2013 – Unearthed: 12th Annual Art Exhibit for Children

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Seven artists—six Americans and one Swede—create paintings, sculptures, photographs, and scientific illustrations, all inspired by bugs and their amazing communities, behaviors, and design.


unearthed LP redo kutcherDiscover the magic of insects at “Unearthed,” our 12th Annual Art Exhibit for Children.

We’ve invited seven artists – six Americans and one Swede – who create paintings, sculptures, photographs and scientific illustrations inspired by bugs and their amazing communities, behaviors and design. Be tickled by these creepy-crawly artworks and learn more about the wonderful world of insects in our kids’ experience area. Crawl through an ant tunnel, see the world the way honeybees do, and learn lots of fun things about these tiny creatures that play a big role in our ecosystem. Art meets science in wonderful ways. Whether you appreciate the beauty or the gross-out factor of bugs, kids and grownups alike will be thrilled by these artistic insects. The tiny world of insects inspires them big time and will inspire you, too.


Steven Kutcher, Hollywood’s go-to guy for insect training,  uses bugs as moving paintbrushes. He puts paint on their feet, then guides them across paper to make patterns, some based on famous artworks. Joan Danziger’s wire and glass insects are charming and colorful, and some are four feet long – those are some big bugs! Magnus Muhr photographs fly bodies and makes cartoon drawings around them that portray flies doing the things that people do. Jennifer Angus pins real bodies of insects to walls (ick!) creating unbelievable designs inspired by Victorian wallpaper. Patrick Vincent combines portraits of real people with the bug of their choice. Leroy Mize takes old pipe wrenches and welds steel parts to create grasshoppers. Dr. Barrett Klein, a biology professor at University of Wisconsin, combines his scientific study with illustration and video.


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The Sabatini Family Foundation supports our Annual Art Exhibit for Children to get kids involved in and excited by the arts at an early age. Summer at the library not only offers a cool, family friendly art experience, but also a reading challenge and events kids really dig! While art experiences develop creative skills, summer reading is proven to improve kids’ reading scores when they return to school. The library is where it’s at to keep kids reading and learning all summer long. Sign up for summer reading now at www.summerfest.tscpl.org!

Related Events

bug artist composite 2First Friday ArtWalk
Friday | June 7 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Friday | July 5 | 5:30 – 8:30 PM | Sabatini Gallery
Nibble on some food during opening night and enjoy a first look at the new art exhibit, Unearthed! Look for eye-popping bug art. Keep in mind in July some galleries won’t be open, but we will! All ages welcome.
Close Up: Insects
Saturday | June 8 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | Marvin Auditorium 101C

Chum up to some insect specimens from Washburn University. Dr. Rodrigo Mercader, assistant professor of biology, talks about insects and shows their patterning,mimicry and colors. Ages: 5–12 and families.
Saturday | June 15 | 10:30 – 11:30 AM | Sabatini Gallery

Make your own unique bug to take home and creep out your mom and younger siblings! Patterns and colors provided. Just bring your imagination. Registration required. Call 580-4515. Ages: 5–10 years.

Bugging You
with Artist Patrick Vincent
Monday | June 17 | 2 – 3 PM | Marvin Auditorium

Learn about the fascinating art of printmaking and make your own bug print t-shirt. T-shirt and supplies provided. Vincent shares how he creates his art, which combines human and insect components to create new creatures. Ages: Teens.

World, Art & You—Pastels
Friday | June 21 | 10 – 11:45 AM | Marvin 101 A

Artist Daska teaches the basics of drawing with pastels. Learn how to use this bright, easy-flowing art medium to create artworks. Free, but registration required: 580-4515.

Joan Danziger Artist Talk
Friday | July 12 | 7 – 8:30 PM | Marvin 101C
Unearthed features Joan’s phenomenal glass and wire bugs. Hear about her other projects, where she gets her ideas, and how she makes her delightful sculptures.

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.