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Visual Arts

Puppet show finds handhold in community after eight years
June 4, 2014
Director Paul Santos speaks on the journey from disorganized solo act to a forthcoming college tour for Lawrence-based puppet show The Felt Zone. Santos, Cody Kiser and Jon Miller will be performing at The Bottleneck, 737 New Hampshire St., on June 10. Starting at 8:30, band Electric Needle Room will open the show, as well as contribute as a backing band
Good as new: At CosMod Inc Studios, Lisa Purdon turns vintage items into art installations
June 1, 2014
Lisa Purdon recently opened a new business CosMod Inc. Studios in Lawrence that functions as an art studio, installation art gallery, and antique shop.
Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload
June 1, 2014
I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.
Outdoor sculpture exhibition inspires public discourse on art
May 28, 2014
Standing tall in front of Merchants on Eighth and Massachusetts streets and made entirely from stacked wooden disks is a visual puzzle for the community to solve created by local artist Kelsey Stertz. As if popping up from the ground overnight, Stertz’s piece and seven others now adorn the downtown Lawrence area as part of this year’s Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.
Lawrence artists among winners of 2014 Rocket Grants
May 25, 2014
A handful of local artists have been awarded Rocket Grants and will be honored at an awards ceremony early next month.
2014 Summer Movie Preview: Sci-fi spectacles take over
May 25, 2014
With three superhero movies, a monster-movie reboot, and a Biblical epic being released in the last two months, the summer movie season seems to have started extra early this year.
Printmaker fuses real world with virtual in Arts Center exhibit
May 18, 2014
The level in which technology has advanced is making the physical world around us slightly fuzzy. Printmaking artist-in-residence John Paul McCaughey has been working on a new display at Lawrence Arts Center called “Not Compatible” that provides a physical representation of the blurred line between reality and digital that we encounter daily.
Behind the Lens: Avoid being fenced in with this trick
May 18, 2014
My wife and I recently visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., where we saw large, long-legged and long-necked birds like the Grey Crowned Crane of Africa or the White-Naped Crane of Asia.
Kris Kuksi: High-profile sculptor shedding light on darkness
May 11, 2014
The 117-year-old St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church in North Lawrence has undergone changes since the arrival of artist Kris Kuksi. The plush red carpet and pews have been ripped from the ground and replaced with hardwood floors. Shelves of odds and ends from various model kits, statue collectibles, and kitsch items are scattered throughout the restored building.
Behind the Lens: Photography from another dimension
May 4, 2014
Over 140 years before the 3-D movie “Avatar” played in area theaters, 3-D had already reached Lawrence.
Wolf pack: Women filmmakers come together to mentor youths
May 4, 2014
When most new organizations first get together, they vote on a committee, draft some policies and have meeting after meeting to decide what to do next. WOLF didn’t do that. It started by making an original short-film anthology.
Stories ‘N Motion Film Festival this weekend
May 1, 2014
Haskell Indian Nations University is hosting its 10th annual Stories ‘N Motion Film Festival, this year bringing critically acclaimed film director Sterlin Harjo.
Popular art festival set for Sunday
May 1, 2014
This weekend, Bob Gent will load up his car with a colorful inventory of glass bowls, plates and vases and make the less-than-a-mile journey from his house to South Park for the Lawrence Art Guild’s annual Art in the Park. By Joanna Hlavacek
Artist to install ‘Nervous System’ interactive piece on campus
April 27, 2014
Toronto-based David Rokeby will be the resident artist at The Commons from April 28 through May 1, in conjunction with Data & Democracy, the programming theme for the year.
Photographer Mark Klett to deliver two lectures this week
April 17, 2014
Renowned photographer Mark Klett will be speaking on his collection of work at two events at Kansas University this week. The first is a Hallmark Symposium Lecture at the Spencer Museum of Art today.