Art Gallery
Art Gallery

The Truman State University Art Gallery is committed to the belief that art matters. It changes lives, documents and reflects our experiences, and shows us worlds and perspectives other than our own. We also believe that the liberal arts and sciences matter. Knowledge does not exist in isolation; particularly in the information age it is interconnected, is created, developed, and maintained communally, and is changeable over time and across cultures.

Each year the University Art Gallery hosts exhibitions of faculty and student art, art historical exhibitions, and exhibitions of regional contemporary art.



2020-2021 University Art Gallery Schedule
Fall 2020

The following safety precautions are in place for the University Art Gallery to help prevent the spread of Covid-19 at Truman this fall.

  • Beginning October 6 the University Art Gallery will be open to the general public. August 25-September 29 the Gallery will be open to the campus community only (students, faculty, and staff). We apologize to the public for any inconvenience.
  • All visitors to the Gallery are required to wear a face covering over their nose and mouth and maintain a six-foot distance from visitors not in their household.
  • No more than 12 visitors (not including the desk attendant) will be allowed in the gallery at a time.
  • Any faculty member who would like to meet with their classes in the gallery should email the University Art Gallery Director Dr. Heidi Cook at hcook@truman.edu to set up a reservation to ensure that the gallery can be reserved solely for them at that time and that there is enough space for the number of students visiting. (Class size may exceed 12 as long as social distancing is maintained.)
  • If at any time in-person classes are suspended at Truman, the University Art Gallery will also close.
  • Although this plan permits limited numbers of visitors to be able to enter the space of the University Art Gallery, at this time all receptions, talks, and special events will be virtual.

August 25 – September 29

Barry Anderson
Barry Anderson, Lake Superior, digital photography
Barry Anderson
Barnum and Bailey Tiger Poster, 1916, Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections

These exhibitions are open to Truman students, faculty, and staff only.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition – in the main gallery
Guest juror: Barry Anderson

To start the year, we’re bringing back the exhibitions that were scheduled to open in March. Come view some of the best recent Truman student artwork, juried in Spring 2020 by Barry Anderson, Professor of Art at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

The Janus Restraint – Barry Anderson – in the cube

New media artist Barry Anderson’s project The Janus Restraint, which he has been exhibiting and developing since 2012, explores the connections between adolescent identity and the natural world. Each installation of The Janus Restraint involves a different selection of objects and videos, that provide a unique view of the project.

Beneath White Tents – in the Charlyn Gallery

Beneath White Tents explores the late nineteenth and early twentieth century history of the circus through a group of objects selected and researched by Truman State University students from Pickler Memorial Library Special Collections. A digital version of this exhibition is also available here.

Virtual opening reception
Tuesday, August 25, 5:00 p.m.
Register here to receive the event link by email a few days before the event.

October 6 – November 13

Wandering Spirits
King's Chair dress Form, introduced in 1980, manufactured by Vlisco, Netherlands; Dutch Wax Block on cotton, 59 x 15 1/2 inches; Courtesy of Beatrice Benson Collection.

Wandering Spirit: African Wax Prints

Through an array of 60 wax-print fabrics and 3 dresses, this exhibition will explore the historical development and contemporary social significance of African wax print cloth. When colonial Dutch merchants in the nineteenth century created an industrial printing process to mimic Javanese batik, they found that it sold well in African markets. African wax print fabrics were embraced, especially in West Africa, as symbols of social, ethnic, and political identity.

Talk about African Wax Print Cloth with Dr. Gifty Benson
Friday, October 9, 5-6 p.m.
Register here to receive the event link by email a few days before the event.

Batik Workshop with Fibers Club and Professor Danielle Yakle

Two-day workshop, October 22 and 29, 6-8 p.m.
Workshop is limited to 12 participants. Workshop is currently full. Email Heidi Cook to inquire about openings.

November 16-21

BA/BFA Thesis Exhibition – in the main gallery

A Strong Foundation – in the Charlyn Gallery

Virtual reception
Friday, November 20, 5-6 p.m. Register here to receive the event link by email a few days before the event.

Gallery closed for the fall semester after November 20.


Spring 2021 (tentative schedule)

January 19 – February 26

Megan Pobywajlo and Max Wagner
Megan Pobywajlo and Max Wagner, Mouse Trap 4 Fruit by the Foot, 2019, digital photography.

Megan + Max + You – Megan Pobywajlo and Max Wagner

Artists Megan Pobywajlo and Max Wagner make still life photographs that combine the languages and techniques of commercial photography with mindful play. To make their photographs they take turns choosing objects and colors, shapes and scale, light and shadow to create a shared vision.
They want YOU to collaborate with them on their exhibition. See their instructions at https://meganmaxyou.cargo.site. Submit your still life photographs, and we will select photographs to print and include in the exhibition.

Artist talk with Megan Pobywajlo and Max Wagner on Zoom
Friday, January 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m.
Sign up for the event here!

March 16 – April 15

Nick Satinover
Nick Satinover, Time is a Distance (4), 2019, lithography.

Annual Juried Student Exhibition – in the main gallery
Guest juror: Nick Satinover

This exhibition will showcase some of the best recent Truman student artwork, juried this year by Nick Satinover, Associate Professor of Print Media at Middle Tennessee State University.
To see the rules and submit work to the Annual Juried Student Exhibition, Truman students should visit this form.
Deadline for online portion of submissions is February 27.

Time is a DistanceNick Satinover – in the cube

In the works comprising Time is a Distance, Nick Satinover reveals a series of ambivalent statements that reflect the complexity of being in time: past and present, internal and external, evocative and open, critical yet non-judgmental, personal and universal. The works utilize formal strategies of reflection, contrast, doubling, intervals, repetition, and dichotomies of material and visual languages to make visible these circuitous experiences of time.

Artist talk with Nick Satinover
Tuesday, March 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m. on Zoom
Sign up for the event here!

New work - Aaron Neeley – Charlyn gallery

April 19 – 23

BA Thesis Exhibition

Closing reception
Friday, April 23, 5 p.m.
Sign up for the event here!


April 26 – 30

BFA Thesis Exhibition

Closing reception
Friday, April 30, 5 p.m.
Sign up for the event here!



Visit Us

The University Art Gallery resides in the renovated gymnasium in Ophelia Parrish Hall located on Truman State University's campus near the intersection of East Normal Street and South Mulinax Street. Exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:30am – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday Noon – 4:30 p.m.

Please note, the University Art Gallery is closed between exhibitions and during all Truman State University breaks.


During regular business hours, free on-street parking is available on S. Florence Street and S. Mulanix Street. After hours and on Saturdays, you may park in the university parking lots off E. Normal Street and S. Davis Street for free.



Congratulations to Lindsey Dunnagan

Our own Professor Lindsey Dunnagan has been honored as one of the Missouri Arts Council Featured Artists of the Month!   -Read more