ARTNotes for Aug. 22

August 22, 2011

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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

Aug. 24: The 14th annual convocation and inauguration of President Chanda will be held at 11 a.m. at Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St.

Sept. 5: Labor Day holiday. There will be no classes, and KCAI offices will be closed.

School year begins with annual convocation and inauguration of new president

KCAI faculty, staff, students and friends will celebrate the start of the new school year and the inauguration of Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., as the 23rd president of KCAI at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 24, at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St. All are invited to attend. President Chanda will give an inaugural address. The student speaker will be Madeline Gallucci (senior, printmaking). The Excellence in Visual Art and Education Awards, biennial faculty awards, the Outstanding Foundation Student Achievement Award, the Lester Goldman Annual Competitive Drawing Award and the President’s Award for Community Service will be presented during the ceremony. A picnic on the KCAI campus’s green will follow. Classes will resume at 1:30 p.m. Pictured: Jacqueline Chanda.

KCAI welcomes new full-time faculty

Kelly Clark will be a special instructor in the printmaking department. Clark earned a B.F.A. degree in studio art from The University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in printmaking from the University of Kansas.

Maura Cluthe will be a special instructor in the illustration department. Cluthe earned a B.F.A. degree in illustration from KCAI in 1993. She currently works as an illustrator in the Kids Studio at Hallmark.

Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., will join the School of Liberal Arts as an assistant professor of art history, specializing in contemporary art and theory. Dubay received a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and business management from the University of South Florida and a Master of Arts degree and a doctorate in the history of art from Bryn Mawr College.

Alison Heryer will be a special instructor in the fiber department. She received an M.F.A. degree in theatrical design from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.F.A. degree in fashion design and history from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Christoph Steger will be an assistant professor in the animation department. Steger holds a B.A. degree in visual communication from the Hochschule RheinMain in Wiesbaden, Germany, and earned an M.A. degree in animation from the Royal College of Art in London.

Caleb Taylor will join the School of the Foundation Year as a special instructor. Taylor received a B.F.A. degree from Northwest Missouri State University and an M.F.A. degree from Montana State University.

Richard Welnowski will serve as curriculum coordinator, adjunct faculty member and technology advisor for the new digital media program.

Lester Goldman Competition exhibition

The painting department at KCAI is hosting an exhibition featuring the artwork chosen for the 2011 Lester Goldman Drawing Competition. The exhibition is on view in the Dodge Painting Building Gallery through Sept. 2 and includes work by competition winners Andrew Davis (’11 painting) and Molly Kaderka (’11 painting) as well as finalists Todd Christiansen (’11 painting), Lindsay Fernandez (junior, painting) and Polly Wilson (junior, painting).  This exhibition also will travel to the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of South Carolina and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. For more information, contact Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, at

Alumni updates

Tammy Shell (’11 graphic design) has been selected for a graphic design internship at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Laura Berglund (’10 graphic design), who works at Design Ranch, is involved with designing murals for a home for ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

Calls for artists

Moving Planet, a worldwide rally to demand solutions to the climate crisis hosted by, an organization dedicated to solving the climate crisis, will take place Sept. 24. Local events include “The Midwest Litter Fest,” a 45-mile trash pickup event from Johnson County to Lawrence, Kan. Hosted by local government and nonprofit organizations, including Pick Up America, volunteers will pick up trash along roadways. Pick Up America is seeking to engage participants with a work of art to be unveiled at the end-of-day celebrations. Contact Lil Berman, director of community outreach, at For more information about Moving Planet, visit For more information about Pick Up America, visit

The Myriad House (formerly Main Street Café), a nonprofit youth development program located in midtown at 3111 Wyandotte St., will host an art show Oct. 8. KCAI students are invited to participate. Booth space is $7 and students are allowed to sell their work. For more information, contact Denise Clark at or 913-302-8206. Pictured: Myriad House.


Photography equipment for sale: six assorted lighting stands, a tripod, two umbrellas, three clamps, a roller stand with 5-inch wheels, a small paper back drop, a large canvass back drop, one four-bulb light bar and one 220 amp electrical outlet bar strip. The items can be purchased as a set for $200 or best offer or pieces can be purchased individually. For more information, contact Trevor Quick at or 816-213-2556.

Uncommon Threads, a digital T-shirt printing and embroidery company that also sells and services sewing machines, is looking to hire one to two paid positions. Contact Adam at or 816-746-1412 for more information.

Artist Mags Harries from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and architect Lajos Heder are looking for short-term housing from Sept. 25 to Oct. 8, when they and a team of four to five others will be working on a large collaborative installation for the new parking facility at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. If you have a house or apartment available for them to sublet, contact Harries and Heder at

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Epsten Gallery  – “Between Thee & Me,” an exhibition in which artists respond to the Judaica Collection of Michael Klein, is on view through Sept. 4 at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, Kan. Artists participating in the show include Asheer Akram (’07 sculpture), Misha Kligman, instructor in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture), Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking, Lee Piechocki, administrative assistant for admissions, Jason Pollen, former professor and chair of fiber, Gerry Trilling (’90 painting) and Susan White (’96 sculpture). According to a press release about the exhibition, “The objective of ‘Between Thee & Me’is to bridge actual and perceived cultural distances between generations, among religious, non-religious and artistic communities as well as between religious communities of different faiths through the vehicle of contemporary art.” The second installation of this two-part exhibition opens Aug. 26 at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University. For details visit

La Esquina – Two KCAI alumni will have work in “The Fascinators,” a biennial exhibition of work by six regional B.A., B.F.A., M.A. and M.F.A. candidates presented by the Charlotte Street Foundation. They are Monica Dixon (’11 painting) and Marie Dougherty (’11 painting and creative writing). The exhibition opens Sept. 2 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., and spotlights artists emerging from studio art programs in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. According to Kate Hackman, associate director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, these “artists-to-watch” were selected from nearly 100 applicants by jurors Katherine Pill, associate curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Francesca Wilmott, co-director of the Los Caminos exhibition space in St. Louis and assistant registrar at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art museum, also in St. Louis. The exhibition continues through Oct. 15. For more information, visit Pictured: Work by Marie Dougherty.

Greenlease Gallery  – “Between Thee & Me,” an exhibition in which artists respond to the Van Ackeren Collection of Religious Art, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 26 at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road. The show will continue on display through Oct. 1. Artists participating in the show include Bowie Croisant (’08 ceramics), Mike Erickson (’99 printmaking), Julie Farstad, assistant professor of painting, Rachel Hayes (’99 fiber), Jessica Kincaid (’92 fiber), Susi Lulaki (’75 painting) and Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking. For more information, visit  

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art  – The 2011 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Fellows Exhibition will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. The exhibition will feature the work of Ricky Allman, Andy Brayman and Peggy Noland, lecturer in the fiber department, who received unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 each earlier this year. The show will remain on view through Nov. 27. Pictured: Work by Peggy Noland.

Plenum Space Gallery – Waseem Touma (’02 ceramics), regional coordinator in admissions, is showing work through Aug. 26 in a solo exhibition/installation at Plenum Space Gallery, 504 E. 18th St. Touma presents 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

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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