Past Exhibits

Web Title

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to host Thomas D. Mangelsen’s – A Life In The Wild.  Forty classic photographs by Thomas D. Mangelsen, photographs which the world-renowned photographer himself refers to as his legacy photographs.  Personally selected by Mangelsen, these photographs make up a retrospective nationally traveling museum exhibition scheduled to show at the Dane G. Hansen Museum from June 7 to September 8, 2019.   

Among photographs which members of the public will certainly be familiar with are “Polar Dance” from 1989 of polar bears appearing to dance, “Mountain Outlaw,” from 2014 of a grizzly bear charging head on through the snow, and from 1988, “Catch of the Day” which captures the exact moment that a spawning salmon, trying to leap over a waterfall along Alaska’s Brooks River, soars right into the waiting jaws of a massive brown bear. About “Catch of the Day,” Todd Wilkinson (author, The Last Great Wild Places: Forty Years of Wildlife Photography by Thomas D. Mangelsen), has written that it is not only one of the most widely circulated wildlife photographs in history, but also a monumental achievement in photography because it occurred before the advent of digital cameras and involves no digital manipulation,1698MangelsenThomasD©1988Not all photographs in this exhibit, some of which measure 10 feet across, are of bears. Far from it, exhibition subjects also include American bison, bald eagles, flowers, and so much more.

One of the most prolific nature photographers of our time, Thomas Mangelsen has been described as a spiritual descendant of pioneering American nature photographers Ansel Adams, Eliot Porter, and Edward Weston. Bill Allen, the now retired Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic, considers Mangelsen to be one of the most important nature photographers of his generation. In addition, Thomas Mangelsen is as much a conservationist as he is an artist.

Thomas Mangelsen was named the 2011 Conservation Photographer of the Year by Nature’s Best Photography, placing his work in the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. He was named one of the 40 Most Influential Nature Photographers by Outdoor Photography, and one of the 100 Most Important People in Photography by American Photo magazine. The North American Nature Photography Association has named him Outstanding Nature Photographer of the Year; while the British Broadcasting Corporation gave him its coveted, prestigious award, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Thomas Mangelsen has traveled to the wildest corners of North America, Africa, and beyond, for more than 40 years and produced a body of work second to none. At a time when digital technology is, notoriously, conditioning users to have shorter attention spans, A Life In The Wild stands as a testament by Thomas Mangelsen and the rewards that can come to those, like him, who get close to nature.

Mangelsen webThe Thomas D. Mangelsen – A Life In The Wild Tour is produced by David J. Wagner, L.L.C. (davidjwagnerllc.com) in partnership with Thomas D. Mangelsen, Inc. (mangelsen.com).

 

 

Cast Paper Sculptures by Eckman Fine Art

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to host an exhibit featuring Eckman Fine Art’s collection of cast paper sculptures. Cast paper sculpture, (not to be confused with papier mâché), was invented as late as the 1950’s. The two Eckmans have developed a careful process that is now trademarked by them. Accordingly, Allen and Patty Eckman of Eckman Fine Art are internationally recognized as masters in this intricate, time-consuming medium.

Sculpting from their home in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Marine veteran Allen Eckman’s Cherokee heritage originally spurred him to greatly broaden his knowledge of Native American history, especially beginning with the Westward Expansion in the early 1800’s.

Allen Eckman touching up "Sitting Bulls Vision"

Allen Eckman touching up “Sitting Bulls Vision”

This exhibit not only pays tribute to several aspects of Native American culture, but ties in another special focus, closely related: nature itself.

Patty Eckman telling Shari Buss about "Learning to Pray"

Patty Eckman discussing the exhibition with Museum Director Shari Buss

Complementing Allen’s attention to Native American history, Patty has a detailed awareness of natural beauty, especially wildlife and flowers, and has remarked that color is sometimes a distraction to the underlying intricate forms in nature. As Allen and Patty’s sculptures are typically unpainted, this purity lends itself wholly to the detail of these exquisite pieces.

Eckman Fine Art – Cast Paper Sculptures will be on display from March 8 through June 2, 2019, at the Dane G. Hansen Museum located at 110 W. Main Street, Logan, Kansas. Museum hours are Monday through Friday 9-12 & 1-4; Saturdays 9-12 & 1-5; Sundays & Holidays 1-5. We are handicapped accessible and thanks to the generosity of the Dane G. Hansen Foundation, there is never an admission fee. For more information, please contact us at 785-689-4846.

Taking the Bull with the Bow

42nd Annual High School Art Show

Since 1976 the Dane G. Hansen Museum has proudly hosted the High School Art Show.  It is our pleasure to partner with several schools’ art instructors to provide a professional gallery atmosphere for these students.

It is our hope that the prospect of showcasing their artistic work in our gallery will inspire these students to continue to grow their talent and persevere on their creative journey.

We greatly admire these instructors and their dedication to cultivating students’ creative talents.  After the success of last year’s new twist, the students’ instructors will again be adding a few of their own pieces to the show.

As you stroll through the exhibit, enjoy the fresh view created by the imagination and skill of these young artists and their instructors.

Participating schools:  Smith Center, Norton, Thomas More Prep-Marian, Trego Community, Phillipsburg, and Hill City.

Smith Center High School

Smith Center High School


"Neon Lights" by Emily Schulte, TMP-Marian

“Neon Lights” by Emily Schulte, TMP-Marian


Hill City High School Free Standing Art

Hill City High School Free Standing Art

BrochureQuilt Web

Red & Green Quilts

This collection of Red and Green Quilts from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum of Golden, CO contains twenty-five quilts. Dating from 1835 through the early 20th century, these quilts are stitched with red and green fabrics, a popular color combination of the era.
The collection includes some applique quilts of the 19th century, which were often made to signify great events or reserved for the most careful designs, more expensive fabrics, and best stitches.  These quilts were often made before or immediately after marriage, as crib quilts, or after all children were grown.  A woman’s best quilts, made with the most expensive fabrics or intricate applique designs, were proudly displayed in the front room of her home or on a guest bed.
These Red and Green Quilts show a beautiful variety of decorative motifs from the mid-to-late-1800s.  This collection from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum holds prime examples of this beautiful era in our quilting history.

Brochure page 1Albin Studio Exhibition

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to present Albin Studio Exhibition, a solo exhibition of paintings by Laurie Albin.  Laurie, a 38-year painting veteran, has spent a significant amount of her career painting commissions in portraiture and landscapes.  She is recognized as a prolific artist in multiple mediums, with an emphasis in watercolor, which is her favorite medium.  Of all the painting processes, watercolor painting is known for its inherent delicacy and subtlety.  Laurie’s watercolors fully embody these characteristics.  The Hansen Museum is delighted to host 52 of Albin Studio’s best works from October 26 – December 2, 2018.  Laurie is the recipient of numerous awards of recognition and has participated in many Midwest exhibits and gallery shows. Laurie is also a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society. Presently, Laurie teaches art (grades 7-12) in Hill City, Kansas, and works in her home studio in WaKeeney.

Apron Strings WebAlthough taken for granted by many social and art historians, the apron is the subject of a fascinating reevaluation in this exhibition. Apron Strings: Ties to the Past, features fifty-one vintage and contemporary examples that review the apron’s role as an emotionally charged vehicle for expression with a rich and varied craft history that is still viable today.  Using aprons dating from the late 1930s through the present, the exhibition chronicles changing attitudes toward women and domestic work. It also surveys the wide range of design and craft techniques apron-makers have used to express themselves, while still working within creative venues traditionally available to women. Today, artists continue using aprons to explore cultural myths and realities as well as their individual experiences with American domesticity. Apron Strings is organized into several thematic groups addressing design, historical context, use, and cultural message. The exhibition serves as an excellent tool to bring together diverse parts of the community through shared experiences with, and memories of, a common, everyday textile. Apron Strings: Ties to the Past reevaluates the apron’s varying roles over time in an artistic and cultural manner. The exhibition is toured by ExhibitsUSA, anational program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

Head LineAn exhibition of over 50 paintings by 15 different artists who specialize in automobiles and motorcycles as their primary subjects of choice.  Their work exemplifies the very best of today’s automotive painting and builds on the first wave of photo-realists in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s.  LUSTER encompasses a broad range of cars and motorcycles from vintage vehicles from the 1940’s and before to more recent classics. During the post-World War II boom years, cheap gas and the advent of the Interstate Highway System in 1956 propelled automotive design and sales.  In the 1950s, the industry reached new heights by offering consumers increased horse power for thrust and speed, and more artfully, integrated design which was dramatized in the 1960’s with features such as tail fins.  LUSTER features paintings of passenger automobiles from those boom years and since, plus a range of motorcycles and racing vehicles while paying tribute to America’s love affair with cars and motorcycles.
Photo array

Recollections of Nature – David Vollbracht

Recollections of Nature Brochure2

Chisholm Trail

Work, Fight, Give Brochure


Brochure 2Brochure pg 2

The Art of Jessie Montes

Jessie Montes (1935 – 2013)

Over 40 years ago, Jessie Montes, sole survivor of five sets of twins, immigrated to the United States from Mexico. After settling in Dodge City, Kansas, Montes became a naturalized citizen in 1972. In 1990, to free his mind from worry (Montes’ two children were called to active duty in the Gulf War), he began making frames out of corrugated cardboard. “One day I just started cutting cardboard,” said Montes. Soon Montes began to fill his frames with landscapes, abstract designs, and portraits. Three dimensional sculptures came soon thereafter.  Thus, his artistic journey in this unique medium began. Using discarded boxes (cardboard cut in quarter-inch strips), tweezers, a sharp razor blade, acrylic paint, and paste, Montes created unique and entertaining works of art.  One man’s trash is another’s treasure!

 The Art of Jessie Montes in the gallery

IMG_1318

“I have always been interested in art. Growing up impoverished in Northern Mexico,

I had to create my own toys and items of amusement. This was the beginning of my creative bent.” 

Jessie Montes

IMG_1319

 

Through My Eyes

by Rhea Grandon

"Through My Eyes" at the Dane G. Hansen Museum

“Through My Eyes” at the Dane G. Hansen Museum

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to present Through My Eyes, the first solo museum exhibition of paintings by Rhea Grandon of Ellinwood, KS.

Rhea Grandon, Artist of "Through My Eyes"

Rhea Grandon, Artist of “Through My Eyes”

Grandon, a 57-year painting veteran, began her love affair with painting at the tender age of 20. Over time, she discovered her favorite medium to be acrylic and people became her preferred subject matter.  Her love of people rivals her love of painting and when Grandon combines these two passions, the result is soulful; mystery and pretense dissolve allowing simple childlike faith to lead viewers on a journey of discovery.

Grandon’s penchant for the Southwest is strongly observed through subject matter and color choices. Warm sun baked earth tones, appropriately muted, seem welcoming and comforting, inviting viewers to relax and stay awhile.  Common, yet not, Through My Eyes does not put on airs.  It simply exists to be enjoyed.

Currently, this prolific artist has work in twenty-eight countries. Several of Grandon’s canvases have found permanent homes in the collections of noted people such as Goldie Hawn (custom portrait), George Segal, Wayne Newton, Dame Peggy Ashcroft (a member of the famous Studebaker family), a United States Senator, and three Kansas Governors. Two of Grandon’s paintings have been considered for purchase at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian.  Through My Eyes was on display at the Dane G. Hansen Museum October 6, 2017, through December 3, 2017.

Dad 11" x 14" acrylic

Dad 11″ x 14″ acrylic

Esther Lupe 11"x 14" acrylic

Esther Lupe 11″x 14″ acrylic

Tonita Standing 9" x 12" acrylic

Tonita Standing 9″ x 12″ acrylic

Ultra Releastic Sculptures by Marc Sijan

Paint & Palette  

by Kansas Artist, Staci Hartman

Staci Hartman

Staci Hartman

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to present Paint & Palette, a solo exhibition of oils and pastels by Kansas artist, Staci Hartman. The Hansen Museum is delighted to host this emerging Kansas artist’s first solo exhibition from May 19 – July 16, 2017.

Staci Hartman

Paint & Palette features landscapes, florals, animals, and still life pieces. Fifty canvases depicting Hartman’s appreciation of the beauty, serenity, and vitality of our world will be on display. Light and color accentuate the visual paths in these pieces.  Hartman, a member of Oil Painters of America, began painting as an adult. She has been privileged to study with nationally recognized artists Kaye Franklin, Howard Friedland, and David Vollbracht. Although Hartman did not start painting until adulthood, her mother began developing her eye much earlier. Hartman’s mother, a painter, would set paintings up to dry in the family home. After studying a painting, young Hartman would offer suggestions. Finding the feedback on point, Hartman’s mother continued this practice throughout Hartman’s formative years. Hartman feels this informal training was foundational to the development of her artistic perspective.

Freedom by Staci Hartman

Freedom, Oil

 

Into the Arctic

by Cory Trépanier

Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic

Into the Arctic

Over a decade in the making, Cory Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour presents the most ambitious body of artwork ever created from the Canadian Arctic. Adding to his majestic paintings are a series of Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder, awe, and challenges of his northern painting expeditions.

The INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour showcases an unprecedented collection of over 60 Arctic oil paintings and 3 films from Trepanier’s 4 Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North, a wilderness so remote and untouched, that many of its landscapes have never been documented before.

Theatre

Theatre to view Corey’s films.

From these journeys, he has also produced two feature films, Into The Arctic, and Canadian Screen Award Nominated Into The Arctic II, with the final film in the trilogy set to be released summer of 2017.

The tour premiered on January 10, 2017 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. The Dane G. Hansen Museum, Logan, KS is the first stop on its two year, six-museum journey across the U.S.A designed to passionately engage audiences through the beauty of the Canadian Arctic, and instill concern for careful stewardship of one of the most fragile regions of our planet.

Highlighting the collection is Trépanier’s 15 feet wide “Great Glacier,” quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history. About his work, the artist has said,

Cory Trépanier’s Great Glacier - All Rights Reserved

Cory Trépanier’s Great Glacier – All Rights Reserved

“Exploring and painting the Arctic intimately – by hiking, canoeing, camping, traveling with the Inuit – all this prepares me to experience nature’s wonder on a visceral and emotional level. Through this approach, I experience firsthand the awe and overwhelming sense of humility that is brought on from the realization of how tiny I am in these expansive landscapes.”

Cory Trépanier is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine in 2015. He is also a member of the Explorers Club of Canada and was recently honored with its highest award, the 2015 Stefansson Medal.

Cory Trépanier’s Into the Ar

Into the Arctic display in the Dane G. Hansen Museum Gallery

Ultra Releastic Sculptures by Marc Sijan

Paint & Palette  

by Kansas Artist, Staci Hartman

Staci Hartman

Staci Hartman

The Dane G. Hansen Museum is pleased to present Paint & Palette, a solo exhibition of oils and pastels by Kansas artist, Staci Hartman. The Hansen Museum is delighted to host this emerging Kansas artist’s first solo exhibition from May 19 – July 16, 2017.

Staci Hartman

Paint & Palette features landscapes, florals, animals, and still life pieces. Fifty canvases depicting Hartman’s appreciation of the beauty, serenity, and vitality of our world will be on display. Light and color accentuate the visual paths in these pieces.  Hartman, a member of Oil Painters of America, began painting as an adult. She has been privileged to study with nationally recognized artists Kaye Franklin, Howard Friedland, and David Vollbracht. Although Hartman did not start painting until adulthood, her mother began developing her eye much earlier. Hartman’s mother, a painter, would set paintings up to dry in the family home. After studying a painting, young Hartman would offer suggestions. Finding the feedback on point, Hartman’s mother continued this practice throughout Hartman’s formative years. Hartman feels this informal training was foundational to the development of her artistic perspective.

Freedom by Staci Hartman

Freedom, Oil

 

Into the Arctic

by Cory Trépanier

Cory Trépanier’s Into the Arctic

Into the Arctic

Over a decade in the making, Cory Trépanier’s INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour presents the most ambitious body of artwork ever created from the Canadian Arctic. Adding to his majestic paintings are a series of Arctic films, which cinematically convey the wonder, awe, and challenges of his northern painting expeditions.

The INTO THE ARCTIC Exhibition Tour showcases an unprecedented collection of over 60 Arctic oil paintings and 3 films from Trepanier’s 4 Arctic expeditions to the furthest reaches of the Canadian North, a wilderness so remote and untouched, that many of its landscapes have never been documented before.

Theatre

Theatre to view Corey’s films.

From these journeys, he has also produced two feature films, Into The Arctic, and Canadian Screen Award Nominated Into The Arctic II, with the final film in the trilogy set to be released summer of 2017.

The tour premiered on January 10, 2017 at the Embassy of Canada in Washington D.C. The Dane G. Hansen Museum, Logan, KS is the first stop on its two year, six-museum journey across the U.S.A designed to passionately engage audiences through the beauty of the Canadian Arctic, and instill concern for careful stewardship of one of the most fragile regions of our planet.

Highlighting the collection is Trépanier’s 15 feet wide “Great Glacier,” quite possibly the largest Arctic landscape painting in Canada’s history. About his work, the artist has said,

Cory Trépanier’s Great Glacier - All Rights Reserved

Cory Trépanier’s Great Glacier – All Rights Reserved

“Exploring and painting the Arctic intimately – by hiking, canoeing, camping, traveling with the Inuit – all this prepares me to experience nature’s wonder on a visceral and emotional level. Through this approach, I experience firsthand the awe and overwhelming sense of humility that is brought on from the realization of how tiny I am in these expansive landscapes.”

Cory Trépanier is a fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, and was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Living Explorers by Canadian Geographic magazine in 2015. He is also a member of the Explorers Club of Canada and was recently honored with its highest award, the 2015 Stefansson Medal.

Cory Trépanier’s Into the Ar

Into the Arctic display in the Dane G. Hansen Museum Gallery

High School Art
February 5 – March 6, 2016

The Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum is proud to present the “39th Annual High School Art Exhibit”.  Art students from area schools look forward to showing off their unique artistic talents in the Hansen Museum gallery and we look forward to displaying their fabulous works.  This year’s exhibition will be February 5,

2016, to March 6, 2016, and consists of a variety of art forms.  Displayed by school, the categories are: painting acrylics/oils, watercolor/tempera, pencil, ink/scratch board, printmaking, colored pencil, ceramics, jewelry, graphic design, pastel/crayon, sculpture/3D design, charcoal/conte crayon, and mixed media.

Students strive to create a piece of art that represents him or her as an artist, whether by personality, creativity, excellence of quality, or even their mood.  Some pieces may be a whimsical creation from the artist’s own imagination, while others are reproductions of a given lesson.  Whatever the case, these students put on a show for all to see.

This annual exhibition speaks highly for our area high school students and the instructors who sharpen the skills and expand the minds of our youth.  Schools invited to participate in this year’s exhibit are Hill City, Plainville, Norton, Phillipsburg, TMP, Wakeeney, Smith Center, Ellis, Oakley, and Stockton.

An Abundance of Riches
March 11 – May 8, 2016

Explore the worlds of art and nature through Andrea Rich’s technically complex and creatively elegant woodcuts. An internationally recognized artist, Rich draws on print traditions as diverse as Albrecht Dürer and the Japanese Ukiyo-e to yield a body of work distinctly her own.

During three decades of travel, Rich has observed common and exotic species of birds and animals and used her firsthand experiences to depict subjects in their natural habitats. Her rich palette captures the simple beauty of landscapes and the humor and drama of nature. An Abundance of Riches — 40 woodcuts from the Woodson Art Museum’s collection — is a global nature tour without travel delays!

Andrea Rich’s intricately designed, carved, and printed woodcuts draw viewers in for an up-close look. Some of the artist’s earliest memories are of drawing animals. Childhood encounters with pets, livestock, and wildlife, including birds, deer, and toads, created a lasting connection to the natural world. Through encounters with

creatures both tame and wild, Rich developed a fascination and a compassion for animals integral to her art.  “My prints are a visual record of the intriguing creatures that have enriched my life. The woodcut process challenges me to focus on the essence of my subjects. At the same time, I am drawn to the smell of the wood, its texture and grain, and the pleasure I experience while carving. I begin working on a block of wood and realize later that hours have passed without notice.”

Rich uses a centuries-old medium that requires one carved wood panel for each color– varying from one to sixteen – necessary to develop the composition. These panels are painstakingly aligned one atop another sequentially and pulled through a printing press to create the final woodcut.

The subjects of Rich’s woodcuts range from the wilderness of the Australian outback and the lush tropical Amazon forests to the roaring rivers of Yellowstone Park. Rich has traveled worldwide to study wildlife habitats and these varied firsthand experiences are reflected in her work.

Among Rich’s many achievements are international recognition for her woodcut prints, including a 2009 Award of Excellence from the Society of Animal Artists and a 2009 Medal of Excellence from the Artists for Conservation Foundation. She was named Master Artist by the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in 2006. In 2010 her work was featured in a solo exhibition at the Mass Audubon Visual Arts Center, Canton,

Massachusetts. Rich is a member of the California Society of Printmakers, Artists for Nature Foundation, the Society of Animal Artists, and Society of Wildlife Artists.

In 2000 Rich designated the Woodson Art Museum as the repository for her artistic

oeuvre. An Abundance of Riches is drawn from these holdings, which include an example of each of her woodcuts created since the mid-1980s.

Kent Ullberg: a Retrospective
May 13 – June 26, 2016

Kent Ullberg’s Sculptures will be at the Dane G. Hansen Memorial Museum on Logan, KS, May 13 through June 26, 2016.  A native of Sweden, Kent Ullberg is recognized as one of the world’s foremost wildlife sculptors. He studied at the Swedish University College of Art in Stockholm and has worked at museums in Germany, the Netherlands, France, Africa, and Denver, CO.  He now lives on Padre Island, Corpus Christi, TX. He also maintains a studio in Loveland, CO.

Ullberg is best known for his monumental works executed for museums and municipalities across the globe.  His Fort Lauderdale, FL, and his Omaha, NE installations are the largest bronze wildlife compositions ever done.  Both span several city blocks and earned him the coveted Henry Hering Medal Award from the National Sculpture Society.

Ullberg’s most recent monumental installation is “Snow-Mastodon,” a life-size bronze mastodon placed outside the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.