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July 2018
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Erin Johnson. It Was a Warm Day and Everybody Was in Bad, Bad Shape

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 9:00 pm

July 27 – August 25, 2018 In The Way Things Can Happen, extras from The Day After, a 1983 made-for-TV movie depicting a nuclear attack on the United States, recollect their original scenes, now 34 years later. Having been filmed in the midst of the Cold War on location in Lawrence, Kansas and with a cast of five thousand locals, The Day After blurred the distinction between extras’ everyday existence and the movie and in doing so achieved the urgency…

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Benjamin Rosenthal. slickly across the surface [of], [our] sensitive signals

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm

The galleries will be closed August 26 for a private event. This exhibition will include Rosenthal’s newest works. Currently one of the 2017-2018 artists-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, Rosenthal is Assistant Professor of Expanded Media in the Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas. He holds an MFA in Art Studio from the University of California, Davis, and a BFA in Art (Electronic Time-Based Media) from Carnegie Mellon University. His work pulls from a variety…

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TUG Collective. Borders | Corridors – lines of desire

July 27 @ 5:00 pm - August 25 @ 9:00 pm

TUG is an interdisciplinary arts collective that creates contact zones where people can generate insights about, and produce actions around, contemporary social issues. They will be at the Lawrence Arts Center for a project based residency in the Spring of 2018 to create new works for this exhibition. Since 2006, TUG has focused on participatory, problem-based interventions related to borders, Borderlands, and other fuzzy frontiers, and their relationships to the global processes that put people, ideas, media, technologies, and capital…

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August 2018
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The Pleiades Project: To the Stars Through Collaboration

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - September 22 @ 9:00 pm

The Pleiades Project is an international collaboration of seven artists creating multidisciplinary artwork based on the Pleiades Star Cluster. The collaborating artists are Diana Dunkley, Debra Nelson, Nan Renbarger, and Margaret Rose of Kansas, USA and Australians Estelle Anderson and Peta Milne from the Australian Capital Territory and Lois Denham from Central Goldfields Victoria. The Pleiades Project began in August of 2014 and, as yet, has no ending date. The Pleiades Project artists have created an interactive collaborative installation that…

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Casey Whittier. Every Corner: A Confessional

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - October 13 @ 9:00 pm

Casey Whittier’s work is informed by her fascination with cast-off objects and quiet spaces: the things stuck in the corner, at the bottom of the pile. Her interest lies in an object’s ability to catalyze a story, to conjure up associations: past, present, future, real, fictional, or in-between. The works in this exhibition are culled from the everyday, straddling the line between humorous and serious. Complicated, as many stories are, they hold a certain tension within them: at once, ceramic…

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September 2018
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Brett Kern. Won’t Get Fooled Again

September 28 @ 5:00 pm - October 20 @ 9:00 pm

“Something has survived,” reads the tagline for the 1997 movie, Jurassic Park: The Lost World. Undeniably, something has survived: Brett Kern’s infatuation with the pop culture of his formative years, during the late eighties and the nineties. It continues to be through these “cultural glasses” that he continues to view and interpret the world, which influences the subject matter and purpose of his work. Kern’s predilection for producing collectible objects comes from his training as a potter and persistent preoccupation…

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The Image & the Vessel – a Survey of Contemporary Pottery

September 28 @ 5:00 pm - October 27 @ 9:00 pm

Artists in this group exhibition represent some of the best contemporary potters currently exploring technique, concepts, history, and innovation. The range of processes possible in the 21st century is unlike any other period in history. Building on the rich and long history of imagery on pottery from every part of the world, these artists are continuing to advance with technology and concepts. This dynamic exhibition encompasses a wide range of form and imagery that swings between functional and decorative.  The…

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October 2018
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Annual Cottonwood, Inc. Exhibition

October 26 @ 8:00 am - November 19 @ 5:00 pm

Cottonwood, Inc. has been serving adults with intellectual disabilities for over 40 years, and provides Retirement Enrichment Day Services in downtown Lawrence. Retirees pursue their own leisure interests and many have the good fortune to participate in printmaking classes at the Lawrence Arts Center. This exciting, annual exhibition is not to be missed! Final Friday RECEPTION October 26, 5-9pm

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Joelle Ford. Kansas Collections II

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 9:00 pm

Joelle Ford's first one-person show, Kansas Collections, was exhibited at the Lawrence Arts Center in 2008. It was composed of items found and collected throughout the state. Almost ten years have passed, and she has continued to create the same type of work utilizing materials not previously shown. New projects and an installation have been made specifically for this show. Hidden Talents is the largest work in the show at forty feet long and consisting of more than 1,600 vintage crocheted pot holders. Ford is intrigued by…

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