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Art: Looking Forward To 2014

It’s the New Year, and with it comes the excitement of change and things to come. Galleries are preparing for their newest shows, but for 2014 the Ulrich Museum is taking the bull by the horns with four new exhibitions opening in January.

In the upstairs Polk/Wilson Gallery, the sublime photographs by Richard Ross take an unblinking look at the conditions and treatment of American juveniles currently held in detention centers for the show Juvenile In Justice.

In the Amsden Gallery, the noted American painter Fredrick J. Waugh will lead visitors into a fantastical world in his children’s book The Clan of Munes. Waugh wrote and illustrated the book, and the Ulrich will present the complete set of his 28 original drawings held in the museum’s collection.

For the Beren Gallery, we’ll see On Repeat: Selections from the Collection. This navigation though the Ulrich’s permanent collection will consider how various artists use repetition to inform their work, formally and conceptually.

On the Ulrich’s first floor, now known as the Ulrich Underground, will be the International Type ThrowDown - a project co-founded by Jeff Pulaski, assistant professor of graphic design at Wichita State University. Graphic design students compete worldwide for the best lettering design in this tournament of typography.

And across town, the Wichita Art Museum will carry over their not-to-be-missed show, Vital Signs, until January 19. They also have a new curator on the way, so there will be more news to come from WAM in 2014.