OPINION: Four places to find unique art on campus

"The Fork," as it is known by K-State students, stands tall between the Leadership Studies Building and King Hall. At 20 feet high, it is the tallest piece of sculpted artwork on campus. (Caleb Pfeifer | Collegian Media Group)

With spring in full swing, there is no reason not to get out and appreciate all that campus has to offer. Kansas State University hosts so much culture and art, most of it right under your nose.

If art events and exhibits pique your interest, here are the best places you don’t want to miss.

The Beach Museum of Art

The most obvious location to peruse a wide variety of art, the Beach Museum of Art is the best place to begin for anyone wanting to appreciate all the art campus has to offer.

Since its opening in the fall of 1996, the Beach Museum has grown and served as a place on campus that presents visual art from Kansas and around the world.

The Beach Museum also offers free admission and parking to all patrons. With a wide array of exhibitions that encompass all kinds of cultures and interests, there is always going to be something new to see.

“The Fork”

K-State has a plethora of sculptures scattered across campus, but “The Fork” (or “The Spork,” depending on how you look at it) might just be the most iconic.

Located outside King Hall and the Leadership Studies Building, the unique 20-foot-tall sculpture has intrigued students on campus for over 50 years since its creation in 1969 by James Wentz.

Students have long contemplated its meaning over the years, but it’s really all up to individual interpretation, right?

Willard Hall

Student artwork lines the walls of the hallways in Willard Hall. (Caleb Pfeifer | Collegian Media Group)

If you’re wanting to see art, specifically student art, Willard Hall is the place to be. Home to the Mark A. Chapman Gallery, Willard is a place for exhibitions of the work students create in its classrooms every day.

Willard also hosts visiting artist lectures and events, such as the Kyla Strid lecture and workshop coming up from April 10 to 11. If you’re looking to support fellow students, or just appreciate art, stop by the first floor of Willard and see what there is to see.

K-State Student Union

The Student Union is also a great place to see art. In previous years, the William T. Kemper Art Gallery located on the first floor of the Union offered a place to see work from students, faculty and guest artists. The gallery is temporarily being used by Hale Library as a study space until further notice due to the library’s closure, but the Union Program Council has planned a number of pop-up exhibits and galleries around the Union in the meantime.

Emma Snyder is a junior in mass communications. The views and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Collegian. Please send comments to opinion@kstatecollegian.com.