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Art Here, Art Now: A Note On “Woman contemplating” by Lauretta Hendricks-Backus

This year we are excited to partner with the Department of Art History at the University of Kansas to provide background and insight on participating artists and their work. David Cateforis, Department Chair and Art History Professor, leads graduate students enrolled in the course Art Here, Art Now as they select and research some of the artists participating … Continued


Art is Everywhere: Margie Wakefield

“Art speaks to everyone and tells our human story. When my clients come into my office, they value the art hung throughout for its inspiration. It reflects my attention to detail, sensitivity and personalized care for my clients.“ – Margie Wakefield The Law Office of Margie Wakefield features beautiful work by artists like Clare Doveton … Continued


Art Here, Art Now: Joelle Ford Through the Eyes of An Art History Student

This year we are excited to partner with the Department of Art History at the University of Kansas to provide background and insight on participating artists and their work. David Cateforis, Department Chair and Art History Professor, leads graduate students enrolled in the course Art Here, Art Now as they select and research some of the artists participating … Continued


Call For Entries: “Art Madness”

Calling All Arts Center Artists: It’s Art Madness! What is Art Madness? Art Madness aims to be a celebration of Lawrence Arts Center student and instructor success. On March 2nd, we will be turning the Arts Center into a one-night gallery extravaganza. Students of all ages, instructors, and all family and friends are invited to … Continued


Lawrence Arts Center Exhibitions + KU Department of Art History

For over 40 years the Lawrence Arts Center has been a creative fixture in the community, playing a central role in nurturing artistic development for people of all ages. The Annual Benefit Art Auction was established by artists in 1981 as a way to fund the not-for-profit Arts Center gallery and raise the funds needed … Continued


A Ray of Golden Light Connects Us All

The genesis for Tara Moorman’s newest body of work was sparked upon her discovery of an old family album after her mother’s passing in 2013. The vintage album was filled with family photos, some dating back to the 1880s, and Tara was intrigued by the storytelling opportunities it afforded. She started developing “Letters to My … Continued


Room for All | KC Studio

By David Frese on January 2, 2019 Under Exhibition Program Director Ben Ahlvers, the Lawrence Arts Center Has Broadened its Scope and Upped its Game as a Contemporary Art Space A batch of kittens found their way into the Lawrence Arts Center this fall, and Ben Ahlvers wasn’t sure what to think about it. Ahlvers is … Continued


Backstage Pass: Ben Ahlvers to give talk at Kansas City Public Library

As the first chief photographer of Rolling Stone magazine, Baron Wolman got readers up close and personal with Mick Jagger, Jimi Hendrix, and other iconic rock stars of the 1960s and ’70s—and he became an icon himself. Ben Ahlvers worked with Wolman in curating the exhibit Backstage Pass: Baron Wolman and the Early Years of Rolling Stone, featuring 35 photographs, … Continued


Notes from the Exhibition Field: Connecting Vanessa German to Lawrence

Last summer, we exhibited the work of mother-daughter duo Sandra Keat German and Vanessa German in an exhibition called My Mother was the First REAL Thug I Knew. I was first introduced to Vanessa’s work at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, Arkansas. It’s one of the few times I made a point to return … Continued


Lawrence Arts Center exhibition features adoptable cats | UDK

By Jaya Chakka on November 8, 2018 Even the most ardent pet lovers are apt to have a love-hate relationship with cats. On one hand, cats can be incredibly affectionate, cuddly, adorable animals. On the other, however, they are also known for their apathy, stubbornness and inclination for knocking items from high places. Indeed, cats are … Continued