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Body Of Art: The Human Form

Jun 6, 2012

What's it like to be a nude model....or an artist working from one?

A new show at the Lawrence Arts Center features work created from nude models. In the second portion of Thursday's Up to Date, Steve Kraske talks with painter Louis Copt and Karen Matheis, curator of a new exhibit at the Lawrence Arts Center titled "Body of Art" about the challenges of creating art inspired by nude models.

What's it like being a nude model? We'll find out from Rodger Kent Van Dusseldorp, a professional model whose sole job is posing nude for artists and others. 

Artist Louis Copt has been painting full-time since 1984. He received a BA in art from Emporia State University in 1971. He has also studied at the Art Student's League in New York City and has taken classes in drawing and painting at the University of Kansas. In 2011, Copt was named “Governor’s Artist” by the Kansas Arts Commission. Louis has lived and traveled in Europe. In 1991, he traveled with the Kansas Geological Survey on a 16-day re-photographic expedition through the Grand Canyon as their official artist. He has led painting workshops to the Kansas Flint Hills, and art travel programs to Washington DC, Los Angeles and Paris, France. Louis works with oil, acrylic, pastel, and watercolor. Although his main emphasis is on landscape painting, he also does still life and portrait work. Copt also teaches classes at the Lawrence Art Center and has taught at the University of Kansas. He is a past board member of the Lawrence Arts Center, past President of the Lawrence Arts Commission and Lawrence Art Guild. Copt has been a member of the Kansas Watercolor Society, the Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Kansas City Barbecue Society.


Artist Karen Matheis specializes in drawing and painting.  Her blog,, talks about the art and literature scene of Lawrence, Kansas.  Her work can be found at