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Five questions with KU Arts professor Norman Akers

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Five questions with KU Arts professor Norman Akers

Norman Akers

Associate Professor, Director of Art Graduate Studies
Visual Art / Painting & Drawing

Hometown: Fairfax, Oklahoma

When/how did you get interested in painting and drawing?
It's hard for me to think of a time when I was not interested in drawing. When I was a child I was fascinated with postage stamps. It was always exciting to find a letter with a commemorative stamp, mainly because they image was different from the usual stamps with important people. These images always fascinated me - the level of details, and they always seemed to be perfectly drawn. At home I would glue the stamps to the baseboards of the room. It was like I was making my own art gallery, filled with tiny images. This was long before I ever visited an art museum.

What inspires you?
It may seem cliché, but the Flint Hills and Tallgrass Prairie are a source of inspiration. I tend to marvel at this expanse of land. There still is a sense of mystery when I look at the land.

What was the last thing you read for fun?
"Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape" by Laurent Savoy

My guilty pleasure:
Osage meat pies

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