final fridays

Friday, April 24  |  5 to 9pm

USD 497 Annual Art Exhibition
April 23–May 10

Final Friday Reception. April 24, 5-7pm

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 diverse, 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. Viewed consecutively after the Lawrence Arts Center Arts-based Preschool Exhibition, the exhibit is an enlightening window into the trajectory of artistic development and creative growth happening every day in Lawrence.


First Annual Vanguard Awards  

The Lawrence Arts Center announces the first annual Vanguard Awards, honoring youth achievement in the visual arts in Lawrence public schools. Supported by funding from an anonymous donor, the awards are focused on identifying remarkable talent, skill, and originality in visual artists working in all visual art mediums in grades 9-12 in Lawrence High Schools.  Entries in 3D, 2D and digital art work in the Annual USD 497 Art Exhibition at the Lawrence Arts Center are eligible for the Vanguard award.  Jurors, selected by the Lawrence Arts Center, will select the winners on April 23rd and announce them at the Final Friday exhibition reception at the Lawrence Arts Center on April 24th.

Jurors are:  Stephanie Lanter, Ceramicist from Emporia State University and Kent Michael Smith, Painter and Director of Marketing and Communications from the Kemper Museum of Art


Ann Dean Exhibition in the Gallery
From Kansas to the Caribbean
April 17 – May 23
RECEPTION April 24, 5-9pm

INSIGHT Art Talk April 30, 7pm

Artist Ann Dean’s photographs capture a range of moments from straightforward beauty to surrealist flashes within everyday life. “I take photographs because I have to. I love photography because it gives me a chance to savor the fleeting moments in life that we all take for granted and that give our lives meaning.” A don’t miss exhibition of new work.


Lawrence Inside Out

Lawrence Inside Out celebrates our unique arts community and invites all who loves Lawrence arts to join us.   Community based artist and photographer Rachael Perry has been gathering portraits of professional artists, new artists, artist/educators, patrons of the arts, business owners who support the arts, museum employees, kids who love to create, Final Friday attendees, and so on, and so on.  Through the use of black and white portraits, this project invites participates to celebrate Lawrence’s thriving artistic community and encourages everyone to see themselves as creative beings.

Featuring over six hundred individuals, this participatory art project will be displayed throughout the city beginning April 24, 2015.


University Dance Company Spring Dance Concert
(a KU School of Dance and Lawrence Arts Center co-production)

7:30 Friday April 24 – Mainstage

Kick off the Free State Festival season at Final Friday MAY 29!

Art Tougeau Street pARTy

Pakistani Cargo truck