"C.A. Seward: Artist and Draftsman"

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  • Ongoing: until Sunday, May 16, 2010
  • Sunday: 12:00pm
  • Tuesday: 10:00am
  • Wednesday: 10:00am
  • Thursday: 10:00am
  • Friday: 10:00am
  • Saturday: 10:00am
  • Where: Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence
  • Cost: Free
  • Age limit: All ages

Kansas artist C.A. Seward utilized artistic experimentation that combined the practicality of commercial technology with the pleasure of pursuing fine art. As head of the art department at Western Lithograph, a commercial printing firm in Wichita, Kansas, in the 1920s and ‘30s, Seward used his knowledge of commercial design and techniques, as well as his position of leadership among fellow artists, to serve as a mentor to others. He produced guides explaining how to create and appreciate lithographs, provided invaluable contributions to the organization and administration of the Prairie Print Makers, and extended his influence well outside the local sphere through his art and his writing.

C.A. Seward: Artist and Draftsman examines the ways in which his art is informed by a deep knowledge and experience in commercial printmaking, the collaborative character of his involvement with other artists, and his sensitive appreciation for the natural world and rural landscape in both Kansas and the Southwest.

The exhibition is dedicated to C.A. and Mabel Drew Seward's four daughters: Dorothy Maureen Thompson (1910-1992), Helen Margaret Solter (1912-1995), Mildred Avon Pierce (1913-1987), and Virginia Ruth Pierce (1916-2007), whose children and grandchildren have supported this project through gifts to the museum's collection, generous loans, inestimable research, and unwavering passion. Seward's full name was Coy Avon Seward, but was addressed as either "C.A." or "Seward" by all but his immediate family.

On view through May 16, North Balcony Gallery

This event was posted Feb. 23, 2010 and last updated Sept. 16, 2014

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