ARTNotes for Oct. 29

October 29, 2012


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Calendar of events

Nov. 1: KCAI’s visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” continues at 8 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall, featuring a presentation by Pablo Helguera. Helguera is a New York-based artist, educator, author and director of adult and academic programs at The Museum of Modern Art in New York. He explores history, pedagogy, sociolinguistics, ethnography, memory and the absurd in work that takes many forms. For more information, visit or call 816-802-3423.
Nov. 13: ArtSounds presents “The Machine the Sneetches Built” at 7:30 p.m. at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. The collaborative performance features composer John Chittum, collaborators Andrew Seager Cole and Brad Van Wick, and sculptor Bobby Zokaites.
Through Dec. 12: The “2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” exhibition continues at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition features new work by 2012 Fellows MarcusCain (‘98 painting), Anne Austin Pearce (attended) and Luke Rocha (attended). For more information, visit or
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. For more information, visit

Student discount available for Nov. 4 performance at Kauffman Center


Student tickets are available for $15 to a performance by organist and composer Cameron Carpenter. The concert will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. Carpenter was recently featured on TED and is the first organist to be nominated for a Grammy Award. To purchase tickets ($13 per ticket plus $2 facility fee), visit or call 816-994-7222.


KCAI students working on Kiva project

Students in Hal Wert’s Globalization class are working together to assist the Kiva project, a nonprofit organization that provides small loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries who do not have access to a solid banking system. The loans provide an opportunity for individuals to start or grow their business, rise from poverty and improve their quality of life. Money is being raised through a student art show and auction in November from student- and faculty-donated art for the show, entitled “¢hange for Change: Building Futures Through Microfinance.” The exhibition is scheduled to open Nov. 2 at the Rag and Bone Gallery, 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.

Alum Nathan Fox to speak Nov. 2

Nathan Fox (‘97 illustration), former special instructor of foundation, will present information about the new M.F.A. visual narrative program offered at the School of the Visual Arts in New York at 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. According to Fox, the program is built on an innovative approach to storytelling, with an emphasis on creative writing and visual expression. 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.

'In the Vain of Style' fashion show staged for Nov. 2 and 3

The Craft Gallery & Studio presents “In the Vain of Style,” a fashion show featuring clothes from NRapp Designs, Maximilliayn Sean and KCAI fiber students at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3. Tickets for the event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and can be purchased at The Craft Gallery & Studio is located at 412 E. 18th St. For more information, contact Kristen Davis at 816-221-0741.

School for Continuing & Professional Studies sets spring classes

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies spring class schedule is online. Paper copies will be distributed through campus mail next week. CPS provides personal and professional development opportunities for full-time and permanent part-time (after one year) KCAI faculty and staff by providing all classes on a space-available basis free of charge. Children of full-time and permanent part-time faculty and staff are also able to take youth classes and attend summer camps at no cost on a space-available basis.

Artfully carved pumpkins and gourds on display in Crestwood

KCAI foundation students, under the direction of foundation faculty Sherry Sparks, Caleb Taylor and Russell Ferguson, carved more than a dozen pumpkins and gourds for display through Halloween at George, 315 E. 55th St. The store is owned by KCAI trustee George Terbovich. In addition to enhancing the store’s seasonal décor, the display was timed to coincide with an Oct. 25 open house celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Crestwood Shops, which were developed by J.C. Nichols in 1922, several years before he developed the Country Club Plaza.

Alumni updates

Andrea Gill, who studied ceramics at KCAI in the early 1970s after completing a B.F.A. degree in ceramics at the Rhode Island School of Design, has been named an American Craft Council Fellow for 2012. To be eligible for nomination as a Fellow, artists must have demonstrated excellence in their discipline for at least 25 years. New Fellows will be honored with an exhibition Nov. 1-4 at the annual Sculpture Objects, Functional Art + Design Fair (SOFA Chicago) and with a reception at the InterContinental Chicago hotel. In an interview published on the American Craft Council website, Gill recalled handling clay for the first time at age 4. “I thought it was magical,” she said. “I realized I could make anything with it.” At KCAI, she studied with the late Ken Ferguson and met her husband, fellow ceramics student John Gill. “The (college) at that time was probably one of the strongest ceramics programs in the country. It was just an amazing little moment in education,” Gill told the American Craft Council. Since 1984, she has been teaching at Alfred University in New York, where she also completed an M.F.A. degree. For more information, visit

Student updates

Kendell Harbin (senior, printmaking and art history) is working on a public art project that reexamines the “social network.” The title of the project is “HAT,” which she said refers to the idea of “wearing many hats.” Her goal is to produce a book that documents a series of collaborative experiments between herself and anyone else interested in being involved. Harbin has created a Kickstarter website to generate funding for the book, which she plans to print in a limited edition this winter and release at an exhibition this coming spring. Recently, her Kickstarter campaign was featured by New York-based Creative Time ( as one of the most innovative public art projects today. You can learn more about HAT at Harbin has issued an open call for collaborations of all kinds and is looking to work with people of any discipline or day job. For more information, contact Harbin at Pictured: Kendell Harbin printing promotional cards for HAT; photo by Caitlin Peters (senior, printmaking)


Faculty updates


Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, is one of six artists whose work will be on display Nov. 1 through Dec. 31 at LongView Gallery in Washington, D.C. An opening reception will be held from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 1. The exhibition, “Color Schooled,” “features works by six contemporary artists influenced by the Washington Color School, Washington, D.C.’s most well-known contribution to art history,” a promotional postcard stated. For more information about Berman’s work, visit For more information about LongView Gallery, visit


John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, will be one of several artists whose work will be on display Nov. 2 through Dec. 22 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Eight of Ferry’s paintings were chosen for the exhibition, which is entitled “Have I been here before?” According to Jamilee Polson Lacy, Charlotte Street Foundation inaugural curator-in-residence, the exhibit brings together Kansas City-specific and not-so-specific moments, memories and histories in an attempt to capture what is so familiar about this place. The exhibition features work by Kansas City-area artists who combine real places with false memories and exaggerated perceptions to create sites and situations that may be vaguely familiar to viewers. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: “Kansas City No. 4,” John Ferry, 2010, oil on board, 7 inches by 8 inches.

Calls for artists

As a way to help celebrate UMB’s 100th anniversary in 2013, the bank is inviting college students to produce a 30-second video with the theme “What ‘more than’ means to the student in their life, their school or community.” Judges will be looking for inspiring videos with students’ unique perspective on the “more than” theme. All videos must include the UMB logo and the words “inspired to do more” at the end. The grand prize is $20,000 and an exclusive trip to New York to watch the winning video displayed on the Times Square NASDAQ marquee in April. The deadline to submit videos is Dec. 21. For more information about the contest, visit
The Smoky Hill River Festival, a multi-disciplinary festival for the arts, is looking for artists to participate in Artists-in-Action, the large-scale portion of the festival. These projects provide artists an opportunity to work on a large scale and to create works that exist in outdoor environments. For their work to be included during the event, artists should submit a brief artist statement, biographical information, resume, description of the work and sketch or color drawing and/or model reflecting scale. Proposals are due Jan. 4. For more information about the festival, visit
Country Club Christian Church is seeking student submissions for a new gallery space opening in February 2013. The gallery will feature work by local artists and exhibitions will change monthly. Students are encouraged to price their work for selling at the gallery. If interested, submit contact information and a link to an online portfolio or selection of portfolio images to Justin Ziegler at

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Greenlease Gallery – Greenlease Gallery on the campus of Rockhurst University, 54th Street and Troost Avenue, presents “On Display: Exploring Body Image,” a multimedia group show curated by Terry Lynn Campbell (‘10 interdisciplinary arts). The exhibition, which a spokesperson for the gallery said explores “themes of objectification and society’s fascination with body image,” will open Nov. 2 with an artist talk at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibition continues through Dec. 1. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, contact Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce at 816-501-4407 or
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – Recent work by Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, will be on view Nov. 2 through Dec. 22 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. An opening reception is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 2. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and by appointment. A highlight of the exhibition is “Indulgence,” a work that Gamble said entailed steel, logo design, 100 boxes and 300 cupcakes. She said it took her one year to complete the piece. Pictured: Front of promotional postcard showing “Indulgence,” Misty Gamble, 2012, ceramic, cardboard, steel, plastic, 72 inches by 60 inches by 60 inches; photo by E.G. Schempf.
Subterranean Gallery – “Curatorial Studies,” an exhibition featuring several KCAI alums, will open with a reception from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 2 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. Amanda Gehin (‘06 painting), Molly Kaderka (‘11 painting, art history), Jadyn Senne (‘11 painting) and Paul Anthony Smith (‘10 ceramics) will showcase their work in the exhibition, which includes drawings, paintings, collages and sculpture. “Curatorial Studies” is viewable by appointment Nov. 3 through 30. For more information about the exhibit, visit Pictured: KCAI alumna Molly Kaderka (left) discusses the upcoming exhibition with Subterranean Gallery director Ayla Rexroth.
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