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Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

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



Current Exhibitions

Voices: At the Crossroads of Asia and America

July 30, 2019 – December 21, 2019

This exhibition continues the theme of cultural exchange in art begun in the fall of 2018. Included are contemporary prints from India purchased by Professor Emeritus of Art Charles Stroh for Kansas State University’s art collection. Beach Museum of Art curator Aileen June Wang collaborated with University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko on this project.

Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders
2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist

August 6 – December 9, 2019

The African American trail riding clubs of southwest Louisiana are a part of a Creole culture that has its roots in the population of free people of color, French settlers, and American Indians who lived in the region during the 18th century. Today, trail rides are an opportunity for generations from rural parts of the state to gather and celebrate. Club members assemble on weekends and move through parish communities and prairie grasslands, listening to Zydeco music from a sound system or live bands in tow. Kansas native Jeremiah Ariaz, a professor of art at Louisiana State University, has captured these equestrian clubs in a selection of photographs forming this exhibition. One image will be chosen as the 2019 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, a limited-edition photograph for sale to Friends and the public.

Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

April 2 – November 30, 2019

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin, both American, landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969.  This exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing and compliments the Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme A Universe of Stories.

Picturing Kansas

October 5, 2018 – August 31, 2019

From scenic prairies to bucolic farms to the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, this exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists that capture a sense of place. 
The exhibition is a cornerstone of the museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program, which integrates art, history, environmental and agricultural science, and language arts.