ARTNotes for Feb. 6

February 6, 2012

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Calendar of events

Feb. 9: KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series continues with faculty development grant presentations at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Read more.

Feb. 10: “On Watch” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 10 at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition explores strategies of surveillance in contemporary art and culture in the works of six international artists and a pioneering open-source project team. The exhibition continues through March 31. Read more.

Feb 16: David B. Levy will give a presentation as part of KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. Levy, an animation director and writer, will give show a selection of his award-winning work and share insights about the animation industry. Read more.

KCAI celebrates Black History Month

A weekly brown bag lunch series to honor Black History Month has been announced at KCAI. The lunch hour speaker series will take place from 12 to 1 p.m. Feb. 4, 7th and 22nd in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms. Speakers include Dorthea Williams, executive director of Black Archives of Mid-America; David Jackson, CFP, CMFC, financial advisor for Waddell & Reed Financial; and Geri Sanders, administrative assistant in the presidents office and professor of African American and American history at Penn Valley Community College. For details, visit the KCAI calendar.

Also in honor of Black History Month, the KCAI student group, Black Artists, Culture and Community, will host a series of speakers, beginning with a presentation by Phil Shafer (’00, photo/new media) at 6 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms. For more information about the BACC visiting speakers, contact Tori Sinclair, assistant director of advising and registration, at

Black Artists, Culture and Community presents “Gradient Observations,” an exhibition by BACC members and artists from the KCAI community. The exhibition is on display in the Alumni Gallery of Vanderslice Hall. Pictured: “Gradient Observations,” on display in the Alumni Gallery, Vanderslice Hall.

Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design appointed

Ann Willoughby, president and chief creative officer of Willoughby Design, has been appointed the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design for the spring 2012 semester. Willoughby is an established figure in the national design community and has overseen the development of brand identities and campaigns for a multitude of national and international companies, including Kauffman Labs, Hallmark Cards and Lee Jeans. Willoughby also aided in launching the pilot AIGA design leadership program at Harvard. “The design faculty have great admiration for Ann's design leadership and what she has accomplished through her studio,” said Tyler Galloway, associate professor and acting chair of graphic design at KCAI. “Ann has built a national reputation for great branding work, and we can't wait to expose our students to her expertise and longstanding professional experience.” Willoughby will lead a design workshop and will be scheduled to deliver a lecture to the graphic design student body during the spring semester. Pictured: Ann Willoughby.

KCAI student takes honors in game design competition

Ian Snyder (junior, printmaking and creative writing) is one of eight students from around the world to be named a Student Showcase winner for the 2012 Independent Games Festival. According to the IGF website, the awards celebrate “the brightest and most innovative creations to come out of universities and games programs from around the world in the past year.” There were 300 game entries in the student competition this year, encompassing all platforms from PC to console and mobile. The Student IGF is one of the world’s largest showcases of student talent.

All of the Student Showcase winners’ games will be playable on the expo show floor during the 26th Game Developers Conference, which will be held March 5-9 in San Francisco. Each entrant (team or individual) receives a $500 prize for being selected for the showcase, and each becomes a finalist for an additional $3,000 prize for Best Student Game. The winner will be announced March 7.

“Game design is something I’ve done since high school,” Snyder said. “It is dear to me, and I was never able to let myself give it up for the sake of my schoolwork.”

He said doing game design in addition to double-majoring in printmaking and creative writing “is not an impossible task if you’re driven enough.” He noted that while game design sometimes requires more than one person to be involved, it is now something that can be done as a solo artist.

 “The barrier of entry to game design is lower today than it ever has been in the past,” he said. “I wouldn’t always have been able to work alone on these games.”

 Snyder said he has watched IGF for a few years and entered a game called “Feign” in last year’s competition. That entry received an honorable mention in the Nuovo category.

 “I can’t express how much I am looking forward to finally attending and walking among so many other game developers I respect and admire,” he said. Pictured: “Moon Jelly,” a still image from “The Floor is Jelly” by Ian Snyder.

Graphic Design USA picks KCAI’s Samantha Mak as “student to watch”

Samantha Mak (junior, graphic design), has been named one of 26 “Students to Watch in 2012” by Graphic Design USA magazine. “Sam is very deserving of this honor because she not only has great form-making skills, but her curiosity is always pushing her to try new approaches and ideas,” said Tyler Galloway, associate professor and acting chair of graphic design. “I'm always impressed with her inventiveness and willingness to forge into new territory. What pushes her work even further, however, is that her approaches are always informed by specific project requirements. Those things are what result in design that is both beautiful and meaningful.” Read Mak’s profile.

Artspace announces 2012 intern

The H&R Block Artspace welcomes Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history) as the 2012 Block Intern. Kaderka began her work at the Artspace in 2010 as an academic intern. She is currently an Urban Culture Project artist in residence with the Charlotte Street Foundation and within the past year has participated in the Relevant: 2011 Residency at the Kimball Arts Center in Park City, Utah; attended the Studio Arts Center International in Florence, Italy; and was awarded first place in the 2011 Lester Goldman Drawing Competition. Her work also has been exhibited at the Kansas City Artists Coalition and Arthouse and Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Tex.

“I’m very excited to join the legacy of Block Interns,” Kaderka said. “Previous interns have used this internship as a launching platform for their careers and have gone on to do amazing and inspiring things like exhibiting work at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, curatorial internships at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, being an artist in residence at Anderson Ranch in Colorado and more. I am very eager to follow in those footsteps,” said Kaderka. Block Interns are involved in all aspects of the Artspace’s programming, including exhibitions, educational and outreach programs and collection management. Pictured: Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history).

KCAI sophomore painting exhibit opens

“Right on Time: KCAI Sophomore Exhibition” is on view in the Dodge Painting Building Gallery. The 39 sophomores represented in the exhibition make up one of the largest incoming classes of painting department students. The group’s works demonstrate a vibrant range of subject, media, process and content and represent discrete responses to materiality, technique, motif and expressive form. Rebecca Dubay, assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts, will lead a gallery discussion on selected works from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Feb. 8. Pictured: “Right on time: KCAI sophomore exhibition” on display in the painting department gallery.

KCAI fiber department weaves its way into 2012 in style

The fiber department recently acquired a Jacquard loom, a machine that computerizes the Jacquard weaving technique. The newly acquired loom is a modernized digital model which will significantly enhance the department’s advanced course offerings and makes the loom an appealing digital output option for all students, not just fiber majors. “Seven computerized dobby looms give students the ability to generate and execute complex designs in a fraction of the time it would take on standard floor looms. The recent addition of the AVL Jacquard Loom gives students access to the latest step in the evolution of computerized jacquard hand weaving technology,” said Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of the department. Read more. Pictured: Erika Hanson, assistant professor in the fiber department, helps Shelby Burchett work the new Jacquard loom. Photo by Tal Wilson (’81 photography).

Electromediascope begins spring program

Electromediascope will present the first screening of its spring program, “Alien Contact and Cultural Imagination” from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Atkins Auditorium at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The last of the Inuit written, produced and acted Fast Runner Trilogy, “Before Tomorrow,” by Marie-Hélène Cousineau, in collaboration with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq, will be shown. Isaac Julien's "Baltimore" along with four works by Cauleen Smith: “The Changing Same,” “Dark Matter 1,” “The Green Dress,” and “The Fullness of Time” will be shown at 7 p.m. Feb. 17. The series is presented by Gwen Widmer and Patrick Clancy, professor and chair of photography and digital filmmaking at KCAI. Screenings are free but reservations are required. Make a reservation.

Artists invite you to “walk this way”

In celebration of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 15th anniversary, Charlotte Street and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art present “Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks,” a series of tours and talks at the museum led by Charlotte Street Award Fellows. At these monthly Friday evening events, visitors will see the Nelson’s collection through the eyes of the Fellows as they tour works in the Nelson’s collection that particularly inspire and resonate with them. In conjunction with the tours, each artist will present a short slideshow and talk about their own art. The series continues with a tour and talk presented by Anne Lindberg at 6 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Lindberg formerly taught in the KCAI foundation department. These events are free, but space is limited so reservations are required. Make a reservation.  

Faculty updates

Jim Sajovic, professor in the School of the Foundation Year, is showing large-scale works on paper at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition, entitled “Graphic,” will be on view through Feb. 25. In his artist statement for the show, Sajovic said the works are the result of research from his independent artist residency at the Banff Center for Creativity in Alberta, Canada, in the summer of 2010.

Works by the late Lester Goldman, who taught painting for nearly 40 years at KCAI, will be on view Feb. 18 through March 30 at the Kamp Gallery in Winnetka, Ill. For more information, visit the gallery website.

A collection of recent reviews for “Odicy,” the new book by Cyrus Console, assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts, has been published at Included with the reviews is a podcast by Stephen Burt.

Alumni updates

Jennifer Boe (’01 painting and creative writing) has been nominated for the National Museum of Women in the Arts Biennial Women To Watch 2012 program. In the last issue of ARTNews we published news of the same nomination for Rachel Rolon (’11 painting and fiber). NMWAs Biennial Women to Watch program concentrates on contributions by female artists from across the country who specialize in a particular medium. The 2012 program focuses on artists working in the medium of fiber/textiles. The nominating committee will select five candidates from the Kansas City area to represent the local community in a group exhibition that will take place May 13 through June 24 at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Arts Epstein Gallery in Overland Park, Kan. One of these five local artists will then be selected to represent the Midwest in an international exhibition Nov. 2 through Jan. 6, 2013 at the NMWA in Washington D.C.

Frank Heath (’04 painting), who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., was among “100 Artists to Watch” featured in the December 2011 issue of Modern Painters. Reviewer Erin Shirreff had this to say about Heath: “His video, sound works, sculpture, books and photographs often derive from deeply odd events he orchestrates. It’s the everyday overlaid with mystery, historical fact, pulp fiction, and the paranormal.” Read the full review. Pictured: “Untitled,” Frank Heath, 2006.

Dustin Maberry (’11 graphic design), Cody Critcheloe (’03 printmaking) and Drew Bolton (’06 photo/new media) recently collaborated on a video for singer/songwriter Santigold’s “comeback” song, “Big Mouth.” The single was taken from the artist’s second album, “Master of My Make Believe,” to be released this spring. “We drew frame-by-frame animation digitally to accent Santigold and her dancers’ movements,” said Maberry. Critcheloe directed the video while Bolton took on the role of video editor/compositor. To watch the video, see screenshots of Maberry’s animation and press links, visit The video is also on the Santigold website and on YouTube. Pictured: Sample of frame-by-frame animation by Dustin Maberry from Santigold’s “Big Mouth” music video.

Dawn Lewis-Wailing (’88 sculpture) is showing recent work at the Johnson County, Kansas Art Show at the Johnson County Administration Building, 111 S. Cherry St., Olathe, Kan. Wailing currently works in corrections, assisting youth with life transformation through art and art programming.

Calls for artists

The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University invites entries for the 27th Tallahassee International Annual Juried competition. All media and any subject matter are eligible for consideration. Artists age 18 and older are eligible to submit work. The entry fee is $20 for two works. Catalog awards of $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place will be offered. The postmark deadline for entries is Feb. 14. For details, visit the MOFA website.

Charlotte Street seeks applications from eligible artists living in the five-county Kansas City area who are interested in being considered for its 2012 Generative Performing Artist Awards. Two unrestricted cash awards of $8,500 each are planned for 2012. The application deadline is Feb. 15. Apply here.

ArtCorps is an organization that uses the arts to advance social change in developing countries by sending artists to Central America to support environmental, public health and human rights initiatives. ArtCorps is accepting applications for June 2012 placements in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. During the one- to two-year placements, artists use murals, theater, stories, puppetry and other creative facilitation techniques to educate and inspire people to participate actively in improving their communities. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information and to apply, visit the ArtCorps website.

Travois Holdings is looking for an American Indian artist to paint a modern mural in the firm’s Kansas City office, which is located in the Crossroads Arts District. They want the mural to incorporate American Indian themes, imagery or iconography in a modern/graffiti style. Travois raises capital for housing and economic development in Indian Country; advocates for clients; and provides educational, environmental, architectural, engineering and asset management services to tribes around the country. The space is a renovated warehouse with modern architecture, bright colors and western themes. The mural would be painted on a 21-foot-by-8-foot wall in the center of the office. The artist will be compensated for his/her work and materials purchased will be reimbursed. To be considered, email the following information to Elizabeth Glynn at resume; five samples of work; artist statement, if available; preliminary design or description of idea for the office mural; artist fee and estimated material cost; and tribal membership records (if not available, please describe American Indian ancestry). Deadline for applications is Feb. 24. Artists will be called in the first week of March for interviews. Pictured: “Canvas” area in the Travois office, where the mural will be painted.

The city of Dubuque, Iowa, invites applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for the 2012-13 Art on the River temporary outdoor public art exhibit. Each year, 10 sculptures are chosen to be placed at highly visible locations along the Mississippi RiverWalk at the Port of Dubuque. Selected artists receive $1,500 for loaning the work for a year. A $1,000 cash award for Best of Show is given to one artist. Sculptures must be for sale. Up to three entries per artist are accepted. Applications are due Feb. 27. General information and application forms are available online or by contacting Jan Stoffel, arts and cultural affairs coordinator, at, 563-690-6064 or 563-589-4110.

Applications for the 17th Annual Student Juried Competition at the Mallin and Jacqueline B. Charno Galleries, 201 Wyandotte St., are now being accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate college students in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Students may enter one to three artworks, and all media are eligible. Entries must be original work,completed in the last two years andnot previously shown in Kansas City Artists Coalition Galleries. Works that are 2-D must be framed and wired for installation; works on paper should be framed under Plexiglas; sculpture must not weigh more than 150 pounds; and video artists must provide display equipment for the duration of the exhibition (if accepted). Entry submissions are due March 14. Apply. More information.

St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Mission, Kan. is seeking artists for its second annual juried exhibition, which will take place May 4-28. Submissions must be 2-D and a visual response to St. Michael’s 2011-2012 education theme, “Blessings.” The competition is open to all visual artists 18 and older. Cash awards up to $850 are available to selected artists. Deadline for submissions is March 30. For additional details, visit the church website.

Charlotte Street Foundation and the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, invite applications from eligible artists living within an 80-mile radius of downtown Kansas City. A total of $40,000 will be awarded in 2012, with selected projects receiving up to $4,000 each. Launched in 2010, Rocket Grants are designed to encourage and support innovative, multi-disciplinary, public-oriented projects that happen outside of traditional or established arts venues. Grants are available to individuals or groups of artists, and projects may include any medium or practice with a strong visual component. Proposals are encouraged for work that will develop new audiences, build bridges culturally and geographically throughout the region and invest in a strong, vital arts community. The winning projects will be selected by a panel comprised of four national and regional artists and arts professionals. Funds are awarded in June, and recipients have one calendar year to complete their projects. Find information about this opportunity on the Rocket blog. The application deadline is April 1. Apply.

The National Golf Club, located in Parkville, Mo., is seeking proposals for a 5-foot-by-6-foot mural to be created in the entrance to the clubhouse locker room. The mural would need to be golf-related. The proposal should include information about the artist and an estimate of artist fee and other expenses. Inquiries should be sent to Stu Stram, president of the National Golf Club at The National Golf Club features a golf course that was designed by Kansas City golfer Tom Watson. For four consecutive years it has been voted one of the top 100 golf communities in the nation by Travel and Leisure Gold Magazine. For more information, visit the club's website.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – “Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait” is now showing at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Primarily known for his plein air landscapes, Kansas City-based painter Wilbur Niewald (B.F.A. ’49 and M.F.A. ’53 painting), professor emeritus of painting, also paints portraits in his studio. This exhibition features 14 portraits by Niewald dating from 1971 to 2011 and will remain on view through June 17. A podcast of KCAI President Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., talking with Wilbur Niewald about the exhibition and Niewald’s long association with KCAI is featured on the Kemper’s website. Listen to the podcast.

Kemper East Gallery – “Inside Out” is showing through Feb. 17 at the Kemper East Gallery, 200 E. 44th St. The exhibition features works of art created by staff, volunteers and interns at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists in the show with KCAI ties include Krystal Kuhn (’11 painting), Tim Morales, (’11 sculpture), Cydney Ross (junior, ceramics), Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting), Chris Bell (’03 painting), Anna Zimmerman (’06 painting) and Priscilla Petrelie (’08 ceramics). Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

The Late Show Gallery – “Devices and Desires” is on display at The Late Show Gallery, 1600 Cherry St. The exhibition features work by William Philyaw (’67 painting), Paula Frankel, Doug Schwietert and Colby K. Smith. “The artworks are perfect little jewels; Dada meets Joseph Cornell with unbelievable affordability,” a spokesperson from the gallery said of Philyaw’s work. The exhibition will be on display through Feb. 25. For more information, including gallery hours, visit the gallery website. Pictured: “Truck 1,” William Philaw, mixed media collage, 4 feet by 6 feet.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – “Abstract-Kansas City” is currently on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. KCAI artists featured in the exhibition include Corrie Baldauf (’06 fiber); James Brinsfield, lecturer in painting; Dan Christensen (’64 painting); Brian Fahlstrom (’00 painting); Lester Goldman, former painting faculty member; David Harrison, special instructor in painting; Rachel Hayes (’99 fiber); Ke-Sook Lee (’82 painting); Jim Leedy, retired professor of sculpture; Anne Lindberg, former foundation faculty member; Amy Myers (’95 painting); Wilbur Niewald (B.F.A. ’49 and M.F.A. ’53 painting), professor emeritus of painting; Warren Rosser, chair and William T. Kemper distinguished professor of painting; Eric Sall (’99 painting); Caleb Taylor, special instructor in foundation; Stanley Whitney (’68 painting); and Matt Wycoff (’02 sculpture). The exhibition runs through Feb. 19. More information is available at

Paragraph Gallery – “Black Thorns in the White Cube,” curated by Amelia Ishmael (’04 photo/new media and art history), is on view through March 3 at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. It presents a selection of photography, prints, drawings and artist books by eight contemporary artists who are influenced by the heavy, dark and mystic obscurity of Black Metal music. Engaging with the symbols, history and myths of the Black Metal music subculture, the artists’ images explore haunted Germanic forests, descents into the void, visual translations of sonic experiences, ontologies of Black Metal band logos and barren western landscapes. Following its debut in Kansas City, the show will travel to Western Exhibitions in Chicago. For additional information, visit

Spray Booth Gallery – “XOXO Salon” show and benefit is on view at Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W 18th Wyandotte St. (inside Volker Bicycles). More than 115 artists are represented in the show, including Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), assistant professor in the painting department; Lee Piechocki, administrative receptionist; and Ronald Slowinski, former painting faculty member. A second reception will be held from 6-10 p.m. March 2 and the exhibition will run through March 17. For more information, visit the gallery website. Pictured: “The Problem,” Jonah Criswell, 2011, oil on paper, 11 inches by 13 inches.

Telephonebooth Gallery – The 2011-12 “Winter Invitational v3” is on view through Feb. 23 at Telephonebooth Gallery, 3319 Troost Ave. KCAI artists featuring work in the exhibition include Andy Maugh (’02 painting); James Edward Lane (’89 painting); Russell Ferguson (’88 printmaking), director of the School of the Foundations; and Bill Shipman (’78 painting). Tim Brown of Telephonebooth said of Maugh’s work, “His traffic studies use a method of logical positivism combined with ad hominem ad extremum to make uniquely interesting objects.” A “Winter Invitational v4” will follow v3’s closing, according to Brown. For more information, visit the gallery website.

The Writer’s Place – P&M Artworks presents its first annual juried exhibition, “HOME,” on view through March 9 at The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania Ave. The exhibition, which is co-juried by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, Heather Lustfeldt and Patricia Brown Glenn, showcases new work by emerging artists in Kansas City centered on individual interpretations and reflections of the idea of home. A range of mediums including watercolor, drawing, ceramics, photography, textile, sculpture, video and site-specific installation can be seen. All works are for sale. KCAI artists include Lauren Blumenberg (’10 ceramics and art history); Sara Bogosh (senior, printmaking); Kate Clements (’11 painting); Jonah Criswell (’05 painting); Ashley Lugo (senior, fiber); Roberto Lugo (senior, ceramics); Zac Miley (junior, illustration); Erin Russell (senior, painting and art history); Maegan Stracy (senior, fiber and art history); Yulie Urano (’11 fiber); Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting); Teal Wilson (senior, printmaking); and Jasmine Zelaya (’06 painting).