5:00 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Art Review: 'Millie' And 'Dreamers Awake' Greet Museum Visitors In Different Ways

Tom Otterness' "Dreamers Awake" greets visitors at the Wichita Art Museum
Lindsey Herkommer DeVries

Tom Otterness is a New York-based artist from Wichita who has two notable sculptures in town. His Dreamers Awake stands in front of the Wichita Art Museum, and Millipede, or “Millie” as she is lovingly referred to, is nestled in front of the Ulrich Museum on WSU’s campus.

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10:19 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Into It: Butter Sculptures

Caroline Brooks, an early butter sculptor, at the 1893 Columbian Exposition.

As you wound your way through the Kansas State Fair this year, perhaps you stumbled upon this surreal scene: standing in front of a refrigerated case, a group of wide-eyed Mennonite girls stare at 700 pounds of salted butter that has been reformed into a wild scene of two monkeys riding the backs of bucking sheep. Butter sculptures like this one, best known their pastoral or quirky representations, have surprisingly privileged origins.

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