News Archive

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September 17, 2016: by Carol Bronson
Filley Visitors on the Rise: Lynne Moss and event to honor Legacy Arts Society Members

August 30, 2016: by Carol Bronson
Pottery Exhibit not the usual Pots and Bowls

June 8, 2016: Hutchinson News by Ryan Christner
Lifelike sculptures, paintings part of a once-in-a-lifetime exhibit in Pratt

April 19, 2016: by Carol Bronson
World renowned artists exhibit at The Filley
John DeAndrea and Ariel DeAndrea: Opening Reception Meet the Artists April 22nd at 6pm

March 29, 2016: by Carol Bronson
Ray Kahmeyer works part of ‘Prairie Painters and Potters’ exhibit at art museum

January 16, 2016: by Carol Bronson
The eyes tell a story
Dennis Hodges Photography Exhibit

Friday, January 15th, 2016: by Carol Bronson
Donors treated to special event at art museum
sponsored by David M Chacko, MD, PhD & Dasa V. Gangadhar, MD.

Post Event Report: Marsha Shrack Live Pottery Throw/Wheel Demo

Tuesday, November 3, 2015: by Carol Bronson
A reason for everything in metal art work

Tuesday October 27th: Sculptor Demonstrates process of “Creating” Pratt

Saturday October 24, 2015:  At 3pm: Live Bronze Pour Demonstration & 5pm: Shinkle Sculpture Unveiling
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October 2015 Photo Archive

September 2015 Photo Archive

August 2015 Photo Archive

July 2015 Photo Archive

Thursday July 30, 2015:
Volunteers load out museum exhibit

Saturday, July 18, 2015:
Sculpture, Painting exhibit ending at Art Museum

June 2015 Photo Archive

June 25, 2015:
News from the Legacy Jazz Concert and a successful first year!

Filley Art Museum 2014-15 Annual Report

Thursday, May 21, 2015:
Sports have a lasting impact

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015
Hometown teams exhibit a collaborative effort

Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Show Preview by SouthwestArt | Robin Laws & Roger Williams

May 2015 Photo Archive

April 2015 Photo Archive

Friday April 3, 2015
Events E-blast

March 2015 Photo Archive

Friday March 27, 2015: SouthwestArt E-blast

March 25, 2015 KWCH12 Brett and Sierra Show features Vernon Filley Art Museum 

Screen Shot 2015-03-25 at 11.56.47 AMPublished in May 2015 edition of SouthwestArt Magazine,
Designed by Becky Hahs


March 25, 2015
Opening April 11th, 2015 The New Filly Museum Presents: Roger Williams, Painter and Robin Laws, Sculptor

March 7, 2015
Post Event Letter to Members
Filley Art Museum Hosts Poet Laureate

February 2015 Photo Archive

Saturday, February 21, 2015:
Art museum will host Kansas poet laureate for members’ event

Wednesday, February 18, 2015:
Poet Laureate of Kansas to Present Reading and Discussion for Legacy Arts Society on Thursday, March 5 at 6pm

Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Successful beginning for art museum

Friday, February 13, 2015
Save the date: Roger Williams & Robin Laws April 11 to July 25, 2015

January 27, 2015
Pratt Art Institutions Partner to Form South Central Kansas Artists Guild
Click here to download a Flyer with more information!

Saturday, January 10, 2015
Art Museum Hosts Ceramics Exhibit

Friday, January 9, 2015
New Master of Fine Arts Ceramic Exhibitions Opens at The Filley

Last Chance to Give in 2014

Friday, December 5, 2014
Holiday & Community Christmas Exhibition

Thursday December 4, 2014

photo (322)A visit to this week will give you a sneak look at the wonderful holiday exhibit at the Vernon Filley Art Museum.  Through December, holiday treasures from private collections, as well as holiday art from local artists will be on display.  The Members Preview Reception will be Friday evening, Dec. 5th at 7 p.m., and the exhibit will be open for the public Saturday, Dec. 6th at 1 p.m.   Since the monthly 1st Saturday Docent Tour at 1:30 falls on the same day as the public exhibit opening, if you are at the Filley at 1:30 you may enjoy a docent tour of the holiday exhibit.  This is a great outing for families to get into the holiday spirit and no reservations are required!
You will see holiday treasures that are normally only seen in a visit to the owners’ homes, and you will also have the opportunity to see original works in celebration of the season done by local artists and artisans.

Friday, November 21, 2014
Mini Concert and Closing Reception

November 15, 2014:
Student Work Displayed At Art Museum

Oil Painting Class on display at The Filley Through February

Oil Painting Class: Works on display at The Filley Through February









Iron Gates by Dustin Sypher, commissioned by Doug and Kay Knight

Iron Gates by Dustin Sypher, commissioned by Doug and Kay Knight

November 4, 2014:
Vernon Filley Art Museum: Courtyard dedicated at Special Event

Click here for a YouTube video of the installation process! 

Press Release, November 1, 2014:
Dedication of “Joe’s Garden & Courtyard” and a fascinating multi-media presentation by Dr. Amy Clarkson at the Filley Art Museum

September 4, 2014
The Natural Bridge, Part II

August 28, 2014
History and Insight into Sandzen’s oil painting  “The Bridge, Pratt, Ks,” 1941; the scene was formerly located near Sun City. “The Bridge” is one of the featured works in our current guest exhibition “Kansas Ties”
The Natural Bridge

August 26, 2014:
Guest Exhibition Opens at Art Museum

August 14, 2014:
Nonprofits explore ways to work together

Photo By Gale Rose

Photo By Gale Rose

August 7, 2014:
Student artists fired up over pottery!








August 7, 2014:
First Guest Exhibit Slated at Art Museum: “Kansas Ties”

August 7, 2014:
Dr. Al Lyons to present at the Filley Art Museum
Beyond Charity: The Emerging Importance of Nonprofits in Community Economic Development

Press Release July 10, 2014
Pratt Region and Community– The Filley has been moving full speed ahead since our Grand Opening. Read details about our upcoming first guest exhibit August 22 to November 30th: Guest Exhibit Kansas Ties from the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery, Lindsborg KS. Also find details about our docent led tours, photographs, and art classes!

Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 7.08.35 PMLink to our Events on Radio Kansas Arts Calendar. Thank you to Pratt Area Chamber and Tourism for your assistance with support of our NPR Radio Kansas Underwriting contract.

July 3rd, 2014
A Recap and story of thanks about the beautiful Grand Opening at the Filley Art Museum!
Arts Thrive on the Prairie

June 30, 2014: Pratt Tribune Photo Gallery:

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June 19, 2014;
See Filley board member and award winning author Lyn Fenwick’s recent blog post Isaac Would Have Been the First One Inside the Door!

April 19, 2014: Press Release
Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting, Become a Member, Volunteer Opportunities 
April 19, 2014:
Grand Opening Set for Art Museum: June 29, 2014

April 10, 2014:
Filley museum receives KCAIC Grant
Please see our KCAIC grant award announcement in the Tribune: The award was used to aid the purchase of permanent artwork storage equipment to properly preserve and store the museum permanent collection. This project was supported in part by the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. We are very thankful for the generous award! Another step toward our opening in a few short months!


February 27, 2014;
Art Museum will tell the story of Hometown Teams
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February 15, 2014;
Art Museum Progressing Toward Spring Opening

Press Release Feburary 2014:
Pratt Region and Community– The Kansas Humanities Council recently announced that the Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt has been selected as a “Hometown Teams” partner site and will receive a grant of $1,500 to tell their local story of sports and community. Click here for the official press release * A special thank you to all those involved in the grant process: Alicia Novotny, The Filley Art Museum, Pratt Recreation Department, Pratt Public Library, and The Pratt County Historical Museum.

January 2014,
See Filley board member and award winning author Lyn Fenwick’s recent blog post Art Appreciation Yesterday and Today. Homesteader Isaac Werner’s appreciation for fine art is being continued in his region with the opening of the Vernon Filley Art Museum in Pratt, KS this spring.  Visit to read how the early settlers brought art appreciation to their lives and what is happening at the Filley to bring art experiences to the region.

August 2013,
Work at Art Museum Progressing Behind the Scenes

January 2013, 
Groundbreaking set for Vernon Filley Art Museum

February 2013,
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Filley Art Museum

February 2013, 
Vernon Filley Art Museum Ground Breaking