Ulrich Museum Programs & Events

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




Salon Circle: Emily Bills
Pedro Guerrero’s Photography of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture
Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program, Woodbury University, Los Angeles and Part-time Assistant Professor, The New School, New York City
Thursday, March 1
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:15 p.m. Program

In 1939, self-taught photographer Pedro Guerrero introduced himself to his Scottsdale, Arizona neighbor Frank Lloyd Wright, beginning a twenty-year relationship as the exclusive photographer of Wright architecture and the architect himself. The resulting body of visual material has been the subject of extensive research by our speaker, and will be shared through this fascinating view into Wright’s genius. Dr. Emilly Bills, who received a PhD in the history of architecture and urbanism from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, will discuss how Guerrero interpreted Wright’s architecture, his personality as a designer, and the Taliesin community through his photographs.

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

Brown Bag Gallery Walk
Thursday, March 8
12 p.m. Gallery Walk | 12:30 p.m. Lunch

Join members of the curatorial team led by Ulrich staff, for an intimate discussion of selected works in We the People: American Art of Social Concern. Lunch will be provided following the gallery walk. Please RSVP to ulrich@wichita.edu or call (316) 978-3664.

The Architects Of Freedoms:
The Divergent Americannesses of Thomas Jefferson and Luis A. Jiménez
Dr. Robin Henry, Associate Professor of History, WSU
Wednesday, March 14
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Program

Writing the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Thomas Jefferson became known as the “architect of freedom.” But what constitutes freedom, and who gets to partake of its full power? Like most educated men of the 18th century, Jefferson assumed the full scope of the freedoms promised in the phrase “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” applied only to white, property-owning men. In “The Mass of Mankind…Thomas Jefferson Quote” (1992), the artist-turned-architect, Luis Jiménez, invites us to examine the absurdity of American racism—codified into colonial slave law, ratified into the nation’s government, and embedded into the American economy—that leaves the fullness of Jefferson’s core American promises unmet, while challenging us to reconsider what it means to be an American.

Senior Wednesday: Sculpture on the Go
Wednesday, March 21
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program

Ulrich museum educator Jana Durfee will discuss the twelve-month project to develop the new Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection Mobile App, an interactive multi-media application that will accelerate education, engagement, and broaden accessibility. Senior Wednesday provides lifelong learning opportunities for adults 55+.


Artstream Nomadic Gallery
The Artstream Nomadic Gallery has been putting contemporary studio pottery on the street for over 15 years.  Based in Carbondale, CO, the Artstream is a unique traveling exhibition space housed in a restored 1967 Airstream trailer. Since its debut tour, “North American Dishmakers,” the Artstream has exhibited work by more than 150 national, international, and emerging ceramic artists, and has made stops in over 100 locations across the country from New York City to Los Angeles, Houston to Minneapolis.

Visit www.art-stream.com for more information on exhibiting artists.

Artstream Gallery Hours & Programs
Monday, April 2
Gallery Hours 9 a.m.–8 p.m.
Opening Reception 5:30–7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 3
Gallery Hours 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Artstream Artist Demos
Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3
9:30 a.m.–12 p.m. and 1:30–4:30 p.m.
Henrion Hall, Room 110
Ceramic artists John Cohorst, Molly Berger, and Justin Donofrio

Artstream Artist Talks
Tuesday, April 3
5 p.m. John Cohorst
5:30 p.m. Molly Berger
6 p.m. Reception
6:30 p.m. Justin Donofrio
McKnight Art Center, Room 210
Artstream Nomadic Gallery events and programs are in collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild, Ceramics Media, and the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries.

Salon Circle: Melanie Taylor
Presenting Art Within a Work of Art Thursday, April 5
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6:15 p.m. Program

Our final Salon Circle speaker of “The Wright Year” is Melanie Taylor, former Director, Exhibition Design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The Guggenheim is well known as one of the most—if not the most-fascinating spaces in which to view art—and Ms. Taylor is highly regarded for her work designing art installations within a work of art. Join us for what promises to be a truly unique and insightful presentation by one of the most important exhibition designers working today. This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members. Learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.

Senior Wednesday:
Music of the Caribbean Carnival
Wednesday, April 18
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program

Please join the WSU Steel Band and Gerald Scholl, Associate Professor of Percussion, for a concert highlighting the music of the Caribbean in support of our spring exhibition En Mas’ opening April 21, 2018. Senior Wednesday provides lifelong learning opportunities for adults 55+.

Spring Exhibition Opening
Saturday, April 21
7–9 p.m. Public Reception

Music, dance, parade and pageantry fill the evening of our spring feast, the opening of EN MAS: Carnival and Performance Art of the Caribbean. Explore the galleries and venture amongst the works of the nine exhibition artists as they explore the history of performance art related to the traditions of Caribbean Carnival. Snakettes offer Creole favorites, roadside fare, regional ingredients, and spice blends of the Caribbean with fresh fruit drinks, and rum punch. Interludes of reggae, calypso and soca flow throughout the art center and out onto the plaza. Admission to receptions at the Ulrich Museum is free, and the public is welcome. Get engaged with today’s contemporary arts discourse.

EN MAS’ Curator Talk: Claire Tancons
Tuesday, April 24
5:30 p.m. Reception | 6 p.m. Talk

Over the last decade, Claire Tancons has charted a distinct curatorial and scholarly path in performance, inflecting global art historical genealogies with African diasporic aesthetics. A graduate in Museum Studies from Ecole du Louvre and in Art History from the Courtauld Institute as well as a former Curatorial Fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program, Tancons’ independent vision has been supported by an Andy Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship, a Prince Claus Fund Artistic Production Grant and two Curatorial Research Fellowships from the Foundation for Art Initiatives. Tancons has curated for the New Orleans, Gwangju, Cape Town, and Goteborg biennials, as well as Tate Modern and Faena Art, and has recently been selected curator for the Sharjah Biennial 14 in 2019.

Writing Now/Reading Now:
MFA Graduate Reading
Sunday, April 29
1:30 p.m. Reception | 2 p.m. Reading

Our final reading of the year honors Wichita State’s 44th graduating class of MFA Creative Writing students. The 2018 class will read selections from their work, with fiction by Matthew Garner, Chance Swaim, Annmarie Woods, and Josh Zimmerer, and poetry by Katie Amundsen, Nicole Byrne, Shannon Nakai, and Toni Loeffler. WNRN is co-sponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.


Senior Wednesday:
2018 ADCI MFA Graduates
Wednesday, May 16
10 a.m. Refreshments | 10:30 a.m. Program

Please join us for a celebration of the 2018 MFA Graduates of the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries with presentations by MFA candidates Laura Nave, Garet Reynek, Trishelle Jeffreys, Alexis Rivera, and Samantha Miller Gott. Senior Wednesday provides lifelong learning opportunities for adults 55+.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 19 | 1–3 p.m.

Bring the whole family to explore the culture, traditions, and art of the Caribbean Carnival with hands-on mask making, music, costumes, and dancing. Light snacks will be provided and admission is free.


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