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Epp Buller to speak on contemporary artists and protest at Wichita museum

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN – Rachel Epp Buller, Bethel College assistant professor of art, will speak this week at the Wichita Art Museum.

Epp Buller is the curator of one of WAM’s current temporary exhibits – on display through March 17 – that deals with images of workers and, in particular, labor activism.

Her free curator’s talk for “Occupy Art: Protest and Empathy for the Worker” will be Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at the Wichita Art Museum.

“Much of the work in the ‘Occupy Art’ show speaks to the historical context of art in the current Occupy movement,” Epp Buller said, “that is, that the notion of ‘occupy’ is not a new trend among artists.

“My talk, though, will focus more on the contemporary incarnations of protest work, including art made specifically to support the Occupy Wall Street movement.”

“Occupy Art” consists of around 70 paintings, prints and sculptures from the museum’s permanent collection, spanning about 150 years.

As part of her talk, Epp Buller will show work from the Occuprint portfolio, a gathering of prints and posters on Occupy themes put together as a fundraiser for the movement, as well as some images associated with Occupy Wichita.

The Wichita Art Museum, located at 1400 Museum Blvd. in downtown Wichita, is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is $7 adults; $5 seniors; and $3 students with ID and youth ages 5-17, except Saturdays, when there is no fee.

For more information, call 316-268-4921 or visit wichitaartmuseum.org.

Bethel College is the only private, liberal arts college in Kansas listed in the 2012-13 Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities in the United States and is the highest-ranked Kansas college in the Washington Monthly annual college guide for 2012-13. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.