ARTNotes for Oct. 15

October 15, 2012

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Calendar of events

Oct. 18: The Kansas City Art Institute continues its fall visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Julie Beeler co-sponsored by the graphic design department at KCAI at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Beeler is the co-founder and managing director of Second Story Interactive Studios, with a background in visual design, art history and liberal arts. For more information, visit or contact campus information at 816-802-3423.

Oct. 25: The next KCAI “Current Perspectives,” will be a presentation by Nick Van Woert co-sponsored by The School of the Foundation Year at KCAI at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus.Van Woert’s work draws on the tools and rituals developed throughout Western civilization. For more information, visit or contact campus information at 816-802-3423.

Oct. 27: KCAI will host a National Portfolio Day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the KCAI campus. Events will include a tour of the college’s campus, a presentation about KCAI for prospective students and their families and portfolio reviews. All Portfolio Day events are free, open to the public and do not require pre-registration. For a complete schedule and list of schools attending, visit For more information, contact a KCAI admissions representative at or 800-522-5224.

Through 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

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.

KCAI students working on Kiva project

Students in Hal Wert’s Globalization class are working together to assist the Kiva project. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that provides small loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries who don’t have access to a solid banking system. The money allows for the opportunity to start or grow their business, rise up out of poverty and improve their quality of life. Money is being raised through a student art show and auction in November. Any student or faculty member can donate a small piece of art for the gallery show titled “¢hange for Change: Building Futures Through Microfinance.” The artwork can be any medium but should be less than 12 inches in all directions and ready to hang. To arrange a pick-up or drop-off time for artwork, contact Emily Kenyon at The exhibition is scheduled to open Nov. 2 at the Rag and Bone, 1412 W. 12th St., and will run weekends through Nov. 25. The auction will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 30 in the Vanderslice Reception Room. 

Illustration students enliven Elmwood Cemetery

Six illustration students attended the Elmwood Cemetery Annual Family Picnic on Oct. 6, drawing portraits of several people buried in the historic cemetery. Their subjects included Tom Speers, Kansas City’s first police chief; Genevieve Lowell, an actress, and Marie Tureman, who lived in the mansion that now houses the Toy & Miniature Museum at 52nd and Oak Streets. Participating in the project were Cecilia Otero, whose portrait of Sarah Meir won a first-place prize; Jessica Cornelison, whose portrait of Lowell took second place; and Claire Faulhaber, who won third place with her portrait of Tureman and a special commendation for also painting a portrait of Ella, a deer who was born and still lives in the cemetery and who is considered “the official greeter of Elmwood.” Brantly Sheffield painted the portrait of Speers; Chloe George created a portrait of physician and explorer Dr. Edwin Heath; and Kitt Van Hassel drew a portrait of toddler Amy Murie Algeo. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elmwood is owned and operated by the nonprofit Elmwood Cemetery Society, whose members – all volunteers – oversee its operation. Pictured from left: Claire Faulhaber, Brantly Sheffield, Chloe George, Cecilia Otero, Jessica Cornelison and Kitt Van Hassel. To view additional photos visit and

Artspire/NYFA speaker to present on resources, fundraising, support programs available to artists

Eleanor Whitney, program officer for External Affairs and Fiscal Sponsorship from Artspire, a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) will present on resources, fundraising and support programs available nationwide for artists at every stage in their careers. This free presentation is scheduled for noon, Oct. 30, in the Irving Amphitheater. There will be a Q&A session to follow the presentation. Artists in all disciplines looking for jobs, opportunities, grants and professional development are invited to attend a presentation about the free and low-cost national services and resources that Artspire and NYFA offer to them. For more information about NYFA’s programs, please visit or

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 1-4 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

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.

Illegal sign ordinance enforcement begins

The city of Kansas City has started enforcing a new law on illegally placed signs. There is now a fine for illegally placing signs on utility poles or on the public right of way. The first offense carries a fine of $20, and penalties for repeat offenders can reach $1,000. The city will be training neighborhood volunteers to understand the ordinance and how they can help enforce it. Signs for garage sales or even neighborhood meetings should be put on private property, not in the public right of way. However, the city says its enforcement will be focused on people and companies that litter neighborhoods with multiple signs.

Grand Arts’ SmellScape project runs through Oct. 31

Grand Arts’ “SmellScape,” the latest project by Berlin-based artist and smell researcher Sissel a game that invites the public to engage as players investigating the smells of Kansas City. The game continues through Oct. 31. The Norwegian-born artist has mapped, collected and reproduced smells of Kansas City Mo., and Kansas City, Kan. Participants are challenged to explore downtown neighborhoods on foot and nose-first in a quest to locate and collect scratch-and-sniff postcards infused with location-specific scents. Carolina Aranibar Fernandez (senior, painting) is an intern at Grand Arts, and Grand Arts owner Margaret Silva (’85 sculpture) is a KCAI trustee. For more information, visit

KCAI hosts alumni gathering at City Ice Arts

KCAI Alumni Relations Department held its regional Alumni Gathering on Oct. 6. It featured a live printmaking demonstration, installation, PechaKucha presentations, an exhibition, hand printed commemorative poster, food and video created by KCAI alumni.

Donna Bachmann ('70 painting), Will Burnip (’07 printmaking), Jed Carter ('98 photo/video), Teddy Dibble ('80 sculpture), Tim Fisher ('98 photo/video), Seth Johnson ('01 printmaking), Gehry Kohler ('90 sculpture), Jesse McAfee (’07 interdisciplinary arts), Jill Myers (’96 illustration), Ben Radatz (attended photo/video), James Ramirez ('05 photo/new media), Ayla Rexroth ('10 painting), Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking), Erin Zona (’02 printmaking), Little Freshie and Boulevard Brewery provided assistance to help enhance the evening’s festivities.

Additional photos from the event are posted on the KCAI alumni blog, as well as on the alumni Facebook page

CPS announces Best in Show awards at annual Student Invitational Exhibition

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies at KCAI awarded three Best in Show ribbons at the Student Invitational Exhibition Sept. 28 at the college’s North Campus. The exhibition showcases selected students of all ages and skill levels from the past year’s continuing studies classes. The Best in Show winners included Lucia Tyler, “Luciaville;” Nathan Mendel, “What’s on the Outside;” and Aaron Bush, “Pears on Table.” The artwork will be on exhibit through Nov. 30 at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, Suite 275, Riverside, Mo. Pictured (left): “What’s on the Outside,” Nathan Mendel, created in Traditional Animation Intensive; “Luciaville,” Lucia Taylor, created in Imagination Celebration; and “Pears on Table,” Aaron Bush, created in Beginning Watercolor.

Alumni updates

Paul Shortt (’09 painting) has recently participated in several performances, and his work is being shown in a variety of venues. From Oct. 25 through Nov. 14, his “Fly the Flag” video will be displayed in “State of the Art: Political Humor” in the Fort Collins College Art Gallery in Durango, Colo. From Nov. 9-11, he will have a table at MDW Fair in Chicago, where he will be selling his new book project, “5 Star Ratings: 500 words for $5,” in which he paid users on’s Mechanical Turk to review his artist website. The book will be offered for $20, with a $5 discount to anyone willing to let him record them reading one of the reviews. For more information, visit Pictured: “Please NO Photos” by Paul Shortt.

Angela Dufresne ('91 painting), who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., will speak at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St. According to the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art's website, "Dufresne manipulates idyllic scenes to rewrite history. In 2011, the Kemper Museum acquired her painting 'The Lost Fishing Village of Diderot, Boucher and Lorraine / or the Movie Set of Pioneer Legacy, Next Year' (2009), a gift of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York. Her visit is supported by the Karen and Jack Holland Visiting Artist Program." The event is free and open to the public. For more information about the Kemper event, visit For more information about the artist, Pictured: Angela Dufresne; photo courtesy of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art.

Bobby Scroggins (’76 sculpture), associate professor of ceramics at the University of Kentucky, recently spoke at the Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, Jianxi Province, People’s Republic of China. He gave a digital autobiographical presentation discussing some of his discoveries, insights and philosophy. He will give a similar talk at Shanghai University later this month. Scroggins is on sabbatical at The Sanbao Ceramic Art Institute in Jengdezhen, where he is preparing for an upcoming exhibition of his work. For more information about Scroggins, visit Pictured: Bobby Scroggins, image courtesy of the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts.

Faculty updates

Reed Anderson, assistant professor in art history at KCAI, will present his paper, “The Dangerous Deserts of Space and the Heroism of Modern Life,” at the Hawaii University International Conference in January after it was selected for publication. The subject of the paper is Jean-Alphonse-Edme-Achille Dumilâtre¹s “Monument de Croce-Spinelli et Sivel,” (Salon de 1878), which occupies what Anderson describes as “a modest but prime tract of real-estate in Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery.” The essay probes the importance of this “decidedly Realist memorial by placing it within the context of Charles Baudelaire¹s review of the 1846 Salon and nineteenth-century aviation history,” he said.

Tracy Krumm, assistant professor fiber, was selected as a featured artist for the “High Fiber – Women to Watch 2012” exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 2 through Jan. 6 with an opening reception on Nov. 1. High Fiber is the third installment in the museum’s biennial Women to Watch exhibition series, focusing on artists from the states and countries in which the museum has outreach committees. Pictured: “Draped” (Screwed), Tracy Krumm, 2011, 81 inches by 57 inches by 11 inches.

Nicholas Naughton, who has previously taught in the KCAI printmaking program, is the illustrator for a 10,000-word novella “The Saltness of Time” by local author Randy Attwood. Attwood has launched a Kickstarter campaign to convert the book to hardback using Naughton’s print studio La Cucaracha Press. Donors at the $100 level will receive two etchings from the book, suitable for framing. For more information about the campaign, visit Pictured: an example of Nick Naughton’s work from his Los Trabajadores woodcut series, which Attwood describes as “forceful realism … perfect to illustrate scenes from the novella.”

“Abject Reverie,” a collection of recent work by Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, opens with a reception from 7-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition continues through Dec. 22. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Indulgence,” Misty Gamble, 2012, ceramic, cardboard, steel, plastic, 72 inches by 60 inches by 60 inches; photo by E.G. Schempf.

Calls for artists

Kansas City Women in Film and Television is seeking donations of artwork for an auction the group is planning for Dec. 6 at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St. (The event date has been changed from what was previously published.) The theme of the event is “The Female Gaze.” 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 or 816-808-3099. She would like to view the work by Nov. 28, and, if selected for the auction, pieces may be delivered at the event before 4 p.m. Dec. 6 or scheduled for advance pickup by a member of the organizing committee. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Allied Arts Council is accepting entries for the 2013 Trails West!® artwork competition through Feb. 1, 2013. The winning artist receives a $500 cash award. The winning artwork should embody the spirit of the Trails West!® 2013 theme: “170 Years of Innovation.” The 2013 festival marks the 170th birthday of St. Joseph, Mo. Complete rules and application form are available online at or call Ashley Spalding at the Allied Arts Council, 816-233-0231 for more information. Trails West!® is an outdoor arts festival, hosted by the Allied Arts Council, celebrating the cultural heritage of St. Joseph, Mo. Now in its 21st year, the festival features fine arts, folk arts, culinary arts, music, dance and theatre. The 2013 festival will be Aug. 16-18 at Civic Center Park.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Gallery – Represented since 2000, and showing work in his fourth formal exhibition at Blue Gallery, Bernal Koehrsen (’92 ceramics) presents “Landscapes from the Spirit,” a series of new paintings. Koehrsen’s work can be found in private and corporate collections nationwide, including Blue Cross and Blue Shield; the Westin Hotel in St. Louis; American Century Investments; Sprint World Headquarters; Shook, Hardy & Bacon; and DSI. Pictured: “An Inner Gaze,” Bernal Koehsen, acrylic, mixed media, resin on aluminum 40 inches by 40 inches. Image courtesy of Blue Gallery.

Anne Garney, who has taught classes in KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies program, has opened Garney Art on the second floor of the Rieger Hotel at 1922 Main St. in the Crossroads Arts District. The gallery, where her work will be on view, will be open from 5-7 p.m. on First Fridays, including Nov. 2, and by appointment (816-842-3388). In other news, her paintings “Plaza Corner” and “Monet’s Garden” were selected for a juried show by the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society, which will host a reception from 6-9 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Kansas City Club, and her painting “Monet’s Poppies” was selected for the Sixth Annual State of the Arts exhibition, which took place Oct. 12 at City Hall in Prairie Village, Kan. Pictured: “Monet’s Poppies” by Anne Garney.

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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