2015 – Curate This | Knowledge: A Thirst That Cannot Be Quenched

IMAGE: Laughing Buddha, wood, Huggins Collection, 1997.040.374

April 25 – June 28
Front Gallery

About the Exhibit

Joan Miró, “Maternity” (20th c.), color lithograph; TSCPL Permanent Collection, 2004.39

All throughout history, humans have constantly searched for knowledge. We have always had a neverending, never-ceasing desire to learn. The avenues we’ve chosen revolve around three topics: spirituality, creativity, and the sciences.

Through spirituality, we seek; through the sciences, we develop; through creativity, we explore. Art reflects our outlook on the world and the pieces in our exhibit are meant to evoke a sense of universal searching and awareness.

For more information about getting involved, email our Museum Educator, Betsy Roe.

Related Events | First Friday Opening Reception
Friday | May 1 | 5:30 – 8:30PM | Sabatini Gallery

About the Curators

Drawing by Kelsie O’Mara

Kelsie O’Mara
I am a Senior at Washburn Rural High School. I have always had a love for art and culture. I am currently in AP Studio Art, as well as Printmaking and Jewelry Making. Growing up, it was my father (who went to college for studio arts) that inspired my love for art.

Once I got into high school, I took humanities, mythology, and art history courses. After that, I fell madly in love with the arts and decided it was something I wanted to pursue. Since then, I have taken up every opportunity to be involved in the Topeka art community.

anita patel drawing 1.75w

“I have only recently gotten into the creation of serious art, so I decided to share the first portrait I’ve ever done of a person with you. They’re sent to Bangladesh at an orphanage of children — we get to draw them as a present. Meet Baburam.”

Anita Patel
Anita is a sixteen-year-old girl who has a passion for helping others grow, and aspires to become an elementary teacher. She lives in Topeka, KS, in a suburban area where she can peacefully read, write, create arts and crafts, or bake in her spare time. Sadly, her spare time has been robbed by a clever thief called Education, but nevertheless Anita is able to survive on what spare minutes she has left.

Joining the Curate This! program will hopefully allow Anita to see the other side of the story. The first side involves the creation of the art and the artist, based on the emotions and materials used to create the piece. The other side arises when the finished art pieces are interacted with, and how they interact with other pieces. This portion is about making the art engaging towards others and marketing the creations by using layout, lighting, and textual supplements to its advantage. Hopefully, with this experience, Anita will also be able to see her projects in a new light…

mira ram 2 1.75

“Neither of the pieces above have titles because I’m really horrible at coming up with titles.”

Mira Ram
I am a junior at Washburn Rural High School. I am in the IB (International Baccalaureate) Program at my school. I like computers a lot and enjoy coding and graphic design. I am the president (and founder) of the Computer Club at my school and the treasurer of the Liberty in North Korea Club that a few of my friends created because we are passionate about freeing the North Korean people! I don’t take part in any sports, unless playing video games counts as a sport. My other hobbies include doodling, singing, and watching anime.

I was a part of the Curate This team last year with the show, “Shades of Perception”. I joined Curate This! because I thought being able to create an art show would be an interesting experience — and it was. I had a blast last year and I hope I have just as much fun with the show this year as I did last year!

Working as a team to accomplish shared goals. These ladies did a wonderful job this year. So lucky to have them.



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.