ARTNotes for Oct. 3

October 3, 2011

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Calendar of events

Now-Oct. 28: The School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting an invitational exhibit at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, #275 in Riverside, Mo. The exhibit features work in a variety of mediums by students ranging in age from child to adult.

Oct. 6: Alicia Candiana will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Candiani is an international artist and independent curator based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. For details, visit

Oct. 14-Dec. 14: “Narrow Margins: 2011 Faculty Biennial” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. For more information, visit

KCAI students design posters for Folly Jazz Series

Junior-year graphic design students at KCAI, under the leadership of assistant professor Jamie Gray, have designed posters for the seven concerts that comprise the Folly Theater’s 2011-12 jazz series. Jazz performances are scheduled Oct. 1 through March 3 at the Folly.

“This is the third year that KCAI students have designed posters for the Folly Jazz Series,” Gray said. “It’s a very exciting and rewarding process for the students, and we’re elated that the Folly has invited us to do this now for three consecutive years.”

Gray said students have been working on poster designs since the start of the fall semester. On Sept. 21, an exhibition of posters took place in the college’s Design Building at 43rd and Oak streets. Several entries were completed for each upcoming concert. Judges then met privately to select the winning posters, and winners were announced last week. In addition to Gray and Gale Tallis, executive director of the Folly Theater, judges included Steve Irwin, director of development at the Folly Theater; Brian Henry, creative director at Lamar Advertising Company; and Ryan Jones, an adjunct professor of graphic design at KCAI.

“It has been the Folly Theater’s great pleasure and privilege to have the opportunity to collaborate with KCAI’s graphic design students and Assistant Professor Gray on posters for the Folly Jazz Series for a third year,” Tallis said. “These posters have elevated the Jazz Series profile and garnered comments from patrons as well as from the jazz artists themselves. The most difficult aspect of the collaboration comes when it is time to judge the posters. We have been amazed at the level of creativity and ability that the artists possess, and we feel very fortunate to be the beneficiaries of this great program.”

Fall horror film series at KCAI

The Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City continue their horror film series with George Sluizer’s “The Vanishing” at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 3) in Epperson Auditorium. Julie Farstad, assistant professor of painting, will introduce the film Screenings are free and open to students, faculty, staff and friends of both institutions. Light refreshments will be served. The next screening will take place at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 and will feature Robert Hiltzik’s “Sleepaway Camp.” For more information, contact Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, at Pictured: Promotional poster.

Shirt by KCAI student scores home run

Shirts designed by KCAI student Jonathan Knoffer, a freshman in Steve Whitacre’s foundation studio, were a hit recently with members of the Kansas City Royals baseball team. A story about the shirts appeared recently on at and was picked up by The Kansas City Star at As a tribute to Bruce Chen, Knoffer had created a shirt that said “Domina-Chen” on one side (sounds like “domination”) and, on the other side, “my fastball, 83, byyou.” Chen commissioned 20 copies of the shirt. Knoffer’s father is a massage therapist for the Royals.

Faculty updates

Misty Gamble, special instructor in foundation, spent the summer in Kansas City and on the East coast creating new work for fall exhibitions and for a solo next spring at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. Gamble led a group of female artists at an invitational summer residency at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in July in Newcastle, Maine. Jessie Fisher, assistant professor of painting, was a fellow resident. Gamble continued on to an artist residency at Project Art in Cummington, Mass., where she collaborating with Molly Hatch. In addition, work by Gamble is on view in “Remembered Light: The McDonald Windows Project” at Ogborn Gallery in the Sullivan Munce Cultural Center in Zionsville, Ind. Gamble’s work also can be seen locally at Red Star Studios. Pictured: Misty Gamble at work at Project Art.

Alumni updates

Ward Degler, who studied at KCAI in from 1953-54, recently released a book of stories and drawings entitled “The Dark Ages of My Youth … and Times More Recent.” Degler will sign copies of his book from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Prospero’s Bookstore, 1800 W. 39th St. The book offers slices of American life that cover a wide range subjects and are illustrated with pen and ink drawings. Pictured: Ward Degler.

Christopher Schrat (’11 photography) is raising funds for a new project through Kickstarter. Schrat’s project, entitled “The Herd,” is a photographic series that studies audiences at concerts in New York. The funds raised will cover the cost of travel to and from New York, chemicals and rental of equipment as well as framing the prints. Donate to Schrat at

Calls for artists

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) is featured in an exhibition 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

Carter Art Center at MCC-Penn Valley – “Discovering and Sharing Joy Part II: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture and Film” by Rita Blitt opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Carter Art Center, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. Blitt, who studied at KCAI with Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting, will give a gallery talk at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 4. The exhibition continues through Nov. 5. Blitt’s work is also on view through Nov. 12 in an exhibition entitled “Discovering and Sharing Joy Part I: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture and Film” at the Cultural Arts Center at MCC-Longview, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo. For more information and to view her films visit

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: “Untitled,” Robin Beard, 2011, porcelain and blue-green glaze, 72 inches by 58 inches.

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 Pictured: Work by Marie Dougherty.

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.

Plenum Space Gallery – “Magnum Opus,” an exhibition of paintings by Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting), opens Oct. 7 at Plenum Space Gallery, 504 E. 18th St., with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Wedoff’s work in this exhibition uses shadow boxes with layers of plexiglass and vinyl. “‘Magnum Opus’ is the culmination of an extended investigation into the
nature of color, depth and perspective and the refinement of a
 process for addressing these relationships,” said gallery manager Paula Rose. For more information contact or 816-813-4688. Pictured: Detail of piece by Ernest Wedoff.

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 Pictured: “Orlando,” Summer Farrar, 2011, embroidery and paint on cotton.

Red Star Studios – New work by resident artists Bowie Croisant (‘08 ceramics) and Stephanie Kantor is 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: “Red Geometric Bowl,” Bowie Croisant.

Spray Booth Gallery – “Lush” opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 7 at Spray Booth Gallery, located inside Volker Bicycles at 120 W. 18th St. Artists featured in the show include Blake Sidebottom (’11 painting), Daniel Reneau (’04 painting and art history), part-time faculty in the painting department, David Rhoads (’10 painting), Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting), Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture and art history), Peter Granados (’11 painting) and Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics). The show runs through Nov. 18. For details, contact Pictured: “Blue Matt,” David Rhoads, 2010, Oil on canvas, 43 inches by 33 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

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