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October 2018

Affectionate Indifference. A Cat-emporary Exhibition

October 26 @ 9:00 am - December 21 @ 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…



Joelle Ford. Kansas Collections II

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 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…



Jason Needham. New Work

October 26 @ 5:00 pm - December 21 @ 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…


November 2018

The Children’s Shelter Art Exhibit

November 21 @ 9:00 am - December 19 @ 9:00 pm

Join us for the first Children's Shelter art show! We've collected stunning artwork from the children and families served by our agency. Pieces will be on display in the lower lobby of the Lawrence Arts Center from November 21 through December 19. RECEPTION Monday, December 17 from 5 to 7pm The mission of The Children’s Shelter is to improve the lives of children and families, with a focus on children at-risk in Douglas County and northeast Kansas. The agency, previously known…


December 2018

2018 Holiday Card Sale!

December 10 @ 9:00 am - December 21 @ 9:00 pm

Cards can be purchased online or at the Front Desk! Please pick up online card purchases at the Lawrence Arts Center Front Desk, 940 New Hampshire Street in downtown Lawrence, seven days a week between 9 am and 9 pm. The Arts Center will close for the holiday break on December 21, 2018. All prices include sales tax. A portion of the proceeds of this sale will benefit the John Talleur Print Studio at the Lawrence Arts Center. Thank you for supporting…

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January 2019


January 5, 2019 @ 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Calling Actors, Singers, and Dancers ages 8 and up! After running away from the orphanage run by the heartless Mr. Bumble, Oliver meets the Artful Dodger and is recruited to pick pockets for Fagin. There, Oliver finds a friend in Nancy, but neither she nor the boy is fit for a life of crime.   Auditions: Saturday, January 5 ON THE MAIN STAGE! 9:30am:  8-9 year olds 11:00am:  10-12 year olds 1:00pm:  13-15 year olds 2:30pm:  16-18 year olds 3:30pm:…


AUDITION Ish and Thumbelina

January 5, 2019 @ 9:45 am - 2:45 pm

IN THE BLACK BOX! Ish (spring modern production) directed by Amanda Pintore This is an audition for lead roles only. Dancers in Contemporary I-III and Modern I-II classes are automatically cast in this production. Dancers who would like a leading role, to be rehearsed outside of class, should attend the audition time listed. Audition Time: Saturday, January 5, 9:45 AM Please arrive 30 minutes prior to audition time in appropriate dance attire and ready to move. Rehearsals: Dancers enrolled in…


Join the Ukulele Orchestra

January 7, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - April 29, 2019 @ 6:30 pm

Work as a group to create comic, vibrant ukulele performances in an orchestral setting. We’ll sing and play pop, rock, and vintage favorites as well as write our own songs. You will need your own ukulele and to feel somewhat comfortable with strumming and basic chords.

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FEATURED CLASS: Runaway Puppets with Johanna Winters

January 9, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - February 27, 2019 @ 8:30 pm

Wednesdays, January 9 through February 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm $175 (members $157.50)   In this class, students will collaborate with the Lawrence Arts Center Performing Arts department to construct large-scale, wearable masks and sculptures for the spring production of The Runaway Orchestra, an original work by Ric Averill. Through an exploration of puppetry, caricature, and costume design, students will gain experience in constructing wearable sculpture for a theatrical production.   2018/19 Printmaking Artist in Residence Johanna Winters hails from Minneapolis, MN, where…

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