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Wed
Jan 20 2021
10am -
10:30am
Senior Wednesday

Jana Erwin: Gordon Parks, Renée Stout, and the Faculty Biennial

*Please note: This program has been moved to 10:00 a.m. and will be an abbreviated 30 minutes in length, so that attendees might also catch the inauguration ceremony taking place that day. Join Jana Erwin, Head of Education, for a close look at the artists and works featured in the suite of spring exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum on view January 21-May 8, 2021. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Feb 9 2021
6pm -
7pm
Art History Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Aruna D’Souza

Aruna D’Souza writes about modern and contemporary art; intersectional feminism and other forms of politics; and how museums shape our views of each other and the world. Her most recent book, Whitewalling: Art, Race, and Protest in 3 Acts (Badlands Unlimited), was named one of the best art books of 2018 by the New York Times. Her work appears regularly in 4Columns.org, where she is a member of the editorial advisory board, and has also been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNN.com, Art News, Garage, Bookforum, Momus, Art in America, and Art Practical, among other places. She is currently editing two forthcoming volumes, Making It Modern: A Linda Nochlin Reader, and Lorraine O’Grady’s Writing in Space 1973-2019, and is co-curator of the upcoming retrospective of O’Grady’s work, Both/And, which will open in March 2021 at the Brooklyn Museum. Click here to register.
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Wed
Feb 10 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Megan Ewert and Tanna Burchinal

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Megan Ewert, Administrative Assistant and Adjunct Instructor, and Tanna Burchinal, Art Studio Manager. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
Feb 17 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Angela Bates: Children of the Promised Land

Nicodemus, a small, unincorporated town in Graham County, Kansas, is the only remaining western town established by African Americans during Reconstruction following the Civil War. Today the town is a National Historic Site. This pictorial history explores the unique experience of mothers and their children in Nicodemus, some of whom were the first members of their families born free. This discussion will explore the dynamics of child-rearing during and after slavery, stories of children conceived in slavery but born free, and the contrast of life and decisions based on the simple concept of ‘choice,’ which freedom afforded. Bates is the executive director and past president of the Nicodemus Historical Society. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Feb 18 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Irma Puškarević and John Hammer

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Irma Puškarević, Assistant Professor of Graphic Design and John Hammer, Adjunct Professor. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Sat
Feb 20 2021
2pm -
3pm
Community Forum | Ulrich Virtual

Ulrich Virtual Community Forum | Race and Parenting: Finding a Way to Move Forward

Join Marquetta Atkins and community panelists for an open dialogue for parents from different ethnic and racial backgrounds around how we talk to our kids about race, racism, and identity. Registration is required. Click here to register. 
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Wed
Feb 24 2021
11am -
Noon
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Marco Hernandez and Levente Sulyok

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Marco Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Print Media and Levente Sulyok, Associate Director and Associate Professor of Painting and Applied Drawing. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Mar 4 2021
11am -
Noon
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Ted Adler and Gary Lincoln

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Ted Adler, Associate Professor of Ceramic Media and Gary Lincoln, Lecturer in Ceramic Media. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Thu
Mar 4 2021
6pm -
7pm
Salon Circle

Irene Lusztig | Empathy in the Archives

Irene Lusztig is a filmmaker, visual artist, archival researcher, and amateur seamstress. Her film and video work mines old images, technologies, and objects to reanimate forgotten and neglected histories. Often rooted in rigorous archival research, her work brings historical materials into conversation with the present day, inviting viewers to contemplate larger questions of politics, ideology, and the production of personal, collective, and national memories. Much of her work is centered on feminism and histories of women and women’s bodies, including her debut feature Reconstruction (2001); feature-length archival film essay The Motherhood Archives (2013); the ongoing web-based Worry Box Project (2011); and her documentary feature Yours in Sisterhood (2018). Her work has been screened around the world at the Berlinale, MoMA, Film Society of Lincoln Center, MFA Boston, Anthology Film Archives, Pacific Film Archive, Flaherty NYC, IDFA Amsterdam, Hot Docs, AFI Docs, and RIDM Montréal, and on television in the US, Europe, and Taiwan. At the Ulrich, she’ll be speaking about her approaches to cinematic storytelling through a feminist lens and will share her research and ideas about a trove of little-known fashion photographs by Marian Stephenson in the Ulrich collection. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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Sat
Mar 6 2021
1pm -
4pm
Ulrich Virtual

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Come help us close the gender gap on Wikipedia! The Ulrich is partnering with Art+Feminism for the second time on the annual Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. At this event, participants will help research, edit, and add information to Wikipedia entries for women artists in the Ulrich collection. Together we can help give these remarkable artists the representation they deserve. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Mar 9 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Doug Barrett | Weapons of Choice

Inspired by the work of Gordon Parks, photographer, videographer, and journalist Doug Barrett uses his camera to document our contemporary struggles with social justice in Kansas and the U.S. His recent projects have focused on the protests following the death of George Floyd, the Mexico border wall, homeless veterans in the U.S., and Yuma Street in Manhattan, Kansas, among others. His photographs have been published in Bloomberg News, TIME Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Washington Post, New Territory Magazine, The Pointe Magazine, and featured on the Nasdaq billboard in Times Square, VICE, Fox News, and BBC World News. Barrett attended St. Augustine’s University and holds a B.S., cum laude. He is the owner of 400 North Creative in Manhattan, Kansas. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
Mar 10 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Barry Badgett and Robert Bubp

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Barry Badgett, Associate Professor of Sculpture Media and Robert Bubp, Foundations Coordinator and Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
Mar 17 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Emily Stamey: To the Hoop

It’s March Madness month, and Emily Stamey, Curator of Exhibitions at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, will discuss her latest curatorial project, To the Hoop, an exhibition that explores the myriad facets of basketball’s intersections with contemporary art and culture. Stamey came to the Weatherspoon from the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. Prior to her work in Scottsdale, she was Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art here at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Stamey received her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Mar 18 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Jeff Pulaski and Joshua A. Smith

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Jeff Pulaski, Director and Associate Professor of Graphic Design and Joshua A. Smith, Assistant Professor of Design. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
Mar 24 2021
11am -
Noon
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Tina Murano and Lori Santos

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Tina Murano, Assistant Educator of Art Education and Lori Santos, Associate Professor of Education. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Apr 1 2021
11am -
Noon
Art History Talk | Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Dr. Brittany Lockard | "Staring into Space and Doing Everything"

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty. This art history talk features Dr. Brittany Lockard, Associate Professor of Art History, whose talk is titled "Staring into Space and Doing Everything." Registration is required. Click here to register.
Thu
Apr 1 2021
6pm -
7pm
Salon Circle

Monique Meloche | Fictional Frameworks

Monique Meloche is a prominent Chicago dealer of contemporary art and founder of the Monique Meloche Gallery. A native of Windsor, Ontario, she received a Masters degree in Art History and Theory from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago before beginning a career in commercial art galleries, first at the Rhona Hoffmann Gallery and later the Kavi Gupta Gallery. She opened her eponymous gallery in 2001; since then, Meloche has become noted for launching and supporting the careers of a number of prominent artists, notably Rashid Johnson and Michelle Obama’s official portraitist Amy Sherald. Meloche’s gallery is renowned for its commitment to diversity, and at the Ulrich, Meloche will discuss how the work of the artists whom she has represented and continues to represent, including Johnson, Sherald, Sanford Biggers, David Antonio Cruz, Ebony G. Patterson, and Nate Young, among others, engages with the strong urge towards storytelling in contemporary art through conceptual frameworks. Monique Meloche Gallery is a member of the Art Dealers Association of America (ADAA) and participates in art fairs internationally including Art Basel Miami Beach, EXPO Chicago, Artissima, Frieze, and Independent NY. Click here to learn more about Salon Circle.
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Wed
Apr 7 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Jennifer Ray and Megan St. Clair

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Jennifer Ray, Associate Professor of Photo Media and Megan St. Clair, Adjunct Instructor. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Apr 13 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Renée Stout

Renée Stout is a contemporary American artist whose work is renowned for its potent reflections on African American heritage and visual culture of the African diaspora, encouraging self-examination, self-empowerment, and self-healing. The Ulrich exhibition Renée Stout: Ghosts features Stout’s haunting prints that explore the ideas and visual language of Haitian Voudou and American Voodoo and Hoodoo. Stout grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 1980. In 1985 she moved to Washington, D.C. and began to explore the roots of her African American heritage. The lives of Stout’s imaginary characters unfold in a variety of media, including painting, mixed media sculpture, photography, and installation. The recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Stout has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States, and in England, Russia, and the Netherlands. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Apr 15 2021
10am -
11am
Faculty Talks | Ulrich Virtual

Kristin Beal and Claudia Pederson

Celebrate the 23rd Faculty Biennial exhibition with Department of Art, Design and Creative Industries faculty as they pair up to talk about their process. This talk features Kristin Beal, Gallery Manager and Lecturer and Claudia Pederson, Associate Professor of Art History. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Thu
Apr 15 2021
6pm -
7pm
Writing Now Reading Now

Fiction Reading: Michael Parker

Oklahoma is the setting for Prairie Fire, Michael Parker’s seventh and latest novel, a book that pulls the reader into what one critic calls a “whole family acting out what can and can’t be forgotten, against the backdrops of prairie and range—characters so magnificently and sometimes comically stubborn I really couldn’t put the book down.” Along with his novels, Parker, who will be WSU’s Visiting Distinguished Writer this spring, has published fiction and nonfiction in some of the country’s top literary journals and has won, among many honors, a PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, and O. Henry Awards three times for his short stories. Registration is required. Click to register.
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Wed
Apr 21 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Rachelle Meinecke: Sacred Objects of the Yoruba

Renée Stout’s work has been deeply influenced by her decades of research into the art and traditions of both Africa and African diasporas. To help our audiences better understand the connections that Stout’s work makes, the exhibition, Ghosts, incorporates six objects from the collection of Wichita State University’s Lowell D. Holmes Museum of Anthropology. All six objects come from the Yoruba culture of present-day Nigeria, which historically had a great influence on Black diasporic culture in the Americas and whose art is particularly well represented in the Holmes collection. Learn about the Yoruba objects included in Renée Stout: Ghosts, as well as other African objects in the Holmes Museum. Registration is required. Click here to register.
Sat
Apr 24 2021
1pm -
3pm
Community | Event

Family Fun Day

Bring the family for an afternoon of outdoor hands-on art making, stories, and fun discoveries in the Outdoor Sculpture Collection. All activities will observe social distancing, mask wearing, and hand-washing requirements.
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Tue
Apr 27 2021
6pm -
7pm
Ulrich Virtual

Dr. Rhea Combs | Beneath These Restless Skies: Gordon Parks and His Cinematic Impact

Rhea L. Combs is Curator of Film and Photography at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. She also serves as the head of the museum’s Earl W. and Amanda Stafford Center for African American Media Arts (CAAMA). Combs received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Howard University, a Master of Arts degree from Cornell University, and a Doctorate from Emory University. Her writings have been featured in anthologies, academic journals, and exhibition catalogues covering a range of topics including African American female filmmakers, Black popular culture, visual aesthetics, filmmaking, and photography. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Sun
May 2 2021
2pm -
3pm
Writing Now Reading Now

MFA Graduate Reading

Come celebrate the graduating class of Wichita State’s MFA Program in Creative Writing as they read from their final projects. Registration is required for this virtual program at ulrich.wichita. edu/programs. Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art. Registration is required. Click to register.
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Tue
May 4 2021
2:30pm -
3:30pm
Performance

Solving for X = Identity | Research Presentation and Dance Performance: Matrilineal Memories

Students in Sociology, Dance, and Honors College will present research and choreographed performances in response to collected memories as part of the Ulrich exhibition Solving for X=Identity: Sharing Matrilineal Memories at WSU. The performances are at 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Both performances will take place outdoors on the front terrace of the Museum to allow for appropriate social distancing. Masks are required.
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Fri
May 14 2021
6pm -
7pm
Ulrich Virtual

ADCI Art History Awards

The third annual art history awards celebrate the outstanding achievements by art history students in several categories, including out-standing individual research project, performance in art history courses, and growth as an art historian. The art history awards also feature a special recognition for teaching excellence among studio graduate students. Registration is required for this virtual program at ulrich.wichita.edu/programs.The third annual art history awards celebrate the outstanding achievements by art history students in several categories, including out-standing individual research project, performance in art history courses, and growth as an art historian. The art history awards also feature a special recognition for teaching excellence among studio graduate students. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
May 19 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

ADCI MFA Graduates

Please join us for artist talks presented by the 2020 MFA Graduates from the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Jun 1 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Vitaly Komar: The Dance of Dissent: Reflections on Art, Humor, and the Cold War

In the 1970s and 80s, Soviet émigré artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid found international acclaim for their biting commentary on the epoch-defining geopolitics of the Cold War. Taking their portfolio, A Ballet: The Life of Stalin, now in the Ulrich collection, as a starting point, Vitaly Komar will discuss how his experiences of living in both of the Cold War superpowers have shaped his artistic career. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Jun 15 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Ayana V. Jackson

Ayana V. Jackson is a contemporary American photographer and filmmaker who mines 18th and 19th century Western art and photographs as a means to challenge racial and gender stereotypes ingrained in historical narratives. Jackson’s work examines how the Black body has been portrayed, what has been left out of the frame, and uses self-portraiture to consider the role these narratives play in constructing identities. Two new acquisitions of her work for the Museum’s collection are included in the Ulrich summer exhibition Art Is a Superpower! Jackson’s work is held in the collections of, among others, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Princeton University Art Museum; The Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Detroit Institute of Art; and National Museum of African Art Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Wed
Jun 16 2021
10:30am -
11:30am
Senior Wednesday

Blair Tarr: Wichita’s Valentine

For forty years, prefabricated diner buildings were sent out from Wichita around the country and even overseas. Valentine diners haven’t been produced for nearly half a century, but are still a part of roadside architecture. This is their story. Blair Tarr is a curator for the Kansas Historical Society. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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Tue
Jun 22 2021
6pm -
7pm
Community | Event

Sculpture Glow

An after-hours exploration of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection as the glow of the evening light settles and the fireflies of summer twinkle. A community and family event celebrating a summer solstice with interactive stations connecting our sculptures and our history.
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Tue
Jul 6 2021
6pm -
7pm
Artist Talk | Ulrich Virtual

Jay Williams | John Baeder: A Road Well Taken

Jay Williams, curator and author of John Baeder’s A Road Well Taken, will speak on one of the most important hyperrealist painters of our era, John Baeder, who preserved America’s rapidly vanishing old diners in his celebrated prints, watercolors, and oil paintings, and inspired the diner craze of the late 70s through 90s. A selection of Baeder’s diner prints from the Ulrich collection are included in On Vacation!. Registration is required. Click here to register.
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