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Source: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu
Video available: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Drje1Xd9M
News release prepared by: Andrew North, 785-532-7718, anorth@k-state.edu

Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011


MANHATTAN -- An exhibit of Andy Warhol photographs is coming into focus through a film series and special events at the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University. The museum is host to "Big Shots: Andy Warhol Photographs of the '70s and '80s."

The film series is a way to learn more about the life and work of pop artist Warhol. All films will be shown in the Beach Museum's UMB Theater. The films are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required to attend. The screening schedule is:

* 2 p.m. Jan. 29, and 30, "Andy Warhol," a 50-minute definitive biography. The film includes images of Warhol's greatest work.

* 2 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, "Dropping in on Andy Warhol." The 20-minute film introduces the life and art of Warhol to elementary- and middle-school students.

* 2 p.m. March 12 and 13, "Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene, 1940-1970." The 116-minute film investigates American art movements through conversations with artists in their studios.

The Beach Museum also is offering several workshops and special events in conjunction with the Warhol exhibit:

* Adults will have the chance to be kids again at the Valentines Workshop for Adults from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, at the museum. Desserts will be provided along with all materials and supplies needed to create valentines. A digital camera and photo printer will be available to make photo valentines. The cost is $10 per person, and reservations are required.

"This would make a great date night activity," said Kathrine Schlageck, the museum's senior educator. "The workshop will give the adults a chance to create a photo valentine card for their loved ones, breaking away from the everyday, traditional valentine cards."

It's also an opportunity to create a valentine for a secret love or family member, Schlageck said.

* The whole family is welcome to create valentines at the annual Family Valentines Workshop, sponsored by the Student Friends of the Beach Museum of Art, 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6. Refreshments will be served during the workshop. The cost is $5 per child, but Beach Buddy members as well as families with a family museum membership are half price and will receive a special gift. Memberships can be purchased at the workshop. Reservations are not required, but all children must be accompanied by an adult.

* Schlageck will teach a pop art workshop for children in the student classrooms at the museum from 10-11:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Children, ages 6 and older, are invited to take part in the workshop, also inspired by the Warhol exhibition. They will tour the exhibition to learn how Warhol used photography as the basis for his prints. After viewing the exhibit each student will create individual silkscreen art based on labels from everyday life. Each child is encouraged to bring a plain, white T-shirt to the workshop so they can transfer their silkscreen design to the shirt. The museum will not provide shirts.

The cost of this workshop is $3 per child, and reservations are required. All children under 8 should be accompanied by an adult.

* At 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8, Liz Seaton, organizer of the Warhol exhibition, will present "Meet the Art: Andy Warhol." Seaton will give an overview of Warhol's work in the museum's collection. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested.

Reservations can be made by calling 785-532-7718.

For more information, contact Schlageck at 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. Wednesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


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