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May 25, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sternberg Museum
3000 Sternberg Drive
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-4286
Prairie Ocean
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Sternberg Exhibit: Prairie Ocean: Long Time, No Sea *CLOSED*

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Prairie Ocean: Long Time, No Sea exhibit was created by Chuck Bonner & Ray Troll. The exhibit will feature a variety of their artwork & fossils found here in Kansas.

Chuck Bonner – Chuck is a Kansas native, born, & raised in the central & western part of Kansas. His passion for art & fossil hunting was inherited from his parents. Chuck attended Fort Hays State University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in art & a master’s degree in painting. His art has been featured all over central & western Kansas, including murals for Fort Hays State University & the Ellis County Historical Museum. Chuck & his wife, Barbara Shelton, currently operate the Keystone Gallery, which is a combination of an art gallery, fossil museum, & gift shop.

For more information about Chuck Bonner, the Keystone Gallery, & his artwork, visit his website at

Ray Troll – Ray is known for his unique style of blending art & science, drawing his inspiration from extensive fieldwork & the latest scientific discoveries. Ray earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas in 1977, & an MFA in studio arts from Washington State University, in 1981. After he graduated, he moved to Tongass Narrows in Ketchikan, Alaska. From there his artwork grew in popularity, eventually earning him an honorary doctorate in fine arts, from the University of Alaska Southeast. Ray’s art has been featured in museums, t-shirts, books, & magazines. Some of his most recent work is a tour for his book Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway with Dr. Kirk Johnson, a mural for the University of Washington called Fishes of the Salish Sea, an exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History entitled, The Blue Seas, Green Seas, a traveling museum show called Buzz Saw Sharks of Long Ago, & his collaboration with Chuck Bonner for the Prairie Ocean: Long Time No Sea.

For more information about Ray Troll, his artwork, & his exhibits, visit his website at

Admission Fees:
$9 for adults (age 13-59)
$8 for seniors (age 60+)
$6 for youth (age 4-12)
$5 FHSU students (with valid ID)
FREE admission for :
Museum Members
Members of ASTC Passport Program
Children 3 & under