Ulrich Museum Programs & Events

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

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July

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Senior Wednesday: Ksenya Gurshtein: A Very Short History of Ceramics from Pre-History to Now

Wednesday, July 17
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
In advance of the Museum's presentation of Clay Currents: Wichita National Ceramics Invitational in the Fall of 2019, Ulrich curator Ksenya Gurshtein will give a brief introduction to some of the highlights of humanity's engagement with clay across many cultures and centuries. 

August

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Empty Bowls: Community Build-a-Bowl Workshop

Wednesday, August 28
4:30-7:00 P.M. | Henrion Hall
Join the fight against hunger in our community and learn how to make a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl with the WSU Ceramics Guild as they demonstrate ceramic wheel throwing and introduce new hand-building techniques. The bowl you make will be donated to the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off fundraiser on October 5 to benefit the Kansas Food Bank.

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

September

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Writing Now / Reading Now: Ilya Kaminsky

Tuesday, September 10
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:00 P.M. Poetry Reading | McKnight Art Center Atrium
Come hear the most wildly praised poetry book of the year, Deaf Republic, by the Soviet emigre and dazzling American poet Ilya Kaminsky. Part fairy-tale, part political parable, this work of "profound imagination" (The New Yorker) conjures a town where the people go deaf in solidarity with a deaf boy shot by military police. A timeless story that speaks uniquely to our time. 

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.

WSU Reads / Author Book Signing: Bill Burnett

Thursday, September 12
8:00-9:15 A.M.

Kickoff this year's Academic Convocation with coffee, pastries, and convocation keynote speaker Bill Burnett, who will be on-hand to sign copies of Designing Your Life, the WSU Reads 2019-2020 book selection. This program is organized by the Office of First Year Programs.  

Fall Exhibition Opening Party & Teacher Preview

Thursday, September 12
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.

Ulrich receptions are free and open to the public. For additional information call (316) 978-3664 or email ulrich@wichita.edu.

Ceramic Workshop / John Neely 

Thursday, September 12 and Friday, September 13
9:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. and 1:30-4:00 P.M. | Henrion Hall
TBA 

Clay Currents Artist Talk / John Neely 

Friday, September 13
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:30 P.M. Artist Talk 
TBA

Senior Wednesday: Ulrich Interns Take Over

Wednesday, September 18
10:00 A.M. Refreshments | 10:30 A.M. Program
While the cat's away the mice will play! Our amazing team of Ulrich student interns for the new academic year will present on... (you'll have to wait until August to hear what they have planned--but we'll let you know!) 

Clay Currents Artist Talk / Louise Rosenfield 

Friday, September 26
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:30 P.M. Artist Talk 
TBA

Patron Connection 

Thursday, September 26
Time and Place TBD
TBA

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.

October

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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
6:30 P.M. Artist Talk 
TBA

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
TBA

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.

November

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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
TBA 

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

Friday, November 8
5:30 P.M. Reception
6:30 P.M. Artist Talk 
TBA

Clay Currents / Panel Discussion

Saturday, November 9
1:30 P.M. Reception
TBA

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

Tuesday, November 12
5:30 P.M. Reception | Ulrich Museum
6:00 P.M. Program | CAC Theatre
TBA  

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.

December

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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.
TBA. 

Grad School Mixer

Friday, December 6
3:00-5:00 P.M. 
TBA