Past Exhibits

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.
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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

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“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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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