ARTNotes for April 16

April 16, 2012

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Calendar of events

April 14-May 12: Artwork by candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute will be on view in the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition includes work from most departments, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. For more information, visit

April 19: KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series continues with a presentation by Dean Daderko at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. Daderko is the curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and says that in his work he is “dedicated to establishing productive opportunities for dialogue between art, artists and audiences.” For more information, visit

April 24: Members of the UMKC and KCAI Creative Collaborations class will present “Telling,” at 7 p.m. at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Performance collaborators include Mintra Greer (junior, photography), Lizz Hougland and Taylor Wallace (junior, photography) who will address “the reflection on the journey of becoming human.”

April 26: KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series continues with a presentation by Raïssa Venables at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. In addition to a B.F.A. degree from KCAI, Venables holds an M.F.A. degree in photography from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and an M.P.S. degree in digital photography from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Her lecture is presented in conjunction with the fifth annual Distinguished Alumni Speaker series co-hosted by the Artspace. For more information, visit

May 4-6: KCAI’s end-of-semester student exhibition and sale takes place on campus May 4-6. Student artwork from the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture will be showcased. Also, “Digital Filmmaking Exhibition,” will be screened at 7 p.m. May 4 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. Exhibition and sale hours are 5 to 7 p.m. May 4; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 5; and noon to 5 p.m. May 6. For a map of KCAI, visit For more information, call 816-802-3423.

Earth Walk engages KCAI students, staff, faculty

KCAI students are involved in a variety of activities connected with Earth Walk, a day-long celebration that will take place April 21, Earth Day eve. Community Arts and Service Learning certificate students and members of ArtPlay will be doing art activities in the KCAI-Brush Creek Community Rain Garden, located on the west side of Theis Park near Volker Boulevard and Oak Street. KCAI students, faculty and staff were instrumental in creating the garden several years ago and continue to work with community partners to maintain it. With them will be Julie Metzler, director of CASL and career services, who said that in addition to art activities, KCAI students will provide general education about the rain garden. 

In the nearby Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost Ave., students in Professor Karen McCoy’s “Artists in Conversation with the World” class will be learning techniques for making sculptural forms from natural, regionally grown materials. The students will use materials collected on a weekend camping trip, including the inner bark of cedar and redbud trees along with prairie plants and native grasses. Teaching them will be artisan Martha Younkin, who will have a display of these materials and also some of her baskets. 

“Sustainability and community engagement are on the list of strategic priorities for KCAI,” said Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI. “I’m delighted to see our students working with natural and recyclable materials, involved in projects that will help to restore Earth’s ecological systems and involved in processes that will benefit the environment. Ultimately, our students are helping to shape the world they will live in, and they are making it a better place.” 

Earth Walk begins at 10 a.m. April 21 in Theis Park and activities in the Discovery Center run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the same day. For more information, visit Pictured: KCAI Brush Creek Community Rain Garden and volunteer gardeners, including Julie Metzler (second from right). 

“Art as Magic” gala celebrates student work, raises scholarship funds

Hundreds of guests converged Saturday night on the Grand Ballroom of the Kansas City Convention Center to attend the KCAI 2012 gala. Proceeds from the event will go to the student scholarship fund.

A highlight of the evening was a performance entitled “Immersion,” featuring costumes and digital effects that KCAI students had created under the leadership of Georgianna Londré Buchanan, performance director, and John Baker, who teaches in the animation and digital media programs at KCAI. Many of the guests wore white or included it in their black-tie-optional attire so that they, too, could experience some of the digital effects.

Steve Metzler, a member of the KCAI board of trustees, and Brian Williams co-chaired the gala.

“It’s always amazing to see what the students and faculty come up with for the featured performance at the KCAI gala,” Metzler said. “In my wildest dreams I could not imagine the kind of unforgettable artwork and overall performance experiences they are capable of creating, using a variety of materials and then enhancing these with sound, lighting, animation and digital effects.”

Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI, extended her thanks to gala sponsors, including the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, ultimate underwriter for the event; DST Systems Inc., gourmet dinner sponsor; Belger Cartage Service Inc., printed program sponsor; and Bryan Cave LLP/Nancy and Herb Kohn, cocktail hour sponsors. Major underwriters were Mrs. Robert A. Marshall and the Sosland Foundation, and underwriters included Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas City; Commerce Bank; Halls Kansas City; Metzler Bros. Insurance; Missouri Bank; Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP; Mrs. Jeannette Nichols; Meg and Bill Zahner; and Annie and Rick Zander. The complete list of sponsors and benefactors is posted at

Andres Serrano to speak at commencement

Photographer and artist Andres Serrano will be the featured speaker at KCAI's 2012 commencement ceremony. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. May 12 at the Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. Serrano studied at the Brooklyn Museum Art School from 1967 to 1969 and currently lives and works in New York. He has shown work in several solo and group exhibitions at major institutions in the United States and abroad. Serrano is a participating artist in the traveling exhibition “America Now and Here,” organized by New York-based artist Eric Fischl. The exhibition began its national tour in Kansas City, Mo., last spring. Serrano will explore the relationship between artists and society in his commencement address. In addition, Serrano and April Watson, associate curator of photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will serve as co-jurors for awards for the “2012 B.F.A. Exhibition,” which is on view at the H&R Block Artspace through May 12. Pictured: Andres Serrano. Photo credit: Irina Movmyga.

Design students participate in bootcamp, re-branding KC

A team of 12 graphic design students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, recently participated in the KCAI Student Brand Bootcamp, a day and a half intensive workshop organized and hosted by Ann Willoughby, the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design. The workshop was led by Willoughby and three design professionals from her firm at the Willoughby Design Barn in Weston, Mo.

The Brand Bootcamp stemmed from discussions among graphic design faculty members as they were determining what types of interactions they wanted students to have with the Joyce C. Hall Professor.

“We’ve had good experiences with outside designers hosting short workshops,” said Tyler Galloway, associate professor and interim chair of graphic design. “We want our students to be exposed to outside ways of thinking and to have personal interactions with established professionals.”

Willoughby’s expertise – brand design – came into play when the structure for the workshop was determined. Willoughby organized the theme and structure for the workshop, while Galloway worked with her on logistics.

The students challenge was to rebrand Kanas City as a hub of culture and innovation, a progressive city interested in arts, culture and technology. Willoughby and her team added a twist. The brand had to be able to live harmoniously beside other brands of organizations the city has relationships with; for example, the symphony. Additionally, students were asked to present their final concepts assuming the role of one of these outside organizations.

“Co-branding adds another level of complexity,” Galloway said. “Our students are used to creating personas to consider when working on projects but they don’t usually assume those personas or do role-playing.”

“We were pleased to see the extraordinary results and talent in the student work,” said Willoughby at the conclusion of the workshop. “Business and institutions need these up-and-coming, young design professionals more than ever.”

“The opportunity to work with Anne and design a project under her direction was an experience that I will now refer to every day in my own design education at KCAI,” added Quinn Mahler, a sophomore who took part in the workshop.

Pictured: Students choosing personas for their projects during the workshop on the left; Students working with Ann Willoughby at the Willoughby Design Barn in Weston, Mo.; on the bottom right, a branding challenge presentation by graphic design students Jessica Rojas (junior), Samantha Mak (junior), Patrick Drake (junior) and Quinn Mahler (sophomore). Photo credits: (left) Jessica Simecka and (bottom right) Roberto Camacho, of Willoughby Design.

Illustration students garner honors

Jules Itzkoff (junior, illustration) has been accepted into the Society of Illustrators in New York in a yearly competition for students. According to Steve Mayse, illustration professor, 8,119 entries were received from all over the United States, and only 253 students were recognized. The work can be seen at

Mayse also noted that the illustration program recently hosted Yuko Shimizu of New York as a visiting artist. She gave students an assignment that involved creating their own super hero depicted fighting a villain of the environment to be featured in a double-page (ficticious) magazine spread. Mayse said that normally the three top student visual solutions receive recognition from the visiting artist, plus dinner with the artist and illustration faculty, but this year Shimizu identified five students whom she felt deserved the honor of being selected as “the best.” They were Michael Bridges (junior), Victoria Terrill (junior), Zac Miley (junior), Will Baumgarten (sophomore) and Tierra Nelson (junior). For more information about Shimizu, visit Pictured: “Mysterbox,” Jules Itzkoff, 2012.

Faculty updates

Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, is featured in the April issue of M Magazine. In addition, Berman’s work is featured on the cover of “A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking,” a catalog for an exhibition of the same name that took place during Print Summit 2010 at East Carolina University. The catalog contains more than 100 full-color plates, biographies and essays written by both the artists and curators. For more information about Berman and her recent projects, visit her blog at Pictured: A Survey of Contemporary Printmaking cover featuring "All She Ever Wanted Was Everything: Laura Berman's Rock Collection," Laura Berman, 2007-2009, hand-cut intaglio print.

Work by John Ferry, assistant professor and chair of illustration, is included in “Small Works,” a national juried art exhibition that runs through April 19 at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. His painting depicts the building at 4218 Walnut St., which KCAI recently purchased and is renovating to house the college’s fiber department. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: “Artspace #2,” John Ferry, 2011, oil on canvas, 9 inches by 12 inches.

Misty Gamble, special instructor in the foundation program, has work in a collaborative exhibit, entitled “Art Lives,” sponsored by the Feminist Art Project in Wichita. “During the past year, artists, arts educators, galleries, museums and other arts organizations in Kansas have sustained serious, sometimes fatal, blows,” a description of the exhibition stated. “And yet, art is still alive. This inaugural exhibition of the Kansas Chapter of the Feminist Art Project, staged one year after the state budget cuts, connects artists across the state in a collaborative endeavor as we seek to move forward despite constraints.” “Art Lives!” continues through April 21 at City Arts, 515 S. Wichita St. For details, visit

The “Artboards” at Missouri Bank’s Crossroads branch 125 Southwest Blvd., feature four new large-scale commissioned images by Erika Lynn Hanson (’06 fiber), technician and lecturer in the fiber department, and Cory Imig. Installed on double-sided billboards above the bank, the “Artboards” are the latest installment of Missouri Bank’s Art Through Architecture project. Hanson’s works on the “Artboards” are visible to the public all hours of the day and will be on view through July. For more information, visit Pictured: “Wind Survey: 2,” Erika Lynn Hanson, 2011, digital video still.

“Portrait of Self,” a workbook written by Hugh Merrill, associate professor of printmaking, and edited and designed by Adelia Ganson (’02 printmaking) and Amanda Rehagen (’00 printmaking), recently was published by Chameleon Arts and Youth Development. The workbook is a creative set of activities designed to help readers and participants “access lost memory, quantify their daily lives and envision their future,” Merrill said. “Readers and participants can then use what they learn from the activities for community art projects and personal expression.”

The “Portrait of Self” process grew out of Merrill’s collaboration with French contemporary artist Christian Boltanski at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary in 1996. For the past 14 years Merrill has facilitated these projects nationally and internationally, in Australia, Germany, Ireland, Kenya and Poland. The process is presently being used in conjunction with “America: Now and Here” for an exhibition this fall with the Guanlan Print Base in Shinzhin, China, and in 2013 with Spiva Art Center in Joplin, Mo. A copy of the workbook can be seen in the KCAI bookstore or is available for purchase on For more information, contact Merrill at

Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber at KCAI, is hosting an open house from 4 to 8 p.m. April 26; 2 to 8 p.m. April 27 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 28 at 4348 Locust St. “I have been working on a ‘Prophets’ series for the past year, inspired by Coptic encaustic portraits done in the first century B.C.,” Pollen said. “These as well as very recent ‘Double Portraits’ will be on view, as well as a selection of colorful, dynamic, abstract compositions.” Pictured: “Siblings,” Jason Pollen, 2012, canvas, cotton, graphite, pigment and thread, 12 inches by 12 inches.

Charlotte Street Foundation presents “Reading Night Brouhaha” in conjunction with the release of Jordan Stempleman’s new book of poetry, “No Not Today” at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at La Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th St. The evening’s events include readings from local authors, poets and “plain ol’ literary types.” Stempleman teaches creative writing at KCAI. For more information, visit Pictured: “No, Not Today” by Jordan Stempleman, 2012.

Alumni updates

Colleen Burner (’10 painting and creative writing) was recently accepted into the M.F.A. program at Portland State University, where she will be studying creative writing starting this fall. Burner also was accepted into programs at the University of Washington in Seattle and Eastern Washington University in Spokane.

Karen Kice (‘01 ceramics and art history) has been named an assistant curator in the department of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago. A news release announcing the appointment said Kice will be involved in “building and strengthening the Art Institute’s holdings of contemporary architecture … will spearhead the development of exhibitions that identify and explore important current thinking and practice in the field of contemporary architecture and urbanism … [and will] take an active role in bringing these topics to the public with lectures, programs and publications.”

After graduating from KCAI, Kice earned a Master of Science degree in architectural history and theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. She also has studied in the Ph.D. program in the department of architecture and urban design at the University of California-Los Angeles. Pictured: Karen Kice; photo courtesy of

“Transcendent Materiality,” an M.F.A. thesis exhibition by Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics) will be on view from April 16-20 at the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richards Hall on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus, address. The exhibition will highlight ceramic pieces that integrate objects and paintings into the work and combine colorful surfaces with minimal forms. Mabry also has work featured in “Lauren Mabry – Cylinders,” an exhibition on view through July 15 at The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan. where her work is also part of the permanent collection. Pictured: "Cylinder," Lauren Mabry, 2012, earthenware, slip and glazes. 

Calls for artists

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is seeking proposals from artists and educators to teach in the fall 2012 session of studio classes at the Ford Learning Center. Classes will be offered to adults and held between September and December. Available time frames are Thursday evenings, Friday evenings or Saturdays. Classes can range from a one-time workshop to a four-week session. Only water-based media and non-toxic materials may be used in the Ford Learning Center. The deadline for proposals is April 21. For more information, download the guidelines at

Booths at the upcoming “Maker Faire: Kansas City,” which will take place June 23-24 at Union Station, are available for free to artists who agree to demonstrate or create artwork in their booth during the event. Sales from these booths are allowed. April 30 is the deadline to reserve a booth. For more information, visit or email

Cottey College in Nevada, Mo. is seeking visual artists to display work in their gallery for the 2012-13 academic year. Submit a resume and 10 images of work or a link to an online portfolio by May 1 to For more information, contact Kris Korb, Cottey College Art Gallery curator, at 417-667-8181 or

The KCAI communications department invites students to create and submit 2- to 3-minute videos on the topic of “Why I chose KCAI.” Videos can be realistic or surrealistic and use (or not use) animation or motion graphics. A panel of judges made up of KCAI faculty and staff will review entries and select a winning video and a runner-up. The winning video will receive a cash award of $500, and the runner-up will receive a cash award of $250. In addition to being eligible for cash awards, winning work will be featured on the KCAI website alongside videos produced by professional production companies such as Brainroot Light and Sound and Proffer Productions and will be highlighted on the KCAI YouTube Channel and promoted via Facebook and Twitter. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. May 1. Submit a DVD (.mov files) to the communications office, located on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall. For more information, contact

Charlotte Street Foundation asks artists to contribute memories or archival materials to “The Living Archive,” a core component of “The Frontier,” the organization’s 15-year anniversary project, which consists of evolving, collaborative curator, and artist-driven projects. “The Frontier” project asks participants to consider the history as well as future of an artist-driven Kansas City. “The Living Archive” is an evolving collection of works authored collaboratively by artists who submit their works for consideration. Artists are asked to share memories about contributions, unrealized ideas or projects or humorous anecdotes. Artists also are asked to share archival materials, such as print materials, slide carousels, photographs, film or correspondence. For more information, visit

Senior exhibitions

Wonder Fair – “Year of the Horse: Born into a Family of Rabbits,” a senior exhibition by Teal Wilson (printmaking), will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 27 at Wonder Fair, 803 ½ Massachusetts, Lawrence, Kan. The exhibition features work that pays tribute to the artist’s family, a group of introverts who raised the extroverted Wilson “with patience and acceptance.” The exhibit will be on view through May 20. Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit


Leopold Gallery – “Body Vernacular,” a senior exhibition by Ruben Castillo (printmaking), opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Leopold Gallery, 324 W. 63rd St. The exhibition will be on view through April 26. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: "Untitled," Ruben Castillo, 2012, etching and drypoint on Somerset Satin, 12 inches by 9 inches (image) on 19 inches by 15 inches (paper), edition size 5.

“Generation of Warriors,” a senior exhibition by Marshall Fife (digital filmmaking), opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 also at Leopold Gallery. There will be an additional exhibition of Fife’s work that opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at Outpost Worldwide, 1919 Baltimore Ave.

The ROOST – “Schema,” a senior exhibition by Travis D. Williams (photography), will open with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. April 27 at The ROOST, 1324 W. 12th St, 2nd floor, Suite F. Pictured: “Shadow of the Instinct,” Travis Williams, 2011, digital c-print, 20 inches by 30 inches.

Screenland Crown Center – “With Cranes,” a short film as part of a senior exhibition by Kidjchai Yingsery (digital filmmaking), will be shown at 7 p.m. April 30 at Screenland Crown Center, 2450 Grand Blvd. Pictured: “With Cranes,” Kidjchai Yingsery, 2012, still image from digital video.

The Strand – “Trashy, Multicultural, Feminism: and Other Late Night Social Justice Issues,” a senior exhibition by Emily Kissner (digital filmmaking), will be shown from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. April 27-28 with three simultaneous screenings at Brushcreek Room, 4041 Walnut St., Apt. 306; Marriott Country Club Plaza, 4445 Main St.; and The Strand, 3544 Troost Ave. Pictured: “Trashy, Multicultural, Feminism: and Other Late Night Social Justice Issues,” Emily Kissner, 2011, still image from digital video.

The Trap Gallery – “Revenge of the Pixel-Blobs,” a senior exhibition by Sarah Taylor (photography), will open with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. April 20 at The Trap Gallery, 525 Gillis St. For more information, visit www.sarahelizabethtaylor.comPictured: “Swamp Fetus,” Sarah Taylor, 2012, inkjet print, 11.7 inches by 16.5 inches.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Burns & McDonnell Lobby Gallery – “Collective Manipulations,” an exhibition of work by juniors from the KCAI fiber department, will be on view through April 30 at the Burns & McDonnell Lobby Gallery, 9201 State Line Road. The exhibition, sponsored by Burns & McDonnell, was designed to expose students to site-specific installation. Contemporary and experimental fiber artworks are featured in the exhibition, with each student displaying a new piece of work designed for the show incorporating video, weaving, quilting, sewn construction, mixed media or photography. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Tracy Krumm at or Alison Heryer at Pictured: “Resumption,” Carie Allman, 2012, digital video still.

Cara and Cabezas Contemporary – “Now Knowing” is on view through May 5 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St. The exhibit is guest curated by CJ Schrat (’11 photography) and features artworks that address early sexuality and the discovery of sexual orientation. According to Schrat, the theme was inspired by the Heartland Men’s Chorus’ upcoming production, “When I Knew,” an explorative performance of the coming-out process.KCAI students and alumni with work included in the exhibition in addition to Schrat are Ashley Anders (’11 sculpture); Clair Bryant (junior, photography); Ruben Castillo (senior, printmaking); Corey Hinesley (’11 photography); Peregrine Honig (attended, painting); Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history); Kacy Maddux (’02 painting); Ryan Pechnick (junior, photography); and Lauren Stookey (senior, printmaking). Accompanying artworks include selected pieces by Kimberly Austin, Nick Cave (’82 fiber), Jasper Johns, Roxy Paine and John Waters, courtesy of Sean Kelley, founder and director of City Arts Project and co-founder of Grand Arts. For more information, visit

City Arts Projects – “Construction in Structure,” an exhibition of student work selected by a panel of KCAI alumni, is on display through April 21. The exhibit is a part of the KCAI career services Access Alumni Events. The alumni curator panel includes Matt Bollinger (’03 painting), Erika Hanson (’06 fiber), Justin Gainan (’04 fiber), Amelia Ishmael (’04 photo/new media) (’09 art history) and Jason Lips (’02 ceramics). Exhibiting students include Andrew Ordonez (junior, painting), Ashley Ariel Proski (junior, photography), Ben Harle (senior, ceramics and art history), Bradley Kyle Lewis (senior, painting and art history), Caranne Camerena (senior, painting), Emily Connell (senior, ceramics), Fredrick Vorder-Bruegge (junior, painting), Hank Hafkemeyer (senior, ceramics), Julian Chams (senior, painting), Julian Stropes (sophomore, painting), Katy McRoberts (senior, fiber and CASL), Lauren Sobchak (junior, fiber and CASL), Madeline Gallucci (senior, printmaking), Maret Miller (junior, ceramics), Marianne Laury (senior, sculpture and CASL), Molly Ryan (junior, sculpture) Ashley Lugo (senior, fiber) and Zachary Miley (junior, illustration). City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell St., is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment. Pictured: “What hills, what hills, are those, my love... ,” Julian Stropes, 2011, acrylic paint and china marker on paper.

Cultural Arts Center at MCC-Longview – “The Presentation Imperative: Part 2” is on view through April 21 at MCC-Longview’s Cultural Arts Center Gallery, 500 S.W. Longview Rd., Lee’s Summit, Mo. The exhibition is an exploration of the cultural use of visual dynamics as they relate to substantial and pragmatic objects and needs. KCAI alumni included in the exhibition are Todd Christiansen (’11 painting); Peter Granados (’11 painting); Andrew Lyles (’10 painting); Amanda Martinez (’10 painting); Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting); Blake Sidebottom (’11 painting); and Kate Smithson (’11 painting). Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pictured: “Uranium,” Peter Granados, 2011, acrylic on wood, 48 inches by 30 inches.


Greenlease Gallery – “Plainsight, Plainspoken” is on view through May 12 at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road. The exhibition features works by Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, and Anna Neighbor, both of whom invite the viewer to consider how material, time and experience can be engaged while viewing these works. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, contact Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce (’88 painting) at 816-501-4407 or Pictured: “Untitled (II),” Corey Antis, 2012, acrylic and flashe on panel.

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – “Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait” is showing at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Primarily known for his plein air landscapes, 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 Niewald about the exhibition and Niewald’s long association with KCAI is featured on the Kemper’s website. To listen to the podcast, visit

La Esquina – “The Speakeasy” is on view through May 13 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Organized by Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts) and Andrew Erdrich (’10 sculpture and art history), the exhibition is an expansive, participatory, six-week project. It will function as an “evolving, experimental temporary cultural center,” according to Sartowitz and Erdich, featuring a bar serving sandwiches, coffee and drinks that will double as a podium for lectures, a communal table for meals and conversations, a reading and research room, display areas and space for creating. For more information, visit

The Late Show Gallery – “Mélange” is on view through April 28 at The Late Show Gallery, 1600 Cherry St. The exhibit brings together artists new to The Late Show including KCAI’s Emily Connell (senior, ceramics) and Hannah Lodwick (junior, painting). Connell’s work features found reference books, often religious texts, encased page-by-page in ceramic molds, ultimately creating a reliquary shell containing the ashes of the book within. Lodwick’s work articulates the known and recognizable of the figure through layers of transparency and deterioration of the form. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Funk & Wagnall’s New Standard Encyclopedia Vol. XI, 4/4,” Emily Connell, 2011, porcelain, plaster, ashes of burnt book, 6.5 inches by 8 inches by 4 inches.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – “Vanguards and Visionaries” is on view through April 21 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition is curated by Sonie Joi Ruffin in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the UMKC Women’s Center and honors a selection of local female artists who have helped shape the visual arts landscape of Kansas City. Works by Karen McCoy, professor of sculpture, Jessica Kincaid (’92 fiber) and Rita Blitt, who studied with Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at KCAI, are featured. Also included in the exhibition are artists Philomene Bennett, Jane Booth, Shea Gordon-Festoff, Janet Kuemmerlein and Cheryl Toh. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: “Webster's Beaker,” Philomene Bennett, 2008, oil on canvas, 66 inches by 50 inches.

Paragraph Gallery & Project Space – “The Frontier” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 20 at Paragraph Gallery & Project Space, 21-23 E. 12th St. The exhibition is a 15-year anniversary project organized by Charlotte Street Foundation and consists of evolving, collaborative curator- and artist-driven projects. The project asks participants to consider the changing frontiers of Kansas City with a focus on the past, present and future of an artist-driven pioneering of the city. Erika Lynn Hanson (’06 fiber), technician and lecturer in the fiber department, is curating a portion of the project, “Frontier: To Face, Now Rare,” which focuses on the notion of the frontier as a space that is continually evolving and being redefined. “The Frontier” will be presented in two phases, from April 20 through May 19 and May 22 through July 7. For more information, visit


Undergrads Underground – “Parts” is on view through April 28 at Undergrads Underground, the KCAI student exhibition space at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition features work by Autumn Randell (senior, printmaking) who explores anxiety caused by ideas of death and how these ideas affect the artist. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: “Torso No. 4,” Autumn Randell, 2012, charcoal, 24 inches by 36 inches.



In the April 2 issue of ARTNotes the wrong major was cited for Casey Hannan, who graduated in 2007 with a major in creative writing and a minor in fiber.

In the April 2 issue of ARTNotes the wrong major was cited for Clair Rock, who is a senior in the digital filmmaking department.

Upcoming events at KCAI

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