ARTNotes for Sept. 19

September 19, 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

Sept. 22: KCAI faculty members will give presentations at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Faculty who received development grants during the 2010-2011 academic year will present on how they utilized their grants. Presenters include Jessie Fisher, Diana Heise, Phyllis Moore and Miguel Rivera. For details, visit

Sept. 29: Ryan Humphrey will give a “Current Perspectives” lecture at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. Humphrey is an artist living and working in New York. More information is available at

Sept. 30-Oct. 28: The School for Continuing and Professional Studies will host an invitational exhibit at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, #275 in Riverside, Mo. The exhibit, which opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 30, features work in a variety of mediums by students ranging in age from child to adult.

Fall horror film series at KCAI

The Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City have teamed up to launch a horror film series this fall. Screenings are free and open to students, faculty, staff and friends of both institutions. Light refreshments will be served. The series will screen Dario Argento’s “Suspiria” at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 19) in Epperson Auditorium. Caitlin Horsmon, professor of film at UMKC, will introduce the film. The next screening will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 and will feature George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing.” For more information, contact Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, at Pictured: Promotional poster.

Electromediascope screening

Electromediascope will present the final screening of its fall program, “Lives on Hold: Searching for Agency and Identity in a Changing World,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23 in Atkins Auditorium at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. According to Gwen Widmer, who co-presents the series with Patrick Clancy, professor and chair of photography and digital filmmaking, “The works included in ‘Lives on Hold’examine different cultural, social-ecological and political instances where the socially determined rights of agency and mobility that exist between individuals, institutions and governments are increasingly challenged, systematized and withheld.” Deborah Stratman’s “In Order Not to Be Here” and Jacqueline Gross’s “Stranger Comes to Town” will be shown. To reserve tickets, visit

KCAI at the Plaza Art Fair

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies will host an art workshop for children at the Plaza Art Fair Sept. 23–25. The booth will be located on Broadway between 47th Street and J.C. Nichols Road, across from the Apple Store. Children ages 2 to 14 will be able to participate in fun activities, such as working on a collaborative piece where they can paint the Plaza skyline the way they see it. Another option will be one of two different printmaking projects: One focuses on monograms and textures while the other involves creating a cityscape. Children will be able to take home their completed artworks. The workshop also will offer a building block activity for younger children. Plaza Art Fair hours are 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 23; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sept. 24; and 11 a.m. to 5 pm. Sept. 25. For more information, contact Jen Johnson, assistant director of the North campus, at  

New York Studio Residency Program beckons KCAI juniors

Junior-year students at KCAI and those who will be first-semester seniors during spring 2011 are eligible to apply to spend the spring semester in New York as a representative of KCAI to the New York Studio Residency Program. Students chosen for this opportunity will be given a studio in a recently renovated 20,000-square-foot warehouse in the DUMBO area of Brooklyn. They will participate in seminars, individual and group critiques and organized discussions of contemporary practice and critical theory. Tuition will be the same as if they were staying on the KCAI campus, and all scholarships will remain intact. Participating students will be responsible for their own travel costs to and from New York, as well as for living expenses in New York. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Academic Resource Center. For an application form and more information, visit

Noted illustrator coming to KC

Melissa Untch (’02 illustration) is hosting New York illustrator Richard Borge at a limited-seating showcase from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 30 at Fresheyestudio, a new studio owned by illustration professor Steve Mayse and his wife, Shelly. Borge will show his work digitally, followed by a question-and-answer session, and refreshments will be provided. The next day, Oct. 1, Borge will conduct a workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for those who attended the Sept. 30 session. The workshop also will take place at Fresyeyestudio, 7515 Allman Road, Lenexa, Kan. Seating for both events is limited to 50 people. Cost is $50 for KCAI students and $85 for non-students. “Richard has been a visiting artist at KCAI and has proved to be helpful and inspiring to students and professionals,” Untch said. “I was inspired when he came to the illustration department when I was a student at KCAI. One of those inspired illustrations I created after his visit got into the Society of Illustrators of L.A.” For more information and to purchase tickets, visit To obtain the KCAI student discount, contact Untch at or 917-583-3791 or Mayse at 816-802-3517 or

Faculty updates

Anne Boyer’s new chapbook of poetry, “My Common Heart,” will be released by Spooky Girlfriend Press (Texas) in October. (Wikipedia: “A chapbook is a pocket-sized booklet.”) This chapbook features cover art by Claire Brankin (junior, illustration). Boyer will be reading from this work and her forthcoming novel, “JOAN,” at readings in nine cities this fall, including Brooklyn, N.Y., Philadelphia and Atlanta. Boyer also has recently published essays on the photography of Julia Margaret Cameron for the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Open Space Project and an essay about Willie Nelson for the culture magazine The Rumpus. Boyer is a lecturer in the creative writing program.

Tracy Krumm, assistant professor in fiber, will show work in an exhibition entitled “Explorations: The Flexible Linear Element,” on view Sept. 22 through Oct. 22 at the Finlandia University Gallery in Hancock, Mich. She also will lecture at the exhibition’s opening and be a visiting artist in the university's art department during the exhibition’s installation. The show will include several of Krumm’s metal textile-based sculptures as well as a group of new pieces that incorporate material made by Carol Lambert, who unravels and re-knits old sweaters into long rope-like lengths. These pieces are affected by gravity and/or tension and explore how textiles — and the flexible linear materials they are made from — perform in the realm of the language we use to describe them, referring to words like drape, stretch, bind, weave and interlock. Pictured: “Fanned (Buckled),” Tracy Krumm, forged and crocheted metal, found objects, pigments and resin, 30.5 inches by 9 inches by 4 inches.

“Look and See,” a group exhibition at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kan., features work by Richard Mattsson, foundation professor. The show opens Sept. 23 and continues through Nov. 5. For details, visit

Alison Miller, adjunct instructor of art history, recently published a review of the Leo Villareal exhibition currently showing at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College. The article, published by Review, can be viewed at

Work by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, was chosen for inclusion in “Love Lace 2011,” a juried exhibition, at Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. The exhibition consists of 134 finalists from 20 countries whose works challenge traditional concepts of lace and push lace techniques in new directions. For more information, visit Pictured: “Felt Lace,” Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, dobby woven fine merino wool, wet finished, 254 centimeters by 107 centimeters.

An article by history professor Hal Wert appears in the September 2011 issue of History Today. Entitled “Hoover’s Brush with the Boxers,” the article tells how, in the 1890s, Herbert Hoover and his bride, Lou Henry Hoover, traveled to northern China, where the future president pursued a career as a geologist and the young couple became embroiled in a violent uprising, the Boxer Rebellion. Although only subscribers can view the full article, the artwork and first paragraph of the article are available at Wert’s byline also is found on the introduction to “Thomas W. Benton: Artist/Activist,” by Daniel Joseph Watkins. “Within the pages of this book it becomes clear that Benton’s anti-war, cause and political posters take their legitimate place alongside outstanding activist poster makers like Hugo Gellert, Rockwell Kent and Ben Shahn,” Wert wrote. “Viewers may spend many an enjoyable hour perusing the interaction between Benton’s use of visual language and his fondness for the apt quotation. And Hunter Thompson fans will be excited to see the results of the dynamic collaboration between these two counterculture radicals.” For more information, visit Pictured: “Thomas W. Benton” book cover.

Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture, has written and published “10Wickerson11,” a book chronicling work completed during his sabbatical from 2010 to 2011. The book can be previewed and purchased at

James Woodfill (’80 painting), special instructor in the painting department, has a new website:

Alumni updates

Matt Bollinger (’03 painting and creative writing) is showcasing new work in a solo exhibition entitled “About Midnight Saturday,” which is on view through Oct. 30 at Zürcher Studio in New York. More information is available at Pictured: “Locker Room,” Matt Bollinger, 2011 collage, 60 inches by 48 inches.

Student updates

Tyler Coey (junior, animation) is the subject of the current spotlight on the recently launched Wekkender, a weekly Web publication, where the art is the magazine. provides weekly updates on what’s happening with the regional art scene, along with spotlights on artists and creators. The spotlight on Coey focuses on his DIY platform, Mutt, which produces designer vinyl toys. Read the full article at Pictured: Original Mutt DIY toy by Tyler Coey. 

Dorian Kofinas, (senior, animation) spent the summer working on the Coterie Theater’s production of “The Outsiders.” Kofinas created visual effects as part of the stage and backdrop. The show runs through Oct. 14. Student tickets are $10 and can be purchased online at

KCAI discounts available for play about Mark Rothko

“Red,” the 2010 Tony Award Winner for best play, continues through Oct. 2 at Unicorn Theatre, 3828 Main St. “A startling snapshot of a brilliant artist at the height of his fame, ‘Red’ takes you into the mind of master abstract expressionist Mark Rothko, for whom paintings are ‘pulsating life forces intended to rip your guts out and expose your soul,’” said Justin Shaw, marketing director for Unicorn. “The play captures the eccentric painter's two-year struggle to complete a lucrative set of murals for Manhattan's exclusive Four Seasons restaurant.” Shaw said tickets for KCAI students are available for $10 (use code KCART when ordering). For KCAI faculty and staff, tickets are available for $15 (use code KCAI). Prices are good for any performance. For tickets, call 816-531-PLAY, or visit Pictured: Promotional sign for “Red.”

Calls for artists

The Kansas City Power & Light District is seeking proposals from local artists or teams of artists for a window installation competition. The selected installations will occupy 12 local business storefronts on Main Street between 12th and 14th streets. This year’s theme is “The Spirit of Giving.” Each concept should promote generosity and will be paired with a Kansas City-area charity. Works of all mediums and disciplines will be considered. The deadline for proposals is Sept. 26. For more information including proposal requirements, contact Trisha Drape at

P&M Artworks seeks entries for its first annual juried exhibition, “Home,” which will be displayed Jan. 14 through March 9 at The Writer’s Place, 3600 Valentine. Works can be in a range of media including painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry/metal work, furniture, textiles and digital/video and should respond to the theme (home). Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, will be one of two jurors for the exhibition. The entry deadline is Oct. 3. Submission guidelines, an exhibition prospectus, juror bios and more about P&M Artworks are available at

Volunteers organizing the 2011 “Off the Wall” silent art auction benefiting Sheffield Place invite donations of artwork for the event. Sheffield Place provides long-term shelter and support services for homeless mothers and their children. Funds raised through “Off the Wall” support children’s clinical services. All donating artists receive free admission to the event (a $50 value). The art event and auction take place Oct. 20 at Drexel Hall, 16 W. Linwood Blvd. The deadline for donations of artwork is Oct. 6. For more information or to make a donation, contact Skyler Phelps at 816-550-6224 or

Art through Architecture, in collaboration with Missouri Bank, seeks proposals from artists wishing to be considered for the Missouri Bank Crossroads “Artboards.” Launched in 2008, the Artboards are exterior, double-sided billboards rising above Missouri Bank, 125 Southwest Blvd. The boards present commissioned images by Kansas City area artists, changing approximately every four months. It is expected that six artists will be selected to produce two Artboards each, to debut in January, May and September 2012. Selected artists will receive a commission of $1,000. Submissions are due Oct. 7. For details, visit

The City of Roeland Park, Kan., has created a public contest for selecting a name for the city’s new park located between Sherwood and Juniper south of 55th Street. The winner will receive $100 and will be announced in the city’s newsletter, The Roeland Parker, in November. Entries should include the suggested park name, inspiration for the idea and contact information for the participant: name, U.S. Mail address, phone number and email address. Entries are due Oct. 10 and can be sent to Megan England, city council member, at  

The Blue Springs, Mo., Public Art Commission is seeking artists who would like to be considered by a selection panel for a six-month exhibition that will open April 1. The deadline for applications is Oct. 14. Artworks will be located on or adjacent to traffic corridors in four locations. Four artists will be selected to provide a work of art for the exhibition. Over the past six years, at least one artwork has been purchased from each exhibition to remain in the city as permanent art. Artists are invited to submit illustrations or photographs of pre-existing artwork for consideration, along with their qualifications. Artists who have a conceptual idea for this particular exhibition may submit drawings or images of proposed artwork. For more information, visit

JRB Art at the Elms, a gallery in Oklahoma City, is accepting entries for “Collectible Young Artists,” a juried exhibition featuring artists ages 21 to 31 with Oklahoma ties. The deadline for entry is Oct. 15. For more information, visit  

Entries will be accepted through Nov. 11 for the 33rd annual “Paper in Particular” exhibition, a national exhibition of works on or of paper. The exhibition will take place Feb. 1 through March 4 at Columbia College in Missouri. The best-of-show winner will receive a purchase award and a one-person show next fall at the college. Works must be on paper or made of paper. For details, visit and download the prospectus.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Arts Center – Work by KCAI alumnus and ceramic artist Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) will be featured in an exhibition that opens with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. Notkin’s recent murals as well as works from earlier periods in his career will be on view. The exhibition continues through Dec. 31. In addition, Notkin will hold a weekend workshop Oct. 8 and Oct. 9. Cost for the workshop is $250. To enroll for the workshop, visit There will be a free slide show at 4 p.m. Oct. 8. Notkin lives and works in Helena, Mont. After completing his B.F.A. degree from KCAI, he earned an M.F.A. degree from the University of California-Davis. Pictured: Work by Richard Notkin.

Dolphin Gallery – Jim Leedy, retired professor of sculpture, is showing work in “Continuum” at Dolphin Gallery, 1600 Liberty St. Robin Beard (’99 sculpture) and Justin Gainan (’04 fiber) are exhibiting at the gallery as well. Both shows will be on view through Nov. 5. For details, visit Pictured: “Mars,” Jim Leedy, 2011, mixed media on canvas, 48.5 inches in diameter.

La Esquina – Monica Dixon (’11 painting) and Marie Dougherty (’11 painting and creative writing) 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. The exhibition, which runs through Oct. 15 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., spotlights artists emerging from studio art programs in Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. For more information, visit

Greenlease Gallery  – “Between Thee & Me,” an exhibition in which artists respond to the Van Ackeren Collection of Religious Art, is showing through Oct. 1 at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road. Artists participating in the show include Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, Bowie Croisant (’08 ceramics), Mike Erickson (’99 printmaking), Julie Farstad, assistant professor of painting, Jessie Fisher, 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 is on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 27, features the work of Ricky Allman, Andy Brayman and Peggy Noland, lecturer in the fiber department, each of whom received unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 earlier this year. Noland is known for her use of bright colors and patterns, full body leotards, a line of baby clothes made for adults and other apparel that questions ideas of normality and encourages risk taking. Noland has created a short film for the exhibition. Visit for more information.

Project Space – Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Space presents “Strangers Like Us,” a two-person exhibition featuring new bodies of work by emerging artists Summer Farrar (’05 fiber) and Cory Imig. The exhibition is on display through Nov. 5  “This show considers how we define our families, how our families define us and how extending our definitions of family might connect us with ‘strangers like us,’” said Kate Hackman, associate director of Charlotte Street Foundation. Farrar presents a series of pieces composed of found fabrics, embroidery and paint that are inspired by dreams and events from her own life. More information is available at

Red Star Studios – New work by resident artists Bowie Croisant (‘08 ceramics) and Stephanie Kantor are featured in “Red Star Studios Resident Exhibition,” which continues through Oct. 29 at 2100 Walnut St. Croisant presents a survey of recent work created in Kansas City, and Kantor compares her exploration of Kansas City to Lewis and Clark’s expedition on her pottery and wall reliefs. A statement from Red Star Studios said, “During their residencies at Red Star, both artists have gained local recognition for their work, classes, workshops and overall involvement in the arts community.” For more information, visit Pictured: (left) “Vase,” Bowie Croisant, 2011, porcelain, 14 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches;
(right) “Platter,” Stephanie Kantor, 2011, red earthenware, 14 inches by 14 inches by 4 inches. 

The Studio Inc. Exhibition Space – Marcie Miller Gross (’88 fiber) will exhibit recent work in “Concentrations” at The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell. The exhibition will continue through Oct. 21. For details, visit

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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