Each year the Lawrence Arts Center selects an artist to feature in its galleries. This artist generously donates works to be sold in the Annual Benefit Art Auction immediately following the Featured Artist Exhibition. We were honored to host Chris Wolf Edmonds as the 1992 Featured Artist.
Chris Wolf Edmonds is a fifth generation Kansan whose work is inspired by nature and the kaleidoscopic palette of the sweeping Kansas terrain. A graduate of the University of Kansas, Edmonds began making original quilts in the 1969 and was soon invited to exhibit, teach, and lecture nationally and internationally. Today she creates her quilts from hand-painted fabrics, printed cotton created using her camera, computer, and a pigment-based inkjet printer, and textiles featuring enlarged details printed on aluminum. In 2003, Edmonds earned a Lawrence Arts Commission Phoenix Award for Exceptional Artistic Achievement, and also was recognized with a Kansans of Distinction Award for Visual Arts. Her quilts are featured in museums, national literary retrospectives, and in public and private collections across the United States.
Edmonds’ first show at the Lawrence Arts Center was in 1979 and was followed by multiple additional one-person and group exhibitions. Most recently she presented Tall Grass/Deep Water with her friend Pam Sullivan in 2014. As artists, students, volunteers and board members, three generations of Edmonds’ family have contributed to the Lawrence Arts Center.