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K-State Today

December 10, 2019

Give the gift of art this holiday

Submitted by Jui Mhatre

In 1934 the Friends of Art at Kansas State University, now the Friends of the Beach Museum of Art, issued an original print — K-State art professor John Helm's "Early Settler’s House" — as a premium for membership in the new organization.

Intended as a one-time offering, the gift print proved so popular that Salina artist Herschel Logan was asked to produce another print for members in 1935, beginning a tradition of recognizing Kansas-connected printmakers and photographers that continues today.

The 2019 gift print was released in conjunction with the museum's fall 2019 exhibition "Jeremiah Ariaz: Louisiana Trail Riders," selections from a photographic essay on African American trail riding clubs in southwest Louisiana. The artist, Jeremiah Ariaz, grew up in Great Bend and is now a photography professor at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Ariaz's gift print, "Gavin (front) and Jock (rear) Saddle Horses, Ride or Die Club (Opelousas, LA)," shows Gavin Sinegal and Jock Chambers preparing their horses for an afternoon trail ride.

The Beach Museum of Art has a variety of prints from previous years available for sale. Friends members at the $100 or higher level are eligible for a 25% discount. To see available prints visit beach.k-state.edu/support/shop/friends.html or stop by the museum today to purchase your own gift print.

A nearly complete set of prints can be viewed in the Stamey Gallery at Meadowlark Hills, 2121 Meadowlark Road, in Manhattan.