Events Calendar

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

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 02

Talk

Artist Talk: Thaddeus Holownia

2:30PM – 3:30PM
SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 408, KEMPER FAMILY FOUNDATIONS BALCONY, SPENCER MUSEUM OF ART, GALLERY 318, JACK AND LAVON BROSSEAU CENTER FOR LEARNING

Visiting artist Thaddeus Holownia speaks about his 40 works on view in the exhibition Headlighting: Photographs by Thaddeus Holownia, and shares his recent ecologically conscious work exploring the intersections of nature and humankind. The works on view in Headlighting represent an early body of work from 1974-75 that feature portraits of people and their cars from a road trip between Toronto, Canada and Kansas. Holownia is Head of the Fine Arts Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. He was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000 and invested into the Order of New Brunswick in 2015.

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 Haunted by the Ghosts of Our Own Making

2PM – 3:30PM
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.

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 30

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Morning in the Adirondacks

2PM – 3:30PM
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 27

Talk

Slow Art Sunday Jazz Storm quilt

2PM – 3:30PM
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 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.