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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Museum hours

Tues Wed Fri Sat 10 - 5
Thurs 10 - 8 
Sun 12 - 5 

Closed Mon & holidays

Free admission
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Mon-Fri: 8 - 5

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



Current Exhibitions 

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.


Jacqueline Bishop: Songs for the Earth

August 4 - December 20, 2015

Jacqueline Bishop explores psychological connections between humans and nonhumans through paintings, drawings and printmaking.  Influenced by more than two decades of traveling the forests in the Amazon, experiencing Katrina, and documenting the BP Oil Spill, her work addresses the politics behind species extinction, and eco-political injustice. The result is surreal landscapes impacted by technology, industrialization, and overpopulation. In these environments birds, symbols for Bishop of the human soul, call out for careful consideration of the delicate balance between organisms and the earth. The exhibition will feature material related to Bishop’s creative process.  

Bishop studied art and philosophy at the University of Kansas. She received her BA in painting from the University of New Orleans and MFA in painting from Tulane University.