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Source: Martha Scott, 785-532-7718,
News release prepared by: Caitlin Muret, 785-532-7718,

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


MANHATTAN -- Photographs capturing the destructive power and aftermath of tornadoes in Kansas will be the focus of two exhibitions opening in June at Kansas State University's Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art.

"Destruction Framed: Photographs of the Chapman/Manhattan Tornado, June 11, 2008" will be on display June 11-Aug. 16, while "Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm" will be on display June 19-Aug. 10.

The Chapman/Manhattan tornado exhibition features photographs of the aftermath of the tornado that tore through Chapman, Manhattan and Soldier. The work of Tom Leopold, a freelance photographer, and Rod Mikinski and Luke Townsend, Manhattan Mercury photographers, are featured. Ten pictures from each photographer are displayed.

In Schwarm's show, the Greensburg native captures the horrific power of the May 4, 2007, tornado that destroyed most of his town. Schwarm's photography has been recognized for its sensitivity to place and landscape, and his Greensburg photographs are witness to the catastrophic forces of nature and the annihilation of his rural birthplace.

"We tried to get representational pieces that show the full image of the destruction," said Lorne Render, director of the Beach Museum of Art. "The two exhibitions complement each other."

"Larry Schwarm: Greensburg After the Storm" was organized by and first appeared at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University. K-State's Beach Museum of Art will be the last venue for this exhibition.

For more information, contact Martha Scott at the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays.