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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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Tues Wed Fri 10 - 5
Thurs 10 - 8 
Sat 11 - 4 

Closed Sun, Mon & holidays

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Mon-Fri: 8 - 5 

Beach Museum of Art
Kansas State University
701 Beach Lane,
Manhattan, KS 66506
(14th & Anderson Ave.)


Exhibition Information

Future Exhibitions

Two by Two: Animal Pairs 
Virtual exhibition launching March 30, 2021 

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This exhibition features unique pairings of animals from the permanent collection, ranging from Pueblo pottery to farm animals by Regionalist artists to work by international artists. Part of the museum’s annual collaboration with the Manhattan Public Library, the theme complements the American Library Association’s summer 2021 theme “Tales and Tails.” The exhibition will inspire programming for area schools and the museum’s summer ARTSmart classes. 
Left image: John Frederick Helm, Jr., Mallard, ca. 1939, aquatint with drypoint on paper, gift of Mary Brownell Helm, 1985.115.
Right image: Rose Chino, Duck effigy bowl, early 20th century, earthenware with pigment, gift of Mel and Mary Cottom, 2012.186

Sunrise over Kansas: John Steuart Curry
June 29, 2021 – February 28, 2022

Curry-Sunrise image

Dramatic weather plays a significant role in Regionalist John Steuart Curry’s art, especially as a symbol of menace. Less recognized is the importance of another event in nature—the sunrise—in Curry’s oeuvre. The celestial motif is explored in this exhibition of the artist’s paintings, prints and drawings. The exhibition pays tribute to the museum’s 1935 painting, Sunrise over Kansas, which suffered discoloration of its sun as a result of the artist’s experiments with materials and now has been conserved.
Image: John Steuart Curry (1897 – 1946), Sunrise (Sunrise over Kansas), 1935, mixed-media on canvas, Friends of the Beach Museum of Art purchase, 1996.18

Paleolithic Points from

The Forms: Four Worlds | David Lebrun
August 9, 2021 – July 16, 2022

Four Worlds

Organized by the museum in collaboration with K-State’s Information Technology Services, this experimental multimedia installation is guaranteed to surprise and delight! It features the mysterious beauty of an ancient artifact through specially composed music and unique video animation. See the past differently!
Image: The Forms: Four Worlds. Simulation. © 2019 Night Fire Films