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Artist Talk: Jason Scuilla

2017 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print

Thursday, April 6, 5:30 p.m.
Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, UMB Theater

2017 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print artist, Jason Scuilla, will talk about his work and innovative printmaking technique. Reception to follow.

The Friends of the Beach Museum of Art (FOBMA) commissions a limited-edition print by a recognized Kansas artist for sale to Friends and the public each year. Kansas State University’s Friends of Art started the gift print program in 1934.

The 2017 Gift Print by Jason Scuilla is available for purchase for $200, pictured top right. Friends who give at the annual $100 level and above receive a 25 percent discount. For more information, call 785-532-7718 or email rlonborg@k-state.edu. For information on becoming a Friend of the museum call 785-532-7718 or go to beach.k-state.edu.

This program is in conjunction with the exhibition “Porta Magica: Jason Scuilla” on view March 14 – July 1, 2017.

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Visiting Artist: Damon Davis Lecture

April 4, 5:30 p.m.
Thompson 101
Reception to follow at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

Join us at 2:30 on April 4 or April 12 at 12:30, in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery in the K-State Student Union for a gallery talk with Beach Museum of Art Curator Aileen Wang.

St. Louis-based artist Damon Davis created his “All Hands on Deck” series during the demonstrations in Ferguson, MO, after the police shooting of Michael Brown. Davis saw a symbol of unity in the raised hands of fellow protesters. He has written:

The “All Hands On Deck” project is an ode to that diverse collective dedicated to protecting our human rights, no matter race, age or gender. “All Hands On Deck” is our charge – a call of action to stand with those who stand for us all.

A few months later Davis received wide attention on the internet with his essay, “In the Face of White Male Privilege Run Amok, A Plea for Artistic Responsibility,” written in response to an exhibition displayed at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis. Davis will speak and show an excerpt from his latest film.

Reception to follow at the Beach Museum of Art.

Organized by the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in partnership with the K-State Black Student Union.  Co-sponsored by K-State Department of Art and funded in part by the SGA Fine Arts Fee; Dow Center for Multicultural and Community Studies, K-State Libraries; and Department of American Ethic Studies.





All Hands On Deck, K-State Edition will be on display in the William T. Kemper Art Gallery in the K-State Student Union April 4-14, 2017.








Learn more about Damon and his projects on his website.

Regional Art Appreciation Trip

Donors to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art took off on an adventure as they travel north to Lincoln and Omaha Nebraska. Aileen Wang, Curator, shares her photos and stories of the trip. 



The first stop of our trip was the Gerald Ford Conservation Center in Omaha, Nebraska, where we got a behind-the-scenes tour of the facilities with Kenneth Bé, the head painting conservator.




Next, we visited Gallery 1516 in Omaha, Nebraska which is a not-for-profit arts organization that is focused on supporting the art scene in Omaha. Their mission is to provide a venue for regional artists to exhibit their work at no charge to the artist. They work with museums, educational, professional, and performing arts organizations to provide a space for traveling exhibitions, educational lectures, music and more. To learn more about Gallery 1516 and Director Patrick Drickey, visit their webpage.


While we were in Omaha, we stopped at Kutak Rock, which is a law firm located in the historic Omaha Building. This historic building was Omaha’s first skyscraper built in 1887 and became the location for numerous professionals who set up offices on the upper stories. Despite being entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, The Omaha Building was scheduled to be demolished in 1974. When the deal fell through, the building remained empty for two more years. In 1978, Kutak and his partners purchased and renovated the building for their law firm. It was renovated again in 2006-07 but many original structures were untouched. Kutak Rock has an extensive collection of contemporary art and this picture shows a window in the law firm with the original stenciled glass.







After we visited Omaha, we headed to the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Nebraska! The Sheldon Museum of Art is located at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is known for its beautiful architecture. There is still a bench in the museum that was a part of the original furniture picked out by architect Philip Johnson in the early 1960’s!


Our last stop on the trip was Kiechel Fine Art in Lincoln, Nebraska where we listened to a talk by artist Francisco Souto. He explained what his artwork meant to him:

“A Memory in Peril is a compilation of works in response to the current reality that is affecting my native land. These drawings are visual testimonies of the social, economic and political deterioration that is eroding Venezuela…It is an attempt to offer a voice to the unheard; it is about the people and their humanity in time of adverse reality.”

After Souto’s talk, we watched Kenneth Bé performing a mini concert with a 17th century Italian type of lute, which he has been playing for many decades!

This post was co-written by Aileen Wang and student curatorial assistant Maddie Allen.

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