Tour Request Form
To schedule a guided tour of Ulrich exhibitions and/or the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, please complete and submit the electronic form below and a museum staff member will follow up to confirm your tour request. Guided tours are wheelchair accessible. For additional information, contact the education department at 316-978-7116 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lowell Nesbitt: Apollo, 1969
August 19–November 17, 2019 | Experiential Engineering Building, 2nd floor
In 1969, the artist Lowell Nesbitt was invited by NASA to create artwork to commemorate the Apollo 9 mission — the first flight of the full Apollo spacecraft that would eventually take humans to the moon later that year during the Apollo 11 mission. Based on his time at Cape Canaveral, Nesbitt produced a portfolio of prints that will be on view during this special exhibition timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo missions. On view in the Experiential Engineering building, where WSU faculty and students continue to conduct NASA-funded research to this day, this exhibition will be the pilot for the new Ulrich Connections project through which the Ulrich Museum will look for strategic partnerships on and off campus to raise the visibility of the museum’s collection and bring it to new audiences.
Teachable Moments: The XXII Faculty Biennial
September 12–December 8, 2019
A tradition in its forty-fourth year on the WSU campus, the Faculty Biennial represents the breadth of creative work and research being undertaken by the faculty of the School of Art, Design, and Creative Industries. This year's exhibition will showcase the faculty's work in art history and education, ceramics, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and new media. The theme, "teachable moments," seeks to prompt reflections and start conversations about the role of both formal education and informal learning in creative work, and the relationships between the faculty's art-making and research and the time spent mentoring WSU students in the classroom and beyond.
The exhibition will be accompanied by short, informal lunch-hour talks to be given by each participating artist and one-hour research presentations by faculty who do not have work on view in the gallery. Talks will take place on Tuesdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. between September 17th and November 26th, with two talks happening each Tuesday.
Clay Currents: The Wichita National Ceramics Invitational
September 12–December 8, 2019
Clay possesses a truly remarkable versatility that the Wichita National Ceramics Invitational will highlight. Bringing together nearly thirty artists from around the United States, this exhibition will showcase the range of possibilities that contemporary ceramicists are exploring. With two earlier editions having taken place at the Reuben Saunders Gallery, this exhibition, now in its third year, will continue to introduce the Wichita community to some of the most exciting work being done in clay today.
Programs in conjunction with the exhibition will include workshops and talks by two ceramics artists, John Nealy and Pattie Chalmers, as well as a public talk by the prominent ceramics collector Louise Rosenfield and a panel discussion with artists Pattie Chalmers, Trisha Coates, and WSU's Ted Adler.
Solving for X = Accessibility
September 12–December 8, 2019 | Grafly Gallery
Solving for X is a series of exhibitions organized by the Ulrich Museum of Art in collaboration with university scholars across campus. The intent of the Museum is to work with WSU scholars in all disciplines who are problem-solving for accessibility to create visualizations of their research. The objective is to explore the potential for the Museum to make accessible to the public the fascinating and essential research taking place on campus. We are thrilled by the opportunity to work with researchers across campus and excited about the challenges we will face together in discovering how to create visual pathways to understanding.
Our second project in the series features the research of Dr. Vinod Nambodiri, associate professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer science, who is developing GuideBeacon, a wayfinding app that uses beacons to assist blind and visually impaired (BVI) people in navigating between any two (indoor or outdoor) points. At the Ulrich Museum of Art, we are transforming the Grafly Gallery into a test site for GuideBeacon by offering multi-sensory access to a selection of works of art from the Museum’s permanent collection. The five works from the collection will each be displayed next to touchable 3D sculptural representations of the work. GuideBeacon will be loaded with audio guides that provide descriptions and contemporary contexts for each piece. We will also be offering opportunities for simulated BVI experiences and limited mobility experiences encouraging increased understanding and empathy.
The Ulrich Museum will be working with the Instructional Design and Access Team here at WSU to produce the tactile graphics.
Zoe Beloff: Emotions Go to Work
January 23–March 29, 2020
Zoe Beloff's interactive multi-media installation Emotions Go to Work investigates how technology is used to turn our feelings into valuable assets. One might call it the transformation of emotion into capital. The project, accompanied by a limted-edition book, is an exploration of the "dream life of technology" and of our imaginative and imagined relationships with machines - how we create them in our image, shape them to serve our desires, and how they, in turn, reshape us.
Beloff is an artist and filmmaker who lives in and works in New York City. Her projects often involve a range of media including films, drawings, and archival documents organized around a theme. Over the course of a thirty-year career, her interests have included psychoanalysis, mediums, and mental health institutions; new forms of community; anti-fascist art and activism; and, recently, the history of relationships between labor, technology, and our emotional lives. In all she does, her work attests to a belief that critique and protest should be vibrant, humorous, and colorful - a carnival of resistance to light the way in dark times.
Emotions Go to Work will be accompanied by a film series co-curated by the artist and Rebecca Cleman of Electronic Arts Intermix, New York.
Lee Adler: A Mad Man Amid the Machines
January 23–March 29, 2020
Based largely on the Ulrich's uniquely rich holdings of works by Lee Adler (1926-2003), this exhibition will reassess the legacy of a forgotten artist and show how the imagery he created in the 1960s and 1970s foreshadowed urgent present-day concerns about the way human lives have become intertwined with the technology that surrounds them.
A native of Brooklyn in its industrial heyday, Adler came to art-making in his forties, having already established a successful career in marketing - he worked for a time at one of the advertising firms featured on the TV show Mad Men. He threw himself head first into his new pursuit throughout the late 1960s and 1970s. Adler contributed as his answer a visual remarkably tied to the forms of living things. At once whimsical and unnerving, Adler's compositions evoke processes of ingestion, digestion, and explusion of matter as it moves through both living and mechanical systems. In Adler's work, the machines are humanized while human figures become machines, and his forms continue to capture something essential today about our reality as hapless cyborgs confused about where "nature" ends and technological culture begins.
A.P. Vague: Digital Palimpsest(s)
January 23–March 29, 2020 | Amsden Gallery
April 16–July 12, 2020
We all need to get away sometimes - to take a vacation from the oridnary. And what can transport our imagination better than art? It helps our thoughts wander, encourages reflection on life's journeys, and takes us places where we may not be able to go by any other means. In the summer of 2020, during the season of vacations when many of us will be looking for a change of scenery and a change of pace, the Ulrich will present On Vacation! to celebrate the fun and excitement of visiting an art museum.
Drawn entirely from the Ulrich permanent collection, the shows will feature approximately ten series of prints that capture images of places and events that present an exciting array of possible vacation spots - from big cities (Berlin and New York) to small-town diners, from the beach to a bullfight and the circus.
Accompanied by a series of programs that will engage visitors with both the art and with related experiences found right here in Wichita, this exhibition will be the perfect way to get away from it all while still getting to sleep in the comfort of your own bed.