ARTNotes for Aug. 1

August 1, 2011

ARTNotes will continue throughout the summer on a monthly basis and will resume biweekly publication on Aug. 22.

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Calendar of events

Now-Oct. 1: “Answers to Questions: John Wood and Paul Harrison” is on view at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. John Wood and Paul Harrison, a British collaborative duo, make single-channel videos, multipart video installations, sculptural objects and works on paper that elegantly fuse advanced aesthetic research with existential comedy. For more information, visit

Alumni updates

Corrie Baldauf (’06 fiber) and Mark Newport (’86 fiber) have received 2011 Visual Arts Fellowships for Excellence from the Kresge Foundation. These $25,000 grants are designed to reward artistic excellence, nurture artists living in the metropolitan Detroit area and raise public awareness of the artistic talent in that city. Based in Troy, Mich., the foundation received more than 450 applications for the grants, 12 of which are given annually to artists who live in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties in Michigan. For more information about Baldauf and to view her work, visit, and for more information about Newport and to view his work, visit Pictured: “Joining 2010 with 2011,” Corrie Baldauf, 2011, ink and graphite on wood panels, 52 inches by 52 inches.

“The Golden Ass,” a group exhibition featuring work by Timo Fahler (’09 ceramics) is on view at Annie Wharton Los Angeles. This summer show derives its title from Lucius Apuleius’ second century picaresque novel chronicling the series of scandalous and at times hilarious adventures of a rogue traveler. “The Golden Ass” focuses on work by artists who walk the line between gorgeous and abject or make work that merges subject and form to create a dialogue of intrigue.

Jerry Poppenhouse (’67 design) is the focus of a feature article published in the summer 2011 issue of Bartlesville magazine. Accompanying the article are photographs he took all over the world. According to the story, celebrities he has photographed include Robert Redford, Luciano Pavarotti, Johny Bench and Walt Disney. For 27 years, he worked as a designer, cinematographer and photographer for Phillips Petroleum Company, where he started work upon graduating from KCAI. He is the author of several books, including “A Photographer’s Life,” “The Color of Cedars” and “40 Years of Photography.” In the article, he says this about KCAI: “I had the best teachers with Rob Roy Kelly and Lloyd Schnell. Schnell taught me how to see. You have to be able to see the image first. You have to develop your eye. These two men opened my eyes to the possibilities and the challenges out there in the visual world of graphics and photography.” For more information about his books, visit

“Forever People,” an outdoor art project by Ascot Smith (’05, photo/new media) was selected for recognition in the recent Americans for the Arts 2011 Public Art Network Year in Review. Smith’s interactive billboard was commissioned by the Art in the Loop Foundation — a collaboration among the Downtown Council, the Kansas City Art Institute and the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation —and was on view last year as an ARTwall project at 13thStreet and Grand Boulevard in downtown Kansas City. For more information, visit Pictured: “Forever People,” Ascot Smith.

Staff updates

Andrea Adams, director of alumni relations, is acting in the play “Marvins Room,” which is showing at The Barn Players Theater, 6219 Martway, Mission, Kan. Written by Scott McPherson, “Marvin’s Room” is a comic show about serious illness. The family is the focus of this stage story about a daughter, Bessei, who is caring for her ailing father and aunt and discovers she has developed cancer. Her estranged sister, Lee, agrees to get tested for a potential bone marrow transplant that could save Bessie’s life. Remaining performances are scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and Aug. 6 and 2 p.m. Aug. 7. Tickets can be purchased online at Pictured: From left to right, Andrea Adams as Lee and Jennifer Coville as Bessie.

Ronald Cattelino, executive vice president for administration, was one of three finalists for CFO of the Year in the nonprofit category, a competition sponsored by the Kansas City Business Journal. The fourth annual CFO of the Year awards program recognized the Kansas City area’s top financial executives for their roles as key contributors to the strategic vision of their companies. A panel of judges reviewed applications detailing each nominee’s contributions to their companies’ growth and financial success, their roles in corporate management and strategic planning, and their community involvement. Awards were presented to all finalists June 23 at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel in Overland Park, Kan. Cattelino recently celebrated his 40th anniversary at KCAI. Pictured: from left to right, Mike Kern, head of the Kansas City office of Marsh; Ronald Cattelino; and Joyce Hayhow, publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal.

Charlotte Street Foundation seeks input

Charlotte Street Foundation wants to know your opinions about the foundation’s programs and activities. “We need your opinions to help us improve our programs, increase our effectiveness and impact our community,” said David Hughes, a former KCAI trustee who founded and directs the foundation. Here is a link to the 10-minute survey: Hughes invites all who take the survey to forward the link to other friends and colleagues. “The more responses we get, the more we can learn,” he said.

Calls for artists

In collaboration with City Center Square, Charlotte Street Foundation seeks proposals from artists interested in being considered for a yearlong window installation commission. The commissioned work will occupy a large ground-floor window niche at City Center Square, located on the north side of the street just west of 12th and Main streets in downtown Kansas City, Mo. In relation to the United States Post Office located within City Center Square, the installation should engage the theme of mail or the post office in some manner. The deadline to submit proposals is Aug. 19. For complete information and submission requirements, visit

The Art Center of Estes Park, Colo., invites artists to submit up to four entries for the 14th annual “Lines into Shapes” Art Competition and Sale. The deadline is Sept. 9. The juried exhibition includes oils, water color, pastels, graphite, printmaking, photography, sculpture, glass, wood, ceramics, fiber and jewelry. Up to $5,000 in awards will be presented. To download an entry form, visit

“Crafts National,” a juried exhibition of work by artists exploring clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood, beads, basketry, jewelry, handmade paper and mixed media, is accepting entries. The exhibition will take place May 5 through Aug. 19, 2012 at the Mulvane Art Museum at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. The application deadline is Jan. 6, 2012, and can be accessed at

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Dolphin Gallery – “Discourse Matters” is on view through Aug. 6 at Dolphin Gallery, 1600 Liberty St. Wilbur Niewald, (B.F.A. ’49 and ’53 M.F.A. painting), Rachel Hayes (’99 fiber) and Eric Sall (’99 painting) are exhibiting work in the show. For more information, visit Pictured: “Arezzo,” Rachel Hayes, 2011, fabric and vinyl, 91 inches by 79 inches.

Plenum Space Gallery – Waseem Touma (’02 ceramics), regional coordinator in admissions, will show work in a solo exhibition/installation at Plenum Space Gallery, 504 E. 18th St. The exhibition opens with a First Friday reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 and continues through Aug. 26. Touma will present an interactive installation suspended in units that form a continuous line throughout the gallery. For more information and to view the show by appointment, contact Paula Rose at or Touma at

Spray Booth Gallery – “New World Border” an exhibition featuring prints by artists responding to the U.S./Mexico border wall, will open with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 at Spray Booth Gallery, inside Volker Bicycles, 130 W. 18th St. The artists represent a wide cross section of approaches to the printed image including esteemed Latino Poster Movement artist, Malaquias Montoya; Black Panther Minister of Culture, Emory Douglas; Kearny Street Workshop icon Nancy Hom; New York political illustrator Frances Jetter; co-founder of the California Indian Art Movement, Frank LaPena; and graffiti artists from the border city of El Paso, Texas, WERC and CROL. The show runs through Aug. 27. Contact Andrew Lyles (’10 painting), gallery director, at for details. More information about this traveling exhibition is available at Pictured: Work by Scott Anderson.  

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – Jason Pollen, former professor and chair of the fiber department, is exhibiting five new works in Sherry Leedy’s “Summer Invitational.” The show is on view through Aug. 13 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore. Other artists participating in the invitational exhibit include Jane Booth, Annie Helmericks-Louder and Steve Gorman.

The Writer’s Place – “Extreme 3-D Interactive Blog,” an exhibition of zines and art by Eve Englezos (’03 printmaking), Brigette Poniewaz (’08 printmaking and art history) and Alex Schubert (’06 painting), is on view through Sept. 30 at The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. According to the show’s curator, Jennifer Boe (’01 painting), “It could be argued that blogs, with their ability to fulfill much the same role of personal expression, have made zines obsolete. It is our thought, however, that the products of the small presses have simply become that much more precious and personal. Zines have been embraced by a new generation of crafters and do-it-yourselfers.” For more information, visit

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