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 1300 guest artist and special exhibitions, as well as continually exhibiting the work of its namesake, Birger Sandzen. The exhibition spaces within the Gallery include the Thorsen, Brase, Wallin, Lofgren and Jaderborg/Strom Rooms; the Gunnarson and Wetterstrom Corridors, and the Gallery Lobby. Art can also be found in office spaces and the Greenough Room.
January 28, 2018, through April 22, 2018 (The 120th Annual Midwest Art Exhibition)
Print Culture in Kansas City: works from the Moffett Collection by Thomas Hart Benton, John deMartelly, Ross Braught, Janet Turner, and others.
Yarn and Wax: Encaustic and fiber works by Ellie Murphy of New York City
With the Wind: plein-air paintings by Nichole Thibodeau, Matt Miller of Hays, Kansas, and Shannon Trevethan of Russell, Kansas.
The New Normal: paintings by Barry Fitzgerald of Lawrence, Kansas
Works by Smoky Valley High School art students
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
Wood engravings by E. Hubert Deines (1894-1967) from the Deines Center in Russell, Kansas
Photographs by Stan Reimer of Pratt, Kansas.
August 4, 2018, through October 21, 2018 – reception on Saturday evening, August 4, from 5 to 7 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5:30.
Paintings by William Counter of Chapman, Kansas
Watercolors by Krystall Barnes of Great Bend, Kansas
Watercolors by John Keeling of Kansas City, Missouri
Stained glass by Stan Detrixhe of Hays, Kansas
November 4, 2018, through January 6, 2019 – reception on Sunday, November 4, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
Paintings, drawings, fossils and other things by Ray Troll of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Chuck Bonner of Scott City, Kansas – through March 16, 2019
Paintings and other objects by Curt Clonts of Wichita, Kansas
Annual Holiday Gift Show
January 20, 2019, through March 16, 2019 – reception on Sunday, January 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
Paintings, drawings, fossils and other things by Ray Troll of Ketchikan, Alaska, and Chuck Bonner of Scott City, Kansas, continues
Paintings and prints by students of Birger Sandzén from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
Paintings by Cally Krallman of Topeka, Kansas.
March 31 through May 26, 2019 – reception on Sunday, March 31, from 2 to 4 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 2:30.
A selected overview of works by Lindsborg artists from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
Paintings by Mark Flickinger of Arkansas City, Kansas
Prints from the Woodcut Society represented in the Gallery’s permanent collection
June 8 through August 11, 2019 – reception on Saturday, June 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. with artists’ talks beginning at 5:30.
Quilts from the collection of Tim Johnson
Paintings by Maleta Forsberg of Lindsborg, Kansas
Paintings by Aaron Morgan Brown of Lawrence, Kansas
November 5, 2017, through January 14, 2018
Line and Color: The Music of My Life: paintings by Rich Thibodeau of Marquette, Kansas
A Return to Basics: Ideas Driven by Materials Exploration: mixed media works by Clark Britton of Wichita, Kansas
A Restless Regionalist: the Art of Joe Jones (1909-1963) from the Moffett Collection
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
Gas Stations, Laundromats, and the Spaces Between: paintings by Mike Hartung of Lindsborg, Kansas. Hartung, a book with images of works in all three concurrent exhibitions (Salina Art Center and Moss-Thorns Gallery at Fort Hays State University) is available through the Sandzén Gallery.
Ancora Imparo: paintings by Ernest Vincent Wood III of Wichita, Kansas
Rocky Mountain Printmaker: art by Dean Babcock (1888-1968) of Estes Park, Colorado
Swedish Prints: prints from the Eva and Ramon Powers collection
Material Mastery, Kansas Artists Craftsmen Association juried exhibition.
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
Kansas Revisited:sculpture by Glenn Zweygardt of Alfred Station, New York. The exhibition is generously underwritten by Emprise Bank. Glenn Zweygardt FOLDER 2017 Sandzen Gallery 2
Rhythm of Light: Figures and Still Life: paintings by DeAnn Melton of Tuscon, Arizona
Kyoto and Delhi: cyanotypes, hand-colored lithographs, and photo-etchings by Nicholas Hill of Granville, Ohio
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
Woodcuts by Prairie Print Maker Herschel C. Logan (1909-1987) from the Gallery’s permanent collection.
Pottery by former Bethany art professor Ray Kahmeyer (1930-2007) 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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“Magical Moments” paintings by Sally Johnson of Bolivar, Missouri
“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.