The Butler Community College Foundation recently hosted a dedication ceremony in the Ted & Barb Dankert Trustee Room located in the Hubbard Welcome Center on Butler's El Dorado Campus, revealing the latest addition to the college's art collection. Held on Tuesday April 2, 2013, the piece River Work by Kansas artist, Lisa Grossman was presented to the community. The 42 x 144 inch horizontal oil painting on canvas depicts a portion of the Kansas River from an aerial perspective.
Grossman is a painter and printmaker based in Lawrence, Kansas, whose work focuses on the open spaces and prairies of Eastern Kansas and the Kansas River Valley. She spent the afternoon with Butler art students and later spoke at the Foundation event.
"My Kansas River work has a minimal, contemporary feel, while still conveying warmth and an emotional depth," Grossman said.
Butler art students were thrilled to watch a power point presentation by the artist that illustrated the evolution of her career as an artist. The art students got a chance to ask questions and show Lisa some of their own work. It was an inspiting day for all involved.
The acquisition of River Work was made possible by the generosity of donors to the Hubbard Welcome Center Entry Artwork project initially conducted in honor of Dr. Jackie Vietti, then President of Butler at the time of the dedication of the new facility. The fundraising effort was so successful, that there were extra funds available after the kinetic sculpture by Stuart Allen was installed in the Lattner Family Foundation Entryway. The college's art selection committee, composed of internal faculty members and community leaders, was tasked with determining how to use the extra funds.