ARTNotes for August 26

August 26, 2013


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Upcoming events

Sept. 10: ArtSounds kicks off its 2013-2014 season with "Generative Worlds," a performance by the Woodwind Duo featuring Thomas Aber and Dwight Frizzell, associate professor of photography and digital filmmaking at KCAI. Additional musical guests include Robert Carl, Patrick Conway and Rhondda 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.
Sept. 26: Textile artist Anna Von Mertens will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the college's "Current Perspective" lecture series. Von Mertens draws inspiration from the worlds of craft, conceptual art and modernist painting.
Through Oct. 12: The exhibition "Performance Now" is showing at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43 St. This exhibit features a selection of works by 24 artists from a vast repository of new live performances from around the world.

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.

Café Nerman resumes regular hours Aug. 26; closes early for trustees event Sept. 11

With school back in session Monday, Aug. 26, Café Nerman will resume its regular hours, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The Nerm will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 for a trustees board meeting and dinner that will take place on the J.C. Nichols Patio and the Janet K. Meyer Miller Terrace behind Café Nerman. In the event of rain, the reception will be in the Vanderslice reception rooms and dinner will be in Epperson Auditorium.

Move-In Day kicks off the official start of school at KCAI

On Aug. 23, incoming freshmen began the process of making KCAI their home for the 2013-2014 school year during the annual Move-In Day. Dozens of students and their families and friends spent the morning moving their belongings into the Student Living Center in preparation for the first day of school, which began on Monday. It was just the start of a full slate of activities during the freshmen Orientation Weekend. Pictured: (top photo) Marina Krueger (left) and Jordan Richter toting fun supplies to their room and (bottom photo) students move into the Living Center with help from family, friends and staff volunteers.

KCAI Art Store goes online

It is now even easier to purchase your favorite KCAI apparel or supplies from the KCAI Art Store. A new web store for the sale of such items has been created. Visit, and use the link for textbooks to see new, used and digital copies of course books on Amazon. In going to Amazon through the school’s website, the student is ensured of finding the correct book at the best price, and KCAI receives a small commission in return. Because this is an Amazon web store, customers will be able to use their preexisting Amazon account.

Artspace Project Wall artist featured on KCUR website

The H&R Block Artspace Project Wall currently features "Seven" by conceptual artist Luis Camnitzer. KCUR asked Camnitzer "seven" questions about this new installation, his career and his artwork. The 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. To read the interview, visit Pictured: “Seven,” by Luis Camnitzer.

Alumni Relations schedules alumni gathering

KCAI’s Alumni Relations department has organized an alumni gathering from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at Reactor Design Studio, 1817 Grand Blvd. A happy hour will take place prior to the event from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Grand Arts, located next door to Reactor Design Studio at 1819 Grand Blvd. Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, KCAI president; Nicolle Ratliff, vice president for institutional advancement; and many other members of the faculty and staff will be in attendance. Food and drink will be provided. For more information, visit

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies to host Kids Art Workshop at Plaza Art Fair; seeks volunteers 

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies again this year is hosting the Kids Art Workshop at the annual Plaza Art Fair, Sept. 20-22. This year, kids will create colorful string art and work together to design a collaborative large-scale string art piece. The Kids Art Workshop will be located on Broadway, across the street from The Apple Store. All ages are welcome, and admission and parking are free. Anyone interested in volunteering for the event, can contact Sonja Garrett at to sign up for a four-hour shift. All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt. Pictured: kids working with a volunteer on a cityscape project using torn, colored construction paper and vegetables at last year’s Kids Art Workshop. Photo by Sonja Garrett.

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, this past spring, KCAI launched a new website and online form for community organizations and businesses 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 school, 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

ArtSounds launches eighth season at KCAI

Dwight Frizzell, associate professor of photography and digital filmmaking at KCAI, and Thomas Aber, a founding member of the newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, will perform as the World Woodwind Duo at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus. The event will be the first performance of the eighth year of ArtSounds, a collaboration between the University of Missouri-Kansas City and KCAI. For information about this and other ArtSounds performances, visit Pictured: “Taurus,” from the “Star Seed” video, which will be used during the Sept. 10 ArtSounds performance; image courtesy of Dwight Frizzell.

Alumni updates

Charlotte Street Foundation has announced the selection of 22 visual artists, four writers, and nine performing artists/ensembles for a year-long studio residency, beginning September 2013. Among the 35 artists are 11 from KCAI. They include. Carolina Aranibar-Fernandez (’13 painting), Justin Beachler (attended), Chris Daharsh (’12 painting and art history), Lindsay Fernandez (’13 painting), Amy Fredman (’05 fiber), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Brett Ginsburg (’13 ceramics), Zach Miley (’13 painting), Dean Roper (’13 ceramics), Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber and art history), Elizabeth Woodfill ('11 painting) and Will Meier (’13 painting and creative writing). Charlotte Street's Studio Residency Program provides free studios, rehearsal space and related support for artists of all disciplines in downtown Kansas City. The public is invited to meet the artists and learn about their work at a free “Studio Residents Slide Slam” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 4 at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina gallery, 1000 West 25th St.

Faculty updates

Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture, spent five weeks this summer as an artist-in-residence at a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Charlottesville, Va. Along with Robert Carl, composer-in-residence, they led a series of Sight and Sound Walks that were open to the community and festivalgoers. For the walks, McCoy carved a set of 10 handheld wooden listening trumpets. These were made from burls of box elder, elm, maple and oak, which all grow in the region. She used the KCAI Central Shop and the sculpture department's pneumatic set up and sandblaster for the project. In addition, McCoy had a solo show in Charlottesville at Chroma Projects Art Lab. There were drawings, collaborative video sound projections, with Carl, and the listening trumpets. The collaborative videos can be viewed here: and For more information about McCoy’s project, visit
Jordan Stempleman, lecturer in creative writing, was named one of “The Top 200 Advocates for American Poetry” by Seth Abramson of The Huffington Post. Stempleman was selected for “A Common Sense Reading Series.” The story and the entire list can be found at

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.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yards Studios — Jo Kamm (’07 ceramics) and Keira Norton open a new exhibition Sept. 6 through Oct. 26 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6 at the same location. This exhibition marks the culmination of their 24-month Artist Residency at Red Star Studios. For this exhibition, Kamm joins fellow members of Kansas City’s juggling community by integrating porcelain sculpture and the finely tuned skills of circus arts. Through video and live performances Kamm will toss and whirl his handcrafted, precariously fragile works. Pictured: “Dangerous Games; juggling porcelain,” Jo Kamm, 2013, porcelain, 18 inches by 3 inches by 3 inches. Image courtesy of artist.
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.)


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