MARK ARTS KANSAS INVITATIONAL
January 6 – March 26, 2018
The Mark Arts Kansas Invitational features works by prominent artists who have lived or worked in Kansas. The exhibition opens to the public on Jan. 6 and closes March 26.
More than 100 high-caliber pieces have arrived from as far away as New York City and Italy. The works include abstract, realism, landscape and portraits in a variety of media such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, photography, printmaking, mixed media, ceramics and sculpture. There is something for everyone’s unique aesthetic in a variety of price ranges.
Art fuels Sonia Greteman’s work and life. She earned a bachelor’s in fine arts from WSU and, in 1989, founded the powerhouse creative agency Greteman Group. She serves on the board of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University and is past president of the City of Wichita Design Council. She’s served as a public art consultant and design lead on multidisciplinary teams, including the Wichita Eisenhower National Airport and River Corridor Keeper of the Plains Plaza.
Mike Michaelis has been with Emprise Bank for 48 years and has been seriously collecting art for 20 years. He co-chaired the $20 million campaign to build the new Mark Arts and serves as the chair of the board of Spencer Museum Art at the University of Kansas. He also serves on the board of the Wichita Art Museum and is a past board member of the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.
Chris Shank grew up in an environment filled with art. His uncle was at one time a Commercial Artist with Western Lithograph, rubbing elbows with the Prairie Printmakers, and his aunt was a brilliant amateur artist. Chris is a commercial account executive with USI Insurance Services (formerly Dulaney Johnston and Priest), where he has worked continuously for nearly 40 years. Chris is a past chairperson and board member of the Wichita Art Museum and a past board member of the Ulrich Museum of Art.