Kansas Union Gallery
The Kansas Union Gallery (KUG) showcases a variety of mediums from local artists every semester that engages KU students, faculty and staff with the displayed art. Every spring semester we host Senior Shows in order to provide graduating art majors with the unique opportunity to install a solo show.
Our Spring 2024 Exhibitions
Sammie Jane HardewigJanuary 14 - 27
Sammie Jane Hardewig is a Visual Art MFA Candidate in Sculpture and a recent recipient of the
Museum Studies Certificate at the University of Kansas. She received her BFA in Painting and
BA in Art History from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Her paint obsession began almost
10 years ago when her TA in Painting II suggested creating a paint sheet simply by pouring paint
and letting it dry. Sammie Jane has exhibited in group shows at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati,
Ohio; Arts + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI; Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, Nebraska; HOK
Architects with the Kansas City Arts Coalition in Kansas City, Missouri; Edgar Heap of Bird
Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas; and more. In 2022 her work received Best in Show for the Debut
the New Virtual Exhibition with the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.
Isabel VanlandinghamJanuary 28 - February 10
"Toyland" is a collective series and project that unloads my deepest sentiments surrounding the act and struggle of having to grow up. It explores the transcendence of time, the unknown and the known, the tenderness of life and influence of youth culture. My life does not differ from many others who are young and living in America - we all indulge in a similar culture no matter how we see ourselves fit in society. I never know how to define myself and cannot imagine ever really doing so without acknowledging my surroundings. In a way, I seem to understand myself and my life at the moment through the people around me and those I love. Though it may be my life, it never truly is my own because there is so much around me that I would consider a part of myself ... without being my actual physical self. My body is a shell of this true solid form that is my mind, memories and respected interests. This project serves as a comprehensive tool guiding me to slow down and also prove that my friends and I existed.
Jane HolmesFebruary 11 - 24
"Jane Holmes: Doldrums & Dreamscapes"
For me, art is all about showing people the things I find interesting. I’m endlessly fascinated by the natural world and visual storytelling. I think of my work as a way to collect everyday moments of beauty and emphasize them. I strive for harmonious color, intentional composition, and tactile imagery.
Owing her first love of art to stained glass, paint chips at the hardware store, and the first full set of Crayola crayons she ever saw, Jane Holmes’ work began as an appreciation of color. Jane is a character artist and illustrator fascinated with the natural world, people, fashion, and emotion. She works primarily with digital media in a colorful and stylized manner, prioritizing strong shape, dramatic atmosphere, and beauty.
Grace WordenFebruary 25 - March 9
John Chen & Daniel Gunder McIntyreMarch 17 - 30
KU Sexual Assault Prevention and Education CenterMarch 31 - April 20
Alexandria JonesApril 21 - May 4
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