ARTNotes for Oct. 1

October 1, 2012

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Calendar of events

Through Dec. 12: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., in partnership with PUMA Creative, will host screenings of films4peace, an annual short film commission visually interpreting the subject of peace. Films4peace is curated by Mark Coetzee and features 17 films by 21 international artists.  


Oct. 11: KCAI continues its fall visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Saul Becker co-sponsored by the Kansas City Artists Coalition at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Becker is a painter and sculptor whose work is focused on landscape painting and its implications in contemporary attitudes toward the reception and defining of nature. For more information, visit or contact campus information at 816-802-3423. Pictured: “Folding Coastline,” Saul Becker, 2012, watercolor, ink and gouache on paper, 29.5 inches by 41.5 inches.


Oct. 13–Dec. 12: “2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows” opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition will feature new work by 2012 Fellows Anne Austin Pearce, MarcusCain (’98 painting) and Luke Rocha. For more information about the Charlotte Street Foundation Fellowship, visit For more information about the exhibition, call 816-561-5563 or visit Pictured: “Pulse,” Marcus Cain, 2012, acrylic, ink, latex, spray paint and watercolor on wood panel. Image courtesy of E.G. Schempf.

Career Services and Access Alumni Events offer tour of galleries in West Bottoms

KCAI's career services office is hosting a tour of the galleries and studios in the West Bottoms for students from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27. Among the galleries and studios on the schedule are the Dolphin Gallery, Bill Brady Gallery, Hobbs Building and 1522 St. Louis Gallery and artist studios. The tour will provide an opportunity for students to network with KCAI alumni who are practicing studio artists, exhibiting artists and gallery directors. Transportation will be provided. Students should meet in the living center parking lot at 1 p.m. Space is limited so the tour is first come, first served. For more information, contact Calder Kamin at

Jay Tomlinson and Pam Woodard join KCAI board of trustees

Jay Tomlinson, founder of Helix Architecture + Design, and Pam Woodard have joined KCAI’s board of trustees.

At Helix, Tomlinson has been committed to the continued vitality of the urban core and has contributed to the recent $6 billion revitalization of downtown Kansas City. He has led more than 40 renovation projects, several of them combining LEED-certification criteria with both federal and state historic tax credits.

Woodard is a member of the board of directors of the ACLU of Kansas and Western Missouri and chair of its board development committee. She is also a member of the advisory committee of the Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired and vice chair of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Warwick Society.

Parents Day scheduled for Oct. 13

KCAI is hosting its 14th annual Parents Day on Saturday, Oct. 13. It’s a day for parents to learn what their student has been learning in their studio and liberal arts courses, giving them the opportunity to see their progress first hand. The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Next, parents can choose between two breakout sessions at 10:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to visit foundation, animation, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, the study abroad program and the Community Arts and Service Learning certificate program.

Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour Showcases Century-Old Homes this weekend

Nine turn-of-the-century homes, including grand mansions, shirtwaists and an arts and crafts bungalow, will open their doors for tours during the annual Hyde Park Historic Homes Tour hosted by The Hyde Park Neighborhood Association, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 5 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 6. KCAI is a member of the association. The Saturday tour includes a free Classic Car Show and food trucks. Advance tickets for Saturday’s tour are available for $9 or $11. The Oct. 5 Candlelight Tour is $25. Package deals are available for those interested in attending both tours. For more information, visit.

Noted architects to speak at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

A limited number of free tickets are available to KCAI faculty, staff and students to attend a presentation Nov. 29 by New York architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Atkins Auditorium at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Their firm designed the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. Their presentation is the first in the 2012 Mary Atkins Lecture series, which honors the memory of the late David Stickelber. If you would like a free ticket, please contact Anne Canfield in the communications office at 816-802-3426 or Otherwise, tickets are available at 816-751-1ART or online at Tickets cost $10 for members of the museum; $15 for nonmembers; and $5 for students.

Electromediascope series at the Nelson presents Joan Grossman’s ‘Drop City’ Oct. 12

Electromediascope, the experimental film, video and new media series curated by KCAI’s digital filmmaking and photography chair Patrick Clancy and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s adjunct curator Gwen Widmer, will present Joan Grossman’s “Drop City” on Oct. 12 at the Nelson’s Atkins Auditorium. The film documents an experimental community on the plains of Southern Colorado that blended practices of art, architecture and resourceful living in ways that came to define a global counterculture. Grossman will be on hand for this event. To reserve free tickets, call 816-751-1278 or visit

‘On Hand’ exhibit runs through Oct. 5 at Dodge Building Gallery


“On Hand” is a survey of early works, experiments and processes from the studios of the painting department running through Oct. 5 in the Dodge Building Gallery. Exhibitions intern Miranda Bertucci and James Woodfill, painting assistant professor, scoured the studios looking at drawings, paintings, objects and situations for inclusion in this exhibition. Much of the work is from early experiments and some from a continuation of last year’s work. Some pieces are directly from assignment and sophomore studio study, including demonstration aids, a color chart and a still-life setup. Pictured: a poster and image for the “On Hand” gallery exhibition courtesy of James Woodfill. 

Alumni updates

“Jesus Was A Moonwalker,” a documentary film by Alyssa Lundgren (’12 digital filmmaking) has been selected for four film festivals: The Iowa Motion Picture Association Awards, where it won Best College Documentary; the Interrobang Film Festival in Des Moines, Iowa; the Southern Appalachian International Film Festival in Kingsport, Tenn.; and Silent River Film Festival in Irvine, Calif.

Faculty updates

Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture, has designed and created a nine-panel bronze exterior wall installation for the South Branch Library in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. The title of the work is “Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around.” The large castings for the project were poured in June at KCAI’s sculpture foundry. Wickerson’s concept was to frame the three actions of “Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around” between the castings of vertical stacks of "checked out" books. “Towering to the sky these books imply active reading and research, climbing to knowledge and teetering and swaying in one's attempt to perceive, experience and understand the world around us,” Wickerson said. Pictured: Michael Wickerson’s bronze exterior wall installation for the South Branch Library in the Argentine neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan.

Daniel Reneau, who is an instructor in painting at KCAI and who also teaches at MCC-Longview, operates the Cultural Arts Center Gallery at Longview. The gallery is presenting a collection of drawings and paintings by Los Angeles-based artist, Daniel Cummings Oct. 13 through Nov. 17. Reneau said Cummings creates his works “with a great appreciation and awareness of Abstraction’s history all the while intertwining it with a sophisticated interest in design to create dynamic works of art.” For more information, contact Reneau at or The Cultural Arts Center Gallery is located at 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit, Mo.

Calls for artists

Career Services is accepting student applications for an Access Alumni Events exhibition that will open in February at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St. Students accepted into the exhibition will have a studio visit from members of the alumni-based jurors panel. To apply, submit contact information, grade level and studio major, up to five images of work to be juried, an image list, brief bio and artist’s statement to Calder Kamin at by 5 p.m. Oct. 12.

Kansas City Women in Film and Television is seeking donations of artwork for an auction the group is planning for Oct. 25 at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St. Artists who donate works to the auction will receive 50 percent of the purchase price. The other 50 percent will be used to fund two new short film productions by members of the organization. Artists interested in donating work to the auction may contact Amber Rapp, secretary of KCWIFT, at She would like to view the work by Oct. 15, and, if selected for the auction, pieces will be picked up by Oct. 24 or 25. The theme of the event is “The Female Gaze.” For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Sunflower House, a children's advocacy center for Johnson and Wyandotte counties, is in need of artists for Pumpkin Palooza to creatively decorate and paint pumpkins. These pumpkins will be sold to the public as a fundraiser for Sunflower House. Pumpkins must be completed by Oct. 18 for the Oct. 20 event. Artists can pick up pumpkins from the Sunflower House to take home and decorate or use the Sunflower House facilities during designated pumpkin painting hours. Pumpkins will be donated for the event and will be available for pick up starting this weekend. For more information, contact Kristel Reitz at or 913-704-9459.

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

Local KCAI-related exhibitions 

Dean’s Gallery, Miller Nichols Library – An artists’ reception is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Dean’s Gallery in the Miller Nichols Library on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where “Women to Watch: Focus on Fiber & Textiles” is now on view. The exhibition includes work by several artists who have ties to KCAI, including Miki Baird, who has taught in KCAI’s sculpture and interdisciplinary arts programs; Debbie Barrett-Jones (’07 fiber); Jennifer Boe (’01 painting and creative writing); Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor in the KCAI fiber program; Jennie Frederick (’78 fiber); Marcie Miller Gross (’88 fiber), who has taught at KCAI; Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber), a lecturer in the KCAI fiber program; Tracy Krumm, assistant professor of fiber at KCAI; Ke-Sook Lee (’82 painting); Rachel Rolon (’11 fiber and painting); Debra M. Smith (’93 fiber); and Susan White (’96 sculpture). “Women to Watch: Focus on Fiber & Textiles is a biennial competition and group exhibition presented by the UMKC Women’s Center in partnership with the Greater Kansas City Area Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art and UMKC Libraries. The exhibition will remain on view through Nov. 2. For additional information, visit Pictured: “Cone (sleeve)” by Tracy Krumm, 2009, crocheted and fabricated metal, 34 x 5.5 x 7 inches.

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.

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