NPR did a nice piece on Rutherford B. Hayes and what he did for Paraguay. Take a look and/or listen.
Below is a link to a nice article that appeared in ABC Color about Kansas artist Eric Conrad and his visit to Paraguay. I want to use this opportunity to mention some of the artist exchanges that have occurred between Kansas Paraguay Partners and Comite Paraguay Kansas. It is a remarkable history all made possible through travel grants from Partners of the Americas.There have also been many musical artist exchanges. I will review those another time. I will miss some artists so feel free to let me know who I missed.
Eric Conrad is an art professor at Emporia State University and is part of the most recent project where Kansas artists are helping judge contests in Paraguay with the winners coming to Kansas in the future. Amber Hansen traveled to Paraguay a few months ago as part of this same project. She helped judge a photography contest. Judith McCrea is an art professor at the University of Kansas (KU) who is helping with this project and has traveled to Paraguay several times and hosted the well respected artist Carlos Colombino in Kansas. The work that he created while in Kansas is part of the collection of the Spencer Museum of Art at KU. Another very recent Paraguayan artist who visited Kansas is Teresita Gonzalez who presented her photographs of the Paraguayan Hospital de Clinicas.
The ABC Color article mentions other Paraguayan sculptors who met with Eric. One of those is Gustavo Beckelmann who visited Kansas during the Paraguayan art exhibit held at Washburn University in 2008. He in turn was greatly influenced by Elden Teft a KU professor who traveled to Paraguay many years ago to teach sculpture. Gustavo took one of Elden’s classes and was greatly influenced by what he learned.
The art exhibit at the Mulvane Museum at Washburn University in 2008 was curated by Reinhild Janzen who was director of the museum. She travel to Paraguay and met many artists and brought back works that helped make the exhibit a success. Speaking of Paraguayan art exhibits in Kansas, there was an exhibit of 20 pieces way back in 1969. This exhibit was at the Wichita Public Library.
Gene Ernst was a professor at Kansas State University who traveled to Paraguay to make sketches from the Jesuit Missions. He turned his sketches into beautiful note cards that I still use and treasurer.
A wonderful large sculpture along Interstate 70 was constructed by Herman Guggiari who was hosted many years ago by Ross and Marianna Beach. The Beaches also were critically important in the creation of a museum of wood carved saints in Santa Maria de Fe. The saints were carved by indigenous Paraguayans during the time of the Jesuit Missions.
Let me know what I missed.
Here is the link to the ABC Color article.
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Emporia State University art professor Eric Conrad is visiting Paraguay with a Partners of the Americas travel grant. In addition to helping judge a sculpture contest he went creative with pottery. Here are some more photos from our partners at Comite Paraguay Kansas.
Eric Conrad who teaches are at Emporia State University is visiting Paraguay under a Partners of the Americas travel grant to assist the judging of a sculpture contest sponsored by Centro Cultural Paraguayo Americano (CCPA) and Comite Paraguay Kansas (CPK). The winner of the context will visit Kansas at a later date. Here are a few photos supplied by our partners at CPK.
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Teresita Gonzalez presented some of her photographic work at the Lawrence Arts Center September 29, 2014. Teresita has documented the Hospital de Clinicas in Asuncion before it moved to a more modern facility. The hospital was the primary health care facility for the poor. You can see some of her work on YouTube with the link below.
Hosting Teresita were three Lawrence artists who are also participating in helping judge Paraguayan arts contests sponsored by Centro Cultural Paraguay Americano and Comite Paraguay Kansas with travel assisted by Partners of the Americas. Judith McCrea is a professor of art at the University of Kansas and a long time friend of Paraguayan artists. Amber Hansen is a Lawrence artist and lecturer at KU. She went to Paraguay to help judge the photography part of the CCPA – CPK art contest. Eric Conrad is a Lawrence artist and Professor at Emporia State University. He will go to Paraguay during October to help judge the sculpture contest. University of Kansas Paraguayan student Gabriel Racca translated for Teresita.
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Here is a nice piece about KPP President Jay Newton and CPK President Carolina Pedro meeting with the Paraguayan Minister of Extremal Relations Ambassador Eladio Loizaga. KPP member Merrill and Boots Raber were also in attendance as were several other members of CPK.
There were 5 Kansans who participated in the recent ALYP trip to Paraguay. At our quarterly meeting Sept 6 at Emporia State University two were able to attend and share their experiences. Jordon Craft and C.J. Williams presented their impressions of Paraguay.