Visual Arts

Spencer Museum’s WWI art helps recall past, understand present
December 6, 2014
In an oil painting hanging from a gallery wall on the fourth floor of the Spencer Museum of Art, a single saucer-shaped eye looks out underneath the brim of a combat helmet adorned with a crown of barbed wire.
KU art students complete Federal Reserve Bank sculpture
November 29, 2014
A two-year collaboration between 50 Kansas University visual arts students, faculty and staff has resulted in a work of art that will now be on permanent display at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. The sculpture, entitled “An Abounding Asset: The Diligent Reserve,” debuted in an unveiling ceremony last weekend, coinciding with the Reserve’s 100th anniversary.
Contest seeks sculpture designs for KU engineering building
November 22, 2014
Kansas University School of Engineering and A. Zahner Company will give one lucky student the chance to see their design as the inspiration for a new sculpture on the KU campus.
Installation of Sol LeWitt wall drawing underway at Spencer Museum
November 16, 2014
Over the next week at Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, a team of artists will transform a blank gallery wall into a large-scale, vibrantly hued work of art by Minimalism and Conceptualism pioneer Sol LeWitt.
Behind the Lens: Bad weather can make for good photos
November 9, 2014
I’ve been scanning old negatives and slides lately, and I’ve noticed how weather, specifically inclement weather, is an important element in many images.
Library to celebrate late modernist artist, KU professor
November 9, 2014
The Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St., will celebrate famed modernist artist and Kansas University professor Albert Bloch on Thursday evening at 7 p.m.
Arts Center to host closing event for Tea Project installation
November 7, 2014
The Lawrence Arts Center on Saturday will host the closing of the Tea Project, a month-long installation by artists-in-residence Amber Ginsberg and Aaron Hughes, before the traveling exhibit moves to its next venue.
Behind the Lens: Journal-World photographer recalls Royals’ 1985 World Series run
October 21, 2014
Not long after Journal-World photographer Mike Yoder started work at the newspaper, the photo staff covered the Kansas City Royals in the 1985 playoffs and the World Series. Yoder shares his images and memories from that postseason run.
With Lawrence ArtWalk on hiatus, artists rally to host this month’s DIY ArtWalk
October 15, 2014
When Lawrence ArtWalk director John Wysocki moved to England earlier this year, veteran artists were left wondering if there would be a 2014 ArtWalk, a nearly two-decade tradition. Wysocki had managed operations and handled publicity from the very beginning, and with him overseas, long-time participant Diana Dunkley wasn’t sure what would happen.
Arts Center to screen controversial ‘Death of Klinghoffer’
October 15, 2014
Lawrence Arts Center will host a screening of the 2003 film “The Death of Klinghoffer” Sunday afternoon followed by a panel and discussion. Based on a 1991 opera of the same name, “The Death of Klinghoffer” is a dramatization of the 1985 hijacking of the Italian liner MS Achille Lauro in which Palestinian terrorists shot and killed Jewish-American businessman Leon Klinghoffer.
Ceramics Symposium to sculpt relationship between audience, ceramists
October 8, 2014
Give them something to talk about. That’s what Ben Ahlvers hopes to achieve during this weekend’s Ceramics Symposium at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St.
Behind the Lens: In pursuit of pelicans
October 4, 2014
When presented with a photographic subject, two of the most important decisions for photographers are where to position themselves and their camera and when to press the shutter.
KU teacher’s natural, human encounters reflected in 35 years of sculpture
September 27, 2014
In the 35-year span of his work on display at the Lawrence Arts Center, David Vertačnik’s inspiration hasn’t always been local to Lawrence, but it’s always been local to him. By Sara Shepherd
KU visual art grad students put work on display
September 24, 2014
Part one of a two-part show featuring work by Kansas University visual art graduate students is now open at KU.
Behind the Lens: Optical vs. digital zoom
September 7, 2014
I get asked a lot of questions regarding cameras and photography. This week I’ll focus on one that may confuse some people: What’s the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom?