John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
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Nick Bubash - Magician - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Nick Bubash
from The Entertainers, suite of six, 1998
Color lithograph. Edition of 30.
21.5 x 17.5 inches
Courtesy of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop
Image Copyright Nick Bubash

Peregrine Honig - Bear Back - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Peregrine Honig
Bear Back
from Father Gander, portfolio of six with colophon, 2005
Color lithograph with Chine Collè. Edition of 30.
9.5 x 12.25 inches
Courtesy of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop
Image Copyright Peregrine Honig

Jaune Quick-To-See Smith - Tribe/Community - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Jaune Quick-To-See Smith
from Survival, suite of four, 1996
Color lithograph. Edition of 50.
36 x 24.75 inches
Courtesy of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop
Image Copyright Jaune Quick-To-See Smith

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Belger Celebrates Printmaking with The Lawrence Lithography Workshop
June 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO – For more than 30 years artists have come to our region to work at The Lawrence Lithography Workshop with master printer Mike Sims. This summer the Belger Arts Center will display more than 70 prints in The Lawrence Lithography Workshop: Suites and Portfolios. Since 2001, TLLW has been the anchor tenant of the Belger Warehouse Complex at 2011 Tracy Avenue, providing a state-of-art lithograph shop for artists who wish to execute a custom original fine art print. This exhibit will feature noted local artists such as Peregrine Honig and Roger Shimomura, along with William T. Wiley of California and the late Luis Jimenez of New Mexico.

This exhibition will open on First Friday, July 1, 2011 and run through Friday, October 7, 2011. There will be an opening reception from 6-9 pm on July 1.

Suites and Portfolios is a collaboration between the Belger Arts Center, TLLW, and the Wichita Art Museum. Stephen Gleissner, Chief Curator of Wichita Art Museum, curated many of the works for the exhibition, which will be supplemented with some artwork from the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation collection. A catalog is being produced by the Wichita Art Museum with support from the Belger Cartage Service, Inc.

The Lawrence Lithography Workshop began in the basement of 7 East 7th Street in downtown Lawrence in 1979. For the first several months Sims lived in the workshop, eventually moving his living quarters to a loft space on the second floor of the same building. Since those early days, TLLW has worked with more than 130 different artists, producing thousands of prints. Most of the output has been prints generated from Bavarian limestone or metal plates, but some woodcut prints have also been produced in the shop. Sims says he has stayed away from reproductions and only works on projects where “the artist has his or her hand directly involved in the print.” Sims says lithography is one of the more “recent” types of printmaking, having been developed in the late 18th century in Europe. The term lithography came from the Greek words for “stone writing.”

Artists in Suites and Portfolios include Nick Bubash, Edward Henderson, Peregrine Honig, Tom Huck, Gesine Janzen, Luis Jimenez, Jamie Jones, Roger Shimomura, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Theodore Waddell, William T. Wiley, and others. (Complete checklist is not final at time of this release).


Belger Arts Center Statement.

The Belger Arts Center is located at 2100 Walnut Street in Kansas City, Missouri's Crossroads Arts District. Our hours are 10 am – 4 pm, Wednesday through Friday; and noon – 4 pm on Saturdays. Since 2000 the BAC has hosted more than 40 major exhibitions and attracted more than 60,000 visitors. These shows have featured works of innovative design, and fine arts from the fields of ceramics, textiles, painting, sculpture, printmaking, digital projections, and photography. For more information contact Gallery Assistant Mo Dickens at 816-474-3250 or


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