Friday, April 28, 2017

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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.

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701 Beach Road Manhattan, KS 66502

  • March 27 6:30 pm Film: “Nostalgia for the Light”

    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.

  • April 22 7:00 pm Earth Day Events

    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.

  • April 29 12:00 am John Steuart Curry and Kansas: The Muse is Not Amused

    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.

  • April 29 12:00 am Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish

    Parish’s evocative and beautiful photographic art of stone root cellars, and how they were built and functioned.

  • April 29 12:00 am Joan Backes: Where the Heart Belongs

    The open structures created by artist Joan Backes invite various interpretations and questions about the notion of “house” and “home.”

  • May 3 1:00 pm Beach Museum of Art Artist Talk: Take Shelter: An Installation by Tom Parish

    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.

  • May 5 12:00 am Common Work of Art

    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.”

  • July 10 12:00 am Igniting the Senses: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    Explores the science of multimodal sensory perception — the experience of one sense igniting another.

  • July 10 12:00 am Dawoud Bey: Picturing People

    A collection of Dawoud Bey’s thought-provoking photographs.

  • July 11 3:00 pm Young Artist Celebration and Reception

    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.

  • September 25 6:00 pm KSU Dance presents Moving Portraits

    Part of the Dawoud Bey: Picturing People exhibit.

  • November 13 6:00 pm “Earth & Loom: A Century of Native American Art” from the Collection of Dennis and Carola Deschner
  • February 3 7:00 pm UPC presents "Dear White People"

    The lives of four black students at an Ivy League college.

  • February 5 5:00 pm Opening reception for Dinner and a Mid-Night Snack

    Featuring a special in-gallery musical performance by Topeka native Aaron Martin.

  • March 5 6:00 pm Meet the Music

    Composition Studio of Craig Weston

  • March 18 12:00 am Life Forms: Chet Peters

    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.

  • March 21 12:00 am Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach

    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.

  • March 26 7:00 pm Free State Festival: Best of the Fest Screening

    View award-winning short films from the Lawrence Art Center’s Free State Festival.

  • April 2 6:30 pm Healing Arts for Military Families

    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.

    Free, but space is limited. Contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

  • April 4 12:00 am Recent Works by KSU Graduate Students of Art

    Margaret Haden, ceramicist.

  • April 4 10:00 am Volunteer at The Meadow

    Bring gloves, a hat, water bottle, weed digger and soft rake if you have them.

  • April 8 2:00 pm Early Release Workshop: Water Colors

    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.

  • April 9 6:30 pm Dinner and Mid-night Snack Salon

    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.

  • April 11 10:00 am All University Open House at the Beach

    Join us for a variety of art projects and interactive gallery activities for all ages.

  • April 11 2:00 pm Slow Art Day 2015

    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.

  • April 13 3:00 pm Informal Roundtable Discussion

    Leaders from the Rural Grocery Program, the Global Food Initiative, and the Land Institute.

  • September 17 5:30 pm Art for Every Home Exhibition Opening
  • September 19 10:00 am Family Day at the Beach

    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.

  • September 20 12:00 am Jacqueline Bishop: Songs for the Earth

    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.

  • October 1 5:30 pm Art by Mail: Associate American Artistis

    Art for Every Home Speakers Series presentation by Liz Seaton, curator.

  • October 7 2:00 pm Early Release Workshop

    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.

  • October 22 5:30 pm When the Well Runs Dry

    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.

  • October 29 5:30 pm Thomas Hart Benton: The Perils of War

    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.

  • October 29 5:30 pm Art for Every Home Speakers Series

    “Thomas Hart Benton: The Perils of War” by Joan Stack, curator, State Historical Society of Missouri

  • November 5 5:30 pm Art for Every Home Speakers Series

    ‘The American Home of the 1950s’ by Kristina Wilson, professor of art history, Clark University

  • November 12 5:30 pm Adult Printmaking Workshop

    Create your own linoleum block holiday cards while enjoying light refreshments. Cost: $15 per person, $10 members. Reservations required.

  • November 19 5:30 pm Art for Every Home Speakers Series

    “Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood” by Erica Doss, professor of American studies, University of Notre Dame.

  • December 3 5:30 pm Artist Jacqueline Bishop will present “Climate Strange”

    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.

  • December 6 1:30 pm Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art’s Family Holiday Workshop

    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.

  • December 15 12:00 am ARTSmart Classes: Art for the Earth

    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.
    Cost: $3 per child or $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required by calling 785-532-7718 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). For information, visit

  • January 28 5:30 pm Video presentation: “Hard Truths Revisited in the Work of Two African-American Artists”

    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.

  • February 7 1:30 pm Valentines Workshop

    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.

  • April 14 5:30 pm Saxophone Expressions: An Exploration of Musical Turmoil
  • May 21 1:00 pm ARTSmart Classes: "Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura”

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

  • May 24 4:00 pm ARTSmart Classes: "Minidoka on My Mind: Paintings and Prints by Roger Shimomura”

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

  • June 7 10:30 am ARTSmart Summer Classes

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

  • June 7 3:00 pm ARTSmart Summer Classes

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

  • June 14 10:30 am ARTSmart Summer Classes: “Mascot Masks”

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

  • June 14 3:00 pm ARTSmart Summer Classes: “Mascot Masks”

    Cost: $3 per child, $1.50 for Friends of the Beach Museum members.

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