Central Library

Scholar's Chair

This is a 19th century antique Chinese horseshoe-style chair made likely from elmwood. The chair was fabricated using pegs and specially carved joinery that reinforces the structure of the chair. The base has A-shaped legs on each side that are conjoined with a footrest. The seat is rectangular with a depression that suggests there was once an accompanying cushion. Two oblong dowels support the yoked armrest and the backrest consists of a single narrow panel with a circular design in relief near the top.

Scholar's Chair

This is a 19th century antique Chinese horseshoe-style chair made likely from elmwood. The chair was fabricated using pegs and specially carved joinery that reinforces the structure of the chair. The base has A-shaped legs on each side that are conjoined with a footrest. The seat is rectangular with a depression that suggests there was once an accompanying cushion. Two oblong dowels support the yoked armrest and the backrest consists of a single narrow panel with a circular design in relief near the top. Three Chinese characters have been stained into the back of the backrest.

Secret Garden

This painting reproduction depicts an infused scene of bright floral and green topiary. The original work was painted in an impressionistic style, filling the canvas with different flowers and greenery. One can imagine Coreopsis, Gladiolus, Pansies, Poppies, and different spring time perennials amidst a lush green landscape. Hues of green purple, orange, white, yellow and red predominate through out. The lower right depicts the edge of a pond with three orange fish streaming to the surface. The signature of the artist "Michael Shannon" is located in the lower right corner.


Sidney J. Hurwitz, born 1932, is an American artist known for bold lines, heavy outlines and splotches of color within his work. The landscape, "Skyline", features distinct artist tenancies from weighty black outlines for the contour of the cityscape, and delicate use of lines to form cross hatching and structural formation. The color of the composition ranges from muted orange tones dedicated for the horizon, and umber hues for the city. Structures are abstract and are subtly alluded to in this work.

Sliding Carriage Eastman Kodak Company Camera

Orval Hixon used this large format sliding carriage studio camera from the 1920s through the later years of his career in Lawrence, Kansas during the 1960s and 1970s. This camera produced 8 x 10 inch negatives, and Hixon used it to photograph local clientele for weddings, graduations, and other important occasions. It features a Packard-Ideal shutter and bellows which allow the lens to be moved with respect to the focal plane for focusing.

Southern Belle Train Advertising

In 1940, the Kansas City Southern Lines introduced the Southern Belle passenger train that traveled between Kansas City and New Orleans. It also traveled to Baton Rouge and Lake Charles in Louisiana. In Texas, it traveled to Port Arthur and Beaumont. To advertise the train, they published a song by Cecil Taylor titled Southern Belle for which the lyrics and sheet music can be read on the lower quadrants of the print. The cover page of the sheet music takes up the upper left quadrant where the title "Southern Belle" is scripted across the top above a young woman.


Tomikichiro Tokuriki was known for integrating two printmaking movements in Japan known as shin hanga and sōsaku hanga. Shin hanga were prints that depicted "urban Japanese entertaining themselves to distract from the reality of fleeting existence" and whose production was driven by the vision of the publisher instead of individual artists (taken from -myjapanesehanga.com and the artist's biography). Sōsaku hanga was a revival of shin hanga but was artist-driven, and also integrated more Western artistic movements into their compositions.

Spiderman and the Incredible Hulk: Chaos in Kansas City

"Chaos in Kansas City" was the title of a twenty page comic that was a 1982 supplement of The Kansas City Star. This graphic insert promoted clothing lines carried by the Jones Store. Brands such as Farah, Jordache, London Fog, and Lee were advertised. The cover depicts The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Kraven the Hunter battling it out in front of the historic Jones Store, located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The scene also contains 9 bystanders fleeing from this epic fight. This scene is awash with high and low saturated color.

Spirit of Commerce

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Commerce. The female figure is clothed in a long dress with a pleated skirt and scale-like top complete with a bow tied at the waist. A flowing shawl is draped over the figure's shoulders and arms. Her face is nobly directed upward and outward toward the viewer. Her hair is pulled up and tied back creating a Grecian wreath-like style. In her right hand, she holds a flaming torch symbolizing progress. In her left hand, she holds the caduceous of Mercury. The Roman God, Mercury, symbolizes commerce.

Spirit of Industry

A miniature bronze maquette representing the Spirit of Industry. The female figured is clothed in a pleated dress. A flowing shawl is draped over her shoulders and arms. The face of the figure looks nobly upward and outward at the viewer. The hair of the figure is short and accented with a headband. In the right hand she holds a sheaf of wheat representing agriculture. In the left hand she holds a distaff representing manufacturing. The figure, in her full stature, stands barefoot atop half of the world.

Spring Storm

Thomas Hart Benton was at the forefront of Regionalist art movement. Benton's paintings portrayed a fluid motion to both landscape and sculpted figures, capturing every day scenes in his North American visual narratives. Benton was born on 1889 in Neosho, Missouri, and spent much of his adolescence in this state. These Midwestern roots can be seen strongly within the context of his work. Benton studied both within the United States, attending the The School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and later he traveled abroad to France, studying at the Académie Julian in Paris.

St. Peter's Dome Replica

This is a decorative model of a bell tower derived from the well-known Renaissance design of St. Peter's Dome. While not an exact replica of the dome, its interesting design puts it in the realm of imaginary architecture. In this sculpture, wooden beams replace the spire and painted coffers of the original dome. A hinge attached below the dome converts it into a lid that covers the cylindrical chamber below. The chamber, formed by a colonnade, encloses a spiraling staircase and rests on a weighted base. The wood used in the sculpture is oak and handcrafted with a French distressed finish.

State Capitol, Montpelier, Vermont, July 2002

An air of honor and foundation resonates from this corner of the Vermont State Capitol Building. Red fabrics define the composition of this photograph. As the heavy velvet of the couch below the cabinet anchors the lighter fabrics of the flags inside, a visual metaphor is created for what the flags once represented and the ideologies that grounded them. Davis is most well known for his curatorial accomplishments in photography, but his personal content is notable for its striking compositions and architectural orientation.

State Capitol, Montpelier, Vermont, June 1982

This photograph features a cabinet of Civil War-era flags representing the Vermont Brigade Guidon and its Sixth Infantry Division. The flags are hung in the cabinet at various heights and planes, creating a collaged sense of depth that encourages reminiscence and memory. In contrast to the ornamented white walls, the cabinet and the ornamented couch below balance the photograph with darker hues that altogether emphasize the flag at the center of the photograph. The flag represents the First Vermont Calvary Regiment Flag, stylized similarly to that of the nations.


The Steinway & Sons Model L is among the larger sized Steinway ‘baby grands’. The Steinway Model L scale design is based very closely on its predecessor the Model O. The Model L with its square tail, was designed to replace the same-size Model O which featured a rounded tail. The cast iron plate and soundboard conform to the square tail providing additional soundboard space at the rear of the instrument when compared to its predecessor. The Steinway Model L was manufactured from 1924 until 2005.

Stromberg Carlson Radio

This antique piece houses a radio-receiver in a four-legged highboy with a stretcher base. The central cabinet doors slide outward to reveal the face of the radio covered by a decorative panel with flourishing scrollwork pressed into veneer-faced plywood. The radio dial peeks through a narrowing viewfinder outfitted with a minutely ornamented brass piece and below it in gold lettering is the manufacturer name, "Stromberg-Carlson". A corresponding tuning knob with two subsequent knobs for sharpening and volume sit below the dial.

Stump Speaking

Depicted here are men of a rural town gathered around to hear a campaigning politicians speak. In this iteration of the work, the speaking politician's figure transcends the crowd, further sticking out amongst the working men with his white suit coat and hair. He is in the process of responding to an inquiry from a gentleman before him in the crowd leaning on a cane with tattered clothing. The painting was part of Bingham’s Election Series, which depicted the still-evolving democratic political cycle in the United States in the mid-19th century.

Sunset 1966

This print evokes the feelings associated with with the sunset in its yellow background and the shadows that come in the black trailing splotches. The sun in the upper right-hand corner of the piece is surrounded by a scarlet ring to emphasize its glow and warmth. Beneath it is evidence of buildings that form a cityscape behind what appears to be a figure turned up at the sun. Its head, rendered as a crescent with an eye, reflects a similar form on the other side of the composition that is a black crescent surrounding a circular eye shape within it.

Talbot's Library, Lacock Abbey, May 1988

This photograph appears to pronounce the institutions of knowledge, art, and architecture in featuring an antique bookcase, marble bust, and doric column as its subjects. Filled with rich brown, leather-bound books and comprising nearly half of the photograph, the bookcase suggests knowledge as the prominent value of this corner.

Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla Glass Bowl

This glass bowl is adorned with cartographic collage images. Three layers of concentric circles, comprised of maps from antiquity, cover the surface of this ornamental bowl. The text, "Terrarvm Orbis Geographica AC Hydrographic Tabvla," is centered at the bottom and top of the bowl. Mythical figures and map representations predominate the outer and secondary circular areas. The inner circle depicts map images only. The entire surface of the bowl is illuminated with rich color, apart from eight smaller areas of the collage, that are rendered in black and white.