January 2020 – May 2020
The Prairie Ocean: Long Time, No Sea exhibit was created by Chuck Bonner and Ray Troll. The exhibit will feature a variety of their artwork and fossils found here in Kansas.
Chuck Bonner – Chuck is a Kansas native, born and raised in the central and western part 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 operates 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 work is a tour promoting his book, 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
May 2020 – September 2020
Take a step back in time with The Sternberg Museum’s next summer traveling exhibit entitled, Enter the Dinosaurs. Dinosaurs are brought to life through the use of animatronics and sound. Hear the ferocious roar of a Tyrannosaurus rex and the deep bellows of a Parasaurolophus. Observe a family of Ankylosaurus’, searching for vegetation alongside Triceratops and Stegosaurus.
For more information about the traveling exhibit and Kokoro Exhibits company, visit their website at http://kokoroexhibits.com/enter-the-dinosaurs/