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November 2016

Winter /Spring Open Enrollment

November 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2017 @ 9:00 pm

The Lawrence Arts Center offers sequential educational programming for preschoolers through adults in visual and performing arts. We invite beginners and adventurers of all ages who wish to learn an art form. Click here for class listings! We invite beginners and adventurers of all ages who wish to learn an art form! Early enrollment is a benefit of membership! Members also receive 10% off on classes—click here to learn how to   become a member. Become a member when you enroll and…


January 2017

Daniel Rozin: Penguins Mirror

January 13 @ 8:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm Penguins Mirror is an installation comprised of 450 motorized stuffed penguins. Playing with the compositional possibilities of black and white, each penguin turns from side to side in response to the presence of an audience. The penguins’ collective intelligence is puzzling yet somehow familiar as the plush toys enact a precise choreography rooted in geometry. For nearly three decades, Daniel Rozin’s practice has investigated the structure and…


Louis Copt: Raising the Barn

January 13 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm INSIGHT ArtTalk: January 23  |  7 pm Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971, studied at the Art Students League in New York City, and has taken classes in drawing and painting at the University of Kansas.  In 2011, Copt was named “Governor’s Artist” by the Kansas Arts Commission.  He is a past…


Photography: Richard Gwin & Mike Yoder

January 13 @ 9:00 am - February 25 @ 9:00 pm

Receptions: January 13  |   7-9 pm and January 27  |  5-9 pm INSIGHT ArtTalk: January 18  |  7pm Richard Gwin and Mike Yoder are well regarded photographers, both of whom live in Lawrence and spent many years taking photographs with the Lawrence Journal World.  Their combined years of work, documenting the history and people of Lawrence, serve as a rich resource for contemplating the community’s future. This exhibition provides insight into each photographer’s approach to capturing the essence of…


March 2017

Free State Festival Documentary Series: Legends of Ska

March 6 @ 6:30 pm

Legends Of Ska celebrates the music, culture and enthusiasm of Jamaica as a newly independent nation more than 50 years ago. This documentary explores the history of original Jamaican ska and the significance of the island's musical impact. Ska was Jamaica's first popular musical export, which sprang from the jazz clubs and dance halls of Kingston to spawn a worldwide dance craze. Without Ska, there is no Reggae. $5 ($4 + $1 agent fee) There will be a Q&A with Director…

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Free State Festival Regional Comedy Showcase

March 9 @ 7:30 pm

Three professional touring comedians with Midwestern roots take to the Arts Center MainStage for an evening of laughter-filled entertainment. $10 (and ticket agent fees + sales tax) Maeret Lemons Fearless and unique, Maeret Lemons is a Kansas City native known for her quick wit and sharp tongue.  A professionally trained designer and fine artist, Maeret regularly headlines and features all over the Midwest. Featured in’s list of top 10 Up and Coming Female Comedians of 2015, she has shared the stage…

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Fresh Ink: Local Composers Market

March 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

$18 adult, $15 senior, $10 youth (plus taxes & fees) Fresh musical compositions and signature cocktails featuring fresh ingredients! Invited composers include Kip Haheim, Brian Nelson, Forrest Pierce, and Ingrid Stölzel. Featuring the Dahlia Trio, including Kelly Bohling on violin, Ellen Lind on cello, and Laura Hrivnak on piano; the Allegresse Trio, including Annie Gnojek on flute, Margaret Marco on oboe, and Ellen Sommer on piano; and a collection of renowned local vocalists, this performance brings the work of Lawrence and Kansas…

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ARTIST INC Live Lawrence 2017

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - May 16 @ 6:00 pm

Session: March 28 thru May 16 Tuesdays  | 6 to 9 PM Artist INC is a cutting edge training program that empowers artists to take control of their careers and create opportunities they’ve only imagined by addressing the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face every day. Now in its seventh year, the Artist INC workshop has been completed by more than 300 Kansas City artists, and is launching its second session in Lawrence this year. Artists…


April 2017

2017 Benefit Art Auction

April 8 @ 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

EXHIBITION: March 10 - April 8 RECEPTIONS: Friday, March 10th, 7-9pm    |    March 31st, 5-9pm Established by artists in 1981 as a way to fund a not-for-profit gallery, the Lawrence Arts Center Annual 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 pieces generously donated by artists will be on exhibit for four weeks to be auctioned during the April 8…

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