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2021/22 Ceramic Artist in Residence

Seeds of Tomorrow/Semillas Del Mañana is a representation of the will of the Latin American community who has to work for a better life for their families and themselves. Latin Americans are part of the history of migration in Kansas and an integral part of the fabric of the United States. From the Mexican families who labored for the Santa Fe Railroad of yesterday, to Central American factory workers who continue to feed us today, our stories represent the hope and faith for the seeds of tomorrow.

Jonathan Christensen Caballero’s work is based on his personal identity, which was formed both by watching his parents support the family through labor jobs as well as by his mother, who emigrated from Panama. Caballero’s artwork narrates enduring questions of identity through the use of the human figure, labor politics, and mixed-media sculpture. Caballero’s narrative sculpture reinterprets the visual iconography throughout North and Central America with the materials available to working class immigrants today.

The cost of participation in our society can then lead to questions of inclusion versus exclusion. Who benefits from the American dream? Who is allowed representation, visibility and to feel a sense of belonging? The figures reveal people who contribute to society by enduring labors which often sacrifice their health and safety. Through his art, Caballero hopes to be part of the change he wants to see in the world. It is a moral imperative for Latin Americans to be celebrated as part of the fabric of US society. Our bodies aren’t solely destined for labor, but also love, joy, and acceptance.

Insight Art Talk: July 7th, 2022 at 7pm

The galleries will be closed on July 5th from 3:30pm to 7:30pm for a private event. 


June 24 @ 5:00 pm
July 23 @ 9:00 pm
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Lawrence Arts Center Gallery
940 New Hampshire St
Lawrence, KS 66044 United States
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Jonathan Christensen Caballero

A multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Utah. He received his A.S. in art from Snow College, B.F.A in ceramics and sculpture from Utah State University and M.F.A. in ceramics from Indiana University. He has exhibited nationally and internationally.

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