Masterpieces small enough to be sent in the mail

Lawrence Arts Center to display 25th and final Kansas postcard series

Art doesn't have to be big to be great.

Proof of that will be evident in an upcoming exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H., which will host the 25th and final Kansas Artists Postcard Series Friday through Aug. 30.

Kansas Artists Postcard Series XXV will be displayed Friday through Aug. 30 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 N.H.A reception will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the arts center.Postcards from the 25th series will be available during the exhibition, which will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. When there are evening classes, the gallery will stay open until 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday.There is no admission charge.

A group of postcard-sized, original artworks by 26 Kansas artists will be joined by works selected for the previous 24 years of the series. More than 600 pieces will be part of the exhibition.

"It's interesting to be able to see so many Kansas artists in one place. It gives you a nice cross section of different styles," said Rick Mitchell, the arts center's gallery director.

The Association of Community Arts Agencies of Kansas has sponsored the competition for 25 years, with works selected by art experts from around the country. The association provides networking and expertise to arts organizations across Kansas.

Winning works have toured the state annually, and 16 paintings are reproduced each year as postcards and sold as a series. The other 10 works, selected by the juror, tour with the 16 postcard finalists.

Winning artists were selected this year by Susan Hallsten McGarry, a free-lance author and curator from Santa Fe, N.M. She is a former editor-in-chief of Southwest Art magazine.

The annual competition and postcard series provides exposure and support for the statewide arts association, according to Ellen Morgan, the organization's executive director.

"The idea of making work that was the size of a postcard was unique to artists. This project kept us in touch with artists, but it also brought Kansas visual artists together, because so many of them had participated and had the postcard series in common," she said.

The works of many Lawrence artists were selected to be part of the postcard series over the years, according to Mitchell, and some of their works were later turned into postcards.

Paul Hotvedt of Lawrence is among the 10 artists whose work was selected to tour the state as part of the 25th series.


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