Ulrich Museum of Art

Ulrich Museum of Art The Ulrich Museum of Art is Wichita State University's museum for modern and contemporary art.
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The Ulrich Museum of Art, located on the campus of Wichita State University, is the region's source for modern and contemporary art. The Ulrich provides a unique opportunity for you to view our world through the eyes of the leading artists of today.

Happy International Sculpture Day! Of course, the Ulrich Museum is well-known for its world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor...
04/25/2020

Happy International Sculpture Day! Of course, the Ulrich Museum is well-known for its world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the Wichita State University campus, which features 80 pieces from some of the most celebrated sculptors of the 20th & 21st centuries. However, it’s our soon-to-be 81st piece that we’re currently most excited about.

We are happy to report that Alice Aycock's sculpture, "Twister Grande," is moving forward as planned. The shop in Florida that is fabricating the sculpture is still functioning; they sent us some photos of the work in progress (below, along with rendition of the sculpture), and are confident everything will be ready in time for its installation on the Wichita State University "Innovation Campus" scheduled for the first week of August.

Aycock was the 2018 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award in Contemporary Sculpture from the International Sculpture Center — a testament to her significance in the field. The “Twister” series is the culmination of Aycock’s practice. It gives solid form to the ever-moving natural force of wind, which impacts Kansas more than most places, and combines it with the imagery of dance and a complex production process that makes advances in contemporary computer-assisted design visible and palpable.

Once on campus, the 13-foot, powder-coated aluminum sculpture will be a significant addition to our sculpture collection, which currently contains only a handful of key works by major women sculptors. Adding this work by Alice Aycock will celebrate the best that art has to offer in public space while also celebrating a woman artist who herself a force of nature.

It will still be several months before the Aycock sculpture is installed. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts (and pictures) below on which Ulrich sculpture is your favorite!

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Happy Arbor Day! Here’s a lovely photo taken earlier today by our Exhibition Designer and Production Manager James Porte...
04/24/2020

Happy Arbor Day! Here’s a lovely photo taken earlier today by our Exhibition Designer and Production Manager James Porter with Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture, “Wichita Arch,” in the background.

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Happy Friday! (It is Friday, right?) Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from KMUW’s Jordan Kirtley, who is also o...
04/24/2020

Happy Friday! (It is Friday, right?) Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from KMUW’s Jordan Kirtley, who is also one of our amazing Ulrich Alliance members. Jordan chose Kara Walker’s print, “Confederate Prisoners being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (annotated),” 2005.

According to Jordan:

“I started my undergrad at WSU as a painting major, but switched to printmaking after taking the intro course. It was during this time that I first learned of the artist Kara Walker. The way she captures so much detail in seemingly simplistic silhouettes is completely captivating. ‘The silhouette says a lot with very little information, but that's also what the stereotype does. So I saw the silhouette and the stereotype as linked.’”—Kara Walker

Great choice—thanks for sharing, Jordan! What’s your favorite piece from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (accessible through our website), choose your favorite work, and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

Caption: Kara Walker, “Confederate Prisoners being Conducted from Jonesborough to Atlanta. Harper's Pictorial History of the Civil War (annotated),” 2005. Print, offset lithograph; screen print; paper, 38 29/32 H x 53 W in.

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Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from our Head of Education Jana Erwin, who chose  Adriane Herman’s “TP, dog fo...
04/23/2020

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from our Head of Education Jana Erwin, who chose
Adriane Herman’s “TP, dog food, shrooms,” (2007).

As Jana says, the piece resonates now more than ever during these challenging times:

“As we see our everyday activities transformed and reimagined—those once taken for granted that have now become activities of privilege, such as a simple trip to the grocery store—I am drawn back to Adriane Herman’s List series and the subtlety of our shared experiences during this time of universal upheaval, however mundane or overlooked. Gathered through barter, solicitation, and as found objects, Herman monumentalizes and lovingly reproduces hand-written lists on scraps of paper, often creased, crumpled and discarded, by people setting out their daily and momentary intentions. Herman’s process is both additive and reductive—she creates twenty-eight layers of inlaid varnishing clay, hand-carves the list into the clay, in-fills with a contrasting color using the red and black color palette of ancient Greek pottery, and then sands down the top surface to reveal the list below. Herman has likened this process to the sense of rediscovery experienced in an archeological dig.”

Well said; thanks, Jana, for sharing!

Caption: Adriane Herman, American,
“TP, dog food, shrooms,” 2007. Clay, incising, burnishing on wood object, 13 H x 11 1/2 W x 3/4 D in.

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal, choose your favorite work, and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

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HAPPY EARTH DAY! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here’s a photograph from our permanent collection that ...
04/22/2020

HAPPY EARTH DAY! To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, here’s a photograph from our permanent collection that showcases the natural beauty around us. This photograph is from Terry Evans, titled “Green Watering Hole, Aerial, July,” 2009, and is part of the Matfield Green Series. Chromogenic color print; paper, 39 1/4 H x 39 1/8 W in.

Description: Colorful, symmetrically square photograph showing the landscape of rural Kansas through a view from above looking down to the ground. The landscape is a flat field of green vegetation. In the center of the view is a round watering hole or pond with numerous trails stretching out from the pond in all directions. Some power lines are stretching diagonally across the lower half of the photo. By looking closely, a white animal (probably a horse) is visible on the right edge of the pond near the center of the photo. The photo shows a high level of detail through the different textures and shades of green that are visible through the sharp focus of the image.
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The U-News weekly newsletter is now available: https://mailchi.mp/wichita.edu/a-new-direction-for-the-ulrich-during-thes...
04/21/2020
A new direction for the Ulrich during these challenging times

The U-News weekly newsletter is now available: https://mailchi.mp/wichita.edu/a-new-direction-for-the-ulrich-during-these-challenging-times

Hi, everyone: I am very sorry to share with you that the Ulrich has decided to cancel “To the Hoop: Basketball and Contemporary Art,” due to the uncertainty of the Museum being open for public gatherings in August and into the Fall.   In response, we are taking a proactive approach to planning ...

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Lee Harter, a senior from El Dorado majoring in English and minoring in A...
04/21/2020

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick comes from Lee Harter, a senior from El Dorado majoring in English and minoring in Anthropology. Lee just finished serving as a student employee at the Museum and will be sorely missed. He chose Ronald Christ’s painting, “Still Life (From Massa Marittima),” 1993.

As Lee says:

“I personally really enjoy landscapes, and there is an interesting sort of clash with standard still lifes. The idea that usually nothing exists in the whole painting but the objects that are the focus of the painting, but this has the open windows positioned to give a greater sense of scale and openness.”

Caption: Ronald Christ, “Still Life (From Massa Marittima),” 1993. Painting, oil paint; linen, 55 H x 48 W in.

Well put, Lee; thanks for sharing! What’s your favorite piece from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (accessible through our website), pick your favorite work, and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

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More great info on our world-famous mural. Thanks, Wichita State University Alumni Association!
04/21/2020

More great info on our world-famous mural. Thanks, Wichita State University Alumni Association!

#HappyBirthdayJoanMiro It was quiet #OnCampus this Monday afternoon #InTheTimeOfCoronavirus. Just south across the street from Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art and its southern façade — graced by Joan Miró’s monumental mosaic Personnages Oiseaux, or “Bird People” — the tulips are past their prime, but still add a vibrant field of color to this campus scene, one of our favorites. It was on this day in 1893 that Miró was born in Barcelona, Spain. The great Spanish surrealist painter, sculptor and ceramicist never did see his “Bird People” in situ, in person. He was 85 years old when the massive mosaic mural designed by him and put together from some million pieces of vividly colored Venetian glass and white and gray marble by artisans at the Ateliers de Jacques Loire in Chartres, France, was installed on Wichita State’s campus in September and early October 1978. #BirdPeople #ShockArt

04/20/2020
Ulrich Staff Selections: Intern Nellie Elliott on Artist Margaret Wertheim

The latest "Staff Selections" clip is now available on our YouTube channel! In it, Curatorial and Education Intern Nellie Elliott introduces an excerpt from Science Writer/Artist Margaret Wertheim's September 2013 talk. In the excerpt, Wertheim discusses her project crocheting coral reefs, which she developed with her sister, artist Christine Wertheim. After this brief clip, be sure to watch Wertheim's clip in its entirety on the Ulrich Museum YouTube channel.
https://youtu.be/y1PxGHgmmDw

In this brief clip, Ulrich Curatorial and Education Intern Nellie Elliott introduces a brief excerpt from Artist/Scientist/Writer Margaret Wertheim's Septemb...

Congratulations to Bob Workman—past director of the Ulrich Museum of Art and WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Indu...
04/20/2020
College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame selects five Recipients for 2020

Congratulations to Bob Workman—past director of the Ulrich Museum of Art and WSU School of Art, Design and Creative Industries alum—on being inducted into the WSU College of Fine Arts Hall of Fame!

April 16, 2020 -- The Wichita State University College of Fine Arts will honor five shockers as the 2020 class of inductees.

Born on this day, April 20: acclaimed painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Miró (1893-1983) in Barcelona, Spain. Of co...
04/20/2020

Born on this day, April 20: acclaimed painter, sculptor, and ceramicist Joan Miró (1893-1983) in Barcelona, Spain. Of course, the Ulrich is well-known for its glorious Miró mural, “Personnages Oiseaux (Bird People),” 1977, which graces the front of our building and stands out as a welcoming icon of @wichitastateu. With its brilliance of color, dazzling play of light, and playful imagery, it is arguably the most significant piece of public art in the State of Kansas.

Among the photos in this series are: a picture of Miro touring the mural’s installation, and its unveiling in the late 1970s; and its removal for restoration in 2011 (completed in 2016).

Mural Caption: Joan Miró, “Personnages Oiseaux,” 1977. Mixed media, Venetian glass; marble; stainless steel. 316 3/8 H x 625 W in. Gift of artist at reduced cost, University Art Collection Committee purchase with funds from the Student Government Association Student Fees and Private Donors.

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Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick is the third (and final) selection from our wonderful docent Jim Farley. Jim has cho...
04/20/2020

Today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” pick is the third (and final) selection from our wonderful docent Jim Farley. Jim has chosen Peggy Bacon’s drawing, “The Baby Carriage,” 1928.

As Jim says:

“I like it for its rather humorous depiction of an ordinary activity of daily living. The artist had two children, so she probably could draw on her own experience. She was well-known for her paintings, portraits, drawings, illustrations, prints, caricatures, articles, and books. She was quite prolific as an artist and a writer. It is interesting that works by several artists, including Bacon and Isabel Bishop, are in a 2020 exhibit at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, entitled ‘Steel and Sky: Views of New York City.’”

Thank you, Jim, for sharing these amazing—and wide-ranging—works with us. It’s been great to hear your thoughts on them!

What’s your pick from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (accessible through our website), pick your favorite work, and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

Caption: Peggy Bacon, “The Baby Carriage,” 1928. Drawing, pastel; paper, 17 7/8 H x 14 1/4 W in.

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Born on this day, April 19: the incomparable painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, in Medellin, Colombia in 1932. Consid...
04/19/2020

Born on this day, April 19: the incomparable painter and sculptor Fernando Botero, in Medellin, Colombia in 1932. Considered the most recognized and quoted living Latin American artist, Botero is best known for his signature style, “Boteroism,” which features exaggerated, over-sized figures as a way to comment on contemporary social and political issues.

The Ulrich is fortunate to have not one, but TWO Botero pieces in our permanent collection, though most people think of them as a singular piece: “Man with Cane,” and “Woman with Umbrella.” The popular sculptures are a part of our world-class Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on the @wichitastateu campus. Other famous Botero pieces can be found in such high-profile places as Park Avenue in NYC, and the Champs-Élysées in Paris.

Fernando Botero, “Man with Cane,” 1977. Sculpture, bronze; casting, 76 1/2 H x 38 1/4 W x 34 D in.

Fernando Botero, “Woman with Umbrella,” 1977. Sculpture, bronze; casting, 89 3/8 H x 36 1/4 W x 33 1/2 D in.
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Both sculptures were a gift of George and Virginia Ablah.

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As promised, today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” is the second of three picks submitted by Ulrich docent Jim Farley. This tim...
04/17/2020

As promised, today’s “Meet Me in the Vault” is the second of three picks submitted by Ulrich docent Jim Farley. This time around, Jim spotlights a lithograph from Chinese artist Hung Liu entitled “Miss Fortune,” 1995.

As Jim says:

“I think this is from her ‘Fortune Cookie’ series, using antique pictures that she acquired from a defunct photographer's studio. Her technique of utilizing historic mages in her paintings and prints was on display last year as part of the Depression Era photography exhibit at the Wichita Art Museum. I guess it's our misfortune that we are all in the same boat!”

Caption: Hung Liu (printed by Jos Sances), “MISS FORTUNE,” 1995. Screen print, 22 H x 22 W in.

What’s your favorite piece from our permanent collection? Explore our new Collection Portal (accessible through our website), pick your favorite work, and email your name, artist and title, and your reasons for choosing it to [email protected]. We’d love to hear from you!

#ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #wichitastateuniversity #wichita #ict #wichitaart #ictart #contemporaryart #hungliu #hungliuart #meetmeinthevault #museumfromhome

Dear Shocker Friends, please consider taking this survey to help WSU shape its future. Thanks!
04/16/2020

Dear Shocker Friends, please consider taking this survey to help WSU shape its future. Thanks!

WSU President Jay Golden has been on the job for not even six months yet — and is facing unprecedented challenges in this #TimeOfCoronavirus. Well before the pandemic hit, Dr. Golden was working to get your alumni thoughts about the future shape of Wichita State. Please, Shockers, take time to share your views and complete this survey at https://wsu.news/survey. #ShockerNation #WichitaStateNOW

Born on this day: influential African American artist Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) in Philadelphia, PA. Hendricks is...
04/16/2020

Born on this day: influential African American artist Barkley L. Hendricks (1945-2017) in Philadelphia, PA. Hendricks is best known for his socially-charged, life-size portraits of urban African Americans in classical poses, his way of correcting the canon that historically overlooked Black subjects.

The Ulrich is fortunate to have this Hendricks piece in our collection, his “Brother John Keys, Over!,” 1971. Acrylic paint; canvas, 61 1/2 H x 46 1/2 W x 46 1/2 D in.

#botd #barkleyhendricks #barkleylhendricks #ulrichmuseum #ulrichmuseumofart #wichitastateuniversity #contemporaryart #museumfromhome

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I need a favor from you. Can you push this email to anyone who has an email for Ronald Christ to see if he can authenticate the above two works. These are the two works both on canvas that I have donated to the Raymer Society charity auction and Red Barn Museum of Lindsborg and if I can firm up the authentication then it would benefit all arts of Kansas. These works where found with signed WSU graduate works of Italy at that time in the 1990s known Wichita Art authority to possibly attribute these to Mr. Christ. Please feel free to forward to anyone you think may help. I need to know one way or other by Friday. I thank everone in advance for your cooperation.
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One of today's tours using our new gallery chairs. Their assignment was to choose one of our works and write a paper on it. The chairs allowed them to sit right in front of their chosen works so they could take notes on the piece and record their reactions to it.