Visual Arts


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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.

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Letter winners: Club, workshops help hone the art of penmanship

For more than a year now at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence, a group of about 15-20 people have been gathering on the first “teenth” Sunday of every month to write letters, show off greeting cards, admire each other’s stationery, and just hang out, generally speaking.

Is the Force strong with this one? A spoiler-free review of the new 'Star Wars'

There’s nothing like seeing a favorite movie from your childhood for the first time in almost 20 years to make you feel old. That’s about ...

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Between 'Chi-Raq' and a hard place

Kevin Willmott on the strong reactions to his and Spike Lee's bold, timely new film and how it has been misconstrued from the start.

Lawrence artist Anne Bracker, late husband Bill Bracker to receive regional art award

Local artist Anne Bracker and her late husband, Bill Bracker, are newest honorees of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts’ Regional Award for Excellence, the organization has announced.

Exhibition to showcase artwork by Haskell students

Student artwork will be celebrated next week at Haskell Indian Nations University.

Van Go Adornment Holiday Art Sale opens this weekend

The holidays are going to the dogs (and other members of the animal kingdom) this weekend, when Van Go Inc. kicks off its month-long Adornment ...

From hand games to quilling, upcoming week is chance for public to experience American Indian traditions

American Indian arts and traditions will be on display for the public throughout the upcoming week at Haskell Indian Nations University. Haskell community members and visiting artists will give a series of presentations and workshops on traditions from hand games to quilling, planned in conjunction with Native American Heritage Month.

New KU art class studies where creativity meets sustainability

In a studio on the first floor of Chalmers Hall, the labyrinth-like structure that up until this past spring had been generically known as Kansas University’s Art and Design Building, students are busy. Busy bees, you might say.

Watch the trailer for the Kevin Willmott-penned Spike Lee film 'Chiraq'

Audiences can get their first look at "Chiraq," the Spike Lee film about Chicago gun violence co-written by Kansas University professor and filmmaker Kevin Willmott, ...

October Final Friday preview: Day of the Dead celebrations, solar-powered flutes and 'A Series of Fortunate Events'

On the docket for this month's Final Friday: Day of the Dead celebrations, solar-powered flutes and "eye candy a go-go," among other happenings. And a ...

Arts Center regifts Elizabeth Layton drawings to museums across state, country

A collection of 50 drawings by the late Kansas artist Elizabeth Layton, donated to the Lawrence Arts Center 20 years ago, have now been gifted to several art museums across the country.

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Wonder Fair creates whole new world of community engagement, with dash of whimsy

For seven years, the gallery and retail shop Wonder Fair existed in a compact upstairs space above the Burger Stand. At it’s new location just down the street, the store has a lot more square footage — and a bigger community presence along with it.

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Lawrence Arts Center exhibition provides insight into career of KU professor, modernist painter Albert Bloch

The majority of the pieces in “Albert Bloch: Themes and Variations. Paintings and Watercolors from the Albert Bloch Foundation,” which opened late last month and will remain at the Arts Center until early January, had never been displayed publicly before. Most of the watercolors, Ben Ahlvers notes, had never left Bloch’s studio. Not even in the 50 years following his death. By Joanna Hlavacek

Behind the Lens: Over the moon

My wife doesn’t accompany me on many Journal-World photo assignments. But the moon has been a close friend of hers since she was young, so she joined me to chase the harvest moon and eclipse Sept. 27.

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'Freak Power' exhibit details Hunter S. Thompson's 1970 run for sheriff

Lawrence native and Aspen art collector Daniel Joseph Watkins' “Freak Power” exhibit, featuring political art and writing from Hunter S. Thompson’s 1970 campaign for sheriff of Pitkin County, Colo., opened Friday at the Lawrence Arts Center. By Joanna Hlavacek