Salina Biennial: Contemporary Art from the Mountain-Plains Region

February 21 – May 20, 2018

In October 1979 the Salina Art Center organized its first exhibition in Sams Hall of Fine Arts on the campus of Kansas Wesleyan University—a selection of work chosen from over 150 submissions by Kansas artists. Robert Sudlow (1920‒2010), then the doyen of Kansas landscape painting, was the juror. The success of the inaugural exhibition gave rise to the Art Center’s annual juried exhibition, a popular mainstay of the organization’s programming for many years. In 1989 the annual exhibition was expanded to include artists working in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Oklahoma. Subsequent annual exhibitions followed this general format through the twenty-third installment in 2001‒02, after which the juried exhibition was discontinued.

Salina Biennial: Contemporary Art from the Mountain-Plains Region revives the Art Center’s tradition of juried regional exhibitions, redrawing the geography under consideration to include artists living and working in Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming.

Jodi Throckmorton, Curator of Contemporary Art, the Museum of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, is this year’s juror. Her thoughtful and considered choices are rich and revelatory. Collectively, these seventy-two works by forty-two artists are testament to a vital and robust visual arts culture at work in the nation’s middle third.

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biennial programming

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All programming is free unless otherwise stated. 

Anthony Hawley’s Drawings for Donald will be on view at the Warehouse (149 S. 4th St.) starting March 10 Fridays, 4-6 p.m. and Saturdays, 1-3 p.m. and by appointment through May 20.

Anthony Hawley & Drawings for Donald
At the Warehouse, Saturday, March 10, 1-3 p.m. Free & open to all.

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk- Friday, March 9, 6-8 p.m.* 

Biennial Lunch & Learn- Wednesday, February 21, 12-1 p.m. (registration closed)

Fabric Yoyos Workshop with Shin-hee Chin- Saturday, March 3, 2-4 p.m. 

Lunch & Learn with Karla Prickett- Wednesday, March 21, 12-1 p.m.* 

Short Cuts: Intro to Papercutting with Sandra Williams- Saturday, March 24, 1-5 p.m. 

First Friday: Artist’s Talk & Writing Workshop with Ben Wills- Friday, April 6, 5-7 p.m.* 

2nd Sunday: Paper Airplanes Workshop with Ben Wills- Sunday, April 8, 2-4 p.m.* 

Endangered Project: Ceramic Workshop with Casey Whittier- Saturday, April 14, 2-4 p.m. 

Links to Chains: Ceramic Workshop with Casey Whittier- April 15, Sunday, 2-4 p.m. 

Lunch & Learn with Becky Hyberger- Wednesday, April 18, 12-1 p.m.*

Flight: Immigrant Awareness Workshop with Sheri Crider- Saturday, April 21, 2-4 p.m.

Artist Talk with Shreepad Joglekar- Friday, May 11, 6-8 p.m.

Camera Obscura Workshop with Shreepad Joglekar & Andy Mattern- Saturday, May 12, 1-5 p.m.