Ulrich Museum Programs & Events

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

Click on The Update below to see the complete listing of Fall 2019 exhibitions, programs, and events!

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The XXII Faculty Biennial

Lunchtime Talks
Tuesdays, from September 17-November 12
Polk/Wilson Gallery

Pictorial Glitches and Sonic Interventions

Levente Sulyok | Claudia Pederson
Tuesday, September 17 |12:00 P.M.

Looking at the Unmentionables – beyond the bounds of “polite” conversation

Jennifer Ray | Kelsy Gossett
Tuesday, September 24 | 12:00 P.M.

Method and Madness

Kirsten S. Johnson | Marco Hernandez
Tuesday, October 1 | 12:00 P.M.

Enrichment and Community
Kristin Beal | Lori Santos
Tuesday, October 8 | 12:00 P.M.

Talking Dirt with a Couple of Mudders
Ted Adler | Gary Lincoln
Tuesday, October 22 | 12:00 P.M.

The Power of Costume and Ephemeral Landscape

Hallie Linnebur | Tanna Burchinal
Tuesday, October 29 | 12:00 P.M.

Freedom and Pressure
Jeff Pulaski | Barry Badget
Tuesday, November 5 | 12:00 P.M.
Larry Schwarm
Tuesday, November 12 | 12:00 P.M.


Clay Currents Artist Talk /Louise Rosenfield and Garth Johnson:

Curious Vessels: Navigating Clay Currents

Thursday, September 26
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Artist Talk 
Join us for an irreverent and insightful look at Clay Currents. Louise Rosenfield is a Dallas, TX potter, founding organizer of the Dallas Pottery Invitational, and serves on the Board of Trustees for the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York, and the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. Her collection of over 3,000 ceramic works can be viewed at Rosenfieldcollection.com. Writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is the Paul Phillips and Sharon Sullivan Curator of Ceramics at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse, New York. He has exhibited his work and published his writing nationally and internationally, and he is the author of 1000 ideas for Creative Reuse, published by Quarry.

Patron Connection 

Thursday, September 26
Time and Place TBD

FUN /  Future Now at the Ulrich 

Friday, September 27
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Reception Following
Introducing PechaKucha style presentations of campus-wide research. 3 Fridays, 4 presentations, 7 minutes each. This program is an extension of the Museum’s Solving for X project. For more information contact Jana Durfee at jana.durfee@wichita.edu.

Ulrich Salon Circle Kick-off Party

Sunday, September 29
2:00 – 4:00 P.M. | Groover Labs, 334 N. St. Francis Street
Groover Labs is the dream of husband and wife team Curt Gridley and Tracy Hoover. The name (a combination of Gridley and Hoover) reflects the pair's commitment to collaboration and intellectual exploration. Be one of the first to explore this creative downtown location with maker space, offices, event hall, and the nwe home of the WSU ShiftSpace art gallery. Groover Labs is destined to become a prime hub for makers, innovators, and entrepreneurs. 

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


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Art History Talk / Dr. Brittany Lockard: The Secret Language of Food and Women's Art 

Tuesday, October 1
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Artist Talk
Food advertisements marketed to women reveal our complicated psychological and emotional relationships to food. Their product descriptions overflow with words like “guilt free” and “indulgent.” This talk examines the ways in which female artists since the 1970s have explored and exploited these relationships by making art about, with, and out of food. Lockard is Assistant Professor of Art History, WSU. Content note: the talk will include frank discussion of eating disorders.

Writing Now / Reading Now: Ben Nickol

Thursday, October 3
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Reading 
WSU's newest creative writing faculty member, Ben Nickol, will read from his just released Sun River, a collection of stories that explores the unraveling of families, and the mysterious life that grows out of that unraveling. 

Writing Now/Reading Now is cosponsored by the WSU Department of English, Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Watermark Books & Café, and the Ulrich Museum of Art.

Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off

Saturday, October 5
11:00 A.M.-1:00 P.M. | Experiential Engineering Building
Join the fight against hunger in our community! In exchange for your $25 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 25 varieties of chili and soups donated by chili lovers and local celebrity chefs, and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon. All proceeds benefit the Kansas Food Bank in honor of Hunger Awareness Month.

Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off is a collaboration with the WSU Ceramics Guild, Ceramics Media, and the School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries.  

Sculpture Glow

Wednesday, October 9
7:30 P.M. | McKnight West Atrium
An after-hours exploration of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection as the glow of the evening light shifts from sunset to darkness. Flashlights and glow sticks fill the path of the selected artworks--by some of the world's most celebrated artists--for an adventurous evening engaging with the most beloved sculptures on campus. Hot apple cide and donuts cap off the evening. 

Senior Wednesday: Sarah Stewart

Wednesday, October 16
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
Our creative spirit resides in a deep well within our inner landscape. At times we stir the waters and awaken this life force energy and then there are moments when the waters remain untouched, still and stagnant. Witness the process of self-transformation by setting intentions to experience the light of the creative spirit.

Salon Circle / Surya Vanka: Design-Powered Planet

Friday, October 25
6:00 P.M. Reception
6:45 P.M. Program Groover Labs, 334 N. St. Francis Street
Surya Vanka is a global design leader best known for his groundbreaking work in user experience, and for creating industry-leading design practices. Surya led the design excellence team at Microsoft, was associate professor of design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and has been a design educator in more than 20 countries. At Authentic Design, he developed Design Swarms, a collaborative design thinking method that employs simple but powerful visual game boards. Design Swarm workshops have been used by some of the world's leading companies, and to create innovative solutions for social challenges such as againg with independence, homelessness, the opioid crisis, refugee shelters, water borne diseases, ocean pollution, and disaster relief. Surya's mission is to unleash the creative thinker in every human to become a value creator.

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


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Family Fun Day

Saturday, November 2
1:00-3:00 P.M. Reception
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of gallery exploration, games, and hands-on art making activities inspired by the artists’ ideas and materials featured in our fall exhibitions. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Free and open to the public.

Voices from the Vault / Catherine Morris: Curating in the Key of F Minor

Tuesday, November 5
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Program
In this inaugural "Voices from the Vault" talk, Catherine Morris, senior curator, Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, will highlight pieces by women artists in the Ulrich collection to underscore the importance of working with museum collections and their histories to help us better understand the past, reckon with it, address its blindspots, and address our own. 

Ceramic Workshop / Pattie Chalmers 

Thursday, November 7 and Friday, November 8
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 1:30-4:00 P.M. | Henrion Hall
Pattie Chalmers lives and works in Carbondale where she is an Associate Professor of Art at Southern Illinois University School of Art and Design. Chalmers has exhibited her work on four continents, in six countries and in twenty-seven US states. This workshop is open to students and the general public and is co-sponsored by the WSU Ceramics Guild and ADCI Arts Advocates.

Clay Currents Artist Talk / Pattie Chalmers: Explaining Myself to Myself 

Friday, November 8
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Artist Talk 
Clay Currents exhibition artist Pattie Chalmers’ work can be separated into three main types: figures/tableaux; objects/collections and pottery. These categories, although visually distinct, are for her linked by a connection in each to narrative.  Chalmers, who is inherently a storyteller, will give a lecture that attempts to map out the connections within a somewhat discordant body of work.

Clay Currents / Panel Discussion

Saturday, November 9
1:30 P.M. Reception
Clay Currents exhibition artists Pattie Chalmers and Trisha Coates along with co-curator Ted Adler, Associate Professor of Ceramics Media, will discuss current issues in sculptural and functional contemporary ceramics. The panel will be moderated by Curt Clonts, artist and KMUW presenter of An Artist’s Perspective. This panel is co-sponsored by the WSU Ceramics Guild.

Voices from the Vault / Panel: A History of Feminism in the West

Tuesday, November 12
5:30 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:15 P.M. Program | CAC Theatre
Please join the Ulrich and a panel of scholars, activists, and artists for a presentation and discussion on the feminist movements of the 1970s in the West, particularly here in Wichita. The panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Robin Henry, Associate Professor of History at WSU. 

Salon Circle / Jeremy Patterson: MID: Model for the Future

Thursday, November 14
6:00 P.M. Reception
6:45 P.M. Program
Groover Labs, 334 N. St. Francis Street
Jeremy Patterson is the Dean and Endowed Professor at WSU's Institute of Interdisciplinary Innovation. He is also the head of the Masters of Design (MID) program, which merges arts, science, and technology curricula, creating opportunities for students and faculty to collaborate across WSU's colleges. The MID program nurtures students' design-thinking skills, building the ability to develop creative solutions, communicate effectively, apply entrepreneurial principles, and develop prototypes in a broad range of fields. 

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

FUN /  Future Now at the Ulrich 

Friday, November 22
4:00 – 5:00 P.M. | Reception Following
Introducing PechaKucha style presentations of campus-wide research. 3 Fridays, 4 presentations, 7 minutes each. This program is an extension of the Museum’s Solving for X project. For more information contact Jana Durfee at jana.durfee@wichita.edu.


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Senior Wednesday: Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 4
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard
Celebrate the holiday season with refreshments and entertainment provided by all of the participating Senior Wednesday organizations.

Choreography: Response Performance

Wednesday, December 4
2:30 P.M.
Each fall semester, Professor Nick Johnson’s Choreography I curriculum utilizes one of our exhibitions as a prompt for his students to develop a collaborative dance response, culminating in a public performance in the exhibition space. This year’s Choreography I students will be responding to the XXII Faculty Biennial exhibitionin the Polk/Wilson Gallery.

Grad School Mixer

Friday, December 6
3:00-5:00 P.M. 
We are excited to again welcome WSU graduate students to explore the galleries and mingle with fellow grads and faculty from across campus. Door prize giveaways, food and fun.