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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Category: September 2019

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

This exhibition of works by artists who traveled between Asia and the United States is the second presentation in a series on the theme of cultural exchange in art. It extends the museum’s 2018 program series, Silk Road through Kansas, which was named for the historical Silk Road, a network of trade routes linking Asia with the Mediterranean, Africa, and Europe that flourished from the 2nd century BCE to the mid-15th century. New works from the museum’s collection in this display include prints by Indian artists purchased for the university by K-State art department head Charles Stroh during his travels to India in 1984-1985.

The installation is a collaboration between Beach Museum of Art Curator Aileen June Wang and Professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko of the University of Kansas department of art history. A Big Twelve Faculty Fellowship provided support for the projects of Professors Fowler and Kaneko.

Related events

New Yorker on the Prairie
Thursday, October 10, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Talk by Zhang Hongtu, Prairie Studies Institute Artist in Residence

The History and Art of Tea
Thursday, October 24, 2019, 5:30 p.m.
Talk and demonstration by Tea Master Shozo Sato, assisted by Marc Anthony Macon
Town Hall, Leadership Studies Building, Kansas State University

Modern Design Methods for Twenty-first Century Challenges
Ekdahl Lecture by Surya Vanka

Monday, October 28, 2019, 4 p.m.,
Regnier Forum, Regnier Hall, Kansas State University

Image: Jyoti Bhatt, A Face, 1970, etching, 19 7/8 x 15 inches, Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1985.11

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

The African American trail riding clubs of southwest Louisiana are a part of a Creole culture that has its roots in the population of free people of color, French settlers, and American Indians who lived in the region during the 18th century. Today, trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. Club members assemble on weekends and move through parish communities and prairie grasslands, listening to Zydeco music from a sound system or live bands in tow. Kansas native Jeremiah Ariaz, a professor of art at Louisiana State University, has captured these equestrian clubs in a selection of photographs forming this exhibition. One image will be chosen as the 2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, a limited-edition photograph for sale to Friends and the public.

Platinum Major Sponsor: Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s Lincoln & Dorothy I. Deihl Community Grant Program | Gold Sponsor: Dan and Beth Bird | Bronze Sponsor: Bluemont Hotel

Related events

Art in Motion Western-Themed Kickoff Event
Saturday, September 28, 2019, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT TV Movie starring Danny Glover, 1997; 100 min.)
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5-7:30 p.m.
Film screening with comments from consultant and actor Barrie Tompkins,
Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers Association

At the Volland Store Gallery, thevollandstore.com
Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders (2018), book signing and talk by the
Saturday, November 16, 2019, 2 p.m.

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

All Things Digital

The Beach Museum of Art is now a proud participating venue of Smartify, a free smartphone app that will instantly scan and recognize artwork and present information on to your screen. Click on the Smartify logo below for more information.



Step up to Verandah, the Beach Museum of Art’s new collection search tool, a collaboration between the museum and Hale Library at Kansas State University. Explore the art by clicking on the Verandah logo below.

KSU Student Welcome Party!

Thursday, September 5, 5-7:30 p.m.
KSU Student Welcome
Common Book and Common Works of Art Open House

Immerse yourself in the K-State Book Network’s Common Book, “Darius the Great is not Okay” by Adib Khorram and view the museum’s Common Works of Art, chosen to complement the book.


Activities and features of this free event will include:

  • Travel slides featuring sites the character Darius visits in Yadz, Iran
  • Persian tea and snacks
  • Screening of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes
  • The exhibition Beyond Gravity – your mini trip to Outer Space
  • Mini soccer tournament with prizes for all!
  • Rok/Shelem, a traditional Persian card game
  • Making Arabic geometric designs and coloring Tolkien coloring sheets

International Dot Day Celebration

Saturday, September 14, 1:30-3 p.m.
International Dot Day Celebration

Last year over 13 million people in 178 countries participated in this event inspired by Peter Reynolds’ children’s book The Dot, a story about the creative spirit in all of us.

Our Dot Party will feature reading nooks, Peter Reynolds videos, art activities, and tours of Beyond Gravity (an exhibition full of giant dots). Door prizes—books by Peter Reynolds—will be provided through a USD 383 K-Link Community Partnership grant.

Art in Motion Western-Themed Kick-off Event

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

For more information on the Art in Motion events visit:

Upcoming Fall Exhibitions

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

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

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

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

Picturing Kansas
October 5, 2018 – August 31, 2019

Image: Jyoti Bhatt, A Face (detail), 1970, etching, 19 7/8 x 15 inches, Kansas State University, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 1985.11

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: September 3-7: Line

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: Sept. 3, 1-2:30 p.m. Beyond Gravity (astronomy, space exploration)

Cost for classes is $3 per child, $1.50 for military families, and reservations are required. Call 785-532-7718 or email klwalk@k-state.edu for reservations. 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!

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The museum is open Tues, Wed, Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs 10 a.m.-8p.m., Sat, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Free parking.

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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