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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.

Arts Center to host closing event for Tea Project installation

The Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday will host the closing of the Tea Project, a month-long installation by artists-in-residence Amber Ginsberg and Aaron Hughes, before the traveling exhibit moves to its next venue.

With Lawrence ArtWalk on hiatus, artists rally to host this month's DIY ArtWalk

When Lawrence ArtWalk director John Wysocki moved to England earlier this year, veteran artists were left wondering if there would be a 2014 ArtWalk, a nearly two-decade tradition. Wysocki had managed operations and handled publicity from the very beginning, and with him overseas, long-time participant Diana Dunkley wasn’t sure what would happen.

Arts Center to screen controversial 'Death of Klinghoffer'

Lawrence Arts Center will host a screening of the 2003 film “The Death of Klinghoffer” Sunday afternoon followed by a panel and discussion. Based on a 1991 opera of the same name, “The Death of Klinghoffer” is a dramatization of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian liner MS Achille Lauro in which Palestinian terrorists shot and killed Jewish-American businessman Leon Klinghoffer.

Ceramics Symposium to sculpt relationship between audience, ceramists

Give them something to talk about. That’s what Ben Ahlvers hopes to achieve during this weekend’s Ceramics Symposium at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.

Behind the Lens: In pursuit of pelicans

When presented with a photographic subject, two of the most important decisions for photographers are where to position themselves and their camera and when to press the shutter.

KU teacher's natural, human encounters reflected in 35 years of sculpture

In the 35-year span of his work on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, David Vertačnik’s inspiration hasn’t always been local to Lawrence, but it’s always been local to him. By Sara Shepherd

KU visual art grad students put work on display

Part one of a two-part show featuring work by Kansas University visual art graduate students is now open at KU.

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