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KU teacher's natural, human encounters reflected in 35 years of sculpture

In the 35-year span of his work on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, David Vertačnik’s inspiration hasn’t always been local to Lawrence, but it’s always been local to him. By Sara Shepherd

KU student wins national contest for unique book collection

This year’s National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest first-place winner is a Kansas University student.

Poet to give free reading, sign books Thursday at KU

A reading this week at Kansas University will feature a poet whose work tells stories of alien abductions, vampiric soap operas and Kennedy-assassination conspiracy theories.

KU visual art grad students put work on display

Part one of a two-part show featuring work by Kansas University visual art graduate students is now open at KU.

Feeding time: Theatre Lawrence brings a monster to life in 'Little Shop of Horrors'

When an entire production is centered around a flesh-eating plant, it’s going to take a talented group of creative minds to bring “Little Shop of Horrors” to life on the Theatre Lawrence stage.

Mixed-media artist creating installation at Spencer this week

Ke-Sook Lee, an artist who works primarily with thread, recycled fabric and fiber material to make mixed-media installations, will create an installation at the Spencer Museum of Art Thursday through Sunday.

Behind the Lens: Optical vs. digital zoom

I get asked a lot of questions regarding cameras and photography. This week I’ll focus on one that may confuse some people: What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom?

KU alumnus to create art using unwanted household items

Lawrence-based artist and Kansas University alumnus Eli Gold has been selected as artist-in-residence at the Salina Art Center where he plans to complete an installation from Kansans’ accumulated clutter.

Civil rights poetry project receives grant

The Kansas University’s project on the History of Black Writing will continue to study the influence of the Civil Rights era on African-American poetry with its recent $156,000 grant from the National Endowment of Humanities.

University Theatre students to perform 'Electra' this Saturday

It’s safe to say putting together the University Theatre production of Sophocles’ “Electra” was all Greek to the students. Not only did they speed-learn a play, but a new language, says director Dennis Christilles.

Library announces first author visit enabled by new donation

The Lawrence Public Library has announced the first writer who will visit the city as part of the library’s new Ross and Marianna Beach Author Series. And he’s not showing up with nothing but a book. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence Arts Center resident artists explore the human body in printmaking, ceramic figures

Printmaker Tonja Torgerson and ceramist Gunyoung Kim were selected for the highly competitive Lawrence Arts Center resident artists program. They will spend the next year teaching classes, taking part in community-driven programs and creating a body of work for an exhibition at the end of the year. The center offers curatorial and technical assistance in ensuring the artists fulfill their vision. Torgerson and Kim stood out among the 60 to 70 applicants because of the many ways they have explored techniques in their respective fields.

The Dinner Party Project: Bringing art to the table

Local artist Emily Kate Johnson caters more than just the food at her dinner party events — she also caters artwork, serving up conversations with and about artists along with fine dining.

Documentary 'After Tiller' to air on PBS

Lana Wilson and Martha Shane’s Sundance award-winning documentary “After Tiller” will premiere nationally on PBS on Sept. 1.

Filmmaker seeks 'Lessons from Exes' for upcoming project

Set aside the emotional baggage and once-shared cat. Did any of your exes leave you with practical advice you still use? An area artist is seeking those stories for a film project. By Sara Shepherd

Pledging through paint: John Sebelius peers into college greek life

John Sebelius's “Do You Know Who My Father Is?!” exhibit at the Arts Center explores the vibrant Greek life by painting images found in photos from public Facebook profiles of Kansas University students.

Entries for Hughes Creative Writing Awards being accepted

Submissions to the 2015 Langston Hughes Creative Awards are now being accepted through Dec. 18.

KU student's film selected for Kentucky festival

Kansas University visual arts student Allison Flom recently had a short film selected to be in the 2014 Autumn Shorts Film Festival in Somerset, Ky., this September.

Natural History Museum to celebrate member support and new exhibits

The Kansas University Natural History Museum is highlighting new exhibits and showing an outdoor film for its first-ever members day this Saturday.

Teen drama miniseries to premiere this weekend

“A Band Apart” will premiere this Saturday at the Lawrence Arts Center followed by a Q&A session with the cast and first-time filmmaker Grace X. Oliver.

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