ARTNotes for July 15

July 15, 2013


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Upcoming events

Aug. 23: Student Living Center opens for fall semester
Aug. 26: First day of classes

Racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage headline Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours®

Nearly 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, race cars, motorcycles and pedal/electric cars belonging to collectors from throughout the United States, were on the KCAI campus June 23 for the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours®. The annual event attracted an attendances of about 5,000 people. As an added attraction this year, racing legends Sir Stirling Moss and Denise McCluggage attended the weekend of Concours-related activities. They visited the Kansas Speedway June 21 for a media-only photo opportunity with vintage racecars and made an appearance June 22 at Tivol on the Country Club Plaza, where a brunch was served to exhibitors and the public had an opportunity to preview 15 vehicles. That afternoon, Moss and McCluggage participated in “Meet the Legends,” a panel discussion moderated by Michael Lynch, California-based writer and automotive historian. Joined by Rydell Gregory of Kansas City, they remembered Gregory’s brother, the late Masten Gregory, Kansas City’s best-known racing legend, and recalled their racing exploits of the 1950s and 1960s. The event was held in Pierson Auditorium on the campus of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, attracting a crowd of more than 300 people. On Sunday, June 23, Moss and McCluggage appeared at the Art of the Car Concours, autographing photos and each selecting a favorite vehicle to receive an award.
Notable vehicles at the Concours included the 1965 Ferrari 250 LM in which Masten Gregory won the 1965 24-Hour of Le Mans; a 1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster; a 1946 Indian Chief motorcycle, once owned by actor Steve McQueen; a 1952 Allard J2X; and a 1934 Morgan Trike that was the first car given to Moss, then age 15, by his father.
More than 40 awards were presented during Sunday’s Concours, including seven People’s Choice Awards — five for cars and two for motorcycles. Thousands of ballots submitted by people attending the event determined these awards. A hallmark of the Art of the Car Concours is the tradition of presenting awards created by KCAI students or alumni.
The Concours benefits the scholarship fund at KCAI. For more information about the Concours and the wide range of media attention it has received, visit
Pictured: (top) Denise McCluggage and Sir Stirling Moss were available for autographs in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms; (bottom) a crowd estimated at 3,800 people converged on the campus green for the Seventh Annual Art of the Car Concours. Photos by Mark McDonald.

Four join KCAI board of trustees

Four individuals have joined the KCAI board of trustees, with terms that started July 1:
Cathy Thompson Brents (’73 painting and printmaking) lives in Overland Park, Kan., and works as a freelance graphic designer and art director, interior designer and artist. She is actively involved in the college’s three auxiliaries: She is president of the Fireside Committee, vice president of the Vanderslice Committee and a member of the Sketch Box Committee.
Howard Harris (’71 industrial design), who lives in Denver, retired as president and CEO of Eagle:xm in January. He had been with the company since 1976 and had headed the firm since 1984. In addition to his B.F.A. degree from KCAI, he holds a master’s degree in industrial design from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. He is a nationally recognized speaker and educator on the topics of direct marketing, database marketing, fulfillment and marketing automation and production integration and in 1997 was named U.S. small Business Administration Person of the Year for Colorado.
Kathy Walter-Mack is chief of staff to the chancellor of Metropolitan Community College, where she provides legal guidance and acts as lead project manager. She is responsible for policy development and risk management for the five-campus community college system. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and political science from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Juris Doctorate degree from DePaul University College of Law, also in Chicago. She lives in Kansas City.
Julie Farstad, assistant professor of painting at KCAI, will serve as the faculty representative to the board. She graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1997 with a B.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and Summa Cum Laude in 2000 with an M.F.A. degree in painting from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop serves up donation to KCAI

An “Oven Warming Party” June 3 at the new Potbelly Sandwich Shop on the Country Club Plaza raised $2,518 for scholarships at KCAI. Store manager Austin Short and other members of the Potbelly team presented the check to Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI, on June 22 at the store. During the June 3 party, diners could purchase a $5 ticket at the door, good for a sandwich, chips and a drink. All of the proceeds from sales that day went to KCAI. The restaurant plans to display a photo of the check presentation. Pictured from left: Maria Dike; store manager Austin Short; Erik Augereau; Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI; Tom Carter, Mark Hall and Stephanie Stewart. Photo by Mark McDonald.

Photography Certificate classes start next month

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is launching a certificate program in photography in August, and enrollment is now open. To view the schedule, visit Options for the fall semester include Photography I & II, Fundamentals of Composition, Lighting and Shooting, History of Photography and Traditional Photography I & II. If you have questions, call 816-802-3505

Art classes for everyone — fall schedule announced

The fall schedule for youth, high school and adult classes is now online at Non-credit fine-arts classes are being offered at a 20 percent discount for those who enroll by Aug. 15. The classes are offered through the college’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

'Seven,' the latest Artspace Project Wall, is now on view at the H&R Block Artspace

For the latest H&R Block Artspace Project Wall, installed earlier this month, artist Luis Camnitzer explores the concept of luck and symbolism. Eight dice have been rolled out onto casino green felt. The dice show numbers in sequence from one to seven, with the two final dice, five and two, adding up to seven. While the number seven has potent cultural, religious and spiritual symbolism, it also is associated with good fortune in games of chance, including the dice game of craps. According to Raechell Smith, director and curator at the H&R Block Artspace, Camnitzer’s “Seven” may serve as a suggested meditation on the beauty of randomness and its intersection with odds, probabilities and notions of fate. Camnitzer challenges the viewer to investigate a simple game as an exploration of language, symbolism and perhaps even predestination, she said.

Born in Germany and raised in Uruguay, Camnitzer studied sculpture and architecture at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes (National School of Fine Arts) in Montevideo’s Universidad de la Republica and later won a grant to study at the Academy of Munich. In 1961, he received a Guggenheim fellowship in printmaking and three years later settled in New York. He has since become an influential artist, critic, scholar, curator and educator. Camnitzer has written or contributed significantly to several books and his artwork has been featured in exhibitions throughout the world.

The Artspace Project Wall, situated on the western façade of the H&R Block Artspace and facing the intersection of 43rd and Main streets, is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects that feature selected and commissioned works by international, national and regional artists. Pictured: “Seven,” by Luis Camnitzer

CPS partners with Brighton Collectibles for youth scholarship fundraiser

The Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is partnering with Brighton Collectibles in Town Center Plaza, 5064 W. 119th St., Leawood, Kan., to raise funds for scholarships. Through the end of July, a portion of the sales of this specially designed “Americana” bracelet will go toward youth scholarships for CPS. This is part of the “Brighton Loves America” and “Brighton Loves the Arts for Kids” national campaign. In addition, art from CPS students, ages 6 to 14, will be on display in the store for viewing. Pictured: Americana bracelet available at Brighton Collectibles.

Artist-in-residency program continues this summer at The Warehouse

Two projects involving KCAI fiber alumni and using the medium of paper are under way in the fiber studios, located in The Warehouse.
Skye Livingston (’12 fiber) is exploring new work involving very thin, skin-like sheets of paper, said Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, chair of fiber. She will give a public presentation about the project at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 11 in the Fiber Gallery, also located in the Warehouse.
Marie Bannerot McInerney (’02 fiber), a lecturer in the KCAI fiber department, and JE Baker, who teaches at the Craft Alliance in St. Louis, are collaborating on a project that began with tactile and material investigations in glass, plastic and handmade paper, translated through the lens of a video camera. The artists are creating large-scale surfaces (screens) on which to project their video. Their research began in spring 2012 with support from a Collaborative Technology Center and Creative Research Institute Grant from Washington University in St. Louis. The grant funded the creation of cast glass surfaces used to interrupt and refract light onto surfaces of hand-made materials, culminating with a final video and sound piece. The video work and research were presented in April at a conference hosted by Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. The two artists will give a public presentation about the project at 8:30 a.m. Sept. 4 in the Fiber Gallery. For more information about the two artists, visit and
Pictured: a thin layer of paper that McInerney and Baker were spraying earlier this month at KCAI to create a skin-like surface. Photo courtesy of Pauline Verbeek-Cowart.

KCAI to offer Japanese language course online this fall

Tracie Whiting Kipper, a lecturer in KCAI’s School of Liberal Arts, will teach “Reading Kanji 1” online this fall, with the expectation of teaching “Reading Kanji 2” next spring. It will be the first time that KCAI has offered a course online that would normally be taught only on campus. Kipper also will teach Japanese 1 and Japanese 2 in person, on the KCAI campus. Kipper said her students will be studying the writing and meaning of approximately 900 Kanji characters using the Heisig method. The method was developed by James Heisig, who is noted for his three-volume series, “Remembering the Kanji,” an approach to learning more than 3,000 of most frequently used Kanji.
The online course will be open to people not enrolled in KCAI’s B.F.A. program. Students can enroll through the Kansas City Area Student Exchange program. The KCASE program was designed to assist students when a course they wish to take is not offered at their home institution. A student from one KCASE institution may register for one course per semester at any of the other participating KCASE institution, assuming certain conditions are met. Participating institutions in addition to KCAI include Avila University; MCC-Blue River, Longview, Maple Woods and Penn Valley; Park University; Rockhurst University; and William Jewell College.
Kipper said students who have enrolled for “Reading Kanji 1” include one who will take the course from Canada. She said the class had filled by the end of April. Students enrolled in the course will be required to submit a project report at the end of the semester, and they will need to submit online assignments as well. She will conduct the first class this fall in person and also via Skype. “I’m very comfortable teaching remotely,” Kipper said, noting that she has been teaching Japanese online through the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and has received training from a national online course rubrics committee. In the 1990s, she taught Japanese to high school students through Nebraska educational TV, and since 2004 she has been teaching online to home-schoolers.

Charlotte Street appoints 2013-14 curator-in-residence

Charlotte Street Foundation has announced the selection of independent curator, writer, researcher and activist Danny Orendorff as the Charlotte Street 2013-14 curator-in-residence. He will begin his residency this summer, launching his first programming in the fall. Orendorff takes over for Charlotte Street’s inaugural curator-in-residence, Jamilee Polson Lacy. He also will be teaching college-level courses in arts writing and professional development at KCAI and the University of Missouri–Kansas City. Pictured: Danny Orendorff.

Alumni updates

Liz Largent (‘09 ceramics and art history) created a ceramic “quilt” that she and her family have donated to the First Presbyterian Church in Saginaw, Mich., in celebration of the church’s 175th anniversary. The piece is comprised of four 3-foot-by-3-foot panels depicting apostles Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The congregation dedicated the quilt on June 16. Largent crafted the terra cotta faces at her studio in Kansas City. Pictured: Artist Liz Largent (left) with Carol Emrich, wife of pastor Robert Emrich. Largent’s father, Gregory Largent, is the church’s director of music ministries. Photo by Sue White ©2013 The Bay City Times. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
Nicholas Missell (‘12 sculpture) has been selected by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to receive an arts award that provides up to $50,000 a year toward tuition and stipend for graduate studies. The foundation selected 20 scholars from among 131 nominations submitted by colleges and universities across the United States. According to a letter from the foundation, their selection committee of external reviewers described these students as “truly first-rate.” “The scholars demonstrated outstanding artistic and creative merit in addition to impressive records of achievement, both academically and in the arts,” the letter stated. Executive director Lawrence Kutner, Ph.D., in a letter to Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI, said, “I applaud you and your faculty for the wonderful work you have done. You should take pride in this accomplishment. We look forward to receiving applications from your students in the years to come.” Kutner also saluted Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at KCAI, who nominated Missel for the award and assisted him in the application process. The foundation, headquartered in Leesburg, Va., has a mission of advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. For more information about the foundation, visit

KCAI welcomes new full-time staff

The following individuals have joined KCAI on a full-time basis since July 1. They are listed in order by start date:
  • Kendell Harbin (’13 art history and Community Arts and Service Learning), School for Continuing and Professional Studies, regional coordinator
  • Lauren Johnston, custodian
  • Leila Hybl (’09 fiber), CPS, program coordinator (starting July 29)
Welcome to all!

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Project Space — A solo exhibition by Skye Livingston (’12 fiber) opened last week at Project Space, 21 E. 12th St. and remains on view through Aug. 3. Entitled “Citrus Paradisi: of flesh & skin,” the exhibition is described in promotional materials as “an experimental exhibition that explores the idea of healing oneself, focusing on the elements of nourishment, tension and fragility. At the heart of this exhibition lies the grapefruit, utilized by Livingston as a metaphor for the human body. Large-scale prints of grapefruit skin, juxtaposed by various grapefruit edibles, provide viewers with a hands-on experience.” The project was funded in part by ArtsKC. Also at Project Space through Aug. 3: “Figure Obscura,” a group show curated by Livingston that features unique depictions of the body and figure. Artists with work in the exhibition include the following KCAI alumni: Rachel Gregor (’12 painting), Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history), Krystal Kuhn (’11 painting and Community Arts and Service Learning certificate), Katy McRoberts (’12 fiber and Community Arts and Service Learning certificate), Andy Ozier (’13 illustration), Yulie Urano (’11 fiber), and Teal Wilson (’12 printmaking).
Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center — New work by current and former resident artists, including several KCAI alumni, will be on view in “Reunion.” The show opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 2 and continues through Sept. 28 at Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. Exhibiting artists include Kalika Bowlby, Conner Burns, Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), Nathan Carnes, Bowie Croisant (attended), Emily Duke, Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics), Mike Fujita (’05 ceramics), Andrew Gilliat, Mike Jabbur, Stephanie Kantor and Ginny Sims. Meanwhile, “The Teapot Invitational,” featuring work by Jim Connell (’82 ceramics), Steve Godfrey (attended), Chris Gustin (’75 ceramics) and Kurt Weiser (’72 ceramics), among other artists, continues through Aug. 31. For details about both exhibitions, visit Pictured: “Wave” from the Disc Series by Conner Burns (2012, terra cotta combined with local clay and materials, 19 inches by 19 inches by 14 inches.)
Red Star Studios/Belger Crane Yard — “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: “Sleeping Woman in Black Dress,” Akio Takamori, stoneware with colored underglazes, 36 by 17 by 9.5 inches.

Opportunities list

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