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Lawrence student wins best of show in statewide in art contest

Nina Friesen, a senior at Lawrence High School, has won best of show in the "Kansans...As Talented As You Think!" art contest. Sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, the annual competition honors the work of high school students.

Spencer Museum to host Rocket Grants event, Lawrence Inside Out

Artists interested in applying for a Rocket Grant — a program that supports innovative projects outside traditional art venues — are invited to attend a launch and review event at the Spencer Museum of Art from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18

Art show to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar

This week, an art exhibit featuring works from some of the area’s most prominent artists will be held to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar.

Final round of portrait sessions set for community photo project

The community photo project Lawrence Inside Out is gearing up for one more month of public portrait sessions before preparing its citywide exhibition

Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery

A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd

Behind the Lens: Bring old photos into the digital age

Have old photographs you’re looking to bring into the digital age? Here’s how to do it yourself.

Mike Yoder's Photos of the Year 2014

In this audio slideshow, Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder talks about his best work from 2014.

The 10 best films of 2014

This year's list features films about vampires, aliens and teenage punk rockers, plus the most disappointing films of 2014..

SeedCo settles in to new home, looks to future

The artists of SeedCo Studios moved into a newly rebuilt industrial building in September after zoning issues forced them from their original space, and now the group is looking to expand into Kansas City.

Lawrence Creates Makerspace to host first-ever winter chautauqua

With a new year approaching fast, the Lawrence Creates Makerspace is bringing back an old tradition this weekend.

Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs

Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.

Homemade for the holidays: Local artists craft greeting cards by hand

We are living in the age of DIY, says Sarah McCormick. In a time when the many uses of a Mason jar can draw as much excitement from folks as the newest iPhone, a handful of local artists are finding a market for handmade greeting cards.

Behind the Lens: Gifts for photographers

For those of you searching out gift ideas for your photographer spouse, friend or for your “selfie,” here are a few stocking-stuffer ideas.

Lawrence Percolator to debut 'sunny' art show

As winter progresses and the days get shorter, colder and darker, the folks at the Lawrence Percolator hope to remind us of happier times with a new show celebrating — what else? — the sun.

Spencer Museum's WWI art helps recall past, understand present

In an oil painting hanging from a gallery wall on the fourth floor of the Spencer Museum of Art, a single saucer-shaped eye looks out underneath the brim of a combat helmet adorned with a crown of barbed wire.

KU art students complete Federal Reserve Bank sculpture

A two-year collaboration between 50 Kansas University visual arts students, faculty and staff has resulted in a work of art that will now be on permanent display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, entitled “An Abounding Asset: The Diligent Reserve,” debuted in an unveiling ceremony last weekend, coinciding with the Reserve’s 100th anniversary.

Contest seeks sculpture designs for KU engineering building

Kansas University School of Engineering and A. Zahner Company will give one lucky student the chance to see their design as the inspiration for a new sculpture on the KU campus.

Installation of Sol LeWitt wall drawing underway at Spencer Museum

Over the next week at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, a team of artists will transform a blank gallery wall into a large-scale, vibrantly hued work of art by Minimalism and Conceptualism pioneer Sol LeWitt.

Behind the Lens: Bad weather can make for good photos

I’ve been scanning old negatives and slides lately, and I’ve noticed how weather, specifically inclement weather, is an important element in many images.

Library to celebrate late modernist artist, KU professor

The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., will celebrate famed modernist artist and Kansas University professor Albert Bloch on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

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