Professor Burdett Loomis has taught at KU since 1979. The author and editor of more than 30 books in various editions, he writes on legislatures and interest groups, and he frequently comments on national and state politics. He established the Washington Intern program in 1984, has served as a guest fellow at the Brookings Institution, and as lectured widely for the State Department. An avid (if amateur) art collector, he currently serves as the president of the Friends of the Spencer Museum's board. His curated show Politics as Symbol/Symbol as Politics will open in July at KU's Spencer Museum of Art.