ARTNotes for July 2

July 2, 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

July 15: “The Picnic Project” will culminate with the assembly of a 10,000-square-foot picnic blanket from 2 to 4 p.m. on the south lawn of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “The Picnic Project,” led by Alison Heryer, special instructor of fiber at KCAI, is an ongoing, community-based project that includes a series of workshops throughout Kansas City during the month of June in which community members are invited to help decorate 5-foot by 5-foot fabric pieces.Duringthe 10,000-square-foot picnic blanket, the first 400 participants will be invited to stake in one of the individual printed fabric tiles that will become a part of a large-scale gingham pattern on the lawn. Upon completion the public will be invited to picnic atop the blanket and enjoy the day’s events as a part of the museum’s Sculpture Park Celebration. For more information about “The Picnic Project” or the community workshops in June, visit

Graphic design students sweep Above the Fold awards

KCAI graphic design students brought home 16 of 35 awards and honors from this year’s Above the Fold student design contest. The contest honors Web, motion, app and interactive design works by students from around the world.

In the App Design category, Patrick Drake (junior) received an honorable mention for “Don’t Slow Down.” Other winners included “Any-Goal” by Raynaldo Alvarez (senior); “Zahi Hawass” Interactive iPad Magazine also by Drake; “Brawley Boutfits” by Ashley Einspahr (junior); and “Stance” by Ian Spaeth (senior).

In the Motion, Video and Animation category, Ian Spaeth (senior) received an honorable mention for “Mars Environment.” A mock logo build for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art by Collin Rausch (junior) and a logo build titled “Mars” by Spaeth also were recognized.

In the Website Design category, “Studiomates” and “Evernote: Food and Avid Marthoners” by Abby Carr (junior) were awarded an honorable mention. Other winners in the category included “Rock Solid” by Ivan Alonso (junior); “Precious Petals” by Kelsey Anderson (senior); “Woven Stripes” and Dallas Morning News website re-design by Patrick Drake (junior); and “Ready, Set, VROOM!” and USA TODAY website re-design by Samantha Mak (junior).

“I'm very proud of our instructors and students right now,” said Tyler Galloway, associate professor and interim chair of graphic design.

Faculty updates

Jill Downen (’89 painting) has joined the sculpture faculty at KCAI in the tenure track position for teaching sophomore students. In addition to her B.F.A. degree from KCAI, she holds an M.F.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis.

“Jill has been able to visit with the full-time faculty this summer, and we look forward to her future visits while she makes the move to Kansas City in preparation for the 2012-13 academic year,” said Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture at KCAI. “She is excited, enthusiastic and eager to collaborate with the KCAI community, and we wish to welcome her to the sculpture department.”

Downen’s husband, aunt and uncle all attended KCAI. Her husband, Charles Schwall, graduated in 1987 with a B.F.A. degree in painting. Her aunt, June Downen, graduated in 1955 with a degree in commercial design. Her uncle, Delmar Downen, studied at KCAI for one year in 1947.

For more information about Downen and her work, visit

John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, will show work in a solo exhibition this fall at Host Gallery in Mobile, Ala. For more information, visit

Calls for artists

Artists are invited to apply for a booth at the Brush Creek Art Walk, July 27-29. The art walk will include live music and working artists along approximately 4 miles of newly completed walkways along Brush Creek. Plein-air painters will spend the three days during the art walk completing paintings on-site and are invited to enter their finished paintings for consideration in a show at the UMKC Gallery of Art opening Aug. 23. There is a $25 registration fee for artists. For more information, visit

The City of Grandview, Mo., is soliciting proposals from local Kansas City artists for designing, constructing and installing a permanent piece of art on the fountain located at Grandview City Hall, 1200 Main St., Grandview, Mo. Grandview’s City Hall Fountain is 36 feet in diameter and has a 2-foot ledge around the perimeter. The city has reserved $20,000 in funding for the project. The selected artist will be paid $1,000 for preparing and completing the final approved design proposal. The remaining funds will be allocated for construction and installation of the artwork. As part of the initial proposal, the artist is required to prepare cost estimates with breakdowns for labor, materials and installation of the artwork. Artists may submit up to three design concepts. Two hard copy applications and one PDF application should be submitted by 5 p.m. July 3 to Mayor Steve Dennis, City of Grandview, 1200 Main St., Grandview, MO 64030.

“FOCUS: OK↔KC,” a collaborative project of the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition and Charlotte Street Foundation, is designed to challenge, support and connect artists working in Kansas City, Mo., and Tulsa, Okla. Kansas City-based visual and cross-disciplinary artists whose work can be presented in a gallery context are invited to apply for the multi-component exhibition that includes curated group exhibitions in Tulsa and Kansas City, two-week residencies in Tulsa for selected participating Kansas City artists, leading up to the exhibition in Tulsa and two-week residencies in Kansas City for selected participating Oklahoma artists, leading up to the exhibition in Kansas City. Artists must be 21 years or older and not have a substantial history of national exhibitions and high profile solo shows. Applicants should be interested in and prepared to actively engage with curators, critics and peer artists involved in the project. The application deadline is Aug. 3. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Kansas City Artists Coalition – “Crossover” will be on view July 6-27 at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St. The exhibition features collaborative work by artists from across the United States who worked together while in residence during the month of June. Artists featured in the exhibition include Miguel Rivera, associate professor and chair of printmaking and Michael Schonhoff, assistant curator at the H&R Block Artspace. For more information, visit


La Esquina – “Manifest Destiny” opens with Sept. 7 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition by Renée Cinderhouse (’01 sculpture) is described as “a storybook installation in sculpture focusing on American history, the Midwest as frontier and story-telling as the means to create personal and cultural identity.” The exhibition also will include performances by Kansas City musicians. Advanced sales of artwork from the project are available online. All sale proceeds go toward creation of the installation. For more information, visit Pictured: “Manifest Destiny,” Renee Cinderhouse, 2012, ink on encyclopedia pages published in 1954, 6.5 inches by 9.5 inches.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – “SUM” is on view through July 15 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. Artists featured in the exhibition include KCAI alumni Chris Biddy (’09 painting) and Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics). Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit


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: Kirsten Holt works on installing “Syringa,” her installation comprised of hand-dyed fabric wrapped around an oak tree just off the Cottonwood trail at the Overland Park Arboretum.

Paragraph Gallery and Project Space – Phase Two 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. 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 by 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

Plug Projects – “Dramatic Chromatic” is on view through July 7 at Plug Projects, 1613 Genessee St. Included in the group exhibition is work by Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor of fiber. Eichler-Messmer debuts an octodecagon color wheel quilt measuring eighty inches in diameter and comprised of 144 hand-dyed cotton sections, all created from the combination of six dyes. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Color Wheel Quilt,” Kim Eichler-Messmer, 2012, hand-dyed cotton, 80 inches in diameter.

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.



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