Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


C.A. Seward: Artist and Draftsman
  • C.A. Seward: Artist and Draftsman
  • 13-Feb-2010 - 16-May-2010
  • North Balcony, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

C.A. (Coy Avon) Seward utilized artistic experimentation that combined the practicality of commercial technology with the pleasure of pursuing fine art. As head of the art department at Western Lithograph, a commercial printing firm in Wichita, Kansas, in the 1920s and ‘30s, Seward used his knowledge of commercial design and techniques, as well as his position of leadership among fellow artists, to serve as a mentor to others. He produced guides explaining how to create and appreciate lithographs, provided invaluable contributions to the organization and administration of the Prairie Print Makers, and extended his influence well outside the local sphere through his art and his writing. This exhibition of Seward’s prints examines the ways in which his use of printmaking as an artistic medium is informed by his deep knowledge and experience in commercial printmaking, considers his connections to Wichita, to Kansas, and to the Southwest, and acknowledges his impact as an artist and arts advocate.