Visiting Artist Events

October 16 - November 6, 2023

Shop for Skin: An Installation by Professor Emeritus Geraldine Craig

G craig

What does it look like when we die? What happens to the energy of a life, when no longer contained by our skin? The architecture of skin is a threshold for so many desires and projections, from inside out and outside in. A membrane of intimacy, joy, and pain. Yet how do we forge a partnership with grief, when the vessel of skin is gone and dissipation of matter isn’t physics theory? Find the forgotten corners, breathe in the dust, shop for skin outside time.

Kansas State University Department of Art presents Shop for Skin an installation by Geraldine Craig. The  exhibition will run from October 16 through November 10, 2023 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, first floor of Willard Hall. Gallery hours are 8am – 5pm, Monday through Friday. Please feel free to attend the reception with the artists on Monday evening, November 6, from 4:30 to 6:00pm in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public.

Geraldine Craig’s studio work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Europe, Mexico, Morocco, Japan. She completed a large art commission for University of Kansas Medical Center- Salina with Nelson Smith in 2018. Awards include the 2018-19 Artistic Innovations Grant by Mid-America Arts Alliance & National Endowment for the Arts; International Fellowship, Women’s International Study Center, Santa Fe; Dorothy Liesky Wampler Eminent Professor, James Madison University; Individual Artist Grant, Michigan Council for the Arts; James Renwick Senior Fellow in American Craft, Smithsonian Institution. She was Assistant Director, Cranbrook Academy of Art (2001-2007), and Associate Dean of the Graduate School (2014-18) and Department Head of Art (2007-14) at Kansas State University. She retired in 2022, and is Associate Dean/ Professor of Art Emeritus.

The Mark A. Chapman Gallery on the first floor of Willard Hall, across from the art office, opened in 2005. Cheryl Mellenthin and Mark Chapman funded a complete renovation of the former Willard Hall Gallery, increasing the exhibition space to over 1,400 square feet along with 400 square feet dedicated to exhibition preparation and kitchen facilities. The Department of Art hosts BFA and MFA student exhibitions in the gallery as part of graduation requirements each semester. The technology friendly gallery serves not only exhibition purposes, but also provides a location for an active Visiting Artist lecture program.

Funded in part by KSU SGA Fine Arts Fee.

March 17, 2021

Artist Talk presenting Christine Olejniczak, 9:30am via ZOOM

Marking Time - The sound of drawing is my kind of music


Wind Map, graphite on paper, 42x29.5", 2019

Drawing is my first language. It's true. It's direct. It's real. I have been performing the sound of drawing on instruments of my own making since 1994. A search for patterns in nature begins with a site-specific investigation. My drawing process involves direct visual observation, scientific data, meteorological video and field recordings. I work through several different mediums that all serve as an extension of the drawing process. The goal is to distill the work into a format that can be experienced as a shared collective experience.

The past couple of years I have been studying wind maps of the United States, particularly the central prairie region, with an interest in using these studies to develop performance scores.

I find the Lawrence/Kansas City area of particular interest because of the convergence of southern winds and northern cold fronts. This area of the United States is often on the edge of two weather systems, a line that segments the north from the south. This line offers an opportunity to observe climate change, the formation of storm fronts and the dissipation of weather systems as eco poetry.



Admission is free and open to the University. Funded by K-State SGA Fine Arts Fee.

October 19, 2020

Artist Talk presenting Emily Sheehan, 11:45am-12:45pm via ZOOM

Moving Forward , Graphite on Paper, 50"x55", 2014


Emily Sheehan received her M.F.A in Visual Studies, with a specialization in Drawing and Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) in 2008. Emily holds the position of Associate Professor of Fine Art and Drawing Area Head at Indiana University Southeast. Emily's artistic practice/research utilizes perceptual drawing (drawing from observation in a multi-sensory way) to explore the way marks left on a page become evidence of lived experience. Emily uses both traditional and non-traditional drawing materials, and techniques, to create works that provoke both herself and the viewer to linger in the human space between encounter and recounting where we make our world personal. Emily's work has been exhibited nationally, in group, invitational, and juried exhibitions. Emily is on the board of the Thinking Through Drawing – International Drawing and Cognition research network, which coordinates symposia and events and publications that connect people who are interested in the process and practice of drawing and the ways that drawing both reflects and facilitates thought and perception.

Register HERE ( (ZOOM registration & meeting Link) and join us on October 19th. Admission is free and open to the University. Funded by K-State SGA Fine Arts Fee.


October12-31, 2020

"Cut" exhibition installation by Ceramic Artist, Kyle Johns

The Kansas State University Art Department presents Kyle Johns installation "Cut" starting Monday, October 12 in the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard 116.

Admission is free and open to the public. Social Distancing and Face Mask protocols should be adhere to whFunded by K-State SGA Fine Arts Fee.

Burst, (2020), colored clay & slipcast


Using the traditionally rigid process of mold making that is at the core of industrial production; I deconstruct and reassemble plaster mold positives to create a multitude of unique forms. The work is created organically, responding to the outcomes and limitations of the process and material. Through play, variation and modification, I look to change simple variables to create new methods and possibilities. I often reference domestic forms that are familiar, as a means to draw a broader connection to my work. These objects exist in the grey area between vessel and sculpture, and question the boundaries of design. Through my work I hope to explore the various degrees of function, from the practical to the sculptural, while generating new ideas for uses, forms, and processes.



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