Archive for November, 2009


Stephen Johnson – Artists Talk

November 30, 2009

In conjunction with the WHITE SHOW at Signs of Life Gallery,
b.a.l.m. is pleased to present:

Stephen Johnson – Artists Talk

Saturday, December 5, 2009
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Signs of Life Gallery
722 Massachussetts Street
Lawrence, KS

Join us to hear Stephen Johnson speak about his work, as an event surrounding the
b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW. Also view his work on display at the Signs of Life Gallery.
Afterward stay for Stephen’s book signing, either bring your copies or purchase new
books at the bookstore below the gallery.

Short Bio
Stephen Johnson was introduced to academia at and early age with both his parents
being French professors. Besides French, he chose to pursue Art abroad at the
L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, and the Université de Bordeaux in France.
After receiving his BFA in both Design and Painting at the University of Kansas in
Lawrence, he moved to New York to study drawing at the Art Students League.
From these studies he went on to New York Academy of Art for Painting followed
by Art Criticism at the New School and finally Drawing at Cooper Union. In addition
to the multiple degrees, Stephen added writing and illustration to his repertoire, and
has written a number of award winning children’s art books that also entertain and
inspire adults. He is the recipient of numerous awards and achievements including
Gold and Silver Medals in the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of
Illustrators. Stephen also has a long list of Solo and Group shows, and has been
involved in a wide variety of Museum shows. He is included in extensive amount of
permanent museum collections in addition to corporate and private collections and
has produced multiple public art projects, and spoken at many lectures and
presentations. Stephen is adept in drawing, painting and sculpting and is able to
produce naturalistic work, but the majority of his work and his main interest is

For more information about Stephen visit:

View the above works by Stephen Johnson at the b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW
at Signs of Life Gallery in Lawrence, KS.  Oct. 23rd, 2009 – January 16th, 2010



Jon Keith Swindell – Artists Talk – From the Far Away Nearby

November 13, 2009

In conjunction with the WHITE SHOW at Signs of Life Gallery,
b.a.l.m. is pleased to present:

Jon Keith Swindell
From the Far Away Nearby

Saturday, November 21, 2009
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Signs of Life Gallery
722 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS

As part of the events surrounding the b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW, join us to hear Jon
Keith Swindell speak and show about the developmental aspects of his artwork
over the last 30 years.

Jon is an established and respected artist with a long career of excellence, and has
shown in numerous museums and galleries. Jon is a professor at the University of
Kansas who has taught the elements and perfection of design to art students for
many years.

Besides a love of art, design and quality, Jon has a affinity for hot rods, and has
been traveling the country gathering antiques cars for use in one of his next

Short Bio (Courtesy of University of Kansas Dept. of Visual Art Website)

Jon Keith Swindell received an MFA in 1983 from the University of Nebraska,
Lincoln, and a BFA in 1973 from the Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio.
Jon is a recipient of a NEA Regional Award in Sculpture from the Mid-American
Art Alliance, and a Kansas Arts Commission Meritorious Recognition Fellowship,
1989. His work has been shown in a variety of venues across the country,
including the Joslyn Art Museum, Sales and Rental Gallery, in Omaha and the
Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka.

“I want all of the shapes and objects in my sculpture to have a strong psychological
resonance, to ring with a sense of metaphysical energy,” Jon says.

Jon Keith Swindell

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