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Author: Kelsey Longpine

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Tues Wed Fri 10 – 5
Thurs 10 – 8

Sat 11 – 4

Closed Sun, Mon & holidays

See our calendar for a full list of Thursday evening events at the Beach Museum of Art.

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


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Mark your calendars:

Thursday, February 22, 7:00 p.m., Ball Room, KSU Alumni Center

Lou Douglas lecture by Peter Bratt

Bratt will show his new documentary Dolores and speak with the audience. Dolores explores the life and work of Dolores Huerta, civil rights activist and a founder of the United Farm Workers’ Union. Co-sponsored by the University for Mankind and the Department of American Ethnic Studies.

Thursday, March 1, 5:30 p.m.

Film screening of La Mission

Writer/director Peter Bratt’s moving exploration of Latino low-rider culture and one father’s struggle to accept the sexual orientation of his son. Co-sponsored by the Department of American Ethnic Studies and the LGBT Resource Center at K-State.

March 6-May 12, 2018

 “Here, and Now.” Kansas State University Art Faculty exhibition.

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. Opening reception

Diverse in vision, media and execution, the works in this exhibition demonstrate the visual investigations and studio practices of the Kansas State University Department of Art faculty.

February 13-May 26, 2018

“Water Stories by Lynn Benson,” 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print Artist. Exhibition co-sponsored by the Volland Store.

Thursday, March 8, 5:30 p.m.

Presentation by environmental journalist and award-winning author Cynthia Barnett. Q&A session moderated by Lynn Benson.


Thursday, April 5, 5:30 pm.

Artist talk by Lynn Benson

Lynn Benson has devoted her career to studying how human activity has affected a vitally important resource: water.  In a wide range of mediums, she represents bodies of water implicated in environmental and political struggles.

Friends of the Beach Museum of Art

The annual greeting to the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art from that year’s President traditionally notes the excitement and resurgence of energy that fall brings to both town and gown in a university community.  The community itself is renewed and charged with excitement and activity as students return to make their lives here in Manhattan.

Getting to know and work together with the lively, engaged, talented people who are the Friends of the Beach Museum Board has been a pleasure and an education to me in the last couple of years, and I encourage everyone who receives this letter to join in more active participation in the work of the Friends. This past year’s organization into subcommittees affords ample scope for many talents—hosting visitors at talks, openings, and performances, participating in educational initiatives and public outreach, engaging in research on how the public uses our galleries, and helping maintain The Meadow. Well-organized, enthusiastic people are always needed for carrying out these activities.

In this era of persistent emphasis on STEM disciplines, it is well to remember that more and more recent research is providing scientific evidence of the central importance and manifold implications of arts education and experience for human development.  Matthew Arnold was not wrong to include among “the powers which go to the building up of human life” the power of beauty, which answers to a profound need in human nature.  In the Beach Museum, we have a unique resource for the cultivation of that aesthetic–and I think I might say psychological– development.  Your ideas, enthusiasm, engagement and support can help us to reach new audiences with all that the Beach Museum has to offer, enhancing its value to clients from the schoolchildren of USD 383 who participate in the now annual Early Expressions art show, to retirees who enjoy recharging their sensibilities at our shows, or on our sponsored trips to other museums and exhibits in the region.

Look forward to a new year of imaginative, intriguing, thought-provoking experiences with the arts, and keep October 7th on your calendar for our Art in Motion Festival.  Quoting our former president, Sarah Hancock,

Invite a friend to join us! Like our college town on move-in day, the Friends experience a jolt of energy when new people arrive. New members keep our perspectives fresh and maintain our role as a strong financial contributor to the museum. Success builds on success. Look for people who feel the same spark you do, and help them grow and connect through the transformation art offers.

– Michael L. Donnelly, president