The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art collects and cares for the visual art of Kansas and the region. The museum is integral to the research and teaching mission of Kansas State University. The museum presents challenging learning opportunities to engage, educate, and enrich.
Chile’s Atacama Desert, with zero humidity and located 10,000 feet above sea level, draws astronomers from all over the globe to view the skies through the world’s largest telescopes with the hope of uncovering the secrets of the universe. But beneath the Atacama’s dry soil are preserved layers of human remains spanning the pre-Colombian era to the bodies of those “disappeared” after General Augusto Pinochet’s 1973 military coup. “Nostalgia for the Light” follows the stories of families searching for their loved ones, archeologists, and astronomers who converge in this otherworldly place. Presented in Spanish with English subtitles. In conjunction with Painting Borges: Philosophy Interpreting Art Interpreting Literature.
In celebration of Earth Day, Julene Bair, Kansas native and author, will read from her book “The Ogallala Road” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at the Kansas State University Beach Museum of Art.
Landscape Architecture Associate Professor Katie Kingery-Page also will speak about “The Meadow,” a recently installed landscape of native plants outside the Beach Museum of Art. “The Meadow” bridges art and science research occurring at the university, offering a place for informal learning and contemplation by a diverse public.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of Konza Prairie, the Kansas State University Department of English and the Beach Museum of Art. The event is free and open to the public.
The Beach Museum of Art’s holdings of approximately 900 John Steuart Curry paintings, prints, and drawings represents one of the largest—if not the largest—collections of the artist’s work. The Curry works in this exhibition offer up a range of themes and formats relating to the concept of “journeys,” from pioneer settlement to the nation’s passage through the Civil War.
Parish’s evocative and beautiful photographic art of stone root cellars, and how they were built and functioned.
The open structures created by artist Joan Backes invite various interpretations and questions about the notion of “house” and “home.”
Parish discusses his photography and research on Flint Hills native stone subterranean shelters. David Vail, PhD, public services archivist at K-State’s Morse Department of Special Collections, will provide historical context.
View the photograph “Flavio Amuses Smaller Brothers and Sisters (Holding Up Torn Paper)” by Gordon Parks, presented in conjunction with K-State Book Network’s 2013 Common Book, “Ready Player One.”
Explores the science of multimodal sensory perception — the experience of one sense igniting another.
A collection of Dawoud Bey’s thought-provoking photographs.
Visit the Young Curators exhibition and view works created in the Young Artists Program. Featuring performances by the Young Musicians and readings in the galleries by the K-State English Department’s Young Writers Program participants. Refreshments will be served, open to the public.
Part of the Dawoud Bey: Picturing People exhibit.
The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.
Featuring a special in-gallery musical performance by Topeka native Aaron Martin.
Composition Studio of Craig Weston
Chet Peters (1922–1995) became Kansas State University’s first vice president of student affairs following an education in economics. In addition to acting as an advocate for students, he was a passionate and prolific sculptor of wood. This exhibition of works from the collection of the Peters family examines the artist’s use of art as an educator, his fascination with abstraction and nature, and his sensitivity to the inherent variation of wood.
Inspired by the artist’s encounter with stacked rock sculptures in woods near Lake Perry, Cairns on the Beach highlights the natural beauty of our region’s geology and pays homage to the long history of built stone structures in Kansas. Herd, who is best known for his work as a crop artist—arranging rocks, dirt and plants into compositions best seen from above—acted as lead artist on this collaboratively designed project. Throughout the fall 2014 semester, Herd will work with students from the K-State departments of Art and Landscape Architecture and Regional and Community Planning to design and install this temporary outdoor installation.
View award-winning short films from the Lawrence Art Center’s Free State Festival.
Military families are invited to join us for an evening of fun and learning. Adults will enjoy a museum tour, program by Parent to Parent, and an art workshop. Separate activities provided for children.
Margaret Haden, ceramicist.
Bring gloves, a hat, water bottle, weed digger and soft rake if you have them.
View Dean Mitchell’s stunning watercolors and learn more about watercolor techniques. Age 5 and up.
Cost: $5 per participant, $3 for members. Reservations required.
Join guest curators Thomas Bell and Katie Kingery-Page as they host a KSU Theatre students doing scenes and monologues followed by the KSU Dance Ensemble.
Join us for a variety of art projects and interactive gallery activities for all ages.
Look at art slowly in the exhibition “Dinner and a Mid-Night Snack” 2-3 p.m. followed by open-ended discussion over coffee and cookies 3-4 p.m. lead by Beach Museum of Art director Linda Duke. No fee, but reservations requested at 785-532-7718.
Leaders from the Rural Grocery Program, the Global Food Initiative, and the Land Institute.
See the Common Works of Art for 2015, chosen to complement “The Other Wes Moore,” the 2015 KSBN common book. Art and in-gallery activities plus refreshments.
A self-proclaimed ecologist, Jacqueline Bishop’s art addresses her strong belief in biophilia — the bond between humankind and the natural world’s fragile organic systems.
The exhibition will feature collateral material related to Bishop’s creative process, as well as prints, drawings, and paintings.
Art for Every Home Speakers Series presentation by Liz Seaton, curator.
For ages 5 and up. Participants will create “Know the Artist” posters using themselves or artists in the Beach Museum collection. Cost is $5 per participant and $3 for members. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 785-532-7718.
The screening will be followed by a discussion with the filmmaker, K-State faculty members and the audience. Directed by Lawrence filmmaker Steve Lerner and award-winning Los Angeles documentary filmmaker Reuben Aaronson, this short documentary tenderly portrays the vital connection that rural Kansans have with water. A live stream connection with Seward County Community College/Area Technical School in Liberal will allow audience at the two sites to interact. This program is presented by the university’s Prairie Studies Initiative, Global Campus, Beach Museum of Art and Chapman Center for Rural Studies.
Joan Stack, State Historical Society of Missouri curator, will present the second installment of the “Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists” speaker series. Stack’s talk looks at the series of eight paintings known collectively as “The Year of Peril” that Benton started after the December 1941 Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.
“Thomas Hart Benton: The Perils of War” by Joan Stack, curator, State Historical Society of Missouri
‘The American Home of the 1950s’ by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, Clark University
Create your own linoleum block holiday cards while enjoying light refreshments. Cost: $15 per person, $10 members. Reservations required.
“Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” by Erica Doss, professor of American studies, University of Notre Dame.
Bishop’s work is currently on view in the museum’s exhibition “Songs for the Earth.” Bishop explores psychological connections between humans and non-humans through paintings, drawings and printmaking. Influenced by more than two decades of traveling the forests in the Amazon, experiencing Hurricane Katrina, and documenting the BP oil spill, her work addresses the politics behind species extinction and eco-political injustice. The result is surreal landscapes impacted by technology, industrialization and overpopulation. In these environments, birds, symbols for Bishop of the human soul, call out for careful consideration of the delicate balance between organisms and the earth.
This year’s theme is nature, such as pinecones, snowflakes and birds. Refreshments will be provided.
Cost: $5 per child; $3 for members. Reservations are not required to attend. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Varying times through Friday. The program includes story time, a gallery visit to the “Jacqueline Bishop: Songs for the Earth” exhibition and a mixed-media art project designed for preschool children ages 3-5, with a special section for toddlers and 2-year-olds, as well as homeschool children.
Guests will watch a video of a unique 15-minute keynote address by civil and human rights leader Julian Bond, delivered at the 2011 Indianapolis Museum of Art symposium “Hard Truths: A Forum on Art and the Politics of Difference,” a gathering in conjunction with the exhibition “Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.” Guests will learn about Dial’s highly original artwork, and hear an update on Kansas State University’s Gordon Parks Digital Humanities Project, carried out in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Museum in Fort Scott. Leaders from the university’s Black Student Union will lead the audience discussion.
Families are invited to make valentines while enjoying goodies to fuel creativity.
Reservations are not required, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost for the workshop is $5 per participant, $3 for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members.