ARTNotes for Jan. 28

January 28, 2013

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Calendar of events

Jan. 31: KCAI continues its visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by The Xijing Men: Chen Shaoxiong, Gimhongsok, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The lecture is co-sponsored by the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI and Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. For more information, visit or contact campus information at 816-802-3423.
Feb. 1-April 3: “The Xijing Men: Gimhongsok, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 1 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. This will be the inaugural North American exhibition of the internationally renowned Xijing Men and is a collaboration between the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas and Artspace. The group produces video art performances about the imaginary place of Xijing that was conceived as an idealized western capital, meant to complement three other directional capitals of East Asia: Beijing, the northern capital, Nanjing, the southern capital, and Tokyo, the eastern capital. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit
Feb. 7: KCAI continues its visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by KCAI faculty at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Members of the KCAI faculty will discuss projects associated with recent grants. Presenters include Alison Heryer, instructor of fiber; Marty Maxwell Lane, assistant professor of graphic design; Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking; Phyllis Moore, Ph.D., associate professor and director of The School of Liberal Arts; and Brett Reif, associate professor of foundation. For more information, visit or contact campus information at 816-802-3423. 
Feb. 12: ArtSounds presents “Two Chamber Operas” at 7:30 p.m. inEpperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The collaborative performance featuresRyan Oldham and Nihan Yesil. For more information, visit
Feb. 14: KCAI continues its visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Nathan Fox (’97 illustration) at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The lecture is sponsored by the KCAI illustration department. Fox is chair of the master of fine arts in visual narrative program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-802-3426 or email

AACS connects students to alumni with annual exhibition at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary Art

The office of Academic Advising and Career Services at KCAI continues Access Alumni Events: Connecting Students to Alumni with an exhibition of student work entitled “Austerity Measures,” shown at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary Gallery, 1714 Holmes Road. AACS put a call out to alumni interested in interacting with students by jurying the exhibition. The alumni curator panel included Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), Ari Fish (’06 ceramics), Bobby Howsare (’09 printmaking), Marie McInerney (’02 fiber) and Davin Watne (’94 painting). The alumni’s selections were made based on students’ submitted work and meetings with selected students in a series of studio visits. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 1 andruns through March 2 when a closing reception and artist talk co-hosted by Cara and Cabezas, Dead Sea Artworks and Shea Gordon Festoff is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. Gallery hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. For more information about the exhibition or Access Alumni Events, contact Calder Kamin, academic and career advisor, at Pictured: Alumnus Bobby Howsare (’09 printmaking) meets with Nika Winn (senior painting) to discuss her studio work and the potential for exhibiting pieces in the Access Alumni Events Exhibition “Austerity Measures.”

CPS enters new community relationship with The Firehouse: Center for Creative Excellence in Kearney, Mo. 

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies has entered into a new partnership with The Firehouse: Center for Creative Excellence in Kearney, Mo. This summer, CPS will pilot art camps for children and adult classes in the newly renovated space. Course offerings will vary throughout the year. With this relationship, CPS also will be looking for visual art instructors interested in teaching youth and adult classes from traditional visual art forms to the digital arts. Employment is part time and based on class need. Those interested in applying can visit For more information about The Firehouse, visit

Summer youth camp instructors needed

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies is looking for visual arts instructors interested in teaching youth ages 6-8, 9-11 or 12-14 for its main campus and North Campus in Riverside, Mo. Instructors are needed for art laboratory (art and science), fashion design, jewelry making, computer animation and draw manga. Employment is part time and based on class need. Those interested can apply at For more information, contact Mary Dwyer, director School for Continuing and Professional Studies at

CPS to host Wayne Wilkes exhibition

The School for Continuing and Professional Studies will host an opening reception for “Kansas City,” an exhibition by Wayne Wilkes (’95 illustration), from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 1. The exhibition runs through March 29 at KCAI’s North campus, 1801 NW Platte Road, Suite 275. Wilkes is an instructor for CPS and the B.F.A. program. The North campus is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout February. Pictured: “Western Auto Building,” Wayne Wilkes, oil on canvas, 36 inches by 60 inches.

Fine arts challenge featured high school art students

The MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center recently hosted its fourth annual high school fine arts competition and exhibit, The Lee's Summit Fine Arts Challenge, featuring the works of fine arts students from the three Lee's Summit high schools. Daniel Reneau (’04 painting and art history) directed the event, and Tabitha Schmidt, director of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, was a juror. For more information, visit

French artists to visit Kansas City

Vincent Buffile, a third-generation potter from the Ateliere Buffile in Aix-en-Provence, France, and his wife, Monique, will be in Kansas City Feb. 24 through March 4 to lead a two-day workshop at Red Star Studios (in the Belger Crane Yard Studios complex) and to visit the KCAI campus.
The hands-on workshop, set for March 2 and 3, will focus on screen printing and slab construction.
“The Buffiles will share a variety of techniques related to the application of photographic imagery onto clay slabs,” said Tommy Frank, Red Star Studios manager. “Workshop participants will apply learned processes and techniques, manipulating the slabs into unique art works.”
Frank said the two-day workshop is open to all skill levels. Cost to participate is $40, and space is limited to 30 participants. KCAI faculty, staff and students will be eligible to participate at no cost.
While in Kansas City, the Buffiles will visit the KCAI printmaking studio on Feb. 27 and the ceramics studio on Feb. 28. On March 1 the couple will conduct a professional practice presentation for KCAI ceramics students.
Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI, met the Buffiles when she was living and working in France and helped with plans for their trip to Kansas City.
“When I was living in Aix, I wanted to explore working with clay to make sculpture, and colleagues referred me to the Buffiles. They allowed me to rent a little space in their studio. Vincent helped me learn about glazes and tutored me about the thickness of the clay form so my work wouldn’t blow up in the kiln. He had a wonderful library, and he allowed me to pull books off the shelves and use them to generate ideas and understand more about glazes. I was aware that Vincent collaborated with other artists through the Institute for American Universities, and after I became president of KCAI, I thought it would be wonderful if they could come to Kansas City.”
For more information or to enroll in the workshop, contact or visit Pictured: Vincent Buffile.

Alumni updates

Skye Livingston (‘12 fiber) will have work featured in "Corner to Corner and Head to Toe," an exhibition opening Feb. 1 at The Carter Center for Visual Arts and Imaging Technology on the MCC-Penn Valley campus, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. The show runs through March 3. Livingston’s work emphasizes healing as a continuous process by referencing the figure through use of skin-like materials and imagery. Gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. on First Fridays. For more information, call 816-604-4278. Pictured: "MAL Figure No. 2," Skye Livingston, 2013, hand-dyed silk organza, 50 inches by 12 inches by 7 inches. Image courtesy of the artist.
Asheer Akram (’07 sculpture) created the first official piece of artwork for the new Prairiefire mixed-use development in Overland Park, Kan. It was unveiled at a recent groundbreaking ceremony. After the ceremony, children decorated the sculpture with magnetic LED lights. Pictured: Ellen Gallagher, CFO of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, stands next to Akram’s Prairiefire sculpture.
Carrie Yvonne Nordlund (’89 fine arts) will receive the National Art Education Association Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator Award during a ceremony March 7-10 at the 2013 NAEA National Convention in Fort Worth, Texas. Nordlund, an associate professor of art education at Kutztown University in Kutztown, Penn., and treasurer for the executive board of the NAEA women’s caucus, was cited by the organization for her contribution to art education. In 2012, she won the NAEA’s Outstanding Higher Education Art Educator Award. Pictured: Carrie Yvonne Nordlund.
Kurt Weiser (‘72 ceramics) was named a 2012 United States Artists Fellow in December. The award from the United States Artists Foundation carries an unrestricted $50,000 grant. Weiser is the fourth graduate of the KCAI ceramics program to be named a USA Fellow. The others are Akio Takamori (’76 ceramics), who received the award in 2011; Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics), in 2008; and Sarah Jaeger (’85 ceramics), in 2006. Weiser is Regents’ Professor of Ceramics in the Arizona State University School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in Tempe. According to ASU, Weiser plans to complete a project for an exhibition at the Boston Museum of Fine Art. For more information about the program, visit

Faculty updates

“Abject Reverie: Recent Works by Misty Gamble,” is on view through March 9 at the Duane Reed Gallery in St. Louis. Gamble is an assistant professor in KCAI’s School of the Foundation Year. For more information, visit or In addition, Gamble will have two works, “Covetous” and “Rapture,” on display at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. in a group show called “Adornment.” The exhibition opens on Feb. 1 and runs through June 8. Pictured: “Sunday;” Misty Gamble; 2013; ceramic, enamel, beads, rhinestones, pearls; 60 inches by 115 inches by one inch. Photo by E.G. Schempf.
Corey Antis, assistant professor painting, is showing work along with artist Anna Neighbor in an exhibition entitled “Plainsight, Plainspoken” at Rebekah Templeton Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. The show runs through Feb. 23. Pictured: “Natural History,” Corey Antis, 2012, acrylic, chalk, stain, wood.

Calls for artists

Artist applications are available for the 9th Annual KC Fringe Festival July 18-28 in the categories of performing, visual, fashion and film artists. The application deadlines are March 15 for film and performing arts; April 1 for visual arts; and April 15 for fashion. For more information about the KC Fringe Festival or to download an application, visit
ViewPoint Gallery in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is accepting submissions for the International Photographic Competition 2013. Entry fee is $25 for every three images submitted, and all entries must be received by April 1. Twelve winning images will receive a one-month exhibition in ViewPoint Gallery. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Garney Art – David de Rousseau ('84 painting) will show a series of paintings entitled "Skylines & Streetscapes" from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 1 (First Friday) at Garney Art, 1922 Main St. At 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2, by reservation, he will give an artist talk and demonstration. His work has been featured in a number of exhibitions nationwide, including most recently the Wade Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M.; the Kempf Gallery in Chicago; the Kansas Masters Invitational at the Strecker-Nelson Gallery in Manhattan, Kan.; Thornhill Gallery at Avila University; and the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI. For more information, or to reserve a seat for the Feb. 2 presentation, call 816-842-3388. Pictured: "KC Skyline: Cambridge Circle #2," oil on canvas by David de Rousseau.
Plug Projects - “Three Dimensional Sketchbook,” a solo show by Jill Downen, assistant professor of sculpture at KCAI, is on view through March 2 at Plug Projects, 1613 Genessee St. This exhibition presents maquettes that investigate the relationships between the human body and the architectural structures people occupy. For more information, visit
Walnut Place Laundromat – Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts) is launching “Byproduct: The Laundromat,” at Walnut Place Laundromat 4241 Walnut St.. Through small-scale tutorials, invited conversations and site-specific projects (during which program attendees actually do their laundry), the exhibition will connect audiences that are interested in art and involve the community in unexpected ways. Scheduled programming for the exhibition begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 9. During the first wash cycle, the series begins with a screening of Ron Schildknect’s “My Porcelain Past,” a short documentary about the final hours of an iconic neighborhood restaurant before its closure. During the dry cycle, KCAI creative writing professor and poet Jordan Stempleman will host a Common Sense Reading. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: Sean Starowitz.

Upcoming events at KCAI

Check out a listing of all upcoming events at the Kansas City Art Institute.