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Lawrence Arts Center development director to resign this summer

Heather Hoy, the Lawrence Arts Center’s development director, will leave the organization at the end of July to “pursue new professional goals,” the Arts Center has announced.

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Lied Center reveals 2017-18 season lineup

Includes new folk series, diversity of other shows

Save for one yet-to-be announced Broadway hit — the title of which is promised to be revealed in July — the Lied Center at the University of Kansas has shared its 2017-18 season lineup of shows. Kicking off this season is a performance by singer and composer Lyle Lovett and His Large Band on July 27. Following shows include Kenny Rogers’s Final World Tour, Dirty Dancing, poetry, holiday favorites and a variety of dance forms.

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KU professor awarded Guggenheim Fellowship for family photo project

For many attuned to the Kansas art scene, the name Daniel Coburn might recall beautiful black and white images of sweeping Kansas landscapes with not-so-subtle indications of the human impact on our environment. Although Coburn has certainly received recognition for his portrayals of nature’s complex relationship with humans, he was recently awarded a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship for his work that has involved rotating his lens 180 degrees and turning his attention to another complexity, his own family history.

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Final Friday shows cap successful pilot year for Arts Center's 'stARTup' youth workshops

Allie Fischer already has access to a darkroom through her photography class at Lawrence High School. So, when the aspiring photographer began work on her first solo exhibit earlier this year, through an experimental Lawrence Arts Center entrepreneurship program called “stARTup,” she figured it was time to try something new. So, too, did her friend and fellow photography enthusiast Storm Auchenbach, who’s currently working on a series of ceramic pieces — his first serious foray into the medium since elementary school — overlaid with his own photographs. The LHS seniors are among 14 Lawrence-area high school students displaying their work in local galleries this spring through the Arts Center’s “stARTup” program.

Artists' 'Superfan' show takes on sports and politics

If you still have some leftover adrenaline that hasn’t quite made it through your veins since the NCAA tournament or possibly the presidential election, an upcoming collaborative show by local artist John Sebelius and Louisiana artist Chris King won’t do anything to relax you.

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KU piloting sale of liquor by the drink at certain on-campus events, eyeing possibility of more in future

The University of Kansas is now allowing the sale of alcoholic beverages by the drink at certain on-campus performances, a practice that may expand in the future as KU looks to make social events competitive with off-campus experiences.

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KU Distinguished Alumnus to give jazz tribute to Langston Hughes

For many in town, the name Ron McCurdy might be linked with fond memories of trumpets and tubas blasting over the triumphs of Danny Manning and Larry Brown while McCurdy served as director of the Kansas Basketball Band in the late 80s. It’s possible that KU music majors may have recorded jazz pieces within a Murphy Hall studio named after McCurdy, where he once served as the first director of Jazz Studies. For everyone else stateside and far flung around the globe, McCurdy, a KU Distinguished Alumni, is best known for creating the Langston Hughes Project, which he has performed internationally and which he will be bringing back to KU during a performance on April 7 in Swarthout Recital Hall.

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Local comic book artists to raise money for Van Go at live drawing event

Local and regional comic book artists have banded together with the hope of recreating a French salon in Kansas — for one night only, and for a good cause, too.

Spring Arts & Crafts Festival to take place Saturday

The City of Lawrence Parks and Recreation Department will hold its 15th Annual Spring Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday.

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Estate of renowned art history professor donates $1.1 million to KU

The estate of a longtime University of Kansas art history professor has donated an additional $1.1 million to KU, bringing her total lifetime and estate donations to more than $2.3 million.

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

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2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival

Sights and sounds from the 2015 Fall Arts and Crafts Festival, held Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 at South Park in downtown Lawrence. Music is by Billy Ebeling and The Late for Dinner Band.

Intergalactic Jedi Academy at the Lawrence Arts Center

Campers at the Lawrence Arts Center are introduced to all things "Star Wars" during the weeklong Intergalactic Jedi Academy. Campers created costumes, drew popular Star Wars characters, learned Jedi moves from dance instructors and built their own lightsabers made from pool noodles.

Sculpture workshop with Lincoln Fox

Lawrence resident Denise Detommaso talks about learning from professional sculptor Lincoln Fox, who came to Lawrence for a sculpture workshop at Art Emergency.

The Chair Show

Matt Jones, co-owner of Struct/Restruct talks about the concept behind The Chair Show, which he helped organize at Decade coffee shop in East Lawrence.

Young guerilla artists leave their marks downtown

First and second-graders participating in the Lawrence Arts Center's guerilla art camp displayed some of their temporary art along with a positive message Friday, March 20, 2015, in downtown Lawrence.

Youths learn how to make short films for Free State Festival

A group of young filmmakers are creating short films with the help of Lawrence Arts Center Digital Media Director Marlo Angell. The films will be shown during at the Youth Outreach Showcase during the Free State Festival on June 26.

Van Go students create short film

Van Go student filmmakers create a short film for the Free State Festival along the banks of the Kansas River with the help of Lawrence Arts Center digital media director Marlo Angell.

At 93, sculptor Elden Tefft prepares for a show

Lawrence sculptor Elden Tefft works in preparation for his upcoming show at the Lawrence Arts Center, “Gossamer: Before and After the Sculpture Moses.”

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons.

Visiting Artist Creates Balloon Installation

Chicago artist, Willy Chyr talks about an installation he is creating at the Lawrence Arts Center from an estimated 1,200 balloons