The Kansas Masters' Invitational 2011
The diversity of artwork in this year’s Kansas Masters Invitational is as varied as the backgrounds and visions of the Kansas artists who created it.
This exhibit respects Kansas artists who have made and are making significant marks, figuratively and literally, on this state. They have achieved their own recognizable yet ever-changing visions on local, regional and national levels.
This exhibit, like Kansas itself, has its share of treasured traditions as well as, often unexpectedly and diversely, an ability to see beyond them.
Statement from our curator: Don Lambert:
Among the good things about "maturing" are that, finally, you can discard
what hasn't worked
and proceed only with what does. You have absolute freedom. The wisdom
after the winds.
So it is with this year's Kansas Masters Invitational at the Strecker-Nelson
Gallery. I am pleased
to be its guest curator. The 50+ mid-career and mature-career artists bring
their proud visions to
this exhibition. They have found their own voices, most have struggled
mightily to get there.
In their maturity, they are able to take more chances--add that dab here
and delete it there--just
as they have done in their lives. What we see here is both tried-and-true
and surprising. All have
retrieved old places and are climbing to new ones both higher and farther.
We, as viewers, go with them.
- Don Lambert