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Spencer Museum of Art pauses to showcase diverse collection

While the Spencer Museum of Art prepares to undergo major renovations, the curators have prepared a special behind-the-scenes look at the museum.

Fall Arts Preview: Upcoming events at the Lied Center

The Lied Center has a reputation for bringing world-class performers to the community, and this fall is no different. From critically acclaimed musicians to Broadway stars to comedians, here is a preview of this fall's Lied Series events:

2014 Fall Arts Preview

As the cool weather makes its way into Lawrence, make your way inside to the nearest exhibits, readings, performances, music and lectures by artists coming though town and those who live here. Mark your calendar for some of these notable events.

KCPT to broadcast documentary on Kansas University Wind Ensemble's Carnegie Hall debut

Kansas Public Television will air hour-long documentary “From Concept to Concert Hall” featuring the Kansas University Wind Ensemble and its Carnegie Hall debut last year at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday.

New York Times art critic, a Lawrence High grad, says schools should teach visual literacy

The American education system should make sure students are better versed in the world of art, the co-chief art critic of The New York Times said at the Lawrence Schools Foundation community education breakfast Friday. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence Arts Center resident artists explore the human body in printmaking, ceramic figures

Printmaker Tonja Torgerson and ceramist Gunyoung Kim were selected for the highly competitive Lawrence Arts Center resident artists program. They will spend the next year teaching classes, taking part in community-driven programs and creating a body of work for an exhibition at the end of the year. The center offers curatorial and technical assistance in ensuring the artists fulfill their vision. Torgerson and Kim stood out among the 60 to 70 applicants because of the many ways they have explored techniques in their respective fields.

Lawrence Fall Music Preview 2014

The Lawrence music scene is relatively quiet in the summer. We lose some of our most-devoted concertgoers when Kansas University students go home. But the silence is finally over. Mark your calendars now for nationally touring bands, jazz ensembles, emerging artists, musicals and other acts making their way through town this fall. Here’s a preview to get you started:

Lawrence Magazine celebrates 10 years with local art exhibition

The Lawrence Public Library is hosting its first-ever art show opening event this Final Friday to celebrate local artists in the “Vision of Lawrence” exhibition.

Lawrence man with special needs finds his creative calling

Steven Petrie is an artist. Every time he wants to draw, he gets out his supplies. When he's finished, he pushes them away and says, "done." He even signs some of his pieces, with a loop and some lines at the bottom right corner of his paintings. The 39-year-old Lawrence man might be mostly nonverbal, the result of a loss of oxygen around the time of his birth that left him with severe cognitive impairments, but he can communicate. He tells you — with sounds, with his body language, with emotions — exactly how he's feeling. So, yes, Petrie is an artist.

Escape artists, jugglers and more entertain at Lawrence Busker Festival opening night

Bobby Maverick had gotten himself into a bit of a tight spot. It was just after 7 p.m. near the corner of Seventh and Massachusetts streets Friday, and Maverick, restrained in a straight jacket, was stuck under 50 feet and 75 pounds of padlocked iron chain.

Several counties planning to sue state over improper distribution of funds

Periods of clouds are expected for your Monday. No precipitation is expected, however. Depsite just a bit of sunshine, temperatures will still be close to normal; around 71°F. Winds will turn to the south, but stay just light enough that ...

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

Life in the ring: An inside look at local pro wrestling

Several professional wrestlers share their stories about life in the ring. Every month the wrestlers compete at the Turner Recreation Center for Metro Pro Wrestling.

"The Jawbreaker" preview of pro wrestling feature

Trevor Murdoch, former WWE star, reflects on why he's still wrestling after 12 years and many bumps and bruises. Murdoch wrestles at the monthly Metro Pro Wrestling events held at the Turner Recreation Center in Kansas City, Kan.

Lawrence artist paints the Flint Hills

Randall Bennett, a Lawrence artist, is finishing up work on a 60-foot mural of the Flint Hills for the soon-to-be opened Flint Hills Discovery Center in Manhattan. Bennett said he hopes the mural will inspire people to see the Flint Hills in person.

Lawrence muralist talks about efforts to rework his first community mural

Lawrence muralist Dave Loewenstein talks about his first community mural, "Guardians of the Arts," which formerly existed on the north wall of the building at 722 Massachusetts, and the efforts being made to possibly remake it, as it was recently painted over because of repairs to the building.

Gov. Brownback comments on attempts to stop national arts funding for Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback answers a question about a group's request to have the National Endowment for the Arts pull its funding for Kansas after the state cut its own funding for the Kansas Arts Commission. The president of Americans for the Arts said that allowing Kansas to receive federal arts funding while not providing any of its own would be unfair to other states.

Arts supporters plan future funding strategies

Arts supporters talk about moving forward despite the recent elimination of state funding for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft creates sandrat sculpture to honor North Lawrence residents

Lawrence artist Elden Tefft is creating the "Sandy the Sandrat" sculpture in honor of North Lawrence residents, who consider themselves sandrats, and are in need of a mascot. The annual North Lawrence Sandrat reunion is Saturday, June 4, and attendees will have a chance to get an early look at the sculpture in progress.