Gallery Management Course, Spring '08

Kristin Beal-DeGrandmont
Gallery Management Course
Spring 08

Course description:  Students will experience all aspects of running a nonprofit gallery, including scheduling, curating and programming of future exhibits, advertising techniques, maintaining mailing lists, hanging and striking shows, hosting openings and fundraising.

Course objectives:
Students will assist in lay out and design of a variety of exhibitions and events.

Students will assist in preparation of all levels of advertising including publications for exhibitions, newsletters, catalogues, showcards and posters using both hardcopy and digital formats for gallery announcements.

Students will assist in fundraising including the solicitation of sponsorship and grant writing.

Students will work to form a gallery board; this will include the solicitation of additional student members. First, the board will be responsible for writing and voting in a working mission statement and gallery “bylaws” that will govern the operations of the gallery.

1.25   PERFORMANCE. Will include live performances by WSU fine arts students throughout the month as well as video performances shown daily.
2.29   SWAP/MEET Grad student exchange show with KU. WSU alum/KU grad student Sara Kephart will act as liaison in order to facilitate this show.
3.29  Annie Strader’s materials class
4.11   North Texas students
4.25   Wired III. C.R.A.T.E.L. Art & Technology Exhibition
5.02   MFA

Students will assist in programming directives that encompass community outreach and cultural enrichment. i.e develop classes and curriculum through The Fine Arts Institute, that would allow students to offer classes to the community through ShiftSpace. The School of Fine Arts is the only school in the college that does not utilize the institute.

To The Stars Through Difficulties

WSU Shift Space: To The Stars Through Difficulties; November 30, 2007-January 11, 2008

WSU Shift Space presents: To The Stars Through Difficulties, an exhibition of work by fine arts faculty from universities in the state of Kansas curated by Dr. Royce Smith, Wichita State University. The exhibiting artists will be Ricky Allman, Shawn Bitters, Matthew Burke, Eric Conrad, Nancy Morrow, Yoonmi Nam, Larry Schward, Jason Scuilla, Annie Strader, and Larry Thomas.

The opening reception will take place on Final Friday, November 30, 2007, from 6-10 pm 803 E. 3rd, in Old Town and will be open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 4:00-7:00pm and Saturday 11:00am-2:00pm January 11, 2008.

For more information, call the WSU School of Art & Design at 978-3555.



And the winners are...

...just in case you hadn't heard...the winners of Best in Category at the RUNaWAY event were:

Good Eats - Jessy McKay
Arte Povera - Meghan Hayes
Most Poshumously - Hallie Smith
Futurama - Natalie Johnson & Amanda Bosch
Splendid Appendage - Nick Meyer-Hessler

Best in category artists will receive a group show at Shift Space in the Fall '08.

Nick Meyer-Hessler won Best in Show and will recieve the following prize pack:

20$ gift certificate from the Yard Store
25$ gift certificate from the Riverside Perk
40$ gift certificate from Lucinda's
Tool box and tools from Westlake Ace Hardware, College Hill
And a solo exhibition with Trish Higgins Fine Art

Congratulations to all of the winners, and thanks again to everyone that participated.  I've said it before, and I'll say it again, you're all beautiful people.


Photos and a great big thanks!

First, I want to say thanks to all of our patrons that turned out for both the More Postage, Please event last Final Friday and the RUNaWAY event just this last Friday; without your involvement Shift Space couldn't be what it has developed into.  Second, I want to thank all of the people that participated in the recent events; whatever Shift Space becomes, it's because of the involvement of all the dedicated students and professors at WSU.  Third, I want to thank all of our sponsors whose continued support allows us to function on a daily basis.  And forth, I just want to thank everyone again; you're all beautiful people, keep up the good work.

Oh, and photos are up, check' em out.

More postage, PLEASE!

All area artists are invited to participate in this first annual fundraising event for WSU's Shift Space Gallery.

Submissions are due on Mon. October 15th, 2007, and can be mailed or brought to:

WSU/School of Art and Design Office
1845 Fairmount St., Box 67
Wichita, Kansas 67260.

All works must be on 4x6" postcard quality paper and signed only on the back.  Artists are encouraged to include additional contact information on the back of their submission for collectors interests.  Works do not need to be flat, but do need to be self supporting and able to be pinned to the wall.

Works will be exhibited for Final Friday, October 26th, 2007 in a grid fashion without revealing the individual artists until Nov. 9th, 2007 at RUNaWAY, our galla fundraising event at the new Shift Space at 803 E. 3rd Street.



Deadline for RUNaWAY Show: Oct. 1st!

The entry deadline for the RUNaWAY show that will be this Novemeber is October 1st, 2007.  This is a wearable art/fashion show, a creative synthesis of fashion, sculpture, media and performance.

And the categories are:

Good Eats - anything food related

Most Posh-humously - think frilly fluffy death

Arte Povera - the art movement, look it up, Italian for poor art, think cheap

Futurama - the big bad future, think out of this galaxy, far out

Splendid Appendage - could be scary...perfect

All we want is your name and what category you will be entering at this time, and we need your info as early as possible for advertising purposes.  Email Kristin at

Thanks, and we'll see you on the runway!

Upcoming events!

First up, Shift Space XVI: The Participants currated by Annie Strader.  An exhibition featuring the work of many of the students and alumni who participated in the move from the old space on Commerce Street to the new space at 803 E. 3rd by the Warren Old Town.  A reception will be held on Final Friday, September 28th, from 7-10PM.  Show runs through October 19th.


And secondly, we have Shift Space XVII: Runaway.  A fundraising extraboganza of fashion, sculpture, media and performance; not to be missed.  Occuring one night only, November 9th from 5-10PM at the new Shift Space on 3rd Street.  However, before we get carried away, we need your help to pull it off.  Ask a professor for details!


New Photo Album

I just posted the photo album from John Hammer's show so take a look.  Thanks to everyone who made it out to the show Friday.  We had a pretty good turnout and the new space looks great.  If you didn't happen to make it while S is for Space was playing, here's a video I shot:

Fri. Aug. 31st @ the new space!

WSU Shift Space will be presenting the paintings and video art of John Hammer in a MFA Thesis Exhibit, Passion Fruit Jungle: Acts of Observation and Appropriation.  August 31 through September 21, 2007. 

An opening reception will occur on Final Friday, August 31, 2007 7:00-10:00pm at the new WSU Shift Space Gallery 803 E. 3rd St. in Old Town.


New Place, New Semester

Okay everybody, it's been awhile but it looks like we're going to be up and running again this semester for a full season of shows and other extraboganzas.  If you haven't heard we have officially moved to a new location at 803 E. 3rd Street; it's easy to find, it's the street just north of the Warren in Old Town, in a white cinder-block building on the northeast corner or 3rd and Mead.

So, you may be wondering what's going to be happening over the next couple of semesters, and luckly I have a schedule for you:

August 31, 2007 - John Hammer's MFA Show

September 28 - The Participants: curated by Annie Strader

October 25 - Fundraiser (if it's half as good as the last one we did it should be quite an event)

November 2 through 16 - Conan Y. Fugit and Aaron Vague, snapline installation preview

November 30, State Faculty Exhibition:  curated by Dr. Royce W. Smith (all state faculty artists invited to submit work)

December 28 - a surprise (maybe)

January 25, 2008 - Performance show including live performances by WIchita State fine arts graduate and undergraduate students throughout the month as well as video performances shown daily

February 29 - Graduate student exchange show with the University of Kansas

March 29 - River City Biennale (student edition)

April 25 - Wired III:  Art & Technology

I'm sure there'll be a few more events announced during this timespan, so make sure to check the blog regularly.

For additional information contact:

Kristin Beal-DeGrandmont
Interim Director, WSU Shift Space Gallery
Wichita State University

Shift Space Returns!

The Center for Research in Arts, Technology, Education, and Learning (CRATEL) is pleased to announce “Wired: Art and Sound by Design II,” hosted by WSU Shift Space. A few yards south of its previous Shift Space location, the show will consist of dynamic sculptures and installations that blend artistic ideas and creation with engineering and computer programming, such as a “living” mechanical sculpture, a collection of Ferro fluid specimens, a metaphysical map of plexiglass and lights, and even a genuine rave environment. The works are the product of collaboration between multidisciplinary students and offer a look into the explosive results of this mixture.

“Wired: Art and Sound by Design II” will open and host an artists’ reception on Final Friday, April 27th from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. at 414 S. Commerce Street.

For more information please contact John Harrison at (316) 978 -6572 or Robert Bubp at 978-7704.