Visual Arts

KU visiting artist Lynne Yamamoto to lecture at Spencer Museum
March 25, 2015
Installation artist Lynne Yamamoto will give a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
Group asks what will make planned 9th Street Corridor project a success
March 23, 2015
A committee of neighborhood, city and business representatives gathered Monday night at the Lawrence Public Library to ask what will make the planned Ninth Street Corridor Project a success.
2015 Spring Arts Preview
March 14, 2015
With temperatures already warming up, it’s a good time to take a look at a the crop of activities on the calendar for this spring in Lawrence. We’ve rounded up a few of the many fun arts, entertainment, music, food, theater and performance events going on between now and the start of summer.
Book documenting 1968 Miami Pop Festival to launch at KU
March 14, 2015
Photographer Ken Davidoff and musician-filmmaker Jack Connell, the authors behind the upcoming “The 1968 Miami Pop Festival,” will celebrate their book’s launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Kansas Union’s Alderson Auditorium.
Upcoming Benefit Art Auction expected to be a big draw
March 7, 2015
In less than a week, Lawrence Arts Center galleries will be full of artwork, as it kicks off the month-long exhibition that will culminate in the 34th annual Benefit Art Auction on April 11.
Former home builder, mechanic and racer builds motorcycle out of wood
March 2, 2015
Back in their heyday, Leroy Mize and Jerry Casebier would grab their wives, hop on their motorcycles and travel across the country. Now 73 years old, Mize said he’s too old to ride or race, but he’s found another way to combine his love of woodworking and machinery. For the past three and a half years, Mize said he’s been building a 1965 Triumph Bonneville motorcycle out of oak and walnut. By Conrad Swanson
Behind the Lens: How to survive a court-storming
March 1, 2015
If my calculations are correct, Kansas University men’s basketball opponents are more or less good for about three to four court-stormings a season. I’ve learned a few things about how to protect myself and how to convey the gravity of the moment without getting trampled.
February Final Friday preview: Artist Roger Shimomura to talk, sell work at Makerspace
February 26, 2015
For one night only during this month’s Friday Friday, celebrated artist Roger Shimomura will offer approximately 35 other prints at a solo show at Lawrence Creates Makerspace, 512 E. Ninth St.
Handmade chairs sought for upcoming art exhibit
February 22, 2015
Design and build studio Struct/restruct is seeking handmade chairs made by local artists and craftspeople to display in an upcoming art show at Decade coffee shop, 920 Delaware St.
KU’s Murphy Hall houses Oscar treasure
February 21, 2015
Go ahead — ask Kathy Pryor about Oscar. In addition to her duties as managing director and budget officer of theater at Kansas University, Pryor also serves as a caretaker of sorts for a 53-year-old Academy Award statuette that once belonged to playwright, novelist and KU alumnus William Inge.
Creator of KU’s most famous bronze sculptures dies at 95
05:20 p.m., February 19, 2015 Updated 10:11 p.m.
A bronze sculptor and professor emeritus who created some of Kansas University’s most iconic public art died this week. Elden Tefft’s Academic Jay stands alert in front of Strong Hall, and his monolithic Moses kneels outside Smith Hall, across from the Kansas Union. By Sara Shepherd
Visiting ceramic artist to discuss ‘Wildness Within’ at KU
February 18, 2015
Beth Cavener, a Washington state-based artist known for creating emotionally charged animal sculptures, will talk about her creative process Thursday at the Spencer Museum of Art.
Predicting this year’s Oscar races
February 14, 2015
Film critic makes his picks for who will take home Oscars this year and who will be snubbed.
Behind the Lens: Pooling with the president
February 1, 2015
When Journal-World photo chief Mike Yoder told me that we had been offered a position in President Barack Obama’s press pool during his Jan. 22 visit to Lawrence, I believe I channeled Keanu Reeves when I responded, “Whooooooooaaaaa.”
Artists celebrate love of all kinds in annual Percolator show
January 31, 2015
With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, the Lawrence Percolator is hosting a show that celebrates devotion in all its forms. This year’s exhibition, The Love Show, is the Percolator’s third based on that theme. It opened during January’s Final Friday and will run until Feb. 22.

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