Archive for Thursday, October 23, 2008

8 Wonders of Kansas Art include state Capitol, grassroots arts mecca

October 23, 2008


From the west to the weird, the winners of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art were announced Thursday by the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

Here are the winners in alphabetical order:

¢ Birger Sandzen, Birger Sandzen Gallery, Lindsborg.

¢ Blue Sky Sculpture, Newton.

¢ Buffalo Bill Bronze Sculpture, Oakley.

¢ Garden of Eden/Lucas, Grassroots Arts Mecca.

¢ Gordon Parks, Fort Scott.

¢ John Steuart Curry Murals, State Capitol, Topeka.

¢ Keeper of the Plains, Wichita.

¢ St. Mary's Catholic Church, St. Benedict.

The top wonders were chosen in a vote of more than 9,000 people from 46 states and nine foreign countries.

Kansas Sampler Foundation director Marci Penner said, "As shown by the top 8 list, our state has incredible diversity in the art department - from the historic Curry murals to some of the quirkiest art in the world. The art of Kansas is well worth exploring." The contest was designed to educate the public and encourage travel.

To learn more about the 8 Wonders of Kansas Art and the previous contests, go to


Deja Coffin 9 years, 7 months ago

Man I need to take a drive and go see some roadside attractions!!! Especially since gas is cheaper these past few days.

George_Braziller 9 years, 7 months ago

Be sure to check out Rock City near Minneapolis, Mushroom State Park near Kanapolis Lake.

beatrice 9 years, 7 months ago

Why aren't the artists' names listed on some of these? The sculpture of Buffalo Bill didn't make itself, after all.I would have had Thomas Hart Benton's Ballad of the Jealous Lover of Lone Green Valley at the Spencer over the Keeper of the Plains sculpture (again, another sculpture not made by anyone, apparently).

Alison Roberts 9 years, 7 months ago

yeah, just dont travel to Newton for the Blue Sky Sculpture... just look at the pictures. I do know the artist, he was my middle school art teacher and a really awesome guy. I just dont really "get" the sculpture.

chewyfally 9 years, 7 months ago

Lucas really IS the Grassroots Arts Mecca. Go Lucas! There's so much to do in addition to the Garden of Eden. Be sure to check out the Grassroots Arts Center and the Rebarb House.

Deja Coffin 9 years, 7 months ago

I almost moved to Oakley, I guess it wouldn't have been so bad.

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