Nominations sought for next ‘8 Wonders’ category

The Kansas Sampler Founda?tion announced several weeks ago that it is now taking nominations for art for the next 8 Wonders of Kansas contest.

Nominations will be taken through July and can be submitted online at or sent to 978 Arapaho Road, Inman, KS 67546.

Art is the second of eight rural culture elements that will be showcased in the 8 Wonders contests.

The architecture contest was completed June 30 and results are posted at

After a four-month focus on art, the elements of commerce, cuisine, customs, geography, history, and people will each be featured. The overall 8 Wonders of Kansas were announced by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius on Kansas Day, Jan. 29, 2008.

Nominations must have physical evidence that is publicly accessible to the public.

For instance, a nomination for artist Birger Sandzen would include the Sandzen Gallery in Lindsborg. The nomination description should include reasons why the nominee is unique to Kansas or the midwest.

Foundation director Marci Penner said, ?We?re not just looking for a great art gallery, for example, but one that can distinguish itself with characteristics that are unique to any other art gallery in the state.?

The Inman-based Founda?tion has long used the eight elements to help see a community with new eyes. The series of contests are designed to educate the public about what there is to see and do in Kansas and to encourage travel.

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