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WE THE PEOPLE: American Art of Social Concern
January 20 – March 25, 2018 | Polk/Wilson Gallery

Piero Golia: Solutions to Mortality
January 20 – April 1, 2018 | Grafly Gallery

Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection
Beren Gallery: September 9, 2017 – March 25, 2018

looking at the overlooked: Jamal Cyrus, Nathaniel Donnett, Rodney McMillian
September 9 – December 10, 2017

Unmoored Geographies: Works from the Permanent Collection
September 9, 2017 – March 25, 2018 / September 9 – December 10, 2017

Diedrick Brackens: a slow reckoning
September 9 – December 10, 2017

Robert Pruitt: Benediction
April 8 – August 6, 2017

Daryl Vocat: The Secret of the Midnight Shadow
April 15 – August 6, 2017

Patrick Duegaw: Pierced By Dogma
April 22 – August 6, 2017

Mary Walling Blackburn: X.Y.Z.
April 22 – August 6 2017

Nicole Miller: Death of a School
January 14 – March 6, 2017

Sadko Hadzihasanovic: Hunter Games and Other Stories
January 14 – February 26, 2017

XXI Faculty Biennial
January 21 – April 9, 2017

Jorge Galvan Flores: Paisaje Roto/Passage Rot
March 4 – April 9, 2017

do it
April 23 – August 28, 2016

Rodrigo Valenzuela: Prole
June 7 – September 11, 2016

Master of Fine Arts: Thesis Exhibition
April 23 – May 29, 2016

Transition and Turmoil: Human Expressions 1900–1945
January 16 – May 8, 2016

Julia Brown: The Swim
January 16 – March 6, 2016

VISUAL JUSTICE: The Gordon Parks Photography Collection at WSU
January 16 – April 10, 2016

IMPRESSIONS: A Professor / Student Collaborative
March 12 – April 17, 2016

September 10 – December 4, 2016

MIRÓ: Shape and Color
September 10 – December 11, 2016

Daniel Bertalot: The Distancing Effect
October 8 – December 4, 2016


POSTDATE: Photography and Inherited History in India
September 12 – December 13, 2015

Gerco de Ruijter: On the Grid
July 18 – September 13, 2015

20th Faculty Biennial
April 25 – August 23, 2015

Ulrich Underground: Wayne White: Wichita!
June 9 – July 12, 2015

Evan Roth//Intellectual Property Donor
January 24 – April 12, 2015

In Living Color: Art on Paper from the Permanent Collection
January 24 – April 12, 2015

Ulrich Underground: Shock Print
January 24 – April 19, 2015


Bruce Conner: Somebody Else's Prints
September 5 – December 14, 2014

1974: Selections from the Permanent Collection
September 5 – December 14, 2014

Ulrich Underground: Conscious Clay
October 3–December 14, 2014

Ulrich Underground Artist-in-Residence: Lisa Solomon
July 1 – September 28, 2014

Forty Years/Forty Stories
April 26 – August 3, 2014

Fill It To the Brim
June 5 – June 29, 2014

WSU School of Art and Design
Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

April 26 – June 1, 2014

Stephanie Syjuco
FREE TEXTS: An Open Source Reading Room

March 8–April 20, 2014

Juvenile In Justice
January 25 – April 13, 2014

The Clan of Munes: Frederick J. Waugh

January 25 – April 13, 2014

On Repeat: Selections from the Collection
January 25 – March 23, 2014

International Type ThrowDown
January 18 – March 2, 1014

Nature's Toolbox: Biodiversity, Art and Invention
August 31 – December 15, 2013

Under New Management
September 11 – December 15, 2013

MFA Thesis Exhibition: Rachel Foster
November 15 – December 15, 2013


A Passionate Idea: Social Justice and the Work of Harry Sternberg
April 27-November 10, 2013

WSU School of Art and Design 19th Faculty Biennial
April 27 - August 11, 2013

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
April 27 - June 2, 2013
Featuring Matthew Eames

Who Are We? Artists Explore Identity
June 26 - September 1, 2013

Stocked: Contemporary Art from the Grocery Aisles
January 19 - April 14, 2013

Berenice Abbott: Changing New York
January 12 - April 21, 2013

Ronald Christ: Poetic Fictions
September 16 - December 16, 2012

The Hard Kind of Courage: Gordon Parks and the Photographers of the Civil Rights Era
September 16 - December 16, 2012


Tell It Like It Is: Candor in Contemporary Video Art
February 6 - March 2, 2012

Tony Feher: Extraordinary Ordinary
March 16 - December 3, 2012

Ulrich Project Series: Anne Appleby
September 10 - November 27, 2011

Terry Evans: Matfield Green Stories
August 20 - November 27, 2011


Art on Speed
August 21 - December 17, 2010

Hindsight is Always 20/20
September 11 - November 28, 2010

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
December 4 - 17, 2010
Featuring Yun-Ping "Amy" Chen and Eriberto Biera

WSU School of Art and Design 18th Faculty Biennial
January 22 - April 3, 2011

Ulrich Project Series: Alfredo Jaar
We Wish To Inform You That We Didn't Know

January 22 - March 27, 2011

Patrick Duegaw, John Ernatt, Eric Schmidt and Kent Williams
April 16 - August 7, 2011


Robots: A Cultural Icon in Contemporary Art
August 22 - December 18, 2009

Snap: Andy Warhol Photographs, 1970-1987
September 5 - December 18, 2009

Crossroads: The Art of Gordon Parks
January 23 - April 11, 2010

Freedom to Expand: Contemporary African American Art from the Collection
January 16 - April 18, 2010

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
May 1 - 30, 2010
Featuring Emily Brookover (painting), Todd Hayes (ceramics), Jodi Lightner (painting) and Ash Wickell (printmaking)

Make It New: Abstract Art from the Collection
May 13, 2009 - July 21, 2010

Art of Our Time: Selections from the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University
April 24 - August 8, 2010


Taking Shape: Geometric Abstraction from the Collection
June 7 - August 31, 2008

Aircraft: The Jet as Art by Jeffrey Milstein
August 23 - December 21, 2008

The Prints of Roger Shimomura
September 13 - November 30, 2008

Tom Otterness: The Making of the Millipede
October 11, 2008 - May 24, 2009

WSU School of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibition
featuring Nick Meyer-Hesler and Amber Vanhatala Stene
December 5 - 18, 2008

WSU School of Art and Design 17th Faculty Biennial
January 24 - April 12, 2009

Ulrich Project Series: Odili Donald Odita's "Television"
January 17 - April 26, 2009

On the Verge: Contemporary Ceramics
April 25 - August 9, 2009

WSU School of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibition
featuring Ryan Harjo, Shannon Johnston, Dane Jones, and Monette Mark
May 1 - 31, 2009

Outside In: Sculptors on Paper
August 2, 2008 - May 24, 2009

No Ideas But In Things: Artists Look at Objects
July 26, 2008 - June 7, 2009

About Face: Portraits from the Collection
June 6 - August 30, 2009


Reinventions: Works from the Collection
June 3 - September 9, 2007

Branded and On Display
August 25 - December 16, 2007

Ulrich Project Series: Christoph Ruckhaberle
September 22 - December 21, 2007

Michelle Grabner: Remain in Light
January 26 - April 13, 2008

Ulrich Project Series: Josephine Durkin
January 12 - April 27, 2008

Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm
April 26 - August 10, 2008

WSU School of Art and Design MFA Thesis Exhibition
featuring Dan Brown, Ryan Olsen, Paul McKee and Kevin Kelly
May 2 - June 1, 2008

Instant Karma: Mass Culture and the Spiritual Self
July 17, 2007 - July 20, 2008


ArtPositions: Modern and Contemporary Art from the Collection

Midwestern Unlike You and Me: New Zealand's Julian Dashper
August 24 - October 15, 2006

Ulrich Project Series: Jeremy Gilbert-Rolfe
September 21-November 12, 2006

Love is a Battlefield: Ljubezen je bojno polije
November 2 - December 22, 2006

Wichita State University School of Art and Design 16th Faculty Biennial
January 28 - April 1, 2007

Modernisms: Selections from the Collection 1900-1940
February 1 - March 4, 2007

Joseph Beuys: Celtic+
March 15 - April 22, 2007

Poets on Painters
April 22 - August 5, 2007

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
featuring John Hammer, Dagan Sherman, and Scott E. Murray Jr.
May 3 - June 3, 2007


Bijutsu: Japanese Art from the Collection
June 8 - September 3, 2006

Semina Culture: Wallace Berman and His Circle
April 21 - July 9, 2006

WSU School of Art and Design Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
"Transposition" featuring Debi Kaufman
May 11-June 4, 2006

Ulrich Project Series: The General Store
March 30 - April 30, 2006

2006 New Art Event
March 11 - 19, 2006

Ulrich Project Series: Clare E. Rojas
February 2 - March 12, 2006

Almost 30
January 19 - February 26, 2006

Possible Models: New Work by Jenny Perlin
November 10-December 23, 2005

WSU School of Art and Design Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
"Physical Education" featuring Morgan Price
December 1-18, 2005

Ulrich Project Series: Andy Spence
September 22-November 13, 2005

Afterburn--Willie Cole: Selected Works 1997-2004
August 25-October 23, 2005

On Paper
June 25-August 7, 2005

New Art
June 14-September 4, 2005



Ulrich Project Series: Jean Shin
August 26 - October 3, 2004

Constructed Identities: Contemporary Photography from the Collection
August 26 - October 3, 2004

Ulrich Project Series: Siebren Versteeg
October 14 - November 28, 2004

Andy Goldsworthy: Mountain and Coast Autumn into Winter
October 14 - November 28, 2004

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
December 5 - December 23, 2004

Wichita State University School of Art and Design 15th Faculty Biennial
Janury 23 - February 27, 2005

Ulrich Project Series: Emily Jacir
January 20 - March 6, 2005

The 2005 New Art Event
March 12 - April 24, 2005

David Reed--Leave Yourself Behind: Paintings and Special Projects 1967-2005
April 1 - June 5, 2005

WSU School of Art and Design Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
featuring Michael Minster, Teresa Shannon, Dylan McCanlies, Shoko Teruyama, and Steve Atwood
May 1 - June 5, 2005


Thin Skin: The Fickle Nature of Bubbles, Spheres, and Inflatable Structures
July 20 - September 21, 2003

Ulrich Project Series: Devorah Sperber's Digitized Notions
October 10 - November 30, 2003

Not So Cute & Cuddly: Dolls and Stuffed Toys in Contemporary Art
October 26 - December 24, 2003

German Expressionism: Embodying the Inner Experience
December 7 - 24, 2003

Ulrich Project Series: Dario Robleto's "Eunuch Euthanasia"
January 22 - February 29, 2004

The Transformative Vision in Contemporary Video
January 22 - April 4, 2004

The 2004 New Art Event
March 6 - April 25, 2004

WSU School of Art and Design Masters of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
May 2 - 30, 2004

Spirit Journeys: Asmat Art from the Barry and Paula Downing Collection
April 24 -August 1, 2004


Gloria Garfinkel: The Obi Series
August 29 - October 6, 2002

Nic Nicosia: Fact or Fiction?
October 17 - November 24, 2002

The Human Factor: Figuration in American Art 1950-1995
September 19 - October 27, 2002

Making Silence: A Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition featuring printmaker R.K. Dickson
December 8, 2002 - January 5, 2003

Ruth Harriet Louise and Hollywood Glamour Photography
November 9 - January 12, 2003

Wichita State University School of Art and Design 14th Faculty Biennial
January 30 - March 23, 2003

Peter Sarkisian: Dusted
January 23- February 23, 2003

The 2003 New Art Event
March 1, 2003

Ulrich Project Series: Paintings by Dan McCleary
March 8 -April 13, 2003

WSU School of Art and Design Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
Ceramics by Michael Olson and Sculpture by Marc Lyle Durfee
April 24 - June 1, 2003

American Visions: The Paintings of Sandy Walker
April 10 - June 15, 2003

A Sense of Hope: The Photographs of W. Eugene Smith--Museum Techniques Student Exhibition
June 8 - July 3, 2003
As their final project, students from the Museum Studies Seminar class have organized an exhibition of the photos of W. Eugene Smith, a native Wichitan. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the photojournalist's death. Smith was an internationally renowned photographer who received critical acclaimfor his coverage of World War II and whose images have appeared in Life, Newsweek and The New York Times.


Miriam Schapiro: Works on Paper, A Thirty Year Retrospective
September 1 - November 11, 2001
This important exhibition reviews a lifetime of achievement by a pioneering artist, described by Ms. magazine founder Gloria Steinem as, "a figure crucial to the history of art and feminism." Miriam Schapiro also was a leader in the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1970s. Organized and circulated by the Tucson Museum of Art.

Miles Coolidge: The Central Valley
September 1 - November 25, 2001
The dazzling panoramas of this Los Angeles-based photographer explore the horizontal landscape of California's Central Valley and point to a new direction in landscape photography today.

Wichita State University Alumni Exhibition
December 1, 2001 - January 27, 2002
This first-ever juried exhibition honors the achievements of the many distinguished artists WSU has produced.

Connecting the Past to the Present: Modern and Contemporary Art from the WSU Foundation Collection
ongoing exhibition; opened January 19, 2002

Clay Nation
February 8-March 17, 2002
David Hiltner, assistant professor in the WSU School of Art and Design, organized this exhibition of ceramic works by four outstanding young artists/educators from around the country: Susan Filey (South Carolina), James Brashear (Alaska), Matt Long (Florida), and Brad Schwieger (Ohio). The wide range of objects selected all share a common identity as wheel-thrown vessels and represent a variety of novel approaches to this ancient ceramic form.

The 2002 New Art Event
March 8, 2002

Nature in Pieces: The Environmental Sculpture of Christy Rupp
February 21 - April 7, 2002
New York-based artist Christy Rupp constructs sculpture from recycled materials that address the interrelated (and, tragically, very timely) issues of public health, pollution, genetic engineering and biohazards.

Sacred Space: A Collaborative Exhibition
April 6 - August 7, 2002

Travels in the Labyrinth: Mexican Art from the Pollak Collection
April 26 through September 1, 2002


Richard Loftis
August 14 - October 15, 2000
This selection of work from Lee's Summit, Missouri, photographer Richard Loftis draws from his diverse essays on Vietnam, classic aircraft, and figural studies. Composed of photographs from five different essays, the Loftis exhibition is dominated by aesthetic photography, although his Vietnam essay of 1997 carries a strong measure of political commentary. His respective essays on classic aircraft and the now-destroyed Kansas City stockyards should appeal to local audiences.

William Bailey
September 15 - October 29, 2000
On view at the Ulrich are four prints by internationally respected realist painter and educator William Bailey, Kingman Brewster Professor of Art Emeritus at Yale University School of Art. Three are from the collections of Hallmark Cards, Inc., in Kansas City, and one from a private collection in Wichita. Slide lecture: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, October 21, 2000, in 107 Devlin Hall. Reception for Mr. Bailey immediately following at the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Chromaform: Color in Sculpture
September 8 - October 22, 2000

Up Close and Personal: Portraits by Jim Torok
October 27, 2000 - January 7, 2001
Despite their modest dimensions (3 3/4 by 3 inches), Jim Torok's portraits are powerful, intense images. The selected paintings that make up this exhibition reveal Torok's incisive eye for each sitter's persona and individual characteristics.

Jane Calvin
November 3, 2000 - January 2, 2001
Chicago photographer Jane Calvin examines gender issues through a layering of imagery that ranges from pulp fiction covers to antique dolls. Her mixture of bold color, ecletic objects, and superimposed text results in alluring images with unsettling connotations.

unbroken view
November 10, 2000 - January 2, 2001
Created by Kansas City, Missouri, writer Debra Di Blasi and Philadelphia artist Sharyn O'Mara, unbroken view looks to the environment of the prairie, particularly the constant winds and the flat terrain, as subject matter for this autobiographical installation. The exhibition examines the extent to which our environment informs our life experiences.

Decorative and Ornamental Painting Student Exhibition
November 17 - December 4, 2000
Current and past students in the WSU School of Art and Design's Decorative and Ornamental Painting Certificate Program will showcase their recent handpainted works.

Hierophany: Tobi Kahn and the Manifestation of the Sacred
November 17 - January 7, 2001
The concept of hierophany, a Greek word meaning the demonstration religious rites or practices, provides the theoretical framework for New York painter Tobi Kahn. His meticulously painted abstractions locate the spiritual within natural forms.

WSU Photography Guild Exhibition
December 7, 2000 - January 16, 2001
Members of the student-based Photography Guild will exhibit their recent works from the fall semester.

A Home for Wichita State's Treasures: Selections from the WSU Foundation Art Collection
ongoing exhibition
Outstanding examples of American and European modern and contemporary art, as wel as a sampling of the university's extensive holdings of paintings by Frederick Judd Waugh and sculpture by Charles Grafly.

WSU School of Art and Design 13th Faculty Biennial
January 25 - March 18, 2001
This exhibition showcases the most recent work by full-time and part-time faculty in the School of Art and Design as well as artwork by graduate teaching assistants.

Imitation of Life: The Paintings of John Hull
April 6 - August 12, 2001
Denver-based painter John Hull infuses scenes of everyday life with a psychological tension, resulting in images that seem at once mundane and disturbing.

Ennead: Works by David Row
April 20 - August 12, 2001
New York-based, abstract artist David Row will be on campus to assist with the installation of his traveling exhibition, Ennead, which in Greek means "nine" and, as a proper name, refers to the nine muses who preside over the arts and sciences. The exhibition is composed of three elements: a suite of six monotypes, two large paintings on canvas, and the third (and most exciting) is the wall drawing Mr. Row will produce at the museum April 17-20, 2001.


Charles Grafly: Public Works
August 13 - October 3, 1999
Architectural and ornamental commissions were an essential aspect of sculptors' careers for much of art history. American sculptor Charles Grafly completed numerous models for fountains and other public works. Taken from the Ulrich Museum's extensive holdings of Grafly's sculpture, this exhibition highlights many of his models.

Photography from the Collection
August 20 - November 14, 1999
Arranged in conjunction with the School of Art and Design's survey course, The History of Photography, the exhibition features a selection of the Ulrich's diverse collection of photography, including such artists as Edward Weston, Imogen Cunningham and W. Eugene Smith.

Korean Contemporary Art
September 10 - November 7, 1999
Organized by CS Fine Art, this exhibition features many of the most prominent Korean artists in contemporary art and includes a variety of media, from painting and sculpture to conceptual and installation art. Opening Reception:5 to7 p.m.Thursday,September 9, 1999.

Garth Evans: The Yaddo Drawings
October 15, 1999 - January 2, 2000
In 1982, British artist Garth Evans completed more than 40 ink and collage works during his stay in Yaddo, an artists' retreat in Saratoga Springs, New York. A combination of drawing and construction, the Yaddo Drawings reveal the numerous possibilities of an aesthetic idea. Opening Reception:5 to7 p.m. Thursday,October 14, 1999.

Contemporary Prints from Print Press
November 12, 1999 - January 16, 2000
The Print Institute of the North Texas School for the Visual Arts has collected an impressive selection of prints by a number of the more notable contemporary artists. The exhibition features prints by artists as diverse as Linda Benglis and Edgar Heap of Birds.

Twenty-Five Years of Collecting
December 4, 1999 - January 9, 2000
The Ulrich Museum celebrates its 25th birthday with an exhbition highlighting its most notable acquisitions. The exhibit inaugurates the permanent installation of the collection's finest in the Beren Gallery. Opening Reception:1 to 4 p.m.Saturday,December 4, 1999.

Bert Carpenter
January 7 - March 17, 2000
After a 50-year career, Bert Carpenter currently is emeritus professor of art at the University of North Carolina. This exhibition, a slection of work from Bert Carpenter: A Retrospective organized by the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, highlights the dominate trends in his career.

Action/Performance Photography
January 14 - March 12, 2000
This selection of documentary photography offers a glimpse at some of the seminal moments in performance art. Artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein and Vito Acconci are featured in the exhibition.

The Grand Moving Panorama: Pilgrim's Progress (1851)
January 21 - March 5, 2000
Organized by the Montclair Museum in New Jersey, this exhibition features a 500-foot long panorama of John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. The moving panorama, which originally toured the east coast in 1851, excited audiences with the possibility of seeing the Christian allegory come to life throught the sequential imagery. The images were inspired by the designs of notable 19th-century American painters usch as Thomas Cole, Frederic Church and Jasper Cropsey. Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday, January 20, 2000.

The Dialectics of Space
March 31 - May 28, 2000
There is often symbolic meaning in the way we define and structure space. The Ulrich Museum has invited a number of artists to create installations in the Wilson and Polk galleries as a means of investigating how we understand spatial dynamics. In this case, the artists direct the viewer's movements, dictating where her or shemay or may not go. Opening Reception: 5 to 7 p.m.Thursday, March 30, 2000.

Lawrence Calcagno: A Body of Work
June 9 - August 13, 2000
A selection of the Ulrich Museum's extensive holdings of American abstractionist Lawrence Calcagno.


The Language of Abstraction
August 1, 1998 - January 3, 1999
A continuing exhibition of works from the museum's collection of abstract paintings and sculpture including works by Robert Motherwell, Sol Lewitt, and Joan Mitchell. The curatorial staff has selected poetic texts to accompany the paintings in the literary tradition of the poet/painter relationship.

The Figure in 20th Century Sculpture
August 27 - November 29, 1998
Returning to the Ulrich Museum after a three-year tour of the United States, this exhibition features work by such artists at Auguste Rodin, Alberto Giacometti, Doris Caesar and Jan Arp.

Sophia Vari: Recent Works
August 17 - September 20, 1998
As part of the celebration of the dedication of Wichita State University's Plaza of Heroines, the Ulrich Museum has brought together an exhibition of maquettes, or small models, and drawings by Sophia Vari, the artist whose sculpture, Danseuse Espagnole, is the centerpiece of the plaza.

WSU School of Art and Design 12th Faculty Biennial
September 3 - October 18, 1998
This exhibition highlights recent work by Art & Design faculty and features a variety of media including painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, photography, and printmaking. Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. September 3, 1998.

Peter Schuyff: Appropriated Canvases
October 1 - December 6, 1998
New York artist Peter Schuyff was commissioned to create five new paintings for the Ulrich Museum. Schuyff's controversial technique of painting over existing images has brought both criticism and praise.

Tony Scherman: The French Revolution
November 5 - December 13, 1998
Since 1994, Toronto-based painter Tony Scherman has been engaged with creating monumental-scaled portraits of Napoleon Bonaparte. Through exhaustive research, Scherman has arrived at a historicallyderived composite of Napoleon. His application of thick, pigmented encaustic to canvas captures the elusive and mythical essence of the famed general. Opening reception: 5 to 7 p.m. November 5, 1998.

African Sculpture from the Harris Klein Collection
January 4 - May 2, 1999
The Harris Klein Collection was assembled for Mr. Klein by the sculptor Chiam Gross. A selection from more than 300 works will highlight the various African cultures represented in this collection.

Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African-American Women Artists
January 28 - March 7, 1999
Organized by Spelman College, the oldest college for African-American women,this exhibition informs the viewer about the present and forecasts the future. The works of 24 women in this exhibition become "windows" through which the artists and onlookers can observe the passing of the old century and the beginning of a new millennium. Members' Preview Reception: 6 to 8 p.m. January 23, 1999.

Minimalism from the Collection
March 25 - May 2, 1999
Drawn from the Ulrich's collection of paintings, prints and sculpture, this exhibition focuses on an art movement characterized by simple, geometric lines and color. The Wichita Art Museum's exhibition, "The Great American Pop Store: Multiples of the Sixties" (April 11-June 6, 1999), will explore the concurrent movement of Pop Art.

Half-Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks
May 24 - August 8, 1999
This is the first retrospective exhibition to synthesize all aspects of Gordon Parks' multi-faceted career. This exhibition showcases Parks' best-known work as a photojournalist, as well as his work as a filmmaker, novelist, poet and composer. An American Renaissance Man born in Fort Scott, Kansas, Parks' art expresses an uplifting and influential message of hope in the face of adversity. This exhibition was made possible by Ford Motor Company and Time Warner Inc.


The Language of Abstraction: Post-War Painting from the Collection
November 1997 - August 6, 1998
Is abstraction a language that can be likened to verbal and written modes of communication? Does painting contain a discernable syntax, a vocabulary? This exhibition poses such questions in the context of works by Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, Robert Motherwell, Mark Tobey, Zao Wou-Ki, and others. To further explore connections between painting and language, the curatorial staff has chosen a variety of literary and poetic texts to compliment paintings on display. John Ashbery, Frank O'Hara and e.e. cummings are some of the poets whose writing will inform paintings in the exhibition.

Surveying the Body: Modern and Post-Modern Figurative Work from the Collection
December 14,1997 - July 1998
Spanning a diverse range of work from the 1930s through the present, "Surveying the Body" explores shifting conceptions of the human figure as articulated through painting. Focusing on primarily American artists, an eerie unity emerges among Depression Era portraits and certain post-modern images of dislocation. This exhibition will have new components rotated into it throughout the time of its installation.

La Isla - el Cazador y la Presa (The Island - the Hunter and the Prey)
January 22 - March 8, 1998
Jose Bediais one of the most original and innovative installation artists working today. The themes that inspire his art derive directly from his experience of cultural relocation. Asa Cuban who now lives in Miami, his work becomes the filter through which his transcultural heritage is articulated. Utilizing hybridized human and animal figural types, Bedia's work dwells upon the improbability of a contemporary mythos.

Twenty-Four Paintings
January 22 - March 8,1998
New York based painter Thomas Nozkowski has been an importatnt and influential figure in contemporary abstraction. His private, at times quirky and lyrical painting offers a unique language of color and form. His intimately scaled works appear to be poems of visual sensation. This exhibition is a collaboration between the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Lynn Chadwick: Maquettes, Drawings, and Prints
January 22 - May 3, 1998
Since the early 1950s, Lynn Chadwick's stylized bronze figures have won him world-wide acclaim as a sculptor. The Ulrich Museum, which owns the seminal Chadwick work entitled Teddy Boy and Girl II, from 1957, wil present an outstanding group of drawings and works on paper that reveal the working methods and thinking processes of the artist. A selection of more recent maquettes will place Chadwick's graphic work from the 1950s in relation to his work as a whole.

The Floyd and Barbara Amsden Legacy: Highlights of Collecting
May 3 - August 6, 1998
Among Wichita's most active collectorsand patrons of the arts, Floyd and Barbara Amsden have left a distinguished and focused body of artwork to the Ulrich Museum. Artists they favored and collected in depth are Isabel Bishop, Gerhard Marcks, and Theodore Roszak. "The Floyd and Barbara Amsden Legacy" features paintings, sculpture, and personal mementos that the Amsdens acquired from these three artists as well as other works purchased by the museum from the Amsden estate.