Miguel Rivera joined the KCAI faculty in fall 2008 to serve as chair of the printmaking department. A practicing artist as well as an...Read More
Miguel Rivera joined the KCAI faculty in fall 2008 to serve as chair of the printmaking department. A practicing artist as well as an experienced educator, Rivera has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in Mexico, Japan and the United States.
Formerly he was chair of the art department at the University of Guanajuato in Mexico and also served as an associate professor of printmaking and computers in art. Prior to joining the University of Guanajuato in 1998, he was an associate artist at Inkling Studio in Portland, Ore., and before that, he was an instructor at West Virginia University in Morgantown, where he completed his M.F.A. degree in printmaking and applied digital media in 1997. He earned a B.F.A. degree in printmaking and painting in 1995 from Southern Oregon University in Ashland and an associate degree in printmaking in 1992 from the University of Guanajuato.
Rivera also has given visiting artist lectures in Mexico and the United States, including the Contemporary Arts Festival in Guanajuato, Southern Graphics Council conference and Alternative Printmaking Workshop at the second annual Art Students Conference in Queretaro.
Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design
Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design for 2014-2015, works with sequence and multiples in non-...Read More
Laura Berman, professor of printmaking and acting chair of graphic design for 2014-2015, works with sequence and multiples in non-traditional formats. Currently her work explores installation and interaction in combination with hand printed images. She has created site-specific exhibitions at numerous galleries and museums, including Avenue of the Arts (Kansas City, Mo.), CBAT Gallery (Cardiff, Wales), Arthur Rogers Gallery (New Orleans, La.), Artspace (Raleigh, N.C.), Aspen Museum of Art (Aspen, Colo.), Center for Book Arts (New York), Dalarnas Museum of the Arts - Falun Printmaking Triennial (Falun, Sweden), Emerge Gallery (Greenville, N.C.), Grafikens Hus (Mariefred, Sweden), H&R Block Artspace (Kansas City, Mo.), International Print Center New York, and Telephonebooth (Kansas City, Mo.). She has been a visiting artist and has worked as an artist-in-residence at a number of institutions including Anderson Ranch Art Center (Colorado), Artspace (North Carolina), Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (New York) and Can Serrat International Arts Center (Spain).
Berman directed the 2007 Southern Graphics Council Conference, in which 1,200 printmaking artists and enthusiasts from the world over converged in Kansas City, Mo. to experience precedent-setting print events, numerous and engaging print exhibitions and diverse dialogs and presentations that examined printmaking's relationship to other media and environments. Berman has taught at KCAI since 2002, and she was program head and interim chair of the printmaking department from 2004 to 2008. She is currently an associate professor of printmaking at the Kansas City Art Institute, where she teaches sophomore printmaking, book arts, papermaking and silkscreen courses. Berman's work is featured in The Book of Probes by David Carson / Marshall McLuhan and Printmaking at the Edge by Richard Noyce. She is represented by Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City.
Berman received her B.F.A. degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and her M.F.A. degree from Tulane University.
Hugh Merrill, who joined the KCAI faculty in 1976, has had solo exhibitions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.; the...Read More
Hugh Merrill, who joined the KCAI faculty in 1976, has had solo exhibitions at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.; the Cranbrook Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; the Davenport (Iowa) Museum; the Springfield (Missouri) Museum; Printworks Gallery in Chicago, Ill. Lakeside (Michigan) Gallery; Alpha Gallery in Denver, Colo.; and the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, Mo..
He has been a visiting artist at over 50 universities and colleges internationally including the University of Colorado; Cranbrook Academy; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia; Detroit Center for Creative Studies; and Penland School, Asheville, N.C. Anderson Ranch Colorado,
His articles on print and education have been published in Contemporary Impressions and Journal of the Print World. He has participated on panel discussions at the College Art Association, Southern Graphics Council and CAA. His work is in numerous permanent collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Yale University Museum of Art, New Haven; Virginia Museum of Art, Richmond; Cranbrook Museum, Bloomfield Hills; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City; and the Minneapolis Museum of Art.
Merrill has received National Endowment for the Arts Grants, a Virginia Museum Fellowship, a Yaddo/Hand Hollow Fellowship, a Mellon Foundation Grant, and an Alliance of Independent Art Schools Faculty Grant in support of his work. He received the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Southern Graphics Council 2007. He is a past president of the Southern Graphics Council, a member of the board Inner City Services and serves as artistic director of the Chameleon Arts & Youth Development program in Kansas City, Mo.
Merrill earned a B.F.A. degree from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and an M.F.A. degree from the School of Art and Architecture at Yale University.
Kelly Clark has always worn at least two hats: an artist first, he is also a co-owner and operator of Wonder Fair Gallery & ...Read More
Kelly Clark has always worn at least two hats: an artist first, he is also a co-owner and operator of Wonder Fair Gallery & Shoppe in Lawrence, Kan. Helping other artists is sort of bound up in the ethos of printmaking, which he learned while earning his M.F.A. degree at the University of Kansas in 2006. Clarked earned his B.F.A. degree in studio art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2002.
At Wonder Fair Gallery & Shoppe, Clark curates exhibitions, does the finances, keeps in contact with artists about upcoming shows and produces graphic design projects for the gallery. He previously interned at Slugfest Printmaking Workshop and Flatbed Press in Austin, Texas.
When making work, Clark considers the relationship between himself and his viewer to be almost communal. The work is something that he and the viewer look at together. His current drawings consist of small standardized marks, applied over and over by the thousands, which build a picture. It is not difficult to see how each drawing is made or to picture him there making it. In this way, the drawings are about the process of drawing –– the pursuit and the effort.