Topeka, Kan.  - The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University presents two new exhibitions, on view until March 18.

     “Invitations to Listen” features art that Rachel Epp Buller created in response to her daily walks during a residency in Canada. While on her walks, she explored how listening can be a mindful act carried out not just with the ears, but with the whole body. She strives for a listening practice that is full of care so that it becomes a way of attuning herself to her surroundings. Her art invites you to slow down, ground yourself in the here and now, and listen. “Invitations to Listen” is presented in conjunction with Washburn University's 2023 WUmester theme of health and healing. The art in this exhibition suggests that mindful movement and attentive listening could present important pathways toward healing our bodies, minds, relationships with each other and connection to the natural world.

     “Clear Water: Encountering Mokuhanga” draws from the Mulvane's rich collection of Japanese woodblock prints (“mokuhanga”), which the museum received in 1968 as a gift from Robert Whitcomb. This exhibition was curated by Matthew Willie Garcia, an innovative multimedia printmaker based in Lawrence, Kan. and Kansas City, Mo. His selections highlight the engaging techniques and history of “mokuhanga.” The exhibition also explores the integral role that water plays in the medium. The traditions, culture and ecology of Japan have a rich relationship with water that is exemplified by “mokuhanga.” From the growing of trees for woodblocks, to the making and soaking of paper, to the mixing of pigments, to depictions of seascapes and crashing waves, water permeates every aspect of “mokuhanga.”

      There will be an opening reception for both exhibitions at the Mulvane 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, during the First Friday Artwalk. Additional associated public programs include a gallery talk by Rachel Epp Buller 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2 and a gallery talk by Matthew Willie Garcia 12 – 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. All of these events are free and open to the public.

      The Mulvane Art Museum is open 12 – 7 p.m. Tuesdays; 12 – 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; and 12 – 4 p.m. Saturdays. The ArtLab is temporarily closed to the public. For more information, visit the Mulvane Art Museum website at or call 785-670-1124.

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For further information, contact:
Joy Bailes
Assistant Director of Public Relations
Office: 785-670-2153
Cell: 785-230-1648
Connie Gibbons
Mulvane Art Museum
Office: 785-670-2423
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