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October 2018
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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…

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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…

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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…

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January 2019
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Letters to My Ancestors: Watercolors of Tara Moorman

January 11, 2019 @ 9:00 am - February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Cedar Rapids-based artist Tara Moorman has long been known for her exquisite watercolor paintings. This exhibition displays a series, inspired by old photographs of Moorman’s relatives found at her mother’s home. While these paintings are of Moorman’s family, she believes some universal experiences — love, loss, and the keeping of secrets — are present in the work. Show Statement When my mother, Patty Nation Fisher, of Erie, Kansas passed away, I inherited a large cache of old family photos and was…

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Jen Unekis. The Spaces Between

January 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - February 23, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

RECEPTIONS January 11, 7-9PM    January 25, 5-9PM    February 22, 5-9PM Jen Unekis’s delicate lines, soft layered surfaces, and bold strokes pull the viewer in. When she paints, she is most interested in exploring the accidents: the awkward dance of maintaining control within a piece without constricting it, taking care not to step on its toes and ruin the magic, creating a piece that finds its own balance. This solo exhibition will showcase Jen’s newest paintings. The Lawrence Arts Center…

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April 2019
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2019 Benefit Art Auction

April 13, 2019 @ 5:30 pm

Established by artists in 1981 as a way to fund a not-for-profit gallery, the Lawrence Arts Center Annual Benefit Art Auction provides funding for the exhibitions program now occupying five spaces in the Arts Center and enriched by Art Talks, films, and more. Approximately 150 works generously donated by artists will be on exhibit for four weeks. Bidding on auction pieces is an opportunity to support exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center – all proceeds from sales go toward continuing…

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Arts-Based Kindergarten & Preschool Exhibitions

April 14, 2019 @ 9:00 am - April 21, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

Linda Reimond Preschool Exhibition This exhibit features works from preschool students at the Lawrence Arts Center. Illuminating the roots of imagination through fearless creativity, this exhibit offers a rare and inspiring glimpse of the origin of ingenuity and inspiration. Arts Center preschoolers have the opportunity to work with professional artists, actors, dancers, and musicians, attend performances, and create in the studios. Creative confidence and innovative skills are clear in the work of these very young students Kelly Galloway Kindergarten Exhibition Piloted…

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USD 497 Exhibition

April 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 10, 2019 @ 9:00 pm

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 excellent visual arts programming in Lawrence public schools, this exhibit spotlights the value of arts learning and the importance of fine arts programs in public education. On exhibit just after the Lawrence Arts Center Arts-Based Preschool and Kindergarten Exhibitions, the show is an enlightening window into the trajectory of artistic development and creative growth…

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