Ulrich Museum Programs & Events

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

January    February    March    April    May    June

January

Senior Wednesday: Take Your Time

Wednesday, January 16
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program
Join Ulrich Director Leslie A Brothers for a deep dive into the history of video art from Nam June Paik to Chris Marker. She will also provide insights into the video and films featured in the Ulrich exhibition In the Wake on view January 24–March 31, 2019.

Spring Exhibition Opening Party & Teacher Preview

Thursday, January 24
5:00 – 8:00 P.M.
The Ulrich invites you to participate in the exploration of our newest suite of exhibitions on display this spring. We encourage WSU students, faculty and staff to join members of the community in shared discovery, exchange and delight. Receptions feature art, music, refreshments and fun.

February

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FUN /  Future Now at the Ulrich 

Friday, February 1
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.

Reading & Book Signing: B.A. Shapiro - The Colletor's Apprentice 

Wednesday, February 6
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program
New York Times bestselling author B.A. Shapiro has made the historical art thriller her own with such novels as The Muralist and The Art Forger. Now, with The Collector’s Apprentice—her third, boldest, and unrivaled book—Shapiro takes readers to Paris in the1920’s and Gertrude Stein’s salon. The result, like all of Shapiro’s much loved work, is a seamless blend of art history and fictional narrative. Shapiro has taught sociology at Tufts University and creative writing at Northeastern University. Presented in partnership with Watermark Books & Café.

Writing Now / Reading Now: Margaret Malone

Thursday, February 7
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Fiction Reading
Margaret Malone is WSU’s Spring 2019 visiting emerging writer, and the author of People Like You, a 2016 Pen Hemingway finalist. Her mesmerizing and luminous sentences open up the lives of ordinary characters with ordinary hopes—that parents will get back together; that a veggie burrito with extra sour cream will help against loneliness. Malone’s stories, Cheryl Strayed observed, “shimmer and burn with beauty and sorrow, generosity and wit.” 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.

Poetry Out Loud Regionals

Saturday, February 9
10:00 A.M. | Reception Following
National Recitation Contest – Poetry Out Loud encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. Since 2005, Poetry Out Loud has grown to reach more than 3 million students. Find out more at poetryoutloud.org.

Family Fun Day

Saturday, February 16
1:00 – 3:00 P.M.
Bring the whole family for an afternoon of gallery exploration, games, and hands-on art making activities inspired by the artist’s ideas and materials featured in our spring exhibitions. Snacks and refreshments provided. Free and open to the public.

Senior Wednesday: Watermark Documentary

Wednesday, February 20
10:00 A.M. Reception | 10:30 A.M. Program
We humans interact with water in a myriad of ways, but how often do we consider the complexity of that interaction? Watermark, a film by award winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and renowned photographer Edward Burtynsky, brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water, how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we use it and the consequences of that use.

March

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FUN /  Future Now at the Ulrich 

Friday, March 1
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.

Artist Talk: Carolina Caycedo: Be Dammed

Tuesday, March 5
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Program
Be Dammed is a research project by Los Angeles-based artist Carolina Caycedo that explores concepts of flow and containment, investigating correlations between the mechanisms of social control and the unethical aspects of public works infrastructure projects, including large water dams and reservoirs. Be Dammed encompasses sculpture, photography, video and performance, and reflects the artist’s ongoing query into the development of mega infrastructures over natural and social landscapes. A Gente Rio (We River), from the Be Dammed project, is featured in the Ulrich exhibition In the Wake, on view through March 31, 2019.

Senior Wednesday: Finding the Extraordinary in the Ordinary

Wednesday, March 20
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
Kevin Rabas, Poet Laureate of Kansas, will share how poetry can illuminate the path through our daily lives, revealing beauty in the mundane tasks and objects that we often overlook. With words and music, this presentation will uplift our daily experiences by exploring what poet Pablo Neruda called the “ode to ordinary things.” Rabas chairs the Department of English, Modern Languages, and Journalism at Emporia State University and leads the poetry and playwriting tracks. His work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, winner of the Langston Hughes Award for Poetry, the Victor Contoski Poetry Award, the Jerome Johanning Playwriting Award, and the Salina New Voice Award. Rabas is also a jazz musician and writes regularly for the Kansas City Jazz Ambassador Magazine (JAM). This program is made possible by Humanities Kansas.

April

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Sculpture Dedication: Randy Regier - The Celestial Mechanic

Tuesday, April 2
3:30 P.M. Reveal and Remarks
4:00 P.M. Reception -
North lawn of Ahlberg Hall
5:30 P.M. Artist Talk - Ulrich Museum of Art
Randy Regier proposed to create a public sculpture entitled The Celestial Mechanic “that is resonant with the culture and aesthetic of sky and flight and dreams of space – yet rooted and connected to the earth and to community history and the passage of time. These are very Kansas things to me, and a large part of why I choose to live and work here.” Regier has a BFA in sculpture from Kansas State University and an MFA in studio arts from Maine College of Art. He is represented in numerous museums and private collections nationwide including the Emprise Bank Collection, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and the Spencer Museum of Art. Public commissions include Salina Arts Commission, the Wichita Public Library Foundation and most recently Open
Spaces
, an international sculpture biennial installed in parks and urban spaces throughout Kansas City, Missouri.

Writing Now / Reading Now: Jericho Brown

Tuesday, April 9
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Poetry Reading
One of the most gifted and lyrical poets of his generation, Jericho Brown is the author of Please, The New Testament, and The Tradition, which will be newly released at this reading. His poems brim over with a transformative power rooted in both sensuality and the spirit. Claudia Rankine says “To read Jericho Brown’s poems is to encounter devastating genius.” Brown is the recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award and has received fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. He directs the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, and he is WSU’s 2019 Distinguished Visiting Poet.

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.

Summer Exhibition Opening: Kevin Mullins - Fire in the Paint Locker

Friday, April 12
5:00 – 8:00 P.M. Reception
The Ulrich invites you to participate in the opening celebration of a 30 year retrospective of Kevin Mullins’ work. We encourage WSU students, faculty and staff to join members of the community in shared discovery, exchange and delight. Receptions feature art, music, refreshments and fun.

Lecture: David Butler - Thoughts on a Painting by Kevin Mullins

Sunday, April 14
2:00 P.M. Program | Reception Following
Please join David Butler for a personal reflection on a work by Kevin that he has owned and enjoyed for many years. He was a friend and colleague of Kevin’s, as former director of the Ulrich Museum of Art. David is currently the executive director of the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee.

Senior Wednesday: Gallery Walk - Kevin Mullins: Fire in the Paint Locker

Wednesday, April 17
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
Please join guest curator Dan Rouser in an intimate discussion and reflections on the work of Wichita artist and former Ulrich exhibition curator, Kevin Mullins.

Sculpture Dedication: Elyn Zimmerman - Font

Tuesday, April 23
3:30 P.M. Reveal and Remarks
4:00 P.M. Reception - 
Shocker Hall Plaza
5:30 P.M. Artist Talk - 
Ulrich Museum of Art
Font was inspired by an ancient Egyptian altar that featured a round stone sunk into a table. In this interpretation, the round stone of the original altar is replaced by a polished black granite disk. Elyn Zimmerman holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Fine Art from UCLA. Born in Philadelphia, PA, she has lived in New York City since 1977. Since the late 1970s Zimmerman has executed numerous temporary site-specific outdoor sculptural installations for major museums all over the world. Her permanent outdoor sculpture installations are marked by their use of stone and water, as well as their reference to the natural landscape. Zimmerman’s work is held in the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the British Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as several corporate collections.

FUN /  Future Now at the Ulrich 

Friday, April 26
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.

May

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Art History Awards: Randall Griffey

Friday, May 10
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:00 P.M. Award Presentations

6:30 P.M. Guest Speaker
Randall Griffey, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City. 2019 marks the inaugural installment of the annual art history awards. These awards celebrate outstanding achievements by art history students in a number of categories, including outstanding individual research project, performance in art history courses, and growth as an art historian. The art history awards also feature a special recognition for teaching excellence among studio graduate students.

Sculpture Dedication: Tom Otterness - Shockers

Sunday, May 12
3:30 P.M. Reveal and Remarks
4:00 P.M. Reception - 
South Lawn Duerksen Fine Arts Center
5:00 P.M. Artist Talk - 
CAC Theater
The proposed work Shockers is influenced by the large-scale outdoor sculpture Makin’ Hay which resided at Wichita State University for two years. Similarly this new work depicts day laborers yet in this instance there are only two. Depicted in an embrace during a break in their work, the installation celebrates both camaraderie and the history of the “shockers,” the nickname given to the students who used to earn money for their studies by harvesting wheat during the early days of WSU. Shockers was commissioned by Adam Beren and sisters Amy Bressman and Julie Platt in honor of their mother, Joan S. Beren, one of WSU’s strongest fine arts supporters. Joan Beren received a Master of Arts degree from the Fairmount College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, at WSU in 1983 and was an ardent champion of the University and, in particular, the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection for which she established a conservation fund in 2016. Tom Otterness is widely known as one of the most popular public sculptors in North America. His works in bronze, which adorn many plazas and outdoor spaces throughout the world, are recognized for their playful, cartoon-like appearance and accessible nature although they often touch on serious topics such as issues of class, race, and gender.

Senior Wednesday: 2019 ADCI MFA Graduates

Wednesday, May 15
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
Please join us for a celebration of the 2019 MFA Graduates from the School of Art, Design and Creative Industries with presentations by candidates in Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.

June

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Catalogue Launch: Kevin Mullins - Fire in the Paint Locker

Saturday, June 22
5:00 – 7:00 P.M. | Catalogue Launch
Mark your calendar to celebrate the release of the limited edition exhibition catalog, Kevin Mullins: Fire in the Paint Locker. The catalog captures 30 years of Kevin’s work and features essays by David Butler, Elizabeth Dunbar, Bill North, Mike Odom, and David Reed, with an introduction by Dan Rouser. Co-curators Ann Resnick and Dan Rouser will be on hand to sign copies.

A SculpTour Affair

Sunday, June 30
4:00 – 7:00 P.M.
A SculpTour Affair celebrates the renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, considered to be one of the top ten collections on university campus’ across the U.S. This year’s gala event will feature three new acquisitions by nationally and internationally recognized artists: The Celestial
Mechanic
by Randy Regier; Font by Elyn Zimmerman; and Shockers by Tom Otterness.

In May of 2015 the Ulrich Alliance hosted its first gala, A SculpTour Affair, as a biannual fundraising event to support the Ulrich Museum of Art’s exhibitions and critical public programs, such as lectures by visiting artists, scholars, and in-gallery learning opportunities for more than 4,000 students each academic year. Your generous support of this event allows the Ulrich to fund its programs and remain free and open to everyone.

Please join us for a late afternoon stroll with friends and art lovers, cocktails, delicious food, music, and a bit of the unexpected at our next SculpTour Affair
this June. 

To purchase tickets, inquire about sponsorship, make a donation, or for additional information contact Carolyn Copple at Carolyn.copple@wichita.edu or call (316) 978-6646.