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This lecture series brings visiting and exhibiting artists to the podium to talk about their work, and opens dialogue between artist and viewer. INSIGHT Art Talks bring a deeper understanding of works on display in the galleries throughout the year. All talks start at 7pm, cash bar available!

Thomas Huang holds an MFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), a BA in Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, and studied with Bamboo Basketry Artist Jiro Yonezawa.  In 2007, he was named a “searchlight artist,” an emerging artist to watch by the American Craft Council. His work has been exhibited nationally and has been included in exhibitions juried by Sam Maloof, Suzanne Baizerman, Jo Lauria, and Gail Brown.  He recently held a solo exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts.

While working in the San Francisco/Oakland design community, he was involved in creating work for clients, including Disney Imagineering, Sun Microsystems, Wolfgang Puck, and Sony Entertainment.  He has lectured at the California College of the Arts, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, and the Rhode Island School of Design.

He is currently represented by the Wexler Gallery in Philadelphia, Shidoni Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been featured in American Craft Magazine. A practicing artist, furniture maker and educator, Huang has taught classes and workshops at Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, and at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. He teaches Design full time at the University of Kansas where he is an Associate Professor.

Kaw River Canoe Workshop
SU-AAKUC2: Tue, 7/5-8/23, 6PM-8PM, 8 wks, $200 ($180)


The experience of constructing and launching a canoe of your own making becomes accessible to those with little to no construction skills. Through an innovative design and construction process developed by KU Industrial Design Associate Professor, Tom Huang, students of all ages and experience will be guided in a team effort that involves harvesting local bamboo and recycled plastic grocery bags to construct a fleet of canoes. We will complete the class with a short excursion down the Kaw River. Bring your inner adventurer! Ages 8 – 80 welcome. (Children under 13, please enroll with a parent or guardian) This class will meet at the Lawrence Arts Center July 5th, and at the University of Kansas starting July 12th.


July 5, 2016
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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