On Display Now

Small Wonders: Insects in Focus

On Display January 29, 2019 – March 16, 2019

In the air, water, and even under foot, insects inhabit every domain of our daily lives, performing essential functions that balance our fragile ecosystem on earth. By using cutting-edge technology and custom methods, artist Bob Sober created this exhibition of breathtaking beauty that allows viewers to see this hidden world like they’ve never seen it before. It aims to inspire, in an artistic way, our natural curiosity to understand the form, function, and diversity of nature. Creating human-scale images of insects, with resolution so high that every hair, dimple, and tiny structure is clearly revealed, was impossible prior to the technological advancements of the past ten years. High-resolution digital cameras, fast personal computers, economical digital storage, and powerful software applications capable of assisting with the assembly of hundreds or thousands of individual photographs create the opportunity to capture accurate images of insects as they truly exist. These new ways of seeing confront viewers with the idea that insects display the elements we attribute to good design or beautiful artwork. These tiny creatures are indeed artwork, in every sense of the word.

The exhibition is organized by ExhibitsUSA, a program of Mid-America Arts Alliance.

You can view the press release for this exhibit here.

We are expecting many tours for this exhibit so please call in advance for groups of 5 or more! Tours/groups welcome by appointment, contact 620-846-2527 for information or to set up a tour. Business hours for the Stauth Museum, 111 N Aztec Street, Montezuma KS are Tue -Sat 9-12 1-4:30.  Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted to help pay for this incredible exhibit!

This exhibit is partially funded at the Stauth Museum by a grant from The Arthur and Cornelia Scroggins Foundation Fund at the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas.

Scroggins Grant-Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas