Kansas Masters Invitational Art Exhibit Video Preview

Jay Nelson, co-owner of the Strecker-Nelson Art Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas and the force behind this biennial exhibit, gives a wonderful interview about the history of the show, how he defines a “master” and what he hopes you take away from this exhibit. Kansas Masters opens at 9AM on September 2.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Yoshiro Ikeda?

For week 31 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re looking west to Manhattan, home to renowned ceramist and Distinguished Professor of Ceramics at Kansas State University, Yoshiro Ikeda.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Stained Glass Windows?

For week 30 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re taking a closer look at the Library’s various stained glass windows. Six are from the original 1883 Library located on the Statehouse grounds, two were commissioned from artist Mark Anschutz for the Library’s grand re-opening for the Topeka Room and a triptych from the Woodward family home, originally in Lawrence until Chester Woodward relocated his family to Topeka around 1920 (now the Woodward Inns on Fillmore).

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s City Directories?

For week 29 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re taking a closer look at our City Directories. The Topeka Room has an extensive collection of Topeka city directories dating from 1870 to the present. These directories can be helpful in establishing the year a house was built, as well as the names and occupations of previous residents.

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Trade Card Collection?

It’s week 28 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series and we’re taking a closer look at our Trade Card collection. Trade cards were an early form of advertising and marketing and have existed since the early 17th century. Made from paper, these handouts contained information about a business’s location and the goods it offered. They can also reveal the era’s cultural values. “During the height of popularity for the chromolithographic trade card, from 1880-1900, popular culture was an inspiration for many of the designs.”

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Merrell Gage?

Happy Independence Day, America! For week 27 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re taking a closer look at Topeka native and renowned artist, Merrell Gage (1892-1981), “an alumni of the most sophisticated art schools, who turned for subject matter to the basics of American history, the stories of the western struggle, and the lives of heroes of the American soul. Gage portrayed and interpreted the freedom and dignity of the American experience through the medium of his art.”

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Robert Sudlow and Horace Eubank?

We’re well into Kansas summer with its inescapable geographic beauty, so for week 26 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re honoring the memories of renowned Kansas landscape artist, Robert Sudlow (1920-2010) and one of his most devoted patrons and generous TSCPL benefactor, Horace Eubank (1918-2005).

52 for 150: What’s So Special About Birger Sandzén?

It’s summer and perfect weather for an afternoon drive through the Kansas countryside. Why not pack a lunch, grab your sketchbook or camera and document the landscape like our featured artist for week 24 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, Birger Sandzén (1871-1954).