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Design Department faculty members show 'Big Work'

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"Big Work" is on display through Aug. 31 at the gallery on the third floor of the Art & Design Building.

LAWRENCE — Eighteen School of Architecture, Design and Planning faculty members are currently showing their work at this year's Design Department faculty show, titled "Big Work." The show is located in the gallery on the third floor of the Art & Design Building at the University of Kansas.

"In the past our faculty shows haven't been built around a theme," said Tim Hossler, visiting professor, who put the show together. "This year we decided to do something different. We invited faculty to showcase big work—big in scale, big in importance and big in scope."

Photographs of both Mongolia and American suburbia, watercolor illustrations, a sculpture of balloons, a bicycle constructed of bamboo and hand-drawn letter forms are among the pieces of art on display.

"All of this is work that the faculty has done in the last few months," said Andrea Herstowski, associate professor and acting chair of the Design Department. "It lets other faculty see what we are doing, but especially students who don't see our work very often. All of it is related to our research, so one thing feeds into another."

Faculty members showing work include Barry Fitzgerald, Richard Varney, Thomas Huang, Lance Rake, May Tveit, D. Bryon Darby, Luke Jordan, Pok Chi Lau, Travis Shaffer, Tim Hossler, Patrick Dooley, Jeremy Shellhorn, Herstowski, Louis Copt, Greg Thomas, Yoshi Sato, Margie Kuhn and Linda Samson Talleur.

The show runs through Aug. 31. Gallery hours are 1 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. The gallery is closed Saturday.

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The School of Architecture, Design & Planning mourns the passing of of our friend and mentor Professor Wojciech Lesnikowski who died April 17th after a courageous battle against cancer. “Wojciech joined our Architecture program in 1988. He served the program, the school, and KU with passion and distinction. He was a respected and admired member of our faculty and a teacher beloved by his students,” said Dean John Gaunt. He led the Architecture Department’s foreign studies programs in Paris and China, and he was also a professor of architecture at the Ecole Superieure d’Architecture Val de Seine, Paris, and the Technical University of Krakow. He worked in Poland for several years after receiving a Master of Architecture, Engineering and Planning from the Krakow School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and in 1965 he was given an internship to the Paris office of the renowned architect Le Corbusier. A few years later he found himself working in Chicago, where he said he learned, “American dynamism, optimism and a global view.” In addition to his teaching career, Lesnikowski designed buildings in the U.S., Paris, and Poland. He lectured at many universities including Syracuse, Yale and Cornell, the Polytechnics of Oxford, Delft, Prague, Geneva and the Ecole Speciale d’ Architecture in Paris. Last year he was awarded the city of Krakow's Laurel Award, its highest honor. His work has been published in dozens of architectural magazines, books, monographs and research publications. “We mourn the loss of a ‘larger than life’ architect and educator, and honor all that he contributed to us during the 26 years he served here. The life he lived was truly remarkable.a" Details regarding a memorial service will be forthcoming.
The last Hallmark Symposium lecture of the semester is tonight! It will be held in the Spencer Museum of Art Auditorium, NOT in Budig Hall. Not to be missed!
Who gets humanities grants in Kansas? A new article by Associate Professor Bonnie Johnson, Urban Planning and Affiliate Faculty John Pierce, School of Public Affairs & Administration examines which counties in Kansas receive humanities grants. They are not necessarily the wealthiest counties in terms of money or education. The grants are more likely to go to those “wealthy” in social and creative capital. This is important because the humanities grants are intended to help communities maintain their histories, build social networks, and enhance civicness, but those in the most need are not the counties who apply for the grants. Johnson and Pierce recommend targeting grants to Kansas counties low in social and creative capital. The article entitled “Is County Level of Social Creative and Human Capital Associated with Winning Humanities Grants in Kansas?” appears in the most recent online issue of Nonprofit Management and Leadership. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/nml.21103/abstract
Is County Level of Social, Creative, and Human Capital Associated with Winning Humanities Grants...
Johnson, B. J. and Pierce, J. C. (2014), Is County Level of Social, Creative, and Human Capital Associated with Winning Humanities Grants in Kansas?. Nonprofit Management and Leadership. doi: 10.1002/nml.21103


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