April 5, 2016 - July 17, 2016
“Since 2006 I have done over 70 paintings and 50 prints that are based upon the incarceration camp experience during WWII, when over 120,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast were sent off to live in tar paper barracks, hemmed in behind barbed wire fences, surrounded by guard towers with machine guns pointed in. These camps were situated in deserts and lava fields in ten of the most desolate locations in the Western United States. I was a child of 2-5 years of age and all of my earliest recollections of life are from Camp Minidoka, Idaho.
This exhibition should serve as a reminder that during times of international crises, our government seems to consistently lose its memory regarding past mistakes.”
Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka, Idaho, one of 10 concentration camps for Japanese Americans during WWII. During his career as an artist and teacher he has received numerous prestigious awards. Art works by Shimomura are in the permanent collections of over ninety museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution.
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.
March 8, 2016 - June 26, 2016
In his photographic projects for National Geographic over the last three decades, Jim Richardson has explored natural landscapes and human cultures and environmental issues around the world. But those worldwide photographic coverages were rooted in his Kansas upbringing and the subjects he found close to home. Beneath the Prairie Sky will explore life and meaning on the Great Plains. He has returned often to the subject of the prairie and the livelihoods of the people who make their homes in that ecosystem, at once rich and austere, beautiful and punishing. Filled with both exhilarating wonder and gnawing doubt, the artist says these photographs reflect 50 years of soul searching. Jim Richardson is the 2016 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist.
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.
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.