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April 2017

USD 497 Exhibition

April 28 @ 9:00 am - May 12 @ 9:00 pm

Final Friday Reception: April 28, 5-9 pm The annual USD 497 Public School show features works selected by public school art teachers of K-12 students from across Lawrence.  Showcasing a cross section of the excellent visual arts programing in Lawrence public schools, this exhibit spotlights the value of arts learning and the importance of fine arts programs in public education.  On exhibit just after the Lawrence Arts Center Arts-based Preschool and Kindergarten Exhibitions, the show is an enlightening window into…

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May 2017

Danielle Head: Within and Without | Opening Reception: May 19

May 19 @ 9:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm

Opening Reception: May 19  |   7-9pm Final Friday Reception: May 26 | 5-9pm INSIGHT ArtTalk: June 8 | 7pm At 12:20 on November 24th 1963, the death of Lee Harvey Oswald was transmitted into the homes of millions of Americans on live television. Having issued no confession, the subsequent investigation of the alleged presidential assassin was left to material remnants, traces, and recollections of the father, son, Marxist, G-man, patsy, nobody. Dallas police meticulously collected and cataloged Oswald’s belongings – physical evidence for decoding…

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Carly Slade: “Ok, Google, take me home” | Opening Reception: May 19

May 19 @ 9:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm

Lawrence Arts Center 2016/17 Ceramics Artist-in-residence Opening Reception: May 19 | 7-9PM Final Friday Reception: May 26 | 5-9PM INSIGHT ArtTalk: June 1 |  7-8 Most of us do it without thinking, “Ok, Google, take me home” we say to our phones casually. But what makes a home? It is a place everyone searches for; it can be a house or a bar, a restaurant, a community centre; it’s more of a feeling than brick and mortar. These are spaces for communities, linked by occupations,…

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June 2017

Tressa Jones: a capacity to become more

June 30 @ 9:00 am - July 22 @ 5:00 pm

Lawrence Arts Center 2016/17 Printmaking Artist-in-residence Final Friday Reception: June 30 | 5-9PM INSIGHT ArtTalk: July 13 | 7pm As time passes, distance forms, and that something becomes harder to reach, blurry, less physical; a capacity to become more is a visual translation of this distance. Embracing mystery means also embracing that distance and here, not without uncertainty, things can keep becoming until they are indeed uncircumscribable. Utilizing a minimal aesthetic and encouraging the gallery’s architecture to dictate the exhibition Jones will…

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Bisa Butler | Final Friday Reception June 30

June 30 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm

Final Friday Reception June 30 | 5-9pm A formally trained artist, Butler graduated Cum Laude from Howard University, with a Bachelor's in Fine Art degree. It was during her education at Howard that Butler was able to refine her natural talents under the tutelage of such lecturers as Lois Mailou Jones, Elizabeth Catlett, and Ernie Barnes. Butler also studied the works of Romare Bearden, Faith Ringgold, and Henry O. Tanner. While in the process of obtaining her Master’s degree on the road…

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Sonji Hunt | Final Friday Reception June 30

June 30 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm

  June 30th – July 16th Final Friday Reception June 30 | 5-9pm Sonji Hunt is a painter who loves to sew. She earned both her BFA and MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She has taught drawing, painting, and mixed media at various colleges and universities. Most recently, she has exhibited her work in Missouri, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C. and Virginia, and her home state of Wisconsin. Sonji considers herself a Formalist. Movement, color, and…

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Lola Jenkins | Final Friday Reception June 30

June 30 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm

Final Friday Reception June 30 | 5-9pm Lola Jenkins has brought a unique vision through her incredible art quilts. Her quilts display the joy and freedom of pursuing her passion. Without any background in sewing, art, perspective, or drawing, she developed her passion. Through her courage and fearless approach in creating art quilts she has evolved to master-quilter status. Lola states, "I don't know the rules, so I couldn't break the rules of quilting." Lola has won numerous awards, best of show,…

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July 2017

National African American Quilt Convention

July 12 @ 9:00 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pm

African American Quilt Museum and Textile Academy will host the first ever National African American Quilt Conference, a citywide event in celebration of the history and legacy of African Americans in Lawrence, the African American quilting tradition, and contemporary art in various mediums by African American artists. Plans for the Conference include Keynote Speaker Faith Ringgold, exhibitions, and demonstrations of various art forms in the Cultural District, including the Lawrence Public Library, Watkins Museum, and the Spencer Museum of Art,…

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Boldly Stitched: Contemporary Art Quilts | Final Friday Reception July 28

July 12 @ 9:00 am - August 9 @ 5:00 pm

Final Friday Reception July 28 | 5-9pm With work by: Alice Beasley Hollis Chatelain Andrea Frayser Valerie Goodwin Carole Harris Valerie White Six of the best art quilters working in the field today will display their quilts at the Lawrence Arts Center. A range of styles and approaches will be represented in celebration of the long-standing tradition of quilt making. This exhibition is a must see during the National African American Quilt Conference.

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