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Art Exhibits

  1. Picturing Kansas

    October 5, 2018, 10:00 AM - June 1, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Scenic prairies, bucolic farms and the architecture of Kansas’ agricultural industry, exhibition features more than 100 years of works by Kansas artists reflecting sense of place. Cornerstone for museum’s popular “Picturing Kansas” school tour program which integrates art, history, environmental and agricultural science, and language arts.

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  2. Voices: Art Linking Asia and the West

    December 4, 2018, 10:00 AM - December 21, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    One section of the Seaton Gallery will highlight the back-and-forth exchange of aesthetics and ideas between East and West through objects in the museum’s permanent collection, made by artists who traveled between the two regions. This project collaboration between curator Aileen June Wang and University of Kansas art history professors Sherry Fowler and Maki Kaneko.

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  3. Celebrating Heroes: American Mural Studies of 1930s & 1940s (Hirsch Collection)

    March 5, 2019, 10:00 AM - June 19, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    The '30s and '40s were a golden age for murals in America when the everyday worker rose to the status of hero. Murals celebrate the work of miners, farmers and other laborers and cover walls in public buildings across the country. Preliminary ideas played out in sketches and nearly 50of these are displayed in this exhibition. On loan from Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College.

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  4. Beyond Gravity: Selections from the Permanent Collection

    April 2, 2019, 10:00 AM - November 30, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Exhibition celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landing by Americans and complements Manhattan Public Library’s summer reading theme, "A Universe of Stories."

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  5. Manhattan Area Photographers Exhibit

    April 13, 2019, 12:00 PM - May 11, 2019, 5:30 PM @ Manhattan Arts Center

    Biennial contest features Kansas photographers located within 40-mile radius. Entries scored by judges and 51 photos with highest scores are on display in this exhibit. Artwork of 25 photographers featured.

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  6. An Endless Line

    April 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - June 8, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Strecker Nelson West Gallery

    Featuring works by the area's finest abstract artists.

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Community Events

  1. Parks & Rec Trail Talks 2019

    May 2, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Discussions on priority plans for Manhattan's trails and community accessibility. Trail Talks provides opportunity for community engagement with Manhattan Parks and Recreation to learn about planned improvements, development priority plans for trails system's future and how you can become involved (contact Assistant Director Wyatt Thompson, 785.587.2767).

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Cultural Events, Productions, Concerts

  1. Wedding Murder Mystery

    April 25, 2019, 7:30 PM - May 4, 2019, 9:30 PM @ Columbian Theatre

    Beautiful bride, nervous groom and unhinged mother-in-law; audiences are in for delightful evening of comedy, romance, murder and delish catered dinner as identity of the wedding night killer is revealed. Dinner and of course wedding cake part of this show package.

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  2. Free concert featuring DaniLeigh

    May 2, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM @ Bosco Student Plaza

    Known for her song “Lil Bebe,” DaniLeigh’s latest album, “The Plan,” dropped in November 2018. She apprenticed with Prince and is preparing to perform in three different countries this summer. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the K-State Student Union Courtyard.

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  3. Landshark Music Series: Jimmy Lewin and the Kingtones

    May 2, 2019, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Coco Bolos

    Join Bolos' crew for loud food and spicy music with Jimmy Lewin and the Kingtones, part of the Landshark Music Series. Corner entrance to Aggieville for Bolo of a good time.

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Public Lectures, Workshops & Readings

  1. Heroes for Hard Times: American Art During the 1930s and 1940s

    May 2, 2019, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM @ Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art

    Global crises of the 1930s and '40s compelled American artists to make art that fulfilled both personal and national needs for pride and hope. This talk by Lara Kuykendall, associate professor of art history at Ball State University, explores ways in which artists used heroic characters to symbolize national ideals and aspirations.

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Special Events

  1. Framed: Step Into Art

    January 26, 2019, 10:00 AM - May 12, 2019, 5:00 PM @ Flint Hills Discovery Center

    Life inside a painting may sound like a Twilight Zone episode remake. Until now. Center guests immersed into different paintings to grow appreciation for artistic creations. Exhibit "prompts" spark thoughtful conversations and connections. Plus, experience favorite children’s books come to life at the second-floor children's exhibition area! Life-sized scenes from popular children’s novels allow visitors to feel part of the story.

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  2. Taste of Summer: Cider Contest

    May 2, 2019, 4:00 PM - May 3, 2019, 6:00 PM @ Liquid Art Winery and Estate

    Liquid Art Winery has narrowed fan favorite cider choices to top three on-tap flavors: Cherry Limeade (last year's winner), Raspberry Stinger or Lemon Kicker. What will be the new "Taste of Summer?" A true Cidermergency! During tasting room hours, the winery front patio is the spot for free samples of these three favorites (must be 21) and ask for your vote on the new taste of summer!

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