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John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within
September 24, 2019 – March 21, 2020

John Steuart Curry was raised on a farm in northeast Kansas and is best known for his depictions of the Midwest. Another region revealed in his art, the American West, has always deserved more attention. Experiences on a family-owned ranch in Arizona nurtured Curry’s love of the Western landscape. During the 1920s the artist illustrated serialized magazine stories that took readers on Wild West adventures. In later years he created mural interpretations of Westward expansion. Through paintings, drawings, magazines, and books this exhibition is the first to survey Curry’s vision of the American West. Co-curated by independent scholar Frank Owings and Beach Museum of Art Curator Elizabeth Seaton, John Steuart Curry: The Cowboy Within is accompanied by an 80-page exhibition catalogue.

Platinum Major Sponsors: The Beach-Edwards Family Foundation, Dan and Beth Bird, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grants Program, and Frank N. and Patricia L. Owings Foundation, Inc. | Gold Sponsor: The Archie & Dorothy Hyle Family | Silver Sponsor: Mary Cottom | Bronze Sponsors: Annette and Steven Huff, Buck and Lisa Kiechel, Kiechel Fine Art, Lincoln, NE, Charles L. Marshall, Jr. and Richard L. Tooke

Image: John Steuart Curry (1897-1946), The Code of the West, 1923, oil on canvas, 20 x 40 in., Spencer Museum of Art, The University of Kansas, Lawrence, gift of Mrs. Ben Hibbs in memory of her husband, 1976.0020. Illustration for Zane Grey’s serialized story “The Code of the West,” The Country Gentleman, July 7, 1923

Limited-Edition Gift Print Available Now!

Friends of the Beach Museum of Art
Gift Print

Each year, the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art commissions a limited-edition print by a recognized Kansas artist for sale to Friends and the public. Jeremiah Ariaz, who was raised in Great Bend, Kansas, and is professor of art at Louisiana State University, has been selected for this honor.

Gavin (front) and Jock (rear) Saddle Horses, Ride or Die Club (Opelousas, LA) from the exhibition Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders has been chosen as the 2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print. The photograph shows Gavin Sinegal and Jock Chambers preparing their horses for an afternoon trail ride. Gavin, pictured at seven years old, has been riding since he was three, when he received his first horse, Sugar. He and his family are members of the “Ride or Die Club” of Opelousas, Louisiana. They are one of the many trail riding clubs in southwest Louisiana. The approximately ten adult club members along with their many junior members have been riding together for a decade.

The print is available for $250; Friends of the Beach Museum of Art members at the $100 level or higher are eligible for a 25% discount. For more information about supporting the museum as a Friend or purchasing a gift print, call 785-532-7718 or go to beach.k-state.edu.


Don’t miss! Art in Motion Western-Themed Kickoff Event

Platinum Major Sponsor: Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grants Program | Silver Sponsors: Jerry and Barbara Boettcher, Manhattan Broadcasting Company

We look forward to seeing you at the Art in Motion Kick-off event!

Some featured performers:

Dr. Tim Keane
Tim Keane is Professor of Landscape Architecture and Distinguished Graduate Faculty, in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Design at Kansas State University where he has served since 1984. Tim might best be described as a
“green broke” cowboy poet, although he has slipped by various judges a few times.  He is a three-time “Champion” in the Kansas Cowboy Poetry Contest and he has won multiple events at the National Cowboy Poetry Rodeo (NCPR) where he was overall reserve champion in 2016 and 2018.  Keane lives with his wife Sharon and a couple of bird dogs in northwest Wabaunsee County, KS.

Barrie Tompkins
Barrie Tompkins was born in Lexington, Kentucky. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a third generation farrier and is a certified Master Farrier from American Farrier Association. In 1993, he moved to Kansas where he continued his work as a farrier, and started doing presentations about the Buffalo Soldiers all across the nation. In 1995, he founded The Nicodemus Buffalo Soldier Association. 

Tompkins has appeared in the TNT movies Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders with Sam Elliott, Tom Berringer, and Gary Busey, and The Buffalo Soldiers playing part of the Rifle Commander. He appeared alongside Danny Glover, Mykelti Williamson, and Timothy Busfield. Tompkins presents Ready and Forward, Sargent Brent Woods, 9th Cavalry, Company B, the true story of Sargent Woods, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient from Somerset, Kentucky.

Jim Richardson and Zhang Hongtu in conversation with the exhibition Hungry Heartland

Sunday, October 6, 2 p.m.
Jim Richardson and Zhang Hongtu in conversation with the exhibition Hungry Heartland
At the Volland Store Gallery

Artist Zhang Hongtu and photojournalist Jim Richardson respond to the exhibition about food deserts in Kansas and connect it to their own interests in the ecology, agriculture, and culture of the tallgrass prairie.

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Zhang and Richardson are the inaugural residents of the Prairie Studies Institute, established by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and the Volland Foundation.

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New Yorker on the Prairie

Thursday, October 10, 5:30 p.m.
New Yorker on the Prairie
Talk by Zhang Hongtu, Prairie Studies Institute Artist-in-

While visiting Manhattan in 2018, the New York-based artist fell in love with the Kansas Prairie and embarked on a year of intense research into its history and broad significance. Zhang will share insights about the prairie gleaned from his art.

Prairie Studies Institute Bronze Sponsors: Terry and Tara Cupps

Image: Zhang Hongtu, Bison and Cranes, After the Emperor Huizong of Song 907 Years Later, 2019, oil and acrylic on canvas, 70 X 67 in., image courtesy of the artist

Memories in Color

Photo credit Fundación Memorias a Color
Friday, October 11, 3-5 p.m.
“Memories in Color” Talk by Edwin Rodriguez

Edwin Rodriguez is founder of the Colombian peace and reconciliation nonprofit, Memories in Color. In this presentation, he explains how the organization has used art to bring together perpetrators and victims of guerrilla warfare. Rodriguez’s campus visit includes an exhibition at the Chapman Gallery Oct. 7-18 and art-making workshops designed to bring healing to fractured communities. In partnership with K-State Department of Modern Languages and K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Tallgrass Artist Residency Symposium

Saturday, October 12, 1-4 p.m.
Tallgrass Artist Residency Symposium

The Tallgrass Artist Residency is a partner program of the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, centered in the small community of Matfield Green near the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. Its goal is to create connections and conversations across the Great Plains through engagement with the prairie ecosystem. The symposium features presentations by all eight artists who participated in the 2019 season, as well as a moderated group discussion with Curator Aileen June Wang.

Public Conversation: The Anthropocene Prairie

Monday, October 14, 4 p.m.
Public Conversation: The Anthropocene Prairie
Jim Richardson, Zhang Hongtu, and 2019 Gardiner Lecturer Dennis Dimick
101 Thompson Hall, Kansas State University

Perspectives on the prairie today from three of its longtime students: National Geographic photo-essayist Jim Richardson, visual artist Zhang Hongtu, and National Geographic Editor Emeritus Dennis Dimick. Richardson and Zhang are 2019 Prairie Studies Institute residents. Richardson and Dimick are founders of the environmental photography project Eyes on Earth (https://eyeson.earth/).

October 14, 7 p.m.
Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture by Dennis Dimick
McCain Auditorium, Kansas State University

The mission of the Henry C. Gardiner Global Food Systems Lecture Series is to provide science-based education about global food systems. The series allows university students, faculty, staff, and Kansas citizens to interact with U.S. and international food industry leaders. National Geographic Editor Emeritus Dennis Dimick will speak on the impact of climate change on global food issues.

Read more at https://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/stories/2019/08/Dennis-Dimick-to-present-global-food-systems-lecture.html

The History and Art of Tea

Thursday, October 24, 5:30 p.m.
The History and Art of Tea
Talk and demonstration by Tea Master Shozo Sato, assisted by Marc Anthony Macon
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University

University of Illinois Professor Emeritus Shozo Sato is a tea master, artist, author, and theater director. He has devoted his life to cultivating peace and cross-cultural understanding through the teaching of Zen (Buddhist) arts such as tea ceremony, flower arrangement, calligraphy, and painting. He received his Tea Master degree from Dai Nihon Chado Gakkai and is the recipient of the Order of Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan for his contributions in teaching Japanese traditions.

Family Day/Art Beyond Sight Open House

Saturday, October 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or 2-4 p.m.
(TBA depending on football game time)
Family Day/Art Beyond Sight Open House

Explore the Beach Museum of Art with all your senses! There will be opportunities to examine small details in selected artworks, verbal imaging descriptions, sensory enhancements, and hands-on activities that demystify art media. This event is held as part of Art Beyond Sight Awareness Month.

Modern Design Methods for Twenty-First Century Challenges

Monday, October 28, 4:30 p.m.,
Modern Design Methods for Twenty-first Century Challenges
Ekdahl Lecture by Surya Vanka
Regnier Forum, Regnier Hall, Kansas State University

The design of digital products borrowed proven methods from the discipline of architecture. However, the twenty-first century need to serve billions of customers at high velocity has birthed novel approaches that merge fields such as ethnography, cognitive science and experimental psychology. In order to design for a complex world, venerable disciplines like architecture can now adopt and adapt these modern hybrid methods, including service design, inclusive design, and data-driven design.

Upcoming Fall Exhibition

Charles Lindsay: Field Station 4
November 5, 2019 – October 3, 2020

This installation by exploration geologist and artist-adventurer Charles Lindsay delves into earth’s geologic and cultural pasts, using scientific equipment salvaged from space exploration and archaeology. Field Station 4 features specimens and artifacts that provoke musings on human perceptions of time and space through inquiries into inter-species communication, music, memory, and Artificial Intelligence. Lindsay directs the artist-in-residence program for Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) at Mountain View, California.

Bronze Sponsor: Sharon and Bill Snyder

Image: Charles Lindsay, Early Tibetan Computer, 2016, from the FIELD STATION works, 1960’s, working computer, yakk horns, aerospace aluminum tape, courtesy of the artist

Current Exhibitions

Voices: At the Crossroads of Asia and America
July 30, 2019 – December 21, 2019

Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders
2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist
August 6 – December 9, 2019

Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection
April 2  October 19, 2019

Image: Jeremiah Ariaz (born 1976, Hutchinson, Kansas), Jeanerette Trail Ride (Jeanerette, LA) (detail), 2015, inkjet print, 30 x 45 in., courtesy of Jeremiah Ariaz

Classes and Workshops

The Museum hosts a variety of classes and workshops throughout
the year for all ages!

ARTSmart Classes – Exploring the Elements of Art to Build Visual Literacy. Learn more about how artists use the elements of art to communicate. Each class includes looking activities and an art project.
Next class: October 1-5: Shape and Form

Homeschool Tuesdays – Classes meet on the first Tuesday of the month and allow homeschool families to investigate the current special exhibitions with curriculum integration. Tours are appropriate for those in kindergarten on up.
Next class: October 1, 1-2:30 p.m. Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders (language arts)

Cost for classes is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families (cash or check). Reservations required, call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu. Children must be accompanied by an adult. If you need to cancel your reservation let us know so we can call those on the waiting list.

Special price for Military Families:  In conjunction with the Blue Star Museum program, the Beach Museum of Art offers military families half price on all workshops and classes!
Click here to view all fall programs 

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Image: Elizabeth Layton, Untitled (business business business, you gotta have art), 1991, Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1998.222