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Author: Kelsey Longpine

K-State’s exhibit ‘Artistry and Innovation’ displayed at Kansas Board of Regents’ office

Each year, the Kansas Board of Regents invites one of the state universities to provide a display of art and creative work at the Regents’ office. The 2017-18 year will feature work from Kansas State University.

The display, “Artistry and Innovation,” features both individual and collaborative projects. The small sampling of Wildcat research and discovery will open with a reception at noon Wednesday, Sept. 20. The Regents’ first meeting of the 2018 fiscal year will then begin with remarks by Kansas State University President Richard Myers.

The exhibit of unique images and objects represents a wide spectrum of creativity across eras, disciplinary lines, materials and technologies from K-State departments and museums. Featured works include an award-winning bench and watercolors by students and faculty in the College of Architecture, Planning & Design; examples of clothing and textiles from the Historic Costume and Textile Museum in the College of Human Ecology; examples of printmaking created through nontoxic electrolytic etching developed in a collaboration between two faculty members — one in art and one in chemistry; and an interactive touch table connecting art with ecosystem research, a joint project of landscape architecture and the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art as a Prairie Studies Initiative project.

Linda Duke, director of the Beach Museum of Art and organizer of the display, worked with planning team members Tim de Noble, professor and dean, College of Architecture, Planning & Design; Barbara Anderson, department head and associate professor, apparel, textiles, and interior design; Sarah Hancock, communications coordinator, Office of the Vice President for Research, who served as editor for the text panels; Sue Peterson, director of governmental relations, Office of the President; and Matthew Gaynor, professor and department head, art.

The museum’s exhibitions designers Lindsay Smith and Marvin Gould installed the display.

The following are contributors of creative works:

  • Marla Day, curator of K-State’s Historic Costume and Textile Museum.
  • Peter Dorhout, vice president for research and professor of chemistry.
  • Bob Holcombe, graphic designer, communication and agriculture education.
  • Emeriti Professors Rick Forsyth and James Jones, College of Architecture, Planning & Design, with participating students.
  • Jason Scuilla, associate professor of art and head of the printmaking program.
  • Stefan Bossmann, professor of chemistry.
  • Marco Hernandez, Master of Fine arts in printmaking, 2015.
  • Jolynn Reigeluth, Master of Fine arts in printmaking, 2015.
  • Brandon Williams, Master of Fine arts in printmaking, 2017.
  • Benjamin Ingle, master’s student in printmaking.
  • Ross McCoy, 2008 graduate of the College of Architecture, Planning & Design.

A special thanks to Director of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Linda Duke, for exhibit photographs.

Art in Motion, a celebration of art

Mark your calendars!

October 7, 2017 Noon-4:00pm

Beach Museum of Art Parking Lot and Galleries

Live painting performance by artist Enrico Isamu Ōyama at 2:00 p.m. In Ōyama’s live painting performance he responds in the moment to surrounding people, sounds, atmosphere, and energy. Duration: 30 minutes.

Make your own print in GraficoMovil, a mobile printmaking studio/gallery. Created by artist Artemio Rodríguez.

Action art activities for all ages, EVERYONE’S WELCOME!

Art in Motion, a celebration of art in the museum parking lot.

Concurrent with “Harmony at the ‘Hatt” music festival in Triangle Park, Aggieville district.

Sunny 102.5 will broadcast live from the event

Enrico Isamu Oyama: Guest Blogger

I first met Aileen when she visited my project Aeromural at the Clocktower Gallery in 2013 with our friend and his baby.

The curator Aileen June Wang and I first met in New York in 2013 when she came to see my project Aeromural at Clocktower Gallery in New York City’s TriBeCa district. Since then, we have become really good friends. We had many  conversations about doing a project together. The first idea she raised was a two-person show with Japanese American visual artist Alex Kukai Shinohara. I was excited. She tried to find a venue for the show but it was not easy.

Then, Aileen was invited by a gallerist to propose a mural for a car wash with a large wall at the corner of West 24th Street and 10th Avenue in Chelsea, New York City’s gallery district. She and I worked on a proposal with a mock-up of the mural for the owner, but this didn’t happen neither.

The car wash building in the gallery district of New York City, for which we proposed a mural in 2014.

Aileen was invited by the NARS Foundation in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, to curate a group show that would have included my works, but soon after, she was offered the job as associate curator at the Beach Museum of Art. I remember the moment when she told me about her new job. We were having lunch together near the Museum of Modern Art. I was excited for her new journey.

Aileen’s farewell party in 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum’s Art Off the Wall event, arranged by Sharon Matt Atkins, Director of Curatorial Affairs (fifth from the left). Other participants from left to right: New York artist Babs Reingold; New York artist Margaret Murphy; Curator Midori Yoshimoto, who introduced Aileen to me; my wife Shihori and I.

From August to October of 2015, I did a residency program at Chelsea College of Arts in London. Right after I returned to New York in November, I got an email from Aileen when I was in Strand Book Store near Union Square to find some nice second-hand books on New York Writing Culture. I noticed right away that this message is about something special. Aileen was talking about a possibility of my solo show at the Beach Museum of Art. Somehow, I had a good feeling that this time it was going to happen. After a while, she confirmed that the show was officially on the museum’s calendar.

Our productive conversation and a few trials of doing a project together over the past few years resulted in something really exciting. I deeply thank Aileen for giving such an amazing opportunity to a young artist like me and everyone at the Beach Museum for their effort and labor to make this exhibition happen.

The sound installation piece Aeromural, which was the opportunity for me to meet Aileen four years ago, will be on display at the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University as a part of my exhibition “Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Ōyama.” I hope everyone who visits the show can enjoy it more from knowing this little back story.

Oyama’s exhibition Ubiquitous: Enrico Isamu Oyama is on display in the Hyle Family Gallery at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art from August 15 – December 23, 2017.