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Current Exhibition

Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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The National Small Oil Painting Exhibition 2014
August 22 – October 19, 2014

Join us for an Opening Reception Friday, August 22, 2014  from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Complimentary Light Hors d’oeuvres and Cash Bar

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Exhibition Catalog

Award Winners

First Place -Mary Koch Memorial Award - $1000.00
Extracting the Invasive by Joel Dugan, Hays, KS

Second Place - $750.00
Sara Smile by Melinda Weis, Derby, KS

Third Place - $500.00
South Central Kansas Sunrise by Brian Hinkle, Wichita, KS

Honorable Mention - $100.00
The Wave, by Lyda Andrews, Benton, KS
Rava by Robert Bean, Huntsville, AL
Sicilian Cheese Maker by Shari Bevan, Wichita, KS
All that Jazz by Dennis McKay, Kechi, KS

Executive Director Emeritus Purchase Award for The Wichita Center for the Arts in memory of Mary Koch
Golden Tomato, by Jenny Chi, Charleston, IL
South Central Kansas Sunrise, by Brian Hinkle, Wichita, KS
Red Chair, by Melissa Mancuso, Ada, OH
Taking Hold, by Richard Prather, Garland, TX
Empty, by Michael Steddum, Webb City, MO
A Blaze of Glory, by Jill Stromberg, Sterling, KS
Sara Smile, by Melinda Weis, Derby, KS

Get up close and personal with the brush strokes and colors of 79 small oil paintings at the National Small Oil Painting Exhibition 2014 exhibition from Aug. 22 – October 19, 2014. This is The Wichita Center for the Arts 21st year featuring original oil paintings no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Though small in stature, these artworks are guaranteed to make a large impression. Celebrate the trends and traditions of American small oil paints, three Wichita Center for the Arts Instructors and numerous students of the Centers’ artworks will be featured at this nationally jurored exhibition. Anthony Benton Gude, West Tisbury, MA was this year’s juror.


This national Small Oil Painting Exhibition 2014 is generously underwritten by the Fred and Mary Koch Foundations.

The Juror: Anthony Benton Gude was born in 1963 on the island of Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. Growing up he spent many hours in the studio of his grandfather Thomas Hart Benton being infl uenced subconsciously by the imagery and style of his work. After attending school at the Museum Of Fine Arts in Boston and the Art Student’s League in New York City Anthony began spending more time in Kansas on his family’s farm. Finding unending inspiration with the simplicity and beauty of the Flint Hills he made Kansas his home and began a successful career as a full time artist. His credits include many museum shows as well as over a dozen large historical murals in many public locationsthroughout Kansas and Missouri. Spending time between Kansas and Massachusetts, Anthony continues to produce works of art which fi ll his galleries in the midwest as well as the east coast. His works can be viewed by going to www.anthonybentongude.com


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