Monday, September 21, 2015

Norman Akers: Contested Territories

The Percolator Art Space is proud to present, “Contested Territories” by Norman Akers. This exhibition opens at the Percolator Art Space on September 25 for a Final Friday art reception, and Norman will give a gallery talk at 6:30 pm. The exhibit runs through October 24, 2015.

This exhibition consists of 20 monoprints that explore issues related to an ever-changing political and cultural landscape in the Americas. The prints make use of layered imagery, including early European prints and altered maps to create an alternate landscape. Prof. Akers’ work addresses the impact of colonialism in the Americas exploring issues related to identity and place. The vocabulary of our time with words such as indigenous, native, outsider, illegal alien, and immigrant are used to define people’s relationship to place. The complexity of defining home, with the notion of belonging to or claiming a place in a shifting historic and political landscape has deeply influenced this body of work.

Prof. Akers is an Associate Professor in the Visual Arts Department at the University of Kansas. As an Osage artist, Prof. Akers reinvents what it means to be a cartographer through paintings and prints whose nonlinear map images range from names of states, roadway lines, tribal oral histories, and flora and fauna. These qualities converge to express both a personal and cultural exploration in reclaiming a sense of place and home.

Prof. Akers will give a gallery talk entitled, “Experiences of a Native Artist in the Mainstream” at the Percolator Art Space at 1 pm on Saturday October 17th. This talk focuses on issues related to identity, stereotyping, and expectations in the art market.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

August Final Friday: The Percolator does Theatre!

Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean

August 28th & 29th, September 5th & 6th at 8:30 pm:

Orange Mouse Theatricals, is producing Ed Gracyzk's "Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean" as an immersive theatre event, opening the Final Friday in August (8/28) at the Lawrence Percolator,  complete with pre-show entertainment including impersonators of pop icons of the 50s and a curated exhibit featuring local artists. The entire building will be transformed into a roadside five & dime with soda fountain refreshments and beer available as well as handmade merchandise for sale throughout the month of September, provided by area artisans.

Gracyzk's play, written in 1980, opened on Broadway in 1982, was made into a film directed by the Broadway director (Robert Altman) in 1985 and was popular among university and community theatres throughout the 80s and 90s. This nearly all female cast show features many social issues relevant more today than perhaps they were in the 70s and 80s.

The cast consists of 7 women, 1 transgender female (usually played by a woman) and 1 teenage boy. Orange Mouse Theatricals production will be the first time a transgender female has been cast in the role of Joanne, at a time when equality and respect for all alternative genders is in the media and on everyone's mind. Cancer, domestic violence, sexual orientation/gender identification, mental illness and blind religious belief are all met head-on in this provocative script whose time has and will "come back" again and again.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

July Final Friday at the Percolator

No Way – A collection of works by Steven Petrie

Steven Petrie, native to Lawrence, has been practicing painting for two years. Last year he sold out a show at Z’s coffee shop. “No Way” is Petrie’s premier show in a dedicated art-space.
Abstraction, and a keen understanding of completion characterize Petrie’s paintings, drawings, collage, and mixed media. Patrons who visit this show can expect to see a cacophony of color, texture, and style channeled into each piece. The title, “No Way”, is perhaps his favorite expression.

Petrie works from North Lawrence and spends much time at locally-owned coffee shops, the Merc., and downtown.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015


Lawrence Percolator Artspace is pleased to announce that it has received a $3950.00 grant from the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission. This award, along with matching funds, will support the Percolator Micro Park and Enhancement Project.

The Percolator plays host to monthly exhibitions and other arts programming that include drawing groups, drama readings, music showcases, youth outreach, celebrations and art-related workshops. In addition, our space provides many in East Lawrence and the greater community with a safe place to pause, reflect and relax.

The main goal of the grant project is to redesign our outdoor area to include an outdoor community gathering space, cosmetic building improvements, new signage and gallery upgrades. Specific features include raised garden beds, an outdoor performance area, mosaic designs for our little lending library and an iconic building sign. The funding from this grant will create a green, pedestrian-friendly space for community members, while at the same time broadening the reach of our mission.

Throughout the next several months the Percolator will be raising funds to support this grant project, community members interested contributing financially or volunteering to help with the project can get involved by emailing us at Look for ongoing updates about the project at or at

The Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission is focused on the creative industries sector of  the Kansas Economy. The Commission is dedicated to measuring, promoting, supporting and expanding the creative industries to grow the state's economy and create creative industry-related jobs. The KCAIC awards grants through a competitive application and review process.

The STRATEGIC INVESTMENT PROGRAM recognizes the important role individual artists and creative organizations play in building and sustaining cultural and economic vibrancy in Kansas. By funding a variety of professional and organizational development opportunities that impact cultural programming, these grants support initiatives that use the arts to enhance community vitality, revitalize neighborhoods, generate local business, create and preserve job opportunities and impact tourism.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

The Lawrence Percolator is a gallery and community space dedicated to bringing new art and cultural events to audiences in Lawrence and Douglas County. The name the Percolator is a metaphor to bring to mind an intensive environment of lively activity or excitement. It conjures images of bubbling energy, of springboards catapulting new ideas, and of a sweet beehive of innovation.  

The Percolator Art Space is located behind the house at 913 Rhode Island with additional access from the alley. Funding for the Percolator comes from individual donations, 20% commission on art sales and grant writing.

The Percolator operates with an elected board comprised of volunteer community members and operates in a collective fashion to develop new exhibitions and to partner with outside artists and organizations. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

June Final Friday: Nevermind the Weather

Please join us to welcome visiting artist Jason Kenning at the opening of "Nevermind the Weather", this Friday, June 26 from 5-9 pm.
How does being more connected digitally translate into our physical lives? Does it benefit or harm the environment? How do seemingly insurmountable issues like climate change affect our decisions as individuals and society as a whole? Does technology alienate us, or redefine who we are and what we become?

“Nevermind the Weather” is an exhibition of paintings and sculpture that illustrate the ecology of our digital lives. This series takes inspiration from the way our culture consumes technology just as the environment is consumed by it.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

November Final Friday! Sneak preview of In the Key of Sunshine!

Join us as we honor the Sun during the coming of the darker days of the year with Songs and Artwork about the Sun.  The show features local artists of all ages and is based on the EVER-LIVING AND LOVING SUN!

The official opening with music by the Ukulele Orchestra is on December 7th.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Print Show this Final Friday

Hey everybody!  Come celebrate our fantastic PRINT SHOW this Final Friday, August 29 from 5-9 pm.  Featuring music by local musicians and a warm welcome by printmaker/curator Paul Punzo.  See you there!

"Ascension" by Ashley Jane Laird

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