Arts notes

Exhibition at KU library contains wintery images

James Hellyar, curator in graphics at Kansas University's Kenneth Spencer Research Library, describes the exhibition "Winter Interludes" as the tips of icebergs. The show primarily is made of eight plates depicting winter, holiday or children's themes, which were selected from the library's various collections.

The show also includes a small collection of black-and-white photographs depicting winter activities on the KU campus. The exhibition is will run through the end of January, when the Langston Hughes centenary exhibition will open.

"Winter Interludes" is in the main gallery on the third floor of the Spencer Research Library, 1450 Poplar Lane. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. p.m. Saturdays. The library will be closed today, Tuesday, Saturday-Jan. 6 and Jan. 12, and then will maintain its regular hours when KU begins its spring session.

NEA grant to support Lied Center projects

Kansas University has received one of 819 grants awarded recently by the National Endowment for the Arts.

The $25,000 Creativity, Organizational Capacity and Literature Fellowship grant was awarded to the Kansas University Center for Research Inc. on behalf of the Lied Center. The grant will support presentations by professional artists in a range of performing arts disciplines and will include residency activities throughout the Lawrence community.

Also in Kansas, the International Association of Jazz Educators in Manhattan received a $40,000 fellowship to help with artists' fees and production costs for presentations at the 30th annual IAJE Conference and Music Festival in January in Toronto, Canada.

Nelson-Atkins establishes Indian art curatorship

Kansas City, Mo. � The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has established the Fred and Virginia Merrill Curator of American Indian Art position.

American Indian art history scholar Gaylord Torrence will join the museum's staff on Jan. 1. He is known for his work on the American Indian parfleche, an abstract painting tradition, and the art of the Mesquakie tribe of Iowa. He formerly worked as an art professor at Drake University.

The museum recently expanded its American Indian collection by 171 objects, a bequest from the estate of the late Kansas City Times editor Donald D. "Casey" Jones.

The gift expands the collection to more than 1,500 objects, plus another 630 items on long-term loan from Conception Abbey of Maryville, Mo.

Fred Merrill has served as a trustee of the museum since 1996. He is founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Cereal Food Processors Inc., the nation's largest independent flour milling company.

Singer-songwriters line up for acoustic showcase

An Acoustic Showcase featuring several area artists will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Brown Bear Brewing Company, 729 Mass.

On the roster are Carol Dressler, Hamp Henning, David Slade, Garet Phillips, Sheri Martin, Anthony Ware, Laura Cossey and Val Bontrager, Bob Haake, Chris Stout, Duane Woner, Richard Gintowt, Mike Maher, Aaron Hollingsworth, John Swift and Random Harmony.

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