Shopping for art on campus and off

10:47:40 AM CDT - Thursday, November 17, 2005

By Shannon Littlejohn

If you're looking for holiday shopping opportunities nearby, consider these artful possibilities and support the School of Art and Design at the same time.

WSU's new Shift Space, whose location off-campus shifts each month, is in its third month as the holidays begin. Each month, the exhibit opens on Final Friday, the Wichita arts community's collaborative exhibit extravaganza, thanks to a partnership forged between the school and the Wichita Downtown Development Corporation.

"The Body as Figure, Self, Culture," which features faculty and student artwork, will open with a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 25, at 326 S. Commerce Street (on the north side of Waterman in downtown Wichita). The exhibition will run through Saturday, Dec. 10. Hours are 4-7 p.m. Thursdays, 4-9 p.m. Fridays and noon-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Robert Bubp, assistant professor, coordinates the exhibit each month. He said this exhibit, in particular, has good shopping potential for art lovers.

On campus, an opportunity to become properly potted looms. Each year the WSU Ceramics Guild hosts a holiday pottery sale of undergraduate and graduate student works. There you'll find gift-worthy and personal-collection-worthy platters, planters, pots, bowls, mugs, vases and more. Prices range from affordable to amazingly affordable.

This year the Ceramics Guild 30th anniversary sale will begin with an opening reception from 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the west wing of the McKnight Art Center atrium. The sale will continue to run from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3. Half of all proceeds help support student scholarships, student travel to national ceramic art events and visiting artist lectures at WSU, said Ted Adler, assistant professor of ceramics.

You can also decorate your gift-recipient's life or your own with decorative art. Although the WSU Decorative Arts Guild is not hosting an ornament sale this year, it is putting up the fifth annual Decorative Arts Juried Show in the Staples Gallery in McKnight Art Center. The pieces will be for sale during the museum hours of noon-5 p.m. weekends and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.

The dates have changed, however, from the originally scheduled Monday, Dec. 12-Thursday, Dec. 22 to Monday, Dec. 5-Friday, Dec. 23.

In addition, said Kathy Hull at the School of Art and Design, there will be a reception for the exhibitors and awards given by juror and assistant professor Royce Smith from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9.

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