Exhibition of Artist Brent Engstrom Continues Through March 11

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Tuesday, January 12, 2016 to Friday, March 11, 2016
Location:  The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts

The Gallery in Sams Hall of Fine Arts at Kansas Wesleyan University is hosting an exhibit called “Garbage Paintings,” featuring artist and illustrator Brent Engstrom, from Tuesday, Jan. 12 through Friday, Mar. 11, 2016. Gallery hours are Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. –7 p.m., and weekends by appointment. Admission is free.

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“Garbage Paintings” is a comprehensive view of 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. 


WHAT: “Garbage Paintings” Exhibit

WHO: Artist and illustrator Brent Engstrom

WHERE: The Gallery, Sams Hall of Fine Arts, Kansas Wesleyan University – 100 E. Claflin Ave., Salina, KS

WHEN: Jan. 12–Mar. 11, 2016

GALLERY HOURS: Monday –Friday 9 a.m.–7 p.m., weekends by appointment

MORE INFORMATION – Contact Peggy Medina, Gallery Director at peggy.medina@kwu.edu

Or call 785-833-4383


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A Salina First Thursday Art Walk Event – Artist Brent Engstrom will be present at the reception. Drinks and snacks will be provided.

Brent Engstrom and his art exhibit at KWU (Salina Journal)