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April events at the Mulvane Art Museum

Celebrate the month of April by attending the array free events at the Mulvane Art Museum.

Friday, April 4, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.:  Opening reception for the annual Art Department Student Exhibition, featuring 50 works by 35 artists. The winner of the 2014 Charles & Margaret Pollak Award will be announced and the work of art unveiled. This work will be shown among a selection of previous Pollak Award winners.

Tuesday, April 8, 6 p.m.:  Panel discussion on the exhibition “Contemporary Reflections: Brown v. Board after Sixty Years.” Delia Gillis, director of Africana Studies and professor of history and anthropology at the University of Central Missouri, will moderate of panel of artists represented in the exhibition, such as painters Lonnie Powell and Michael Toombs, fiber artists Nedra Bonds and Sonié Ruffin, graphic designer Phil Shafer and book illustrator Shane Evans.  Several these artists experienced the turmoil of desegregation first hand and all will reflect on the significance of the Brown v. Board ruling today. Original art for Evans’ book illustrations can also be seen in “’Teach Your Children Well:’ Shane Evans’ Images of African American Resistance.”

Thursday, April 17, noon:  Brown Bag Lunch featuring Washburn faculty member Jennifer Marsh, Catron Professor of Art and Civic Engagement, who will discuss the “Dream Rocket Project,” an international collaborative art work honoring the first moon landing in 1969. Working with schools and museums, Marsh is collecting more than 8,000 works of art, which she plans to use to wrap the Saturn V rocket. A very ambitious project, it will capture your imagination!

Tuesday, April 22, 6 p.m.:  “The State of the Union: New Deal Prints and Political Advocacy,” lecture by Elizabeth Seaton, curator, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum, Kansas State University. During the Great Depression, the federal Works Progress Administration/Fine Arts Project employed many artists to create works of art.  Even though the artists were working for the government, they frequently used their art to advocate for political causes.  A number of the works are in the Mulvane’s current exhibition “Art for Social Change.” Seaton is an expert on WPA printmaking and the author/editor of “Paths to the Press:  Printmaking and American Women Artists, 1910-1960 (2006) and Federal Art Project WPA Printmaking in California” (2005).

The Mulvane is located on the campus of Washburn University, at 17 th and Jewell Streets. 

Free parking is available directly to the west of the museum.

The Mulvane Art Museum, ArtLab and gift shop are open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.  Admission is free. The museum is closed major holidays. 

For more information and to obtain digital images, please contact Julia Myers, visiting curator, at julie.myers1@washburn or call 785.670.1124. You may also call 785.670.2425, 785.670.2224 or check the website at


Contact: Dena Anson, university relations, 785.670.1711