Events Calendar

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

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

May 28

Activity

Pollinators Mural Community Painting Day

1PM – 5PM
888 NEW HAMPSHIRE ST.

Grab a paintbrush and join artist Dave Loewenstein and his design team to help create the reimagined “Pollinators” mural. “Pollinators” is a community mural celebrating the creative contributions of eight African American artists with Kansas roots commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art. All ages are welcome, no experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided. Painting continues on Monday, May 29th. Come one day or both.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

May 29

Activity

Pollinators Mural Community Painting Day

1PM – 5PM
888 NEW HAMPSHIRE ST.

Grab a paintbrush and join artist Dave Loewenstein and his design team to help create the reimagined “Pollinators” mural. “Pollinators” is a community mural celebrating the creative contributions of eight African American artists with Kansas roots commissioned by the Spencer Museum of Art. All ages are welcome, no experience is necessary, and all supplies are provided.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

June 09

Activity

Pollinators Mural Unveiling and Celebration

5:30PM – 6:30PM
888 NEW HAMPSHIRE ST

Join visionary artist Dave Loewenstein, the mural design team, and scores of volunteers for a special celebration of the new Pollinators mural.

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 17

Activity

Art Cart American Dreams

1PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 404, LARRY AND BARBARA MARSHALL FAMILY BALCONY

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. Learn about the powerful works of art in the exhibition "American Dream" and create an accordion-style book to record your dreams.

June 25

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 405

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 June, get to know “Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making” by Hollis Sigler.

June 27

Talk

Up Close The Object Feels

10AM – 11AM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Curated by the 2016-17 Spencer Museum of Art interns, the tactile exhibition The Object Feels highlights works of art from the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art alongside 3D-printed facsimiles and textural reproductions. Explore The Object Feels with the interns as your guide and discover how tactile learning opportunities provide new and engaging ways to experience art. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind the Museum’s exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 12

Talk

Faith Ringgold: More Than 60 Years of Art

6PM – 9PM
LIED CENTER OF KANSAS, 1600 STEWART DR

Renowned artist and activist Faith Ringgold kicks off the inaugural National African American Quilt Convention with a keynote lecture spanning the arc of her career. This lecture is presented in conjunction with the Convention, but open to the public. Tickets are required and available for purchase at lied.ku.edu.

Sponsored By: Lied Center of Kansas; Spencer Museum of Art

July 13

Social

Friends of the Art Museum Annual Meeting and Reception

6PM – 9PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART

Join us for highlights from the first nine months since the Museum’s reopening and be the first to hear what’s in store for the coming year. Immediately following, celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions with nearly a dozen of the featured artists, including Faith Ringgold, and attendees of the National African American Quilt Convention. Music provided by Mark Southerland, Rocket Grants Resident Artist; Calvin Arsenia; and Annie Ellicott. Southerland’s residency and performance is in conjunction with Charlotte Street Foundation’s anniversary program Every Street is Charlotte Street. To become a Friends Member please contact the Museum.

July 15

Talk

Phyllistene Lawson

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

Phyllis Lawson shares quilts made by her grandmother Lula Horn Young—quilts that helped the family heal from tragedies—and will discuss her book Quilt of Souls. This public talk is presented in conjunction with the National African American Quilt Convention.

July 15

Talk

Marla Jackson

3PM – 4PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 317, SAM AND CONNIE PERKINS CENTRAL COURT

Narrative quilt artist, educator, and organizer of the National African American Quilt Convention Marla Jackson discusses the life and work of Maria Rodgers Martin, a former slave who was brought to Lawrence in the 1860s and who made two quilts featured in the exhibition Narratives of the Soul. This public talk is presented in conjunction with the National African American Quilt Convention.

July 17

Activity

Exploratorium: Recycled Art!

2PM – 3PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Give bottle caps, cardboard, milk jugs, and more a second life! Join Spencer Museum of Art staff for this inventive program. An Exploratorium program for 7-11 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

July 19

Activity

Kidsapalooza: Recycled Art!

2PM – 3PM
LAWRENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY, 707 VERMONT ST

Join Spencer Museum of Art staff as we turn trash to treasure! A Kidsapalooza program for 5 and 6 year olds at the Lawrence Public Library.

Sponsored By: Lawrence Public Library, Spencer Museum of Art

July 22

Activity

Art Cart Mudscapes and Rock Art

10AM – 1PM

Get inspired by the Kaw River for this special Art Cart and create your own mudscapes and rock art. This program takes place at the 8th Street boat ramp in North Lawrence. In conjunction with the Living River Project Festival.

Sponsored By: Kansas Riverkings Museum, Spencer Museum of Art

July 23

Talk

Up Close And Still We Rise and Narratives of the Soul

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

Delve into the exhibitions And Still We Rise and Narratives of the Soul with Curator Susan Earle. Up Close gallery talks reveal the personal stories behind the Museum’s exhibitions.

Sponsored By: Spencer Museum of Art

July 30

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Morning in the Adirondacks

2PM – 3PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 407

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 July, get to know “Morning in the Adirondacks” by Sanford Robinson Gifford.

August 19

Activity

Art Cart Paper Story Quilts

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 how artists use symbols to tell stories in the quilt exhibition “Narratives of the Soul” and create your own personal paper story quilt.

August 21

Activity

Hawk Week: Create Your Space

3:30PM – 5:30PM
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 collect posters and postcards from the Spencer Museum of Art. There will also be KU trivia and prizes.

Sponsored By: Student Advisory Board, KU Housing, Spencer Museum of Art

August 24

Activity

Hawk Week: Art Journal Workshop

12PM – 3PM

Join the Spencer Museum of Art in creating your own art journal using different materials and images from the Spencer Museum’s collection and the 2017 Common Work of Art. Open to all KU students. Materials will be provided.

August 27

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Jazz Storm quilt

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

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 August, get to know Jazz Storm quilt by Viola Burley Leak.

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.