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By David Frese on January 2, 2019 Under Exhibition Program Director Ben Ahlvers, the Lawrence Arts Center Has Broadened its Scope and Upped its Game as a Contemporary Art Space A batch of kittens found their way into the Lawrence Arts Center this fall, and Ben Ahlvers wasn’t sure what to think about it. Ahlvers is … Continued


Backstage Pass: Ben Ahlvers to give talk at Kansas City Public Library

As the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, Baron Wolman got readers up close and personal with Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and other iconic rock stars of the 1960s and ’70s—and he became an icon himself. Ben Ahlvers worked with Wolman in curating the exhibit Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone, featuring 35 photographs, … Continued


Notes from the Exhibition Field: Connecting Vanessa German to Lawrence

Last summer, we exhibited the work of mother-daughter duo Sandra Keat German and Vanessa German in an exhibition called My Mother was the First REAL Thug I Knew. I was first introduced to Vanessa’s work at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. It’s one of the few times I made a point to return … Continued


Lawrence Arts Center exhibition features adoptable cats | UDK

By Jaya Chakka on November 8, 2018 Even the most ardent pet lovers are apt to have a love-hate relationship with cats. On one hand, cats can be incredibly affectionate, cuddly, adorable animals. On the other, however, they are also known for their apathy, stubbornness and inclination for knocking items from high places. Indeed, cats are … Continued


Local artist’s upcoming show features found-art sculptures | UDK

By Lacey Gregory on October 23, 2018 University of Kansas alumna Joelle Ford is a Lawrence-based visual artist who specializes in found-art sculptures. She has been creating art since she was a child. Her upcoming show, titled “Kansas Collections II,” will be available for free viewing Oct. 26 to Dec. 21 at the Lawrence Arts Center. … Continued


Hang12 Final Friday: Malka Hampton’s “Free Floating Fears”

Anthrophobia, 2018 Surreal images, staged phobias, and compositions dense with anxiety are what you can expect in Malka Hampton’s solo photography exhibition, Free Floating Fears. The dark, gauze-like worlds of Malka’s compositions reflect romanticizing experience as a process of coping and deflection.  Malka was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Vanguard Award for outstanding work as … Continued


Featured Ceramics Symposium Artist: Kevin Snipes

Last week we introduced  Sanam Emami and her work featured in The Image & the Vessel: A Survey of Contemporary Ceramics, as well as her role as an upcoming demonstrator in the Lawrence Arts Center’s 2018 Ceramics Symposium. Today, we’re highlighting the work of Kevin Snipes. Kevin Snipes, Speed Demons, porcelain, glaze, oxide wash, 2015 Joining us from Pittsburgh, … Continued


Featured Ceramic Symposium Artist: Sanam Emami

The Image & the Vessel-a Survey of Contemporary Pottery Opens today, bringing to our gallery a phenomenal array of ceramicists and a seductive selection of surfaces. Curated to highlight innovations in craft, the display coincides with the upcoming Ceramics Symposium, a biennial two-day celebration of top nationally recognized contemporary ceramicists, diverse technical demonstration, and conceptual … Continued


Thank you for attending the Free State Festival!

Thank you, Lawrence, for making the 2018 Free State Festival such a success! We loved seeing the familiar faces of pass-holders, meeting new people, experiencing unique venues, and witnessing filmmakers, actors, visual artists, musicians, panelists, and community members coming together day after day. We appreciate every single audience member, cheerleader, artist, moderator, community partner, local … Continued