ARTNotes for Aug. 20

August 20, 2012

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Calendar of events

Sept. 6: An all-campus “Welcome Back” picnic will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the campus green. Hosted by President Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., the picnic for KCAI faculty, staff and students celebrates the start of a new academic year.

Sept. 11: ArtSounds kicks off its fall season at the Kansas City Art Institute with “The Goldberg Variations” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Collaborators Kairy Koshoeva and Jennifer Owen will present a concert and contemporary dance choreography to selections from “The Goldberg Variations” by J.S. Bach. The choreography, created for five dancers, will reflect the structure of the music with the intent of enhancing the experience of the patterns of Bach’s work. For more information, contact campus information at 816-802-3423.

Through 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. 43rd 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.” Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

Painting faculty work on display

“Reference Guide,” an exhibition by KCAI painting department faculty will be on view Aug. 20–Aug. 31 in the Dodge Building galleries. Recent work by full-time faculty will be on display, including work by Corey Antis, assistant professor; Jonah Criswell, special instructor; Julie Farstad, associate professor; Jessie Fisher, associate professor; Warren Rosser, William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor and chair of painting; and Jim Woodfill, assistant professor.

Pictured: Clockwise from top left, "Model," Cory Antis, 2012; “The Accident,” Julie Farstad, 2012, oil on claybord, 10 inches by 13 inches; “Artax COME ON!” The NeverEnding Story, Jonah Criswell, 2012; “Self-Portrait with Red Sweater” detail, Jessie Fisher, 2012, oil on linen, 11 inches by 14 inches; “Green Table #1,” James Woodfill, 2012, mixed media.

Faculty updates

Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, will have new work included in a group show Aug. 28 through Oct. 4 at McMater Galleries at the University of South Carolina. The exhibition will feature work by artists associated with the International School of Painting in Montecastello di Vibeo, Italy, where Fisher has been a guest lecturer. To see Fisher's work, or for more information, visit Pictured: “Pietrolo Landscape,” Jessie Fisher, 2009, oil on paper, 11 inches by 10 inches.

The Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina honored Jason Pollen, former chair of the fiber program at KCAI, as the 2012 Outstanding Artist Educator at their 27th Annual Benefit Auction, which took place Aug. 10. For more information, visit Pictured: Jason Pollen.

“The Fire and the Rose,” a painting by Jim Sajovic, foundation professor, will be included in a group exhibition of work by six artists opening Sept. 7 at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St. The exhibition will continue through the first Friday in June. Save the date for May 3, when Sajovic will speak at the gallery about his work. Pictured: “The Fire and the Rose,” Jim Sajovic, 2012, pigmented inks and acrylic on canvas, 50 inches by 45 inches.

Alumni updates

Nathan Fox (’97 illustration), former special instructor of foundation, recently was named chair of a new M.F.A. program, Visual Narrative, at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The program includes three eight-week summer residencies combined with fall and spring semester coursework. The program will concentrate on advanced writing, digital media and the process of visual storytelling. “The M.F.A. Visual Narrative department at SVA will enable students to become creative, responsible arbiters of visual storytelling, able to shape their own identities, artistic voices and narrative art, regardless of medium,” Fox said.

Fox, an illustrator and comic book artist, has had work featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, WIRED, ESPN The Magazine, Entertainment Weekly, Mother Jones, Spin, Mad Magazine, Marvel and more. He received his M.F.A. degree from SVA in illustration as visual essay in 2002. Pictured: “Fatherhood,” Nathan Fox, 2011, illustration.

Calls for artists

A salon and boutique in the Crossroads Art District at 20th and Main Streets is seeking artists to show work during First Friday Oct. 5. All artworks will be considered. Submissions should be made by Sept. 10. For more information, contact Marcus Walker at 816-918-8146.

The KCAI communications department invites students to create and submit a 30 second to 2 1/2 minute video 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. Nov. 21. Submit a DVD (.mov files) to the communications office, located on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall. For more information, contact

Charlotte Street Foundation is seeking applications for multiple internships within the organization. Undergraduate and graduate students able to commit at least six hours per week are eligible to apply for these unpaid internships. Positions include an audiovisual intern, a photo intern, a gallery and preparatory intern and a marketing and development intern. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Gallery – “Summer Exhibition II” is on view through Sept. 3 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. The exhibition features work by Amy Abshier-Reyes (’97 illustration), Rich Bowman ('91 design), Maura Cluthe ('93 illustration), special instructor in illustration, Lori Raye Erickson ('89 design), Ellen Greene ('98 painting) and Peregrine Honig (attended). Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: "Stack Set," Rich Bowman, oil on canvas, 61.5 inches by 61.5 inches.

La Esquina – “Manifest Destiny” opens 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.

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.

Spray Booth Gallery – “Covenant” is on view through Sept. 14 at Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W. 18th St. The exhibition features work by Peter Granados (’11 painting) and Tyson Gough (’11 painting). A closing reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14. Regular gallery hours are 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: Artwork by Peter Granados, courtesy of Spray Booth Gallery.

The Studios Inc. ­– “Ecstasy and Dreams” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St. The exhibition features new oil paintings, fabric collages and soft sculpture by Julie Farstad, associate professor of painting, and will be on view through Oct. 26. For more information, contact 816-994-7134. Pictured: “The Accident,” Julie Farstad, 2012, oil on claybord, 10 inches by 13 inches.

Telephonebooth Gallery ­– “Residue & Extraction” opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at  Telephonebooth Gallery, 3319 Troost Ave. The exhibition features recent work, described by the gallery as hybrid forms of sculpture and painting, by Katherine Perryman (’01 painting) and will be on view through October. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Wallflower,” Katherine Perryman, 2012, latex, fabric and wood. Image courtesy Telephonebooth Gallery.


Harpsichord for sale, single keyboard (two sets of strings), wood finish, delicate sound, ideal for apartment or home concerts. If interested, email


Melinda Robino’s name was misspelled in the Aug. 6 issue of ARTNotes. Robino has joined the faculty as a special instructor in the animation department.