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A Conversation with 2017/2018 Printmaking Artist in Residence Michael Benedetti

Deadlines for our 2019/2020 Printmaking and Ceramic Artist in Residency applications are due Monday, April 15th. These 12-month residencies offer our resident artists an intensive period of studio practice and outreach development, as well as provide our LAC faculty, staff, and students extended time to learn alongside these phenomenal additions to our community. While we … Continued


A Conversation With 2017/ 2018 Artist in Residence, Shiyuan Xu!

Above: Shiyuan Xu working in her studio   April is a bittersweet time around the Lawrence Arts Center. Looking forward to May and June, when our current Artists in Residence will present their exit solo shows, we both anticipate the phenomenal quality of their exhibitions and struggle to push aside our sadness at the thought … Continued



Spotlight on Oliver! Actress Clara Kundin

One of the highlights of our spring family music production is the tradition of bringing in guest artists to work with our community cast. Having a mix of novice and professional actors sets the stage for idea exchange, development of new techniques, and fresh takes on the material. We are honored to have Clara Kundin … Continued


Kevin Willmott, other KU faculty to make documentary exploring the life of Langston Hughes | LJW

By Dylan Lysen on February 7, 2019 While screenwriter Kevin Willmott is busy with activities surrounding the Academy Awards and his celebrated film “BlacKkKlansman,” he’s already looking ahead to his next project: a documentary about Langston Hughes. Willmott, a University of Kansas film professor, told the Journal-World recently that he’s excited to help make a … 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


Q&A with “Reefer Madness: The Musical” Director Jason Smith

Are you ready for an edgy, fun, adult-themed musical right before Halloween? The Lawrence Arts Center has just the ticket! Reefer Madness: The Musical! runs October 25 – 27 and Director Jason Smith believes this is just the thought-provoking entertainment you need in your life. Amidst his hectic rehearsal schedule of artistically corralling dancing brownies and … Continued



Featured Ceramic Symposium Artist: Sanam Emami

The Image & the Vessel-a Survey of Contemporary Pottery Opens today, bringing to our gallery a phenomenal array of ceramicists and a seductive selection of surfaces. Curated to highlight innovations in craft, the display coincides with the upcoming Ceramics Symposium, a biennial two-day celebration of top nationally recognized contemporary ceramicists, diverse technical demonstration, and conceptual … Continued


Spotlight on Color Play: Meet Clarissa Corkins and Jen Theby Quinn!

Two cities. Two arts centers. Two early childhood community partners. One show. Color Play.   Meet Clarissa Corkins, Production Coordinator, and Jen Theby-Quinn, performer for Color Play, a performance for very young children at the Lawrence Arts Center and the Center of Creative Arts! Clarissa Corkins is a videographer, coordinator, snack provider, organizer, supporter, and any other title needed … Continued