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Exhibition Archive: 2017-2019

Youth Builds a Better World

June 6-August 5, 2017

“With realization of one’s own potential and self-confidence in one’s ability, one can build a better world.” - Dalai Lama

We often refer to our children as our future, and youth as a time of discovery and development.  Drawn from the Beach Museum of Art’s permanent collection, this exhibition investigates how educational experiences allow young people to explore their options and develop their talents for building a better world.   Developed in conjunction with the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme “Building a Better World.”

This exhibition is organized to complement the Manhattan Public Library's summer 2017 programs.

Porta Magica: Jason Scuilla,
2017 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist

March 14-July 1, 2017

Jason Scuilla is the 2017 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist. Each year museum supporters commission a printmaker or photographer to produce a limited edition print for sale to the public. The program, which began in 1934, recognizes outstanding contemporary artists associated with Kansas. 

Scuilla lives in Manhattan, Kansas, where he serves as associate professor and head of the printmaking department at Kansas State University. An American artist of Italian descent, he has been drawn to his ancestors' country and traveled there frequently to study and create prints. Monumental fragments of Italian sculpture inspire his recent work in this medium. Dramatic compositions rendered with a pictorial economy and a deadpan sense of humor raise questions about humankind's relationship with mortality and the ancient past.

Kansas Veterinarian at Work: A Portrait by Tom Mohr

February 7-June 17, 2017

Over a span of twelve years, Tom Mohr followed Dr. Lee Penner with his camera, as the large animal veterinarian made his rounds among family farms in Kansas. What emerges from this photographic adventure is a multifaceted representation of contemporary Kansas farm life, as seen through such routine tasks as calf deliveries and such dramatic events as a nighttime necropsy. Mohr's photographs challenge his viewers to appreciate Kansas and its farmers with fresh eyes, expanding into contemporary times the movement of Regionalism started in the 1930s by John Steuart Curry, Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Wood. See through Mohr's camera the grandeur of a vast field with a lone red barn, the quirky charm of the veterinarian's mud-encrusted van, and the strong bonds nurtured by a doctor and his community.

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John Steuart Curry: Mapping the Early Career 

January 17-May 13, 2017

During the late 1920s, artist John Steuart Curry (1897-1946) gained national attention for his paintings of rural Kansas. Critics lauded his distinctive vision of the Midwest, and he became associated with leading Regionalist artists Thomas Hart Benton of Missouri and Grant Wood of Iowa.

Much less is known about Curry's early years as an artist. An exploration of his career beginnings provides a deeper understanding of the conceptual and formal underpinnings of his later success. This exhibition of works from the Beach Museum of Art and other collections charts the artist’s art studies in various parts of the United States and Europe and his exploration of occupations, including magazine illustration and mural making. A recently conserved map mural (pdf), on loan from the Burr Living Trust of Lewisberry, Pennsylvania, makes its public debut in the installation.

The exhibition is organized by Curator Liz Seaton and members of a spring 2016 seminar through the K-State department of art, comprised of students from K-State and University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Major support for “John Steuart Curry: Mapping the Early Career” is provided by Joann Goldstein in memory of Jack Goldstein. Additional support comes from the R.M. Seaton Endowment for Exhibitions and The Ross and Marianna Kistler Beach Endowment for the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

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2016 Common Work of Art

August 23, 2016 - May 14, 2017

View Dendrochronological Data Sequences by Andrzej Zieliński, the 2016 Common Work of Art chosen to complement the K-States 2016 Common Book, Spare Parts by Joshua Davis.  

Elizabeth "Grandma" Layton: You Gotta Have Art

October 11, 2016—January 28, 2017

The Beach Museum of Art's twentieth anniversary theme, "You Gotta Have Art," was inspired by the words printed on caps worn by Elizabeth Layton and her husband in many of her self-portraits. The caps were gifts from her friend Don Lambert, the Ottawa Herald reporter who discovered her work in 1977 and helped to establish Layton as an important American artist through his writing and curation of exhibitions. The succinct phrase encapsulates how art was a positive force in Elizabeth Layton's life. After an unstable marriage that ended in divorce, the death of a son, a lifelong battle with manic depression, and thirteen debilitating electroshock treatments, Layton took her first class in contour drawing and discovered how art could help her heal. Her drawings examined universal human experiences such as aging, death, social injustice, and love through the lens of her own life and body. She demonstrated the power of art in forging personal connections and developing understanding and empathy. In the comment book from her 1992 exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, one visitor wrote: "I am going through a hard time right now and it takes some effort to remember that it's all a part of life. Your drawings... remind me that other people feel pain and ecstasy, rage and glory. Thank you for celebrating."

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.