UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

University of Missouri – Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

“Some of the compositions blend into the river rock decorative panels while others appear to be lit from within and filled with unusual substances,” Toivanen said. “Discarded ant farms, fabric and holiday decorations, melting ice-cream and local tree roots adorn the functional trash cans, turning them into sculptural objects.”

The Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition has showcased the talents of local, regional and national artists on the streets of downtown Lawrence since 1988. Juror James Martin, who consults on public art projects around Kansas City, reviewed 28 works submitted by 25 artists before selecting the following eight for this year’s exhibit:

  • John Rasmussen, Lawrence, KS – “Blue and Gold” (South Park, East Side/North Entry)
  • Neil Goss, Lawrence, KS – “Medicinal Birch: Visual Consumption” (South Park, West Side)
  • Samuel Balbuena, Lawrence, KS – “Concrete Tree“ (Eldridge Hotel – in planter)
  • Kati Toivanen, Kansas City, MO – “Treasure Hunt” (Ten locations on Massachusetts Street)
  • Dave Root, Prairie Village, KS – “Portage” (Mid-block 8th/9th and Mass, east side)
  • Will Vannerson, Kansas City, MO – “Borborygmid 8” (Library Plaza)
  • Darin and Shannon White, Lawrence, KS – “Sound Shapes” (9th and Mass, SE Corner)
  • Kristin Garnant, Camanche, IA – “Dance Steps” (Theatre Lawrence)