City seeking artwork for downtown sculpture exhibition

photo by: Nick Krug

Artist Craig Gray, of Key West, Fla., touches up his sculpture "Slices of Heaven" while installing it outside the Lawrence Public Library on Monday, April 30, 2018. Gray's sculpture was part of Lawrence's 30th annual 2018 Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

The city of Lawrence is seeking artwork for the 31st annual Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition.

The exhibition is open to artists 18 and older, and selected artists will receive a $1,750 honorarium for each selected or commissioned work, according to a news release from the city. As part of the exhibition, a range of temporary artwork is displayed in downtown Lawrence along Massachusetts Street, in the Warehouse Arts District and other select sites.

Local sculptor Jim Patti, who was also executive director of the Kansas Sculptors Association, founded the exhibition in 1988 to provide an opportunity for area sculptors to showcase their work in downtown Lawrence, according to the news release. Since then, more than 170 local, regional and national sculptors have participated in the exhibition, which is sponsored by the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.

The entry deadline for artists is 4 p.m. Jan. 29. More information and the online application form can be found on the city’s website,


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