In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, I want to share the art of Santa Clara Pueblo artist Roxanne Swentzell with you. We’ll take a closer look at her sculpture called “Laughing at the Ducks”, which is part of the library’s permanent art collection. Then we’ll hit the road to see examples of her work in museums in Kansas City and Denver.
Walking out of the house today feels like stepping into an oven. Kansas summers are hot, but kilns are hotter, some reaching 2000 degrees fahrenheit. In keeping with the heat and oven theme, week 25 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series is all about our Ceramic Arts Collection.
Thanks to the Friends of the Library! Their support of the Topeka Competition 30 lets us add great art to our library’s collection. For more than 30 years, the Friends of the Library has sponsored the Topeka Competition. This is a national, juried, biennial exhibition, featuring the best in contemporary arts and crafts. It started [...]
For week 16 of our Kansas sesquicentennial series, we’re focusing on ceramist Ken Ferguson (1938-2004), former Professor and Chair of the ceramics department at Kansas City Art Institute for over thirty years. “In 1981 Ferguson was voted one of the twelve greatest living potters in a readers’ survey by Ceramics Monthly magazine. His students included many successful contemporary ceramists including Richard [...]
Celebrating national artists working in 3-dimensional media, the Topeka Competition offers visitors an opportunity to view new and innovative work in contemporary arts and crafts. Opens April 1 at the Sabatini Gallery.