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It can be anything! Art that you have made here at EAC, at school, home, etc. we want to see what art is to you. The possibilities are endless and its your time to shine! Parents you can find more information by scanning the QR Code or going to the Shaping the Future tab on the Gallery tab.

Juan Duran – Perception of Light


Surrounded by warm and sunny landscapes full of color, drama and life lead to an awakening need for artistic expression by Juan Duran. Perplexed by the way light can transform the same landscape in a matter of minutes while evoking a wide range of moods and emotions.

Perception of Light is Duran’s own perception of light, his reality. “Every painting is an open door to the privacy of my emotions and views. Through these images I invite you to connect with these ideas and give each your own narrative.”

Artist Reception is June 9th from 4-6pm in the Trusler Gallery. All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery at Emporia Arts Center are free to the public.

Missoula Children’s Theatre


Missoula Children’s Theatre and the Emporia Arts Council are so excited for this year’s production of “Johnny Appleseed”!

Schedule for July 18th:
Registration from 4:00 – 4:30pm @ front entrance
Auditions for Johnny Appleseed from 4:30 – 6:00pm
Dinner Break (bring a sack lunch!!) from 6:00 – 6:30pm
First Rehearsal from 6:30 – 9:00pm

All students, 1st through 12th grade, are encouraged to audition! No advance preparation is necessary. Those auditioning should arrive 30 minutes early and plan to stay for the full two hours.

If you have any questions please give us a call at (620)-343-6473 and we would be happy to help!

Summer Arts Kickoff Party

EAC is excited to announce the return of our Annual Summer Arts Kickoff Party! Let’s have a swimmingly good time at the Emporia Arts Center, May 23rd from 5:00-7:00pm

Start summer off right with fun activities, food and the release of our Summer Art Classes. The event is FREE to everyone and is a come and go as you are.

Thank you to our generous sponsors: Hostess Brands & Fanestil Meats of Emporia

Summer Arts Kickoff: Monday, May, 23 | 5:00 pm to 7:00pm | Emporia Arts Center | 815 Commercial St. | 620-343-6473

Primarily Flinthills by Gary O’Doniel

Take a walk through the beautiful Flint Hills with Gary O’Doniel

Primarily Flinthills is a landscape study of the Kansas Flinthills of southern Wabaunsee County. O’Doniel uses the technique of plein-air which is to paint outdoors to capture the beauty of the Flint Hills. Show will be on display till May 28th & free to the public.

Artist Reception is May 6th from 4-6pm in the Trusler Gallery. EAC will be open till 9pm Friday as part of Emporia First Friday.

2022 ESU Student Juried Show!

Emporia Arts Center to host ESU Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit

Emporia, KS – The Emporia Arts Center will host an Artists’ Opening Reception for the ESU Art Student Exhibit in the Trusler Gallery, 815 Commercial St., from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Friday, April 1, 2021. The exhibition will be on display from April 1 through April 28, 2021.

Every year, the ESU Department of Art holds a Juried Exhibition for all the students currently enrolled in art classes. Each student is allowed to enter up to 3 pieces. An outside juror thoroughly looks over all of the pieces and selects the works that are considered to be the most excellent. The selected pieces are then displayed in the Trusler Gallery as part of this annual exhibition. The pieces that were not selected by the juror are taken to Trox to be in the “Salon des Refuses”.

Come see both shows and judge for yourself; all the while showing support for these up-and-coming artists in Emporia!

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery of the Emporia Arts Center are free to the public.

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 Saturday.

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