Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library

Judicial and Law Enforcement Center
111 East 11th Street
Lawrence, Kansas 66044
Phone: (785) 838-2477
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Michael J. Malone
Douglas County Law Library
Art Gallery

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The Michael J. Malone Douglas County Law Library maintains gallery space for local artists to display their original work. Exhibitions for individual artists usually last for two months. Information on current and future exhibitions is below. Information on how to exhibit in the Gallery is at the bottom of this page.


Current Exhibition:

December 2016/January 2017 -- Photography by Deborah Kai.

Artist's Statement:

“The Power of People” photo exhibit presents highlights from Deborah Kai’s recent work examining how individuals are activating their power in their personal lives. The images, depicting small vignettes of life set against the larger context of the world, encourage us to ask questions about the story in the photo… and by doing so, explore within ourselves: How are we exerting our own personal power? How do we wield our power in our own lives? And ultimately, what kind of world are we creating with our power?

The exhibit showcases images from two separate projects:

          “Going Places” was shot on the streets of New Orleans in December 2015 and focuses on people who are using bicycles as their primary mode of transportation. As a pollution-free, more affordable and portable alternative to automobiles, bicycles may be the most democratic form of transportation available.
          “Beyond Gender: A Documentary Photo Essay” debuted here in Lawrence at the Free State Film Festival in June 2016 and was the result of the artist traveling to dozens of states throughout the Midwest as well as both coasts, following the presidential campaign trail. These images challenge the viewer to recognize, and then reconcile, opposing aspects of their own political identity in the hopes of creating a new dialogue about what we seek as Americans, and as people.

Deborah Kai is an emerging visual storyteller who believes documentary and street photography is about finding the hidden messages within the scenes that unfold in front of her. She believes photography is a powerful tool that effect change within a single heart, or within an entire society. All messages have an element of ambiguity in them, which then lets the viewer join the conversation, bringing their own interpretation to the subject matter. You can view more of her work at www.deborahkai.com.

All of the pieces in the exhibit are for sale from Ms. Kai.

Next Exhibition:

February/March 2017 -- Photography by Camron Flanders.

Future Exhibitions:

April/May 2017 -- Abstracts by Aram Aghdaie.
June/July 2017 -- Landscapes by Deborah Bettinger.

Recent Exhibitions:


January -- Artwork by Perry Shepard.
February/March -- Abstracts by Aram Aghdaie.
April/May -- Paintings by Joanna Ward.
June/July -- Acrylics by Frank Pondrom.
August/September -- Arts and Crafts by Judicial and Law Enforcement Center Staff.
October/November -- Photography by Marjorie Hedden.

Past Exhibitions: 2004 - 2015

To Exhibit:

Contact the Law Library at (785) 838-2477 or info@douglascolawlibrary.org. An Exhibition Agreement will need to be completed and signed by the artist and a representative of the Art Gallery no later than the day the exhibition is installed. Copies of the Agreement are available from the Law Library.

For more information, contact the Law Library at: info@douglascolawlibrary.org.

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Created: April 6, 2004; Revised: December 1, 2016