TOPEKA -- The Kansas Arts Commission is announcing its 2011 American Masterpieces Kansas grant recipients this week.
The program supports public arts and cultural events happening between January 1, 2011 and June 30th of next year, relating to Kansas's 150th anniversary of its statehood. The commemoration can feature works by recognized Kansas artists, living or deceased.
"The Kansas Arts Commission is enthusiastic about being part of our statehood commemoration," says John Divine, who's chairman of the Kansas Arts Commission. "The events across the state not only recognize Kansas' sesquicentennial, but the talented artists who've called Kansas home."
Grant recipients and their sponsored activities include:
Friends of the Mulvane Art Museum, Inc., Topeka; $1,000 to support an exhibition and education programs featuring the works of Kansas artist David Hicks Overmyer.
Topeka Symphony Society, Topeka; $1,000 to support two school day concerts, a family matinee and an evening subscription concert featuring music by Kansas composers Charles Hoag and Kirke Mechem.
Manhattan Arts Center, Inc., Manhattan; $1,000 to support an exhibition of Kansas watercolors by Margaret Buie, and the ceramics of Gene Sievers, both Kansas artists.
Kansas State's Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan; $1,000 to support an exhibition featuring photographs by Kansas artist George Kren.
Lawrence's Art Guild Association; $1,000 for a reception and exhibition featuring late Topeka artist Bob Ault.
Other recipients in Lawrence include the Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence Children's Choir and KU's Lied Center.
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.
Find out more at http://arts.ks.gov.