Spencer Museum shows Dust Bowl art created by students
- Sep. 25, 2013
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The Spencer Museum of Art is exhibiting six posters designed by students at the University. The exhibit, “1 Kansas Farmer,” illustrates the scale of the Dust Bowl, current issues and future challenges Kansas agriculture will face. The students applied design concepts learned in class at the University to create the exhibition.
The Dust Bowl was a period of severe drought and dust storms during the 1930s and was the largest agricultural disaster in Kansas’ history. The “1 Kansas Farmer” exhibit illustrates the scale of the Dust Bowl, as well as challenges that will affect farmers in the future. The posters highlight the importance of agriculture in Kansas.
The exhibition is the result of a collaboration between Patrick Dooley, a professor of visual communication at the University, and Kate Meyer, assistant curator of Works on Paper at the Spencer.
“The posters are meant to inform in a way that is as engaging as possible,” Meyer said. The posters depict issues such as water conservation, biofuels and climate change.
Meyers said that cooperation among the scientific and farming communities is essential to solving these challenges. “We have discord, how do we move forward when all of our parties aren’t on the same page?” Meyers questioned.
The posters balance themselves between elements of design, science and art, according to the Spencer’s website.
The “1 Kansas Farmer” exhibition coincides with the University’s 2013 Common Book, Timothy Egan’s “The Worst Hard Time.” The 1 Kansas Farmer exhibition will be at the Spencer through Dec. 15.