Ulrich Museum 2016 Events

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



Thursday, August 25 | 7–9 P.M.
McKnight Outdoor Plaza

In this rare acoustic duo performance, Aaron Moreland and Dustin Arbuckle return to their roots with inspired Delta and Mississippi hill country blues, folk, and traditional country washed in southern soul. Free and open to the public. More information.


Tuesday, August 30 | 6:45 P.M. | RSC Beggs Ballroom
“Tearing Hate From the Sky”

Bree Newsome was arrested at the South Carolina State Capitol after scaling the 30-foot flagpole, unhooking the Confederate flag, and stating “this flag comes down today!”A graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts, Newsome is an award-winning filmmaker—known for WAKE, writer, composer, singer, community activist and organizer. Newsome believes that “art is activism and activism is art”. Presented by the WSU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and cosponsored with SAC Talks & Topics, Office of Student Success, Rhatigan Student Center, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Wednesday, August 31
5:30 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:30 P.M. Program | CAC Theater
Using staged scenes and digital interventions, Chilean artist Rodrigo Valenzuela’s photography, video and installation work is rooted in the contradictory traditions of documentary and fiction, often involving narratives around immigration and the working class. Valenzuela completed an art history degree at the University of Chile in 2004, then worked in construction as an undocumented worker while making art over his first decade in the United States, completing an MFA at the University of Washington in 2012. Valenzuela’s residencies include a Core Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Skowhegan; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts; the Center for Photography at Woodstock; and the Kala Art Institute, Berkley. He is the recipient of the Artist Trust Arts Innovator Award, The Stranger Genius award, and Texas Contemporary Award. Recent solo exhibitions include David Shelton Gallery, Houston; Klowden Mann Gallery; Frye Art Museum; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo, Santiago; envoy enterprises, New York; and Upfor Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Offered in conjunction with the Ulrich Underground exhibition Rodrigo Valenzuela: Prole, on view June 7–September 11, 2016.

Additional support for this program provided by the WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries; and Electrical Workers Local Union No. 1523.


Friday, September 9 | 7–9 P.M.

Artists and designers—infusing technology into their creative process—explore different aspects of coding and fashion while intersecting topics of identity, relations, and representation. Coded_Couture celebrates the fusion of technology and art, brought together in a stunning showcase of conceptual pieces looking to the future. Join us for an evening of exploration, and a vision of the future in art, music, food and possibility. Free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 13
5 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6 P.M. Film Screening | CAC Theater
CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap

This documentary exposes the dearth of American female and minority software engineers and explores the reasons for this gender gap and digital divide. The film highlights breakthrough efforts that are producing more diverse programmers and shows how this critical gap can be closed. CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap is co-sponsored by the College of Engineering,
and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Thursday, September 15 | 7–9 P.M.
Duerksen Outdoor Amphitheatre
Jazz legend Bobby Watson takes to the stage with the WSU Jazz Band kicking off our fall celebration of the return of the Joan Miró mosaic Personnages Oiseaux to the Ulrich Museum and Wichita State University. Free and open to the public. More information. 

Friday, September 16 | 10 A.M.–3 P.M.
110 Henrion Hall (southeast of the Ulrich Museum)
EMPTY BOWLS: Community Build-a-Bowl Workshop

Join the fight against hunger in our community and learn how to make a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl with the WSU Ceramics Guild as they demonstrate ceramic wheel throwing and hand-building techniques. The bowl you make will be donated to the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off fundraiser on October 22 to benefit the Kansas Food Bank. Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off is in collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild and Ceramics Department; the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries; and the Elliott School of Communication.

Sunday, September 18 | Salon Circle | 2–5 P.M.
The Studio and grounds of Mike and Meghan Miller

Wichita is a rich environment for creative expression, and the city and its surroundings are home to dozens of exceptionally creative people. Our Salon Circle kick-off is an exploration of the studio and grounds of WSU trained sculptor Mike Miller and the performing arts duo Linnebur & Miller. Mike is one of the artists in the newly published Wichita Artists in Their Studios, the subject of our first Salon lecture. Nestled in Towanda, a short drive from Wichita, the Miller property is an adventure in creative discovery. Established artists Marc Durfee and Randy Regier, along with emerging artists Brady Hatter, Nam Le, Chiyoko Myose, Hallie Linnebur, and Meghan Miller provide additional selections and installations of art along the path.
This event is limited to Ulrich Salon Circle members, learn more about Salon Circle and how you can join.

Tuesday, September 20 | 5–7 P.M.

Join us for food, refreshments and a preview of the outstanding educational programs and field trip opportunities available to K–12 teachers and students in conjunction with our fall exhibition Coded_Couture and the conservation and re-installation of the Joan Miró mosaic mural Personnages Oiseaux.

Wednesday, September 21
10 A.M. Refreshments, 10:30 A.M. Program
110 Henrion Hall (southeast of the Ulrich Museum)
SENIOR WEDNESDAY: EMPTY BOWLS | Glaze-a-Bowl and Feed the Hungry

The bowls we made on August 17 are fired and ready for you to glaze! Brenda Lichman and her team of ceramic graduate and undergraduate students will show you how. And don’t worry—if you were unable to join us in August, we have plenty of bowls for you to work on!

Monday, September 26
5:30 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:30 P.M. Program | CAC Theater
CAMERON SILVER: Decades: A Century of Fashion

Cameron Silver is the Fashion Director of the H Halston and H by Halston brand. As a global celebrity stylist, international best-selling author, and fashion expert appearing regularly on shows such as Good Morning America and CBS This Morning, he is widely recognized as a fashion and style authority. Cameron is also the founder of Decades, an acclaimed vintage retail store in Los Angeles, worshipped by fashionistas and collectors alike for an unparalleled collection of designer clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s to today. In 2012 he published the global best-selling book, DECADES: A Century of Fashion, and he has written for publications including Harper's Bazaar and C Magazine. Cameron also starred in the Bravo television show Dukes of Melrose which profiled his store, Decades. Named one of Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Names and Faces in Fashion,” he has styled celebrities for major red carpet appearances including the Golden Globes and Academy Awards and consulted for fashion and luxury brands around the world. Offered in conjunction with Coded_Couture, on view September 10–December 4, 2016.

Tuesday, September 27 | 5–7 P.M.
Light appetizers & wine served

Tickets $100 | Available now
Don't miss this chance to own a piece of LA style!
Decades is an acclaimed vintage retail store in Los Angeles worshiped by fashionistas and collectors alike for its unparalleled selection of designer clothing and accessories dating from the 1920s to today. Cameron Silver, the store’s co-founder, is bringing a selection of clothing and accessories for a special event at WSU’s Ulrich Museum to coincide with Coded_Couture, an innovative multi-media exhibition that examines the emerging creative role of computer programming on today’s couture fashion. As a global celebrity stylist, international best-selling author, and fashion expert appearing regularly on Good Morning America, CBS This Morning and the E! Network, Cameron Silver is widely recognized for his impact on runway trends and the red carpet. He also is fashion director for H Halston and H by Halston brands.

Tickets are $100, available at wichita.edu/decades or by check mailed to the Ulrich Museum of Art, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260-0046, or at the door. A portion of the evening’s proceeds helps support Coded_Couture.



Thursday, October 6 | 5:30 P.M. Reception, 6:15 P.M. Program
Wichita Artists in Their Studios

Wichita arts enthusiast Sondra Langel recently authored and published the exceptional book Wichita Artists in Their Studios. Featuring lavish photo illustrations by WSU Distinguished Professor of Photography Larry Schwarm, this much anticipated publication is a glimpse into the private spaces of Wichita’s creative best. Langel and Schwarm will share their perspectives on undertaking this important project and the rich creative fabric it explores.

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

Beep, blip, flash and flutter—Bring the whole family to discover what happens when computer coding collides with fashion design! Seriously fun art, design and coding hands-on activities for all ages. Kid-friendly snacks and beverages provided.

Tuesday, October 11
Reception 5:30 P.M. | Ulrich Museum
Program 6:30 P.M. | CAC Theater
“A Nine Year Journey: Conservation and Treatment of Joan Miró’s
Personnages Oiseaux

Join us for an up close look at the conservation journey of the mosaic, exploring the innovative and painstaking methods used to stabilize and clean every square inch of Wichita’s great treasure. Marianne Russell Marti has been in private conservation practice since 1988, as president of Russell-Marti Conservation Services, Inc., located in Central Missouri. She holds an undergraduate degree in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MA and Certificate of Advanced Study in Art Conservation from Buffalo State, State University of New York.

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

Join us for an inside look at art conservation with Marianne Russell Marti, president of Russell-Marti Conservation Services, Inc.—the outstanding team behind the restoration of Joan Miró’s iconic glass and stone mosaic mural that has graced the front façade of the Ulrich Museum since 1978.

Saturday, October 22 | 11 A.M.–2 P.M. | Henrion Hall

Join the fight against hunger in our community! In exchange for your $20 donation, you choose a bowl to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. Select your favorite bowl from hundreds of handmade ceramic vessels, fill it to the brim with over 50 varieties of chili donated by chili lovers and local celebrity chefs, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. All proceeds will benefit the Kansas Food Bank in honor of Hunger Awareness Month. Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off is in collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild and Ceramics Department; the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries; WSU Hunger Awareness Initiative; and the Elliott School of Communication. KMUW is the media partner for this event.


An icon of the WSU campus, and the city of Wichita, the beloved Joan Miró mural Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People) returns to the façade of the Ulrich Museum of Art this fall. Welcome Miró home and celebrate with us as the conservation and reinstallation of the mosaic mural comes to a close. A block-party—with a bit of flair—is in the works, including performances from the College of Fine Arts in dance and music, gypsy-jazz and swing by Nouveau Quintet, hands-on art provided by Arts Partners artists, complimentary refreshments, and more. A mini food truck rally will be set-up off of 17th street for additional food and beverage purchases.

Learn more about the conservation of the Miró.

Sunday, October 30, 2016
The restoration of the last panels are now underway, and installation of the steel frame on the facade of the Ulrich has begun. And we have the date set for the celebration of the year!


Tuesday, November 8
5:30 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:30 P.M. Talk | CAC Theater
“Normal, Like Downloading a 20kb Sweater”

As computer interfaces flatten and links no longer need the visual cues of physical objects to be interpreted as links, new, digitally native, and abstract semiotics develop. In the advent of digital manufacturing and new means of experiencing digital information (augmented reality, virtual reality) lie new ways of understanding form—in context, in motion, and in the shift towards a post-industrial economy. Paris-based artist, designer, and programmer, Cedric Flazinski, received an MDes from the Design Academy Eindhoven, Eindohoven, Netherlands, and a BTS in Industrial Design from ENSAAMA Olivier-de-Serres, Paris France. In 2012, Flazinski co-founded N O R M A L S, a pan-media project aimed at building an entire fictional future society where each element is studied, prototyped and added to a series of graphic novels.

Thursday, November 10 | 5:30 P.M. Reception, 6:15 P.M. Program
SALON CIRCLE | WILLIAM REESE, New Haven, Connecticut
“Stamped With A National Character:
Nineteenth-Century American Color Plate Books”

Appreciating the present requires examining the past—see how the technology of printing has progressed and shaped books today. William Reese, owner of the leading rare book dealership William Reese Company will be our guest to share a vibrantly illustrated talk outlining the history of color plate printing in America. Distinguished scholar and avid book collector, Reese has helped shape some of the leading U.S. public and private libraries, including the 50,000+ volume holding of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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

Wednesday, November 16 | 10 A.M. Refreshments, 10:30 A.M. Program

Kansas: A frontier where strong people with strong opinions find their voice. Throughout our turbulent history, Kansans have vociferously and voraciously pursued the greater good, working both within established systems as well as outside these systems to affect change. With these movements come a rich array of protest art—art made to draw attention to a topic of great concern in the hope of eliciting change or expanding the conversation. From John Steuart Curry’s depiction of John Brown’s call to action to M.T. Liggett’s politically charged fence-line artwork, protest art in Kansas includes an array of forms. Sometimes humorous, sometimes biting, and often clever, this presentation will look at the ways artists craft their messages.


Wednesday, December  7 | 10 A.M.
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Boulevard

Celebrate the holiday season with refreshments and entertainment provided by all of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations.

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