Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M...Read More
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M.F.A. degree in textile design from the University of Kansas (1995). After teaching at KU, she joined the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has been developing the area of constructed textiles since 1997. She was on the board of the Surface Design Association and coordinated two (2000 and 2003) textile conferences, which took place on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. She is one of the leaders in the use of new technologies in hand-weaving and is actively researching Jacquard applications using industrial looms in The Netherlands and the US.
Most of her weavings span several feet in both directions and comment on the nature of woven surfaces. Through structure, material, image and/or surface treatments, she demonstrates that weaving is unique in building an image. Her industrially woven work crosses boundaries between Fine Art and applied textiles and is directed toward structurally textured fabrics for apparel as well as home-furnishings. Her work has been exhibited extensively in both national and international venues including France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia and Austria.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Kansas City Art Institute's Excellence in Teaching award (2007) and the 2008 Kansas Arts Commission Master Fellowship. Her work is in private and corporate collections and has been featured in books and publications such as Fiberarts Design Book, American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and Textileforum.
Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and...Read More
Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and printmaking from Iowa State University in 2002. She was an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 2007-2008. Today she teaches surface design and quilting workshops regularly at Arrowmont and from her studio in Kansas City, Kan.
Her quilt-based work is entirely hand-dyed and explores color transition and gradation as inspired by landscape. In particular, she is interested in capturing and abstracting qualities of light that occur at sunrise, dusk, sunset and during different weather events in the Midwest. Her primary aim is to visually abstract the landscape while also bringing it into sharper, emotional focus. Her quilts exist both as works of fine art and as functional objects to be used and loved.
Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and juried shows and has also been featured on prominent design blogs such as Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29 and Design Sponge. In addition to making one of a kind quilts, she has designed quilts for manufacturing with Pottery Barn Teen. She is currently writing quilt patterns and tutorials for Empty Bobbin Sewing and Clothworks. Her book, "Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts" is being published by C& T Publishing.
Marie Bannerot McInerney’s interdisciplinary studio...Read More
Marie Bannerot McInerney’s interdisciplinary studio practice investigates notions of construction and deterioration in relation to the developing psyche. Through methods of binding, interlacing, building and dismantling, she creates site-specific installation, sculpture, sound and video works that examine conceptions of safety and stability. According to McInerney, a fractured sanctuary has the potential for collapse, and her work seeks to consider the fragility of one’s defenses.
McInerney has exhibited across the United States and abroad, including shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington; the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in Saint Louis; Corcoran College in Washington, D.C.; the Schiller Garden House at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany; the Brodsky Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey; The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in Saint Louis; Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, N.J., and Lambert International Airport in St. Louis. Her work has been featured in Sculpture magazine and Fiber Arts magazine. She was a co-founder of The Independent Art Market and worked in the costume and fashion industry for more than a decade as a designer and manufacturer of knitwear for SKIF International and as the head dyer/painter at Opera Theatre Saint Louis. She recently was awarded a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin and a residency at the Luminary Center for the Arts in St. Louis.
McInerney spent her formative years in Houston before earning her B.F.A. degree in fiber at KCAI and her M.F.A. degree in visual art as a Danforth Scholar at Washington University in St. Louis.
Maegan Stracy’s work is primarily informed by contemporary fashion, art history and textile traditions. Her most recent...Read More
Maegan Stracy’s work is primarily informed by contemporary fashion, art history and textile traditions. Her most recent work highlights the impracticalities of the fashion world. Stracy conceives of accessories that are un-usable and garments that are inaccessible through material choice and investigations. By combining these practical forms with impractical packaging her work shows how unattainable the fashion world can be. Her work emphasizes the importance of branding and packaging in the fashion world but also relates to other aspects of consumerism.
Stracy received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and art history from KCAI in 2012. During her time at KCAI, Stracy worked with Kansas City designer Peggy Noland, participated in the 18th St. fashion show and was featured in several local gallerie exhibitions. Stracy also showed work at Fab Lab in Berlin. Most recently Stracy was commissioned to design handbags carried by museum guides at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture...Read More
Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. After graduation, Imig attended residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University and The Vermont Studio Center. In 2011, she was a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project studio resident and was one of five artists awarded a Rocket Grant with Plug Projects in the West Bottoms.
In 2012, Imig was a fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program, working with curators and critics such as Gregory Volk, Elizabeth Dunbar and Hamza Walker. She has exhibited work throughout Kansas City at the Charlotte Street Foundation Project Space, City Arts Project, the Kansas City Artist Coalition and the Kansas City Library.
Laura McGrew received her B.F.A in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, but she went on to pursue a career in fashion...Read More
Laura McGrew received her B.F.A in painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1990, but she went on to pursue a career in fashion design. She has been designing clothing professionally for 15 years, and her TOMBOY line has been noted as "one of Kansas City's most coveted fashion labels" by Spaces magazine.
From 2003 to 2013 McGrew was the owner and head designer of TOMBOY design studio, located in the nationally renowned Crossroads Arts District, where she designed and produced couture garments as well as her own line of demi-couture clothing with the TOMBOY label. She is currently re-launching her wholesale line under the signature label “Laura McGrew” which features luxury dresses and separates for women. Both labels will be offered at upscale boutiques and online in 2014.
McGrew has appeared in KC Magazine, Star magazine, WWD, Midwest Living and Southern Living. She has worked on product development for many apparel companies including Asiatic, Lee Company, Peruvian Connection and Victoria’s Secret.