Attention all artists 18 and over! We are now accepting submissions for the Topeka Competition. This national exhibition recognizes artists working in three-dimensional media, and offers the public an opportunity to view some of the most innovative work in contemporary arts and crafts. Eligible media are clay, metalwork, jewelry, fiber, leather, glass, wood, or any combination of the above. To view highlights from Topeka Competition 29, check us out here.
If you would like to submit work, you may enter online.
For More Information, call us in the Gallery: 785-580-4515.
About our Juror:
L. Brent Kington is regarded as one of the most influential artists in the American craft studio movement. His work in metalsmithing has encompassed silver toys, iron sculptures, kinetic works, design, and works in large and small scale. After growing up in Topeka, Kansas, he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in metalsmithing at the University of Kansas, and his Master of Fine Arts in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He began teaching sculpture at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1961.
Kington is a leader in blacksmithing, having researched and rediscovered historic techniques and ancient knowledge that were nearly lost. He introduced blacksmithing to the curriculum of SIUC in 1972, and by 1976 the program had grown into a BFA degree. Kington and his students researched formulas for gorging Damascus steel and Mokume-gane, layering metals to create complex patterns in the steel.
Want to learn more about L. Brent Kington?
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Image Credit: L. Brent Kington, Crosier 1993