 2011. There will be an presentation about the sculptures and reception on May 3, 2011. See the PSU Art Website for more information.