Artist INC Lawrence
M-AAA collaborates with Lawrence Arts Center to present Artist INC Live Lawrence
About Lawrence Arts Center
The Lawrence Arts Center is a regional center for visual and performing arts, contemporary exhibitions, film, and lectures. Charged by its mission to enrich and invigorate the community by offering the best in contemporary exhibitions, performance, and arts education, programs are complemented by fully developed curricula in ballet and modern dance, theater performance, and visual arts that observe National Core Art Standards. The Lawrence Arts Center welcomes over 200,000 visitors annually and employs over 130 teaching artists teaching more than 400 classes to 10,000 students each year. The vision guiding the Lawrence Arts Center is to provide open access to the arts and to offer diverse opportunities to artistic excellence.
The next Artist INC Lawrence seminar will be held in winter, 2019
Nick Carswell is originally from Limerick, Ireland. He has studied music, maths and philosophy at University College Dublin, sound engineering in Temple Bar’s Sound Training Centre and an M.Phil in Music and Media Technologies in Trinity College Dublin. Nick’s works have included multimedia video and installations, electro-acoustic composition and radio-dramas, short films and full-length records. Current projects are the bands Carswell & Hope and Pink Royal, the music collective Silly Goose Records, and a commission for the East Ninth project in Lawrence, KS. Nick is also Assistant Director of the Overland Park non-profit InterUrban ArtHouse.
Storyteller Priscilla Howe travels the world (eleven countries on three continents) with a bagful of puppets and a headful of stories. Since 1993, her full-time job has been telling folktales, personal stories—some are even true—and literary tales to listeners of all ages, even grownups. Her favorite audience is the one in front of her at the moment. A native New Englander, Priscilla lives in Lawrence KS with her cat, Francis Bacon (Sir).
From the first moment she could hold one, had a brush in her hand, Molly Murphy and has not put it down since. Molly currently maintains studio practices in Lawrence, Kansas and in Kansas City’s Crossroads District. Her paintings embrace the inextricable links between art and science, investigating memory in its many forms. Her work has been shown across the United States and in Europe, and is in private and corporate collections around the world.
Alongside a rigorous studio practice, Molly has been a leader in the Lawrence community, dedicating countless hours to art collectives, public projects, curation, and arts-based volunteer work. She has been a featured artist at Free State Festival, featured artist for the United Nations Association Women’s Conference, Visual Artist in Residence for Escape to Create in Seaside, Florida and served on the Board of Directors of the Lawrence Arts Center.
Molly Krause graduated from The University of Kansas with a degree in Social Welfare but spent the last twenty years as a restaurateur. She co-authored “The Flavorful Kitchen Cookbook” and her debut novel “Joy Again” was published by Bedazzled Ink in May 2016. In addition to completing her memoir, she teaches writing at the Lawrence Arts Center and is the Zinn Creative Artist in Residence at Liberty Memorial Central Middle School. Reliving her youth in adult ballet class is a highlight of her week. She and her husband live in Lawrence, Kansas with their two teenage daughters.
Kent Smith is a Lawrence, KS based illustrator, designer, teacher, problem-maker, problem-solver, mad scientist and mayor of Smittytown. In all his endeavors, he celebrates how fortunate he is to spend his days making pictures and talking about art and design. Kent’s work can be found in things ranging from children’s toys to beer labels and huge woodblocks to tiny trading cards. Kent embraces new challenges and solving new problems. Using design thinking and working in a variety of media allows Kent to offer up solutions chock-full of humor, personality and unexpected connections. His work often centers on themes of storytelling, community building, unexplained phenomena and the magic that exists all around us. Kent loves super-heroes, ninjas, monkeys, UFOs, cryptids, robots, ray-guns, and romance.
Kyla Strid was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She earned a BFA in ceramics from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2007 and an MFA from Ohio University in 2013. She also studied ceramics at Alfred University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Kyla has worked as a technician for Easy Ceramic Decals and in multiple galleries as an Assistant Manager, Manager, Concept Designer, and Curator. She has been awarded residencies at the Clay Studio of Missoula, Red Lodge Clay Center, Guldagergaard, and the Lawrence Arts Center. Kyla worked her way from ceramics resident to Studio Manager to her current position as the Director of Residencies and Adult Education at the Lawrence Arts Center. In addition to working at the Arts Center, she is a resident artist at Seed Co. Studios and dabbles as a consultant on the archeological dig of a Minoan Pottery on Crete.
Margaret Weisbrod Morris
Margaret Weisbrod Morris is an artist and arts administrator active in the arts education and non-profit community. At the Lawrence Arts Center, Morris leads an extensive community arts education program that delivers over 500 classes a year to 10,000 students. She serves as the lead contributor and editor for major agency publications and grants, and serves as the public liaison for the Arts Center on matters of education and cultural policy. She came to the Arts Center from the Kansas Arts Commission where she was the program manager for Arts in Education. Before moving to Kansas, she began as a prop artist for children’s television, eventually creating studio art and art therapy programs for non-profit organizations across NYC. Morris holds a B.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and studied with Edith Kramer, the founder of the field of art therapy, to get her M.A. degree from New York University.