‘DEAR OLD KANSAS’ CELEBRATES
HISTORY, CULTURE, OF STATE
WITH DIVERSE RANGE OF WORK BY FIVE ARTISTS
Dear Old Kansas opens
with a free, public reception Friday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. Artists
will be in attendance.
LAWRENCE, KS–An upcoming exhibition at
Signs of Life Gallery will offer a colorful, insightful, overview
of Kansas history and culture, and feature artwork by five distinct
artists who use sculpture, painting, printmaking, photography,
and drawing to express their thoughts, ideas and observations
of Kansas history.
Dear Old Kansas brings together some of Kansas’ most
celebrated artists, including sculptor Jim Brothers,
photographer Bill Snead, and “crop artist” Stan
Herd. The show also highlights the talents of John
Hendrix, a University of Kansas alum and renowned illustrator
and graphic designer, and Justin Marable, an
emerging artist who works in photography and printmaking.
Taking its title from an influential essay on Kansas history
written in 1910 by Carl Becker, Dear Old Kansas,
on view March 31–May 27 at the gallery, celebrates
what Becker described as the peculiar attachment Kansans have
for their state and its history: “… Kansas is no
mere geographical expression, but a “state of mind,” a
religion, and a philosophy in one.”
“The show will offer views of Kansas history– architectural,
cultural, social, and natural– through the lens of art,” said
James Schaefer, gallery director.
Signs of Life Gallery also invites
the public to view new works in the south gallery by featured
artists Kim Casebeer,
Terence Koehn, Joan Parker, and Deb Schroer.