52 for 150: What’s So Special About Albert Bloch?

For week 50 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, we’re taking a closer look at artist Albert Bloch, head of drawing and painting from 1923-1947 at the University of Kansas, and only American member of Der Blaue Reiter, Germany’s most important group of artists in the 20th century which contributed greatly to the development of Expressionism.

The War DVD by Ken Burns

REVIEW: Ken Burns’ Documentary “The War”

What was always taught as a dry timeline of sleep-inducing dates and names, “The War” made natural connections between events and people, and even campaigns and battles became distinct. But not only was I learning facts, I was sensing major social changes emerging as a result of the war.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Eanger Irving Couse?

It’s national Native American Heritage Month, so for week 48 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, we’re featuring painter Eanger Irving Couse, founding member of the Taos Society of Artists known for his lifelong fascination with Native American culture and serious figurative scenes of the Indians of Taos Pueblo.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Jaune Quick-To-See Smith?

It’s national Native American Heritage Month, so for week 45 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re featuring Jaune Quick-to-See Smith. A painter of Salish, French-Cree, and Shoshone heritage, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s art “presents a cross-cultural dialogue between those values and experiences of the artist’s inherited past and those of late-20th-century Euro-American culture.”

"Woven In Time" by Kathleen Kuchar; acrylic collage on wood.

Master Advice From Painter Kathleen Kuchar

We asked the artists in our current art exhibit, Kansas Masters, what advice they have for new artists and what the word “master” means to them.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Topeka State Hospital Artifacts?

Today is National Mental Health Awareness Day, and for week 41 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, we’re highlighting the recent acquisition of a copper cupola and a yellow brick from the top and sides of the former Topeka State Hospital. PLUS! Hear Susan Marchant tell the story of one famous resident, Boston Corbett.