EAC has another AMAZING show coming soon! The Greatest Love of All starring Belinda Davids pays tribute to the late Whitney Houston.

Houston’s musical legacy is brought to life in this critically acclaimed stage show starring RiSa artists, Belinda Davids. Described as “mind-blowingly spot on”, the production will fill you with joy, nostalgia, and wonderment as it takes you on a heartfelt journey through Houston’s Greatest Hits.

The Greatest Love of All will be performing at ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall on February 7th, 2022 @ 7PM. You can purchase tickets here Adult tickets are $25.00 & Youth ticket are $10.00. Free ticket to ESU & FHTC Students with Student ID.

Thank you to our EAC 2021-2022 Major Presenting Sponsor ESB Financial | Underwriter Gerald Schumann Electric Inc. & Event Partner A.M. Cohron & Son Inc.

*Not associated with the Estate of Whitney Houston.


Emporia, KS – The Emporia Arts Center will host an Artist’s Opening Reception for Matt Hoelscher’s show True Fiction in the Trusler Gallery, 815 Commercial St., from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Friday, January 14th, 2021.  The show will be up for viewing January 13th – February 18th, 2022.

Matt Hoelscher work is influenced by TV shows, comics and toys that he had grew up with as a child. The fictional tales help cope with reality by being able to escape into his own imagination. Painting allows Hoelscher to explore both reality and fantasy in the same space while carefully balancing both elements into his work while emphasizing the duality between the two.

Each one of Hoelscher work is a performance of his imagination, his studio becomes a space that allows him to act out scenes in his head such as play. “The props and environments are crude and ephemerals, reminiscent of how child play with anything that they can get their hands on. They are painted as physical objects that will eventually break down overtime. I dress myself in costumes to create characters from different genres that I enjoy. Then I put those characters into scenes that I have made from cardboard still-life’s that I call toy theaters.” The process involves carefully rendering oil paint onto cardboard and balancing the simulated texture of paint with the actual texture of the cardboard to create a balance of what is real and what is an illusion.

All exhibitions in the Trusler Gallery at Emporia Arts Center are free to the public.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday 10:00am – 6:00pm |Saturday 10:00am-3:00pm

DRUMLine Live

EAC is excited to announce our next performance!

DRUMLine Live is a show-stopping attraction created by the musical team behind the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, “Drumline” and “Drumline: A NewBeat”. DRUMLine Live embodies the soulful, high-stepping style of the Historically Black College and University (HBCU) marching band experience. with its riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy, DRUMLine Live is a high-octane musical roller coaster ride that will touch every emotion in your body.

DRUMLine Live will be at ESU’s Albert Taylor Hall on February 2, 2022 @ 7PM. You can purchase your tickets online at or at EAC! ESU & FHTC Students get a free ticket when you show your Student ID!

Thank you to our EAC 2021-2022 Major Presenting Sponsor ESB Financial | Underwriter ESU Union Activities Council @uac_of_esu & Event Partner Bluestem Farm & Ranch Supply


New year, new classes. EAC is excited for you all to take a look at the new classes that we are offering this winter along with the return of old classes but re-vamped! It’s cold outside so why not sign up to take some fun classes while staying warm. Classes start the 13th, be sure to sign up before they are filled up!

To register for classes you can stop in at 815 Commercial St. or call 620-343-6473! *Enrolling cut off will be at NOON the day before the class starts*

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!

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