Today's Art Matters.
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 Robert Motherwell, Jacob Lawrence, Andy Warhol, Benny Andrews, W. Eugene Smith, Gordon Parks, Kara Walker, Zhang Huan, and Rodney McMillian.
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.
Burnt Generation: Contemporary Iranian Photography
September 7 - December 9, 2018 | Polk/Wilson Gallery
Burnt Generation, an exhibition of contemporary Iranian photography, surveys the profound impact of decades of political unrest and social upheaval on the people of Iran. The name Burnt Generation has been applied to Iranians born between 1963 and 1980. Their generation was overwhelmingly marked by the Iranian Revolution of 1979 which brought down the ruling monarchy with major social, political and economic consequences, as well as the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq War in which many of them served.
Sara Angelucci: The Anonymous Chorus
September 7 - December 9, 2018 | Amsden Gallery
Toronto-based artist Sara Angelucci uses photography, video, audio and performance to explore themes of memory, conventions of image making and “the cultural role vernacular images play in framing particular stories, histories, and memorialization.”
Frederick Judd Waugh: Waterscapes
September 7 - 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.
Neighborhood: PALIMPSEST/ Barrio: PALIMPSESTO
September 7 - December 9, 2018 | Grafly Gallery
Neighborhood: PALIMPSEST/ Barrio: PALIMPSESTO is an off-site iteration of Horizontes, the “artist-driven, community engagement art project that aims to connect two underrepresented neighborhoods in north Wichita.” Co-organized with Armando Minjarez, the exhibition features the work of Wichita-based artists Alexis Rivierre, Bernardo Trevizo Jr., and Janice Thacker, together with New Orleans-based artist Ana Hernandez. Collectively the artists will reference the multilayered histories of these areas, illustrating ways in which we mark and experience residential communities. They are utilizing a variety of media that combine mapping, personal narrative, architecture and portraiture, to identify how the practices of redlining, urban planning and gentrification have targeted racialized neighborhoods in Wichita and beyond. At the same time, the exhibition reveals and is a tribute to the resilience of character that exists in these spaces in the face of ongoing systemic discrimination and attempts of erasure.
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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
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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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