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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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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 

Dean Mitchell: A Place, A Mental Space

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.

Dinner and a Mid-night Snack: Gifts of Contemporary Works on Paper from Don Mrozek and Scott Dorman

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. 

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.

Life Forms: Chet Peters

September 12, 2014 - March 22, 2015

Chet Peters, who served as K-State’s vice president of student affairs from 1953 to 1985, positively impacted the lives of countless Kansans. His talks at high schools around the state encouraged students to develop their full potential and helped them see how K-State could assist in that process. In addition to serving as a passionate advocate for young people, Peters sculpted wood prolifically. He created gifts, awards, public sculptures, and unusual interactive pieces, which he frequently employed to illustrate ideas during lectures. This exhibition includes carvings of many types from the Peters family.

2014 Common Work of Art

August 26, 2014 - May 17, 2015

View Salvage Yard Teapot D4E, the 2014 Common Work of Art presented in conjunction with K-State's 2014 Common Book, Steven Johnson's The Ghost Map.