Arts notes

KU to be host to young musicians

Kansas University Department of Music and Dance will be host July 7-25 to the International Institute For Young Musicians.

KU graduate Scott McBride Smith will lead a course of intensive study for young pianists. Smith has selected 40 pianists to participate in the three-week study and performance program.

The artists, ages 13-19, will work with KU faculty and visiting faculty from Julliard, Northwestern and Hong Kong. Their time in the program will include master classes, studio classes, sight-reading and music theory.

Students participating will present two concerts at the Lied Center. The concerts will be 4 p.m. Saturday and 6:30 p.m. July 23. Both concerts are free and will include piano works ranging from Bach to contemporary artists.

For more information, call Jack Winerock, KU coordinator for the program, at 864-9644.

MyStory series to begin Tuesday

The first installment of MyStory, a series of workshops designed to preserve personal histories, will be Tuesday-Thursday at Babcock Place, 1700 Mass.

The first installment will include two workshops with Charley Kempthorne, from 1:30-4:30 p.m. (Session A) and 6 p.m.-9 p.m. (Session B). The workshops will be held at Babcock Place, 1700 Mass. Cost is $20, which includes materials. Pre-registration is required.

To register or for more information, call 842-0543.

KU student receives design award

Kansas University student Brian Carter, Prairie Village senior, was named a gold winner in the 2003 Industrial Design Excellence Awards for his interest in shortening the life span of plastics.

The awards were sponsored by BusinessWeek magazine and the Industrial Designers Society of America.

Carter, one of 119 entries, was the only undergraduate student to win a gold award in the prestigious design competition.

Carter worked to develop alternative materials for traditional plastics and produced an identification system organizing 44 "bio-plastics" he created from plant-based fibers. He demonstrated his materials and their beneficial properties in industrial design though two concepts -- one a printer and one a cellular phone.

Carter will receive his award during the Industrial Design Excellence Awards conference Aug. 13-16 in New York.

Exhibition to discuss stories behind museums

Topeka -- The Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University will have an exhibition July 8-Aug. 17 titled "Collecting and Connecting: Recent acquisitions and why we have 'em." The exhibition will provide visitors with an opportunity to think about why museums exist, as well as interact with museum staff.

The Mulvane Art Museum is free and open to the public. Exhibition hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


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