They’re here now, but they won’t be here forever. You won’t want to miss these great temporary exhibitions. Be sure to visit the museum soon and see them before they’re gone!
Pencil these exhibition dates into your calendar to help you plan your future visits. Be sure to check back to this web page to keep up to date on what’s at the Sternberg Museum.
January 2020 – May 2020
The Prairie Ocean: Long Time, No Sea, created by Chuck Bonner and Ray Troll, will highlight stories of the Bonner family, and their family legacy as fossil hunters. The exhibit will also focus on Kansas and its natural history, featuring a variety of Chuck and Ray’s artwork, and fossils found here in Kansas. The opening day for the exhibit is January 18th.
More about the exhibit designers:
Chuck Bonner – Chuck is a Kansas native, born and raised in the central and western parts of the state. His passion for art and fossil hunting was inherited from his parents. Chuck attended Fort Hays State University, where he received a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a Master’s Degree in Painting. His art has been featured all over central and western Kansas, including murals at Fort Hays State University and the Ellis County Historical Museum. Chuck and his wife, Barbara Shelton, currently operate the Keystone Gallery, which is a combination of an art gallery, fossil museum, and gift shop. For more information about Chuck Bonner, the Keystone Gallery and his artwork, visit his website at keystonegallery.com
Ray Troll – Ray is known for his unique style of blending art and science, drawing his inspiration from extensive fieldwork and the latest scientific discoveries. Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, in 1977, and a Master’s Degree in studio arts from Washington State University in 1981. After he graduated, he moved to Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan, Alaska. From there, his artwork grew in popularity, eventually earning him an honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from the University of Alaska-Southeast. Ray’s art has been featured in museums, books, and magazines. Some of his most recent works include Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Dr. Kirk Johnson; a mural for the University of Washington called Fishes of the Salish Sea; an exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History entitled, The Blue Seas, Green Seas; a traveling museum show called Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago; and his collaboration with Chuck Bonner in The Prairie Ocean: Long Time No Sea. For more information about Ray Troll, his artwork, and his exhibits, visit his website at trollart.com
In searching for a personal relationship with our natural environment and finding solace from observing patterns in nature, we can begin to understand the motivations of the artist, Clinton Marstall. Marstall is an MFA graduate in painting and printmaking from Fort Hays State University. He has exhibited throughout the Midwest. He currently lives and works as an artist in Kansas City, Missouri.
Marstall is the 2019 cover artist for the Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics, Psychology, and Life Sciences. Richard Taylor, Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon, wrote an article describing Marstall’s inspiration and process titled, “Nature’s Fractal Similarities: Integrating Art and Science.” Taylor writes, “Nature serves as the unifying force in all of his creations…He integrates a number of biomorphic images into a unique amalgam of multi-scaled complexity.”
To learn more about Clinton Marstall and his exhibit, visit clintonmarstall.blogspot.com
Rattlerssss is here! The Sternberg Museum has created a one-of-a-kind educational exhibit on the rattlesnakes of the United States entitled “Rattlerssss: From Fear to Fascination”. Over 40 species of rattlesnake are alive on the earth today, 22 of which occur somewhere in the United States.
This exhibit centers on the display of LIVE rattlesnakes, ranging from the gigantic Eastern Diamondback to the extremely toxic Tiger Rattlesnake. Come learn about where these snakes occur, the habitats they live in, and the unique behaviors and adaptations of each species. Check-in frequently, as the individual snakes in the display are regularly changed to show variations in color and pattern.