Barton School Installs Work by Visually Impaired Artist in Woolsey Hall
News release originally published by The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University.
WICHITA, KAN. – The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University has partnered with Envision’s Arts Program to showcase five paintings from Savannah, a visually-impaired artist, in the new Woolsey Hall. Her work, which resides on the third floor of Woolsey and can be viewed any time during operating hours, is part of a rotating art installation with Envision in the space. Savannah’s art joins a variety of other original pieces from local artists located throughout the facility.
“We are so happy to have teamed up with the Envision Arts Program to display Savannah’s wonderful work,” said Dr. Larisa Genin, Dean of the Barton School of Business. “We are here to foster creativity and help our student grow through impactful experiences. This beautiful art installation is a daily inspiration to embrace who you are and push yourself forward.”
Savannah uses continuous spirals to create repetitive patterns in her art. Along with having her pieces displayed in Woolsey Hall, her work can be found on a special limited edition wine label with Liquid Art Winery and Estates in Manhattan, Kansas. Her art is also featured in the Envision Art Gallery and Community Engagement Center, which opened its doors earlier this year.
“Envision is truly grateful for the ongoing support from Wichita State University and the Barton School,” said Michael Monteferrante, Envision President and CEO. “We believe a culture of health, wellness and unity is achieved when a community creates opportunities for all people to have equal access to employment, education and the arts.”
The Barton School’s Woolsey Hall art collection and promotion of visual artists is rooted in a commitment to helping its business students blossom. By developing creative and artistic mindsets, the Barton School opens its students’ eyes to innovative and inspired solutions.
“We are also honored to be a part of the history of the incredible growth of this beautiful campus, and to have our work displayed alongside some of the most influential artists of Wichita that are installed throughout the building, not to mention the artists in the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture collection as well,” said Sarah Kephart, Envision Arts Program Manager. “The inclusion of Envision Arts in this historic moment at the Barton School and WSU is a testament to the mission and foundation of what it means to be a Shocker.”
For more information on the Barton School and Woolsey Hall, visit wichita.edu/academics/business/.
About the W. Frank Barton School of Business
Located in Kansas’ business hub and with significant ties to the business community, the W. Frank Barton School of Business provides extensive applied learning opportunities. With in-person and online options, Barton School undergraduate and graduate programs are tailored to transform the lives of its students. It also holds a double AACSB accreditation for business and accounting, which puts it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide. The Barton School was established as the university’s College of Business Administration and Industry in 1926 and has thousands of graduates around the world.
Envision promotes advocacy and independence for those who are blind or low vision. Founded in 1933, Envision is one of the largest employers of individuals with vision loss in the nation. Headquartered in Wichita, Kan., Envision’s mission is to improve the quality of life and provide inspiration and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired through employment, outreach, rehabilitation, education and research. For more information, visit www.envisionus.com.