Kansas University's art department has begun a new Rotating Faculty Series, which brings noted artists to work with students in the divisions of sculpture, painting/drawing, expanded media and printmaking.
The first participant was noted American Indian artist Norman Akers, who visited KU in October. Akers is a faculty member at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., where he has served as chairman. Akers, originally from Oklahoma, is nationally known and has exhibited his paintings throughout the country. The Lawrence Arts Center exhibited his work throughout October. During his campus visit, Akers presented a lecture at the Lawrence Arts Center to a standing-room only audience.
The next guest in the Rotating Faculty Series will be New York artist Julia Randall. Randall will arrive Nov. 25 at KU and will work with students throughout the week. She has a Master of Fine Arts from Rutgers University and completed her undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis. Randall lives and works in the Chelsea district of New York City and exhibits her work at the Jeff Bailey Gallery, also in New York City. Trained as a painter and printmaker, her works on paper are drawn in colored pencil.
Professor Carol Ann Carter chairs the Rotating Faculty Committee, which is the faculty team managing this new initiative.