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4/8/2016 - Lawrence Artist Designs 2016 River Festival Print

Grace Peterson or Kay Quinn


Lawrence artist Michael Krueger (‘KREE-guhr’) has been selected to create the 2016 Smoky Hill River Festival Print.
An anticipated annual River Festival tradition, the limited-edition, signed Festival Print for this year is entitled “Festival at 40,” and features select images from past River Festivals in a serigraph print. Krueger says the print was inspired by photographs of early Festivals, especially those that depict its spirit of invention, generosity and fun, as the River Festival prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary.  
“I thought it would be interesting to make a new image of a mash-up of the moments I found poignant, unusual or emblematic of the Festival,” says Krueger. “My hope was to capture some of the random juxtapositions that make the River Festival exciting, unpredictable and visually fulfilling.”
A native of Kenosha, WI, Krueger holds a BFA from the University of South Dakota and an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, both in Drawing & Printmaking. Since 1995, he has taught at the University of Kansas and currently is a tenured Full Professor of Art.
Grounded firmly in drawing, Krueger works in media including painting, drawing, printmaking, animation and ceramics. Krueger’s artwork reflects a deep interest in American history, contemporary American culture, art history, the human experience and personal memoir.
Krueger’s work has been included in more than 300 international and domestic exhibitions. Important group exhibitions in which Krueger’s work has been featured include those at the Krets Gallery in Malmo, Sweden; the Denver Museum of Art; the Ambacher Contemporary in Munich, Germany; Glasgow Print Studio in Glasgow; Scotland; the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum and the Baer Ridgway Gallery in San Francisco. Recent solo shows include venues such as the Steven Zevitas Gallery in Boston, Sunday L.E.S. and Blackburn 20/20, both in New York City, and the Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City. Krueger’s work is part of public and corporate collections in more than 10 countries and across the U.S.
Among Krueger’s awards or residencies are those from the Anderson Ranch Art Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado, the Salina Art Center Artist Exchange program and the Frans Masereel Graphic Arts Center in Kasterlee, Belgium. He has taught numerous workshops, including at the Cranbrook Academy of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and at institutions in Belgium, Italy and Paraguay.
From 2010 to 2012, Krueger created short animations and original artwork for the feature-length documentary film "Drop City" by Joan Grossman and Tom McCourt. Krueger is an artist, a father and a husband.
Any family, individual or business that makes a $100 donation to the Smoky Hill River Festival will receive the 2016 Festival Print by Krueger, suitable for framing for home or office. The 2016 Festival T-shirt design also is by Krueger, featuring iconography from the Festival today and in years past, including the Wheels Bridge and the Dixieland jazz band that played out of a vintage fire truck up and down Food Row.
Adult (gray) and children’s T-shirts (lime green) and tank tops (white for all sizes) are available beginning May 1 at the SA&H offices at 211 W. Iron Avenue or online at For more details, call 785-309-5770 or click to to see the 2016 Festival Print. 
One of the Midwest’s most celebrated arts events, the Smoky Hill River Festival runs Thursday through Sunday, June 9-12, 2016 in Oakdale Park. It is the flagship event of Salina Arts & Humanities. For information about River Festival admission buttons, gift certificates or various Festival events, visit

For needed accommodations, please call Amanda Morris at Salina Arts & Humanities at 785-309-5770 between 8:00 a.m. - Noon and 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Every effort will be made to accommodate known disabilities.  For material or speech access, please call at least five working days prior to the event.

Salina Arts & Humanities, a department of the City of Salina, has served a unique role in arts advocacy and support since 1966.  The Smoky Hill River Festival, Horizons Grants Program, Smoky Hill Museum, Arts Infusion Program in schools, Community Art & Design, Cultural Connections, and Art a la Carte concert series are among the programs of Salina Arts & Humanities, located at 211 W. Iron Avenue in Salina.