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‘In Bloom’ exhibit featured at Mercer Gallery

The Mercer Gallery at Garden City Community College is hosting Kansas artist Tyler Dallis’ experiential installation titled “In Bloom” now through November 18.

This group of works explores how finding a good flower is just as hard as finding a good person. When you finally find that person in your life that makes you happy, it’s like picking the best flower in the field and calling it yours.

“Family is everything. I do not know what I would do without my support system behind me. From a young child to adulthood, my bloodlines played a crucial role in my development as a human being. I was surrounded by people who either held me up or pulled me down. I was constantly conflicted with myself,” said Tyler Dallis.

Through these interactions, they began to shape who they would become. Reflecting on those memories made Dallis think about what they wanted and did not.

With the art installation “In Bloom” the artist focuses on people and flowers and their search to find the perfect one for the ideal movement.

Dallis is a Master of Fine Arts candidate at Fort Hays State University, with an emphasis in ceramics. Dallis grew up on a reservation in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the capital city of the Cherokee Nation. From a young age, there was a love for the arts, whether music, theatre, or fine art.

After graduating high school, they enrolled at Crowder College, a community college in Neosho, Missouri, where they found a love for ceramics.

Dallis began working with clay and instantly fell in love with the medium. They changed their major to pursue ceramics full-time at Fort Hays State University and graduated with BFA in studio art (ceramics) in 2020. Dallis’ goal is to become a college professor teaching ceramics.

One day, Dallis would like to be recognized for their unique style of figurative ceramic sculptures, collages, and photography, addressing the complex and often controversial subject matter.

Dallis’ work discusses the connection between bloodlines, biological, adoptive, or found and collecting memories while collecting memories. They view creating works of art as creating a Rolodex of my life experiences, people, things, or events.

When in the studio, Dallis braids these themes into the clay as coils complete. Embedding them into the stoneware strengthens and solidifies the memories into reality, making them less likely to be forgotten.

The Mercer Gallery is open Monday through Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m..

A closing reception is set for 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 17, with an artist workshop happening the following morning from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Joyce Fine Arts building, room 1413, the drawing and painting room.

For information, contact Gallery Director Michael Knutson at