ARTNotes for Sept. 17

September 17, 2012

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Calendar of events

Sept. 20: KCAI’s Current Perspectives lecture series continues with a presentation from KCAI faculty grant recipients at
7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall.The following members of the KCAI faculty will discuss projects associated with recent grants: Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor of fiber; Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, and Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation; Milton Katz, Ph.D., professor of American studies, art, literature and film of the Holocaust and peace and conflict resolution; Jan Kennedy, Ph.D., assistant professor of liberal arts; and Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture. 

Sept. 21-Dec. 12: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St., in partnership with PUMA Creative, will host screenings of films4peace, an annual short film commission visually interpreting the subject of peace. The Artspace will join cultural institutions worldwide, from Australia to Zimbabwe, screening films4peace in recognition and celebration of World Peace Day. Films4peace is curated by Mark Coetzee and features 17 films by 21 international artists.

Sept. 27: The KCAI Current Perspectives lecture series hosts Jamilee Polson Lacy
at 7 p.m. in
Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall. Co-sponsored by Charlotte Street Foundation,
independent Chicago-based curator, writer and artist Lacy holds two undergraduate degrees in studio arts and art history and a master’s degree in comparative literature and arts from Northwestern University. She founded and currently directs the Twelve Galleries Project, a transitory, collaborative exhibition experiment. For more information, visit

Sept. 25: KCAI’s Wellness Works kicks off its fall program with a health fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. The event includes a free salad bar, a free hummus tasting and blood pressure testing. Representatives from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City will be in attendance with information about programs and benefits available to KCAI faculty and staff. Wellness related vendor booths will include representatives from Cultivate Kansas City and Gibbs Road Farm, Heartland Race Walkers, Kansas City Metro Bicycling Club, Nature's Own, St. Luke's Center for Health Enhancement, Temple Buddhist Meditation Center and a personal health and wellness coach. For more information, contact Amy Gross at

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

Oct. 1: Today is the last day to view the Arboretum Sculpture Exhibition, an installation of sculptural work by KCAI sculpture students at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W. 179th St., Overland Park, Kan. Students were challenged to create ephemeral works of art that would complement the installation sites’ surroundings and change with nature over 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.

Chairs announced for KCAI Art and Design Auction 2013

Richard and Mary Wetzel and Mark and Kathy Donovan have agreed to serve as co-chairs for the 2013 KCAI Art and Design Auction, set for Saturday, June 1.

Other committee chairs include: Russell Ferguson (’88 printmaking), associate professor of foundation, and Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, as faculty co-chairs, and Summer Farrar (’05 fiber), Archie Scott Gobber (’88 painting) and Laura McGrew (’90 painting) as alumni co-chairs.

KCAI hosts an art and design auction every other year as a benefit for student scholarships. Auction items are donated by faculty and alumni, and classic 20th century design pieces are acquired with assistance from local design and architectural firms. For more information, visit

Deadline for 2012-2013 Warwick Scholars Program is Oct. 1

The deadline for KCAI students to submit applications for the 2012-2013 Warwick Scholars Program is Monday, Oct. 1. The Warwick Scholars Program is funded by gifts from KCAI’s Warwick Society and other KCAI donors to support young artists and designers who have shown exceptional ability in their disciplines of study. The program is intended to provide selected students with a minimum $500 award to pursue a regional, national or international workshop, research or other special project that the student would not otherwise be able to experience and to encourage interaction between students and Warwick Scholars donors.

Warwick Scholars funds will be awarded as soon as the funding is received. Interested students must submit completed applications to their department chair. During this inaugural year of the Warwick Scholars program, one student per department will be selected to be eligible for funding.

To qualify for this program, students must be returning for the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters. Senior students will need to have their project completed before the end of the spring semester.

For more information, contact Dawn Sparks at 816-802-3521 or

Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project announces studio residencies

Charlotte Street has announced the Urban Culture Project Studio Residents for 2012-2013. Many have ties to KCAI.

Twenty-one visual artists and eight performing artists/ensembles have been awarded yearlong studio residencies through the program. With terms beginning in late September, the fall 2012-13 studio residents are:

Visual artists—Elizabeth Allen-Cannon, Jacob Banholzer, Emily Connell (’12 ceramics), Christopher Deharsh (’12 painting and art history), Lindsay Deifik, Eric Dobbins (KCAI director of alumni relations), Luke Firle (’02 painting), Amy Fredman (’05 fiber), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Rachel Gregor (’12 painting), Ben Harle (’12 ceramics and art history), Rachel Helm, Robert Howsare, Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history), Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history), Skye Livingston (’12 fiber and art history), Rodolfo Marron, Katy McRoberts (’12 fiber), Will Preman (’12 ceramics and art history), Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber and art history) and Jennifer Williams.

The incoming residents were selected by a panel comprised of Jill Downen, assistant professor of sculpture at KCAI; Ricky Allman, assistant professor of painting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City; Jessica Manco, educational arts and gallery curator at Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery; Shawn Hansen, composer and musician; and Jamilee Polson Lacy, Charlotte Street 2012-2013 curator-in-residence.

Think Twice campaign kicks off with art exhibit

Think Twice is a student initiated, grassroots effort to encourage unity and respect among students, staff and faculty on the KCAI campus by creating a positive channel for communication and awareness in the community.  The core values are responsibility, understanding, positivity, respect, diversity, community, awareness and acceptance. This has become the mission of the campaign after several incidents that took place last school year.

These ideals are being shared with incoming freshmen and transfer students, returning students, faculty, and staff to help avoid the incidents and misunderstandings that led to the creation of the program and to create a more respectful and unified campus. Students encourage others to THINK TWICE about their actions and to do the right thing by reporting incidents on campus. 

To celebrate the kickoff of the Think Twice campaign, KCAI students were asked to submit artwork of any media and any format for a newly renovated gallery space in the Living Center. The opening reception will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 20 in the gallery. The exhibition continues until Oct. 8.   

The artwork from students, faculty and staff is reflective of their experience within KCAI and their community.

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies to host Kids Art Workshop at Plaza Art Fair

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting Kids Art Workshop at the Plaza Art Fair from Sept. 21 to Sept. 23. KCAI faculty and staff will be making Kansas City more colorful with a cityscape art project and printmaking activity. The cityscape project is a collaborative project using torn, colored construction papers where kids will create a city skyline with tall skyscrapers and busy streets. The printmaking activity uses cross-sections of vegetables, donated by the City Market, to create bright prints, to take home and frame for their parents. The Kids Art Workshop will be located on Broadway, across the street from The Apple Store at 4712 Broadway.

Local artists to show work at UNplaza Art Fair

The UNplaza Art Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 22 and noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 23 on the grounds of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., just west of the KCAI campus. One of the organizers is KCAI alumna Patricia Showman-Nelson (¹77 sculpture).

“This is our 21st year promoting local art in the community,” Showman-Nelson said, adding that work by more than 100 regional artists will be offered for sale.

A percentage of each piece sold benefits PeaceWorks Kansas City. According to the organization’s website, the funds are used “for peace education and activism.” For more information about PeaceWorks, visit

KCAI Print Output Center available to serve campus community

Need large-format color prints? Help is available in the digital Print Output Center in Room 103 of the Irving Building. The center specializes in large-format color and black-and-white photo-quality prints and graphic posters. The center is open from 1 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Aaron Blumenhein, 816-802-3336 or, is the print output technician. For details about services and products, visit

Calls for artists

The Shawnee Chamber of Commerce is looking for artists to exhibit in the Expressions Art Gallery at the 2012 Business Expo. The gallery is sponsored by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The event will take place from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive. Deadline for artist entry is Wednesday, Sept. 26. For more information, contact Mary Taylor at

Inscape Magazine, the literary magazine produced by Washburn University, is inviting submissions of previously unpublished visual art, as well as some writing. Cover art and at least three insert images will be selected for inclusion in each issue of Inscape. The chosen cover artist will receive the JoAnn Klemmer Award for Art, which includes a $100 cash prize. Submission period ends Oct. 24. For more information, visit

The KCAI communications department invites students to create and submit 30-second to 2 1/2-minute videos 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

The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for students to participate in “Flying Brooms,” a 2013 exhibition of decorated broomsticks suspended from tree limbs throughout the grounds. The exhibit will be on view next year during the last two weeks of October. Participants must provide their own brooms. For more information, contact Sandy Engelkemier at 913-897-9771 or

Young Friends of Art is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Party Arty fundraiser Jan. 26 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Young Friends of Art is an organization that caters to young professionals who are interested in meeting new people and supporting arts in the Kansas City community. This year’s theme for the event is based on the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, scheduled to be on view at the museum next spring. The exhibition will feature work by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other modern Mexican artists. Young Friends of Art promises to harness the spirit of the Gelmans, who lived well and entertained lavishly in 1940s Mexico. Event attendees “will revel within a verdant garden paradise accented with troops of white peacocks and wild Mexican orchids.” For more information, contact Kate Maxwell at 913-907-0888 or

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Red Star Studios – “External Views” runs through Sept. 29 at Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. Two KCAI students, Matt Long (’95 ceramics) and Jim Connell (’82 ceramics), are displaying pieces in the exhibition. For more information, visit or call 816-474-7316.


2009 Gallery – Work by Debbie Barrett-Jones (’07 fiber) is on view at the 2009 Gallery, 2009 Baltimore Ave. A closing reception for the exhibition, entitled “Gradations,” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 27. For more information, visit or Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center, which is located directly across the street from the 2009 Gallery. For more information about Barrett-Jones, visit Pictured: "Fifty Weft Color Handwoven Panel" by Debbie Barrett-Jones, hand-dyed, handwoven tencel, 31 x 36 inches.

Blue Gallery – “Considering Spatial Presence” runs through Sept. 30 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. It is Mark Knott’s (’88 ceramics) first exhibition with Blue Gallery, and he is showing a new series of soda-fired stoneware vessels and platters. At KCAI, Knott studied with the late Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu and George Timock, professor of ceramics. He credits those three instructors with instilling a powerful work ethic combined with individual artistic growth. For more information, visit or call 816-527-0823.

Telephonebooth Gallery ­– “Residue & Extraction” runs through October at Telephonebooth Gallery, 3319 Troost Ave. The exhibition features recent work by Katherine Perryman (’01 painting). The gallery describes the work as “hybrid forms of sculpture and painting.” 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 of Telephonebooth Gallery.