Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist, the first nationally touring retrospective of the work of Aaron Douglas (1899-1979), the foremost visual artist of the Harlem Renaissance. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Douglas captured the spirit of his time and established a new black aesthetic and utopian vision. Working from a politicized concept of personal identity, he combined angular cubist rhythms and seductive art-deco dynamism with traditional African and African American imagery to develop a radically new visual vocabulary that evoked both current realities and hopes for a better future. In paintings, murals, and illustrations for books and progressive journals, his ideas and their artistic form produced the most powerful visual legacy of the Harlem Renaissance; curated by Susan Earle, curator of European and American art and coordinated by Stephanie Knappe, doctoral candidate in art history; Spencer Museum of Art, On-tour, 2008, Lawrence
Celebration of Flight: Women in Aviation, Kansas painter
Judi Geer Kellas has created more than 30 paintings to honor pioneer
women in aviation. The art work will be up for the International 99s-Forest of Friendship Conference and for Atchison's "Amelia Earhart Celebration." Exhibition June 20-July 19, St. Benedict's Abbey Art Gallery, Atchison.