EAC Young Artist of the Month

EAC’s Young Artist of the Month program is a way for us to celebrate the talent in our community’s youth, by shining a bright spotlight on a different budding artist each month.

The selected young artist will receive a certificate, and will have their artwork on display in EAC’s upper corridor for one month. Young artists will also have the opportunity to show off their art skills and be featured in an educational EAC YouTube video, which can be shown in their classroom!

To be eligible, students or a nominator must submit an application along with a photo of an original piece of artwork. Please download the application below, complete, and send to sgentry@emporiaksarts.org or drop off at EAC 815 Commercial St.

MAY deadline is APRIL, 24 AT 3:00 P.M.
JUNE deadline is MAY, 29 AT 3:00 P.M.

Micro Kingdoms

The Emporia Arts Center is proud to present the work of local artist Garrett Briggeman, in the exhibition “Micro Kingdoms”. This show will be on display through April 2.

A small artist’s reception honoring Stephanie will be held Friday, March 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Trusler Gallery.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center are free too the public. Current Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

If you would like to purchase any of the work below please contact Gallery Manager, Shayli Gentry, sgentry@emporiaksarts.org or call (620) 343-6473

Please Enjoy Micro Kingdoms.

Roses & Thorns III

The Emporia Arts Center is proud to present the work of artist and art educator Stephanie Alaniz, in the exhibition “Roses and Thorns III. This show will be on display through February 26.

A small artist’s reception honoring Stephanie will be held Friday, February 5th from 4:00-6:00 pm in the Trusler Gallery.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center are free too the public. Current Gallery hours are 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

Below are the Insecurity Portraits and the Insecurity Collective from this exhibit – to see the interactive installations and other work, please visit the Emporia Arts Center.

Stick Together

In celebration of the triumphs, strengths, and individuality of our community, the Emporia Arts Council announces, Stick Together: A Community Sticker Mural.

WHO: Anyone who is a part of Emporia and the Emporia Arts Community – that includes EAC’s 7 county service area(Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee Counties), or any person who would like to join our community and this fun project!

WHAT: We are asking that you bring in 1 sticker that you feel represents YOU. What that means, is up to you! Some examples of stickers include:
– A store bought sticker of your favorite movie character
– A sticker you drew on label paper and cut out yourself
– A promotional sticker advertising your favorite restaurant
– A sticker created by your favorite local artist
– A sticker that is blue because that’s your favorite color
– A sticker from a banana at the supermarket because you love bananas
Any sticker you saw and just thought “..hey, I like that!”
Stickers should be less than 6″x6″ in size and may not include sensitive subject including, but not limited to: swearing, nudity, drugs, and violence. Stickers found to be violating these rules will promptly be covered by sparkly star and puppy stickers.

WHEN: Contributions will be accepted beginning Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 10:00 am. Stick Together is an on-going community project and contributions will be accepted until during EAC business hours the mural is “full”.

WHERE: The mural will be located just past the entrance to the Glaser Art & Gift Store in the atrium of the Emporia Arts Center, 815 Commercial St. If you have any trouble locating the mural feel free to ask the Front Desk.

HOW: Simply stick your sticker anywhere on the mural board! Try not to fully obscure or cover other stickers with your addition, but please understand your sticker may be partially covered as more contributions are brought in. We also ask those who are willing and able to sign their name and age to our Artist Log for the piece, as an additional option you may include a description of your sticker and who created the sticker.

We’re all in this together.

Holiday Shopping in the Trusler Gallery

The Emporia Arts Council’s Annual Art Gifts Holiday Boutique is open to the public now through December 30. Inside you’ll find a wide variety of locally handmade goods and gifts for the holiday season! Not only will you find seasonal gifts but we have tons of new work that is a perfect gift any time of year.

Stop by the Emporia Arts Council Monday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays 10am-3pm to check out the selection.

People’s Choice Awards – Veteran Artist Exhibition

Another chance to have your voice heard! EAC us asking for your vote in the 2020 Veteran Artist exhibit People’s Choice Awards! 26 original entries from talented U.S. Veterans, click the link below to vote before Friday, November 6 at 5:30 pm


View all work in person at the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center. Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm Saturday 10am-3pm.

World Food Day Online Gallery: People’s Choice Awards

The entries are IN! We have received so many incredible photos for World Food Day Online Gallery & People’s Choice Awards, and Lyon County Food & Farm Council needs your help picking a favorite!

Here’s how it works: Tomorrow morning on World Food Day, October 16th, head on over to the Emporia Arts Council Facebook page. EAC will publish an album of all submissions at 10:00am. Vote for your favorite photo by liking it – you must like the original photo, not shares of the photo. You can like as many photos as you desire, voting closes at 6:00pm.

Winners will be announced at 6:30pm.


World Food Day Online Art Exhibition


The Emporia Arts Council, the Lyon County Food and Farm Council and Emporia At the Table – Ending Hunger in Our Community (EAT) are teaming up for World Food Day on October 16, 2020. The sponsoring organizations are using World Food Day as an opportunity to explore food and the food system, both locally and globally, through a virtual art exhibition.

This show is looking for your Food Art! What counts as Food Art? Be creative and use some food that represents you – your cultural heritage or food that reflects your family story. Check out the list below for ideas!

· Photo of a self-portrait made out of food

· Photo of a meal you just cooked and are super proud of

· Photo of a painting of food or a painting with food in it

· Photo of a drawing of food or a drawing with food in it

· Photo of a sculpture of food

· Photo of your tattoo that is food related
· Photo of food you grew

You do not have to be a professional artist to be a part of this show! All you have to do is snap a photo of your favorite food item – raw or cooked –  and email the photo to the EAC Gallery Coordinator. You can be a self-proclaimed artist making some really cool food art! Either way, WE WANT YOU!

To submit your Food Art, please email the photo of your piece, your name, the title of the piece, and a description of your ingredients, inspiration, etc. to Gallery Coordinator, Shayli Gentry, at sgentry@emporiaksarts.org.

All entries must be received NO LATER than Wednesday, October 14 at 5:00 pm.

An album of all submissions will be posted on the Emporia Arts Council’s Facebook page on October 16, 2020, World Food Day, at 10:00 am.
The photo with the most likes will be awarded a prize. Voting will be between 10:00am and 6:00pm, October 16th. Winners will be announced at 6:30pm.

Using food in your entry is intended to bring attention to food as an important aspect  of our lives, and the daily struggle with hunger for far too many.

Feel free to share your art on your own social media, using the hashtags #WorldFoodDay, #EmporiaStrong or #EmporiaEats.

Learn More

The Emporia Arts Council(EAC) is a nonprofit organization with the mission to Educate, Advocate, and Celebrate the Arts. EAC serves Lyon, Chase, Coffey, Greenwood, Morris, Osage, and Wabaunsee counties through in-house art education classes and art education outreach, performing arts, and gallery exhibitions. To learn more about EAC, visit emporiaksarts.org

The Lyon County Food and Farm Council, commissioned by the Lyon County Commissioners, aims to identify and propose innovative solutions to improve local food systems and improve health outcomes for the citizens of Lyon County. Learn more by following on Facebook at facebook.com/lyoncounrtfoodandfarmcouncil/

Emporia at the Table: Ending Hunger in our Community, or the EAT Initiative, is a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort to combat food insecurity on the Emporia State University campus and in the greater Emporia Community. To learn more about the EAT Initiative, visit emporia.edu/eat/

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