Beach Museum Of Art Hosts New Artist Exhibit

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - A new program at Kansas State University's Beach Museum of Art will allow visitors to interact socially with art this week.

Open Artist in Residence is a three-day mini residency with a focus on interdisciplinary social engagement. Artist Calder Kamin will create work in-gallery related to prairie animal species while engaging with museum visitors.

Kamin is drawn to the contradictory aspects of our relationships with animals and the environment. Her sculpture and public projects provide education for audiences about how humans impact biodiversity.

"What’s most important to me is educating audiences about what I’ve learned about impact on biodiversity," said Kamin. "I think the environment is the biggest cause of this next century, especially for my generation. So through my artwork I’m providing opportunities to teach people about how we impact the environment."

Banners depicting megafauna that are extinct from and currently populating the tallgrass prairie have been installed outside the museum.

Kamin will speak about her work on Thursday in the UMB Theater before moving to Vanier Gallery for viewing and discussion.