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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement.

Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year.

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On Tuesday, Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita will host an exhibit opening that presents posters from the Smithsonian Institute’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as local artwork.

Garland Egerton, executive director for Inter-Faith Ministries, says the event will be a great way to learn about the new museum in Washington and will include posters about the roots of jazz and the Alvin Alley Dancers.

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James Marshall, also known as Dalek, is a North Carolina-based visual artist who garnered attention with his Space Monkey character, described by the artist as “a strange, vaguely humanoid mouse that [Marshall] would depict in an array of bright colors and twisted circumstances, often wielding a butcher’s cleaver.” 

He used this character extensively in his work until 2007 when he abandoned Space Monkey and began working as a purely abstract artist. Marshall recently completed a mural that graces the Harvester Arts building in Wichita.

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If you’ve driven by the Harvester Arts gallery on North Washington lately, you may have noticed something different about the building. There’s a new mural there, painted by North Carolina-based artist James Marshall, who also goes by the name Dalek.

Two of the gallery’s founders, Kristin Beal and Kate Van Steenhuyse, say the mural is part of the organization’s larger mission, which is to connect the local visual arts community with artists from other cities.

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Wichita State University has received a gift of more than $1 million for the care of the school's acclaimed collection of outdoor art.

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The Wichita Symphony Orchestra performs Soviet composer Dmitri Shostakovich's 10th symphony this weekend as part of Wichita's Big Read. KMUW's Abigail Beckman has this sound portrait with conductor Daniel Hege.

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The iconic Joan Miró mural "Personnages Oiseaux" is returning to the face of the Ulrich Museum of Art and will reclaim its place as one of the most recognizable icons on the Wichita State University campus. For almost a decade, an art conservation company has been working to stabilize the outdoor mosaic while retaining the integrity of the original piece.

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The new film Service to Man is a story about Eli Rosenberg, a white Jewish student in the 1960s who is accepted at Meharry Medical School, a black college in Nashville--the only school where he was accepted. He and black student Michael Dubois eventually forge a bond.

Service to Man is playing as part of Tallgrass Film Festival. KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with co-director Aaron Greer, who is in Wichita to speak at the festival.

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The iconic Joan Miró mural Personnages Oiseaux is returning to the Ulrich Museum of Art at WSU at the end of October. Marianne Russell-Marti of Russell-Marti Conservation Services has worked to restore the mosaic and will give a lecture Tuesday night on her work.

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Two Wichita galleries are holding auctions this week featuring artwork from 16 Iraqi and 9 Palestinian artists.

The pieces have been on display around the city in an exhibition titled “Building Bridges,” whose goal is to showcase the common humanity between the Middle Eastern artists and their American audience. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx spoke to some of the people involved with Building Bridges and has more.

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