Art Kansas is a celebration of creating, curating and collecting Kansas Art.

The 2-day Forum on June 8 and 9, 2018 includes a gala dinner and workshops and is framed by two art exhibitions: “The Invitational” and “Four Apart.”

Forum Registration
Forum Registration – Students/Teachers
Attention High School Students and Teachers:
McPherson College is offering free admission to the Gala Dinner and Workshops for Kansas high school students and teachers including a special luncheon with MC professors and students between workshops.


Exhibitions – May 29 to July 29, 2018

“The Invitational” – featured artists
Friendship Hall at McPherson College, 1600 E. Euclid, McPherson, KS
Curated by Jay Nelson, former owner of the Strecker-Nelson art gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, this exhibition features approximately 65 works of Kansas’ finest contemporary visual artists in a wide range of media and genres.

“Four Apart”- featured artists
McPherson Museum, 1111 E. Kansas Ave., McPherson, KS
The four artists featured in this exhibit are also the presenters of the workshops and presentations for the Art Forum on June 9. Curated by Jay Nelson.

Gala Dinner – June 8, 2018

Artists’ Receptions 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Held at both exhibit locations, McPherson College and McPherson Museum

ART Kansas - Chuck Comeau ART Kansas Larry Hatteberg ART Kansas Michael Michaelis

Gala Dinner ($30/person) 7:15 p.m.
Mingenback Theatre, McPherson College
Featuring keynote Speaker Chuck Comeau and the premiere of Larry Hatteberg’s Video “Banking on Art” in celebration of Mike Michaelis

Register now for dinner: Public registration | High School student and teacher registration

Workshops – June 9, 2018

Free morning and afternoon sessions are hosted in studios of Hess Fine Arts Center and in Friendship Hall gallery on the McPherson College campus. Breakfast and Lunch are available in the Dining Hall. Check-in for workshops starts at 9:30am in Friendship Hall.

Carol Long: Pottery (seating is limited to 16)
Ceramics Studio, Room 117, Hess Hall, McPherson College

Carol’s demo will include construction and manipulation of forms. She will demo on thrown forms and discuss construction while showing combinations of forming and altering methods. She will then focus on slip trailing as a surface decoration.

Stephen Johnson: “The Context of Creativity”
Graphic Design Studio, Hess Hall, McPherson College

From the pages of a children’s book, to gallery and museum exhibitions, to expansive murals in public spaces, Stephen T. Johnson has covered them all with his art. Stephen’s work blurs the lines of Fine Art and Illustration. He will speak to a number of aspects of being an artist/children’s book author/illustrator/public artist.

Jay Nelson: “Gallery Representation: Why and How”
Friendship Hall, McPherson College

Jay will talk about what galleries do for artists, what is expected of the artist, and give advice about selecting and approaching an appropriate agent/venue for your professional career as a producing artist.

Louis Copt: painting/photography (this workshop/presentation will begin in the morning and continue in the afternoon)
Painting/Drawing Studio, Room 110/112, Hess Hall, McPherson College

This is a fun, entertaining and informative daylong workshop. Louis will spend the morning talking about his working methods, the materials he uses and will do several painting demonstrations.  Some of the topics will include color mixing, what type of papers to use and how to work watercolor with mixed media.  The afternoon will be devoted to painting on your own projects and trying new techniques you have picked up.  Bring a work in progress or a finished painting for critique.  Students should bring paper and pencil for taking notes and their watercolor (or other paint) supplies.

Louis Copt: painting/photography (continuation of morning session)

Barbara Waterman-Peters & Larry Peters: “Apart and Together: Peters/Waterman-Peters”
McPherson Museum – Exhibition Hall

Larry and Barbara will respectively speak about their lives. Each of them was established artistically before they married. At the conclusion of their individual talks, they will address their lives together and how their art has been affected by them being together.

ArtistInc.: “What Works?”
Room 54, downstairs in Hess Hall, McPherson College

What works for successful artists? Find out 10 easy rules at this #ArtistINC info session that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Musicians, writers, actors, performing and visual artists are encouraged to attend.

Jay Nelson: “The Art of Curating”
Friendship Hall, McPherson College

This presentation will take the form of a gallery walk through the current exhibit during which Jay will discuss the curating process, including selecting artists, choosing artworks, and designing the display with the intent of creating a unified installation.

Register now for workshops:
Public registration | High School student and teacher registration

About Art Kansas

The Art Kansas was created through the vision of Michaela Valli Groeblacher in collaboration with Jay Nelson and Karla Prickett.

Michaela is a ceramic sculptor, landscape designer and assistant professor of art at McPherson College in McPherson, KS. Born and raised in Austria, first making her living as physical therapist, she eventually made Kansas her home where she expresses her love for people and the landscape by teaching and in her art.

Karla Prickett is a studio artist and visual arts consultant in Salina KS. She retired in 2014 as Visual Arts Director for Salina Arts & Humanities and the Smoky Hill River Festival.

Jay Nelson is the recently retired owner/director/curator of the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, KS. The gallery is the longest operating art gallery in the state and represented around 150 artists. Jay curated and mounted 6-7 exhibits a year for almost 18 years and curated displays for institutional, commercial, and individual entities.

Art Kansas is made possible by contributions from the McPherson Convention and Visitors’ Bureau, The McPherson Community Foundation, Emprise Bank and McPherson College and in collaboration with the McPherson Museum and Art Foundation.