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American Indian Heritage Month featured artist: Roxanne Swentzell

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.

Admonition by Sara R. Parr

Visualizing a Poem for National Poetry Month

Artists’ books combine text, image, material and structure to tell a story. In honor of National Poetry Month, let’s take a closer look at one of the library’s artists’ books, “Admonition”, by Sara R. Parr.

Sparrows, Yen Pa-lung

Chinese Decorative Arts

Discover some of the many symbols found in Chinese decorative arts on display at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery in the Hirschberg Gallery from April 6 through May 18.

Collection Storage

Where the art is stored at Your Library

Have you ever wondered where the library keeps all its art? Let’s take a look at Special Collection Storage down in the basement of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Julie Chen, "Evidence of Compression", 2001

Is That a Book?

Artists’ books encourage us to look outside the binding to see what a book can be. Bottle cap pages, metal covers, and sanded and shaped text blocks are just a few of the possibilities.

summery post woven glass

Woven Wonders

Woven glass—that’s right woven glass. We are all used to seeing woven rugs or woven blankets, but glass?