March 3 - June 21, 2015
During a visit to the Southwest, a friend took Dean Mitchell on a drive through the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in metropolitan Phoenix. The artist was immediately struck by the visual similarities between the structures he encountered on the reservation and the buildings in his hometown of Quincy, Florida. "Dean Mitchell: A Place, A Mental Space" includes watercolor and oil paintings of scenes from the Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and the artist’s hometown. The exhibition will also feature the 2015 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, an etching by Mitchell.
February 3 - July 12, 2015
Art collectors Don Mrozek and Scott Dorman have donated close to 300 works on paper to the Beach Museum of Art. This eclectic selection reflects their shared love of music, literature, post-modern art, and mid-twentieth century modernist architecture. Guest curated by associate professor and librarian Thomas Bell and associate professor of landscape architecture Katie Kingery-Page of Kansas State University.
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.