February 4 - 28, 2016
The world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC, is sending a First Folio here as part of a national tour marking the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death. Published in 1623, the First Folio is the first collected edition of Shakespeare’s plays; of the 233 copies known today, 82 belong to the Folger. The Folio's only stop in Kansas is at the Beach Museum of Art.
While at the university in February 2016, the English department will co-host the exhibition in partnership with K-State Libraries, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and McCain Auditorium for a month of events surrounding the Folio's visit. Other campus and community partners also are assisting.
First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, on tour from the Folger Shakespeare Library, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor, and by the generous support of Google.org and Vinton and Sigrid Cerf.
August 24, 2015 - July 2016
Annually, the Kansas State Book Network (KSBN) chooses a book which is given to all incoming students. The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore was selected as the K-State Common Book for the 2015-16 academic year. With assistance from the KSBN selection committee, two works of art that mirror the themes found in the book have been selected as the Common Works of Art. Mitosis (2000), an earthenware piece by former K-State student Jarod Morris and a 2001 untitled painting by Tom Kretz will be on display through July 2016.
Fall 2014 - May 2017
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.