ARTNotes for Sept. 23

September 23, 2013
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Upcoming events

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 at 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.
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 Perspectives” lecture series. Von Mertens draws inspiration from the worlds of craft, conceptual art and modernist painting.
Through Oct. 4: “Invitational Exhibition,” featuring work by students in KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies, is showing at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., Suite 275, Riverside, Mo.
Oct. 8: The ArtSounds performance series presents The People’s Liberation Big Band of Greater Kansas City performing newly composed music to accompany the screening of three stop-motion silent films by animation pioneer Vladislav Starevich. The films being screened are: “The Cameraman’s Revenge” (1912), “The Frogs who Desired a King” (1922) and “The Mascot” (1933). The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Through Oct. 12: The exhibition “Performance Now” is showing at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 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. Bringing together some of the most significant international practitioners today, “Performance Now” includes photography, objects and ephemera, installation, sound and video and introduces some of the most exciting projects of performance art from 2000 to today. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit

Watch for KCAI ads promoting Sponsored Studio program

In coming weeks you may see or hear ads promoting KCAI’s new Sponsored Studio program in local print and broadcast media. The Sponsored Studio program, under the leadership of Randy Williams, senior director of foundation and corporate development at KCAI, provides opportunities for businesses to partner with KCAI to create unique educational experiences that also provide our business partners with a fresh approach to their long-range research and development challenges.The program officially began this summer, with Michael Kidwell, assistant professor of graphic design at KCAI, taught a for-credit class that yielded design concepts for a local bank.
“Through the Sponsored Studio program, a company will be able to gain access to our faculty and students, who see the world with a unique perspective,” Williams said, “as well as evaluate creative talent for internship and employment opportunities while supporting the college.”
The advertising campaign was developed by the communications office at KCAI, with graphic design by Tyler Galloway, associate professor and chair of graphic design.To learn more, visit or contact Randy Williams ( or Anne Canfield, vice president for communications ( Pictured: Sponsored Studio ad.

Winter intercession course leads students to Argentina

Summer and winter intersession courses are offered as part of KCAIs regular academic curriculum. Beginning Jan. 2, 2014, students can embark on a trip to Argentina led by Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking, and Reed Anderson, assistant professor of art history. They will teach two different classes during the excursion which runs through Jan. 22. Rivera will lead “Argentina, Memory and Place: Recording Tactile Experience,” and Anderson will teach “Contemporary South American Art.” Each class is three credit hours. The cost of the trip is $4,175, not including airfare or meals. For more information, visit

Kansas City Textile Studio to host grand opening

The Kansas City Textile Studio is holding its grand opening from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 28, located at 924 E. 5th St. The Kansas City Textile Studio is a small art center in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood, started by Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor of fiber and Debbie Barrett Jones (‘07 fiber). They are focused on providing education in textiles and fiber arts, affordable and well-equipped communal studio space, community gatherings and fiber art related exhibitions and sales. The grand opening is a chance to view the space, learn more about workshops and events, and shop unique, handmade goods by a variety of local fiber artists, including Eichler-Messmer, Barrett Jones and alumnae Jessika Cates (’11 fiber) and Jessica Kincaid (’92 fiber and sculpture). For more information, visit, or contact Eichler-Messmer at or 785-764-2310. Pictured: Items available at the Kansas City Textile Studio’s grand opening and the outside of the building.

All Souls Church to provide discounts to concerts for KCAI students

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St., has scheduled a slate of concerts through November, and any KCAI student with a valid ID interested in attending may receive a reduced price to selected shows.
The list of Friday night concerts includes:
·      7 p.m. Sept. 27, Unitarian Art Gallery opening, Member Show and monthly CoffeeHouse with featured musician Kathy Forste with an Open Mic. Admission is free.
·      7 p.m. Oct. 25,Unitarian Art Gallery opening, Max Penner concert and monthly CoffeeHouse with an Open Mic.
·      8 p.m. Nov. 9,John McCutcheon in concert sponsored by CrossCurrents. Tickets available for $25 at, or
·      8 p.m. Nov. 16, New Ear in concert. Tickets are $25, students with ID $12 at
·      7 p.m. Nov. 22, Unitarian Art Gallery Opening, Lana Gaines concert and monthly CoffeeHouse with an Open Mic.
For more information contact All Souls at or call 816-531-2131.

Student updates

Kelsey Wroten (junior, illustration) worked on a project for DC Comics and had a page of her drawings published in the comic book “Justice League #23.3: Dial E.” The issue came out on Sept. 18. Pictured: Kelsey Wroten’s page from “Justice League #23.3: Dial E.”
Kristopher Martin (junior, illustration), Spencer Pullen (junior, illustration) and Jacob Robinson (junior, illustration) were chosen to work with the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial to help design a concept for a donor wall. According to Steve Mayse, illustration chair, they were picked during their sophomore year and the challenge was to come up with a unique, creative and workable solution, visually, for the wall. About a month ago, they presented their 3-D model solutions to the museum’s CEO and vice president of development Angela Tangen.

Alumni updates

The International Review of African American Art recently published a review of work by Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics). The review was based on Smith’s first solo exhibition, “Transcience,” at ZieherSmith in New York (March 7-April 20, 2013).
“At this early stage in his career, Smith has taken a number of bold risks in terms of his artistic and personal identity and thrown down the gauntlet for committed identifiable themes based on real life. Judging from his first national display, he has accomplished the Surrealist aim of presenting interior and exterior reality as two elements struggling to become one,” wrote critic and art historian Jody B. Cutler.
For information about the IRAAA, including how to order a copy of the current issue, visit
Ceramics Monthly featured “V,” a piece by Maura Wright (’13 ceramics) in its September issue for its 2013 Undergraduate Showcase. Pictured: “V;” Maura Wright; 2013; red earthenware, porcelain and glass; 32 inches.

Faculty updates

The Gladstone Arts Commission will present the work of John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, in the Gladstone Community Center Public Art Space as one of their featured artist exhibits. The show, entitled “Roots,” runs Sept. 27 through Nov. 18. The opening reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Gladstone Community Center. The exhibit will be open during the normal operating hours of the community center. Ferry's work is in public and private collections including Sprint, the Federal Reserve Bank, DST and KCAI. In addition, Ferry contributed work to pARTicipation for KC Magazine. Pictured: A series of drawings, blind contour drawings, ink and water color studies and a finished oil painting by John Ferry of Kansas City’s West Bottoms.

Anne Boyer, assistant professor of liberal arts, will give readings Oct. 2 at the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church in New York, Oct. 10 at St. Bonaventure University in upstate New York, Nov. 22 at the Typo Festival in Fayetteville, Ark., and Dec. 8 in Philadelphia. Over the summer, she was an invited reader at The East Bay Poetry Summit, an international poetry festival with more than 40 poets, showcasing multiple venues in Berkeley and Oakland. At the Public School of Oakland, she gave a solo reading of the 100-poem series she wrote in 21 days, and she was one of four invited guests to present a paper and give a reading at “Beyond Oakland,” a conference exploring the relationship of poetry and politics in Kansas City, Mo., Detroit, Montreal and Vancouver, B.C. In April, she presented a paper on a panel called “Poetry after the Crisis” at the Historical Materialism conference in New York and gave a reading for the literary magazine “Lana Turner.” Recent published work includes a chapbook in translation from Turkish theory and avant-garde literature collective Kült Neşriyat, a translation from Spanish of the work of Venezuelan poet Miguel James in the Typo 20th century Venezuelan poetry issue, and a poem, “What resembles the grave but isn’t,” forthcoming in the next issue of LIES: a journal of materialist feminism.
Brett Reif, associate professor and director of the School of the Foundation Year, who has a show running at Du Mois Gallery in New Orleans entitled “Bathworks,” was featured in the Sept. 17 issue of Perversion magazine. To see the story and photos, visit Pictured: “Cloudy,” Brett Reif, 2013,tile, drains and mixed media,55 inches by 37 inches by 10 inches.

Welcome to KCAI

The following individuals have recently joined KCAI on a full-time basis:
Marie Bannerot-McInerney, assistant professor, fiber
Hector Casanova, visiting lecturer, illustration
Malynda Eshleman, academic secretary, School of Liberal Arts
Kelly Ludwig, instructor, graphic design,
Andrew Ordonez, regional coordinator, admissions
Jon Torgeson, custodian
Caleb Taylor, special instructor, foundation
Joe Whitten, maintenance painter
KCAI also welcomes Mary Bruck, Ed.D., who joined the college in August and is serving as interim vice president for enrollment management and student achievement.
Welcome to all!

Local KCAI-related exhibitions 

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 – Work by Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, and Rain Harris will be featured in “Confluence,” running Oct. 4 through Dec. 28 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at Red Star Studios. Pictured: “Pitcher and Tumblers,” Paul Donnelly, 2013, porcelain reduction-fired, (pitcher) 9 inches by 8 ¼ inches, (tumblers) 5 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches.

Calls for artists

The city of St. Joseph, Mo. and the Allied Arts Council invite artists to apply for the second traffic box public art project. The goal is to create and paint art on traffic signal boxes in the downtown area and turn St. Joseph street corners into miniature art galleries. The council and city hope to decrease graffiti on traffic signal boxes, while making them artful objects. Artists need to send in a resume, reference contact information, a template for each submitted design (if more than one) and an artist statement for each design, postmarked by Oct. 1 to the Allied Arts Council office. The chosen artist will receive an honorarium of $1,500. For an application or more information visit, or contact Teresa Fankhauser at or 816-233-0231.
KCAI’s Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee is accepting proposals from KCAI students for four separate exhibitions during the fall semester. Two exhibitions will take place in the Undergrads Underground gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, and two will be held in the Destination Gallery in the KCAI Student Living Center. The exhibitions open Nov. 1 and Dec. 6 with an opening First Friday reception and will run for a month. The deadline for proposals is 5 p.m. Oct. 10 and should be submitted to Erin Jones. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty member, and preference will be given to shows organized with faculty sponsors.Each participating artist should write a brief (one paragraph) statement about the work you are planning to show.For more information, contact Misty Gamble ( or David Overholt (
Charlotte Street Foundation, in collaboration with Missouri Bank, seeks proposals from artists wishing to be considered for the Missouri Bank Crossroads artboards. The artboards are exterior, double-sided billboards rising above Missouri Bank, 125 Southwest Blvd., presenting new, commissioned images by Kansas City-area artists rotating approximately every three months. Selected artists, chosen through a competitive process, will receive artist fees of $1,000 each for completing and delivering print-ready images for one set of side-by-side billboards. The deadline to apply is Nov. 19. For more information, visit


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AACS opportunities list

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