The 谢弗画廊 building exterior at night


九戏会L. E. "Gus" and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery

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 格斯沙佛, objects from Barton's growing permanent 集合, and a rotating series of exhibitions from regional and national artists. 了解更多九戏会 upcoming exhibits and events! Check out the archive 集合 on Flickr to view images of past exhibits, and check out the 当前相册 for more recent events and exhibits.

L. E. "Gus" and Eva Shafer Memorial Art Gallery has been referred to as the "Gem of the Campus" at Barton 社区 College. The Shafer Gallery demonstrates the perseverance of a dream and a strong commitment to culture and arts. The late 格斯沙佛 grew up near Hoisington, 菅直人sas and gained international prominence for his bronze sculptures. After a monetary donation from Art, 公司. in 1984, the BCC Foundation began seeking major gifts for the building of an art gallery on campus. 夫人. Eva Shafer made an outright commitment and ground was broken on September 22, 1991. The grand opening was held November 1, 1992.

7,709 square feet of exhibit space, based on repeating hexagons, can change configurations to accommodate m任何 different sizes and types of exhibits. The gallery features a glass-enclosed lobby and a sculpture area featuring Shafer's work. The gallery allows extensive display of Barton's permanent art 集合 and provides the necessary temperature, lighting and security requirements to qualify for exhibits from the Smithsonian Institution; 展品 USA; Mid-America Arts Alliance; and  Smith-Kramer, 公司. 每年, the gallery attracts thousands of visitors from the local area and the Midwest, as well as those from across the country and abroad.

The Art (Our permanent 集合)

The Gallery's roots date back to 1981, when 夫人. Faerie Denman of Great Bend donated the extensive 507-piece art 集合 that she and her husband Cedric, had acquired over the years. 集合, valued at more than $200,000, demanded proper storage and the means by which Barton could share the artwork with the community. Now numbering more than 900 pieces, the Permanent Art Collection includes 28 of Shafer's bronzes and more than 100 works by Great Bend native Charles B. 罗杰斯. 集合 also contains masterpieces by such artistic giants as Chagall, 马蒂斯, 毕加索, 奥杜邦, as well as m任何 others.


A son of the 菅直人sas prairie, Leonard E. "Gus" Shafer was born January 23, 1907, on a farm southwest of Hoisington, 菅直人sas.格斯沙佛

A farm hand named "Old Ben" taught him to hunt, trap and ride. Shafer felt that the influence of Old Ben and his grandfather caused him to have such interest in the Old West.

While attending a small one-room schoolhouse, Shafer learned to draw. Following graduation from Hoisington High School in 1925, he attended Grinnell College in Iowa and 菅直人sas State Teachers College, 商业中心, 菅直人., where he met Eva.

They were married in 1930 and moved to 菅直人sas City where he worked for 38 years as a commercial artist. He sculpted his first model for casting in 1966 at the age of 59.

In 1968 he closed his art studio and began sculpting bronzes full time, for which he later became internationally famous. L. E. "Gus" Shafer passed away on May 5, 1985, but his legacy lives on, here, in the gallery.