Wichita State to Add New Sculptures to its Outdoor Collection
The Ulrich Museum of Art will add three sculptures to its renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection in the spring of 2019.
Established in 1972, the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection, part of the holdings of the Ulrich Museum of Art, is a WSU treasure recognized nationally and internationally as one of the finest collections of its kind. An integral part of the daily life on campus, it has shaped WSU’s sense of place for nearly fifty years, offering moments of contemplation, learning, empathy, and joy to countless students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The collection is a source of immense and justified pride for the university, the city of Wichita, the state of Kansas, and the Great Plains region. It is, therefore, deeply exciting that following ten years of research, fundraising, and planning, the collection will expand to 80 pieces this year, with new works continuing to broaden our understanding of what contemporary public sculpture can offer.
The Ulrich Museum of Art will add a new sculpture by Randy Regier to its renowned Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection on Tuesday, April 2. The sculpture is one of three new pieces entering the collection in the spring of 2019.
Made from found materials that the artist has collected during travels in central Kansas, The Celestial Mechanic resembles an empty space suit half-buried in the ground, a profoundly enigmatic object that compels us to invent stories that might explain its origins. According to Regier, he wanted to create a work “that is resonant with the culture and aesthetic of sky and flight and dreams of space – yet rooted and connected to the earth and to community history and the passage of time. These are very Kansas things to me, and a large part of why I choose to live and work here.”
Regier has a BFA in sculpture from Kansas State University and an MFA in studio art from the Maine College of Art. His work is represented in numerous museums and private collections nationwide including the Emprise Bank Collection, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, and the Spencer Museum of Art. Public commissions include Salina Arts Commission, the Wichita Public Library Foundation, and, most recently, Open Spaces, an international sculpture biennial installed in parks and urban spaces throughout Kansas City, Missouri.
The following events will take place on the day of the dedication:
Randy Regier – The Celestial Mechanic Tuesday, April 2 3:30 P.M. Reveal and Remarks 4:00 P.M. Reception - North Lawn of Ahlberg Hall 5:30 P.M. Artist Talk – Ulrich Museum of Art