|February 02, 2008|
Boyd and Bernard
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: February 29, 2008
CONTACT: Crystal Walter
Phone Number: 268-4985
Wichita State University Print Makers on
Display at the Wichita Art Museum
Wichita: The Wichita Art Museumwill host a retrospective of two of Wichita State University’s most prolific professors and printmakers. This weekend, the Boyd and Bernard exhibition will celebrate artists with a local connection with the John D. Boyd and David E. Bernard exhibition. Boyd retires this year as director of the printmaking department at Wichita State University. David E. Bernard, also a former WSU professor, and acclaimed printmaker who died in December of 2006, will also be featured.
Boyd’s retrospective is linked with the work of David Bernard because their careers were so closely linked. Bernard founded the printmaking department at Wichita State University in 1949, and one of his many wise decisions was to hire the young John Boyd as an assistant professor of printmaking in 1972. In 1981 John succeeded his mentor as head of the department, and the two remained close colleagues and friends until Mr. Bernard’s death.
David Bernard’s prints are characterized by their breadth of subject, ranging from Kansas landscapes, to social commentary, and meditations on the art historical past. Boyd’s interests are equally broad—he also departs from images within the art historical canon, but there is more parody and repartee in Boyd’s interpretations than in Bernard’s. Indeed, wit and humor abound in, and actually unite, the art of John Boyd. Visitors to John’s retrospective can be guaranteed a wry smile, if not a hearty laugh as well.
Boyd’s contribution to art education in Wichita would itself warrant a major exhibition at the Art Museum--a contribution acknowledged by the State of Kansas through the Kansas Arts Commission's recognition of Mr. Boyd as outstanding arts educator. But John is far more than an outstanding teacher: he is also an outstanding artist, as the exhibition Boyd and Bernard demonstrates.
The exhibition runs February 24 through April 27, 2008.
Artists Gallery Talk:
Professor John Boyd will host a gallery walk and talk on Saturday, March 22 at 2pm. Join him for an informal discussion of his art and influences on view in Boyd and Bernard. Bring your curiosity, join in the conversation.
Come and celebrate the careers of Boyd and Bernard at the Wichita Art Museum’s April Final Friday event, April 25th from 5 to 8 pm. The galleries will be open featuring the Boyd and Bernard collection. Live music featuring Equinox will be enjoyed in the S. Jim and Darla Farha Great Hall as well as light hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar. Admission is free.
The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935. It is home to The Roland P. Murdock Collection, one of the premier collections of American Art in the country. The Museum is proud to be supported through public and private funds, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by a private entity, Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Located at 1400 West Museum Boulevard, the Museum and Museum store are open Sunday noon – 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults; $4 for seniors (55+) and students with I.D.; $2 for children 5 - 17. Admission is free every Saturday and scheduled school groups are always free. The Muse Café is open for lunch Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. –2 p.m. and from 2 – 3 p.m. for desserts and drinks. Brunch is available on Sundays from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with drinks and desserts available until 3 p.m. There is no admission charge for visiting the Museum Store or Café.
|The Wichita Art Museum opened in 1935. It is home to The Roland P. Murdock Collection, one of the premier collections of American Art in the country. The Museum is proud to be supported through public and private funds, owned by the City of Wichita and managed by a private entity, Wichita Art Museum, Inc. Located at 1400 West Museum Boulevard, the Museum and Museum store are open Sunday noon – 5 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free through September 30 and scheduled school groups are always free.|