Events Calendar

Events are free and take place in a variety of locations and formats. The Museum is committed to accessibility for all visitors. Our efforts are ongoing. To request an accommodation for an upcoming event, please contact the Museum in advance at spencerart@ku.edu or 785.864.4710.

July 07

Class

SEW AND TELL VISIBLE MENDING WORKSHOP

6PM – 8PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 317 Perkins Central Court

Learn about visible mending traditions and techniques and hone your hand-sewing skills to transform or extend the life of a garment. Textiles/fibers graduate student Anne Rogers shares examples from the Spencer’s collection and their own work and discusses how and why mending can be a radical act of making. Bring any textile in need of repair or transformation, or use one of our samples. All other supplies provided. We’ll experiment with different stitches and patches while sharing stories about the garments in our lives. All experience levels welcome. This workshop is also offered on Sunday, July 24, 2-4PM. Come to one or both sessions. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785.864.0126 to register.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 08

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 305 Goddard Study Center

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are required. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 11

Activity

RAINBOW STRINGS & RECYCLED ART

2PM – 3PM
Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St

Join Sara Gillum, the creator of Rainbow Strings, a recycled art project that makes use of plastic lids to keep them out of landfills, and make your own rainbow strings to keep! We'll also explore and make art made from recycled materials. For ages 8–11. Register for this event through the Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

July 14

Talk

SENIOR SESSION EMMY KLINKER AND GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST NETWORKS

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, 318 Brosseau Learning Center

Join Spencer Deputy Director Celka Straughn to learn about the art and life of Emmy Klinker, with a focus on her painting in the exhibition Debut. Thanks to gifts from Anna Bloch, the Spencer Museum’s collection includes several works by Klinker, a student and colleague of Albert Bloch, who founded the KU Visual Art Department. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 15

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 305 Goddard Study Center

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are required. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 24

Class

SEW AND TELL VISIBLE MENDING

2PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 317 Perkins Central Court

Learn about visible mending traditions and techniques and hone your hand-sewing skills to transform or extend the life of a garment. Textiles/ fibers graduate student Anne Rogers shares examples from the Spencer’s collection and their own work and discusses how and why mending can be a radical act of making. Bring any textile in need of repair or transformation, or use one of our samples. All other supplies provided. We’ll experiment with different stitches and patches while sharing stories about the garments in our lives. All experience levels welcome. Come to one or both sessions. Email aduke@ku.edu or call 785.864.0126 to register

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 27

Activity

WATKINS SUMMER GAMES

11AM – 12PM
Watkins Museum of History, 1047 Massachusetts St

The Watkins Museum of History hosts their "Summer Games" every Wednesday in June and July. Kids of all ages are invited for an hour of free games and activities. Each week's events will be inspired by a different color of the rainbow. Join Spencer Museum staff on July 27 for a fun-filled hour of art-making inspired by all colors of the rainbow!

Sponsored By: Watkins Museum of History

July 29

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 305 Goddard Study Center

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are required. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 12

Activity

OPEN FRIDAYS

10AM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 305 Goddard Study Center

Your art wish is our command. Visit the Goddard Study Center on Fridays to request works of art on paper not currently on view or share your interests and let our staff select works for you. You can also drop in to enjoy works requested by other visitors. The Goddard Study Center is open to all during gallery hours with a break from 12-1PM. Space is limited and face masks are required. If we are at capacity, we invite you to explore the galleries until space opens up. The Goddard Study Center is also open by appointment at other times.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 24

Activity

HAWK WEEK SHINE YOUR LIGHT

2PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 1301 Mississippi St

Shine a light on your creative self and explore the Spencer Museum of Art. Take inspiration from the artworks on view in the exhibition Debut and your personal interests to make a shadow frame envisioning your artistic self and your place on campus. Drop in anytime and stay to create and chat. Open to KU students.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art and the Center for Orientation & Transition Programs

August 25

Talk

SENIOR SESSION TEACHING INSPIRATION AND THE ART OF HELEN FRANKENTHALER

10:15AM – 11AM
Spencer Museum of Art, Brosseau Center for Learning

Spencer Curator Kate Meyer discusses the Museum’s recent gift of prints by Helen Frankenthaler and how these prints were the inspiration for a recent KU course on creating art inspired by other art, with Frankenthaler’s work as the touchstone. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art