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.
Thursday, February 9, 6 p.m.
Opening Reception for Kansas Veterinarian at Work: A Portrait by Tom Mohr
Thursday, February 23, 5:30 p.m.
The Veterinarian’s War: Lieutenant Harry Hunt in the World War
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m.
Gallery Walk with Dr. Lee Penner
Thursday, April 13, 5:30 p.m.
Anthrax & Abattoirs: The Archive of Colonel Frank Caldwell Hershberger
Butes (Fisher’s Peak, South Central Colorado), ca. 1944
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of Kansas State University by collecting, studying, caring for, and presenting the visual art of Kansas and the region.