Ulrich Museum 2017 Events

All Ulrich events are free, open to the public, and located at the museum, unless noted otherwise.




Wednesday, April 19
10 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program

Free Admission | Public Welcome
Please join the executive director of Arts Partners Wichita, Aimee Geist, for an inspiring discussion on the impact Arts Partners and their team of teaching artists have on the creative development of young students in the classroom. Aimee Geist is a graduate of Wichita State University and former Curator of Education for the Ulrich Museum of Art. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Kansas Art Education Association 2012 Museum Educator of the Year award; Wichita Arts Council 2013 Educator of the Year award; and the WSU 2013 Presidential Distinguished Service award.

Thursday, April 20
9 A.M.–2 P.M.
Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.

Conservation to recycling. Green schools to carbon footprints. The global becomes local as Ulrich Museum volunteers join more than 6,000 children and other organizations to celebrate the 18th annual Earth Day at the Sedgwick County Zoo. Meritrust and Black Hills Energy sponsor free admission. Ulrich Museum brings a great make-it/take-it art project inspired by the green effort. It’s our planet. Let’s take good care of it. To volunteer with the Ulrich for this event, contact Carolyn Copple, Membership and Special Events Manager at (316) 978-6646 or email carolyn.copple@wichita.edu.

Saturday, April 22
7–9 P.M.
PATRICK DUEGAW: Pierced by Dogma

Free Admission | Public Welcome
Melodrama, spectacle, and whimsical performance add to the excitement of our spring opening. Patrick Duegaw, an icon of the Wichita art scene and co-founder of the art co-op Fisch Haus, celebrates his current collection of work Pierced by Dogma. The collision of primal and proper are tested throughout the evening. Join us for this fun filled evening celebrating our spring suite of exhibitions. Free and open to the public. To make a reservation, call (316) 978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Reception 5:30 p.m. | Program 6:15 p.m.
Film Screening: 
Preserve Every Piece: Conservation of the Joan Miró mural “Personnages Oiseaux”
Location: Devlin Hall | Free Admission
Join us for the screening of the documentary Preserve Every Piece: Conservation of the Joan Miró mural “Personnages Oiseaux”. This 30-minute documentary, filmed on location at Russell-Marti Conservation Services and the Ulrich by the WSU Media Resource Center, shows the conservation process from start to finish. The documentary will be airing later in the day on WSUTV, but this special screening offers a first glimpse—with the company of the mosaic’s biggest fans.

Thursday, April 27

Free Admission | Public Welcome
New York-based artist Mary Walling Blackburn is the first in a series of artists invited to respond to the Ulrich Museum’s vast holdings of works by Charles M. Grafly with the Ulrich exhibition x.y.z. Blackburn is the founder of the Anhoek School, Brooklyn NY and WMYN, a pirate feminist radio station. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including Centre Pompidou, Paris; SculptureCenter, New York; the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York; the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College; Tate Modern, London; 1 a space, Kowloon, Hong Kong; the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin; the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.

Friday, April 28
5–7 P.M.
SPRING FLING: Gallery Exploration

Free Admission | Public Welcome
Final Friday at your doorstep. Kick-off your weekend with a visit to the Ulrich galleries, catching our newest exhibits, hang out on the terrace and enjoy the view of our beloved mural Personnages Oiseaux—and still be downtown as the Final Friday action begins. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 30
WRITING NOW/READING NOW: MFA 2017 Graduation Reading

Free Admission | Public Welcome
Please join us for our final reading of the year as we honor Wichita State’s 2017 Graduating class of MFA Creative Writing Students. Fiction Writers Kayla Haas, Abraham Fitzpatrick, and Benjamin Hojem, and poets Johnna Crawford and Jeremy Richard will read selections from the work they’ve developed over their tenure at Wichita State.
Writing Now/Reading Now is co-sponsored with the WSU Department of English, Watermark Books and Cafe?, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.


Tuesday, May 2
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program

The View as a Book Artist 
Internationally known for his leadership in establishing the artist’s book as a fine art medium, Chicago-based artist Brad Freeman has brought wide recognition to the Center for Book, Paper & Print at Columbia College Chicago. He is also Founder and Editor of the Journal for Artists’ Books, a platform for the serious study of artist’s books through reviews, critical and theoretical studies and commentary. Freeman is also a highly accomplished offset printer and oversees the Center’s world-class studios. His Ulrich presentation will include a first-hand look at some of his own artist books.

This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members, learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.

Thursday, May 4
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6 P.M. Talk
In Conversation

Free Admission | Public Welcome
In this exchange artist Robert Pruitt and Sally Frater, Ulrich Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will discuss some of the recurring themes that the artist has explored in his work to date and that emerge in Benediction, his exhibition of large-scale drawings at the Ulrich Museum of Art. In addition, they will also discuss the points of intersection and divergence between their respective artistic and curatorial practices in relation to themes of identity, representation, imagination, and Blackness.

Friday, May 5
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6 P.M. Program
The Innumerable Anxieties With original music by Dr. Mark Foley and Dan Racer

Free Admission | Public Welcome
The Innumerable Anxieties is a series of paintings by Patrick Duegaw, portraying humorously nightmarish figures engaged in a myriad of circus-like spectacles; allegorical images illustrating neither Deadly Sins, nor Heavenly Virtues, but instead the seemingly infinite, and uniquely personal, incarnations of mankind’s anxiety. Duegaw will discuss living in warehouses, bank robbery, a fear of fire, and the role anxiety plays in his work interspersed with two original compositions informed by Pierced by Dogma, written and performed by Dr. Mark Foley, Professor of Double Bass, Electric Bass, and Music Theory and Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University, and Dan Racer, Assistant Professor of Music at Friends University.

Wednesday, May 17
10 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: The 2017 MFA Candidates

Free Admission | Public Welcome
Join us for a celebration of the 2017 MFA Graduates in the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries and learn about their individual artistic practices at the culmination and successful completion of the intensive and immersive WSU MFA program.

Sunday, June 4 | 4–7 P.M.
SculpTour: A Celebration of Sculpture
Take a casual, late afternoon stroll—with us—on a path highlighting a special selection of sculptures from our collection. Stops include influences in food, drink, and music reflecting upon the rich cultural background of artists and art in the collection. In addition to being a massive celebration of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection—with live music, great food, and tasty beverages spread across campus—SculpTour honors the contribitions of Dr. James Rhatigan and the Student Government Association for their combined support in the purchase of over 20 pieces for the collection. The OSC includes gems by internationally recognized artists Joan MiroĢ, Barbara Hepworth, Fernando Botero, and Tom Otterness, and is recognized as one of the top ten university collections in the United States.

Special Online Presale: Save $50 when you purchase the Sculptour Dynamic Duo package (admission for two) through our website for $150 through April 30, 2017. Admission will be $100 per person starting May 1, 2017. Purchase your tickets now at wichita.edu/sculptour.

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