ARTNotes for Sept. 9

September 9, 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.
Sept. 11: "The Music of Regret" (2006), by Laurie Simmons, will be presented at 7 p.m. in the Studio at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The film is screened as part of the H&R Block Artspaces’ current exhibition, “Performance Now.” The exhibition continues through Oct. 12. The event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 18: The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI presents the films of Jesper Just and Jèrôme Bel at 7 p.m. in the Studio at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The films are screened as part of the H&R Block Artspaces’ current exhibition, “Performance Now.” For information, visit event is free and open to the public.
Sept. 25: “I Feel Your Pain” (2011), by Liz Magic Laser, will be presented at 7 p.m. at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1400 Main St., in downtown Kansas City. The film is screened as part of the H&R Block Artspace of KCAI’s current exhibition, “Performance Now.”
The event is free and open to the public and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets will be available at the door the day of screening; doors open at 6:30 p.m.

New terrace honors memory of Janet K. Meyer Miller

Thanks to a generous donation by the William T. Kemper Foundation, the Janet K. Meyer Miller Terrace was installed over the summer on the KCAI campus. It is nestled between Vanderslice Hall and the East and Irving buildings. The centerpiece is a Wallace Fountain, an elaborate cast-iron public drinking fountain. Wallace Fountains were designed by Charles-Auguste Lebourg and appeared in the form of cast-iron sculptures scattered throughout the city of Paris, France, mainly along the most-frequented sidewalks. They are named after the Englishman Richard Wallace, who financed their construction. To use the fountain, there is a large silver button on the west side of it, which, when pushed, releases a stream of water that flows through the center straight down into the drain below. The stream stays on for about 10 seconds at which time a cup or water bottle can be held underneath for filling. The design by Vireo Architects includes an update of the college’s J.C. Nichols Patio to seamlessly integrate it into the new 5,000-square-foot brick terrace, which boasts new tables and moveable chairs. Pictured: The Wallace Fountain on the new Janet K. Meyer Miller Terrace. Photo by Tal Wilson.

CPS to host Kids Art Workshop at Plaza Art Fair, seeks volunteers

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies 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.

Freshmen tree planted in front of Advancement House

This year’s Freshman Tree is an Eastern White Bud, and it was planted Sept. 4 in front of the Advancement and Alumni House, 4320 Oak St.

Alumni updates 

Erika Goering (’13 graphic design) and Michael Van Jumper (’13 graphic design) have been nominated for the 2013 People’s Design Award for “Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint.” The award is to be presented by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Their project is one of only 20 designs that will be promoted and voted on by the American public. Voting ends Oct. 11, and the winner will be presented at the Oct. 17 National Design Awards Gala in New York. “Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint” arose from an ongoing partnership between KCAI’s graphic design department and several organizations in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. The project targets the issue of childhood obesity through an environmental graphic design makeover of Rosedale Middle School’s cafeteria. Strategies included a lunch line reversal, so healthy foods are seen and acquired first, and creating two types of menus with healthy items renamed to be more appealing. Pictured: Michael Van Jumper and Erika Goering with one of their menus.

Faculty updates

Dr. Milton Katz, professor and associate vice president for academic affairs, will be one of three Rockford University alums to receive an Award of Distinction to be given out on Oct. 11. According to the university’s website, the award is given to alumni for fulfilling the ideals of the school and bringing honor and esteem to the university in one or more of the following ways: by their vision, dedication and initiative in a purposeful endeavor, by their responsive and sustained efforts in community improvements, or by their notable achievements in a profession. Dr. Katz, who has been with KCAI since 1974, teaches American studies; art, literature, and film of the Holocaust; and peace and conflict resolution.
Jill Downen, assistant professor in sculpture, will be participating in an exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis called “Place is the Space,” running through Dec. 29. Her project for the exhibition, titled “Beauty Mark,” will feature the seaming of a long fissure in the museum’s concrete floor with a gold leaf as well as the reconstruction of a wall sculpture that she created at the museum nearly a decade ago. Mariah Randell (junior sculpture) is Downen’s studio assistant and intern for the project.
Cyrus Console-Soican, assistant professor of creative writing, together with co-translator Paula Console-Soican, has published “The Devil's Grinder,” a translation of the poems of Romanian political figure Mircea Ionescu-Quintus. For more information about the book, visit Pictured: The Devil's Grinder.
“New World Ionas,” a solo show of new work by Russell Ferguson, associate professor in the School of Foundation Year, runs through Oct. 12 at the Telephonebooth Gallery, 3319 Troost. Continuing a series of narrative figuration but currently drawing with graphite on paper, this body of work incorporates multiple points of view and creates many encapsulated scenes using analog methods of production, imagination and weaving of content with context. Pictured: “Raft of Diogenes; Shipwrecked at Utopia,” Russell Ferguson, 2013, graphite on paper, 30 inches by 30 inches.
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, received the First Place Award in the Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, sponsored by The Wichita Center for the Arts. Juror Harlan Butt selected Verbeek-Cowart’s "Silk Vortex" from the 90 works on exhibit. The exhibition runs through Oct. 13 and features work in ceramics, enamel, fiber, glass, wood and jewelry. Pictured: “Silk Vortex,” Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, 89 inches by 85 inches.
Over the past year, Jim Woodfill, assistant professor in painting, has amassed numerous achievements for his work, including “Light Ramp,” a permanent public artwork at the Crosstown Substation at 18th and Cherry streets, commissioned by KCPL; Carver Bank Project, a collaborative effort of Bemis Center and Theaster Gates in Omaha, Neb., where he worked to build “improvisational” furniture for the project; and “Minus Sum,” a temporary project installation at La Esquina in collaboration with David Dowell, principal, el dorado inc. During the spring he acted as a design team member in collaboration with el dorado for the redesign of the Main Street Bridge over I-670 downtown. This bridge was originally part of the Pedestrian Strands project and is being replaced to facilitate the new street car system. In addition to these projects, he recently completed a commission in Omaha at the new Temple Israel for the Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) in the main sanctuary. Woodfill, along with Matt Wycoff (’02 sculpture), showcased work in the exhibition “Drift” at the Beta Pictoris Gallery in Birmingham, Ala. Finally, he participated in two different group shows at Dolphin Gallery. All of these projects are available for review at Pictured: "Light ramp (Device)" (detail), James Woodfill, a permanent public art work at the Crosstown Substation at 18th and Cherry streets, Kansas City, Mo., commissioned by KCPL.
Brett Reif, associate professor and director of the School of the Foundation Year, has a show opening Sept. 14 at Du Mois Gallery in New Orleans entitled “Bathworks.” The exhibition showcases the tile works from the “Bedlam, Bath & Beyond” series and draws on imagery from the body and bathroom architecture. To view some of the pieces on display in the exhibition, visit Pictured: “Cloudy,” Brett Reif, 2013,tile, drains and mixed media,55 inches by 37 inches by 10 inches.

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 – Matt Knott (’88 ceramics) is showing work as part of a group exhibition at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd., running through Sept. 24. Pictured: “Platters,” Matt Knott, soda fired stoneware, various sizes.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yards Studios – Jo Kamm (’07 ceramics) is showing work in an exhibition through Oct. 26 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. 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. 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. For details about the exhibition, 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.)

Calls for artists

Living Arts, organized for the development and presentation of contemporary art in Tulsa, Okla., is taking submissions for art in various mediums, including costume art, new dance, performance art and video. The deadline is Oct. 1. For more information, visit
Halls is in search of an artist to help welcome international fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff to the Plaza store Oct. 3. As part of the event, they will be installing a piece of gatorboard, with original artwork selected from a local artist, and inviting attendees to leave messages for Minkoff. To enter, artists should submit a preview of their proposed artwork via their personal Instagram account, tagged with “RMlovesART” and #”HALLSlovesRM”. Entries will be accepted via Instagram only, through Sept. 22. For rules and more information about the contest, visit


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