Today is the last day to view the Arboretum Sculpture Exhibition, an installation of sculptural work by sophomore sculpture students at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W. 179 St., Overland Park, Kan. Students were challenged to create ephemeral works of art that would complement the installation sites’ surroundings and change with nature over the months leading up to October. Materials incorporated into the works include hay, rocks, dyed cloth, wood and vinyl. The work can be seen along the Cottonwood Trail, West Trail and in the Prairie. Students with work on view include William Bradley, Benjamin Bradshaw, Charles Cintron, Oliver Clark, Kimberly Davidson, Rebekka Federle, Kirsten Holt, Elizabeth Howe, Lauren Lanza, Nicholas Missel, Maxwell Newman, Laura Valle, Erin Van Jura, Zachary Voss and Wyatt Wood. The arboretum is open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday and admission is free. For more information, contact Julie Bilyea, recreation supervisor for the City of Overland Park, at 913-344-8656.
ArtSounds: Christina Vantzou and Verdana Valley Mini Chamber Orchestra - 7:30 PM
Current Perspectives lecture series: Saul Becker 7 p.m. Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall
Co-sponsored by the Kansas City Artists Coalition Saul Becker is a painter and sculptor based in Washington. His work is focused on landscape painting and its implications in contemporary attitudes toward the reception and defining of nature. For more information, visit www.kcai.edu/currentperspectives.
Artspace - 2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards: Opening reception for “2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” - 6:00 PM
“2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” opening reception 6 to 8 p.m. H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St.
“2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” features new work by 2012 CSF fellows Anne Austin Pearce (attended), Marcus Cain (’98 painting) and Luke Rocha (attended). Since 1997, the Charlotte Street Foundation has recognized and provided support for visual artists in Kansas City and has helped fund projects for 77 artists through its fellowship program. The exhibition will be on view from Oct. 13 through Dec. 12. For more information about the Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, visit www.charlottestreet.org/initiatives/visual. For more information about the exhibition, call 816-561-5563 or visit www.kcai.edu/artspace.
Pictured: “Pulse,” Marcus Cain, 2012, acrylic, ink, latex, spray paint and watercolor on wood panel. Image courtesy of E.G. Schempf.
Current Perspectives lecture series: Julie Beeler 7 p.m. Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall
Co-sponsored by the graphic design department at KCAI Julie Beeler is the co-founder and managing director of Second Story Interactive Studios, with a background in visual design, art history and liberal arts. Beeler leads the studio in shaping unique, innovative, interactive experiences that pique curiosity, spur discovery and inspire audiences. For more information, visit www.kcai.edu/currentperspectives.
Pictured: Interactive tables at the National WWI Museum in Kansas City, designed by Second Story.
Current Perspectives lecture series: Nick Van Woert 7 p.m. Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall
Co-sponsored by The School of the Foundation Year at KCAI Nick Van Woert’s work draws on the tools and rituals developed throughout Western civilization. It simultaneously criticizes and surrenders to the built environment and our tendency toward territorial and material expansion. Common materials are imbued with meaning through our daily relationship to them outside the context of art. For more information, visit www.kcai.edu/currentperspectives.