20th Faculty Biennial
April 25 – August 23, 2015
The Ulrich Museum of Art presents the 20th Faculty Biennial. This biennial is punctuated by remarkable changes in the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. Over the past two years, the curriculum, like our purpose, has become more community-focused, better linked to innovative and entrepreneurial opportunities, and truly unique—offering students courses that can be found nowhere else in the State of Kansas. The mission of the School—to educate tomorrow's creative practitioners with the experiences they need to be at the top of their game—has been enhanced with even stronger links to the Ulrich Museum. Each day, faculty and students prove that Wichita State is not following the crowd, but rather leading the way by embracing opportunity, risk and commitment. The natural foundation for this spirit of change can be traced back to our world-class faculty—whose creative expertise inspires our students on a daily basis. The work represented in this year's biennial reflects endeavors of national and international caliber, many of them have been selected for prestigious exhibition opportunities within and outside the United States. Join us for a celebration of faculty talents, meet some of our newest faces, and come see for yourself how the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries is becoming Kansas’ epicenter for creativity, innovation and play!
Ted Adler, Associate Professor, Ceramics
Wayne White: Wichita!
June 13 - July 12, 2015
The Ulrich is pleased to present a selection of puppets and masks created by Wayne White during his time as Wichita Riverfest’s first artist in residence. Among other events during the 10-day residency, White worked with local artists to build several large-scale puppets for Riverfest’s Safelite® AutoGlass Sundown Parade and conducted public mask-making workshops for anyone interested in walking with him in the parade.
White’s inspiration for this series of puppets is Kansas history. Prominent historical figures are whimsically represented in forms typical of White’s work. Abolitionist John Brown’s maniacal face has been cartoonishly exaggerated in White’s oversized mask, and prohibitionist Carrie Nation furiously wields her hatchet as she chases the mischievous liquor bottle. White and his citizen collaborators also created a herd of more than forty cow masks, a small group of which are on display here, which celebrate Wichita’s birth as an outpost on the Chisholm Trail.
White is a three-time Emmy Award winning artist. Best known for his set and puppet designs for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, White also voiced characters on the show. His other television credits include production and set design for Shining Time Station, Riders in the Sky, The Weird Al Show, and Beakman’s World. White was also art director of two seminal music videos. The first was Peter Gabriel’s Big Time in 1986, for which he won a Billboard award for best art direction in a music video. The second was The Smashing Pumpkins’ Tonight, Tonight in 1996, for which he designed the Georges Méliès-inspired sets.
Wayne White’s residency in Wichita was made possible by a collaboration between Wichita Festivals, Inc. and Harvester Arts. Additional support was provided by the Ulrich Museum of Art and Wichita State University School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.