Brown v. Board Hosts Major Art Competition

By: Greg Palmer
By: Greg Palmer

Topeka, KS (Release) – Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site will serve a the host of a student art show titled, “Kansans . . . As Talented As You Think!” The show will feature the winners and finalists of a juried high school art competition in eight categories.

This year’s winner of the Best of Show category is Brent Lambert, a senior at Topeka West high school for his entry in the black and white photography category.

For eight years, Kansas Native Sons and Daughters have sponsored the Kansas High School Art Contest, “Kansans…As Talented As You Think.”

This year, Kansans Karen Gerety Folk from Overland Park, Ron Michael from Lindsborg, and Katherine Walker Schlageck from Manhattan served as preliminary judges choosing the finalists in each category.

The final judge, Mike Michaelis from Wichita chose the “Best of Show”. The exhibit is free and open to the public until January 23.

Michaelis, the chairman of Wichita based Emprise Bank, has assembled an art collection of more than 2,000 works. This collection includes works by more than 700 artists, most of them Kansans. Mike was born in Russell, Kansas and graduated from Wichita High School Southeast and received undergraduate and graduate degrees from The University of Kansas.

Karen Gerety Folk is curator of education at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, in Overland Park.

Ron Michael is curator at The Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg.

Katherine Walker Schlageck is the senior curator of education at the Mariana Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, Manhattan.

Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site tells the story of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that ended legal segregation in public schools, is located at 1515 SE Monroe Street in Topeka, Kansas.

Other sponsors include Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Freedom’s Frontier National Heritage Area, the law firm of Woner, Glenn, Reeder & Girard, P.A., and the Andrea P. Glenn Foundation for Education and Community Service of the Topeka Community Foundation.


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