Events Calendar

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

April 23

Activity

Letter Writing Club: Address the Nation

1PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 404, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY

In honor of National Letter Writing Month, the Spencer Museum is teaming up with Wonder Fair to present a special edition of their Letter Writing Club. The collaboration weaves together the art of letter writing with the 2017 KU Common Book, Ta-Nehisi Coates's "Between the World and Me," (a novel written in the form of a letter to the author's son,) and the Spencer Museum's accompanying exhibition "American Dream." Letter writers will meet at the Spencer to experience the exhibiton and enjoy an opportunity to write throughout the museum. This program is also in presented in partnership with the third annual Write_On campaign, created by stationers Hello Lucky and Egg Press. That means the first 30 lucky attendees will receive free Write_On letter-writing kits featuring 6 letterpress printed cards, 6 custom printed envelopes, 1 sheet of Write_On stickers, and 1 color-coordinated Gelly Roll pen. We know what you're thinking: "But pens are not allowed in the galleries!" Worry not, we'll have pencils on hand for you, too. Whether you’re a veteran letter writer or a new recruit, please plan to join us with your letter writing supplies in tow. Light refreshments provided and free parking available behind the Museum. Learn more about Wonder Fair's Letter Writing Club at http://bit.ly/2p13oPg.

Sponsored By: Wonder Fair, Spencer Museum of Art

April 26

Talk

Up Close The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 315, ESTELLE S. AND ROBERT A. LONG ELLIS FOUNDATION GALLERY, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 316, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY

Delve into the exhibition The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens with Spencer Curator Kris Ercums and learn about the recent conservation of a Korean screen in the Museum's collection. Informal and Intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 26

Social

Student Night and Juried Art Show

7PM – 9PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

This spring's Student Night, planned for and by KU students, celebrates the opening of the Student Juried Art Show. Art, music, refreshments, and good times with friends will all be part of the festivities.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

April 27

Talk

Senior Session The Power and Pleasure of Possessions in Korean Painted Screens

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 316, DOLPH SIMONS FAMILY GALLERY

Kris Ercums, curator of Asian and global contemporary art, discusses the traveling exhibition of Korean screens called chaekgeori.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

April 27

Talk

Franklin D. Murphy Lecture Series Gender, Ritual, and Needlework in Early Modern Japan

5:30PM – 6:30PM
309 AUDITORIUM

Christine Guth, a leading scholar on the history of collecting, transnational cultural exchange, and material culture, discusses the needle as a powerful instrument in early modern Japan and its mastery as a means of augmenting and transforming women’s physical power into material things that enhanced the wellbeing and comfort of their families. Dr. Guth is Senior Tutor Emerita of the Victoria & Albert/Royal College of Art programme in History of Design.

Sponsored By: Kress Foundation Department of Art History, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art

April 29

Activity

Art Cart Painted Screens

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. Explore the exhibition of Korean still-life paintings and create your own symbolic screen painting.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 09

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 10

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 11

Talk

Senior Session Heart of the Andes: Alexander von Humboldt's Science in the art of Frederic Edwin Church

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 307, RECEPTION ROOM

Frank Baron, retired professor of German language and literature, discusses how renowned 19th-century scientist Alexander von Humboldt's work inspired the Hudson River School artist, Frederic Edwin Church, to paint a comprehensive view of nature, resulting in his painting Heart of the Andes.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 11

Activity

Finals in the Flex Space Study Breaks

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, RM 320, FLEX SPACE

Take a break during finals for some art and coffee to calm your mind and energize your thinking.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board

May 18

Talk

Up Close A Wry Eye: Witty, Sardonic, and Ironic Work by Contemporary Printmakers

5:30PM – 6:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

Celebrate International Musseum Day and see this exhibition through the eyes of Spencer Curator Stephen Goddard to discover a group of printmakers who have combined elements of self-scrutiny, playfulness with a dash of the sinister, and wit with a sense of danger in their work. Informal and intimate, Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 21

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 406, JOHN AND LINDA STEWART GALLERY

Slow down at the Spencer 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 May, get to know Match of African and European Handicapped People by Mouscou.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 25

Talk

Senior Session Mary Huntoon: Topeka painter, print maker, art therapist, author, administrator, lecturer, and teacher

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

Mary Huntoon, Topeka's own Renaissance woman, and some of her prints are the topic of this program presented by Spencer Museum docent and art historian Sharyn Brooks Katzman.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 27

Activity

Art Cart Playing with Printmaking

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

The Art Cart is a drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art. Explore prints and printmaking in the Spencer galleries, then create a print of your own.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 16

Activity

From Utopia to Dystopia

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

Join Spencer Museum of Art staff in creating utopian and dystopian visions of your world. Explore the technique of dual reflection printing with Styrofoam plates.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

June 25

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

July 30

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

August 27

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

September 24

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

October 29

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

November 19

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.

December 17

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Slow Art Sunday

2PM – 3:30PM

Slow down at the Spencer 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.