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All programs are open to the public and are free unless marked ($).


April Programming & Events

4.24
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Senior Session Native American Art
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
Curator Cassandra Mesick discusses works of Native American art in the current Roots & Journeys installation. Participants view historic and contemporary works of art side-by-side to better understand how traditions transform over time. Senior Sessions are open to everyone but designed with the comfort of senior citizens in mind.
4.25
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Art in a Global Context Arabic Script in Sub-Saharan Africa
12:00 – 1:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 404
Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies, Yacine Daddi Addoun explores the significane and paleography of Arabic script, its inroads to Sub-Saharan Africa, the changes it has witnessed, and how new canons of calligraphy emerge from the encounter of Arabic script and African artists. This gallery talk, open to the public at large, is a qualifying event for students seeking GAP certification. This is a qualifying event in History of Art for students seeking Arts Engagement Certification.

Sponsored By: Center for Global & International Studies, Kansas African Studies Center, Spencer Museum of Art

4.25
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Activity Final Friday: Hanging out at Watkins
5:30 – 9:00 PM / Watkins Museum of History
The Spencer Museum of Art teams up with the Watkins Museum of History to host a Final Fridays reception in celebration of the Watkins' exhibition Student Hangouts. KU Hillel will present a student art show on the 3rd floor of the Museum at 7 PM.

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History, Spencer Museum Student Advisory Board, KU Hillel, Spencer Museum of Art

4.26
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Workshop Art, Science, Math: Maximizing Connections
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, 307 Reception Room, 309 Auditorium, Gallery 317 Central Court
The Spencer Museum of Art presents a free mini K-12 educator workshop. Spend a few hours exploring the connections between art, science, and math. Bring back new ideas for the classroom. Individual teachers are welcome, however for maximum impact, we recommend that schools send teams of teachers covering the areas of art, science, and math. Investigate the Art and Science of Perception with KU Physics and Astronomy Professor Michael Murray and Fine Arts Graduate Student Raechel Cook by exploring the exhibition James Turrell: Gard Blue. Learn about and experiment with strategies to connect art, science and math through the new National Arts Standards with Kansas Department of Education Fine Arts Coordinator Joyce Huser and Art Museum Educator Amanda Martin-Hamon. Light Breakfast provided. Free parking and door prizes. To register, email SAM Associate Director of Community Engagement Amanda Martin-Hamon at akmartin@ku.edu.
4.26
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Art Cart Quilting Time
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's activity, participants will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell" then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.27
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Art Cart Quilting Time
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 316
The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families and other groups will look closely at quilts in the exhibition "Personal Geometry: Quilts by Yoshiko Jinzenji and Virginia Jean Cox Mitchell." Participants will then use the materials provided to create a small quilt block in mixed media. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
4.29
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Artist-in-Residence David Rokeby
4:00 – 6:30 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Based in Toronto, Canada, artist David Rokeby has been creating and exhibiting since 1982. For the first part of his career he focused on interactive pieces that directly engage the human body, or that involve artificial perception systems. Over the past decade, his practice has expanded to included video and kinetic and static sculpture. His work has been performed and exhibited across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Visit The Commons to view Rokeby's installation "Very Nervous System" (1986-1990) from 4:00-5:30, then hear the artist speak about his practice at 5:30.

Sponsored By: The Commons

4.30
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Coffee @ The Commons David Rokeby
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Coffee @ The Commons provides a venue for conversation between members of the community and a visiting expert. Following a brief introduction to artist David Rokeby's work, the audience is invited to ask questions. To learn about Rokeby's practice, visit davidrokeby.com.

Sponsored By: The Commons

4.30
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Artist-in-Residence How Do Research Questions Develop Across Disciplines?
3:00 – 4:00 PM / Spooner Hall, The Commons
Faculty are invited to a roundtable discussion led by artist-in-residence David Rokeby.

Sponsored By: The Commons


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5.1
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Lecture Innovation in Plain Sight: Transforming Our National Security Landscape with Museum Collections
7:30 – 8:30 PM / , Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics
Can Picasso help to solve a murder case? Could a Renoir bring a kidnapper to justice? From the high-stakes worlds of law enforcement, medicine, and counterterrorism, Dole Archives Visiting Fellow Amy Herman brings her students – professionals serving the NYPD, the FBI, the U.S. Department of Justice, Customs and Border Protection, and the Department of Homeland Security, hospitals, medical schools, trauma centers, as well as the US Army and the US Navy SEALS, to name just a few – to the art museum, where works of art have become the new data, ripe for analysis and application. Ms. Herman, founder of The Art of Perception, hones her students’ powers of observation in a highly participatory program that trains them to communicate those observations with precision. Studying art, curing disease, solving crime: join us for a glimpse into Herman’s fascinating and innovative approach. Learn how her work is impacting governmental organizations and agencies throughout the country– and be prepared to re-evaluate your perception on the role of art and research collections within the intelligence community and in medical, legal, and professional education.

Sponsored By: Robert J. Dole Institute of Politics, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Young Friends of Art, Department of Graduate Military Programs, KU Veterans Alumni Chapter, University Honors Program, Spencer Museum of Art

5.3
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.3
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Activity Spring Arts & Culture Festival
1:00 – 3:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art
The Spencer Student Advisory Board (SSAB) hosts its 7th annual Arts and Culture Festival. This free event features art by local and student artists, art-making activities for all ages, live music, and ecclectic performances.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board, KU Student Senate, Spencer Museum of Art

5.4
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.4
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Activity Art in the Park
, South Park
This festive city-wide event includes a Spencer Museum of Art booth where families can enjoy a hands-on art activity.
5.7
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Activity Night at the Museum
6:00 – 7:30 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317 Central Court
This family fun night celebrates the 40-year partnership between the Spencer Museum of Art and Lawrence public schools. Be a detective, collector, artist, or curator. Lead your friends and family on a museum adventure. Make or bring a picture of your favorite work of art to enter our prize drawing. Explore the Spencer through the eyes of our teen collaborators using the Southwest Middle School Bulldog Podcasts. Enjoy art, activities, and refreshments. Free parking is available in the lot behind the Museum.
5.8
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Senior Session Harvey Dinnerstein
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 405
The Spencer Museum's Amy Duke leads a discussion about the pair of moody, atmospheric paintings by Harvery Dinnerstein on display in the 20/21 Gallery. Senior Sessions are open to everyone but designed with the comfort of senior citizens in mind.
5.10
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.10
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Saturday Art Adventure M is for the Many Things
10:30 – 11:30 AM / Spencer Museum of Art
This Saturday Art Adventure focuses on many things that start with the letter 'm.' Chief among m-words is 'mom' as Mother's Day quickly approaches. Take a tour of the galleries with SMA Director of Education Kristina Walker and make a gift in mixed media. Ideal for children ages 5-8 and their grown-ups. Parking is free behind the Museum on the weekends.
5.11
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.17
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.18
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.22
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Senior Session Paris by Photograph
10:00 – 11:00 AM / Spencer Museum of Art
Explore the city of Paris between the war years with Jennifer Friess, PhD candidate in Art History. Through the lenses of photographers, Brassai, Ilse Bing, and Henri Baranger, we will glimpse the architecture, inhabitants, and nightlife of this magical city. This popular series of informal gallery talks is designed for senior citizens but open to everyone.
5.24
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.25
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.
5.31
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.

Back to TopJune Programming & Events

6.1
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Art Cart Painting Laughter
12:00 – 4:00 PM / Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 408
The Art Cart is a drop-in art activity station where families and other groups can enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from the works on view in the Museum's galleries. For this month's Art Cart activity, families will look closely at several painted Japanese scrolls. Participants will then use the materials provided to decorate a small hanging scroll. The Art Cart may be enjoyed free of cost every weekend at the Spencer. Parking is free behind the Museum on weekends.

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