Events Calendar

All events are free and open to everyone unless otherwise noted. See individual listings for events that require registration.

June 05

Class

WRITE HERE

5:30PM – 7:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Discover how a sense of place can influence your writing on any subject. Spencer interns Sara Stepp and Casey Keel will lead participants through a series of writing exercises and prompts inspired by the exhibition The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists. Then, find your own place within the galleries or on the Museum grounds to power your imagination and writing. Open to writers of all levels. Bring your favorite writing tools, we’ll provide the coffee. RSVP to aduke@ku.edu or 785.864.0126.

June 09

Talk

UP CLOSE THE POWER OF PLACE

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Experience the exhibition “The Power of Place: KU Alumni Artists” through the eyes of curator Susan Earle and explore how place powers artists' imaginations. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

June 13

Film

A NEW DEAL FOR PUBLIC ART IN THE FREE STATE

7PM – 8:30PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Kansas City filmmakers Kara Heitz and Graham Carroll’s new documentary traces the relationship between community identity and federally funded public art during the Great Depression and in contemporary times through the stories of post office murals commissioned by the U.S. Treasury Department as part of the New Deal arts program. Immediately following the screening, Spencer Curator Kate Meyer joins the filmmakers for a discussion about the history behind the murals.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

June 20

Talk

UP CLOSE: ALTERED PERSPECTIVES

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING, 318

Every work of art has multiple stories to tell. Join Spencer Museum interns for a discussion of their 2018–2019 project "Altered Perspectives". Learn about their collaborative process to create a series of perspective-shifting interventions in the Museum. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

June 21

Activity

TEEN ZONE: LUNAR LANDSCAPES AND COSMIC FLOATS

2PM – 4PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Sip on a cosmic float while you journey to outer space. Examine shape, texture, and color as you create a mixed-media masterpiece depicting a lunar landscape or planetary surface.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

June 30

Talk

SLOW ART SUNDAY

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Slow down at the Spencer on the last Sunday of each month and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In June, get to know a work featured in the installation Altered Perspectives.

August 27

Activity

HAWK WEEK CREATE YOUR SPACE

2:30PM – 4:30PM
DAISY HILL COMMONS, 1620 ENGEL RD

Whether you are moving into a new space in the residence halls or just readying yourself for new opportunities, you can find your place through art. KU students are invited to drop by and collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

August 28

Activity

HAWK WEEK TELL YOUR TALE: ART JOURNALS AND STORY QUILTS

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT, 317

Got a story to tell? Join the Spencer Museum of Art to create your very own story quilt, art journal, or both! Story quilts and art journals are great ways to share or create your personal story through cloth and decorative paper. Choose from Spencer Museum designs or create your own that are unique to you and your story. Drop in and stay to create, chat, and explore the galleries at your convenience. Materials are provided for both activities.

August 29

Social

GRADUATE STUDENT RECEPTION

4PM – 6PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, 318

Grad students are invited to enjoy refreshments and explore the range of resources the Museum has to offer while meeting and mingling with other grad students from across campus. Spencer Museum staff will be on hand to share the ways the Museum supports teaching, learning, and research.

Sponsored By: The Commons, College Office of Graduate Affairs, Graduate Studies