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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Woven glass—that’s right woven glass. We are all used to seeing woven rugs or woven blankets, but glass?
It’s week 52 of our Kansas Sesquicentennial video series—our last video for this project, and as toys can be such a part of the holiday scene, we thought we’d wrap our year-long video series with a look at our antique Schoenhut Circus collection.
Shimomura’s work is so powerful it transcends his own experience and becomes a voice for Americans marginalized in our country due to physical appearance or heritage.
Something about luminous glass filled with intricate design brings to mind holiday candy, icicles and ornaments.
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.
It’s week 49 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series, and as Kansas completes its 150th birthday year, we’ve come full-circle back to Kansas Territory and Kansas artist John Steuart Curry.