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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 of heresy, paganism, or just bad luck. Fast forward to the Renaissance and the cat seems to be associated with scholars, and philosophers. In the 17th century, the cat is found throughout European paintings as an icon of laziness and blissfulness, sleeping or lurking under tables.

This project asks a group of artists to tap into the spirit of the cat to create a work of art. The individual approaches to this charge should make for a dynamic, fun, furry, and dignified collective celebration of all things cat. These artists are outside the box and exploring the myriad of metaphors possible with this topic.

Stay tuned for a variety of activities, events, and presentations related to cats, art, and cat art. And come to see the adoptable kittens from the Lawrence Humane Society in their artist habitat!





Jennifer Davis


Mark Hosford

Lauren Kinney

Adam Lott & Adam Smith

Angie Pickman

Red Legger Studio

Kent Smith




October 26, 2018 @ 9:00 am
December 21, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
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