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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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The museum and offices will be closed Nov. 26-27 for the Thanksgiving holiday

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

Closed Mon & holidays

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Mon-Fri: 8 - 5

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



Current Exhibitions 

Art for Every Home: Associated American Artists

September 16, 2015 - January 31, 2016

This exhibition and its accompanying publication will be the first comprehensive overview of Associated American Artists (AAA; 1934-2000), the New-York based business best known as the publisher of prints sold via mail-order catalogue by Regionalists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, and Grant Wood. The exhibition explores AAA’s storied involvement in the surging popularity of American prints during the 1930s and 1940s. It also looks at AAA’s brokering of corporate art commission and war documentation during the 1940s and its campaign to convince American home owners to purchase its wares, including also ceramics, upholstery and clothing fabrics. The exhibition will feature over 125 works by some of the 600 AAA artists, including Peggy Bacon, Miguel Covarrubias, David Hockney, and Gabo­r Peterdi.

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.

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. 

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.