Clayton Staples Gallery

A source of creative inspiration just down the hall.

This gallery, named in honor of notable American painter Clayton H. Staples and WSU art school director from 1930-1950, features a robust schedule of contemporary art exhibitions of emerging and established artists. Clayton Staples Gallery also serves as a venue for BFA and MFA graduation shows. The importance of this exhibition space is to serve as a creative incubator for ADCI students, Wichita State and the community.

Location: 2nd floor McKnight Art Center, room 205, Wichita State University main campus (map)
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, closed university holidays
Admission: FREE


Spring 2017 Exhibitions

On view now: TYPE HIKE

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Type Hike is a collaborative, non-profit design project created to celebrate the outdoors though typography. It was created by David Rygiol and James Louis Walker. 100% of the profits from the shop are donated to the National Park Foundation. Here is a look at the project's major milestones:


  • Type Hike's inaugural series NPS 100 launched
  • Successful incorporation as a 501c3 Non-Profit
  • $5,000 Donated to the National Park Foundation
  • NPS 100 series added to the permanent collection of the Library of Congress


  • Series 2: SHORES launching May 1

For more on TYPE HIKE and to purchase posters, visit: typehike.com


Previous Exhibtions


Building Bridges: Art Exhibition & Silent Auction
Exhibition dates: August 29 – September 28, 2016

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Read about this exhibition and the featured artists in the KMUW story Exhibition And Auction Showcase 'Special' Refugee Art and interview with Building Bridges guest speaker Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Fadaam for KMUW’s commentary An Artist's Perspective: 'Building Bridges' Conveys the Human Experience.

September 28, 2016: Closing Reception & Guest Lecture

5:00 p.m. INTRODUCTION in McKnight 210
Lisa Rundstrom, Manager, SHIFTSPACE Gallery, New Media Instructor,
Wichita State University School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.

Dr. Marche Fleming-Randle, senior assistant dean for the Fairmount College of
Liberal Arts and Sciences and assistant to the president for diversity.

5:10 p.m. GUEST LECTURE: “ART UNDER FIRE” in McKnight 210
Dr. Ahmed Abdullah Fadaam, associate professor of communication, Elon University,
Elon, NC, speaks about life in occupied Baghdad and the refugee experience.
Professor Fadaam earned his doctoral degree in arts, master of fine arts, and
bachelor’s of fine arts and sculpture, from the University of Baghdad, Iraq.

6:00 – 9:00 p.m. VISIT THE GALLERY in McKnight 205
Please enjoy browsing the paintings on the 2nd floor of McKnight, Room 205. Write your bids
on the bid sheets, raising the previous bid by $25 or more. You or your proxy must
be present at 8 p.m. tonight to win the bid. A collection of donated Middle Eastern
art reproductions, boxes of 16 Common Humanity greeting cards and 12x16’
reproductions of Iraqi art will be sold, 6-9 p.m.

Please patronize our food donors, N & J Cafe and Bakery, 5600 E. Lincoln,
and Byblos Restaurant, 3088 W 13th St N, Wichita.


7 p.m. “ANGELS RISING” in McKnight Outdoor Plaza
Alithea Mime Theatre, a professional company in residence at WSU, will present
this18-minute statement on the propensity of humans for good and ill on the lawn
north of McKnight Plaza. Nick Johnson and Sabrina Vasquez, co-artistic directors.



Peter Kingstone: There is something I have to say
Exhibition dates: October 17 – November 22, 2016

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Toronto-based artist Peter Kingstone, will be giving an artist talk 5:00 pm Thursday October 20 at McKnight Art Center, Room 210. There will be an opening reception afterward at 6pm for his exhibition There is something I have to say at Clayton Staples Gallery.

Kingstone’s will be showing two video installations. “100 Stories About My Grandmother” is a series of interviews with male sex workers about their grandmothers which questions stereotypes and collective memories. Canadian Art writes, “The men’s reminisces run the gamut (as do the men), adding up to an eclectic collective portrait of a profession…They are sociopaths, saints and everything in between, but they are all grandsons.”

In a second video piece, “Living in 10 Easy Lessons”, Kingstone asks female street workers to teach him life lessons. These include how to fend off physical attacks, how to start a drug dealing operation, and how to get a free drink. Collecting lessons from these women whose lives are anything but easy highlights the assumptions we make about them. 


Wendi Valladares: MFA Thesis Exhibtion
Exhibtion dates: November 27 – December 9, 2016

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Have an idea for an exhibtion? Submit a proposal.

Clayton Staples Gallery always accepts submissions for exhibitions. Honoraria are available. Submit materials for review to Jennifer Ray at: jennifer.ray@wichita.edu

Gallery floorplan found here.