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May 2016

Carlos Castellanos, Digital/Experimental Media Professor, Deploys Floating Wetland in Lake in Wuhan, China.

Assistant Professor Carlos Castellanos of the DX Media program in the Kansas State University Art Department recently deployed a prototype for a “Floating Data Wetland” in Wuhan, China. Done in collaboration students and members of the local community ,this is a floating island housing sensors and lights, along with native plants and grasses. The system measures water quality and in turn changes the color of the lights (red = bad water quality, blue = good). In addition, anyone with an Internet connection or mobile device can receive real-time information from the floating wetland, as the data is shared openly online. The vision is for the project is to create a network of these data wetlands across the city, in its plentiful lakes and rivers. Participants could also register to receive updates on this data and identify stations near them in need of care, in essence "adopting" these wetland systems. The light and sound produced by the wetlands would serve as indicators of species activity, water quality and collective human interest in the environment. The floating wetlands themselves may also improve the overall water quality of the lake or river where they are deployed (as well as providing shade for the fish, which is typically beneficial).

The piece will premier on May 20 at the K11 Art Mall in Hong Kong as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK) and will be on display until July 4th.

Castellanos has been in residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China as part of the K11 Art Foundation x FUSE ISEA2016HK Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). The residency offers a multi-disciplinary platform for artists to realize their ideas by creating media artworks from a wide spectrum of knowledge. In alignment with KAF’s mission, the program will drive and facilitate cultural exchange, creating a new platform for cross-border dialogue. Taking advantage of the abundance of lakes, rivers and wetlands in Wuhan, Castellanos's residency’s project seeks to foster awareness and greater community agency and autonomy over issues of ecological stewardship and environmental health and resilience.

The International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. This internationally recognized electronic art event will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.

More information at the ISEA 2016 web site.





DXM Showcase - Digital & Experimental Media Student Showcase

May 5, 2016, 5:30-7:30 @ Waters Hall 231

The Kansas State University and MHK community is invited to attend a showcase of digital and experimental artworks presented by students enrolled in Digital and Experimental Media courses through the Department of Art. The showcase will feature - rapid fire - DXMedia student presentations and short film screenings.

April 2016

Lecture (Art History): "Michelangelo's David: Naded Men in Piazza" by Dr. John Paoletti

Monday, April 25, 2016, Dr. Paoletti will be presenting in Justin Hall 163 at 5:30pm. For more information visit our Visiting Artist Page. 

Lecture (Sculpture): "Glitter Amongst Gloom" by Casey V. Westbrook

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016, Westbrook will be giving a lecture in Willard 43 at 10:30 am. He will also be participating in the iron pour on Friday, April 22, 2016, in the sculpture area. For more information visit our Visiting Artist Page.

Lecture (Drawing): "Diligent Perceptions" by Tamie Beldue

Beldue will be giving a lecture on her work on April 19, 2016 in Willard 114 at 4:00pm. For more information visit our Visiting Artist page.

Lecture (Printmaking): "Fata Morgana (Mirage)" by Bob Mueller

Mueller's lecture will take place Wednesday, April 4, 2016 at 6:00pm in Room 320 Willard Hall (Printmaking Studio). For more information: http://art.ksu.edu/events/visitingartistis.html

Congratulations to our Undergrads who have been accepted into Graduate School! 

Two of our Photography students, who will be graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Spring, have been accepted into Graduate Programs at the University of New Mexico Graduate Program and the University of North Texas Graduate Program. Congratulations!

Wakana Kimura visits Beach Museum

Los Angeles-based artist Wakana Kimura will visit the Beach Museum next month for the April 7 opening events related to two exhibitions that reflect on the internment of Japanese Americans during WWII. Wakana has been serving as an independent curator, assisting Hirokazu Kosaka with the exhibition "Behind the Glass Eye: Photographs by Toyo Miyatake" for the beach.

Wakana is a good communicator and an inspirational example for students. She has had a successful early career in Japan and is now getting attention in the US. We have at the musem a recent catalogue from R.S.V.P. LA, a juried show at the Pomona College Museum of Art includes an essay on her work and color photos.

March 2016

Haley Bates to visit Metals

This week is a workshop and lecture by artist Haley Bates who will be visiting for Metals. Her workshop "Reclaim/Reform: Casting and Forging a Silver Ingot" will be from 9-noon this Friday, March 25 in Willard 318 (Metalsmithing Studio). The workshop is open for observers to come and go. Her lecture "Use as Muse" will also be in 318 at 1 pm. All are welcome!

2015-2016 Ceramic Artist in Residence - Joanna Powell

Powell will be delivering a lecture of her work!

  • Wednesday, March 23
  • 3:30 P.M.
  • Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, 701 Beach Lane, Manhattan, KS 66506

Beach Museum

                         A Simple Complicated Truth  2014  earthware, majolica, canvas, acrylic, plastic

February 2016

Photography host Visiting Artist Exhibition "ArchitorSpace_Vacancy" and Lecture "ArchitorSpace - Works in Conceptual Practice" by Daniel Mirer

Daniel Mirer is an artist/photographer who is both a practicing artist and a commercial architecture photographer with over 25 years of experience. His exhibition is being held in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall February 15-26, 2016, and he will presenting a artist lecture on Monday, February 15 at 3:30 pm in 114 Willard.

Admission i s free and open to the public.


Professor of Art and Associate Dean of Graduate School was Selected for one-month Artist Residency in Morocco!

Professor Geraldine Craig, of the Department of Art and Associate Dean of the Graduate School, is one of 10 international artists selected for a special month long artist residency in February at the Green Olive Arts in Tetouan, Morocco, a UNESCO World Hertiage Site.

Please follow link for complete article: Morocco!

Collaboration between Graduate Student and Faculty Member Awarded $10,000 Grant!

Kansas State University graduate student in Fine Arts, Kelly Yarbrough has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission's Arts Integration Program. The grant will go toward an artist residency developed in partnership with the Center of Living Education in Matfield Green, Kansas and the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Strong City, Kansas. Kelly Yarbrough collaborated with art faculty member Matthew Garcia to develop the residency and grant.

The newly formed artist-in-residence program, which seeks to foster a place-based community of artists living and working in a prairie ecosystem, will offer ten artists, ten nights of lodging in the rural community of Matfield Green, and special access to the Tallgrass Prarie National Preserve. Residency periods will happen throughout the spring and summer of 2016, and will include programming open to the public. The 2016 residency program will culminate in a group exhibition of artwork created during or in response to the artist's time in residence, in October of 2016, in Matfield Green. 

By inviting artists from different communities within the prairie ecosystem to the heart of Kansas to contribute their voices to a conversation about place, this residency program aspires to spread awareness of the prairie as an ecosystem worth protecting. Tallgrass prairie once covered 170 million acres of North America. Within a generation, the vast majority was developed and plowed under. Today, less than 4% remains, mostly in the Kansas Flint Hills. 

Kansas Creative Arts Industry Commission Programs

Center for Living Education

Tallgrass Artist Residency


Faculty at Kansas State University invited to 2016 International Art Symposium in China as Resident Artist!

K-State Department of Art Faculty, Carlos Castellanos has been invited to be resident artist at the 2016 International Symposium on Electronic Art in Wuhan, China. He is among four artists selected for the K11 Art Foundation Residency Program, an initiative formed by KAF and a Videotage as part of the 22nd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA2016HK). Castellanos will take up residency at the K11 art village, located in Wuhan, China. Art works created by Castellanos during the residency in Wuhan, China will be presented in a group exhibition at the K11 art space in Hong Kong in June 2016. The residency is co-presented by the K11 Art Foundation and Videotage and offers a multi-disciplinary platform for artists to realize their ideas by creating media artworks from a wide spectrum of knowledge. In alignment with KAF's mission. the program will drive and facilitate cultural exchange, creating a new platform for cross-border dialogue. Castellanos area of focus in the department of art is digital and experimental media. Castellanos residency is funded by the K11 Art Foundation.

The International Symposium on Electronic Art was initiated in 1988 in order to support the founding and maintenance of an international network of organizations and individuals active in the field of the electronic arts. This internationally recognized electronic art event will be held in Hong Kong for the first time.  

More information at the ISEA 2016 Web Site.


Announcement: Luca Vullo and a Day of "Italian without Words".

Luca Vullo, director and expert of Italian gestures and nonverbal communication from Caltanissetta, Sicily. Click the link above, and join us for a screening of his documentary, and enjoy the interactive workshop on the art of Italian gestures. We cannot wait to see you!

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Poster Information:

The office of International Programs' Vernon Larson Lectures in Partnership with the Department of Modern Languages presents

Italian without Words

Thursday, Jan. 28

10 a.m. - Forum Hall in the K-State Student Union

Join us for a screening of the documentary "La voce del corpo" ("The Voice of the Body"), in Italian with English subtitles, followed by a Q&A with director Luca Vullo.

11:30 a.m. - Room 227 in the K-State Student Union

Enjoy an interactive workshop on the art of the Italian gesture. 


Luca Vullo is a director and expert on Italian gestures and nonverbal communication from Caltanissetta, Sicily. An accomplished filmmaker, Vullo has been featured at universities around the world, and his latest documentary, "Influx," was recently screened at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival.

For more information about the event, please contact Anthony Nussmeier at aun21@k-state.edu.

Sponsored by:
Department of Modern Languages; College of Architecture, Planning & Design; School of Music, Theater, and Dance; Department of Communication Studies; Anthropology Program; Department of Art; and Office of International Programs.



Faculty at Kansas State University Receive Prestigious National Arts Award

Kansas State University faculty April Bojorquez and Matt Garcia have received the prestigious Creative Capital Award to expand their work examining relationships between art, ecology and society specifically dealing with growing dryland zones. The Creative Capital Award is one of the top honors in contemporary art. The Creative Capital award includes up to $95,000 in funding and resources ($50,000 in direct funding and additional resources and advisory services valued at $45,000). Drawing on venture-capital principles, Creative Capital seeks out artists that are bold, innovative and genre-stretching, then surrounds those artists with the tools they need to realize their visions. In 2016 Creative Capital  funded 46 projects awarding nearly $4.4 Million dollars of grants to artists. Since 1999, Creative Capital's awards program has committed nearly $40 million in financial and advisory support to 511 projects representing 642 artists. 

Matthew Garcia is an assistant professor of Digital/Experimental Media in the Department of Art at Kansas State University. Matt Garcia's artistic practice investigates ecology, its relationship to knowledge systems and how media can connect communities to a reclaiming or re-imaging of lost epistemology. Garcia's work has been presented nationally and internationally at venues such as: Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France, The International Symposium on Electronic Art, Vancouver, Canada, the European Research Network Sociology of the Arts (Vienna, Austria), Balance-Unbalance Festival (Noose, Australia), HASTAC (Lima, Peru).

April Bojorquez is currently a faculty member in the Department of American Ethnic Studies and an assistant curator at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum at Kansas State University. Formerly she was the curator of art at the National Hispanic Cultural Center and a fellow of the Smithsonian Institution's Latino Museum Studies Program. Bojorquez works within the intersection of art and anthropology. She has worked in the museum field nationally and internationally, exploring new approaches to museum practices in an increasingly multicultural society. Influenced by participatory practices and social sculpture, Bojorquez employs diverse strategies to produce immersive and interactive environments exploring place, identity and museum practices.

A reception will be held to recognize the award winners on Wednesday, January 20th at The Department of Art - Willard Hall 117 from 5-6pm. 



Congratulations, Marcus Gilbert for becoming a McNair Scholar!

The McNair Scholarship is a highly competitive award, and Marcus is the first art student to receive this achievement in four years. The Department of Art is very proud of his accomplishment and wishes him well with his future endeavors.

To learn more about the McNair Scholarship and the man behind it, click on the following link(s):




April 2014

Students on a Fieldtrip

Marrin Robinson, Art Advisor, took students to Pioneer Bluffs located in Matfield Green, KS. Students learned about the non-profit organization, visited Bill McBride's studio, had lunch at his home and saw the site specific sculpture made by two visiting artists from the Netherlands.

McBride studio

Pioneer Bluffs


Fall 2013

Student Sculpture Show

Student Sculpture Show in the K-State Student Union. This show traveled to Bethany College in Fall 2013. 

kemper gallery

2nd Annual Clay Stomp

Lauren Karle, a third year graduate student in ceramics, and Andrea Sweetwood, a senior in kinesiology, stomp the clay with other K-state Students. The second annual Clay Stomp was held Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. outside of Willard Hall. All K-State students were welcome to come with bare feet to mix 4,000 pounds of clay, which were later bagged and used by the art students.

clay stomp