ARTNotes for March 25

March 25, 2013

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Calendar of events

March 28: KCAI continues its guest lecture series “Current Perspectives” at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus with a presentation from sculptor and installation artist Theaster Gates. Based in Chicago, Gates is committed to the revitalization of poor neighborhoods through combining urban planning and art practices. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or
March 28: “Crayon on Stone: Science Embraces the Lithograph, 1800-1899,” an exhibition of scientific lithography prints and book works along with original lithography prints by KCAI printmaking students, opens March 28 and continues through Sept. 14. An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. March 28, followed by a lecture at 7 p.m. The library is located at 5109 Cherry St. For more information, visit
April 4: Luis Camnitzer, a co-founder of the New York Graphic Workshop, will present at KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Camnitzer is professor emeritus at SUNY College in Old Westbury, N.Y., as well as pedagogical curator for the Ibere Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil. An international critic and theorist, he is a frequent contributor to “ArtNexus” and author of “New Art of Cuba” as well as “Conceptualism in Latin American Art: Didactics of Liberation.” The event, sponsored by KCAI’s printmaking department, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or
April 11: Ceramic artist Shawn Spangler will present at KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Spangler earned an M.F.A. degree from Alfred University in New York and recently completed a residency at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. He is a visiting assistant professor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or visit

KCAI printmaking students collaborate with Linda Hall Library for exhibition opening March 28

Original lithography prints by about 20 junior- and senior-year printmaking students at KCAI will be included in an exhibition of scientific lithography prints and rare books that will be on view from March 28 to Sept. 14 at the Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St. An opening reception is planned for 6 p.m. March 28, to be followed by a 7 p.m. lecture. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are requested at
“Our students were invited to intersect with the library for an exhibition entitled ‘Crayon on Stone: Science Embraces the Lithograph, 1800-1899,’” said Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking. “The students were asked to examine the historical theme of the exhibition and respond with their own contemporary points of view in conversation with this theme. The themes encompass science, nature, travel, technology, documentation, landscape, journaling, maps, architecture, diagrams and more.
“This collaboration will enable a visual conversation between contemporary lithographic art by emerging artists/students and the conceptually and technically timeless works by masters of the medium,” Berman continued. “It is a great opportunity for our students to be part of this conversation with their own art, and it’s the first intersection of the Linda Hall Library and KCAI printmaking department at this level.”
In recognition of the exhibition and unusual partnership, the library has commissioned a KCAI student to create a unique image for the exhibition. Caitlin Peters, a senior majoring in printmaking at KCAI, will print a three-color lithograph on one of the largest stones in the KCAI print studio inventory. The printing process will be documented in video and with color separation proofs that depict each stage of printing. The video and the printing proofs will also be on display in the exhibition. A small stone from the KCAI inventory will also be included as part of the technical display component of the exhibition, Berman said.
When the exhibition has ended, all prints by the KCAI students will be acquisitioned into the Linda Hall Library rare book archive and collection. Pictured: “The Spirit of New Mexico,” Caitlin Peters.

‘Electromediascope’ series celebrates 20th anniversary; announces final season 

“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, announces its 20th anniversary and final season.
“We are living in an exciting moment in global culture where new forms of representation, nonlinear narratives, networked communication and time-extended events have great potential for artists and society to create and experience diversity within expanding forms of art and culture,” said Clancy and Widmer in their final statement. “We are glad to have been a part of these artistic developments and are looking forward to seeing what will happen next.”
This spring, to commemorate the milestone and ending, “Electromediascope” will feature recent works in different media from among 350 artists of 53 countries and nationalities of origin that have been presented at the Nelson between 1993 and 2013.
These programs are presented in the Atkins Auditorium. Starting times are at 7 p.m.:
  • On April 12, composer, musician and sound artist Laetitia Sonami and visual artist SUE-C kickoff “Electromediascope’s” final season with their presentation of “Sheepwoman,” a collaborative live cinema and sound performance constructed real time on stage. Sonami will also perform “Tunnel of Love,” a world premiere sound installation by Paul DeMarinis and her own electronic sound work and world premier, “Birds without Feet cannot Land.”
  • “Before Tomorrow” by Marie-Hélène Cousineau, in collaboration with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq, will be shown April 19. Set in the19th century, a grandmother and grandson face the challenge of survival after a strange illness wipes out most of their small Inuit community.
  • “Electromediascope”concludes its final season on April 26 with selected works presented by artists Peggy Ahwesh, Jem Cohen and Luc Sante, Jesper Just, William Kentridge, Les LeVeque, Guy Maddin, Robin Rhode and Anri Sala.
To reserve free tickets, call 816-751-1278 or visit

Open Studio event set for April 13 

Every spring KCAI hosts an open house, or “Open Studio,” for prospective students. This year’s Open Studio event is set to begin at 8:30 a.m. April 13 on the KCAI campus. After welcome remarks and presentations on the liberal arts, CASL and foundation programs, participants will visit three studios of their choice, selecting from animation, ceramics, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, digital filmmaking, printmaking and sculpture studios. The day concludes with a campus tour at 4:15 p.m. According to the admissions office, the event gives prospective students an opportunity to interact with faculty, see the studios, learn about each program and have questions answered by financial aid staff. Last year, 276 prospective students and family members participated.

Three new kilns installed in ceramics department

The ceramics department has acquired three new gas kilns, all of which feature high fuel efficiency and effective ventilating systems. According to Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics at KCAI, one was manufactured by the Bailey Pottery Equipment Corporation in Kingston, N.Y., whose owner, Jim Bailey, studied at KCAI in the 1970s. That kiln is built of insulating bricks and fiber and is a forced-air downdraft kiln. It can be fired manually, as a traditional kiln, or it can be programed for a specific rate of temperature climb, and it includes an instrument for monitoring the desired firing environment. The other two kilns, Esser said, were produced in The Netherlands by Blaauw Products. Blaauw kilns are equipped with computerized devices that run the firings, allowing remote control for faculty and staff. They offer students a new way of understanding and regulating atmospheric control and the firing cycle. "These new kilns offer KCAI students exciting and up-to-date educational experiences for firing ceramic wares and sculptures," Esser said. Pictured: Cary Esser and Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, greet the new Bailey kiln. Photo courtesy of Mo Dickens.

KCAI, Kemper and Nelson invite college students to ‘Get Lost in the Arts’ April 12

College students from throughout the metropolitan area are invited to participate in College Night “Get Lost in the Arts,” co-sponsored by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kansas City Art Institute. The free event takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. April 12 and allows participants to explore “three dynamic arts organizations in one night.” Organizers promise performances, hands-on activities, tasty treats and great art. At the Nelson, participants will be able to watch Pecha Kucha-style presentations by KCAI students; experience a tour with local artists Tara Tonsor, Ayla Rexroth (’10 painting), Grace Peterson and Michelle Dreher (’01 design and illustration and art history); create their own artist trading cards; pick up some pipe cleaners and add to the Organic Art Nebulous; witness a live performance by composer, musician and sound artist Laetitia Sonami; and turn the pages of original artists books in the Spencer Art Reference Library. At the Kemper Museum, participants will be able to sway to the sounds of The Hot Club of Kansas City, a jazz ensemble that fuses Romani folk music and African-American jazz; explore the exhibition “The Map as Art” with University of Kansas students Pearl O’Brien and Carson Levine; and snack from the S’mores Cart.

School for Continuing and Professional Studies hosts open house April 9

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting an open house for its new space from 4 to 6 p.m. April 9 at 108 E. 43rd St. Both the North Campus and Main Campus staff will be present to share information about the new programs being launched this year and to show the new Mac lab, studio rooms and lecture space. Light refreshments will be served.

Student updates

Five works by four KCAI students majoring in illustration have been accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators 2013 student competition, Steve Mayse, chair of illustration, has announced. Two pieces by Andy Ozier (senior) were accepted, and one piece each was accepted from Chloe George (senior), Carrie Riehl (junior) and Rose Ruzicka (sophomore). Mayse said the competition attracts about 6,000 images from universities and art schools across the United States and only about 100 to 200 images are accepted. “We're very proud of our illustration students' accomplishments,” Mayse said. Pictured: “Hyena Trio,” Andy Ozier, 2013, digital, 11 inches by 14 inches.

Alumni updates

Maria Creyts (’86 painting) has a new website,, and her work has been featured recently on, which published an interview with the artist at Her studio, ESTUDIO mariaurora, in the Livestock Exchange Building at 1600 Genessee St., Suite 516, in the West Bottoms, is open from 5 to 8 p.m. on most First Fridays. In addition to her B.F.A. degree from KCAI, Creyts holds an M.F.A. degree from Yale University School of Art in New Haven, Conn. Pictured: Maria Creyts (right) and Deanna Dikeman with “Refigure Skirt”; photo courtesy of Simon Kuo; as published on
“Cloud Weight,” a solo exhibition of work by Brooklyn, N.Y.-based artist Ky Anderson (’95 fiber) is now on view at Frosch & Portmann in New York. According to the gallery, the exhibition “explores forces of pressure in the physical and visceral realms. In Anderson’s paintings and drawings there is a force weighing heavily from above. The weight of the clouds holds everything together, and the structures below push back up. The artist has chosen parts of the natural world and stripped them down to their simplest form or gesture.” “The weights, pulls and supports of our environment and the landscape are rendered in ethereal images that depict both the things you can and cannot see,” said Anderson. The exhibition continues through April 14. For more information, visit Pictured: “Cloud Weight #1, Ky Anderson, 2013, acrylic and ink on paper, 30 inches by 22 inches; image courtesy of the artist.

Faculty updates

“Tale of the Eye: The Art of Lester Goldman” opens with a reception from 1 to 4 p.m. April 7, with gallery remarks from 2 to 3 p.m., at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, Kan. Goldman taught painting at KCAI for nearly 40 years, until his death in 2005. Warren Rosser, William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor and chair of painting at KCAI, will join Goldman’s widow, Kathrin Goldman, for a talk about Goldman’s work. Also participating in the discussion will be art critic Elisabeth Kirsch and Marcus Cain, executive director and curator of the gallery. “We will be inviting people who knew Lester to engage in a casual conversation about his work as we walk through the gallery,” Cain said. “We welcome others to join in the dialogue and share their stories.” Cain said “Tale of the Eye” will be a light survey of Goldman’s work and will include both well-known and rarely seen pieces from the 1970s to 2005, as well as some significant ephemera. “The show will emphasize the history and development of Lester’s form language,” he said, adding that most of the work will be on loan from the Goldman estate, with a few additional pieces from private collections. The exhibition continues through May 26. Another exhibition of Goldman’s work, entitled “Lester Goldman: High Wire,” opens April 18 at the Dobbin Project Space in Brooklyn, N.Y. That show will continue through May 16. Pictured: “Untitled,” Lester Goldman, circa 1996, oil on canvas, 72 inches by 120 inches.

Welcome to KCAI

Faculty and staff responding to a recent communications survey conducted by the president’s office expressed a desire for information about people new to KCAI, so we are introducing “Welcome to KCAI” as a regular feature in ARTNotes. The following individuals have joined KCAI on a full-time basis since Jan. 1. They are listed in order by start date:
Steve Gardels, media center, media center technician
Jimmie Painter, plant services/maintenance, maintenance worker
Lauren Park, advancement, grant writer and research coordinator
Rick Rieder, business office, vice president for administration
Evonne Briones, admissions, admissions technical assistant
Caitlin Knoll, communications, communications coordinator
Darlene Rieder, financial aid, office assistant
Welcome to all!

Calls for artists

Cottey College in Nevada, Mo., is seeking visual artists for P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery exhibitions for the 2013-2014 academic year. A small honorarium is provided for artists whose work is selected. The college provides insurance on the works and does not charge a commission on sales. Interested artists should email a link to an online portfolio or up to 10 images to Kris Korb, gallery curator, at, along with a resume, by April 22. For information about the college, visit
All Souls Gallery, located in All Souls Unitarian-Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., is seeking artists for monthly shows. Exhibits are limited to two-dimensional works. The deadline to apply is May 31. For information on how to apply, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

H&R Block Artspace – “The Xijing Men: Gimhongsok, Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong” is showing at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. This is 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 Pictured: “Xijing Flag,” Xijing Men, 2011. Photo by Nicolo' Degiorgis.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Gallery – Mike Lyon (’75 painting) is showing work in an exhibition entitled “Post-Digital Prints and Drawings at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. through April 27. Lyon is a student of both Japanese art and culture and 21st century computer technology. The tools Lyon employs to create his images are reductive digital photography, the use of computers and automated inventions of his own design. Lyon has exhibited nationally and internationally, including Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, N.Y.; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Aspen, Colo.; Abercrombie Gallery, Lake Charles, La.; Burns Atrium Gallery, Union College, Schenectady, N.Y.; The Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk, Conn.; Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, Kan.; Florida Printmakers Society, Tampa, Fla.; Gallery of the Quebec Printmakers Council, Montreal, Quebec, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; Gallery EZOSHI, Kyoto Japan; Yad LeBanim Gallery, Tiberias, Israel; Horncastle College, Lincolnshire, UK and others. His work is in the permanent collections of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Mo.; the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, Mo.; The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Manhattan, Kan. Pictured: “Maggie,” Mike Lyon, 2012, white and black ink on pigment-tinted watercolor paper 85 ½ inches by 44 inches.
Red Star Studios – Cassidy Creek and Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics) will present new work at Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St., as part of the culmination of their time spent as resident artists. Creek uses hand-building techniques to create ceramic sculptures derived from observations of natural and man-made systems. Fletcher creates functional, sculptural and decorative work and has collaborated with area and national chefs hoping to inspire new dishes, presentations and experiences for chefs and patrons alike. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 5 For more information, visit
 Pictured: “Paper Plates,” Ryan Fletcher, 2012, porcelain, 5 inches by 8 inches by 2 inches. Photo courtesy of artist.
Belger Arts Center – “Adornment,” which continues through June 8 at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., includes work by Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics), Ellen Green (’98 painting) and Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation. More than two dozen artworks will be on display in this exhibition of works entirely from the Belger Collection. Selections were made by Evelyn Craft, executive director of the Belger Arts Center and a member of the KCAI board of trustees.
Longview Cultural Arts Center – The third MCC-Longview Art Faculty Biennial, running through April 20, features several KCAI alums, including Amy Kephart (’95 ceramics), Kim Lindaberry (’76 ceramics), Daniel Reneau (‘04 painting and art history) and Jim Smith (‘85 painting). Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit. Pictured: “Celestial Terrestrials,” Kim Lindaberry, archival digital print mounted on di-bond aluminum, 29 inches by 47 inches.
La Esquina – Lyndsey Griffith (attended), Grace Groathus (’07 interdisciplinary arts) and Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts) will feature work in a group exhibition entitled “Focus: OK<->KC.” The exhibition runs through April 20 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St.
All Souls Art Gallery –Diane Abelson (attended) will show pastel paintings in an exhibition at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Art Gallery, 4501 Walnut St. The exhibition runs through April 19. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends.
The Warehouse Gallery – “Blind Trajectory,” a group exhibition featuring the work and process of junior fiber students, will open March 29 at the The Warehouse Gallery in KCAI’s new fiber building, 4218 Walnut St. The exhibition runs through April 21, with an opening reception planned from 5 to 8 p.m. March 29.Featured artists include Chris Bender, Emily Blaser, Brock, Shenequa Brooks, Hannah Carr, Krystal Jolicoeur, Emily Kenyon, Lena Klett, Lauren McLaren, Laura Millar, Max Rosenbaum, Sarah Wylie and Emily Young.For more information, contact Sarah Wylie at or 417-766-3692.
KCAI Stairway Gallery – Recent work by Kimberly Kersey Asbury (’96 painting) is on viewthrough April 15 in the KCAI Stairway Gallery, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The works are photo-based images from Asbury’s White Horse Dialogues and Subterfuge series. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: Work from Kimberly Kersey Asbury’s exhibition.


The Kansas City Pet Project has an ongoing need for dog walkers and is looking for student volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering can attend an orientation, after which, a one-on-one training session is scheduled. Then, volunteers are free to walk dogs at their convenience. The minimum commitment is one hour per week. The KC Pet Project also has opportunities to work on flyer design projects. Volunteer orientations have been scheduled for 6 p.m. March 29, 6 p.m. April 3, 1 p.m. April 7, 6 p.m. April 15 and 1 p.m. April 28 at the main kennel location in Raytown, 4400 Raytown Road. For more information, visit

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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