JPEG ImageSolo exhibtion of drawings by Erin Wiersma pictured above, Fall 2015


Clayton Staples Gallery 

Notable American painter Clayton H. Staples was the director of art at Wichita State University from 1930-1950. This gallery, named in his honor, features a robust schedule of contemporary art exhibitions of emerging and established artists, as well as 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 215
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00am-5:00pm, closed university holidays
Admission: FREE


Spring 2016 Schedule

Envisioned Worlds: Lithographs from the Hokes Archives 

January 25-March 4, 2016
Artist talk: 3:30pm February 24, Ulrich Museum of Art with reception to follow

JPEG ImageEnvisioned Worlds: Lithographs from the Hokes Archives presents a twenty-five year survey of prints by Beauvais Lyons, Chancellor’s Professor of Art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Lyons, who is the self-appointed Director of the Hokes (pronounced “hoax”) Archives, has been creating elaborate works of academic and museum parody for over three decades. This exhibition offers a window into his invented worlds.

Lyons’s art might be regarded as a form of science fiction, but one that uses historical methods of representation. His art is informed by literary and cinematic traditions of mock-documentation, and he often accompanies his exhibitions to talk about the imaginary founder of the Archives, Everitt Ormsby Hokes. This exhibition is comprised of twenty-five lithographs from three of his projects “Reconstruction of an Aazudian Temple, “ Hokes Medical Arts,” and “The Association for Creative Zoology.”

Lyons’s solo exhibition is in partnership with ShockPress Collaborative – a visiting artist program that invites contemporary printmakers to work with students at the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries to produce a limited edition print.  Though this experience, printmaking students learn how professional artists conceptualize their work, overcome technical challenges and produce exhibition quality prints.

Lyons has taught printmaking in the University of Tennessee since 1985. He received his MFA degree from Arizona State University in 1983 and his BFA degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1980. Lyons’ one-person exhibitions have been presented at over 60 museums and galleries in the United States and abroad. His prints are in the collections of the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Washington, DC; The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia. PA.

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Clayton Staples Gallery accepts submissions for exhibition proposals. Honoraria are available. Submit materials for review via the link below.

Gallery Floorplan