Hank Willis Thomas, Branded Head, 2003, digital C-print mounted to Plexiglas, 96 x 60 inches, courtesy of Jack Shainman, New YorkBRANDED AND ON DISPLAY

August 25 - December 16, 2007

Ours is a culture defined by marketing and acquiring. In navigating today’s world, the landscape is studded with logos, brand names, and billboards­—inducements to participate in a culture marked by the acquisition of goods. Attune to the ever-shifting modes of visual representation, artists have responded to this new messaging in American life. The exhibition Branded and On Display examines the recent work of contemporary artists engaged in the strategies of branding and merchandizing.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free and visitor parking is located on the east side of Fairmount Street south of the Ulrich Museum.

Members’ Opening Party

7- 9 p.m. Saturday, September 22

Free to Ulrich Museum members; $7 for non-members

RSVP at 316-978-3664 or e-mail ulrich@wichita.edu


Wednesday, September 19
Senior Wednesday: Make Your Mark--Branding in America
10 a.m. refreshments
10:30 a.m. guided tour of "Branded and On Display"
Join other art enthusiasts 55+ and learn how branding--from American Airlines to Target--has become an integral part of American life. Free and open to the public.

Michael Smith, University of Texas at AustinThursday, October 11, 7 p.m.

Lecture/Demo with Michael Smith

210 McKnight Art Center West, WSU School of Art & Design, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita

The deadpan “Mike” is a postmodern Everyman who gullibly believes in everything and understands nothing in his media-saturated and branded world. ‘Mike” is the alter ego of Michael Smith, a Texas-based video and performance artist who parodies popular comedy and the hype of mass culture and an assistant professor in performance art at the University of Texas, Austin. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 13, 2 p.m.

WSU Faculty Talks: Who, What, Where, When, Why

Polk/Wilson Galleries, Ulrich Museum of Art
Where is entrepreneurship heading? How is marketing changing in the 21st century? WSU faculty in fields connected to Branded and On Display will present short talks on the business trends at the center of their scholarly research. Panelists: Dean Headley, Associate Professor and Chair of WSU’s Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship (with special expertise in measuring service quality); Gaylen Chandler, Professor and Barton Distinguished Chair of Entrepreneurship (with special expertise in new venture creation); and Stephen S. Porter, Associate Professor of Marketing and Barton Fellow (with special expertise in marketing communications). These brief snapshots yield rich insight on today’s business initiatives. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 27, 2 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Who Are You? Branding and Identity in the 21st Century

Beren Gallery, Ulrich Museum of Art

Messaging, buzz and social marketing, tracking internet cookies—the means through which corporate America influences the mass market grow more ingenious each year. What trends in corporate branding today will impact our experience tomorrow? A panel of experts explores this compelling subject. Speakers include Bill Gardner, founder of Gardner Design and Logo Lounge, Wichita; Dean Headley, chair for marketing and entrepreneurship at WSU; Gregory Thomas, chair of design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence; and Connie Soteropulos, creative group manager for Target Corporation, Minneapolis. Moderated by Ulrich Director Patricia McDonnell. Free and open to the public.

Student Design Competition: The Medium is the Message
Deadline: 5 p.m. Wednesday, October 31
Local college and university students conceive a branding campaign from products and services to logos and letterheads, competing for two $500 prizes. Entries will be judged by graphic designers from leading marketing and branding companies in Wichita--Associated Advertising; Gardner Design; Greteman Group; and Sullivan Higdon & Sink. Select work will be displayed prior to Margo Chase’s lecture November 8. No entry fee. Entry regulations and application will be available October 1. Competition rules/regulations (PDF format)

Margo Chase of Chase Design GroupThursday, November 8, 7 p.m.

Branded and On Display Keynote Speaker: Margo Chase, Chase Design Group

Wichita State University Campus Activities Center Theater, 1845 Fairmount Street, Wichita

In 2006, Margo Chase, founder and creative director of Chase Design Group, was named one of the most influential graphic designers by Graphic Design USA magazine, and Chase Design Group was cited as one of the top ten “Most Influential Graphic Design Firms.” She developed and implemented concepts for tastemaking companies like Chinese Laundry, WB network, and the highly lauded national brand Target. Free to members of the Ulrich Museum of Art as well as Wichita State University students, faculty and staff; $5 general admission.

Branded and On Display is organized by the Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and the national tour is supported in part by Fox Development Corporation and Krannert Art Museum Director’s Circle Fund.

The Wichita presentation of the exhibition is generously supported by:

Emprise Bank

KMUW FM 89 Wichita Public Radio, Wichita, Kansas

Ulrich exhibitions are also funded by the Ulrich Salon Circle and Museum Alliance.

Branded and On Display and related public programs are co-sponsored with:

  • Public Relations Society of AmericaKansas Chapter
  • American Advertising Federation of Wichita
  • Wichita Professional Communicators
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