ARTNotes for April 30

April 30, 2012

ARTNotes for April 30 Monday, April 30, 2012

Calendar of events

April 14-May 12: Artwork by candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute is on view through May 12 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

May 4-6: KCAI’s end-of-semester student exhibition and sale takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on campus. Student artwork from the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture will be showcased. “Digital Filmmaking Exhibition,” celebrating the convergence of digital film, art and new media technologies, 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

May 5 festival to celebrate Troost Avenue Bridge

The KCAI community is invited to participate in a street festival from 5 to 11 p.m. May 5 at Troost Avenue and Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard. The event will celebrate the completion of the Troost Avenue Bridge over Brush Creek. Brush Creek Community Partners is hosting the event, which will begin with a bridge dedication. Speakers will include Rep. Emanuel Cleaver II and Kansas City Mayor Sly James. Music will be provided by the David Basse Orchestra, Bobby Watson and the Book of Gaia with Nedra Dixon, Angela Hagenbach and Pamela Baskin-Watson. Admission is free. For details, visit or

Work by sculpture students on view through October at Overland Park Arboretum

Sophomore sculpture students spent April 25 loading up their artwork in the Vanderslice Hall parking lot and transporting it to the Overland Park Arboretum and Botannical Garden at 8909 W. 179 St., Kan. Students in the KCAI sculpture class, taught by shop coordinator and special instructor Larry Buechel (’86 sculpture), include William Bradley, Benjamin Bradshaw, Charles Cintron, Oliver Clark, Kimberly Davidson, Rebekka Federle, Kirsten Holt, Elizabeth Howe, Lauren Lanza, Nicholas Missel, Maxwell Newman, Laura Valle, Erin Van Jura, Zachary Voss and Wyatt Wood.

According to Julie Bilyea, recreation supervisor for the City of Overland Park, the students focused on creating “ephemeral art installations that complement and change with nature over the months leading up to October, when they will be removed.”

“It is our hope that the pieces will provide an interesting and provocative opportunity for the students to operate under a public art experience, complete with proposals, budgets and deadlines, while the public benefits from their inspiration,” she said.

Bilyea said the students worked with hay, rocks, dyed cloth, shaped wood and vinyl. “Their proposals included rock gardens that bubble up like volcanoes, dyed fabric that envelopes trees, pops of color among the forest green and concrete balls in fractal formations,” she noted.

“I had the privilege of working with the students as well as with their professors, who are not only eager but also clearly gifted,” she said, mentioning Buechel, Michael Wickerson, chair of sculpture at KCAI, Professor Karen McCoy and Lecturer John Northington. The installation of work will be on view through October along the Cottonwood Trail, West Trail and in the Prairie. Arboretum hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday and admission is free. For more information, contact Julie Bilyea, recreation supervisor for the City of Overland Park, at 913-344-8656.

Pictured: Charles Cintron carves Queen Guinevere into a locust tree at Overland Park Arboretum using a Lancelot wood-carving disc.

National Museum of Women in the Arts biennial to feature faculty work

Tracy Krumm, assistant professor of fiber, has been selected to participate in the National Museum of Women in the Arts biennial “Women to Watch 2012” exhibition Nov. 2 through Jan. 6 in Washington D.C. Krumm was selected from five local artists exhibiting in “Women to Watch: Fiber/Textiles” by the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the National Museum of Women in The Arts. The exhibition is on view through June 24 at the Epsten Gallery in the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan.

“We are delighted to have Tracy representing the Greater Kansas City Area Committee in the upcoming “Women to Watch” exhibition,” said Kathryn Wat, curator of modern and contemporary art at NMWA. “Her innovative sculptures blending metal and traditional fiber techniques exemplify the superb work being done by artists in the region.”

This year’s biennial will provide a unique look at the different ways in which female artists explore and use textiles today. 

Pictured: “Draped (Screwed),” Tracy Krumm, 2011, crocheted metals (mixed), forged steel hooks, found wood, pigments and patina, 81 inches by 57 inches by 11 inches. 

KCAI trustee named “Volunteer of the Year” and chair of major law firm

On May 11, Maurice Watson, who serves on the Kansas City Art Institute board of trustees, will be honored as “Volunteer of the Year” at the annual Philanthropy Awards luncheon hosted by Nonprofit Connect. Earlier this month, he took office as chairman of Husch Blackwell LLP. The firm is among the largest 100 law firms in the U.S., as ranked by American Lawyer magazine. An article published April 9 in Missouri Lawyers Weekly said, “The number of large U.S. law firms led by an African-American lawyer can be counted on one hand. As of last week, Missouri’s Husch Blackwell became the largest such firm in the country.” The article noted that Watson has been associated with the firm since 1982, when he served as a summer associate for Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary & Lombardi. After graduating from Harvard College and Harvard Law School and serving on the staff of Missouri Sen. John Danforth, he rejoined Blackwell Sanders in 1987. At that time, the firm had fewer than 50 attorneys, Watson told the publication, which noted that today the firm has about 600 lawyers in offices from London to Omaha. Pictured: Maurice Watson. Photo courtesy of Husch Blackwell LLP.

Remembering Mike Wallace

When “60 Minutes” recently aired a tribute to the late Mike Wallace, who died April 7, Ron Cattelino, executive vice president for administration at KCAI, recalled the night that Wallace received the Thomas Hart Benton Award from KCAI. It was 1978, and John Lottes, then president of KCAI, presented the award at a black-tie dinner at the Alameda Plaza, now the InterContinental, on the Country Club Plaza. The award was given annually by KCAI’s board of governors (now board of trustees) to an American “whose life and values best exemplify the ideals, concerns and human qualities” of Benton, who taught painting at KCAI from 1935 to 1941. Wallace was chosen from nominees in the educational, scientific, political and cultural fields, screened by members of the college’s Thomas Hart Benton Associates organization. Others who have received the Benton Award include John W. Gardner, founder of Common Cause, and Elliot Richardson, former U.S. Attorney General. Cattelino said the award was presented only three times. Pictured: Mike Wallace, CBS News correspondent and 60 Minutes co-editor. Photo credit: Peter Freed/CBS.

Faculty updates

Jan Kennedy, assistant professor of art history, is one of 20 participants chosen to participate this summer in “Making and Meaning in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Europe (c. 1300-1625),” an art history seminar hosted by The Council of Independent Colleges at Oberlin College in Ohio. The seminar is part of a series on the topic of “Pre-Modern European Art in Context.” According to the CIC website, the seminar “aims to strengthen the teaching of art history — a discipline that is fundamental to a liberal arts curriculum.” For more information, visit

Hal Wert, professor of history, authored a review that was published on the dust jacket of “The Life of Herbert Hoover: Fighting Quaker, 1928-1933,” by Glen Jeansonne, published in 2012. A Hoover scholar himself, Wert wrote “Hoover the Fishing President: Portrait of a Private Man and His Life Outdoors,” which was published in 2005.

Alumni updates

Robert Howsare (’09 printmaking) was recently featured in an article in Wired Magazine about his art project, “Drawing Apparatus,” in which a set of vintage turntables are rigged to automate drawings similar to Spirographs. “I really like the sound of the movement of the pen … there’s something kind of hypnotic and sensual about it, just going back and forth,” Howsare said in the interview. Howsare, an M.F.A. degree candidate in the printmaking department at Ohio State University, said the project helped inform his thesis project which he recently presented. To read the article, visit Pictured: “Drawing Apparatus,” Bobby Howsare, 2012, Technics direct drive turntable (left), German-made Dual from the 1970s (right), marker pen and paper.

Calls for artists

The China Garden Society of Kansas City is calling for submissions for a logo design for this year’s Dragon Boat Festival June 9 at the Country Club Plaza on Brush Creek. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three entries, including a $150 prize for first place. Entries designed in Adobe Illustrator and exported as a PDF file are due by May 15 to Jan Kennedy at For more information about the festival, visit

Artists are invited to submit applications to display and sell work during the second annual Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk in Blue Springs, Mo. The event will take place from 2 to 8 p.m. June 23 in the city’s historic downtown district. Display space is available at no charge to artists who are accepted into the exhibition, but exhibitors must provide their own chairs, tables and tent. Participating artists must donate 20 percent of sales to the organizers to help cover expenses, and sellers must charge sales tax. The application deadline is June 1. For details, including an entry form, contact Rosceo Righter at

Senior Exhibitions

1819 Central Gallery + Event Space – “Rythmic Decay,” a runway show as part of a B.F.A. thesis exhibition by Whitney Manney (fiber), will show at 7 p.m. May 10 at 1819 Central Gallery + Event Space, 1819 Central St. The runway show will feature Manney’s “W/M Spring/Summer 2012,” a women’s ready-to-wear collection, which contrasts the aesthetics of street art and the urban desert of Phoenix. Pictured: Hand-dyed and printed cotton sateen halter vest with leather detailing and poly knit/recycled leather plaited skirt, Whitney Manney, 2012.

229 Southwest Blvd. – “Mutual Space,” a senior exhibition by Ashley Lugo (fiber), Roberto Lugo (ceramics) and Alora Wilde (fiber), will be on view from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at a pop-up exhibition space at 229 Southwest Blvd. Work featured in the exhibition explores the idea of functionality in the artists respective mediums and the depth of the qualities in the materials used. For more information, visit or contact Roberto Lugo at or 816-214-3771. Pictured: (from left to right) “Belly of the Beast,” Roberto Lugo, 2012, porcelain; “Memories (Smoky Mountains),” Ashley Lugo, 2012, resin and woven fabric; “I Often Think of Where I went Wrong. Part Two,” Lora Campbell (’11 ceramics and art history), 2011; “Untitled,” Alora Wilde, 2011.

8183 Studio – “Kansas City Missouri School District: Under A National Spotlight,” a senior exhibition by Jordan Haiduk (photography), will be on view from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at 8183 Studio, 1735 Oak St. Pictured: “Jasmine,” Jordan Haiduk, 2011, permanent pigment print, 18 inches by 24 inches.

Berg Event Space – “Adrift,” a short film as part of a senior thesis project by Matthew Wilson (digital filmmaking), will be shown from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4 at Berg Event Space, 1525 Grand Blvd. The entrance for the event space is at the back of the building, between Grand Boulevard and McGee Street.

Blue Djinn – “The Other World,” a senior exhibition by Dayna Freeman (fiber), will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at Blue Djinn Gallery, 1400 Union Ave. The exhibition will be on view through May 25. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 816-518-4649.

Cara and Cabezas Contemporary – “Our Dust,” a senior exhibition by fiber students Christina Lenert Reavis and Judah Wenger, will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 11 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St. The exhibition features sculptural work and multimedia installations, portraying the artists’ study of human identity. The exhibit will remain on view through June 1, when a closing reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit Pictured: “Redemption,” Judah Wenger, 2011, hand-dyed fiber.

City Arts Project – “The Kinds of Stains that Matter,” a senior exhibition by Skye Livingston (fiber) and Katy McRoberts (fiber), opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell St. The exhibition features sculptural and installation-based work and will be on view through May 25. Regular gallery hours are from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, contact Livingston at or 214-802-1619. Pictured: (left to right) “Self-Sutured,” Skye Livingston, 2011, handmade paper and hair, 31 inches by 23 inches; “Small Sacred,” Katy McRoberts, 2011, pine, wallpaper and found materials.

Dodge Painting Building – “2012 Graduating Senior Thesis Exhibition,” the KCAI painting department’s senior exhibition, opens with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4 in the main gallery of the Dodge Painting Building, 4446 Oak St. The exhibition will be on view through May 12. Pictured: “Untitled,” Trevor Sparks, 2012, latex on MDF.

Front Space – “Sweet Steaks,” a senior exhibition by Madeline Gallucci (printmaking), will open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at Front Space gallery, 217 W. 18th St. The exhibition will be on view through May 14. Gallery hours are 3 to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday. For more information, visit Pictured: “Sweet Steaks,” Madeline Gallucci, 2012, promotional B.F.A. exhibition image.

KCAI Design Building – “In Form 2012,” the KCAI graphic design program’s senior exhibition, will be on view from 5 to 8 p.m. May 4 in the KCAI Design Building, 324 E. 43rd St. For more information, contact Julie Sikonski (senior, graphic design) at

Label | Kansas City – Label | Kansas City, a pop-up boutique curated as part of a B.F.A. thesis exhibition by Ben Harle (ceramics) and Maegan Stracy (fiber), will hold its grand opening from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at 1737 Walnut St. The boutique will showcase contemporary art accessories and decorative items, including vinyl handbags and ceramic teabowls. The boutique also will be open May 5-6 by appointment only. For more information, contact Stracy at or 913-927-0083. Pictured: (left to right) Vinyl backpack, Maegan Stracy, 2012, hand dyed vinyl, silk organza, nylon rope and webbing metal hardware; “DisIntegration,” Ben Harle, 2012, ceramic teabowls.

The Late Show Gallery – “Bad Girls Club,” a senior exhibition by Sophia Roessler (printmaking), opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at The Late Show Gallery, 1600 Cherry St. The exhibition will be on view through May 29. Gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Her Love Grows Where Nobody Knows,” Sophie Roessler, 2012, pencil and pen on paper.

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art – “Jesus Was a Moonwalker: a documentary film,” a short film as part of a senior thesis project by Alyssa Lundgren (digital filmmaking) will be shown at 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3 p.m. May 6 in Atkins Auditorium at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Admission is free and a Q&A session with the artist will follow the last film showing. Lundgren has also produced a supplemental weekly video series entitled “Vitamin JWAM,” which includes 2- to 5-minute discussions not included in the film on topics such as government funding of the arts, contemporary patronage, American Christianity and patriotism and “When did Jesus become white?” To watch the film shorts, visit For more information, contact Lundgren at or 515-351-7272. Pictured: “Jesus Was a Moonwalker: a documentary film” promotional image, Alyssa Lundgren, 2012.

The eighth annual “Frame by Frame” festival, presented by KCAI’s animation department, will be held at 7 p.m. May 10 also in Atkins Auditorium at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The show is free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required. Pictured: The 2011 KCAI animation department senior exhibition at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Photo credit: Adam Buritsch.

Outpost Worldwide – “Generation of Warriors,” a film series as part of a senior thesis project by Marshall Fife (digital filmmaking), will be showing from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at Outpost Worldwide, 1919 Baltimore Ave.

“Aural,” a short film as part of a senior thesis project by Chris Durr (digital filmmaking), also will be shown from 6 to 10 p.m. May 4 at Outpost Worldwide.

Screenland – “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.

Undergrads Underground – “Let Me Bring Light to the Situation,” a senior thesis exhibition by Ashley Lugo (fiber), opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 4 at Undergrads Underground, the Kansas City Art Institute student gallery space at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition is installation based, and as visitors move throughout the projector light-filled space, they become part of the artwork. The exhibition will be on view through May 25. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: “Accumulation #5,” Ashley Lugo, 2012, light-projection installation with human interaction.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

1522 St Louis – “Naamah, Ulignous, Laborer,” is on view through May 4 at the 1522 St Louis gallery, 1522 St. Louis Ave. The exhibition is the second half of a two-part installation and features work by Lee Piechocki, administrative receptionist for admissions. Work in the exhibition includes an installation of paintings, objects, histories and relationships. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, contact a gallery representative at Pictured: "Miami Vice," Lee Piechocki, 2012, oil, acrylic and enamel on panel, 11 inches by 14 inches.

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’ recent 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); 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

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 Starowitz and Erdrich, 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

Paragraph Gallery and Project Space – “The Frontier” is now on view through May 19 at Paragraph Gallery and 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. Also included in the exhibition is work by Ricky Allman (attended); Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), assistant professor of painting; Emily Henson (’10 photography and art history); Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture and art history); Amos Leager (’11 printmaking); Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts and art history); Drew Roth (attended); Michael Schonhoff, assistant curator at the H&R Block Artspace; Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting); and James Woodfill (’80 painting), special instructor in the painting department. “The Frontier” will be presented in two phases, from April 20 through May 19 and May 22 through July 7. For more information, visit

Upcoming events at KCAI

Check out a listing of all upcoming events at the Kansas City Art Institute.