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Ganz Artist Talk at the Beach Museum of Art

Artist talk by Sayaka Ganz
Thursday, November 9, 5:30 p.m.

Ganz will give a talk regarding her current exhibition at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Reclaimed Creations: Sayaka Ganz. There will be a small reception following the talk with time to look at the exhibition, if you haven’t already had the chance or would like to take another look at this amazing work.

Reclaimed Creations: Sayaka Ganz

Sayaka Ganz’s sculptures of birds, animals, and marine life incorporate discarded plastic objects that have become dangerous to wild creatures. Her works in this exhibition foreground the need to rethink human use and disposal of objects in a world driven by convenience. Ganz has said, “I try to give new life to discarded objects.…I get my inspiration from nature and from the movement that we find in nature.” She describes her reuse of the found materials as “3D impressionism”: The recycled objects appear like brush strokes, separated at close proximity but visibly unified at a distance.

A resident of Indiana, Ganz grew up living in Japan, Brazil, and Hong Kong. She holds a master of fine arts degree in sculpture from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Commissions include a series of four marine life sculptures at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. The tour of “Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations” is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C., David J. Wagner, Ph.D., curator and tour director.”

This exhibition is made possible in part by a grant from the Caroline Peine Charitable Foundation/The Manhattan Fund, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee.



Dia de los Muertos Celebration

Learn more about this seasonal celebration, help create a public altar at the museum for a 10/30-11/2 celebration, and make items to take home. Reservation required, cost $3 per participant, all ages welcome. Reservations can be made by calling 785.532.7718 or emailing beachart@ksu.edu

Join us in the galleries and check out the supplies on the museum’s Exploration Station. It will feature information on Dia de los Muertos and have art supplies available to create items to add to the public alter.