ART Kansas

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Exhibitions – May 29 to July 29, 2018

“The Invitational” – featured artists
Friendship Hall at McPherson College, 1600 E. Euclid, McPherson, KS
Curated by Jay Nelson, former owner of the Strecker-Nelson art gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, this exhibition features approximately 65 works of Kansas’ finest contemporary visual artists in a wide range of media and genres.

“Four Apart”– featured artists
McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS
The four artists featured in this exhibit are also the presenters of the workshops and presentations for the Art Forum on June 9. Curated by Jay Nelson.

Gala Dinner – June 8, 2018

Artists’ Receptions 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Held at both exhibit locations, McPherson College and McPherson Museum

ART Kansas - Chuck Comeau ART Kansas Larry Hatteberg ART Kansas Michael Michaelis

Gala Dinner ($30/person) 7:15 p.m.
Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College
Featuring keynote Speaker Chuck Comeau and the premiere of Larry Hatteberg’s Video “Banking on Art” in celebration of Mike Michaelis

Register now for dinner: Public registration | High School student and teacher registration

Workshops – June 9, 2018

Free morning and afternoon sessions are hosted in studios of Hess Fine Arts Center and in Friendship Hall gallery on the McPherson College campus. Breakfast and Lunch are available in the Dining Hall. Check-in for workshops starts at 9:30am in Friendship Hall.

Morning Workshops/Presentations: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Afternoon Workshops/ Presentations: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Register now for workshops:
 Public registration | High School student and teacher registration

About Art Kansas

The Art Kansas was created through the vision of Michaela Valli Groeblacher in collaboration with Jay Nelson and Karla Prickett.

Michaela is a ceramic sculptor, landscape designer and assistant professor of art at McPherson College in McPherson, KS. Born and raised in Austria, first making her living as physical therapist, she eventually made Kansas her home where she expresses her love for people and the landscape by teaching and in her art.

Karla Prickett is a studio artist and visual arts consultant in Salina KS. She retired in 2014 as Visual Arts Director for Salina Arts & Humanities and the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Jay Nelson is the recently retired owner/director/curator of the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. The gallery is the longest operating art gallery in the state and represented around 150 artists. Jay curated and mounted 6-7 exhibits a year for almost 18 years and curated displays for institutional, commercial, and individual entities.

Art Kansas is made possible by contributions from the McPherson Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, The McPherson Community Foundation, Emprise Bank and McPherson College and in collaboration with the McPherson Museum and Art Foundation.


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