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2013-2014 Chapman Gallery Exhibitions, Exhibits, & Lectures

Summer 2014

June 2-27, 2014
"Summer Alumni Invitational Exhibition" by Berit Bihl, Marvin Gould, Kathi Mayfield, and Sally Thomas

Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Reception: Friday, June 13 @ 5:00pm-7:00pm

Artist Statements & Biographies:
Sally Thomas

In this show I have used various fabrics, papers, paint, ink, regular pencils and Prismacolor pensils, crayons, China makers, cut-outs, pieces of books, and magazine pages, and different kinds of thread and string.

I think the content goes back to childhood and all experiences since. Sounds, sights, everything.

No matter what anyone says, there are no rights or wrongs in creative work. I recently read somewhere that when some people were viewing Henri Matisse's art, one person said that the woman's arm was too long.  Matisse responded, "Madam, this is not a woman. It is a painting."

Education: KSU, MFA, 1992, Painting: KSU, BFA, 1984, Painting; Univ. of California-Berkeley & Univ. of Delaware, classes in painting & art history & Univ. of Missouri, BS, Education.

At Kansas State University, I have studied with many teachers, including, Dr. Lou Ann Culley, Professors, Margo Kren, Judy Love, James Munce, Duane Noblett, Jack o'Shea, Roger Routson, James Swiler, and Teresa Schmidt.

Marvin Gould

Marvin Gould was born in Enfield, Middlesex England. His father was an engineer working in early oil exploration and his mother is a classically trained musician. His early youth was spent in Kansas and Texas. He spent four years in the United States Air Force both in the states an don Okinawa. In 1978, he completed a B.F.A. in Painting and drawing from Sam Houston State University. Over the next 30 years, Marvin employed his artistic skills to earn a living as a draftsman, graphic designer, billboard and sign painter and professional musician. At the age of 53 after a life changing experience, Marvin began graduate work at Kansas State University and completed his M.F.A. in Drawing in 2007.

Marvin has been practicing art and music for over 50 years. Because of his mother's professional music career he was playing guitar at the age of 9. Because of his Dad's engineering career, he observed different types of mark-making. Both influences led to serious practice in drawing and music. His work is inspired by the imposition of man-made structures onto the natural landscape and negotiating those structures through a visual language. His work is part of the permanent collection of the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art and he exhibits in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Since 2007 Marvin has taught foundation drawing courses at Kansas State University.

Kathi Mayfield

As an "Army brat" Kathi Mayfield was taken all over the planet by well-intentioned but angstinducing parental wanderlust. She settled in Manhattan where she earned her BFA in prints and drawing in 1979 and an MFA in drawing in 2005. She currently teaches drawing at KSU and assists with academic advising.

Kathi is the proud parent of two daughters and giddy grandmother to three wild and crazy granddaughters. She maintains residences in Manhattan and De Soto, Kansas.

Artist Statement:

I always wanted to write and artist's statement that says I hate artist's statements! Anyway....

The notion that unexpected things might end up in trees begin with a story told to me by my friend. As a young person he lived near a chicken ranch in Texas. After a tornado the trees were filled  with chicken victims all pointing in the same direction. That image has been with me for years.

These works employ figureative forms in a linear matrix of trees as a means to explore the formal elements of line, shape, value, and focuses on the principle of rhythm and repetition.

Berit Eleonora Bihl

My current works provide examples of my on-going involvement with abstraction, Bas-relief with fibers. They are a part of a selection of works done over the last three years. After several years of conforming to the three-dimensional image of sculpture I have formed a new interest in Bas-relief - lines, shapes and forms found through "Free form Crochet." It simply grew out of the high and low relief of my fiber work. Monochromatic images naturally remind me of the traditional skills I learned growing up in my native Sweden. Single and double crochet, "Tunesian" stitches and wealth of knitting, sewing, embroidery, and weaving have merged with my academic training to produce my recent work.

Experimenting with a variety of hook sizes, adding various extensions to legthen the hooks for larger sized works, I spliced some of the yarns to allow for various size stitches in the same color and weight.

Multimedia has always interested me. Drawing with yarn, the lines that appear in the shadows cast by the high relief like stones and bones are, for me, a natural connection with the earth. Much fine sculptural work has been done with curious media used in juxtaposition with unexpected materials. I am seeking an image both with the familiar as well as the new; both the abstract and the concrete through a tangible media producing value changes with significant shape and form.

Biography, I completed my BFA in painting in 1972 at Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, producing a series of callages on 4' by 6' canvases using fur made from old fur coats fro the Salvation Army. In 1979 I continued my education with an MA, also in painting from KSU, with a large gallery installation of what I related to , as a "pre-historic Scandinavian winter village."

Stick huts embedded in plaster, an environment of interlocking paper mache flat pieces with silica sand and Montana marble chips suggesting a monochromatic white landscape. "Runic shields" of cast paper hung from the walls painted with Runic characters in pale chroma. Suspended from the ceiling were "stick clouds" to "lower" the height of the gallery ceiling towards the stick huts. The all over effect was "chilly day" in Kansas in August.

In 1980 I went to Texas and found wonderful objects on the Galveston beaches which led to three-dimensional sculptures in wood and paper mache for an MFA in sculpture studying with Professor James Surls at the University of Houston, Houston, TX, graduating in 1982.

The following years I worked with children and their art. At the T.H. Roger Education Center, in Houston. I assisted in creating a handbook titled, "Beyond the Limits" Creative Art Solutions for People with Special Needs, published in 1991 by the Museum of Fine Arts - Houston. During " the City of Houston's International Festival in 1993, celebrating Mexico, in the "El Revers: "Inside - Out"" exhibit, my students at Emanuel Crespo Elementary School pained , six sides on 480 cardboard cartons for the newly established Children's Museum of Houston, Texas. Since my BFA at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and MFA from the University of Houston, Texas, I have participated in group and solo exhibition is in Kansas, Florida and Texas. While living and working in my warehouse studio in Houston I participated in numerous and ongoing art events at the "Commerce Street," Artist's Warehouse. My work has been shown Internationally in Edskoga, Sweden, Geneva, Switzerland, and in the United States: Hawaii, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, California, Texas and Kansas.


Spring 2014

May 5-9, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 5

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Stacy Markley, Matthew Waters, Ai Mackay, and Ellen Ludwig.


April 28-May 2, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 4

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Elizabeth Snell, Haley Hatfield, Kyle Robinson, Sienna Clark, and Steven James.


April 21-25, 2014
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 3

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Brianna DeGraeve, Robert Kelly, Benjamin Gettler, Brooke Grieger, and Mariah Gasswint.


April 14-18, 2014
BFA Exhibition 2

Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition presented by Collin Williamson, Tissi Pedersoli, Jessica Khoury, Lance Kliever, and Danielle Beckwith.


April 7-11, 2014
BFA Exhibition 1

Bachelor of fine Arts Exhibition by Sienna Clard, Haley Hatfield, Steven Jones, Kyle Robinson, and Elizabeth Snell.


March 26, 2014
"Video Art as Public Art: Art as an Impetus for Self-determination" A Lecture by Shani Peters.

Internationally recognized artist Shani Peters, will be at the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall on Wednesday, March 26, 12:00 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.


March 24, 2014
A Lecture by  Photographer, Dan Estabrook

Photographer Dan Estabrook, Monday, March 24 at 5:30 pm in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. Admission is free and open to the public.


March 3-14, 2014
"From Bone & Marow SPRING LIFE" by Van Pham

A Master in Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition


February 6, 2014
"A Brief History of P22 - (Or almost everything you want to know about running a type foundry but were afraid to ask)" A Lecture by Richard Kegler.

A nationally recognized designer Richard Kegler, Thursday, February 6, at 10:00 am in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall, Kansas State University campus. Also, on February 6 at 3:00 pm will be a screening of the film “Making Faces: Metal Type in the 21st Century A film by Richard Kegler” in the Chapman Gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.


January 20-31, 2014
"Shirts and Skins" Exhibition

exhibition “Shirts and Skins” exhibition featuring the work of Sterling Allen, Trevor Bennett, Dave Flynn, Andrew Hadle, Oliver Herlitschek, and Jason Lips,January 20–31, and Gallery Talk, January 24 at 7 pm in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard Hall, Kansas State University during the exhibition’s Gallery Reception from 6–8 pm. Admission is free and open to the public.


Fall 2013

December 16-20, 2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 5

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Amber Parish, Hao Liu, and Walter D. Ehlers Jr.


December 9-13, 2013
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 4

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Lauren Anderson, Julia Polidoro, Alyssa Woody, and Lisa Urban.


December 2-6, 2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 2

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition by Michael Rysavy, Emily Stewart, and Chelcie Sutherland.


November 18-22, 2016
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) Exhibition 1

Bachelor of Fine Arts exhibition presented by Jeanette Contreras, Kelly G. Potter, and Lauren Quinn.


November 4-15, 2013
"Embracing the Decline" An MFA Thesis Exhibition by James Harmon

A Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition.


October 21-November 1, 2013

"Collective Input" Graduate Student Exhibition

The graduate students in the Department of Art will present and exhibition of recent work entitled "Collective Input. Works will encompass a range of contemporary and traditional media including ceramics, drawing, metalsmithing & jewelry, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.

A public reception will be held on Tuesday, October 22nd from 5-7pm.


October 7-18, 2013
"Impulsion" An Exhibition by Elizabeth Kronfield

A Lecture by ELizabeth Kronfield on October 9th @ 9:00am.


September 26, 2013
"Hey...Look what I found" A Lecture by Chris Ramsay @ 4:00pm


September 9-20, 2013
2013 Ceramicists Zach Tate and Justin Rothshank, "Americana" Exhibiton and Gallery Lecture

The Department of Art presents the exhibition "Americana" by artist Zach Tate and Justin Rothshank. In addition, Zach Tate will give a gallery lecture at 6:30pm on Friday, September 21, Tae will lead an all day, all night wood firing at K.A.B.S.U., 3171 Tuttle Creek Boulevard, Manhattan, KS. This is a free event and open to the public.

This event is apart of the Kansas State University Department of Art artists series for the 2013-2014 season.

Funded in part by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee



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