Visual Arts


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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.

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Lawrence filmmakers' documentary explores role of public art in Heartland communities

In Joplin, Mo., there is a mural stretching about 60 feet across the side of an old brick building near the intersection of 15th and Main streets. Its imagery is colorful and childlike. Representations of historical Joplin transition to butterflies, flowers and kids at play interspersed with less cheerful images — barren trees, destroyed buildings, ominous clouds — before giving way to a phoenix triumphantly soaring toward the sun.

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A slice of Hollywood in Lawrence: Through a Glass Productions creates movie magic in Sunflower State

The air inside the storage room feels stagnant and warm. Its high walls are lined with shelves of cameras and their various accoutrements, leaving little space for the three men — one cinematographer, one producer and one enthused Journal-World photographer in his own version of heaven — squeezed inside.

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Noted war photographer to give keynote lecture for KU's Common Book program

Noted war photographer James Nachtwey will present the keynote lecture for Kansas University's Common Book Program on March 1 in the Kansas Union, KU announced Thursday.

City seeks artists for Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition

The Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission is seeking artists for its annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

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Acclaimed artist Kris Kuksi to make Lawrence Arts Center debut

Scattered throughout Kris Kuksi's North Lawrence studio are the pieces — in various stages of completion — that he intends to show at his first official Lawrence Arts Center exhibition, opening Jan. 15.

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The top 10 films of 2015

Looking back at a madcap year in movies

2015 was an unpredictable year for movies.