LAWRENCE -- The Lawrence Arts Center is the recipient of a “Kansas 150 American Masterpieces Grant” from the Kansas Arts Commission to support an exhibit of prints by four notable charter members of the Kansas-based Prairie Print Makers: Birger Sandzen, Herschel Logan, Norma Bassett Hall, and C.A. Seward. The Kansas 150 grants support public arts and cultural events relating to the Kansas 150 commemoration and featuring works by living or deceased recognized Kansas artists as part of the Kansas statewide sesquicentennial celebrations.
The Prairie Print Makers were formed in December 1930 in Lindsborg with the goal to “further the interest of both artists and laymen in printmaking and collecting.” Their contributions to Kansas art are exceptional not only because of the artistic quality and populist mission of their work, but also because of their early focus on rural Kansas landscape and heritage. The Prairie Print Makers commissioned limited prints from members and sponsored traveling exhibits featuring members' work. These low-cost exhibits were sent all over the country, exposing the printmakers to a wide audience. The group's goals were much in line with the WPA-inspired Kansas Museum Project, motivated by the belief that art should be available to all classes of people.
The program is sponsored by the Kansas Arts Commission, along with the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Masterpieces: Three Centuries of American Genius. A special thank you to the Kansas Historical Society for spearheading the Kansas 150 celebration. For more information on the Kansas sesquicentennial celebration, visit http://ks150.org.
The Kansas Arts Commission is a state agency, funded by the State of Kansas and the National Endowment for the Arts, dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Kansas. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives. For more information on the Kansas Arts Commission, please visit the KAC website at http://arts.ks.gov.