Shafer Art Gallery

About the L. E. "Gus" and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery

The L.E. "Gus" and Eva Shafer Memorial Gallery has been called the "Gem of the Campus". Located in the Fine Arts building, the Shafer Gallery displays significant works by Gus Shafer, objects from Barton's growing permanent collection, and a rotating series of exhibitions from regional and national artists. Learn more about upcoming exhibits and events! Check out the archive collection on Flickr to view images of past exhibits, and check out the current albums for more recent events and exhibits.

Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.
Closed academic holidays.
Contact: Dave Barnes, Gallery Director
Phone: 620-792-9342
Address: 245 NE 30 Road, Great Bend, KS 67530

In Memoriam

Norma Jean Ward August 30, 1930 to July 9, 2020, first director of the Shafer Gallery

Current Exhibit

Michael Knutson and Brian McCallum
Feb.26 - Apr. 1

Bonfire by Michael Knutson
Bonfire. Oil painting by Michael Knutson.
Mother and Child by Brian McCallum
Mother and Child. Ceramic by Brian McCallum.

February 19, 2021
Story by Joe Vinduska
Courtesy photo submitted

The Shafer Gallery will premiere an exhibit featuring Michael Knutson and Brian McCallum from Feb. 26 through April 1.

Knutson is an accomplished visual artist who works primarily as a painter and is an art instructor at Garden City Community College. He has an active national exhibition record of solo and group shows and has completed many public art commissions for intuitions such as the Sternberg Museum of Natural History. The base for Michael’s work is a deep connection to the immediate environment, life experiences and the way the mind interprets this information, according to –

“Emotions can strongly be prompted by a place,” he said. “My strongest influences are my immediate environment, life experiences, and the way my mind interprets this information. I work both in the studio and in the landscape researching a wide range of physical and emotional experiences. I am interested in cinematic scenes, with a strong sense of impending drama. The surface becomes visually captivating and eerily mysterious at the same time. My artistic language applied to slightly isolated yet familiar landscapes allows the viewer to transcend a common place to make the insignificant significant. Every paint stroke harbors intent, yet I try to create with abandonment. Through the process of addition and subtraction the viewer is hopefully left with fragments of memories suspended in time. The figures in the work are losing control of what is real and what is imagined, while still being present in their own reality.”

Gallery Director Dave Barnes said he is excited to feature Knutson’s work as it brings a unique brand of art to the gallery.

“Michael Knutson is no stranger to the Shafer Gallery,” he said.” He first exhibited here as a stellar graduate student working with Fort Hays State University professor Joel Dugan. Since then, he has become a stellar art instructor in his own right at Garden City Community College. Michael’s work can be described as barely controlled energy in paint. Dynamic, in-your-face canvases, filled with dazzling light, courage, and subjects that cannot be forgotten.  They have a common and wry sense of humor, very personal, eccentric even, but always accessible. When I think of Michael’s work a word comes to mind that is sometimes missing when talking about art; that word is fun.”

The exhibit will also feature a small exhibit of sculptures by Knutson’s fellow Garden City Community College Art Department comrade, sculpting instructor Brian McCallum.

For more information, contact Shafer Gallery Director Dave Barnes at or (620) 792-9342. The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Masks are required. Admission is always free.