Kansas Art Museums

Kansas Grassroots Art

Kansas Art Exhibits - Tragic Prelude by John Steuart Curry
While Kansas is best known as a leader in grassroots or outsider art, Kansas also has several outstanding art museums. All but one of the art museums on this page are free.

The image at the top of this page is a detail from Tragic Prelude, John Steuart Curry's famous John Brown mural in the Kansas State Capital in Topeka. The Capital building has many murals by John Steuart Curry, Jerome Fedeli, and Lumen Martin Winter. The Capital is open Monday - Friday and admission is free.

Kansas has many art galleries and a page devoted to them may be added to KansasTravel.org in the future. For the present time, you may enjoy the many pages devoted Kansas Folk Art or Grassroots Art.

Greensburg, Kansas - The 5.4.7 Arts Center is the first LEED Platinum building that was designed and constructed by students. Platinum is the highest rating level for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.

The 5.4.7 Arts Center is a community arts center intended to raise awareness of fine arts, both visual and performing, make arts accessible to everyone and provide an environment to create and learn through classes, exhibits and performances.

5.4.7 Arts Center -  Greensburg, Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas - The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art has seven galleries displaying selections from the University of Kansas permanent collection of more than 25,000 works of art. Special exhibitions are displayed in four additional galleries. During the school year, the Spencer offers workshops and art lectures almost every day of the week.

Open every day but Monday, admission to the Spencer Museum of Art is free.

Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art
Lincoln, Kansas - The Lincoln Art Center is a modest sized art center that has been open since 1993. It has a main gallery which hosts exhibitions by local, state & regional artists (occasionally national exhibits). The Center also hosts community activities, classes, and the Lincoln Arts and Humanities Foundation permanent collection. Lincoln Art Center - Lincoln, Kansas
Lindsborg, Kansas - The Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on the Bethany College campus honors Birger Sandzén, a Swedish born artist and a faculty member at Bethany College from 1894 to 1946. SandzÚn Gallery - Lindsborg, Kansas
Lucas, Kansas - The Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, promotes self taught artists from around the state of Kansas, with an emphasis on the folk artists who did most of their work in Lucas. The Center occupies three late 18th Century buildings downtown Lucas.

Open year around, admission $6 for adults.

Grassroots Art Center in Lucas, Kansas
Manhattan, Kansas - Following a 17,000 square feet expansion and a two month closing, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art reopened on October 21, 2007. The Beach Museum boasts the largest collection of work anywhere by Kansas artist John Stuart Curry with over 900 drawings, sketches, prints, and paintings.

Open every day but Monday, admission to the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is free.

Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art - Manhattan, Kansas
Overland Park, Kansas - The newest museum in the State of Kansas is the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. At 38,000 square feet the Nerman is the largest contemporary art museum in the 4 state area.

Open every day but Monday, admission to the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art is free.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Topeka, Kansas - The Mulvane Art Museum is located on the north end of the Washburn University campus. When visited in November of 2007, the modest museum was displaying none of its own collection, just two temporary photograph exhibits.

Open every day but Monday, admission to the Mulvane Art Museum is free.

Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka, Kansas
Wichita, Kansas - The Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University has only 2 small galleries and a couple of hallways. But the Ulrich Museum has a large collection displayed outside: the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, more than 70 pieces spread across Wichita State University's campus. It includes art by Burton, Jiménez, Moore, Nevelson, Oldenburg, Rickey and Rodin.

Open every day but Monday, admission to the Ulrich Museum of Art is free.

Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State Universty
Wichita, Kansas - The Wichita Art Museum is the largest Kansas art museum. The permanent collection includes more than 6,000 works of art, but large portions of the museum are devoted to traveling or temporary exhibits.

Open seven days a week, the Wichita Art Museum is free on Saturdays.

Wichita Art Museum

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