Visual Arts

Lawrence student wins best of show in statewide in art contest
January 17, 2015
Nina Friesen, a senior at Lawrence High School, has won best of show in the “Kansans…As Talented As You Think!” art contest. Sponsored by the Native Sons and Daughters of Kansas, the annual competition honors the work of high school students.
Spencer Museum to host Rocket Grants event, Lawrence Inside Out
January 10, 2015
Artists interested in applying for a Rocket Grant — a program that supports innovative projects outside traditional art venues — are invited to attend a launch and review event at the Spencer Museum of Art from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 18
Art show to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar
January 10, 2015
This week, an art exhibit featuring works from some of the area’s most prominent artists will be held to celebrate Pachamamas Restaurant and Star Bar.
Final round of portrait sessions set for community photo project
03:27 p.m., January 8, 2015 Updated 10:42 p.m.
The community photo project Lawrence Inside Out is gearing up for one more month of public portrait sessions before preparing its citywide exhibition
Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery
January 4, 2015
A newly acquired painting by one of Lawrence’s more famous past residents — at least in the art world — is warming up the contemporary gallery at the Spencer Museum of Art. “Summer” by Albert Bloch is now on display in the 20/21 Gallery. By Sara Shepherd
Behind the Lens: Bring old photos into the digital age
January 3, 2015
Have old photographs you’re looking to bring into the digital age? Here’s how to do it yourself.
The 10 best films of 2014
December 28, 2014
This year’s list features films about vampires, aliens and teenage punk rockers, plus the most disappointing films of 2014..
SeedCo settles in to new home, looks to future
December 27, 2014
The artists of SeedCo Studios moved into a newly rebuilt industrial building in September after zoning issues forced them from their original space, and now the group is looking to expand into Kansas City.
Sony re-gifts ‘The Interview’ in limited release; KC theater to show film
December 23, 2014
“The Interview” was put back into theaters Tuesday when Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a limited Christmas Day theatrical release for the comedy that provoked an international incident with North Korea and outrage over its canceled release.
Book of unseen portraits to shed new light on Burroughs
December 16, 2014
Kansas University student Patrick Clement is the author and curator behind a new book that he says will offer a fresh perspective on Beat Generation writer (and one-time Lawrencian) William S. Burroughs.
Homemade for the holidays: Local artists craft greeting cards by hand
December 13, 2014
We are living in the age of DIY, says Sarah McCormick. In a time when the many uses of a Mason jar can draw as much excitement from folks as the newest iPhone, a handful of local artists are finding a market for handmade greeting cards.
Behind the Lens: Gifts for photographers
December 7, 2014
For those of you searching out gift ideas for your photographer spouse, friend or for your “selfie,” here are a few stocking-stuffer ideas.
Lawrence Percolator to debut ‘sunny’ art show
December 6, 2014
As winter progresses and the days get shorter, colder and darker, the folks at the Lawrence Percolator hope to remind us of happier times with a new show celebrating — what else? — the sun.
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.