Artist Exchanges Between Kansas and Paraguay

Below is a link to a nice article that appeared in ABC Color about Kansas artist Eric Conrad and his visit to Paraguay.  I want to use this opportunity to mention some of the artist exchanges that have occurred between Kansas Paraguay Partners and Comite Paraguay Kansas.  It is a remarkable history all made possible through travel grants from Partners of the Americas.There have also been many musical artist exchanges. I will review those another time. I will miss some artists so feel free to let me know who I missed.

Eric Conrad is an art professor at Emporia State University and is part of the most recent project where Kansas artists are helping judge contests in Paraguay with the winners coming to Kansas in the future.  Amber Hansen traveled to Paraguay a few months ago as part of this same project.  She helped judge a photography contest.  Judith McCrea is an art professor at the University of Kansas (KU) who is helping with this project and has traveled to Paraguay several times and hosted the well respected artist Carlos Colombino in Kansas.  The work that he created while in Kansas is part of the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at KU. Another very recent Paraguayan artist who visited Kansas is Teresita Gonzalez who presented her photographs of the Paraguayan Hospital de Clinicas.

The ABC Color article mentions other Paraguayan sculptors who met with Eric.  One of those is Gustavo Beckelmann who visited Kansas during the Paraguayan art exhibit held at Washburn University in 2008.  He in turn was greatly influenced by Elden Teft a KU professor who traveled to Paraguay many years ago to teach sculpture.  Gustavo took one of Elden’s classes and was greatly influenced by what he learned.

The art exhibit at the Mulvane Museum at Washburn University in 2008 was curated by Reinhild Janzen who was director of the museum.  She travel to Paraguay and met many artists and brought back works that helped make the exhibit a success.  Speaking of Paraguayan art exhibits in Kansas, there was an exhibit of 20 pieces way back in 1969. This exhibit was at the Wichita Public Library.

Gene Ernst was a professor at Kansas State University who traveled to Paraguay to make sketches from the Jesuit Missions. He turned his sketches into beautiful note cards that I still use and treasurer.

A wonderful large sculpture along Interstate 70 was constructed by Herman Guggiari who was hosted many years ago by Ross and Marianna Beach.  The Beaches also were critically important in the creation of a museum of wood carved saints in Santa Maria de Fe.  The saints were carved by indigenous Paraguayans during the time of the Jesuit Missions.

Let me know what I missed.

Here is the link to the ABC Color article.

Kansas Paraguay President Visits Paraguay

Here is a nice piece about KPP President Jay Newton and CPK President Carolina Pedro meeting with the Paraguayan Minister of Extremal Relations Ambassador Eladio Loizaga.  KPP member Merrill and Boots Raber were also in attendance as were several other members of CPK.

Gene Ernst

Long time Kansas-Paraguay member Gene Ernst died on September 5, 2013.  Gene was an architecture professor at Kansas State University from 1967 until he retired in 1992.   Gene was also an artist.  He was a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society as well as the Manhattan Arts Center Watercolor Studio.  It was as an artist that he made one of his important contributions to Kansas-Paraguay Partners. With support from Partners of the Americas he traveled to Paraguay and produced watercolor images from the Jesuit Missions.  Upon his return to Kansas he produced sets of notecards that many of us continue to use.  Here are a couple of his images.  The one in color is of the Museo Casa de Indios which is a museum of wood carvings of saints that date back to the Jesuits and was created and supported by Kanas-Paraguay member Marianna Beach.  It is in Santa Maria de Fe and is worth the trip.


Mirian Mongelos – Comite Paraguay Kansas

This appeared in Ultima Hora about our long time friend and critical staff member of Comite Paraguay Kansas.  Best of luck to Mirian and the baby.

El festejo de Mirian Mongelós

Mirian Mongelós fue agasajada con un baby shower. El encuentro social, organizado por amigas, se desarrolló en La Pérgola Jardín. La futura mamá aguarda el nacimiento de su pequeño Santiago Ariel.


Past Presidents of Comité Paraguay Kansas

On July 9th, 2008, the Comité Paraguay Kansas celebrated their 40th anniversary at the American Embassy in Asunción, Paraguay.

There are more photos in the Rincon VIP section of our website!

Kansas Paraguay Partners

President: John Poertner
Lawrence, KS

Web Administrator: Arla Jones


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