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Thank you for helping us raise the roof at the 2017 Benefit Art Auction! Special thanks to sponsors Edmonds Duncan, Emprise Bank, Mainline Printing, Intrust Bank, and Lawrence Business Magazine; to our featured artist Louis Copt and all of our contributing artists; and to our many donors, supporters, and friends. Save the date for April 14th, 2018! 

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 auction event.  Bidding on auction works is an opportunity to support exhibitions at the Lawrence Arts Center – all proceeds of sales go toward continuing to support the program.

Online bidding is now closed.

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Featured Artist: Louis Copt

Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971. He has also studied at the Art Student’s 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. Since 1974, the Kansas Arts Commission recognizes individuals in the arts who have made outstanding contributions to the arts and culture in Kansas. An expert panel selects the honorees, and the awards are given by the governor and the Kansas Arts Commission. The award is meant to elevate the public profile of the arts in Kansas and encourage others to achieve and sustain high standards of excellence in artistic achievement and support.

Louis shows regularly in galleries throughout the mid-west. These include the Leopold Gallery in Kansas City, Missouri, the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas, the Cider Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas, and the Reuben Saunders Gallery in Wichita, Kansas. Louis has participated in a number of national juried shows, and his work is collected by people throughout the world.



April 8, 2017
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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