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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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Thurs 10 - 8 
Sun 12 - 5 

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Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
14th St & Anderson Ave
Manhattan, KS 66506



Current Exhibitions

Art of the Game: Selections from the Permanent Collection

May 12 - July 24, 2016

This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the Manhattan Public Library summer reading theme “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.”

Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake  

April 5, 2016 - July 31, 2016

Toyo Miyatake (1895–1979) was a Los Angeles-based Japanese American artist and photographer, best known for his photographs that secretly documented the lives of Japanese Americans interned at Manzanar in the High Sierras of California during World War II.

The exhibition Behind the Glass Eye includes Miyatake’s early experimental studio images as well as the more well-known scenes inside the barbed wired fencing of Manzanar. Together these photographs tell the story of an artistic life interrupted by war.

This exhibition is guest-curated by Hirokazu Kosaka, artistic director of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center in Los Angeles, and Alan Miyatake of the Toyo Miyatake Studio in San Gabriel, CA.

2015 Common Works of Art

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.

Stan Herd: Cairns on the Beach

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.

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists

Traveling Exhibition

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists is organized  by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University.  The exhibition of 136 objects from over 25 museums and private collections is co-curated by Beach Museum of Art Curator, Elizabeth Seaton and travels to the Grey Art Gallery, New York University, April 19-July 9, 2016; and the Syracuse University Art Galleries, New York, January 12 – March 26, 2017.