Experience Art and Science at Kansas Burns

Prairie fires are the focus of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery’s new art exhibit. Every spring ranchers and prairie managers burn parts of the Flint Hills to control weeds, invasive species and keep the grasses healthy.

Feel what it’s like to be at a burn by viewing photography, painting, glass and ceramics inspired by these fires at Kansas Burns, Feb. 7–March 30. The art is as dramatic and beautiful as the burns themselves.

The art will seem so real, you’ll hear it crackle. Enjoy works by Louis Copt, Judith Sabatini, Gene Sievers, James Pringle Cook, James Nedresky, Larry Schwarm, Jim Richardson and Jennifer Somers.

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Burning Grass by Larry Schwarm

Artist Larry Schwarm presents a talk Feb. 8 at 2 pm in Marvin Auditorium 101C. This photographer talks about his prairie fire photographs from Kansas Burns, and his other projects, including documentation of the town of Greensburg, Kan., after being devastated by a tornado. He has also traveled to the country of Cuba to take photographs.

The role of the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery is to help people “get” art, and at the Kansas Burns exhibit, we’re also helping people get science. This exhibit gives you a broader understanding of prairie fires. Learn more about the annual prairie fires and understand this scientific event that is misunderstood and often problematic because of the smoke and its impact on air quality. Burning has a different impact on the environment, depending on the frequency and time of year of the burn.

Come see this quintessentially Kansas art exhibit through March 30. Tap into more art fun at facebook.com/SabatiniArtGallery.

A public relations professional, editor and writer, Lisa shares the library story in her blog posts, in the bimonthly Library News, and media interviews. A self-described social media and news nut, Lisa harnesses that passion to raise awareness and understanding of the library's vital role in this community.