The Roger L. and Joni Cohen Resource Room is a multi-faceted adjunct gallery, study room and resource center at the Artspace. Located on the second floor, the room is named after Roger L. Cohen, a former chairman of the Kansas City Art Institute’s board of trustees. In 2003, the room was rededicated as the Roger L. and Joni Cohen Resource Room to commemorate the life and memory of Roger Cohen.
A public resource collection at the Artspace, the resource room provides students and visitors with exhibition related resources, museum publications, exhibition catalogs, artist monographs, videos, art journals and periodicals. The resource collection continues to grow through private contributions and gifts from individuals, museums and galleries.
The resource room is the main site for "Selections from the Collection," focused exhibitions from the Kansas City Art Institute's permanent collection that are organized by the Artspace staff. Special projects such as the biennial exhibition, "The Reading Room," are featured in the resource room, and special exhibitions such as "Making Meaning: The Artist Book," which emphasizes source materials and the artist's book, supporting the function and mission of the resource room.