ARTNotes for June 4

June 4, 2012

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Calendar of events 

May 18-July 27: “The Instructor Exhibit,” an exhibition of work by instructors in KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, is on view at KCAI’s North campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, Riverside, Mo. Included in the exhibition are 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, is now on view 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 65 cities in 12 states. Proceeds from the Concours benefit the KCAI student scholarship fund. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Get ready to party arty

Dan Musser, a member of the KCAI board of trustees and senior vice president/principal of Zimmer Real Estate Services, invites you to Arty Party, a benefit for the Arts KC Fund, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. June 7 at Zimmer offices, 1220 Washington St. The happy hour art celebration will include an exhibition of artwork, live performances, music, dancing, raffle prizes, food and drinks. Tickets for the event are $20 and available for purchase online at

Lester Goldman drawing competition winners announced

The winners of this year’s Lester Goldman drawing competition are Erin Russell (senior, painting) in first place, Frederick Vorder-Bruegge (junior, painting) as runner-up, Madeline Gallucci (senior, printmaking) as second runner-up and sophomore painting students Evan Pardue and Haley Elkins tied for honorable mention.

“We had a fantastic number of applicants that reflected a passionate relationship to drawing, image-making and creative efforts,” Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), assistant professor of painting, said. “Seeing this level of work from so many students made me more proud than ever to be a part of an institution that supports this level of excellence and risk-taking.” Pictured: Victoria, Erin Russell, 2011, photograph and gold leaf, 5 inches by 3.5 inches.

KCAI alumni among 2012 Rocket Grant award winners

Charlotte Street Foundation recently announced the third annual set of Rocket Grant award winners. Winners receive $4,000 for public art projects, which address a range of topics such as gentrification, privilege, environmental justice, sustainability, generosity and socially engaged art practices. According to the CSF website, the projects will engage diverse communities including teens in the juvenile justice system, immigrant neighborhoods and people doing laundry.

Projects and artists chosen include “Byproduct: The Laundromat,” by Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts); “Art is Long, Life is Short,” by Richard Fritz (’96 painting), Crystal Gould and Michele Bridges; and “Spark Farm Park (with sculpture),” by Json Myers (’96 sculpture) and Megan Gallant (’02 sculpture). The Rocket Grants program was launched in 2009 by the Charlotte Street Foundation in partnership with the Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence, Kan., and with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts. The program supports innovative, public artwork in non-traditional spaces. For more information, visit

Pictured: “Spark Farm Park (with sculpture)” project site in St. Joseph, Mo. The joint sculpture park and urban farming project will be co-curated by Json Myers and Megan Gallant.

Faculty updates

John Baker, lecturer in the animation and digital media departments, will be a presenting speaker at the Kansas City Digital Storytelling Forum June 21 at American Heartland Theatre, 2450 Grand Blvd. The forum will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is sponsored by The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, part of the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri. The event is being offered in conjunction with “One Week KC,” a Kansas City Chamber of Commerce program that promotes entrepreneurial start-up activities in the Kansas City are. Registration for the event is $25. For more information, visit


John Ferry, assistant professor and chair of illustration, has work on display in “Magnitude 7,” an exhibition on view through June 29 at Manifest Gallery in Cincinatti. Ferry also will have work included in the “2012 Kansas City Flatfiles” exhibition at H&R Block Artspace, on view through Sept. 29. Ferry will be showing work in a group exhibition this fall at Host Gallery in Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit Pictured: “Artspace #1,” John Ferry, 2012, oil on canvas. 

Jason Pollen, former chair of the fiber department, will give a lecture, “A Life in Canvas, Silk, Pigment and Dye,” at the Stanford Perrott Lecture Theatre at the Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary, on June 6. Tickets are available for $10 online or $15 at the door. For more information, contact

Alumni updates

“Love Songs & Monster Songs,” a new book by G.M. Holder (’02 printmaking), recently was published by Blackout Publishing. The book examines the effects of warfare on the people of the former Yugoslavia, recounting stories of Bosnian and Croatian refugees. Sean R. Ward (’02 sculpture) created the cover art for the book, which is available for purchase at Pictured: “Love Songs & Monster Songs” by G.M. Holder, cover art by Sean R. Ward. 

“New Nature,” a solo exhibition by Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history), career services assistant at KCAI, is on view through June 9 at Co-Lab Project Space in Austin, Texas. The exhibition features work that addresses issues of synanthropes and urbanization, focusing specifically on its effects on animal biodiversity. Transportation and documentation of “Synanthrope Station,” a primary artwork in the exhibit, was funded in part by an ArtsKC inspiration grant, awarded to Kamin earlier this year. For more information, visit Pictured: “Synanthrope Station,” Calder Kamin, 2012, steel, fasteners, ceramic and collected trash, 8 feet by 8 feet by 3 feet.

Calls for artists

The Alliance of Artists Communities is now accepting applications for the 2013 Midwestern Voices and Visions awards, celebrating, supporting and promoting the work of highly talented, yet under-recognized artists of color from the Midwest. The initiative seeks to promote artists of color working in any visual, literary and/or performance-based media, who display artistic excellence, are committed to an artistic career and are under-served, under-recognized or under-represented in the mainstream. The application deadline is June 7. To apply or for more information, visit

The Buchanan Center for the Arts opens a call to artists for “The 64 Arts National Juried Exhibition.” The exhibition, juried by Eric Fischl, will be held Aug. 31 through Oct. 13 at the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, Ill. Artists are asked to submit works sharing their insights on and hopes for America in the spirit of the national initiative “America: Now and Here”. The competition has been organized into the following themes with room for interpretation: “America as Icon,” “America as Place” and “America as People.” Cash prizes will be awarded and winners will be included in the online tour of “America: Now and Here.” A fee of $25 is due with entries. The entry deadline is June 15. For a prospectus, visit For more information, contact or 309-734-3033. Pictured: “America: Now and Here” event in Kansas City.

Submissions are now being accepted from national and international artists for Crystal Palace: First Annual ArtSpace Film/Video Festival Oct. 20–21 in New Haven, Conn. This experimental film/video festival will be curated by Liena Vayzman and will take place in conjunction with ArtSpace Gallery's city-wide open studios. Non-narrative or experimental narrative work playing on the theme of transparency, multiple facets and processes of crystallization, or anything related to crystals or the Crystal Palace is welcome. The submission deadline is June 15. For more information, visit

Applications are being accepted for Artist INC II, an extension of Artist INC Live. In Artist INC II artists and their peers work together to use the skills and concepts introduced in Artist INC Live and apply them systematically to a specific project each artist has chosen to pursue. During the course of eight weeks, artists will focus on specific skills and apply them to the creation of an in-depth proposal for their individual projects. Alumni of the Creative Capital Professional Development Weekend or Artist INC sessions held between 2007 and 2012 are eligible to apply. Twenty-five participants will be selected. The application deadline is June 25. For more information, visit


The Fifth Annual Art Moves Festival is accepting entries for a billboard art competition. The competition is open to all the interested artists and students and there is no entry fee. The artwork should be a creative response to the theme, “Where is the meaning? At the top or at the bottom?” The competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor for all the processes taking place in the world at the moment. The top 10 artworks, selected by an international panel of jurors, will be exhibited during September and October in Torun, Poland. A cash prize will be awarded to the winning entry. Entries must be submitted by July 20 to For more information, visit

NATAS Mid-America Emmy Board of Governors is seeking artwork to be used as centerpieces during the Mid-America 2012 Emmy Awards Gala in September at the Midland Theatre. Artists’ bios and contact information will be displayed along with works of art, which will be given away during the event. Artists’ websites will be listed on the NATAS Mid-America Emmy Board of Governors website. Artwork is due by Aug. 31. For more information, visit or contact Angie Wyatt at 618-534-5645 or

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

All Souls Gallery – “Faces” is on view through June 29 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. For more information, contact Rich Scherubel at 816-455-0812. Pictured: “A Gift for Eternity,” Stanley Brian Morgan, 1998, wood, oil-based enamel and found objects, 25 inches by 41 inches.

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 Pictured: “Insouciance,” Amy Abshier-Reyes.

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 – “The Last Minute,” an exhibition of
paintings including work by Adam Beris (’09 painting), is on view through June 23 at The Late Show Gallery, 1600 Cherry St. “Cognitive Dissonance,” a special, site-specific installation by Diana Newport (’11 painting) also will be on display. Regular gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday or by appointment. For more information, call 816-474-1300 or visit Pictured: “Cognitive Dissonance,” Diana Newport, 2012, trash bags. 

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 – Phase II of “The Frontier,” a 15-year anniversary project and series of exhibitions organized by Charlotte Street Foundation, is on view through July 7 at Paragraph Gallery and Project Space, 21-23 E. 12th St. A third-Friday reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 15. The exhibition 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. The project includes “Frontier: to face; now rare,” curated by Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber), technician and lecturer in the fiber department, including artworks by Justin Gainan (’04 fiber) and Nicholas Naughton, lecturer in the printmaking department; “Kansas City Regionalism,” curated by Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history), including artworks by Ricky Allman (attended), Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture and art history), Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting) and Sara Cramer (’10 interdisciplinary arts); and artwork in other exhibitions Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), lecturer in the ceramics department, Kelly J. Clark, special instructor in the printmaking department, Deborah Dickson, lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts, and Misha Kligman, instructor in the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. For more information, visit

Rag and Bone Gallery – “Memento Mori, Remember Your Mortality,” the premiere show from The Bone Collective, opens with regular gallery hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 8 at the new Rag and Bone Gallery, 1412 W. 12th St. The gallery space also features an antique furniture store front and is operated by The Bone Collective, a group of artists including Elizabeth Gund (senior, printmaking and CASL), Chris Holmes (junior, illustration), Kelsey Van Horn (senior, printmaking) and Erin Kennedy(junior, animation). The collective features artists who address issues that are macabre in nature, as well as issues related to death and the afterlife. For more information, visit

Spray Booth Gallery – “Neutral Space” is on view through July 20 at Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W. 18th St. The exhibition features work that examines the history of geometric art. Among the artists included in the show are Chris Bostwick (’10 painting); Todd Christiansen (’11 painting);Kelly Clark, special instructor in the printmaking department; Chris Daharsh (’12 painting); Mike Erickson (’99 printmaking); Lindsay Fernandez (senior, painting); Amos Leager (’11 printmaking); Katherine Anne Novotny (’10 painting); and Cambria Potter (’12 painting). Additionally, Neil Thrun (’10 painting), has written an essay, “Neutral Spaces, Empty Geometry: Why All Artists Need to Re-engage With Ideology,” which examines ideas from artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Peter Halley and the Slovenian IRWIN collective. There will be an artist’s talk and closing reception from 8 to 9 p.m. July 20. Regular gallery hours are noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information and to read Thrun’s essay, visit Pictured: “Work Sucks (Nature Cube),” Chris Bostwick, 2012, graphite pencil on paper.