Cadman Art Gallery Main Exhibits

Spring 2016

WSU Photography Abroad: Paraguay

Various Artists

Tuesday, January 19-Friday, January 29

Reception: Tuesday, January 19 at 6 p.m.

Seven Wichita State University: School of Art, Design and Creative Industries students traveled to Asunción, Paraguay to participate in the 1st Biennial of Asunción. As photographers, their involvement in the 1st Biennial of Asunción was to document the event by photographing venues, gallery spaces, artists and the city itself. The 1st Biennial of Asunción was curated by WSU Director of the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries: Dr. Royce Smith, Danys Monte de Oca y Osvaldo González Real. This international arts event featured artists from Paraguay, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Canada, Hungary, France, Germany, the United States and more. The vibrant city of Asunción held so much for these students to see and experience.

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Pizza Shaped Box

Calista Frost

Monday, February 1-Friday, February 12

Pizza Shaped Box is a series of acyclic painting that explores the aesthetics of food and its packaging. Using the theme of the Rhatigan Student Center fast food restaurants, this exhibit is a continuation of previous paintings that involved food and this collage-type arrangement of the subject matter. These pieces are color driven and meant to be playful and humorous. This is a extension of the artist's attitude towards making artwork. The Subject matter is comfortable and easy, this can also be relatable as  fast food can be for people. The work itself is not worried about visual accuracy, but instead is focused on bringing joyfulness to the viewer. Bringing 90’s nostalgia into the paintings connects the viewer with certain foods and memories.

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Sarah Wolfe

Monday, February 15-Friday, February 26

This series of photographs were taken in the historic Sternberg Mansion and depict the phantoms of the once immaculate home. Sternberg was the name of the home’s architect, William Henry Sternberg, who is renown across the nation, but now the nearing 130 year old Sternberg is rotting; slowly succumbing to vandals and squatters. It’s once wood floors were turned into grungy carpet in the 70’s; it’s beautiful stain glass shattered or stolen; and it’s wide, large rooms are now filled with debris. The Sternberg Mansion was in ruin, so, in the artist's eyes, it was the perfect contender to show how much modern society; our “just throw it away” lifestyle is endangering more than nature. It is endangering history. The artist wanted to show the destruction it has survived through and the beauty it still compels to those passing by.

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Building Color

Melinda Sudbrink

Monday, February 29-Friday March 11

Building color is a collection of works that focus on the exploration of color through the artist's fascination with city scenes and architecture. The materials and processes used to produce the works are both traditional and non traditional. The traditional materials being canvas and brush, with the non traditional materials being those used in the construction and maintenance of an actual building. The variety of materials and processes being used create both expected and unexpected outcomes, allowing each piece to become a thrill anyone can explore and enjoy.

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31st Annual Exposure Photography Competition Exhibit

Monday, March 21-Friday, April 1

Wichita State student arists displaying various mediums of photography will be featured in this annual juried exhibit.
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do it

Various Artists

Monday, April 4 - Friday, April 15

From the mind of artist, writer, and curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it started as a conversation with artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, and took shape as a perpetually fluctuating exhibition of malleable ideas and conceptual art. In partnership with the Ulrich Museum of Art, this iteration of do it is reimagined through the vision of students in the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries course Concepts in Creative Industries: Curation and Installation of do it.

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down but not out

Autumn Noire

Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 29

This series of drawings depicts the artist's personal battles with mental illness, particularly anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Due to the stigma attached to mental illnesses, people suffering from these problems often feel afraid to talk about it. But there is a great deal of strength and resilience involved in persevering through daily battles with anxiety and depression. The artist's drawings directly discuss her own struggles in order to confront the idea that people should be ashamed and stay silent about these disorders.

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