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Art Exhibits

  1. Chisholm Trail 150th: The Cowtown that Raised a President

    April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM - May 30, 2018, 4:45 PM @ Eisenhower Presidential Library

    Rare artifacts and historic photographs of life along the Chisholm Trail to celebrate the trail's sesquicentennial. Learn origins of the cowboy boot, and how the phrase “real McCoy” became a familiar phrase in American lexicon. Legendary stories behind near mythical figures like Wild Bill Hickok and others. Dwight Eisenhower developed a love for all things western ... find out why. This lil' cowtown raised a President!

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  2. Water Stories by Lynn Benson

    February 13, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 26, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    "Waterplaces" is a suite of 101 drawings on vellum paper. The exhibition will also present the artist’s 2018 Friends of the Beach Museum of Art Gift Print, "Dancing on the Table." This work reflects Benson's interest in water sources that flow under ground such as the Ogallala Aquifer in parts of Western Kansas and surrounding states. Benson brings attention to this hidden natural treasure in a chine colle´ lithograph with gold leaf and coloring applied by hand.

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  3. Here and Now: KSU Dept. of Art Faculty Exhibition

    March 6, 2018, 10:00 AM - May 12, 2018, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Exhibition represents studio practices by 15 members of the K-State studio art faculty. These works have been made within the last two years and vary in concept and construction. The artwork features the disciplines of ceramics, drawing, fibers, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and new media. Chad Alligood, chief curator of American art at Huntington Library (San Marino, Calif.), will serve as juror and announce award winners at the exhibition opening.

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  4. Made by Hand: A Woman's Journey Expressed Through Fiber

    April 7, 2018, 12:00 PM - May 12, 2018, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Made by Hand presents the work of two female fiber artists, Anita Luvera Mayer and Jennifer Schermerhorn, whose creative talents transform their media into creations that illuminate and express a wide range of emotions, portray a feminine identity and speak to women’s societal roles.

    K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum and Manhattan Arts Center have collaborated for Made by Hand exhibition. Strecker Nelson West Gallery is the Gallery Season Sponsor.

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  5. Intersection: Meeting of the Creative Minds

    April 27, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 9, 2018, 6:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Creative Minds exhibit features works by AlBo Glass, Dick Bixler, Michael Driggs, Jan Joosten, Christina Klein, Diane Lawrence, Owen Oertling, Larry Peters, Jason Sciulla, Nancy Teague, Lynette Ubel and Todd Van Duren.

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  6. River Compositions by Lynn Benson

    May 5, 2018, 12:00 PM - July 15, 2018, 5:00 PM @ The Volland Store Gallery

    In 1969, the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio, burst into flames because sparks fell on oil-covered debris floating on its surface. News of the burning river captured artist Lynn Benson’s imagination and inspired her to study how human activity affects a vitally important resource: water. In a range of mediums, Benson represents bodies of water implicated in environmental and political struggles.

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  7. Made by Hand: A Woman's Journey Expressed Through Fiber

    May 7, 2018, 12:00 PM - May 11, 2018, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Exhibition curated by Marla Day, K-State Historic Costume and Textile Museum (Department of Apparel, Textiles and Interior Design). Mayer gifted her creations to K-State along with many others that have been showcased in Justin Hall and campus galleries. Mayer creates garments by incorporating an incredible range of hand dyeing and embellishing techniques.

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Community Events

  1. “Best of Times, Worst of Times: K-State in 1968”

    April 4, 2018 - October 18, 2018 @ Hale Library

    Exhibit uses items from university archives to illustrate the various events of that tumultuous year. From campus visits by Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy to the mysterious fire that destroyed Nichols Gym, the exhibit explores how national issues played out in Manhattan, alongside traditional university activities. Co-curators: Cliff Hight, Dan Ireton and Ellen Urton.

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  2. Johnny Kaw Birthday Celebration

    May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Join the community-wide celebration for Johnny Kaw, the famous farmer whose statue holds sway over City Park. Our city treasure turns 52 years old this year, and for the first time to our knowledge has never been recognized with a birthday party ... until now! Cake and kids activities mark the occasion, and 1-mile fun run in the park. Get your Johnny selfie as part of the fun, and join the Kaw Club to help renovations to the area around his statue

    For $15 you'll have your very own Johnny Kaw Bobblehead. Fun for all ages to mark National Tourism Week in MHK!

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Craft Shows

  1. Yack & Yarn

    May 1, 2018, 6:00 PM - May 29, 2018, 8:00 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Bring knitting, crocheting or other crafting project to the library and relax with other crafters. Five May programs open to all fiber crafters, regardless of skill level. Supplies will be on hand, but please bring your own projects to work on.

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Festivals & Parades

  1. Johnny Kaw Birthday Celebration

    May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Join the community-wide celebration for Johnny Kaw, the famous farmer whose statue holds sway over City Park. Our city treasure turns 52 years old this year, and for the first time to our knowledge has never been recognized with a birthday party ... until now! Cake and kids activities mark the occasion, and 1-mile fun run. Get your Johnny selfie as part of the fun, and assist renovations to the area around his statue. Fun for all ages to mark National Tourism Week in MHK!

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For the Kids!

  1. Kids' Book Club

    May 10, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Public Library

    Kids grades K-6 invited to join library book club on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. Each month features a different kids' book series, and kids can choose which book from the series they would like to read. No registration required.

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Recreational sports activities/events

  1. Johnny Kaw 1.5K Fun Run at City Park

    May 10, 2018, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ City Park

    Celebrate National Tourism Week with a celebration of Johnny Kaw in City Park. The Kaw 1.5K (1-mile Clarenburg Trail paved course, once around City Park) fun run where we encourage participants to come in period dress, dressed like Johnny Kaw, your favorite Kansan ... get in the spirit for Johnny Kaw's birthday celebration. Stick around for all the fun, a little cake and take in the glowing aura of Johnny Kaw.

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Special Events

  1. Johnny Kaw Birthday Celebration

    May 10, 2018, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM @ Manhattan City Park

    Johnny Kaw lives large in Manhattan City Park, and his tales live large all across Kansas. Join the community-wide birthday celebration for Johnny Kaw with cake and 1-mile fun run among the activities. Get your Johnny Kaw bobblehead and you'll be part of the Kaw Club ($15) to help renovations to the area around his statue. Fun for all ages marks National Tourism Week in MHK! Johnny's our main man, let's help him look the part!

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