After-School Art Kids Murals

We’re delighted to be apart of the 86th Annual Seasonal Celebration as part of Emporia’s tradition! Tonight 12/8, and tomorrow 12/9 come check out these murals that were created by the After-School Art kids from all of the elementary schools! Each school has their own mural, they will be displayed in the front entry of the auditorium. The show starts at 7PM at the William L. White Auditorium., $3 Entry fee and masks will be required.


Dec. 9th; Drop & Shop! Wanting time to shop local but don’t have a babysitter? Well! EAC has got you covered. Drop your kids off for an evening of Christmas crafts with the EAC team! Time: 6-8pm Fee: $10 *Register by Thursday 12/9 before Noon!*

Saturday Dec. 11th; Gingerbread Houses! Come and create your very own Gingerbread Houses with your family or friends! Time: 12-2pm Fee: $10 per house. *Register by Friday 12/8 before Noon!*

Enroll here at EAC 815 Commercial St. or Call 620-343-6473.
Tues-Fri 10-6PM & Sat 10-3PM

23 Days of Art Gifts!

Each day we will be featuring several artists that are participating in this years
Art Gifts Holiday Boutique!


To kick off the countdown we have new artist Sheila Spittles Litke. She creates unique ceramic pieces by placing Buffalo hair onto a heated pot while it leaves a permanent trace of the bison hair behind. No two pots are the same!

Next we have our very own Molly Mansel. She is our Art Education Coordinator here but at the end of the day is an artist. Her beautiful paintings come to life as prints as she scans in her paintings but still capturing the texture of the painting. Molly also does ceramics. Molly incorporates nature into her pieces by pressing flowers & such in wet clay then firing them leaving the trace of nature behind.

These two artists are amazing and their pieces are absolutely one of a kind! Stop in at 815 Commercial St. to purchase your piece today!

Date Change for DRUMLine Live!

Emporia Arts Council to present ‘DRUMLine Live!’, Wednesday, February 2nd, 2022
At Emporia State University Albert Taylor Hall
As part of EAC’s 2021 – 22 Performing Arts Series

Emporia, KS – The Emporia Arts Center would like to inform the community of a date change for our upcoming performance DRUMLine Live!

DRUMLine Live was set to perform at ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall on February 9th 2022, however due to a scheduling conflict the performance will be on Wednesday, February 2nd at Emporia State University Albert Taylor Hall.

We apologize for the inconvenience of this date change, any tickets purchased for this performance will be honored. For questions about performance tickets for DrumLine or any of EAC’s upcoming performances, please call the Emporia Arts Center at 620-343-6473. Amy Gonzales, EAC Marketing & Member Service Coordinator will be happy to answer any questions.  Thank you.

Art Gifts Holiday Boutique Now Open!

EMPORIA, Kansas – The Emporia Arts Center, is proud to host their annual “Art Gifts Holiday Boutique” in the Trusler Gallery and Glaser Art & Gift Store, 815 Commercial St. The holiday art sale will take place from November 23 through December 30, 2021.

An Artists’ Open House will be held on Saturday, November 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., in conjunction with Small Business Saturday. Several of the artists will be on hand to answer any questions that you may have about their art work. Beverages and snacks will be served.

The Emporia Arts Center excitedly has over 50 local artists participating in Art Gifts this year, with artwork in different mediums. When you purchase an item from Art Gifts, a majority of the total goes directly to the artist who made the item, but a portion also goes to the Arts Center and helps to further their mission to Educate, Advocate and Celebrate the Arts in Emporia and surrounding communities. Join us this holiday season to support EAC’s local artists.

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.


Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: Walnut Bowl with Maple Plugs by Gary Van Syoc – Navy
2nd Place: Emporia Yard by Dennis Paul – Army
3rd Place: Signs of Service by Duane Henrikson – Air Force
Honorable Mention: It Still Waves by Paul Johnston – Army
People’s Choice: Misty Mountains by Benjamin Green – Marine.

Thank you to the Emporia Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring this show & ESB Financial for the prizes!

Veterans Annual Exhibition: Through Their Eyes

The Emporia Arts Center will host an Artist’s Opening Reception for The Annual Veteran’s Exhibit in the Trusler Gallery, 815 Commercial St., from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021.  The show will be up for viewing November 2nd – November 13th

This is an annual exhibition showing the artistic work of all veterans and those currently serving in all branches. It is a juried show with placement for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, honorable mention; as well as People’s Choice. The voting for People’s Choice will begin on November 2nd up until 4:45pm on the 5th.  Winners will be announced by ESB Financial during the reception at 5:00pm. The Refreshments and Announcements will be provided by Emporia Chamber of Commerce.  Emporia Arts Council is honored to share the artistic talents of all those that chose to serve our country

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

Sponsored by Emporia Chamber of Commerce. Prizes provided by ESB Financial.

Shakespeare In Jazz

October 21st, 2021 The Emporia Granada Theatre @ 7PM

The Emporia Arts Council is excited to announce our next performance, Shakespeare In Jazz! Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly, Explores the meeting place of music and literature, visual art, and journalism. Shakespeare in Jazz is Kelly’s interpretation of Shakespeare’s works into fresh and dynamic jazz songs, adding powerhouse jazz vocalists and musicians, including acclaimed jazz improviser, Frederick Johnson. Kelly brilliantly re-interprets text from Shakespeare’s beloved plays into tunes you’ll be singing the whole car ride home!

Click the link for TICKETS! or Please call Emporia Arts Center at 620-343-6473 to purchase your tickets or stop in! Adults – $25 Youth – $12.50

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