30th Annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition announced

Kevin PowellArts & Culture, City

Annually since 1988, the Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition (ODSE) has showcased the talents of local, regional and national artists on the streets of downtown Lawrence and beyond.  Through the vision of James Patti, who was the director of the Kansas Sculptors Association in the 1980s, the ODSE continues to add visual vibrancy each year and provides professional development experience for many talented artists.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the exhibition. Ann Holliday, Director of Arts Initiatives & Art in the Loop Program Director for the Downtown Council of Kansas City, Missouri, served as this year’s juror.  Ms. Holliday reviewed over 32 works submitted by 16 artists and selected nine artworks for this year’s eclectic exhibition.

In honor of the 30th anniversary, this year’s collection of works will be included in an online smartphone application entitled Otocast which showcases public art from more than 80 locales in the United States.
The opening reception and a walking tour with the juror and some of the artists will begin at Watson Park at 5:30 P.M. on Friday, June 1. The tour and reception are open to the public. People can also take self-guided tours during the year-long exhibition by using the 2018 ODSE Guide and Map, which will also be available in print at City Hall, the Lawrence Library and the Lawrence Arts Center.
Here are the 30th Annual ODSE artists with the titles and locations of their artworks:

  • Nick Willett, Springfield, MO, Clathrus  (Theatre Lawrence)
  • Kristin Garnant, Comanche, IA, Hydraulic Jump 1 (9th and Mass – east side)
  •  Will Vannerson, Kansas City, MO, Borbor 9 (Watson Park near 7th Street)
  • Craig Gray, Key West, FL, Slices of Heaven (Lawrence Library Plaza)
  • Mark Burton, Lawrence, KS, Mother and Child and All That Jazz (Planter at 7th and Mass – west side)
  • Jacob Burmood, Louisburg, KS, Whirligig (6th and Mass)
  • John Rasmussen, Lawrence, KS, Seed Transformation (800 block of New Hampshire/Farmer’s Market)
  • Nathan Pierce, Cape Girardeau, MO, Better Days (Law Enforcement Center, 11th and New Hampshire)
  • Richard Renner, Lawrence, KS, Living Topiary

More information and a link to this year’s brochure can be found online:  lawrenceks.org/ODSE

Contact: Porter Arneill, 785-832-3402, parneill@lawrenceks.org