MATT HOELSCHER | TRUE FICTION

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 emporiaksarts.org or at EAC! ESU & FHTC Students get a free ticket when you show your Student ID!
TICKETS HERE! https://ci.ovationtix.com/35968/production/1075412

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

WINTER CLASSES!

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*

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.

ANNUAL VETERANS ARTIST EXHIBITION: THROUGH THEIR EYES

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.

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