Campus Art Walk to offer creative view of campus

Thu, 09/26/2013

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Courtney Foat
KU Libraries
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LAWRENCE — Several organizations at the University of Kansas are collaborating to host the third annual KU Campus Art Walk on Thursday, Oct. 3. The event is designed for participants to explore a variety of creative works, including 2D, 3D and digital art, as well as dance and musical performances by KU students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as local and international artists.

The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at various locations on the Lawrence campus.

Courtney Foat, graphic designer with KU Libraries, says she hopes the walk will provide students and visitors with a richer view of the creative opportunities and resources available through the university.

“By highlighting the diverse range of art being produced or exhibited on campus—much of it created by our students—we hope to increase awareness of the meaningful ways in which viewers can create or engage with art,” she said. “The art walk demonstrates KU’s role in creative exploration and enriching the vibrancy of our campus and community as a whole.”

From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., attendees can stroll through campus on a self-guided tour of 10 participating art walk locations. Artists will be on hand to discuss their work, perform and share demonstrations. Guests can take part in a collaborative wall collage and “digital wall drawing” event.

Featured performers include members of the University Dance Company, who will explore improvisational dance in Watson Library (3 p.m.-4 p.m.), and the KU African Drum Ensemble, performing at the Spencer Museum of Art (5 p.m.-6 p.m.).

Featured art walk locations include Anschutz Library, the Art & Design Building, the Computer Center, Dyche Hall, the Kansas Union, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, Spencer Museum of Art and the Art & Architecture Library located on the museum’s first level, Strong Hall and Watson Library.

All are invited to stop by the east entrance to the Kansas Union throughout the day (until 6 p.m.) to take part in a collaborative wrapping of the Jayhawk sculpture. Participants can add personal messages to pieces of yarn or fabric and tie them on to help cover the outdoor sculpture in this temporary installation.

For complete Campus Art Walk details and a printable map of participating sites, visit www.ku.edu/artwalk



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