Today's Art Matters.
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As the region's source for modern and contemporary art, the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University connects viewers with artists and artworks that reflect our world today. Visitors can explore and enjoy 20th- and 21st-century art with exhibitions that feature emerging and established artists, works from our permanent collection, and traveling exhibitions.
The WSU campus is home to the Ulrich Museum's renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, rated one of the top collections of its kind by Public Art Review. The museum holds a permanent collection of more than 6,700 works by such artists as Benny Andrews, Diane Arbus, Helen Frankenthaler, Zhang Huan, Jacob Lawrence, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Rodney McMillian, Gordon Parks, W. Eugene Smith, Kara Walker and Andy Warhol.
Galleries are open Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Mondays and major/university holidays. The Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection is always open.
Admission, parking, and group tours are FREE.
In The Wake
January 24 - March 31, 2019 | Polk/Wilson & Amsden Galleries
Artists: Natalia Almada, Carolina Caycedo, Clemencia Echeverri, Dara Friedman, Wangechi Mutu, Shelley Niro
In the Wake features a selection of film and video from the Museum’s permanent collection that employ water as a central motif. The exhibition was conceived as a contemporary response to Frederick Judd Waugh’s paintings of seascapes on view in the Beren Gallery. In the Wake consists of time-based media that convey the dynamic properties of water in ways that both intersect and diverge from Waugh’s paintings. The artists employ scale, sound and movement to explore the force and scope of water, simultaneously focusing on its relationship to human experience. They highlight water as a repository of memory, an entity that facilitates migration, labor and commerce, and as a receptacle that both receives and engenders trauma and violence. In the Wake displays water’s fluid traits and what remains from our encounters with it.
Frederick Judd Waugh: Waterscapes
Through March 31, 2019 | Beren Gallery
Selected from the Ulrich’s extensive holdings of works by the artist Frederick Judd Waugh, Waterscapes illustrates the breadth of approaches that he took in his studies of the major focus of his art. As a developing artist, Waugh explored a range of compositions from pastoral scenes to cityscapes, but his primary subject remained the sea. Waugh is generally considered one of America’s great marine painters. The works in this exhibition demonstrate his deft handling of light, tone and texture, and his ability to convey the sublime force of nature at moments of turbulence and repose.
Solving for X = Sustainability
Acid Mine Drainage: Working to Improve Passive Remediation Systems
January 24 - March 31, 2019 | Grafly Gallery
Our first Solving for X project is a collaboration with Dr. Andrew Swindle, assistant professor in the Geology Department. Dr. Swindle is a contaminant hydrogeologist with extensive experience in the use of electron microscopy and X-ray diffraction to investigate colloidal and nano-scale materials. The research highlighted here is connected to the remediation of Acid Mining Drainage (AMD). AMD is the acidic, metal-laden solution produced by the oxidation of sulfide minerals exposed from mining activities. It is a significant environmental problem in most countries that have an extensive history of mining, and is estimated to have adversely impacted 10,000’s of km of streams in the United States alone. Because of the large number of impacted sites there is considerable drive to develop low-cost remediation options. One option is the use of limestone trenches to neutralize AMD; however, when AMD is neutralized iron (hydr)oxide minerals can precipitate coating the remaining limestone and lowering the effectiveness of the trench. This research investigates using a mix of sandstone and limestone to ameliorate limestone armoring to increase the effectiveness of this remediation option.
Solving for X is a series of exhibitions organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art in collaboration with university scholars across campus. The intent of the Museum is to work with WSU scholars in all disciplines who are problem solving for sustainability to create visualizations of their research. The objective is to explore the potential for the Museum, as a WSU public access point for the community, to make accessible the fascinating and essential research taking place on campus. We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with researchers across campus and excited about the challenges we will face together in discovering how to create visual pathways to understanding.
Expand human experience through encounters with the art of our time.
Coat and bag check
The Ulrich Museum requires visitors to check backpacks, shopping bags, and all large bags with a gallery guard or with the front desk on the first floor of the Museum. The Ulrich Museum provides a limited number of secure lockers free to visitors.
Food and drink
Food and drink may not be carried into the galleries Inside the galleries: For the safety of the art, pens and markers are not permitted within the galleries. Pencils are available at the front desk. As a courtesy to other museumgoers, cell phone conversations should be conducted outside of the galleries.
The Ulrich Museum provides four spaces near the front of the building that are reserved specifically for our guests, more information about parking on the WSU campus can be found at wichita.edu/parking.
The Ulrich Museum of Art’s Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection boasts around 80 works spread across the 330-acre Wichita State University campus.
Funds to assure long term care of this important collection are provided by the Joan S. Beren Outdoor Sculpture Conservation Fund.
The Ulrich Museum of Art was established in 1974 to enhance and support Wichita State University's educational and service mission. Then-president Clark Ahlberg believed a superior university should be ever mindful of the thriving city surrounding it. In 1977 he articulated his commitment to this belief: "We have an obligation to reach as many people as possible and to do it with the highest standards—in this case, the highest artistic standards—if we are to properly serve this urban area." To execute his plan to make art an integral part of university and community life, Ahlberg recruited Dr. Martin H. Bush, formerly of Syracuse University. In 1971 Bush began his 20-year tenure as vice president of Academic Resources, during which he guided the establishment of a museum and collection that today enjoy a national reputation. In 2005 the American Association of Museums in Washington, D.C., awarded museum accreditation to the Ulrich, as one of only 12 accredited museums in Kansas.
The museum was named in honor of Edwin A. Ulrich, a Hyde Park, New York, businessman who donated his collection of more than 300 works by the early 20th-century painter Frederick Judd Waugh and set up an endowment to support the new institution. The founding of the Ulrich coincided with the construction of a new facility for the museum and the WSU School of Art and Design and Creative Industries, the McKnight Art Center. A 1995 renovation created additional gallery and office space as well as a terraced sculpture court at the entrance.
A key element of President Ahlberg's master plan for an enhanced university environment in the 1970s was the presence of major works of art situated outdoors throughout the campus. Today the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection at Wichita State University boasts around 80 monumental works by such internationally eminent artists as Arman, Fernando Botero, Andy Goldsworthy, Barbara Hepworth, Luis Alfonso Jimenez, and Claes Oldenburg. In 2006 the journal Public Art Review ranked the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection among the ten best on an American university campus.
The Ulrich Museum of Art is governed by its parent organization, Wichita State University. The museum director reports to the Provost.
Museum direction is also guided by the Ulrich Advisory Board, composed of no more than 25 university and community leaders. The Advisory Board reports to the WSU Foundation, which holds legal title to the museum's art collection, and it is empowered by Wichita State University to serve as the museum's de facto governing body. The long-term purposes and policies of the museum are subject to review by the Kansas Board of Regents.
The Ulrich benefits from a second support group. The Ulrich Museum Alliance, an association of no more than 18 individuals, supports the museum by providing active volunteers who are committed to:
- raising awareness of the Ulrich;
- building audience for and participation at Ulrich functions;
- supporting Ulrich membership efforts.
Artworks shown on this website are copyrighted by the artists unless otherwise noted, and they may not be reproduced without permission of the copyright holder.
For information on obtaining reproduction permission for images in the Ulrich Museum's collection and on this website, please contact the Ulrich (316) 978-3664 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethical and legal considerations prohibit Ulrich staff from appraising or authenticating works of art for the public. Museum curators may not provide information on monetary value or physical condition of works of art.
The national organizers cited below provide information on professionals who do provide appraisals:
American Society of Appraisers, 703-478-2228
Appraisers Association of America, 212-889-5404
Art Dealers Association of America, 212-488-5550
International Society of Appraisers, 206-241-0359
We value your input and are interested in hearing any comments about your experience here. If you have any questions or need information, please contact us:
Ulrich Museum of Art
Wichita State University
1845 Fairmount Street
Wichita, KS 67260-0046
Phone: (316) 978-3664
Fax: (316) 978-3898
Ulrich Museum Staff
Leslie Brothers, Director
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Jana Durfee, Head of Education
Vanessa Smith, Finance and Operations Manager
Megan St. Clair, Marketing Assistant
Carolyn Copple, Membership and Special Events Manager
James Porter, Exhibition Designer and Production Manager
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