Topeka Competition 31 | National, Biennial, 3-D Juried Competition
December 6, 2013 – January 26, 2014 | Main Gallery
The Topeka Competition started more than 30 years ago as a venue for craft artists to share their work, ideas and techniques. It began as a local competition, and has grown to include artists from all over America. Learn more >>
Value: Added | Works from the permanent collection
November 4, 2013 – February 9, 2014 | Front Gallery
What would you fight for? What would you risk your life to save, and possibly die, to protect? In 2013, we explored art and community through personal connections, inspirations, materials and techniques, art elements and the principles of design, content, abstraction and color. We end the year with those abstract ideas that mean the most to all of us: our core values. Learn More >>
- Value: Added: What would you fight for? What would you risk your life to save, and possibly die, to protect? In 2013, we explored art and community through personal connections, inspirations, materials and techniques, art elements and the principles of design, content, abstraction and color. We end the year with those abstract ideas that mean the most to all of us: our core values.
- RED: Discover the Power of Color: How can one color both attract and repel at the same time? See how diverse one color can be depending on what an artist is trying to say.
- Abstraction: Works from the Permanent Collection: What is abstract and what is real? Familiar themes like human form and landscape give us an easy starting point for learning to "read" these artworks.
- Material Conversations: These are not the typical bed covers we associate with quilting. Using cloth much like a painter works with pigment, these are artistic pieces of expression.
- Unearthed: 12th Annual Art Exhibit for Children: Six artists—five Americans and one Swede—create paintings, sculptures, photographs, and scientific illustrations, all inspired by bugs and their amazing communities, behaviors, and design.
- Curate This! The genius of Our Age: Curate This! is a mentorship program where area high school students are instructed in the various skills needed to work in a gallery workplace. This year's class focused on the individual and selected art from the library's permanent collection to explore this theme.
- Consumed: Justin Marable & Juniper Tangpuz: Topeka artist Justin Marable teams up with Kansas City artist Juniper Tangpuz to take aim at environmental awareness, land use, and human history in Pop-Art style.
- Inspirations: Where Do Artists Get Their Ideas?: When we are stimulated to do or feel something, especially when we’re in the midst of a creative challenge, we call that inspiration. What inspires you?
- Art Deco Style: Elegance, Innovation and Excitement: In conjunction with the 2013 Big Read book, "The Great Gatsby" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we are featuring Art Deco work from the Library's permanent collection as well influences on this design style: Art Nouveau from the Wilder Collection and African art from the Hirschberg Collection.
- M.V.P. — Most Valued Possessions: Hear from our community about some of their most prized possessions, and why they wouldn’t trade them for the world.
- The Printed Image 4 Competition: This national, juried, printmaking exhibit gives us a chance to see work by artists all over America, people whose work we often don’t get to see.