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Photo Credit: Aurora Noctua; Wondrous Things, Liz Swanson
Liz Swanson is a long standing pillar of the community and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky. She has worked on many projects with the goal of helping her community to develop and grow through illustrations, murals, installations, urban planning, and more. She is, as she put it: “an artist and human being with over 47 years of experience” (Swanson, lizswanson.com). Her new book stems from these same desires to bring about meaningful experiences through the combination of architecture, storytelling and illustration. Her goal for Wondrous Things, in particular is to empower the younger part of our community. She wants children to see and experience this book, and through that experience, gain a sense of ownership over their creativity and their talents and realize their potential for creative thought (Crouch, “Making a Difference: Project hoping to put a book in the hands of 200 kids”). The book is two books in one. On one side there is a full color, illustrated story, and on the other side there is a place for children and readers to express their own creativity and to collaborate. The design of the book is truly unique and takes the already physically interactive nature of a printed book to a whole new level and makes the audience an active part in the creation of the story through illustration.
Currently Liz Swanson’s book is available at the Lexington Art League’s gift shop, so when you come by to check out our range of exhibitions, be sure to also stop by and check out her meaningful and beautiful amalgamation of literature, art, and architecture. By helping to support local artists, you too can make a positive difference in your community.
Lex 18: https://www.lex18.com/community/making-a-difference/making-a-difference-project-hoping-to-put-a-book-in-the-hands-of-200-kids
Liz Swanson: http://www.lizswanson.com
Gallery hours for the Lexington Art League are:
Tuesday - Friday [12-6pm] and Saturday - Sunday [1-4pm]
Author: Aurora Noctua
Aurora Noctua is a local artist and intern of the Lexington Art League. She is currently enrolled at the University of Kentucky pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Digital Media and Design.
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