Arts notes

Gallery to exhibit Sudlow retrospective

An exhibition of paintings by Lawrence landscape artist Robert Sudlow opens Saturday at Roy's Gallery, 1410 Kasold Drive.

The artist will attend a reception from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and the gallery will be open for special viewing hours from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 7.

The show, "Spiritual Connections," will include never-before-seen paintings that date back to the early 1930s and '40s, when Sudlow was a student, says Mehrzad Alison, gallery owner.

"I am focusing the show on what it means to be an artist," Alison says. "That it is not just painting when other things permit us, but painting regardless. ... Robert Sudlow knows of no other way than to be driven by his passion."

The exhibition will remain on view through November.

Sudlow taught painting at Kansas University from 1947 to 1987. In 1974, he became the first-ever recipient of the Governor's Arts Award. He lives on 28 acres in southern Douglas County.

KU team receives regional award for video

Kansas University dance professor Janet Hamburg and KU Continuing Education senior producer and editor James Jewell have received the 2004 Innovations and Contributions Award from the University Continuing Education Association Great Plains Region.

The award, presented last week at the annual conference of the association, in Kansas City, was in recognition of Hamburg's exercise program on DVD and video, Motivating Moves for People with Parkinson's. Jewell served as editor and production coordinator; Juilliard School of Music faculty member Robert Abramson composed and performed an original piano score for Hamburg's program. The production was funded by the Parkinson's Disease Foundation in New York City, which is distributing the DVD and video nationwide.

The association cited the collaboration between a university continuing education media producer, a university faculty member and a leading national foundation as a model partnership for other institutions to replicate.

KU art show focuses on 'The Figure'

An upcoming exhibition featuring works by undergraduate painting students will highlight how a grant figures into new learning opportunities for KU's art department.

"The Figure," on view Nov. 7 through Nov. 17 at KU's Art and Design Gallery, is an exhibition of 25 oil-on-canvas and panel paintings produced in a fall 2003 class of the same name that was developed by art chairwoman Judith McCrea with a Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellows Grant.

McCrea received the grant in the spring of 2003, and used it to develop a class in figure painting that includes focused training on depicting the human figure as well as an art historical context for understanding its importance to contemporary art.

McCrea is teaching "The Figure" again this semester, with a few curriculum developments, including the use of photography and a live model rotating poses, to create large-scale multi-figure paintings.

For more information on the exhibition, call 864-4401.

Deadline is Monday for Governor's Arts Awards

The deadline to submit nominations to the Kansas Arts Commission for the 2005 Governor's Arts Awards is Monday.

The awards recognize outstanding contributions to the excellence, growth, support or availability of the arts in Kansas.

Anyone living in Kansas or any business, organization or institution involved in arts and cultural activities and in Kansas at the time of nomination is eligible. An organization should be nominated by someone in the community it serves; not by an official of the organization.

Nominations may be submitted in the following categories: individual artist, art educator, arts advocate, arts organization, arts patron (individual or organization).

Award recipients will be chosen by a selection panel that includes members of the commission and representatives of the governor and various arts disciplines and organizations.

Complete guidelines and a list of previous awardees may be found at http://arts.state.ks.us.

Kansas City Singers announce auditions

The Kansas City Singers will have auditions for "Making Love" at 1 p.m. Saturday. Selected singers will perform in concert, and participate in CD and video productions. All materials will be provided. Singers will be paid.

Performances will be Feb. 11-13 at the Just Off Broadway Theater. Visit www.KCSingers.org for details, then call (816) 361-0431 ext. 3 to schedule an audition.

"Making Love" is the first concert in the new "Romance Series" being offered by the Kansas City Singers. Past series have explored holiday and Americana music, appealing to family audiences and people interested in the American heritage. "Making Love" holds a self-imposed NC-17 rating.

The Kansas City Singers -- Gold Cup winner at the 2004 International Choral Festival in Verona, Italy -- is a 16-voice a cappella chorus and a nonprofit corporation.

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