Visual Arts


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Art between friends: Lawrence artists collaborate despite 1,000-mile separation

Two Lawrence friends, Adam Smith and Adam Lott have collaborated on a Final Fridays show despite having more than a thousand miles between them.

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Behind the Lens: Exploring the subject

An abandoned piano is of little news value. But as a photographer, my eye was drawn to the neglected instrument.

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LOOK: In the yoga world, some like it even hotter

On a day when the National Weather Service had issued an excessive heat warning for over half of the state, most in Lawrence didn’t dare set a foot outside to dip even as much as a big toe in a pool. However, on July 22, one place in town, specifically 1405 Massachusetts, had their heaters going with temperatures hovering between 100 and 110 degrees for over an hour and nobody seemed to mind.

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KU mourns death of longtime film and media studies professor

Kansas University is mourning the death of Charles “Chuck” Berg, a longtime professor in the school’s department of film and media studies. Berg, 75, died Tuesday, July 26, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. The cause of death has not yet been released.

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KU Faculty Exhibition artist draws inspiration from family history, plight of refugees

Woven throughout Tanya Hartman’s family history are tales of alienation, loss and the very universal hunger to belong — if not in one’s homeland, then wherever else home might be found.

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Behind the Lens: Great pics don't always take great gear

A photographer went to a dinner party, where he showed his photographs. The lady of the house said, “Those are nice pictures; you must have a great camera.” He said nothing, but when leaving, he offered the following compliment to the woman: “The meal was very nice; you must have great pots and pans.”

Lawrence Arts Center announces 2016-2017 artists-in-residence

Ceramicist Carly Slade and printmaker Tressa Jones are the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2016-2017 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center announced Tuesday. The pair will begin developing new bodies of work, collaborating in Arts Center studios, taking part in community-driven projects and teaching as part of their yearlong residencies at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., after arriving in Lawrence in mid-August.

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Behind the Lens: Pointy boots and point-and-shoots

The secret to good photography is comfortable shoes. I left my cowboy boots in my car and donned soft leather hikers to photograph the Flint Hills Rodeo earlier this June.

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence hopes to create heightened viewing experience in new exhibition

Christy Wittmer isn’t interested in telling stories with her art, which at the moment is scattered in unfinished pieces — a pair of nesting Styrofoam packing inserts here, a giant “felt tomato” there — around her small but efficient Lawrence Arts Center studio.

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Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence explores humanity's relationship with nature in 'Impermanent Lines'

When Lawrence Arts Center artist-in-residence Amanda Maciuba visited the Baker Wetlands for the first time last fall, she saw tire tracks etched into the dirt, evidence of a road being built, land that had been recently dug up in preservation efforts. Several months later, the area is starting to resemble a wetland more and more, she says, albeit one created and managed by human forces.

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Lawrence Arts Center staff awarded Fulbright grant, other honors

The Lawrence Arts Center announced Monday that four of its staff members have recently garnered prestigious residencies, internships and teaching opportunities, among them a Fulbright grant awarded to the Arts Center's 2015-2016 ceramics artist-in-residence.

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A conversation with the creators of 'Red Bird,' a new kind of Western

Thursday sees the release of the first two episodes of "Red Bird," the new Web series created and co-written by Lawrence husband-and-wife filmmaking duo Jeremy Osbern and Misti Boland.

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Lawrence-born filmmaker honors late father, parents' love story in 'The Good Catholic'

It was March 2013, and Paul Shoulberg had every reason to be happy.

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Marilyn Stokstad, 'trailblazing' distinguished professor emerita of art history, dies at 87

Charles Eldredge remembers the moment his life changed forever. It was 1969, and Eldredge, then a doctorate student in art history at the University of Minnesota, was lucky enough to attend a lecture by Marilyn Stokstad, at the time a professor of art history, department chair and director of the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.

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Lawrence to host celebration of all things clay this week

When Ben Ahlvers arrived in Lawrence 11 years ago, it was understood that he would be the first artist-in-residence in the Lawrence Arts Center’s ceramics residency program. Ahlvers, now exhibitions director at the Arts Center, never completed the residency. Being hired only two weeks in as studio manager put a stop to that.

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Weekend Guide: Final Friday; 'The Rehearsal & the Hypochondriac;' 'Called to Walls;' an 'Out of This World!' library event and St. Luke's 'Lift Every Voice and Sing'

Coming up this weekend in Lawrence: February's installment of Final Friday, a "spectacle of 17th-century comedy" at KU, the Lawrence Public Library Foundation's "spacey soiree," the premiere of "Called to Walls" and St. Luke's annual Black History Month Musical.