Larry Schwarm, 'From hospital looking northeast, Greensburg, Kansas, May 7, 2007,' C-print, 48 x 48 inches, collection of the artist

Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm
April 26 – August 10, 2008
Polk/Wilson galleries

Larry Schwarm is the most prominent fine art photographer living in Kansas and his hometown is Greensburg. Prompted by a middle-of-the-night telephone call from his parents, he hurried to his hometown, checked on his family, and began a series of photographs the morning after the devastating tornado on May 4, 2007. Since that date, he returned repeatedly to capture the stark reality of the surreal terrain that was once a town.

Many may be familiar with Schwarm's award-winning photographs of the annual burns in the Flint Hills. His past photography has been recognized for its sensitivity to place and landscape. He brings that powerful ability to bear on town ruins and aftermath in Kansas tornado alley.

The Ulrich Museum of Art will present Schwarm's most recent body of work and series on Greensburg, Kansas. The exhibition will open days before the one-year anniversary of the horrific 2007 tornado. Exhibitions with Schwarm's work have been organized by the Smithsonian Institution, Art Institute of Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Milwaukee Art Museum, and virtually every museum throughout the state of Kansas and region.

Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm is organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art. This exhibition is generously supported by Bankers' Bank of Kansas, Harry Pollak, Reuben Saunders, Richard D. Smith, Southwest National Bank, Mike and Rhonda Vess, and the Kansas Arts Commission.

Gallery hours for Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm are 11 a.m-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Free admission.

Larry Schwarm is represented by Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Questions regarding the purchase of his photographs should be directed to Sherry Leedy at http://www.sherryleedy.com.


Larry Schwarm, 'Kyle's bedroom, one-half mile south of Greensburg, May 5, 2007, c-print, 48 by 48 inches, courtesy of the artistRelated Programs:

ARTIST TALK: Larry Schwarm, professor of photography at Emporia State University
noon Friday, April 25 in the Beren Gallery
Photographer Larry Schwarm debuts his latest work at the Ulrich Museum April 26. Best known in this region for his fire photographs depicting the Kansas Flint Hills ablaze, Schwarm’s recent work depicts the devastation of his hometown of Greensburg just one year ago. “Relationships between man and nature, with its inherent cycles of destruction and renewal, have been an enduring theme in my photographs,” he remarked about the connection between his Greenburg images and past work. Schwarm is the leading fine art photographer living in Kansas, and his photographs can be found in such national collections as the Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and many more. Free admission.

MEMBERS’ OPENING PARTY
7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 26 in the Polk/Wilson galleries
Join Ulrich Museum Alliance members for an evening of art, food, drink, and great company, to celebrate the new summer season of exhibitions presenting Larry Schwarm. Remarks from Greensburg mayor John Janssen and a short performance by the Greensburg High School vocal ensemble make it a special evening. This event is free to Ulrich Museum members and $7 for non-members. To make a reservation, please call (316) 978-3664 or e-mail ulrich@wichita.edu.

CURATOR TALK: Keith F. Davis, curator of photography at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City
The Human Landscape: A Photo-Historical Survey
6 p.m. Thursday, May 1 in 210 McKnight Art Center West, WSU School of Art & Design, 1845 Fairmount Street
From the very invention of the medium, landscape has been a central and enduring subject for photographers. While some portion of landscape photographs depict nature in a pristine and untouched state, a larger category focuses on spaces inhabited by, or shaped by, humankind. In fact, the tension between these two “worlds”—the realms of nature and culture—has been a central concern for some of our most gifted photographic artists, including Larry Schwarm. This talk by Keith F. Davis will provide an overview of a subject of great historical importance: the photographic depiction of landscapes that include us. Free admission.

SENIOR WEDNESDAY: Surviving Disaster--Greensburg
10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 21 in the Beren Gallery
Founded in 1881, the American Red Cross has helped millions of people navigate the hardships of disaster. From Katrina to Greensburg, the Red Cross has been busy. In May of 2007, the Red Cross provided food, water, shelter, and emotional care for more than 3,500 victims, volunteers, and media of the tornado that decimated Greensburg, Kansas. What are the logistics of planning such an effort when all support is now located miles away? Hear from members of the American Red Cross Midway-Kansas chapter, and discover how the people of Greensburg coped with disaster. Free admission.

PHOTOGRAPHER TALK: Jim Reed
Storm Chaser: A Photographer’s Journey
6 p.m. Thursday, June 12 in 210 McKnight Art Center West, WSU School of Art & Design, 1845 Fairmount Street
Noted as “one of the best storm chasers in America” by Good Morning America’s Diane Sawyer and recently featured on ABC’s 20/20, Wichitan Jim Reed has covered everything from Hurricane Katrina to the devastating tornado that hit Greensburg in 2007. With startlingly beautiful images, Reed captures the fury and striking strength of Mother Nature. Reed will discuss his recent travels and talk about the sometimes dangerous Midwestern phenomena of storm chasing. Afterward, have Jim sign your copy of Storm Chaser: A Photographer’s Journey at a book-signing event at the Ulrich Museum. Free admission.

ARTIST TALK: Larry Schwarm, professor of photography at Emporia State University
6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 in 210 McKnight Art Center West, WSU School of Art & Design, 1845 Fairmount Street
Photographer Larry Schwarm debuts his latest work at the Ulrich Museum April 26. Best known in this region for his fire photographs depicting the Kansas Flint Hills ablaze, Schwarm’s recent work depicts the devastation of his hometown of Greensburg just one year ago. “Relationships between man and nature, with its inherent cycles of destruction and renewal, have been an enduring theme in my photographs,” he remarked about the connection between his Greenburg images and past work. Schwarm is the leading fine art photographer living in Kansas, and his photographs can be found in such national collections as the Smithsonian Institution, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and many more. Free admission. Schwarm's June 5 talk was cancelled due to the potential for severe weather.

PANEL DISCUSSION AND BENEFIT EVENT: Going Green--Greensburg Reinvents Itself
6 p.m. Thursday, June 26 in the Campus Activities Center Theater, WSU, 1845 Fairmount Street
Devastated in May 2007 by a tornado, the town of Greensburg is rebuilding using “green” technologies. Learn about this novel project from the experts leading the innovation in rural Kansas. Discover why the town’s rebuilding became the subject of a Discovery Channel film. Panelists: Steve Hewitt, City Administrator, Greensburg, Kansas, is the person who committed the town to green construction and now directs its planning and implementation; Stephen Hardy, Associate with BNIM Architects, Kansas City, Missouri, is the urban planner consulting with the town on its green development and rebuilding efforts; Dan Rockhill, J.L. Constant Distinguished Professor of Architecture, University of Kansas, led a team of architecture graduate students who designed and built the imaginative, new 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, the state’s first building with Platinum LEEDS designation; and Tim Austin, Chair, City of Wichita Design Council, a civil engineer specializing in land development with Poe & Associates, Inc., will moderate. Admission is free with a suggested donation of $5 per person with all event proceeds to benefit the 5.4.7 Arts Center in Greensburg, Kansas.


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