The Midwest Art Exhibition was founded in 1899 by three local Lindsborg artists – Birger Sandzén, Carl Lotave, and G. N. Malm – as a complement to the annual Messiah Festival held at Bethany College. It represents the longest running annual art exhibition in Kansas.Five new exhibitions comprise the 120th annual Midwest Art Exhibition opening at the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery on Sunday, January 28, 2018.
On display through April 22 are Print Culture in Kansas City, works from the Moffett collection; encaustic and fiber works by Ellie Murphy of New York City; paintings by Barry Fitzgerald of Lawrence; With the Wind is an exhibition of plein-air paintings by the Western Kansas group In the Open Air; and works by students attending Smoky Valley High School in Lindsborg. The reception for the exhibitions will be on Sunday, January 28, 2018, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. with gallery talks beginning at 2:00.
Birger Sandzén helped usher in the era of printmaking in Kansas City by showing his prints there as early as 1916. In the 1930s and 1940s, printmaking enjoyed popularity across the nation, and Kansas City proved no exception. Print Culture in Kansas City includes works by a wide range of Kansas City printmakers and highlights the work of deMartelly. Other artists include Sandzén, Braught, and Benton, along with deMartelly's students Janet Turner, Jackson Lee Nesbitt, Duard Marshall, and William Wind McKim. This exhibition from the Moffett collection is curated by Cori Sherman North.