The “2010 Kansas City Flatfile” featured two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City-based artists in media including drawing, photography, prints and mixed-media works on paper as well as time-based artwork in the “Videofile."
During the course of the exhibition, guest curators were invited to select artwork from the flatfile for inclusion in changing salon-wall installations.
While returning artists made up the majority of the “2010 Kansas City Flatfile” participants, new and younger artists, recommended by their peers, helped to grow the exhibition to more than 180 participants. This biennial exhibition (begun in 2001) has become a much-anticipated venue to discover new artists, see new bodies of artwork by familiar artists and purchase or barter for artworks for addition to a growing number of Kansas City art collections.
The guest curators were Maria Buszek, Jeremy Kilolajczak, Kent Smith, John Carrol, Marci Aylward, Cara Megan Lewis, Marilu Knode, Tiffany Thompson, Cheryl and Heinrich Toh, Kathleen Collins, Jonah Criswell, Ayla Rexroth and Clayton Skidmore.
The artists included Beverly Ahern, Nancy Alemifar, Pat Alexander, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Tim Amundson, Jon Scott Anderson, Marci Aylward, Anthony Baab, Miki Baird, Doug Baker, Cecilia Bakker, Lottie Barker, Brandon Barr, Christopher Bell, Philomene Bennett, Jennifer Boe, Dane Bonner, Virginia Bonner, Audra Brandt, Derrick Breidenthal, Brandon Briscoe, Tim Brown, Colleen Burner, Marcus Cain, Maria Calderon, Jay Canty, John Davis Carroll, Kelly John Clark, Maria Creyts, Jonah Criswell, Bowie Croisant, Jeffrey Crowe, Jackie Denning, Deanna Dikeman, Jason Dixon, Eric Dobbins, Aaron Dougherty, Rie Egawa, David Elrod, Andrew Erdrich, Mike Erickson, Megan Ewert, Niles Fairman, John Ferry, Shea Gordon Festoff, Luke Firle, Ari Fish, David Ford, Nate Fors, Sue Friesz, Anne Gagel, Megan Gallant, Tyler Galloway, Amanda Gehin, Mila Giesler, Archie Scott Gobber, Nora Goddard, Joey Grimm & Jordan Johnson, Matt Gualco, Adrian Halpern, Frank P. Hamilton, John Hans, Francine Hansen, Ryan Haralson, David Harrison, Robert Chase Heishman, Diane Henk, Brian Henkel, Lynne Hodgman, Hmh Services - Lacey & Neil, Peregrine Honig, Caitlin Horsmon, Brook Hsu, Terri Juarez, Molly Elizabeth Kaderka, Ted Kaldis, Calder Grace Kamin, Ritchie Kaye, Amy Kligman, Misha Kligman, Bernal Koehrsen, Sarah Kraly, Michael Krueger, Heather Lamanno, Merlyn Lazorow, Ke-Sook Lee, Cara LeFebvre, Saskia Bakker Lehnert, Judith Levy, Anne Lindberg, Adam J. Long, Stewart Losee, Daniel Lough, Susi Lulaki, Erica Mahinay, Marilyn Mahoney, Julie Malen, Megan Mantia, Richard Mattsson, Andy Maugh, Erin McAllister, Karen McCoy, Art McSweeney, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Carmen Moreno, Dylan Mortimer, Amy Myers, Json Myers, Charlie Mylie, Trish Nixon, Garry Noland, Katherine Novotny, Shawn Old, Anne Austin Pearce, Zoe Pedziwiatr, Sammy Persons, Lee Piechocki, Jason Pollen, Jane Pronko, Stephen Proski, "Robert J. Quackenbush, Jr.", James Ramirez, Amanda Rehagen, Brett Reif, Daniel Reneau, David Rhoads, Clinton Ricketts, "Francis Rivera, Jr.", Miguel Rivera-Ortega, Alex Robinson, Luke Rocha, Jen Ross, Jim Sajovic, Emily Sall, Ruth Scherrer, Michael Schonhoff, Emil Schutzel, Douglas Schwietert, Jacob Sharp, Aaron Shipps, Paul Shortt, Mike Sinclair, DeAnna Skedel, Clayton Skidmore, Debra M. Smith, Michael Smith, "Paul Smith, Jr.", Chad Sogas, Mark Southerland, Johnny Naugahyde, Linnea Gabriella Spransy, Mark Stevenson, Bridget Stewart, Aaron Storck, Gary Sutton, Juniper Tangpuz, Caleb Taylor, Cheryl Toh, Henrich Toh, Kati Toivanen, Bernadette Torres, Gerry Trilling, Maria Valasco, Sandra Van Tuyl, Sarah Vandersall, Jane Voorhees, Jaimie Warren, Davin Watne, Mary Wessel, Susan White, and Megan Wyeth.
The “Kansas City Flatfile” provides visitors with a unique and intimate art viewing experience, while introducing audiences to new work by emerging and established Kansas City artists.
The works of paper on the gallery walls only hint at a deeper, denser exhibition, one archived just below the surface. As an exhibit and ontological challenge, this grouping of 180 artists adds up to a daunting challenge for anybody's notebook.
The liberal appeal of the flat file exhibition concept is its intimacy.