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On Display

Now on exhibit through Friday, March 11, 2016

"Garbage Paintings" - Brent Engstrom

“Garbage Paintings” is a comprehensive view of Brent Engstrom’s body of work from his years as a freelance illustrator working for Topps trading cards, MAD Magazine and Nickelodeon Magazine. His main focus is drawing comics and painting surrealist-esque illustrations.

A Salina, KS, native, Engstrom started drawing with his twin brother around the age of three and never stopped. He received a BFA with concentration in painting from Kansas State University in 2003. While attending K-State, he created the comic strip called “Monkey Boy,” which was featured daily in “The Collegian” for three years. He has worked for Topps for more than 10 years, painting hundreds of “Garbage Pail Kids” and “Wacky Packages” trading cards.

Engstrom shares, “As a little kid collecting comics and Garbage Pail Kids cards, I always wanted to somehow make a living creating the things I loved, and now I get to do that.”

One fascinating work of art by Brent Engstrom on display in this exhibit is a large drawing of Albert Einstein. Upon closer examination, it is comprised of many, many human figures and other elements.


Monday March 28–Wednesday April 13: Student Juried Exhibition - a variety of styles and mediums showing off the best studio art work by KWU students

Thursday April 7, 5–7 p.m.: Student Juried Exhibition Reception and Awards. Refreshments. Free admission. Public invited.

Monday April 18–Friday May 6: Senior Showcase Exhibition - a display of thematic works by KWU senior graphic design students


Monday –Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., weekends by appointment

For more information, contact Peggy Medina, Gallery Director at

Or call 785-833-4383