On view June 29-July 21, 2018
“Doug Billings: A Retrospective (Sort Of)”
by Doug Billings | Main Gallery
Doug Billings’ new exhibition showcases more than 30 years of paintings and printmaking. Doug has never been able to work on the same subject matter or process for more than five years; his need to change things up helps him maintain a high energy level in the studio. He takes one aspect from his current series as a starting point for the next series. Doug received his Master of Fine Arts in printmaking from Wichita State University, teaches printmaking at Mark Arts, and is the Founder and Director of Tallgrass Prairie Press Printmakers.
“Things I’ve Wondered About”
by Susan Bartel | Boardroom Gallery
After receiving one formal year of art education in public school as a child, Susan Bartel decided, as an adult, to finally pursue an art education. She received a commercial art degree from Pikes Peak Community College and spent several years afterwards as a freelance illustrator, most of her work being for a science textbook company. Susan has worked with many different media, but her current passion is watercolor. “I love the way one color mixes with another, creating miracles in the interaction between paint, water and paper” Susan said. For Susan, painting is a joyful experience that expresses wonder.
by Curtis Haynes | Balcony Gallery
Curtis Haynes plays with the element of surprise when creating his acrylic pieces. He removes the protective film from the viewing side of the piece of plexiglass when the work is nearly or completely finished, letting the unveil of each piece serve as a new discovery. Through this method, he imagines how the next color used affects the previous color, which details will push forward or blend in the background. Curtis began his art education after his wife, Barbara, enrolled him in a painting class without his knowledge. He currently pursue acrylic painting classes under Wil Fathi at CityArts.
by Matthew Leahy | Main Hall Gallery
Matthew Leahy’s series of sculptures developed by accident. His first Effigy emerged as a contribution to a student extra credit project his students took part in at Highland Community College. These Effigies are not his usual imagery (2D magical realism pieces), but he finds their creation liberating because they allow creativity, randomness, found objects and spontaneity to be driving forces.
On view July 27-August 25, 2018
“The Earth is a Rock”
by Mike Miller | Main Gallery
Best known for his Machine-Nature Interface of sculptures, Mike Miller’s newest exhibition features work that delves into the idea that everything is a machine, human- and nature-made. Most of Mike’s works are kinetic that are powered by a motor and gears, hand crank, the wind or kids on a swing set. The movements produced echo the machinations of nature itself. As both man- and nature-made machines advance, the difference between the two becomes indistinguishable. Mike is a born and raised Kansan. He finds inspiration and materials for his work around his home and studio in rural Butler County.
“Bibs & Forks 2: Concession Edition”
by various artists | Boardroom Gallery
CityArts partners with local artist Dustin Parker to present “Bibs & Forks 2: Concession Edition,” an art invitational about food. The theme: concession stand food and drink items. All mediums will be represented from a curated list of local artists.
by Graeham Jarvis | Balcony Gallery
The illustrations featured in Graeham Jarvis’ new exhibition communicate the stories he sees in his head. They represent an escape from the mundane world around him and bring him into a new place that looks and feels aesthetically refreshing. The work, however, is also grounded in some sense of social realism. Graeham graduated from Friends University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Art in studio art.
by Lauren Fitzgerald | Main Hall Gallery
Lauren Fitzgerald is best known for her low relief artworks made from multiple layers of hand cut paper. As her work evolves, she has begun to experiment and push the boundaries of paper craft with more three dimensional works. About the exhibition: From the collection of Hyacinth Pettibone, noted botanist and chiropterology enthusiast, her beloved pet bat Vlad is second only to her botanical pursuits. She has devoted her life to the study of plans and has a particular fascination for collecting carnivorous, poisonous and deadly flora. Included with these specimens from Hyacinth’s collection are her notes regarding each one’s unique characteristics.
On view August 31-September 22, 2018
“Pasture Survey: Kansas”
by Michael Pointer | Main Gallery
Michael Pointer is a fourth generation artist. After receiving his first camera at age nine, he began formal art training at the Wichita Art Association and the Wichita Art Museum. The Kansas prairie has imprinted a deep regard for wide skies and soft grass hills on Michael. In this new exhibition, he created monotype gelatin silver prints with that sunshine blowing through his head.
“On and Off the Wall”
by Gary Lincoln | Boardroom Gallery
Exhibition information coming soon.
by Kelly Johnson | Balcony Gallery
Kelly Johnson is a watercolor painter who explores the forms of the natural world with an approach of curiosity and wonder. Her work focuses on florals and space themes, delving into the vastness that each has to offer and rendering them in a mix of abstraction and realism. Through her work, she aims to capture the ephemeral beauty of nature and to find meaning and solace in the rhythms of birth, death and rebirth.
by Jack Wilson | Main Hall Gallery
Exhibition information coming soon.
On view September 28-October 20, 2018
by Dustin Parker | Main Gallery
Dustin Parker is an artist raised on a steady diet of Saturday morning cartoons, comic books, 1980s horror films and “The Joy of Painting.” His newest exhibition at CityArts will present a collection of work that displays the full range of his creative pursuits and interests, including illustrations of monsters, abstract collage paintings using old comics and other found objects, and portraits of people - a little bit of everything all at once. Dustin lives and works in Wichita.
by Matthew Hilyard | Boardroom Gallery
Matthew Hilyard’s love of printed images started at a young age with photos of family celebrations and looking through magazines. Most of the images in this exhibition originate from personal histories and the environment around him. He treats photographic prints as a surface while adding other materials to it, primarily paint. Adding materials brings another level of connection for the viewer to interpret.
“Quilts and More”
by Theresa Harrison | Balcony Gallery
Constructing quilts is like working a jigsaw puzzle. Theresa Harrison uses color and pattern to create movement that draws the eye through the piece. Through her work in quilting in mixed media, Theresa has the desire to create an impression of a natural environment. Starting with background fabrics, the layers expand with a variety of materials, including threads, ribbons, paper, laces, beads and found objects.
by Susie Cunningham | Main Hall Gallery
Susie Cunningham works in watercolor, acrylic, handmade paper and, most recently, paper sculpture. Susie is a lifelong artist who started selling art when she was 17. In this exhibition, she looks at nature, people and places to capture their individual uniquenesses with the goal that the viewer will look more carefully at the world around them and to discover the beauty and interest in unusual places.
On view October 26-November 25
“Arts Council Juried Exhibition”
guest juror: Rebecca Hoyer | Main Gallery
The 2018 Arts Council Juried Exhibition is an annual exhibition open to all Kansas artists who are at least 18-years-old. All forms of media are welcome in the show. Fore more information about the guest juror and for application information, visit www.WichitaCityArts.org.
“Return to Flight”
by Brett Schauf | Boardroom & Balcony Galleries
Local photographer Brett Schauf has been the lead photographer for the Doc B29 restoration project for the last three years, a role that has enabled him to spend many hours both in the air and on the ground photographing the first two years of Doc’s return to flight. This opportunity inspired Brett to create “Return to Flight,” an artistic record of Doc B29’s first years of returning to flight and to honor the men and women who volunteered to restore the majestic bomber.
by Alyssa Brookover | Main Hall Gallery
Alyssa Brookover is a graphics and photo media major at the University of Kansas. She finds her inspiration through human connection and her deep love for nature. “Growing” exhibits her exploration of the connection between personal growth and nature. As a person experiences personal change, they are often drawn towards the things that make them feel the most alive. From the perspective of her experiences, she is the one producing the images and the one seen in the images, making the pieces more intimate to her life experiences.
Gifts in the Gallery
CityArts' annual holiday sale, Gifts in the Gallery, runs November 26-December 29, 2018. Information coming soon.