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.

2016_Hill City_Jaden Hopkins_Mad Hatter”_CPencil
2016_Norton_001_Audrie Burge_Zen_Ink
2016_Norton_004_Miah Melvin_Sky_Acrylic
2016_Phillipsburg_004_Sam Prewitt_Pop Culture Perspective_Color Pencil
2016_Hill City_Kylee Ashbaugh_Mermaid_watercolor
16A_Rachel Koerperich_Norton_ Black & White_12th
2016_Norton_003_Kylie Perez_Rusty_Acrylic
2016_Phillipsburg_002_rhyann Peterson shaw__Mixed
2016_Smith C_Kameron Hraber_World Peace_Mixed_12
2016_Norton_002_Audrie Burge_Shades_Ink
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Rich Cacique
Rich European Lynx
Rich Ravens
RIch Birch Meadow (2)

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.


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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.

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2016_Ullberg_009_High Ridge (Bighorn Ram maquette)
2016_Ullberg_004_Two Against the World
2016_Ullberg_001_It is I