On view May 26-June 24, 2017

"Movements of Thread" 
by Chiyoko Myose
Main Gallery

In this show, Chiyoko is showing her paintings from her ongoing bodies of work and four installations. Chiyoko’s installation pieces serve to search different aspects of a sojourner's relationships. Her collection of work is inspired by different threads and has been made in the last several years. Daniel Racer, composer and professor at Friends University, has composed a chamber work inspired by Chiyoko's installations. Cindy Thompson (oboe), Kay Buskirk (viola) and Daniel Racer (double bass) will perform the work at the opening reception. This show has been supported by Artist Grant from Arts Council of Wichita.  Chiyoko is originally from Japan where she earned her BA in English Literature from Doshisha Women's College in Kyoto. She also holds a BFA in painting from Wichita State University.

 

"Fauna Fabrications"
by Ande Hall
Boardroom Gallery

It's not surprising a veterinarian-turned-artist would paint animals. After teaching ballroom dance at night and starting her own ball gown design business, Ande Hall managed to accumulate lots (and lots) of fabric pieces, which she incorporates into her work. Her main focus has been on elephants and rhinos. "It is beyond tragic that African elephants, as well as more than one species of rhino, are facing imminent extinction," Ande said. Since she began selling her art in 2013, she has donated a portion of her income to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's largest and oldest wildlife conservation organization.

 

"Planted"
by Emily Chamberlain
Balcony Gallery

Through process, play and construction, Emily Chamberlain composes environments of imagination and whimsy while blurring the line of the real and imagined to question our experience with nature. Different environments Emily explores offer complex and varied experiences of exploration which she then visualizes in her work. She romanticizes the dynamic, yet ambiguous, qualities of nature and the landscape in order to celebrate nature as an object of our fascination. Emily received her BS in ceramics and art education from Buffalo State College in Buffalo, New York. She is currently working towards her MFA in ceramics at Wichita State University.

 

"Trail Head Visions: Recollections, Collections and Reflections" 
by Meredith Radke-Gannon
Main Hall Gallery

The trails we travel leave lasting visions in our heads. Meredith Radke-Gannon has revisited these moments and recreated them with colors, images and a mixture of land, travel collection compartments and the native saints that have gone before her. Thanks to a grant from the City of Wichita, the pieces int his exhibition were created at the Mesa Art Center in the printmaking studio with a monoprint silkscreen technique.