The Kansas City Art Institute's fall lineup of artists, designers and scholars that spoke as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" lecture series during the fall 2010 semester are listed below.
In honor of the college's 125th anniversary, most of the speakers selected for the spring 2010 series are alumni of KCAI.
Born and raised in Fresno, Calif., Matthew Hopson-Walker received his B.F.A. degree in printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1998. After several years of playing in a heavy metal band and working at various liquor stores, he then received his M.A. degree in 2002 followed by his M.F.A. degree in 2003, both from the University of Iowa. In 2006 he was the recipient of the James Phelan Award in Printmaking for California-born artists given through the KALA Institute. Hopson-Walker is currently teaching printmaking and drawing at the College of the Sequoias and California State University-Fresno. He has been included in 83 exhibitions since 2006. His work is in the collections of the Franklin Furnace Artist Book Collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the University of North Dakota Art Collections in Grand Forks; the Amity Art Foundation in Woodbridge Conn.; the Stonehouse Residency for the Contemporary Arts in Miramonte, Calif.; the Drawing and Print Collection at The University of Iowa Museum Of Art; and the Tama Art University Museum in Tokyo, Japan.
Michael Byron (’77 sculpture) is a professor of painting at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. He has exhibited throughout the United States, as well as in the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, France, Germany, Spain and Mexico. He was selected for the 1989 Whitney Biennial and the 1984 International Survey of Painting & Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art. His work is included in many public collections including those of the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen (Rotterdam) and the Tamayo Museum (Mexico City).
Samina Quraeshi (’66 design) is an educator, award-winning author, artist and designer. She has devoted her life to cultivating the vital relationship between art and culture through national and international initiatives as a way to foster greater understanding among people. Quraeshi operates S/Q Design Associates with her husband and partner Richard Shepard, an architect.
In addition, she recently served as the first Gardner Fellow and Visiting Artist at the Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. From this yearlong fellowship came her new book on Sufism, “Sacred Spaces: A Journey with the Sufis of the Indus” (Peabody Museum). Awarded a joint appointment in the School of Architecture and the School of Medicine at the University of Miami as the Henry R. Luce Professor, Samina’s efforts focused on the complex, interconnected problems that challenge urban communities. Working in impoverished areas of inner city Miami, she guided an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and community leaders to integrate research, teaching and service to help strengthen the neighborhood and promote ethnic and economic diversity. This initiative was awarded the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Outreach Grant in 2001; the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Planning Grant in 2002; the NCARB Prize for Creative Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy in 2004, and since 2002 she has participated with Al Gore on the steering committee of The Education for Family-Centered Community Development Initiative. Prior to her appointment at the University of Miami, she was the New York Times Resident in Design Arts at the American Academy in Rome. She served as director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts from 1994 to 1997. She also serves on the board of directors for the Fulbright Scholars Program, LINC and Leveraging Investments in Creativity, is a member of the board of overseers at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and is on the board of advisors to the Blue Moon Fund. She also serves as a member of the Academic Advisory Committee for the Illuminating Islam Initiative at the Center for Dialogue, New York University.
Both a sculptor and a printmaker, John Buck (’68 sculpture) works with two interrelated bodies of work: carved wood, assemblage and bronze sculptures and large, multicolored woodblock prints. Since beginning his collaboration with Bud Shark in 1983, Buck has explored the expressive possibilities of woodblock in more than 40 different prints. Buck lives in Montana and Hawaii and has shown his woodcuts and sculptures widely. He created a major bronze sculpture commission for Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore\. His work is in the collections of The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Seattle Art Museum, The Library of Congress and many others. A retrospective of Buck’s graphic work titled “John Buck: Iconography” is on an extended national tour. It is showing at the Yellowstone Art Museum through Jan. 9.
Maren Kloppmann (’93 ceramics) and Jesse Small (’97 ceramics) will give a lecture in connection with “(Re)Form,” an exhibition of recent works by KCAI ceramics alumni from the 1960s to the present, on display at the H&R Block Artspace from Oct. 9 to Dec. 18.
Born in Veerssen, Germany, Kloppmann came to the United States in 1984 and has been a full-time studio artist in Minneapolis since 2002. In addition to her B.F.A. degree from KCAI, she holds a Journeyman Diploma from the Keramik Handwerkskammer, Germany (1984) and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis (1996). Her work has been exhibited at Circa Gallery (Minneapolis), Cervini Haas (Scottsdale, Ariz.), Gallery Gen (New York), Harvey Meadows Gallery (Aspen, Colo.), Lacoste (Concord, Ma.), Trax (Berkeley, Calif.), Lill Street Art Center (Chicago), Cross Mackenzie Ceramic Arts (Washington, D.C.), Galerie b15 (Munich, Germany) and Galerie Handwerk (Munich, Germany).
In addition to his B.F.A. degree from KCAI, Small earned an M.F.A. degree from Alfred University, New York. He lived and worked in China for a year and now maintains studios in both the United States and China. Known for both steel and ceramic sculpture, Small has presented solo exhibitions at venues including BOKA-Powell Architects, Kansas City; Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York; and I Art Bank, Shenzen, China; and has completed public art commissions in Staten Island, N.Y.; McAllen, Texas; Sedalia, Mo.; and Kansas City. Small received a Charlotte Street Award for Visual Artists in 2000 and a Lighton International Art Exchange Program grant in 2005.
Akio Takamori (’76 ceramics), who was born in Nobeoka, Japan and now lives in Seattle, studied at the Musashino Art University in Tokyo before apprenticing with a traditional folk potter in Koishiwara, Japan. He came to the United States in 1974 and studied at KCAI, receiving his B.F.A. degree in 1976. He earned his M.F.A. degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1978. His work is represented in many public collections, including the Carnegie Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the American Craft Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum (London), George Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art (Toronto, Canada) and the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (Shiga, Japan) and the Ariana Museum (Geneva, Switzerland). He was awarded National Endowments for the Arts grants in 1986, 1988 and 1992. In 2001 he was awarded the Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant, and in 2006 he received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Takamori is a professor of art in the ceramics department at the University of Washington.
Kristen Dettoni (’91 fiber) is the senior director of design for True Textiles Inc. She has worked for True Textiles for more than nine years. She has nine years of experience in the contract market and seven years of experience in the automotive market in both design and advanced product development, working with customers such as Ford, Honda, Herman Miller and Maharam. Dettoni attended KCAI, earning a B.F.A. degree in 1991, and then continued on to receive her master’s degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1993. She holds a patent in “Lightweight Suspension Panel for Vehicle Seating and Door Panels” and continues her creative activities outside of work from claymation to graphic design.
Thrive, a nonprofit design firm located in Helena, Ark., that offers creative and strategic support to assist economically-impoverished rural communities in the United States, is co-directed by graphic design graduates Terrance Clark (’05) and Will Staley (’04).
Hailing from Bloomington, Ill., Clark worked in the private sector for three years in the exhibit/signage design industry before he obtained his master’s degree in design management at Pratt Institute in 2009. In 2007, he also served a term as the director of programming for the AIGA Kansas City Chapter. As the director of strategic services for Thrive, Clark is in charge of strategic/business planning with clients and internal project management/administration for the organization.
Born and raised in Little Rock, Ark., Staley received his master’s degree in industrial design from Pratt Institute in 2007. He then worked at the William J. Clinton Foundation in Harlem as a fellow researching how the “green market” could help low-income families and businesses. As the director of creative services for Thrive, Staley leads the firm’s internal marketing and client-related branding/marketing design projects for the organization.
Archie Scott Gobber received his B.F.A. degree in painting from KCAI in 1988. Since then he has been in countless local and national group and solo exhibitions. He currently is a Review Studios artist resident and just completed a large-scale public artwork for Missouri Bank and Trust entitled “Dream.” His work can be found in private, corporate and institutional collections including those of Hallmark Cards Inc., Sprint Nextel, Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College and the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Gobber received a Charlotte Street Award in 1998 and was an artist in residence at the Missouri State Fair in 2003. In 2004, his work “It’s a Free Country” was raised on the H&R Block Artspace Project Wall, and his Lawrence Lithography Workshop print, “Doers,” was included in the show “Artists’ Interrogate: Politics and War” at the Milwaukee Art Museum. His work has been reviewed both locally and nationally in publications that include New Art Examiner, Art Papers, Art in America and Artforum. He is represented in Kansas City by Dolphin and in Dallas by Marty Walker Gallery.