ARTNotes for April 22

April 22, 2013


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Calendar of events

April 23: ArtSounds continues its season with “(D)Construction,” a multimedia installation featuring the students of Mara Gibson’s Creative Collaborations class. Gibson teaches composition and theory at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and KCAI, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.
April 25: Karen Kice (‘01 ceramics and art history) will give the Distinguished Alumni presentation at the culmination of the college’s 2012-2013 “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. In addition to her degree from KCAI, Kice earned a master of science degree in architectural history and theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. Currently she serves as the Neville Bryan assistant curator in the department of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, where her work focuses on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: 816-802-3426 or visit
May 3: Works by KCAI printmaking students will be on view from 5 to 8 p.m. at Centric Projects, 2024 Main St., Suite One West. There will be a reception and a live printmaking event with several of the artists. For more information, contact: 816-802-3426.

Campus prepares for end-of-semester shows

KCAI students will exhibit and sell their work May 10-12 at the college’s end-of-semester exhibition and sale. Included will be two- and three-dimensional work by students in most departments. Visitors are invited to visit studios located throughout the campus to browse and buy. The event begins with an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. May 10 (Friday). At 7 p.m., digital filmmaking majors will host a show in Epperson Auditorium. The exhibition and sale continue from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11 (Saturday) and noon to 5 p.m. May 12 (Sunday). Not all of the work in the exhibition will be offered for sale, and in some cases buyers will not be permitted to remove the purchased work from the exhibition until the following weekend. Pictured: Ceramics studio as it appeared at the start of the end-of-semester exhibition in May 2012. Photo by Cat Szalkowski.

Field Day activities scheduled for April 26

KCAI’s annual Field Day is planned for April 26 with activities scheduled throughout the day. Classes are not cancelled that day, and most events will be occurring later in the afternoon or evening when many students will be out of class. Field Day events begin with a picnic on the lawn from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., open to the entire campus.
A Cake Walk is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Vanderslice Hall patio. The cost is $1 to participate, and all money raised goes toward the 2013 ArtsKC fund. At 1 p.m., an ice cream truck will be on campus. A soccer tournament begins at 3 p.m. on the lawn, and various other activities, including a piñata competition hosted by KCAI’s Latino Organization for Culture Arts and Language and a Black Artist Culture and Community-sponsored Olympics will take place throughout the afternoon. The KCAI “Majesty” competition and Whoop Dee Doo performance will be at 9 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall with a dance party until midnight to cap the evening. For more information, contact Madeline Gallucci at or Molly Ryan at Pictured: KCAI students gather for Field Day picnic and activities.

ArtsKC Fund Campaign begins today

Beginning today, KCAI will provide staff, faculty and students an opportunity to contribute to the arts in Kansas City. Randy Williams, director of community relations, said the ArtsKC Fund activities will include a raffle, “Spare Change” collections jars, “Cafe Nerman's Golden Ticket” discount drink coupon, “Buy Your Birthday Off” and much more. New this year will be the ArtsKC Cake Walk as part of the campus Field Day celebration on Friday, April 26.
The ArtsKC raffle will feature more than 12 prizes including an opportunity to win the right to park in President Jacqueline Chanda's reserved parking space for one week. Other prizes include tickets to some of Kansas City's most popular performing arts venues and themed baskets for both children and adults. Watch your mail for additional information.
The ArtsKC Fund is a community-wide initiative that provides funding for arts organizations and individual artists. For the past six years, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City has raised money for the arts through workplace giving campaigns.
KCAI is a recipient of the ArtsKC Fund Ovation category, which provides an average of $5,000 annually to the college’s Annual Fund. Additionally, many KCAI alumni and faculty members have received grants through the Inspiration Grant category. Over the past six years, 51 percent or 65 of the 127 Inspiration grants presented have been to KCAI alumni and faculty.
For more information, contact Randy Williams at or 816-802-3527.

Fiber class plans pop-up shop April 26-27

Students in Kim Eichler-Messmer’s Entrepreneurship and Indie Design class and several KCAI alumni are organizing a pop-up shop for April 26-27. Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor in fiber, said the focus of the class is guiding students toward developing their own unique, handmade product lines to make and sell. The pop-up shop will include fiber, ceramics, jewelry, prints, clothing, accessories and books. Shop hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at The Warehouse, 4218 Walnut St. For more information contact Eichler-Messmer at or 785-764-2310.

Student updates

Three KCAI students have earned grants through the annual Magic Sock Fund competition. Grants totaling $325 were awarded to Carie Musick Allman (senior, fiber) for “Inside In," Anna Kamerer (senior, painting/creative writing) for “Poetry, Flowers, Forgiveness” and Evan Pardue (junior, painting) for “Identity & Narrative as Developed Through Oil Paint and Its History.” The Magic Sock Fund was established in memory of Jaymes Leahy (’87 fiber). Grants may be used for expenses related to mounting an exhibition, materials and supplies, or other academic projects. Priority is given to proposals that explore issues of gender or cultural diversity.
Sasha Alexandra (senior, ceramics) has received a 2013 Windgate Fellowship Award from the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design. Her proposal for the award of $15,000 includes funds for travel to Germany, France and England, where she will examine architectural environments that integrate ceramic components as design elements. The research will inform a body of work that questions how context and display can impact the perceived value of ceramic objects. Upon her return to the United States, Alexandra will purchase equipment to set up a studio. Alexandra, a St. Louis native, has received a KCAI Competitive Scholarship, a 2012 Schulman Work Study Scholarship from the Penland School of Crafts in Penland, N.C., and the 2013 Aardvark Clay Purchase Award for her winning entry in the NCECA National Student Juried Exhibition at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Pictured: Untitled, Sasha Alexandra, 2012, terracotta, porcelain, Nichrome wire, glass, variable dimensions. Photo by E.G. Schempf.
Work by Brett Ginsburg (senior, ceramics) is featured in a fashion spread in the current issue of Bullett magazine, an art-and-fashion quarterly based in New York. For more information about Ginsburg, visit Pictured: A page from Bullett.

Alumni updates

Mike Sinclair (attended) has received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 175 fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars selected from a group of approximately 3,000 applicants. For more information, visit
Nathan Mabry (’01 ceramics) has work on view in an exhibition in the outdoor galleries of the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas as part of the gallery’s “Sightings” series of “installations and interventions.” The exhibition continues through July 7. According to information provided by the gallery, “Mabry will present work that is characteristic of his use of different stylistic associations and references across art history. For the outdoor terrace, Mabry created a new sculpture based on an ancient Jalisco figure in the Nasher collection. On the steps in the garden, he will exhibit, for the first time in the U.S., ‘Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E),’ a group of six figures based on Rodin’s ‘Burghers of Calais.’” For more information, visit Meanwhile, Mabry’s first solo exhibition at Sean Kelly New York, “Shapeshifter,” continues through May 4. For details, visit Pictured: “Process Art (B-E-A-G-G-R-E-S-S-I-V-E),” Nathan Mabry, 2011.
Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) will unveil “Invaders” May 3 on the east-facing artboards of the Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd. The exhibit, installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, features two panels. The first is a sparse flock of flying European starlings, and the second is a dense swarm of the birds seen on the skyline today, according to Kamin. The artboards will be on view through the end of July. In addition, Kamin will provide hands-on creative experiences for visitors to the Lake Side Nature Center's Annual Urban Bird Day May 4. Pictured: Children trace the silhouette of an Impact Proof design to draw their own paper decal for the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project residency.

Faculty updates

Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, spoke April 18 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her lecture, entitled “Provocation in Ceramics,” was sponsored by MU’s women’s and gender studies department.
“The fire and the rose …” is the title of a gallery talk that Jim Sajovic, professor of foundation, will give at 6 p.m. May 3 at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St. The talk is in connection with an exhibition that continues through June 7. Pictured: Studies for “The Fire and the Rose,” Jim Sajovic, 2012, pigmented inks and acrylic on canvas.
Rebecca Dubay, assistant professor of art history, has been invited to participate in the international art history conference "Hidden Forces? - Painting in the 1960s and 1970s," funded by the Terra Foundation of American Art, at the Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, Germany in June. As part of a panel on painting and minimalism, Dubay will present a paper, entitled "Painting as Becoming: Anne Truitt's Three-Dimensional Work, 1961-1977."

Senior exhibitions

If you are a graduating senior and planning a senior exhibition, or if you are a department chair and aware of senior exhibitions in your department, we invite you to send details to so that the communications office can announce the exhibitions in future issues of ARTNotes. Here is a list of upcoming exhibitions:
The Fishtank Performance Studio – Taylor Wallace (senior, photography) will show work from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at The Fishtank Performance Studio, 1715 Wyandotte St.
Todd Weiner Gallery – A senior exhibition by Bethany S. Williams (senior, photography) will be on display from noon to 6 p.m. April 28 at Todd Weiner Gallery, 115 W. 18th St.
Outpost Worldwide – Mintra Greer (senior, photography) and H. Jessica D. Wayland (senior, photography) will exhibit their senior work together May 2-3 at Outpost Worldwide, 1919 Baltimore St.
Cara and Cabezas Contemporary – Claire Bryant (senior, photography) will display work from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes Road.
8183 Studio – An exhibition by Sarah Hillis (senior, photography) will be on view from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at 8183 Studio, 1735 Oak St.
Pop-Up Art Gallery – Lynn Collins (senior, photography) and Brandi Stangle will display their work from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at Pop-Up Art Gallery, 2100 Grand Blvd.
The Roost – Alex Eckard (senior, photography), Leon Jones (senior, photography) and Max Wagner (senior, photography) will all have work on display May 3 at The Roost, 1100 Santa Fe Road.
Linda Hall Library – Michael McConnell (senior, digital filmmaking) will show his senior project The Chemical Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. May 3 at Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St. For more information about the project, visit Pictured: Still from “Chemical Kitchen” by Michael McConnell.
Mildred’s Coffeehouse – An exhibition of work by Tessa Harrison (senior, printmaking) opens May 1 at Mildred’s Coffeehouse, 1821 Wyandotte St.
J&G Building – “Divergent Zones,” an exhibition of work by seniors majoring in illustration, will be on view from 5 to 9 p.m. May 10; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 11; and noon to 5 p.m. May 12 in the J&G Building, 324 E. 43rd St.
Irving Building – Seniors majoring in graphic design will host a casual open house from 5 to 8 p.m. May 10 in the Irving Building, 4410 Oak St. Their exhibition, “Pop,” will be on view. The previous night Kansas City area professionals in the design and advertising industries will be treated to a sneak preview from 6 to 9 p.m.
Rez Downtown – “Therianthrope,” an exhibition by Shelby Anne Burchett (senior, fiber), will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at Rez Downtown, 1522 McGee St.
Bespoke Salon – Sarah Choi (senior, fiber) will display her work May 3 at Bespoke Salon, 1919 Wyandotte St.
Vulpes Bastille Studio – Aaron Michael Giglio (senior, fiber) and Hannah Johnston (senior, fiber) are showing their work in an exhibition entitled “Domestic” from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at Vulpes Bastille Studio, 1737 Locust St.
Grapes and Paints – Sarah Delaney Ross (senior, fiber) will feature her work from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Grapes and Paints, 7175 W. 95th St. in Overland Park, Kan.
The Bauer Event Space – An exhibition of work by Kyndra Denae Van Der Stelt (senior, fiber) and Kori Yvonne Weaver (senior, fiber) will be on display from 4 to 9 p.m. May 4 at The Bauer Event Space, 115 W. 18th St.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Red Star Studios – “Akio Takamori: LUST” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. May 3 at Red Star Studios in Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition continues through Aug. 24. The exhibition is co-sponsored by the Belger Arts Center, KCAI and Barry Friedman Ltd. of New York and features figurative sculptures by Japanese-American artist and KCAI alumnus Akio Takamori (‘76 ceramics). The show includes work previously exhibited at Barry Friedman, along with newer work created specifically for the new Red Star Studios location in Belger Crane Yard Studios. The exhibition also includes lithographic prints that Takamori created with master printer Michael Sims, founder of the Lawrence Lithography Workshop. A work from the exhibition, “Sleeping Woman in a Red Dress,” will be included in KCAI’s 2013 Art and Design Auction, which will take place June 1 on the KCAI campus. Pictured: “Lust,” Akio Takamori, 2012, stoneware with underglaze, variable height 16 inches to 20 inches; photo by Vicki Takamori.
Centric Projects – An exhibition of work by junior- and senior-year students majoring in printmaking at KCAI entitled “Printrospective” will open with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. May 3 at Centric Projects, Suite One West, 2024 Main St. Participating artists include: Ashley Bellinger,
Rachel Dela Gardelle,
Derek Dobbins,
Miles Fermin,
Olivia Gibb,
Elizabeth Gund,
Travis Gunn,
Tessa Harrison,
Alex Krahenbuhl,
Lauren McGill,
Jandro Montero, Kenzie O'Hare,
Caitlin Peters,
Katie Twiss,
Kelsey Van Horn and
Katie Weatherly. This First Friday event will include refreshments, music and live printing activities. The exhibition will continue through May 16. Architect Richard Wetzel, a partner at Centric Projects, and his wife, Mary Wetzel, are co-chairs of KCAI’s 2013 Art and Design Auction. Pictured: Poster for “Printrospective.”
Blue Djinn Gallery – Daniel Chase (freshman), Dakota Davis (attended) and Sam Stevens (freshman) are showing work in an exhibition called “An Experiment in Mapping at the Blue Djinn Gallery, 1400 Union Ave. The exhibition runs through April 27, and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Late Show – Recent paintings by Terri Wheeler (’96 painting) will be on view through April 27 at the Late Show, 1600 Cherry St. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment by calling 816-474-1390.
1522 Saint Louis – A group of artists, including Amanda Gehin (’06 painting), are participating in a news series of installations entitled “Adjacent To, Or Further More” at 1522 Saint Louis gallery, which is located at 1522 St. Louis in Kansas City’s West Bottoms district. The artists were asked to step outside of their usual methods of working. Each artist’s exhibition opens at a different date: Emma Hunt and Jason Underhill, April 26; Julian Freeman, May 25; and Gehin, June 21. The exhibition runs through June 30. Pictured: “Wallpaper Test (In Yellow),” Amanda Gehin.
Garney Art – Anne Garney, who has taught classes in KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies program, is showing several of her paintings in a solo exhibition, “Anne Garney: Caribbean Landscapes,” at Garney Art, 1922 Main St. The show features paintings from her trips to St. John, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Tortola, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as a few other beach scenes. The exhibition may be viewed by appointment through May 3 by calling 916-842-3388. Pictured: “Trunk Bay Overlook,” Anne Garney, 2012, oil on canvas.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Gallery – Mike Lyon (’75 painting) is showing work through April 27 in an exhibition entitled “Post-Digital Prints and Drawings” at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. 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.
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.
Blue Gallery – Tim Hahn (’75 painting) has work on display in an exhibition entitled “New Works” at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. The exhibition runs through May 3. Pictured: “Sailor’s Delight,” Tim Hahn, acrylic on wood, 24 inches by 24 inches.

Calls for artists

The Cooperstown Art Association in Cooperstown, N.Y., invites entries in all media and styles for its 78th annual national juried exhibition, which takes place July 12 through Aug. 16. Woodworker John Magnan will be the juror. May 15 is the postmark deadline for entries. For details, visit


CENTURY 21 Just Right, located in the Crossroads Arts District, is searching for new artwork to showcase in their office. The firm has a large, open space and is looking to fill the area with artwork for their next First Friday event on May 3. For more information, contact Maria Garcia at 816-389-8763 or
Help wanted: KCAI student to assist Foundation Professor Jim Sajovic with occasional part-time work in and around his home and studio. Hourly rate negotiable. If interested, contact Sajovic at 913-383-2552.

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