ARTNotes for May 14

May 14, 2012

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Calendar of events

May 18-July 27: “The Instructor Exhibit,” an exhibition of work by instructors in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, will open with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18 at KCAI’s North campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, Riverside, Mo. Instructors and artists with work in the exhibition include Mark Anderson, Doug Baker (’80 photography), Alice Evans Broughton (’96 painting), Brett Chenoweth, Dan Dakotas, Anne Garney, Doug Hamer, Leila Hybl (’09 fiber and art history), Stephanie Kantor, Krystal Kuhn (’11 printmaking), Christopher Lowrance, Nancy Martin (’91 painting), Kerry Meier, Polly McCann, Rachel Mindrup, Evin Moore, Victoria Crowder-Payne, Kelsey Pike (’11 art history), Desmound Poirier, Sharon Hunter-Putsch, Bryan C. Ratliff (’96 illustration), Clayton Skidmore (’09 painting), Holly Ann Schenk, Evan Tedlock (’10 animation), Gwen Thurn, Jane Vorhees, Chun Wang and Wayne A. Wilkes (’95 illustration). Regular gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact the School for Continuing and Professional Studies at 816-802-3333.

June 1-Sept. 29: The “2012 Kansas City Flatfile,” an exhibition featuring two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City-based artists will open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. The invitational biennial exhibition provides visitors with a unique and intimate art viewing experience, encouraging viewers to browse through individual artist portfolios stored within flatfile cabinets or select video works to screen in the “Videofile.” Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

June 24: The sixth annual Art of the Car Concours® will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. The event will feature 200 vintage, classic and special interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles belonging to collectors from eight states. Proceeds from the Concours benefit the KCAI student scholarship fund. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

KCAI video competition winners

Senior Alyssa Lundgren took first place in a student video competition that KCAI conducted this spring. Participants were challenged to create a 2- to 3-minute video on the topic of “Why I chose KCAI.” Lundgren, who graduated Saturday with a B.F.A. degree in digital filmmaking, received $500 for her winning video, which soon will be posted on the KCAI website and YouTube Channel. Honorable mention went to foundation students Michelle Millet and Ellian Fitzsimmons, whose video also will be posted online. Judges for the competition included John Baker (’98 design and illustration), who teaches animation and digital media at KCAI; Julia Welles, associate director of admissions; Estrella Payton (’07 printmaking), admissions counselors; Anne Canfield, vice president for communications; Lauren Tobin, communications manager; and Cat Szalkowski (’04 photo/new media), communications assistant.

Wellness Works salad bar potluck

The Wellness Works committee will host its fourth monthly salad bar potluck May 22 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. The potluck will feature a presentation by the fitness committee. Albert Macias and Great Western Dining will provide the greens, and faculty and staff are encouraged to bring a salad topping or two to share. For more information, contact Amy Gross at

Volunteers needed for Dragon Boat Festival

Volunteers are needed to represent KCAI at an education booth at the Dragon Boat Festival June 9 at Brush Creek on the Country Club Plaza. Shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. KCAI will have a team of rowers competing in the event, and volunteers are needed to monitor the information booth and field questions about the college and KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies program. For more information, contact Jan Kennedy, professor of art history, at Information about the race and festival is at

Miniatures Master class offered in partnership with Toy and Miniature Museum

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI is partnering with the Toy and Miniature Museum of Kansas City to offer a Master class in one of the fine-art world’s oldest mediums. “Master Class: Egg Tempera Techniques in Miniature” is a seven-day workshop that will be offered June 24-30 through the Continuing and Professional Studies program at KCAI. The class will culminate in a reception at the Toy and Miniature Museum, where students will display work they created during the class.

“People often perceive the Toy and Miniature Museum as a children’s museum, when in fact it houses one of the most comprehensive fine-scale art collections in the world,” said Laura Taylor, the museum’s educator. “Through our partnership with KCAI we look forward to creating opportunities for artists to explore this art form, and we hope to continue to bring world-class artists to Kansas City to engage with the arts community.”

Students will be introduced to the methods of egg tempera painting as it was practiced in 15th century Italy by masters such as Giotto, Botticelli, Mantegna, Fra Angelico and Michelangelo’s teacher, Ghirlandaio, and will then use these techniques to create a miniature replica of an Italian Renaissance portrait.The Master class instructor, Lee-Ann Chellis Wessel, has been creating fine-scale miniature works of art in pottery and porcelain for more than 30 years. In 1989 Wessel achieved Fellow status in the International Guild of Miniature Artists. The class will also include a tour of the Toy and Miniature Museum as well as a tour of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, where students will look specifically at Medieval and Renaissance paintings with attention to portraits and figures. 

“We were thrilled when the Toy and Miniature Museum contacted us to partner for the Master class,” said Tabitha Schmidt, director of Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI. “It is a rare opportunity to be able to offer a class in something so unique with an artist who is so well-known in her field. The class is an excellent opportunity for artists to really stretch themselves.”

For more information, visit

Faculty updates

Hal Wert, professor of history, recently had an article, “The Killing Fields, Ethnic Cleansing, and Genocide in Europe,” published in InterAgency Journal, Special Edition: Prevention of Mass Atrocities. 

Alumni updates

Josh Eithun (’10 graphic design) recently participated in KC Startup Weekend ( where participants were given 1 min. to pitch an idea for a new startup focusing on the needs of the Kansas City community. Eithun’s idea was enthusiastically received by a team of four developers, and his startup, LinkMinded, is scheduled to launch in mid-May. LinkMinded follows a community model similar to Dribble and is by invitation only. Eithun describes it as a “real life, community website-based multimedia experience.” “Through the whole weekend I couldn't help but feel like I was back in studio collaborating with my classmates. I think KCAI and the graphic design department absolutely prepared me to handle this experience,” Eithun said. “I was taught to go out on a limb for something I believe in.” For more information, visit

Calls for artists

Northeast Arts KC invites artists to participate in a neighborhood beautification project from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 19 and 20 at 7th and Indiana streets. Paint and brushes will be provided. Participants will paint 29 “House of Cards” posterboards, which will then be displayed in the windows of blighted buildings. Face cards and number cards will be available for painting. Food for participants is being provided by area groceries and vendors, including Apple Market and Eleos Coffee House. Volunteers also are needed to help with cleaning up the area, including picking up trash, mowing and removing graffiti. The event is a partnership between Northeast Arts KC and Kansas City’s Neighborhood Preservation division. The City of Kansas City, Mo., is supplying the boards and handling the installation. For more information or to sign up, send an email to

Bluecanvas magazine is holding a contest to give artists an opportunity to be published in their magazine. The contest theme, “Environments,” encourages artists to interpret the ambience or atmosphere of a real-world environment. The first, second and third place winners will receive a $200 to $600 credit to Blue Rooster Art Supplies, an online art supply store. For more information about Blue Rooster, visit Submissions are now being accepted online with a deadline of July 13. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions 

All Souls Gallery – “Faces,” opens with a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. June 3 at All Souls Gallery in the All Souls Unitarian UniversalistChurch, 4501 Walnut St. The exhibition features large-scale work by Stanley Brian Morgan (’81 industrial design) that incorporates found objects and materials such as wood, metal, rope, beads, and tiles. Works featured are religious as well as secular in nature. The exhibition will be on view through June 29. For more information, contact Rich Scherubel from the All Souls UU Church visual arts committee at 816-455-0812.

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

Blue Gallery – “Nude,” an invitational exhibition, is on view through June 19 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Participating artists include Amy Abshier Reyes (’97 illustration), Renée Cinderhouse (’01 sculpture and art history), Ellen Greene (’98 painting), Peregrine Honig (attended), Joseph Lorusso (’96 illustration) and Rachel Stuart Haas (’98 illustration). For more information, visit

Cara and Cabezas Contemporary – “Our Dust,” a senior exhibition by fiber students Christina Lenert Reavis and Judah Wenger, is on view through June 1 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St. The exhibition features sculptural work and multimedia installations portraying the artists’ study of human identity. A closing reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. June 1. For more information, visit Pictured: "Cast and Shed," Christina Lenert, 2011, video still. 

City Arts Project – “The Kinds of Stains that Matter,” a senior exhibition by Skye Livingston (fiber) and Katy McRoberts (fiber), is on view through May 25 at City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell St. The exhibition features sculptural and installation-based work. 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.

“These Proxies Are for You and They Are True,” opens with a reception from 6 to 10 p.m. June 1 also at City Arts Project. The exhibition features work by graduating seniors from the painting department at KCAI, Julian Chams, Chris Daharsh, Alli Litwicki and Mason Sexton and will be on view through June 30. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: “The Shade!” Alli Litwicki, 2012, acrylic on linen.

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

The Late Show Gallery – “Bad Girls Club,” a senior exhibition by Sophia Roessler (printmaking) is on view through May 29 at The Late Show Gallery, 1600 Cherry St. 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.

Overland Park Arboretum – An installation of sculptural work by sophomore sculpture students is on view through Oct. 1 at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W. 179 St., Overland Park, Kan. Students were challenged to create ephemeral works of art that would complement the surroundings and change with nature during the months leading up to October. Materials incorporated into the works include hay, rocks, dyed cloth, wood and vinyl. The work can be seen along the Cottonwood Trail, West Trail and in the Prairie. Students with work on view 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. The arboretum is open from 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: Framing walls for Issey Howe's installation come down. Howe encased a concrete sculpture in a cube of hay intended to attract animals from the park to pick apart the hay form over time and reveal the sculpture inside.

Paragraph Gallery and Project Space – “The Frontier” is 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

Subterranean Gallery – “Smoke and Mirrors” is on view through May 31 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt B. The exhibition by AmandaMartinez (’10 painting) features sculptural and installation work using non-traditional sculptural materials, such as pink insulation styrofoam, colored latex and enamel paints. Gallery hours are by appointment only. To schedule a visit or for more information, email

Undergrads Underground – ““Let Me Bring Light to the Situation” is on view through May 25 at Undergrads Underground, the Kansas City Art Institute student gallery space at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition by senior fiber student Ashley Lugo is installation based and as visitors move throughout the projector light-filled space, they become part of the artwork. 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.