Chaz Guest, "The Tenth," 2019, oil paint, ink, linen. Gift of Ms. Feng Jianhua. Black Civil War soldiers and their horses are pictured in a wooded area in this painting.

Join the Ulrich Museum of Art for a talk by Chaz Guest, an American painter and sculptor of profound inventiveness known for capturing the raw essence of the universal human spirit, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28 in the Beren Gallery. A reception will be held at 5:30 p.m.

Voices from the Vault is a series of artist talks to celebrate the Ulrich Museum’s 50th anniversary. Guest’s vivid painting, “The Tenth,” was acquired by the Ulrich in 2022 and featured in the recent exhibition, “Myths of the West: Narrating Stories of the Land and People Through Wichita Art Collections.”

Swirls of red, black, blue and yellow make up this abstract painting by Alexander Calder. "Fall 2023 Exhibition Opening Celebration, 5-8 p.m., Thursday, August 24" "Ulrich Museum of Art"

Everyone is invited to an exploration of the Ulrich Museum of Art’s newest exhibitions on display this fall:

  • Lesley Dill | Wilderness: Light Sizzles Around Me
  • Where We Belong: Refugee Stories from Wichita
  • chroma [kroh-muh]
  • Zahy Tentehar: The Civilized.

Ulrich receptions are more than a party; they’re an engagement of artists and art fans with entertainment, food and fun. Everyone is welcome to attend this event from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 at no additional charge.

Graphic featuring images of some of the ShiftSpace artwork with the text, "Elemental Bodies opening reception. March 3, 5-8 p.m. Groover Labs, 334 Francis St. Wichita, KS" and the ShiftSpace logo.

Elemental Bodies Part Two is curated by the ShiftSpace Gallery assistants. The show is about the connections between the physical and figurative elements of the earth such as water, wood and plastic with the human body.

The opening reception will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, and food and refreshments will be provided to participants. ShiftSpace Gallery is located at Groover Labs at 344 Frances St.

Any questions can be directed to Jefferson Godard, ShiftSpace Gallery Manager at

WSU ShiftSpace is proud to present its next show, “Elemental Bodies,” and is looking for artists to participate and show off their work in the gallery space starting Friday, March 3. Any kind of artwork can be submitted, including sculptures, paintings, drawings, photographs and more.

ShiftSpace is a student-run gallery located in downtown Wichita. Local artists and WSU students are welcome to submit their work. ShiftSpace is welcoming both art that has already been made and original pieces made just for the show. Artwork should be brought in by Sunday, Feb. 26.

Artists interested in creating an all-original work or bringing in pre-existing artwork need to make sure it fits the show’s title and theme of “Elemental Bodies.” This can be the embodiment of certain real-world elements such as fire, water, earth, air or others, but it can also contain fictional or non-physical elements.

For more information, reach out to ShiftSpace by emailing Jada Whiterock at or Jefferson Godard, gallery manager, at

Explore the newest exhibitions on display this semester at the Spring Exhibition Opening Celebration from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26 in the Ulrich Museum of Art. Come for a sip, a snack and a first look at these works on display:

Tuan Andrew Nguyen: The Boat People in the Amsden Gallery
In his 2020 film, Vietnamese artist Tuan Andrew Nguyen visualizes a depopulated, post-apocalyptic world, where a group of five children sail the seas and try to understand their ancestors’ past through the traces of material culture they find.

Nature in the Floating World: Images of Nature in Japanese and Chinese Art
Featuring Japanese woodcut prints by internationally influential 19th century masters of ukiyo-e as Andō Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai, a variety of works by participants in the 20th century shin-hanga and sōsaku-hanga movements to revive and revitalize woodcut printing, and two large-scale works by contemporary Chinese artists Huang Yan and Liu Guosong. These works capture great inventiveness and beauty in approaches to depicting the natural world and reveal its deep interconnectedness with human life.

Transmissions: The XXIV Faculty Biennial
The longest-running series of exhibitions at the Ulrich Museum, the Biennial represents the breadth of creative work and research being undertaken by the faculty of WSU’s School of Art, Design and Creative Industries. The 2023 edition showcases the work of faculty who specialize in art history, art education, ceramics, drawing, fiber, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and mixed and new media.

Ulrich receptions are an engagement of artists and art fans with music, food and fun. Like all of their events, the Opening Celebration is free and everyone is welcome.

People, Pride & Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-in, America's First Successful Student-led Lunch Counter Sit-in Gallery Exhibition, January 9-31, Cadman Art Gallery featuring Dr. Galyn Vesey

“People, Pride & Promise: The Story of the Dockum Sit-in” is an exhibit that commemorates America’s first successful student-led lunch counter sit-in and will be displayed through Jan. 31 at the Cadman Art Gallery in the Rhatigan Student Center.

The exhibit explores how early civil rights era lunch counter protests helped shape and transform the struggles for racial equality in America. Through historical contexts and articles, it will tell the little-known story of the Dockum sit-in, as well as the story of Dr. Galyn Vesey, who was among a small group of students that led this historic protest on July 19, 1958.

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University has partnered with Envision’s Arts Program to showcase five paintings from Savannah, a visually impaired artist, in the new Woolsey Hall. Her work, which resides on the third floor of Woolsey, can be viewed at any time during operating hours and is part of a rotating art installation with Envision in the space. Savannah’s art joins a variety of other original pieces from local artists located throughout the facility.

Savannah uses continuous spirals to create repetitive patterns in her art. Along with having her pieces displayed in Woolsey Hall, her work can be found on a special limited edition wine label with Liquid Art Winery and Estates in Manhattan, Kansas. Her art is also featured in the Envision Art Gallery and Community Engagement Center, which opened its doors earlier this year.

The Barton School’s Woolsey Hall art collection and promotion of visual artists are rooted in a commitment to helping its business students blossom. By developing creative and artistic mindsets, the Barton School opens its students’ eyes to innovative and inspired solutions.

Join artist Chris Pappan for a reception and artist talk at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 29 at Wichita State’s Ulrich Museum of Art.

In the mid-19th century, paper was introduced to the Indigenous people of the American Great Plains through the ledger books of the encroaching Americans. That paper became a vehicle to record memories, retain connections to the land, and visually record acts of resistance.

Through serendipity, artist Chris Pappan has taken on the responsibility of carrying on this tradition and attempts, in his work, to expand the boundaries of tradition, the ideas expressed within it, and expand viewers’ perceptions of who Native people were and who they are now.

Exploring the work of influential historical ledger artists, Pappan will share how his work relates to and then veers away from tradition to explore contemporary narratives through acts of visual resistance.

This program is in conjunction with “Myths of The West: Narrating Stories of the Land and People Through Wichita Art Collections,” on exhibit in the Polk/Wilson and Amsden Galleries through Dec. 3.

Artist Cheryl Pope and her work, Room with Two Nightstands, 2022, needle-punched wool roving on cashmere. Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Join artist Cheryl Pope as she discusses her recent body of work on view in our current exhibition, “Cheryl Pope: Variations on a Love Theme,” featuring her unique punched-wool-on-cashmere technique on Oct. 20 at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State.

Pope creates richly textured and colorful textile paintings that recreate deeply personal recollections and the silent complexities of beautiful and tragic oscillations between love and loss in our everyday lives.

There will be a reception at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. A live stream of the program is linked below. This program will not be available to view after the talk streams on YouTube.

Ceramic bowls from 10 high schools across Wichita will be displayed at the WSU Shiftspace Gallery Oct. 7-19. High school students created these bowls to raise hunger awareness in partnership with Wichita Empty Bowls.

ShiftSpace Gallery, which is located at 334 St Francis in Wichita, is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The bowls were created to be either donated during the Empty Bowls Chili Cook-off later this month or be kept by the students who created them. Stop by to see some fantastic artwork and check out the Wichita Empty Bowl events for the rest of the year at the link below.

If you have any questions feel free to email