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June 2018
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Shiyuan Xu. Envisioning Invisibility

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - July 21 @ 9:00 pm

Shiyuan Xu is the 2017-18 Ceramics Artist in Residence. Shiyuan Xu’s work highlights the beauty and fragility, rhythm and harmony of natural life forms at the microscopic level. She reinterprets scientific phenomena into art forms. Working primarily with porcelain paper clay, Xu hand builds organic skeleton-like structures with slabs within an intimate scale. Her glazes drip to become a part of the whole structure with added layers giving the work a skin-like surface. Xu tries to reveal the neglected world…

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Jan Gaumnitz. Altogether 2018

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - July 21 @ 9:00 pm

This multimedia exhibition explores nature and our relationship with it. Using photography, sculpture, painting, and printmaking, Jan Gaumnitz fills the gallery with vibrant colors and surfaces that are varied and uniquely hers. As a child, Jan lived on a farm near a lake in Minnesota. This close association with nature had an enduring influence on her life and art. Gaumnitz prefers to be outside “seeing, experiencing, remembering, collecting, and photographing,” than creating a work of art inside her studio. Gaumnitz’s work investigates…

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My Mother Was the First REAL Thug That I Knew. Works by Sandra Keat German & Vanessa German

June 29 @ 5:00 pm - July 21 @ 5:00 pm

Vanessa German (1976 – ) Vanessa German is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is the founder of Love Front Porch and the ARThouse, a community arts initiative for the children of her historic Homewood neighborhood. Her work is in private and public collections including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, The Progressive Art Collection, and Snite Museum of Art, among many others. Her work has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, NPR’s All Things Considered, and in…

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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 15 @ 9:00 pm

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 of fields in the humanities and sciences, and questions the…

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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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The Image & the Vessel – a Survey of Contemporary Pottery

September 21 @ 5:00 pm - October 20 @ 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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