Norman R. Eppink & Gilson Memorial Galleries

Calendar of Events 2017-2018

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00am-3:00pm
All exhibitions and openings are free and open to the public.


August 31 - October 4, 2017

Mark Cowardin: Fragments

The sculptures produced by Mark Cowardin are meticulously fabricated and employ a wealth of materials.  While he constructs stand alone sculpture objects, he also creates site-specific installations.  WE have asked Mark to design an installation explicitly for the Norman R Eppnik Gallery space and with the help of ESU Art students will realize the design.
Artist Reception: August 31, 5:00-7:00pm, Bruder Theater Lobby, Emporia State University


October 6 - 20, 2017

Mid-Program Portfolio Review

Gilson Memorial Gallery


October 24 - December 11, 2017

Emporia State University Art Faculty Exhibition

This exhibition highlights the creative research produced by the current faculty teaching in the Department of Art at ESU.  A tradition that spans over six decades, the Annual Faculty Exhibition is a celebration of the art of the making process with the opportunity to view new and original works produced by the outstanding art faculty of Emporia State University.
Artist Reception: October 24, 5:00-7:00pm, Bruder Theater Lobby, Emporia State University


January 18 - March 9, 2018

Kent Michael Smith [kuhn-seel]

Kent describes his paintings as "hovering masses of suspended geometric autonomous backgrounds; these paintings thrive within a realm of ambiguous representation." Kent Michael Smith's exquisitely luscious formal depictions of space draw the viewer deep into their fantastic world.
Artist Reception: January 18, 5:00-7:00pm, Bruder Theater Lobby, Emporia State University


March 2 - March 16, 2018

Mid-Program Portfolio Review

Gilson Memorial Gallery


April 3 - April 27, 2018

Annual Juried ESU Art Student Exhibition

This annual exhibition of artworks created by ESU students will be selected by an outside juror, and will showcase the efforts of the students currently working in the Department of Art.  This competitive exhibition is held each spring semester to provide art students with the real world experience of participating in a professionally juried art show.  An outside expert nominated by the art faculty will review and select the best student work of the academic year.  Scholarships designated by the Department of Art will be awarded at the reception.
Artist Reception/Scholarship Ceremony: April 3, 5:00-7:00 pm, Bruder Theater Lobby, Emporia State University


April 3 - April 27, 2018

Salon de Refuses Student Exhibition: Emporia Arts Center

Historically, we know that sometimes the critical eye of the juror selecting a show does not always initially recognize the most unique or unusual artworks of the time.  All works not selected by the juror for the Annual Student Exhibition will be showcased at the Emporia Arts Center in downtown Emporia.
Artist Reception:  April 3, 7:00-8:00 pm, Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas
Ph. (620) 343-6473, Hours Tuesday-Friday 10:00am - 6:00pm, Saturday 10:00am - 3:00pm
April 30 - May 4, 2018

Graphic Design Senior Exhibition

The Senior Graphic Design Exhibition provides these young graphic designers with the experience of professionally presenting their work and ideas in a gallery setting.
Artist Reception: TBA, Bruder Theater Lobby, Emporia State University


*Additionally, there will be 12-15 Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Exhibitions throughout the year in the Gilson Memorial Gallery.