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August 2018

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The Pleiades Project: To the Stars Through Collaboration

August 31, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - September 22, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 13, 2018 @ 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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Flower Matrix. Claudia Hart

September 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Hart’s decorative patterns are in fact also computer codes – augmented “tags” functioning like QR – that permit users to see her fantastical animations embedded in them through Hart’s Looking Glass augmented app. Through the Looking Glass, one can glimpse a world of pulsing invisible flowers covered with animated graphics culled from Internet signage, computer code, and emoji graphics. Programmed by the artist, her multimedia craft objects are metaphors that unfold, using computer-vision to reveal “magical” layers of new information.…

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Brett Kern. Won’t Get Fooled Again

September 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 20, 2018 @ 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, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - October 20, 2018 @ 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 Image…

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October 2018

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Annual Cottonwood, Inc. Exhibition

October 26, 2018 @ 8:00 am - November 19, 2018 @ 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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Affectionate Indifference. A Cat-emporary Exhibition

October 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am - December 21, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Supposedly domesticated, we enjoy them as companions. Cats demand our attention while indicating they couldn’t care less. This exhibition seeks the approval of the cat community, by immortalizing the species through art, but remaining realistic about this probability. Throughout art history, cats have been a beautiful vessel for symbolic meanings, ranging from dark unruly sensuality to perfect domestic tranquility. As early as 2000 BC, cats appeared in Egyptian frescoes. Somewhere in the Middle Ages, the black cat became a symbol…

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Joelle Ford. Kansas Collections II

October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - December 21, 2018 @ 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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Jason Needham. New Work

October 26, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - December 21, 2018 @ 9:00 pm

Jason Needham’s new landscape paintings reflect his longstanding interest in impressionism, post-impressionism, and early American modernists like Marsden Hartley. The scenery he selects is familiar: still life or interior compositions taken from his home, forest scenes just off the beaten path, a pocket of woods with an interstate, parking lot, or air-conditioned retreat close at hand. Works in the exhibition were created from a combination of painting and drawing plein air studies along with photographic references. Needham says, “I see…

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