With only a few days left before the Tonkawa project was to begin, I found the roustabout mural couple Nicholas Ward and Amber Hansen contemplating the post-MFA art world in front of the Bourgeois Pig in Lawrence. Both had recently cleared the next to last hurdle before becoming terminal degree artists and were anxious to put their skills to the test.
Hansen, originally from Iowa, and Ward, a native of South Dakota, are
no novices when it comes to wall painting. Known in some parts as "The Kansas Muralists,"
this multi-talented couple bring painting, film-making, stop-motion
animation, ukulele, and other yet undiscovered talents to the project,
and I am pleased to have them as mural co-conspirators here in Oklahoma.