Born in 1971, Michael David Wickerson, tenured associate professor and chair of the sculpture department at the Kansas...Read More
Born in 1971, Michael David Wickerson, tenured associate professor and chair of the sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute, teaches a variety of traditional and contemporary skills and crafts.
Wickerson is a Canadian artist working in Kansas City, experienced in wood-working and metal casting. He has exhibited throughout North America since 1994 and has displayed artworks overseas in Holland since 2008. Currently, he has completed two adobe, rammed earth and sod buildings at Wickerson Studios, located on his 11-acre property in Kansas City, Kan.
Wickerson Studios is a 'state' created from the clay of the earth and the timber of the fallen trees. Two structures have emerged from their foundations: a collier pit and a foundry.
The collier building digs deep into the earth and boils rainwater into the air. It is a place for the mind and soul and constantly resists the term "dwelling." Gardens grow both inside, and out and animals nest in its branches and twigs. No work will be done in this place. It is a place for well-deserved rest, relaxation and healing.
The foundry is the laboratory. Raised and rammed from the dead trees and surrounding mud, this building houses the equipment required to cast liquid iron and bronze and the machines capable of manipulating and transforming cold steel. Traditional lost wax castings find their forms within this earthwork, and the artist's endurance and strength are tested within its walls.
Sunlight is the only light that is ever provided. The winds and rains penetrate the privacy of these two special places. Everything is seasonal. The summer sun exhausts and the winter chill bites. It is easy to feel alive in this place.
In 2005, his installation "This Equipment Belongs to the Earth" was displayed at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in Kansas City, and his aluminum casting "House of the Sun" was recognized in Spaces magazine in the spring of 2006. In 2007, Wickerson received a Lighton International Exchange Grant from the Lighton Foundation, and he began a year long term working relationship with 7 Rivers Resort in Tally Bend, Mo.
Wickerson has received the Excellence in Teaching grant from the Kansas City Learning Exchange and assisted in establishing the Art in R Park program in Roeland Park, Kan. He is a current member of the American Foundry Society (MK Chapter), the Kansas City International Visitors Council and the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Previously, he co-founded and co-directed the Beth Allison Gallery in Missouri and has taught at Memorial University in Newfoundland.
Recently, Wickerson has begun collaborating with two separate businesses overseas in the Netherlands. Naked Architecture provides Wickersonwith the opportunity to share in the design and fabrication of architectural cast metal components on a variety of projects, and CornbreadWorks photography and image editing has assisted in further developing his interest in the mechanics of complex tools through the use of digital photography.
Wickerson holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Photo of Michael Wickerson courtesy of CornbreadWorks in the Netherlands.
Karen McCoy’s primary work for the last two decades has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture. McCoy focuses on the...Read More
Karen McCoy’s primary work for the last two decades has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture. McCoy focuses on the relationship between nature and culture, creating work based on extensive research into the geological, cultural and social histories of each site. She also works in video and photography and makes drawings and prints. Her most recent installations have been for the 125th anniversary of the Kansas City Art Institute, a piece commissioned by the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas; Sculpture Key West; and Guandu Nature Park in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2007 she received a three-month grant from the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research in Japan on the relationship of culture, landscape and built form. In 2003 she was selected as the lead artist for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial ArtCorps project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In her work for this project, McCoy and her collaborators paid tribute to the Native Americans who had inhabited the area at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Other grants and commissions have allowed her to create work Japan, France, Denmark, Lithuania and in the United States in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wyoming.
McCoy has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Andy Warhol Foundation (under the auspices of the Camargo Foundation), the Asian Cultural Council, Artslink and the Art Association and Land Trust of Jackson, Wyoming. She has had numerous residencies, including the Tokyo Wonder Site and Youkobo Art Center in Tokyo, Japan; the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Calif.; the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming; and the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, Calif., where her residency was awarded the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for a distinguished residency.
She has had solo exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass.; Pindar Gallery in New York; the Camargo Foundation in France; and the Jan Weiner Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. She has participated in many group exhibitions, including shows at the Allandale Farm in Brookline, Mass.; theYerba Beuna Arts Center in San Francisco; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Calif.; Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, Japan; Project Space at Paragraph with the Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, Mo.; the H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City; and Northern Illinois University Gallery in Chicago.
McCoy’s work is included in “Earthworks and Beyond” by John Beardsley, “World of Art” by Henry Sayre, “Gardens without Boundaries” by Paul Cooper, “Landscape Narratives” by Matthew Potteiger and Jamie Purinton, “Krakamarken: Land Art as Process” by Jørn Rønnau, Sculpture Magazine, Land Forum Magazine, The New York Times art section, The Dallas Times Herald Art Review and the Philadelphia Enquirer.
She is an associate professor of art in the sculpture department at Kansas City Art Institute where she has taught since 1994, serving as chair of the department from 1994 to 2003 and as acting chair in 2010-11. Born in Missouri, McCoy earned an M.F.A. degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978.
Jill Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in...Read More
Jill Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration and restoration are made tangible.
In 2010, Downen was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow. Significant awards include a 2009 MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship with additional support from Leon Levy Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 2007, she was awarded a Cité International des Arts Residency in Paris, France where she first exhibited "Hybrida," an ongoing series of works on paper. Downen was selected for the 2004 Great Rivers Biennial, a grant and exhibition sponsored by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation. Downen has been invited to lecture about her work at national events including the 2007 Luce Irigaray Circle Conference on philosophy in New York and the Phillips Collection "Conversations with Artists" in 2011. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis also has invited Downen to participate in symposiums on modern and contemporary art.
Downen is represented by the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis. She holds a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. degree from Washington University where she is recognized as a Danforth Scholar.