ARTNotes for Aug. 12

August 12, 2013


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Upcoming events

Aug. 16: Opening reception for “Performance Now” at H&R Block Artspace (6 to 8 p.m.)
Aug. 17: “Performance Now” opens at the H&R Block Artspace. The exhibition continues through Oct. 12
Aug. 23: Student Living Center opens for fall semester
Aug. 26: First day of classes
Sept. 10: ArtSounds kicks off its 2013-2014 season with "Generative Worlds," a performance by the Woodwind Duo featuring Tom Aber and Dwight Frizzell, associate professor of photography and digital filmmaking at KCAI. Additional musical guests include Robert Carl, Patrick Conway and Rhonda Francis. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.

KCAI ranks 11th among top 20 animation and game design schools in Midwest has ranked KCAI 11th among the top 20 animation and game design schools throughout the Midwest. More than 400 schools were considered for the list. They referenced KCAI’s “number of emphasis areas for aspiring animators and game designers.” They continued, “The school offers an emphasis in animation, digital media, digital filmmaking, illustration and graphic design. KCAI graduates have interned or worked at Disney, DreamWorks, Digital Domain, Nickelodeon, Hallmark, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Bazillion Pictures, Titmouse Inc., and Threehouse Studio (animated illustration), to name a few.” For more information about the list, visit

KCAI faculty, staff, students may no longer use Kemper Museum parking lot

As of Aug. 1, KCAI will no longer use the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s parking lot. Violators will be ticketed.Beginning Aug. 15, 28 parking spaces will be available at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church located at 4501 Walnut St. Unless you have a reserved parking spot on campus, you will need to park on the street.

PCAL printmaking students take part in international project

The Pre-College Art Lab students in Nick Naughton’s printmaking class participated in an international activity started by the street artist known as JR, who won the 2011 TED Prize for the creation of a global participatory art project. The photo-based project, called INSIDE OUT, gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement about what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art. The TED prize allowed for funding, and the students applied to receive free posters. They created handmade carved portraits that accompanied the printed ones. The portraits were displayed on the green wall outside of the Sculpture Building. Pictured: Nick Naughton’s printmaking class INSIDE OUT project.

Update on office locations on campus

Looking for the registrar? That office is now located on the first floor of Vanderslice Hall. The move, which took place over the summer, is one of several office relocations designed primarily for the convenience of students.
In addition to the registrar’s office, international studies is now located in Vanderslice Hall. The academic affairs office and Community Arts and Service Learning are now located in the Jannes Library and Learning Center, as is the office of Larry Dickerson, vice president for technology and chief information officer. Dickerson’s former office, on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall, will now be available as a conference room. To reserve the room for a meeting, contact Darlene Rieder at ext. 3337.
For a list of campus buildings and offices located within them, visit the campus map on the KCAI website:

Exhibition of performance art opens Aug. 17 at H&R Block Artspace

“Performance Now,” a selection of work by 24 artists from around the world, opens Aug. 17 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI 16 E. 43rd St. An opening reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16.
According to Raechell Smith, director of the H&R Block Artspace the exhibition, curated by RoseLee Goldberg, artistic director and founder of Performa, New York, is part of a series of ongoing exhibitions designed to introduce some of the most exciting recent examples of performance art and to generate discussion about the history of this art form. In Kansas City, the exhibition is made possible with support from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, the H&R Block Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, she noted.The exhibition continues through Oct. 12. Pictured: “Stop, Repair, Prepare,” Allora and Calzadilla, 2009, still from video performance.

CPS fall schedule now online

The fall class schedule for KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is online at Students will receive an automatic 20 percent early bird discount if they sign up for fall classes before Aug. 15. The discount applies to non-credit fine arts classes. The fall schedule includes the new Photography Certificate classes and Coalition for Museum Learning classes. For more information, contact CPS at 816-802-3333.

Alumni updates

CJ Schrat (‘11 photography) was part of the Diesel reboot campaign, featured in the July 11 edition of The New York Times. Diesel is an apparel company geared toward a younger demographic. The campaign, a reinvention of the company’s brand, was developed as a way to gain recognition for young artists. Pictured: Diesel Reboot ad featuring CJ Schrat’s image (center).
Calder Kamin (‘09 ceramics and art history) has become the Utah Museum Of Contemporary Art’s new face of the Art Truck for the 2013-14 academic year. In conjunction with the Art Truck exhibition, visitors to the UMOCA Art Truck in Salt Lake City, can aid their avian neighbors by participating in Kamin's project, “Impact Proof.” The two-part project begins on Aug. 17. Participants help prevent birds from colliding into windows by creating paper decals using one of Kamin's stencil designs. As the second part of the project, Kamin hopes for communities will become citizen scientists. She encourages communities to assist scientific research by sharing their observations of nature through crowd sourcing. For more information about the project, visit
Debbie Barrett Jones (’07 fiber) and Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor in fiber, have started The Kansas City Textile Studio, 924 E. 5th St., and have scheduled a preview and studio sale from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 16. The studio, officially opening in October, is a small textile art center focused on providing education in textiles and fiber arts, communal studio space, community gatherings and textiles-related exhibitions. Pictured: Sample of items for sale at The Kansas City Textile Studio.

Faculty updates

Misty Gamble, assistant professor of Foundation, will feature her work “Tan Hands” in “A Show of Hands,” an exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art in Arizona. The show will run from Sept. 21 through Feb. 9. In June and July, Gamble exhibited “Luminosity,” “Decadence” and “Luxuriant” from her body of work “Abject Reverie” during the show “A Selection of Echt Gallery Artists” at the Echt Gallery in Chicago.
Misty Gamble, assistant professor of Foundation; Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting; and Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting, completed an exhibition of works this summer during the 2013 Guangxi Arts Institute Residency at Qinzhou Huayi Nixing Pottery Company and Bangmin Nong Studios in southern China. A newly formed artists’ collective, made up of eight artists and educators from the United States and China, lived, worked and traveled together in an intensive environment that centered its focus on sculptural form. This exhibition marks the first in a series of international residencies and exhibitions for this group. The group will work together in the United States in the summer of 2015, moving between Memphis and Kansas City, Mo., meeting again in Kansas City later that year for the 50th anniversary of the National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts. Additionally, this group has been invited to return in the summer of 2016 with the possibility of additional invited American artists for the purpose of expanding the residency program. Pictured: (left) Scott Seebart, Leandra Urrutia, Misty Gamble and Jessie Fisher.

Welcome to KCAI

The following individuals have recently joined KCAI on a full-time basis:
Evin Moore, director of Central Shop
Megan Koenig, program coordinator for the School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Madeline Gallucci, campus activities and housing coordinator
Katy Roberts, regional coordinator.
Welcome to all!

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Arts Center – “Adornment,” at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., has been extended through Sept. 21. The exhibition includes work by Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics), Ellen Green (’98 painting) and Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation. More than two dozen pieces 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. Pictured: “We Do Tattoos,” Renne Stout, 1999, mixed media, 26 inches by 20 inches; image courtesy of the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation.
Blue Gallery – Rich Bowman (’91 painting) is showing works in a Summer Group Show at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd., through Aug. 31. In addition, John Folsom and William Rainey also have pieces in the exhibition. Pictured: “Highland Rain,” Rich Bowman, oil on canvas, 24 inches by 48 inches.
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 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 byJim 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.

Calls for artists

The non-profit City of Fountains Foundation is looking for artists to draw or paint one of Kansas City’s signature water features as part of a campaign to raise money for needed repairs to aging fountains. Original work (no photos or digital creations) must be submitted for an online auction to take place Sept. 2-16. Half the proceeds from the auction will go to the participating artists and the half to the foundation’s Wish Upon a Fountain Campaign. The deadline for submission is Aug. 28. For more information, visit
The Brush Creek Art Walk is seeking “plein air” painters for the second 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
The Mission Convention and Visitor’s Bureau is seeking artists for their Arts & Eats Benefit Draw, Sept. 13. Artists will have one hour to create an original work of art in full view of an audience from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sept. 13 at 6200 Martway St., Mission, Kan. Artists may select their own preferred media for their project. For more information, visit or contact Kathy Lockard at 913-722-8206 or


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. Volunteer orientations have been scheduled for 10 a.m. Aug. 17, 6 p.m. Aug. 23, 1 p.m. Sept. 1, 6 p.m. Sept. 10, 6 p.m. Sept. 19, 10 a.m. Sept. 28 and 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the main kennel location, 4400 Raytown Road in Raytown, Mo. For more information, visit

Kickstarter projects

Alexandra Phillips (’10 painting and art history) has been invited by The Vyrsodepseio, an expanding, independent art space in Athens, Greece, to be their first visual artist in residence. She has created a Kickstarter page to help fund the residency. For details or to support the project, visit

Opportunities list

KCAI’s Academic Advising and Career Services office regularly publishes a creative opportunities and career listing with employment, freelance, volunteer and RFQ listings for students and alumni. Download the current creative opportunities list here. Download the current career list here.