2012 – Curate This! The Good, The Bed & The Ugly

We all fall asleep—what happens next is up to the dreamer. Featured work from the TSCPL permanent collection (left to right): “Wizard’s Joy” by Julia Fulkerson, “Teachers” by Walter Hatke, and “Caustic Beauty” by Caroline Kahler.

June 1 – July 13, 2012

Opening Reception & First Friday Artwalk
Friday | June 1 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery

What does a dream look like?

As we enter into sleep, our dreams start to take shape. The subconscious portion of our brain takes control as we slowly slip into an unconscious state of mind. The scenes and images that we dream, either good or “ugly”, have meaning that are open to interpretation.

This exhibition, The Good, The Bed and The Ugly, includes a variety of intriguing, scary and weird artworks that we dreamt of putting together to illustrate our dreams and nightmares.

Click here to see pictures of our experience!

Anna | Hi! I’m Anna, I’m a sophomore at Topeka High School. I’m in band and a lot of honors classes. My favorite things to do are read, play my flute, spend time with family and friends, participate in my church youth group and volunteer at Helping Hands Humane society. I joined the Curate This! Program because I am interested in museum work. Being an archeologist is my dream job and I decided to start here. In short, this is who I am and what I do.

Erika | I am a 10th grader at Highland Park High school. My favorite hobbies are music, art and cooking. I play volleyball and compete in track events. Three of my art pieces have been published in the past four years. Two of those pieces were sold in an auction and all the money was donated to Family Service Guidance Council for helping children. I love to make art and enjoy working with colored pencils.

Danielle | I just graduated from Seaman High School. Not only are art and dance my favorite activities, my life revolves around them. Art and dance are where I find serenity and are my temporary escape. I joined Curate This! Program to get more experience with art and to see what it takes to put on a successful exhibit. Hopefully, the experience will help me in my future as an interior designer.

What is Curate This?

Curate This! is a student project directed by Sabatini Gallery associate curator, Betsy Roe, for selected, area high school youth. 2012 is the first year we’ve offered it.

Students work with a curator to choose artwork from the Library’s permanent collection for exhibition in the front gallery (Hirschberg Gallery). They are also asked to create the text panels, write curator’s statements and work with our Communications & Marketing department on various marketing elements.

For more information about this project, email or call (785-580-4515) Betsy Roe.

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.