About the Book
Among rights we take for granted in the U.S. is the assumed right to clean and plentiful water. Rarely have we considered it as a finite or vulnerable resource, until now. But as the Ogallala aquifer is depleted and our rivers and streams run dry, Kansans from the Governor on down are beginning to take notice. The Half Empty project creates a new platform for artists to join this crucial and timely conversation.
Dave Loewenstein is a muralist, writer, and printmaker based in Lawrence, Kansas. In addition to his more than twenty public works in Kansas, examples of his dynamic and richly colored community-based murals can be found across the United States in Missouri, Oklahoma, Arizona, Arkansas, Mississippi, Iowa, Chicago, New Orleans and New York City and in Northern Ireland. Loewenstein’s prints, which focus on current social and political issues, are exhibited nationally and are in the permanent collections of the New York Public Library, Yale University, and the Center for the Study of Political Graphics in Los Angeles. He is the co-author of Kansas Murals: A Traveler’s Guide, a 2007 Kansas Notable Book Award Winner, published by the University Press of Kansas. In addition to Give Take Give, in 2013, he will be working on mural projects in Texas, South Dakota, Nebraska, and Songdo, South Korea.