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About the Columbian

Guided by stewardship, community and entertainment

The Columbian Theatre Foundation exists to serve the community and to enrich the lives of both area residents and visitors. The Columbian encourages participation of the arts and culture within the community, while preserving its historical significance. The Foundation uses stewardship, community and entertainment as the cornerstone in all decision making.

 

The Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center is a storied place, both the heart and soul of 1890s Kansas pioneer optimism and 21st century rural community renewal and development. It is a historical structure of inestimable value and a venue for the exhibition of rare paintings from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Step inside and learn how visionary J.C. Rogers left an unforgettable jewel on the Kansas prairie.

 

Clint Stueve | Executive Director

 

Chris Glasgow | Curator

Libby Uthoff Stratton | Production Manager

 

Rhonda Jacques |  Box Office Coordinator

 

Lydia Lierz and Mallory LopezMarketing Interns

 

Kim Cutting | Development Chair

 

Kellie Dillinger | Gallery Chair

 

Thom Jackson | PAC Chair

 

Dave Karnowski | Treasurer

 

Bruce McMillan | Building Chair

 

Jon Pachta | Tourism Chair

 

Mary Beth Peterson | Volunteer Chair

 

Jennifer Schermerhorn | Secretary

 

Audrey Schremmer | History Pres. Chair

 

Bobby Sloan | Marketing Chair

 

Bernadette Trieb | President

 

Bill Wolf | PR Chair

 
 

Named for devoted Columbian supporters, John and Marion Swogger and their family, the gallery is a place of calm and peacefulness in a world of chaos and turmoil. Marion, longtime board member of The Columbian Theatre Foundation, is a resident of New Hampshire, where she is a valuable part of the extended Hood Museum organization. Her love of the arts and her research on The Columbian's 1893 World's Fair paintings have contributed immeasurably to The Columbian.

The Swogger Gallery hosts a permanent exhibit about the Columbian Exposition as well as guest artist exhibits that rotate throughout the year. The guest artist exhibits are hosted by the Columbian Artists group. To learn more about the Columbian Artists group and to see current exhibit information, please visit the Columbian Artists Group’s website.

 

Gallery Hours

Monday

Closed

Tuesday - Saturday

10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Sunday

Closed

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The Columbian Theatre, Museum & Art Center is a storied place, both the heart and soul of 1890s Kansas pioneer optimism and 21st century rural community renewal and development. It is a historical structure of inestimable value and a venue for the exhibition of rare paintings from the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Step inside and learn how visionary J.C. Rogers left an unforgettable jewel on the Kansas prairie.

 

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"The stronghold for the arts in the Flint Hills. So much more than a community theatre. It's an art gallery, a beautiful rental space, a small museum, and a youth theatre academy."

Maggie Delena, St. Marys Star

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