This is your portal for ways to engage with the Spencer Museum from the comfort of home. We miss seeing you in the galleries, but for now we hope this helps you feel connected to us and to art. Check back often for updates.

Events

 

Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University

January 27 9:30AM–10:20am

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State…

Gallery Games in the Virtual Museum

February 03 12PM–12:45pm

Get to know the Spencer Museum’s collection and other KU students while experiencing a guided…

Building a Culture of Health and Wellness

February 05 2:30PM–4pm

Graduate students from all areas of study are invited to this online workshop exploring the many…

 

Create

The Spencer's Gambit

The Spencer's Gambit

Learn about chess with this printable version featuring collection objects as pieces.

Winter Trees

Winter Trees

Draw a tree made out of words inspired by images and memories of trees in winter.

Bird Builder

Bird Builder

Create a new species of bird drawing inspiration from our collection.

Mindful Collage

Mindful Collage

Make a mindful collage inspired by Yeesookyung's sculpture Translated Vase.

Water Transformations

Water Transformations

Create a river landscape inspired by artist Lisa Grossman.

Woven Worlds

Woven Worlds

Use colors to tell a story and weave with yarn.

Express Yourself

Express Yourself

Learn about portraits and create a self-portrait of your own.

Color Our Collections

Color Our Collections

Create your own masterpiece with these coloring sheets inspired by our collection.

Virtual Backgrounds

Virtual Backgrounds

Host your next virtual meeting from the Spencer or inside a work of art with one of these backgrounds.

Learn

 
Curricular Resources Database

Curricular Resources Database

Discover adaptable, art-based lessons for university-level classes.

K–12 Lesson Plans

K–12 Lesson Plans

Parents and kids, let us help you learn at home! Find art-based, educational activities that meet Kansas K–12 education standards.

Staging Shimomura Exhibition Brochure

Staging Shimomura Exhibition Brochure

Read insights from artist Roger Shimomura about his performance work.

Inquiries

Inquiries

Dive into our research-driven work with images, artist interviews, and essays.

Resources for Remote Teaching

Resources for Remote Teaching

A tutorial of the Spencer's digital resources for remote teaching.

 

Watch

Songs for a Rickshaw Boy

Songs for a Rickshaw Boy

At the opening of "Staging Shimomura," Kelley Hunt revived her performance from Roger Shimomura's work "Songs for a Rickshaw Boy."

AMPlify

AMPlify

AMPlify is a video series that cranks up connections among art, music, and poetry.

Staging Shimomura

Staging Shimomura

Experience excerpts from the 10 performances featured in our current exhibition Staging Shimomura.

Artist Talks

Artist Talks

From Faith Ringgold to James Turrell, be inspired by the words and ideas of artists who have visited the Spencer.

Artists-in-Residence

Artists-in-Residence

Peek behind-the-scenes at the creative processes of artists who have made work in our spaces.

Shattering the Void

Shattering the Void

Discover aspects of Asian art and culture with this educational video series about objects in our collection from China, Japan, and Korea.

Listen

 
Art Minutes

Art Minutes

Need an art break? Listen to these minute-long musings with KU Art History Professor David Cateforis.

Bulldog Art Tours

Bulldog Art Tours

Be a kid again! Experience the Spencer from the perspectives of 8th-graders from Lawrence’s Southwest Middle School in these short audio stories.

 

Explore

3D Fourth Floor Tour

3D Fourth Floor Tour

Wander our fourth-floor galleries, including permanent collection installations and special exhibitions Audubon in the Anthropocene and Past Presence.

3D Third Floor Tour

3D Third Floor Tour

Take a virtual walkthrough of our major exhibition Staging Shimomura.

Search the Collection

Search the Collection

Find your next favorite work of art by browsing the more than 45,000 objects in our collection.

Virtual Exhibitions

Virtual Exhibitions

Explore interactive content related to current exhibitions and exhibitions hosted exclusively online.

Campus Sculpture Tour

Campus Sculpture Tour

If you’re in Lawrence, enjoy some fresh air while experiencing art outdoors on the KU campus.

Collection Tours

Collection Tours

Explore different areas of our collection with these short, thematic tours.

Spencer Projects

Spencer Projects

Spencer Projects is a series of popup displays of art from our collection. Each link provides a display’s checklist so audiences can further contemplate the featured art and artists.

Mission Remote

Mission Remote

PSST...A mystery was just discovered and we need your help figuring it out. Kids (and kids at heart), are you up for the challenge?

Connect

 
Facebook

Facebook

Find fresh art-related content including some live events.

Twitter

Twitter

Enjoy short posts about our collection, virtual events, art news, and more.

Instagram

Instagram

Follow our feed for moments of art and other inspiring visuals.

YouTube

YouTube

Browse videos documenting exhibitions, artist interviews, and more.

e-news

e-news

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