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Artists-in-residence bring 'thoughtful, poetic' approach to work

The Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence moved into their studios earlier this month, and will soon begin teaching classes, taking part in community-outreach projects and creating new work in Lawrence.

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Film by KU graduate explores lasting effects of sexual assault

Benjamin Waller drew from personal experiences to write, direct, produce and edit “The Hardest Thing to Earn,” which examines the very real consequences of sexual assault in a small-town, collegiate setting.

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Lawrence community photo studio brings art form back to the masses

As a kid, Jay Keim would spend many an hour tinkering around his family’s at-home darkroom. It’s where his father, an avid hobby photographer, taught him the basics of developing images on film. It’s also where Keim, now 60 and operating his own photo studio, first fell in love with photography.

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Short documentary celebrates KU basketball history; official release date set for November

A four-minute video celebrating Lawrence as “the cradle of basketball” has racked up tens of thousands of views since its Monday debut on Facebook.

East Ninth Project announces commissioned artists

The City of Lawrence has announced the names of eight artists commissioned for work on the East Ninth Project.

Behind the Lens: Engagement helps animate photo subjects

From my years of experience as a photographer, I’ve learned that a person’s facial expression or body language can result in a photograph that either simply documents objective visual evidence of the person, or instead may capture a more expressive moment, transforming the scene into a memorable record of a life experience.

Artistic takes on controversial books sought for library trading cards

The Lawrence Public Library is once again asking local artists to submit their takes on controversial literature for its annual Banned Book Trading Card series.

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Kevin Willmott talks Spike Lee, 'Chiraq,' teaching at KU

The KU professor and filmmaker dishes on his controversial new project with Spike Lee, his favorite movies and one thing every budding screenwriter should know. Principal photography recently wrapped on the new Spike Lee film “Chiraq,” which he co-wrote with the director and stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett and will debut in December, in time for awards consideration. By Eric Melin

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Painter, Lawrence artist-in-residence explores Darwinism, happiness in new exhibition

Sometimes all it takes is a little guidance from Charles Darwin — yes, that Charles Darwin — by way of an 11-year-old boy to change one’s outlook when things get rough.

Theater group seeks retro artwork for upcoming play, exhibition at Percolator

Orange Mouse Theatricals is seeking mid-century-inspired artwork and handmade merchandise to be incorporated into its upcoming production of "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as well as an accompanying exhibition.

Behind the Lens: Avoiding the media fashion police in South Korea

My photography checklist for traveling to South Korea included two camera bodies, three lenses, a laptop, iPhone, a padded floor seat, a pocket point-and-shoot camera and memory cards, including an Eyefi Mobi Pro SD memory card. What I forgot to pack were pastel-colored clothes. What?

Church shootings refresh Confederate flag debate that inspired KU prof's 2004 film

When Kevin Willmott wrote and directed the mockumentary film “C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America,” which screened at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, he knew it would be relevant for a long time. Sure enough. By Sara Shepherd

Lawrence ArtWalk names new director

Anne Egitto is the new director of the Lawrence Artwalk, a tour of visual artists' studios and artwork that has taken place every October since 1995 in Lawrence.

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Spencer Museum of Art remains 'At Large' during renovations with 'NuPenny's Last Stand'

A lot of folks were left scratching their heads after a mysterious structure resembling an old-timey toy store sprung up seemingly overnight in an East Lawrence industrial park just over a week ago.

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Accessories for dapper dogs among handmade items for sale at Summer Fest arts and crafts fair

Alysson Bodenbach's handmade dog accessories and treats will be among the many items available for purchase at this weekend’s Summer Fest in South Park. Slated for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the second annual event will bring in artists, craftspeople and food vendors from across Kansas and the Midwest, as well as live music throughout the afternoon.

June Final Friday Preview: A fundraiser for Pet World, and the debut of a new community photo studio

With the Free State Festival in full swing, this month's Final Friday events come in a little under the radar.

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ICYMI: It's Free State Festival week

Free State Festival has officially begun, and will features lots of art, film, food and music events throughout this week. Check out all our preview coverage in one place.

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Short films by local youths to debut at Free State Festival

Seven short films created during a filmmaking outreach program for local youths at Van Go and the Boys and Girls Club will be screened at the Free State Festival’s Outreach Film Showcase.

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Artist-in-residence exhibitions reflect humanity in own way

Lawrence Arts Center artists-in-residence Gunyoung Kim and Tonja Torgerson have spent the last year teaching classes, participating in community outreach programs and creating bodies of work that will be shown at the Lawrence Arts Center throughout this month and the next.

Arts Center announces 2015-2016 artists-in-residence

Printmaker Amanda Maciuba and ceramicist Christy Wittmer are the Lawrence Arts Center's 2015-2016 artists-in-residence, the Arts Center has announced.

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