ARTNotes for June 17

June 17, 2013


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Calendar of events

June 22: “Meet the Legends – A Conversation with Sir Stirling Moss, Denise McCluggage/Remembering Masten Gregory" will be held from 1:30 to 3 p.m. It has been relocated to Pierson Hall in the Atterbury Student Success Center on the UMKC campus, 5000 Holmes. The discussion will center on Moss and McCluggage’s experiences racing during the 1950s and 1960s. They will also reminisce about their relationship with Gregory who died in 1985. Tickets are $25 and available for purchase at
June 23: TheSeventh Annual Art of the Car Concours® will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the KCAI campus, showcasing 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles from throughout the United States. The Concours is an annual event that benefits the KCAI student scholarship fund. To purchase tickets, visit

KCAI Art and Design Auction raises money for scholarship fund 

The tenth KCAI Art and Design Auction, held earlier this month on the KCAI campus, raised more than $400,000 for student scholarships. Guests bid on art during live and silent auctions. Yves Rojas, a former contestant on the television show “Survivor,” was the auctioneer for the live auction. Art showcased in the auction included work by internationally renowned alumni and faculty. Pictured: Guests gathered around items for bid during the tenth KCAI Art and Design Auction June 1. Photo by Mark McDonald.

CPS to produce and sell handmade prints at Art of the Car Concours

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is selling prints to raise money for youth art camp scholarships and to commemorate the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours. The Print Factory, a traveling printing press founded by KCAI alumni Will Burnup and Jesse McAfee, will be on the lawn at the Concours to demonstrate the printmaking process. Prints are $20 and will be available during the June 23 event. Pictured: Art of the Car Concours print that CPS will be selling.

Krystal Jolicoeur awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Krystal Jolicoeur (senior, fiber) has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship. She has been granted the scholarship in order to participate in KCAI's International Exchange Program during the fall 2013 semester. Jolicoeur will be traveling to Hobart, Tasmania (Australia), where she will study sculpture and contemporary indigenous Australia for approximately six months.
Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarshiprecipients are chosen by a highly competitive selection process. The scholarship committeeoffers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. The scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is congressionally funded.

Students receive awards at 2013 commencement

When commencement exercises were held last month at Unity Temple on the Plaza, several KCAI students were recognized with awards. Below is a recap of their awards:
Mentorship awards
Mentorship award recipients are selected by a vote of students in each department in recognition of outstanding leadership and mentoring. The selected graduates receive a book specially selected for them by their department chair, school director or program head.
Animation: Michael Nanna, presented by Doug Hudson, chair of animation
Art history: Philip Bakala, presented by Michele Fricke, head of art history
Ceramics: Cydney Ross, presented by Cary Esser, chair of ceramics
Creative writing: Lauren Stookey, presented by Phyllis Moore, director of the School of Liberal Arts and head of creative writing
Digital filmmaking: Matt Lloyd, presented by Patrick Clancy, chair of photography and digital filmmaking
Fiber: Sarah Choi, presented by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, chair of fiber
Graphic design: Patrick Drake, presented by Tyler Galloway, chair of graphic design
Illustration: Michelle Scott, presented by Steve Mayse, chair of illustration
Painting: Frederick Vorder-Bruegge, presented by Warren Rosser, chair of painting
Photography: Max Wagner, presented by Patrick Clancy, chair of photography and digital filmmaking
Printmaking: Caitlin Peters, presented by Bambi Burgard, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, on behalf of Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking
Sculpture: Ian Cochran, presented by Michael Wickerson, chair of sculpture
Pictured: The class of 2013. Photo by Bruce Mathews.
B.F.A. Exhibition awards
Awards for outstanding artwork featured in the 2013 B.F.A. Exhibition were selected by Bill North, executive director of the Salina, Kan., Arts Center and artist Rashawn Griffin. Best of Show ($200 each) went to collaborators Kendell Harbin (art history and Community Arts and Service Learning certificate) and Frederick Vorder-Bruegge (painting). An Honor award ($200) went to Colby Dalton (painting), and honorable mentions went to Charika Billie (illustration); Brett Ginsburg (ceramics and art history) and Sarah Hillis (photography). Pictured: “Business vs. Pleasure” by Kendell Harbin and Frederick Vorder-Bruegge
Highest GPA award
Each year, the college recognizes the graduates with the highest grade point average at KCAI. This year, the award went to Kendell Harbin (art history and Community Arts and Service Learning).

KCAI launches site for community and business partnerships

KCAI receives many requests each year for its students and departments to work in the community and with various businesses. To better organize these requests and make these relationships work easier, KCAI has launched a new website and online form for community organizations and business to submit their requests. The link, called “Partner with Us” is located at the bottom of the home page in the green bar. It offers a variety of possible options for those wishing to work with the college, including Sponsored Studio, creative opportunities, career opportunities, internships, Community Arts and Service Learning internships, the School for Continuing and Professional Studies and donations. For more information, visit

KCAI partners with the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art to host plate-glazing workshop

The Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art is partnering with KCAI to host “ARTicipation: Sustenance – A Plate Glazing Workshop” from 1-5 p.m. June 30 in KCAI’s ceramics department, located on the west side of Warwick Boulevard just north of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 
This one-day professional plate-glazing demonstration and workshop allows participants to receive special instruction on glaze mixing, application techniques and tools and the firing process by celebrated artist Irma Starr (’71 ceramics) and KCAI studio technician and lecturer Tom Binger.
Cost for the workshop is $50 per plate with three sizes available: 10 inches, 8 inches and 6 inches. Additional plates may be purchased for $30. The fee includes all materials, supplies and firing. Plates completed and fired in the workshop will be available for pick-up from 1 to 4 p.m. July 6 and July 7.
Registration is limited to 50 participants and is required no later than June 28. To register, call 913-266-8413 or email Pictured: Judaic ornaments, Irma Starr, 2013.

Former KCAI exchange student documents protests in Turkey through photographs

May Castelnuovo (attended) is a student at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. She attended KCAI as an international exchange student in the photography department during the fall 2012 semester. Castelnuovo just completed a photojournalism assignment that documented the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, Turkey, for +972 Magazine and was right in the mix with the protesters, having to buy a gas mask on the street because of the teargas the police were using. “I feel like it’s one of the most important things I've ever done in my life, personally, professionally and humanly,” Castelnuovo said of the project. To view her photographs, visit Pictured: Photo from Gezi Park protests in Istanbul, Turkey. Photo by May Castelnuovo.


CPS launches Photography Certificate program this fall

The popularity of Digital SLR and other photography classes in KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies led to the development of a Photography Certificate program for the session. This program is geared toward hobbyists, those serious about starting careers in photography or those wanting to add new skills to their resume. The certificate consists of 13 courses, which include studies in the history of photography, darkroom skills, digital SLR and composition. Each class is worth one credit and meets once a week for eight weeks. For more information, visit

Calls for artists

The Brush Creek Art Walk is seeking “plein air” painters for its annual event Sept. 13-15. Participants will have three days to complete paintings on-site along the creek, and then the artists will enter their finished paintings for a chance to show their work in the gallery at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center on Oct. 3. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists and the paintings will be for sale. There is a $30 registration fee. Artists can register by visiting

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Gallery – Larry McAnany (’01 painting) is showing his first formal exhibition of new paintings at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd., entitled “Home.” McAnany was awarded the Thomas Hart Benton scholarship in 1999, 2000 and 2001. His work can be found in private and corporate collections nationally and internationally. Corporate collections include: Sprint, Overland Park, Kan.; Birch Telecom, Kansas City, Mo.; Mitsubishi Ltd., Osaka, Japan; and Duff & Kahn LLC, Chicago. Pictured: “China Cat Sunflower,” Larry McAnany, oil on canvas, 80 inches by 102 inches.
Paragraph Gallery and Project Space – The Charlotte Street Foundation presents “Walkabout,” a mutual exploration on the part of maker and viewer at Paragraph Gallery and Project Space, 23 E. 12th St. The exhibition, running through July 5, features new work from current Charlotte Street Residents: Chris Daharsh(’12 painting and art history), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Ben Harle (’12 ceramics and art history), Will Preman (’12 ceramics and art history) and Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber and art history). Pictured: “Dust Pile,” Madeline Gallucci, 2013.
Red Star Studios – “Akio Takamori: LUST” at Red Star Studios in Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave., continues through Aug. 24. The exhibition, co-sponsored by the Belger Arts Center, KCAI and Barry Friedman Ltd. of New York, 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. Pictured: “Lust,” Akio Takamori, 2012, stoneware with underglaze, variable height 16 inches to 20 inches; photo by Vicki Takamori.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center – Jim Connell (’82 ceramics), Steve Godfrey (attended), Chris Gustin (’75 ceramics) and Kurt Weiser (’72 ceramics) will be part of the featured artists for “The Teapot Invitational” at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. The exhibition highlights the distinct processes and technical approaches of each artist. The exhibition runs through Aug. 31. In addition, new work by resident artist Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), who has been a lecturer in the KCAI ceramics program, will be on view through June 29 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center. Brandl’s exhibition is the culmination of her artistic residency at Red Star Studios. The studios are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Pictured: Kurt Weiser, “Windfall,” 2013, 9 inches by 7.5 inches by 3.25 inches, porcelain. Image courtesy of the artist.

Opportunities list 

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