Kansas artist-craftsmen to gather at FHSU for state conference

Artist-craftsmen from across Kansas will meet in the Moss-Thorns Gallery of Art on the Fort Hays State University campus from Nov. 5-7 for the 2009 Kansas Artist Craftsman Association conference.

"The conference will really prove to be a celebration of hands-on learning and creativity," said Linda Ganstrom, FHSU professor of art and conference coordinator.

She said this year's conference offers more "hands-on" opportunities, enabling participants to gain more in-depth knowledge with practice and guidance from an instructor. Participants can "custom design" their workshop experiences. Attendees can attend workshops and lectures and see more than 75 pieces of art created from craft materials.

Exhibitions include a "KACA Members Exhibit" and "Material Mastery: The Discipline of Skill," both hand picked by Ganstrom and Glen Brown, professor of art history at Kansas State University. The Moss-Thorns Gallery is located in FHSU's Rarick Hall.

Holly Hannesian, professor and associate chair of the Department of Art at Florida State University, Tallahassee, is the keynote speaker. She will discuss "Material Mastery: The Question of Skill." Hannesian will also give a public slide lecture and a two-day workshop on ceramics.

Workshops include Jennifer Nolan, FHSU alumni and instructor of art at Dodge City Community College, conducting a sculpture lab on lampworked glass beads. Students can also participate in or watch an iron pouring demonstration by Toby Flores, assistant professor of art at FHSU; Karrie Simpson Voth, associate professor of art at FHSU, will conduct a design lab on handmade books; and Amy Schmierbach, associate professor of art at FHSU, will conduct a drawing lab for silk painting on scarves.

"We have organized this outstanding lineup of workshops with hopes to insightfully address a critical issue facing the crafts based art today -- the discipline or question of skill in art making, " said Ganstrom.

For more information about the 2009 KACA conference or to register, log on to www.kacaonline.com.

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