2011 – Kansas Masters Invitational Art Exhibit

Detail of “Dusk Resonance” by Cally Krallman, acrylic on canvas

September 2 – October 21, 2011

First Fridays ArtWalks
September 2 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Sabatini Gallery
October 7 | 5:30 – 8:30 pm | Sabatini Gallery
The Sabatini Gallery is a great place to start your First Fridays. The Library is centrally located with lots of parking space for carpooling.

Kansas Masters Gallery Talk
October 16 | 3 – 4 pm | Sabatini Gallery
Spend the evening with organizers Jay and Barbara Nelson and curator Don Lambert. Learn about the art and artists in the show and how the exhibit came together.

About The Exhibit

We are very proud to host the Kansas Masters Invitational Art Exhibit at the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery this year. This exhibit features some of the best and most well-respected artists in Kansas.

From vibrant oil paintings to contorted glass sculpture, the diversity of artwork in this year’s Kansas Masters Invitational Art Exhibit is as varied as the backgrounds and visions of the artists who created it. This exhibit features Kansas artists who have made and are making significant marks, figuratively and literally, on this state. They have achieved their own recognizable yet ever-changing styles that have earned them attention locally, nationally and for some internationally, by exhibiting and publishing their work.

This exhibit, like Kansas itself, has its share of treasured traditions as well as, often unexpectedly and diversely, an ability to see beyond the traditions to new discoveries.

About our guest curator: Don Lambert has written and/or produced six books about Kansas artists. Exhibitions he has curated about Kansas artists have been in nearly 500 museums across the country, including the Smithsonian and the U.S. Capitol. His articles in national art magazines have been about Elizabeth “Grandma” Layton, John Steuart Curry, Robert Sudlow, Louis Copt, Terry Maxwell, Stan Herd, Joan Foth and others. Nominated by then Governor Kathleen Sebelius, he received the national arts promotion award from the National Governors Association in 2007.

Among the good things about “maturing” are that, finally, you can discard what hasn’t worked and proceed only with what does. You have absolute freedom—the wisdom after the winds. So it is with this year’s Kansas Masters Invitational Art Show. I am pleased to be its guest curator.The 56 mid-career and mature-career artists bring their proud visions to this exhibition.They have found their own voices; most have struggled mightily to get there. In their maturity, they are able to take more chances—add that dab here and delete it there—just as they have done in their lives. What we see here is both tried-and-true and surprising. All have retrieved old places and are climbing to new ones both higher and farther. We, as viewers, go with them.”
—Don Lambert

Criteria For Selection

  • Current resident of Kansas
  • Museum presence—work in a collection, and/or an exhibit
  • Publications—about and/or authored by the artist
  • Actively exhibiting and actively making work
  • Mature artists (mid to late career)—as implied by “master” designation

Participating Artist Links

Eric Abraham | Michael Albrechtsen | Marc Berghaus | Rita Blitt | Jane Booth | James Borger | Vernon Brejcha | Kim Casebeer | Louis Copt | Chris Wolf Edmonds | Phil Epp | Connie Ernatt | John Ernatt | Pete Felten | Mark Flickinger | Ralph Fontenot | Tim Forcade | Joelle Ford | Linda Ganstrom | Sheldon Ganstrom | Steven Graber | Hugh Greer | Lisa Grossman | Anthony Benton Gude | Jon Havener | Stan Herd | John Hulsey | Yoshiro Ikeda | Michael Jilg | Stephen Johnson | Dan Kircheffer | Cally Krallman | Kathleen Kuchar | Janet Kuemmerlein | Margie Kuhn | John Kuhn | Oscar Larmer | Judith Mackey | Patrick Martin | Danny Meisinger | James Munce | Doug Osa | Barbara Waterman Peters | Larry Peters | Eliot Pujol | Jim Richardson | Matthew Richter | Sonie Joi Ruffin | Marjorie Schick | Larry Schwarm | Gordon Sherman | Roger Shimomura | Kevin Sink | Brian Slawson | Richard Slimon | Guinotte Wise

Michael Perkins

Multimedia Producer and Visual Artist at the library. Painter of the Kids Library Mural and 3D scapes, Designer of the Learn and Play Bus and AdventureMobile. When not at work you can find me drawing, making stuff out of wood and getting into trouble.