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.

May 26

Talk

SENIOR SESSION THE LEOPARD HUNT AND RELATED TAPESTRIES

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

Embrace the Renaissance love of collecting and the pursuit of knowledge through a richly woven tapestry in the Museum’s collection. Spencer Intern Sadie Arft unravels the density of details within The Leopard Hunt, from architecture and ruins to plants, animals, and figures, and discusses other examples of hunting and game park tapestries like the Met’s famed Hunt for the Unicorn. Senior sessions are designed for older adults but open to everyone.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 26

Talk

2022 ROCKET GRANTS KICK-OFF AND INFO SESSION

6PM – 7PM
Spencer Museum of Art, Jack and Lavon Brosseau Center for Learning, 318

Artists of all disciplines are invited to learn how to apply for Rocket Grants—funding for innovative, artist-driven projects in surprising places. Rocket Grants administrator Kimi Kitada and Spencer staff member Adina Duke will share the new application process and timeline, budgeting tips, and the types of projects the program funds, and past awardee Sydney Pursel will share her experience developing and implementing a successful proposal. All three speakers look forward to answering your burning questions. Parking is free on Mississippi St and in the lot directly behind the Museum. Details about the new application process and the history of the program are online at https://rocketgrants.org/apply/. Rocket Grants is a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art supported by funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Rocket Grants awards up to $6,000 to individuals or collaborative groups within an 80-mile radius of Kansas City.

Sponsored By: Charlotte Street Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art

June 03

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

June 09

Talk

SENIOR SESSION LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF ACCESS

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

The American Dream, healthcare, ancestral knowledge, economic opportunity, and safe and affordable housing—who can access these resources and who cannot? Join Spencer graduate interns to explore this question with a special installation in our Brosseau Center. Senior Sessions are designed with accommodations for older adults, but open to all.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 10

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

June 17

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

June 18

Activity

ART CART FOUND OBJECT FIGURES

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art

Create an abstract figurative sculpture with everyday objects and clay. Art Cart is a free drop-in activity station where children and grown-ups enjoy hands-on art projects together, taking inspiration from original works of art on view. Stop by anytime between 1PM and 4PM and stay as long as you like!

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 18

Social

CLOSING RECEPTION: LIFE, LIBERTY, AND THE PURSUIT OF ACCESS

1PM – 4PM
Spencer Museum of Art, 318 Brosseau Learning Center

Spencer graduate interns invite you to the closing reception of their collaboratively curated installation. Hear directly from the interns and learn more about the exhibition and the pursuit of access across healthcare, personal history, economic opportunity, and safe and affordable housing.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 25

Activity

DISCOVERY DAY: OCEAN LIFE

12PM – 2PM
The Panorama, Natural History Museum, Dyche Hall, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd

In honor of marine explorer and conservationist Jacques Cousteau, join us in celebrating ocean life with museum scientists and students, plus a few special guests! Explore museum specimens and engage in hands-on activities all about the marine ecosystem.

Sponsored By: Natural History Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

June 29

Activity

OCEANS OF ART

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

Take a deep dive into marine-themed art from the Museum’s collection, then create your own magical ocean art with us at Lawrence Public Library. For ages 5–7. Register for this event through the Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library

July 01

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 07

Class

SEW AND TELL VISIBLE MENDING

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. 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

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. 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