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Stolen KU Art Recovered

A stolen panel from a Native American art installation at the University of Kansas has been recovered, just weeks after other panels in the exhibit were vandalized, police said.

The panel from the “Native Host” exhibit had been reported stolen on Wednesday.

University police are talking to a person of interest in the case.

The theft is a separate case from vandalism to the other four panels of the exhibit that occurred in early September, police told The Lawrence Journal-World.

The exhibit by artist Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds, was installed outside of the Spencer Museum of Art on the Lawrence campus.

The five aluminum signs name Native tribes who historically or currently inhabit Kansas.

The museum took down the four damaged panels to be repaired and the exhibit will be reinstalled, university officials said.

KU’s administration said they are committed to reinstalling the exhibit.

They said they also plan to hold a “public conversation” about the attacks on the artwork.


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