January 29 through April 23, 2017 – reception on Sunday afternoon, January 29 from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30
Parallel Perspectives: paintings by Joel T. Dugan of Hays, KS
Alter Egos: sculpture by Michaela Valli Groeblacher of Lindsborg, KS
Dream Anthologies: paintings by Warren Taylor of San Angelo, TX
Stardust and Sunshine: soft Pastels by Elaine Lierly Jones of Gardner, KS
Works by Smoky Valley High School Students
May 7 through July 23, 2017 – reception on Sunday afternoon, May 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30
Sculpture by Glenn Zweygardt of Alfred Station, NY
Paintings by DeAnn Melton of Tuscon, Arizona
Prints by Nicholas Hill of Granville, Ohio
August 5 through October 22, 2017 – reception on Saturday evening, August 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5:30
Paintings by Mike Hartung of Lindsborg, Kansas
Paintings by Ernest Vincent Wood III of Wichita, Kansas
Prints by Dean Babcock (1888-1968) of Estes Park, Colorado
Swedish prints from the Powers’ collection
November 5, 2017, through January 14, 2018 – reception on Sunday, November 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
Paintings by Rich Thibodeau of Marquette, Kansas
Works by Clark Britton of Wichita, Kansas
Works by Joe Jones (1909-1963) from the Moffett collection
Annual Holiday Gift Show
January 28, 2018, through April 22, 2018 – reception on Sunday, January 28, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
The 120th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition:
Thomas Hart Benton and Friends from the Moffett Collection
Textiles by Ellie Murphy of New York
In the Open Air plein-air painting group from Hays, Kansas
Paintings by Barry Fitzgerald of Lawrence, Kansas
May 6, 2018, through July 22, 2018 – reception on Sunday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
Paintings by Rob Gratiot from Denver, Colorado
Woodcuts by Jean Gumpper of Colorado Springs, Colorado
Woodcut Society folios from the Gallery’s permanent collection
November 6, 2016 through January 15, 2017 – reception on Sunday afternoon, November 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30
Strength, Dignity, Serenity: sculpture and paintings by Martha and Del Pettigrew of Kearney, Nebraska. pettigrew-flyer At the request of the artists, this exhibition concluded on December 30, 2016.
From the Smoky Valley to the Alaskan Tundra: paintings by Chip Brock of Wassila, Alaska.
Prairie Plein-Air Invitational: organized by David Vollbracht of Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Annual Holiday Gift Show: an invitational exhibition of art especially for gift giving.
August 6 through October 23, 2016 – reception on Saturday evening, August 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. with gallery remarks beginning at 5:30
Birds and Beyond: the Prints of Maurice Bebb. A retrospective of Oklahoma printmaker, Maurice Bebb. The catalogue raisonné is available for purchase through the Gallery.
2016 Artist Self-Portrait Invitational. Download the catalog here: 2016-artist-self-portrait-catalogue-for-web
Celestia, blown glass by Lindsborg native Helen Koons Gragert of Stillwater, OK. Download the exhibition flyer here: helen-koons-gragert-exhibition-flyer
May 1 through July 17, 2016 – reception on Sunday afternoon, May 1 from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
Kansas Clay Connections 2: a ceramic exhibition organized by Marko Fields and Larry Peters in curatorial partnership with the Sandzén Gallery
Helen West Heller: The Art of a Prairie Child: block prints by Helen West Heller (1885-1955).
Innocence and Science: works by Gordon Sherman of Hays, KS.
118th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition. . . . . . . .February 7 through April 17, 2016 – reception on Sunday afternoon, February 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. with artist talks beginning at 2:30
A Zest for Life and Paint: a retrospective exhibition featuring the work of former Sandzén student Anna E. Keener (1895-1982). A special lecture by Curator Cori Sherman North about Keener’s life and art will be held at the Sandzen Gallery on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at 3 p.m.
The Ghosts on the Outside: porcelain sculpture by John Hachmeister of Lawrence, KS. Hachmeister will speak about his work and process at the opening reception on Sunday, February 7, 2016, beginning at 2:30.
100 Years of Sandzén Prints: an exhibition commemorating the 100th anniversary of Birger Sandzén’s foray into printmaking. A special lecture by Curator Cori Sherman North about Sandzén’s printmaking history will be held at the Gallery on Sunday, April 17, 2016, at 3 p.m.
November 8, 2015, through January 24, 2016
“An Eye For Beauty:” a Retrospective Exhibition Featuring the Work of Former Gallery Co-Director, Carl Wm. Peterson (1919-2009).
“The Art of Eric and Mary Ann Bransby:” work by Colorado Springs artist Eric Bransby (born 1916), former student of Thomas Hart Benton, and his wife, Mary Ann Bransby (1920-2011).
Annual Holiday Gift Show, An Invitational Exhibition of Art Especially For Gift Giving.
August 1 through October 18, 2015
Paintings by Mark Mohr of Roeland Park, Kansas.
Paintings by Chanute, Kansas, native Ralph Goltry (1884-1971).
Watercolor paintings by former Fort Hays State University art department Chair Mabel Vandiver (1886-1991).
Selection of Swedish art from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
May 3 through July 19, 2015 Reception on Sunday, May 3, 2015 from 2 to 4 p.m.
“A Generous Spirit” Paintings and Prints by Oklahoma/New Mexico Artist Doel Reed (1894-1985) from the Permanent Collection and on Loan.
“Lines Project” Paintings by Eric Carbrey of Wichita, Kansas.
“Fabricated Steel Sculpture, Patinas, and Metallics” Sculpture by Don Osborn of Roxbury, Kansas.
“Pretty Basic Stuff” Mixed Media Works by Robert Joy of Ellinwood, KS.
February 1 through April 19, 2015
“The Colorful Worlds of Janet Turner and Norma Bassett Hall” art by Janet E. Turner (1914-1988) and Norma Bassett Hall (1889-1957) from the Moffett Collection.
“From Peaks to Prairie” paintings by David Vollbracht of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. Exhibition Flyer: David Vollbrach exhibition flyer
“Under Sun and Sky” paintings by Ed Pointer of Wichita, Kansas. Exhibition Flyer: Ed Pointer exhibition flyer
“Thirty Years of the Prairie Water Color Painters” works from the Gallery’s permanent collection and on loan. Extended essay: Prairie Water Color Painters extended essay and checklist
November 2, 2014 through January 18, 2015
“Kansas: Roots and Reflections:” photographs by Jim Richardson of Lindsborg.
“Still Dreaming:” mixed-media works by Kathleen Kuchar of Hays, Kansas.
Annual “Holiday Gift Show” featuring “gift-giving” artwork by regional artists.
“Birger Sandzén and the Swedish National Romantic Style” pre-1895 works by Birger Sandzén.
September 9 through October 19, 2014:
“Embracing Nature” an invitational exhibition featuring nature-themed works by artists Lee Becker, Wayne A. Conyers, Jean Cook, Steve Dudek, Noah Flores, Maleta Forsberg, Rick Frisbie, Andrea Fuhrman, Don Fullmer, Hugh Greer, Lisa Grossman, John Hachmeister, Ross Hilgers, Ann Horton, George Jerkovich, Joyce Jilg, Michael Jilg, Sally Johnson, Ken Klostermeyer, Kathleen Kuchar, Elizabeth Liljegren, Ron Michael, Phyllis Liljegren Newson, Frank Nichols, Barbara Waterman Peters, Larry Peters, Leland Powers, Frank Reese, Jim Richardson, Rose Marie Wallen, Kurt Wolf, and Ann Zerger.
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“Visual Poetry”paintings by Oscar Larmer of Manhattan, Kansas.
July 6 through August 17, 2014
Painting in Sandzén’s Footsteps: Sandzén’s Routes, My Vision: recent paintings by Kim Casebeer of Manhattan, KS.
Must Have Flowers: ceramics by Carol Long of St. John, KS.
Still Voices: relief prints by Deb Gilley of Aldrich, MO.
Pictures of the Floating World: Japanese prints from the Gallery’s collection.
May 6 through June 22, 2014
The Painted Image: recent paintings by James Pringle Cook of Tuscon, AZ.
Traveling the Back Roads photographs by Mary Dorsey Wanless of Topeka, KS.
Florals for Spring floral still life paintings by Birger Sandzén from the Gallery’s Collection.
116th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition
March 11 through April 20, 2014:
Rosebud Sioux: A Lakota People in Transition an exhibition developed by
C-H Jacobson Produktion AB in Sweden.
March 11 through April 27, 2014:
Plays Well with Others (It Has Been Rumored) ceramics by Marko Fields of Minneapolis, MN.
Photos from Around the World photographs by Dale Cole of Salina, KS.
Living Seas photographs by Richard Scaletty of Lees Summit, MO.
The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery opened to the public on November 12, 1957. The first exhibitions included an overview of Sandzén’s works and a special show of Chinese paintings loaned by the William Rockhill Nelson Gallery of Art (now the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art) in Kansas City. Through the years, the Gallery has hosted over 1200 guest artist and special exhibitions.
The Gallery continually exhibits the work of its namesake, Birger Sandzen, and generally hosts four guest artist or special exhibitions for six week periods throughout each year.
The exhibition spaces within the Gallery include the Thorsen, Greenough, Brase, Wallin, Lofgren and Jaderborg Rooms; the Gunnarson and Wetterstrom Corridors and the Gallery Lobby. The Strom Room is currently designated for the Archives.