2015 – Topeka Competition 32

topeka competition 32

Check out Topeka Competition 32 online exhibit.

Exhibition runs Dec 4, 2015 – Jan 31, 2016 

Exciting new 3-D art and craft works are on display in the Alice C. Sabatini Gallery.

History plays a role in defining our times, our communities, our perspectives and ourselves. The works submitted for this year’s Topeka Competition express “history” in three distinct ways; historical perspective (world views), social history (community views), and personal histories (the individual).

Jon Havener's "Escapement", copper and patina

Jon Havener’s Escapement, copper and patina

We invited artists to submit artworks that met the theme of history, and we left it up to the artists to interpret the theme. Renée Stout juried the work, selecting the 34 works in this exhibit. Renée Stout is known for using real “found” objects, and combining them to create sculptures inspired by New Orleans and vodun (voodoo) traditions, spiritual healers and curio shops specializing in materials for healing. Her works are featured in the Jewel Box gallery. Renée Stout: Assembled History is exhibited courtesy of the Belger Art Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

Collapse is an art work depicting the deterioration of architecture

John Vinklarek, Collapse, cast aluminum

Art can be a reaction to, and a record of, history. Artists work with visual symbols to create their interpretation of a story. We live moments. We live our experience, and we share that experience with others, to learn from each other.

History can include significant events, wars, archaeology, records of current events and of human interaction. It can be stories of relationships, tradition or introspection. History is a way to look back. It provides a foundation from which we can move forward.
History past and present has a huge impact on artists. Our histories intertwine and connects us all.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Library


Perkins' enamled copper is a fine work of art and craft

Sarah Perkins, Cairo Window, enameled bowl

Friday, December 4, 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Opening Reception: First Friday ArtWalk (Juror’s Awards announced at 6:30 pm)

Friday, January 8, 5:30 – 8:30 pm: First Friday ArtWalk

Sunday, January 24, 7 pm: Sarah Perkins, Enamels Artist – Artist’s Talk, Marvin Auditorium 101A

Participating Artists

Marie Bower | Lynn Cool | Rene Culler | Roberta Eichenberg | Sandy Friedman | Linda Ganstrom  | Michaela Valli Groeblacher | Jon Havener | Eleanor Heimbaugh | Martha Heimbaugh | Peggy Johnston | Caroline Kahler | Patrick Martin | Sarah Perkins | Larry Peters | Andrew Redington | Gail Smuda | John Vinklarek | Jean Wender | Gina Westergard | Peggy Wyman

Congratulations to our Juror’s Award Winners! Renée Stout awarded the Juror’s Awards to these artists for their work in general:
Honorable Mention: Andrew RedingtonSecond Place: Patrick Martin
First Place: Michaela Valli Groeblacher

Sherry Best

Our library has a very cool art collection, and I get to be in charge of it. I started drawing when I was 4 years old, and never stopped making art. I want to do more than show you art, I want to help you understand it, relate to it, and 'get' it. Art lets us share what it is to be human.