ARTNotes for Oct. 7

October 7, 2013


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Upcoming events

Oct. 10: Ellen Ziegler 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. Ziegler is an artist, graphic designer and teacher working in Seattle. Her practice includes drawing, sculpture, assemblage and artist’s books.
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.
Oct. 19: The office of Academic Advising and Career Services will hold its 2013-2014 Access Alumni Events East Crossroads Tour from 2 to 5 p.m. Those interested in participating can meet in the Student Living Center and will have the opportunity to network with local alumni and visit their studios, exhibitions and businesses in the East Crossroads.

Painting presented to Jonathan Kemper at Sept. 25 dedication of Miller Terrace

A painting of KCAI’s new Wallace Fountain was presented to Jonathan Kemper, chairman of Commerce Bank, Kansas City region and co-trustee of the William T. Kemper Foundation and his wife Nancy Lee Kemper, during the Sept. 25 dedication of the Janet K. Meyer Miller Terrace. Sergio Rangel (’13 painting) was commissioned to create the work. Prior to the dedication, Rangel presented the painting to Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI, so that the piece could be framed in time for the dedication. The terrace, located between Café Nerman and the Irving Building, is dedicated to the memory of the late Janet Katherine Meyer Miller, who served 21 years on the KCAI board of trustees, including three years as chair. The fountain is a focal point of the new terrace. Design and construction of the terrace was made possible with funding from the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, in memory of William T. Kemper Jr. (1902-1989), a financier and philanthropist who served KCAI as a trustee and a major supporter for many years. Pictured: (top) Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI presents Sergio Rangel’s painting to Jonathan and Nancy Lee Kemper. (bottom) Jacqueline Chanda with Sergio Rangel (’13 painting).

KCAI offers Japanese language courses online; receives grant from Japan Foundation

KCAI began offering its first-ever online B.F.A. courses thanks to a recent $19,000 grant from the Japan Foundation. KCAI introduced an online Japanese language and culture class for the fall 2013 semester as part of its Asian Studies Certificate Program.
“If it weren’t for the generosity of the Japan Foundation, we would not be able to provide our students the comprehensive education that prepares them to be global citizens,” said Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., KCAI president. “We are very grateful for their gift.”
Members of the Consulate General of Japan at Chicago were on the KCAI campus Oct. 4 for a formal check presentation and ceremony to celebrate this occasion.
In addition, KCAI is in conversation with the Kake Educational Institution in Kurashiki, Japan, a sister city of Kansas City, Mo., about a possible exchange program between both organizations. The exchange program would provide KCAI’s Japanese language students the chance to immerse themselves into the culture, language and experience of living in Japan. Pictured: (from left) Tracie Whiting Kipper, lecturer, Japanese studies; Ayako Yamada, vice consul, Consulate General of Japan at Chicago, Jacqueline Chanda, KCAI president; and Jan Kennedy, assistant professor, Japanese studies, took part in the ceremony on Oct. 4.

KCAI graphic design seniors help to revitalize historic Manheim Park neighborhood

KCAI graphic design seniors, through their visual advocacy class, have joined forces with Kansas City, Mo. to rebrand and help revitalize the historic Manheim Park neighborhood.
The Manheim Park neighborhood is located between 39th and 47th streets, and from Troost Avenue to The Paseo. Their main needs revolve around safety, business and community. The seniors were given the task of researching the area, figuring out the key concerns in the neighborhood and proposing a solution.
The main goal for the class is to lead positive change on behalf of all of the community partners through creative problem solving. Their first step of this process revolved around rebranding the neighborhood with one strong unified logo. The seniors divided into teams with each team addressing a different concern in the community. Throughout the semester, these students will be researching, attending neighborhood meetings, interviewing, sketching and refining their ideas into professional proposals, which will be presented to the Manheim Park Association and other community leaders.
The final presentation for seniors will be fully fleshed-out solutions to those defined community concerns with the Manheim Park Association on Nov. 25. Each team of students will go over their proposals addressing the area’s concerns. It will then be up to Manheim Park Association to decide which and how many of the proposals are actually implemented in the community. Pictured: (back, from left) Ian O’Saben, Jesse Selz, Anna De Sando, Collin Mooney, Kim Huynh, Sam Small, Andra Khoder, Wendy Vong, Trent Roach, Edwing Mendez, Zacree Cobos, Allyson Peck and (front) Taylor Hillestad.

Alumni updates

Asheer Akram (’07 sculpture) and Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) will be the featured speakers at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s Spotlight Artist Presentation + Happy Hour: Art on the Road at 6 p.m. Oct. 25. They will speak about using vehicles in recent art projects. The event is free and open to the public; however, there is a cash bar that opens at 5 p.m. Pictured: Calder’s Kamin’s Art Truck exhibition for the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.
Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber and art history) debuted her spring and summer 2014 collection at Fashion Week San Diego Oct. 4. Her collection is focused on wearable garments inspired by streetwear trends and unique textures. Stracy incorporates everyday and unlikely materials like rubber, vinyl and water. Each look features a mix of these materials with more wearable pieces like digitally printed shorts and vinyl pinnies. Fashion Week San Diego is a weeklong event featuring 26 emerging designers from throughout the United States. Buyers from big-name stores like Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue attended, as well as scouts for Fashion Week Sydney, Australia, and local and international press outlets. Pictured: Some of Maegan Stracy’s spring and summer 2014 collection modeled for Fashion Week San Diego.
José Luis García Eguiguren (‘05 graphic design) has won two awards from the worldwide competition in packaging design at the Pentawards in Barcelona, Spain, last month. He won a bronze and silver award in two separate categories for his company Gworkshop Design from Ecuador, and it was the first Ecuadorian company to be recognized at this awards ceremony. According to García Eguiguren, these awards are considered the Oscars of the design world and reward the most original and innovative packaging in the world. The winning projects will be part of the Book Packaging Design 3, produced and developed by Taschen publishing. Also, his designs will be part of many exhibitions to be held in various locations around the world, one of which is the international trade fair Labelexpo Europe 2013 in Brussels. Pictured: José Luis García Eguiguren with his silver award.

Faculty updates

Jamie Koval, professor of graphic design, has been named the Joyce C. Hall Distinguished Professor of Design at KCAI. A partner with VSA Partners, Koval has received more than 100 national and international design awards, and his work is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress. In 2011, he was named “one to watch” by Graphic Design USA. He is a former national board member of AIGA.
Cyan Meeks, assistant professor of photography, filmmaking, animation and digital media, along with MK12 partner and designer Shaun Hamontree, directed the music video “Romance Dawn” for the band Radkey. The video premiered on NME TV in the United Kingdom. Fellow filmmaker and cinematographer Chris Durr (‘12 digital filmmaking) along with Steve Gardels (‘09 digital filmmaking) and Taylor Wallace (’13 photography) also were part of the collective effort.Inspired by Radkeyʼs love for graphic novels and the world they encompass, zoetrope, text and color effects were employed to create a “hyperdelic” video. The video also received praise in Spin magazine, stating, “The whole video is like a splash page set in motion.” To read the entire article, visit To view the video, visit Pictured: Still from Radkey video “Romance Dawn.” Courtesy of Cyan Meeks.
George Timock, professor of ceramics, has been accepted as a member of the International Academy of Ceramics. A 10-member jury, composed of members of the academy, met in September in Geneva to review 85 applications for membership. Only 51 applications were successful. For more information about the academy, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Kansas City Textile Studio – “Fall Exhibition: New Work” by Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor of fiber, and Debbie Barrett Jones (’07 fiber) will be on display from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Kansas City Textile Studio, 924 E. 5th St. For more information, visit Pictured: (left) “Sky.AR.March,” Kim Eichler-Messmer, hand-dyed cotton quilt, 56 inches by 52 ½ inches and (right) “Aqua Inlay #1,” Debbie Barrett Jones, hand-dyed, hand-woven wall hanging, 26 inches by 30 inches.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Cassandra Allen (junior illustration), Luis Arias (junior painting),
Blaze Christopher (junior painting), Abraham Diaz (senior painting),
Amy Erickson (senior painting), Jennifer Green (sophomore sculpture), Brandon Kintzer (senior sculpture),Katerina Landwher (junior painting), Tess Lawson (senior painting)
Samantha Ludwig (senior painting) Juliana Lynn (senior painting)
Knaide Rosenberg (sophomore ceramics) Taylor Wallace (’13 photography),Molly Kaderka (’10 painting) all will have work featured in “Site as Seen” at the Undergrads/Underground in the Lower Level Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkous Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition runs through Oct. 26. Pictured: “Florence by Night Series,” Juliana Lynn, 2013, silver gelatin print eight inches by 10 inches.
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 through Dec. 28 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. 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.
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.

Calls for artists

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI is inviting artists to submit a proposal for the Artspace Project Wall. The Project Wall is situated on the western façade of the building facing the intersection of 43rd and Main streets. It is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects featuring commissioned works by invited artists. Submissions, due by Oct. 20, will be reviewed and chosen by a curatorial committee comprised of local and regional curators and artists. The new Project Wall will be installed in November and remain on view for approximately six months. To apply, visit
The office of Academic Advising and Career Services at KCAI presents the Access Alumni Events exhibition at Vulpes Bastille Artist Studios, opening March 7, 2014. This is an alumni juried exhibition of student work on view through the end of March. Selected students also will receive a studio visit from an alumni curator. To apply, submit name, studio major, year, phone number, bio, artist statement, up to five images of available work to be juried for exhibition with title, date materials, dimensions and photo credit to Calder Kamin at The deadline for submission is midnight Nov. 22.
Charlotte Street Foundation invites visual artists living and working in the Kansas City area to apply for its 2014 Visual Artist Awards. Two awards of $10,000 each will be distributed in 2014. The intent of the Charlotte Street Visual Artists Awards is to recognize and significantly support Kansas City-based visual artists of all media who are actively creating ambitious, imaginative, contemporary work. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 5 via For more information, visit

Opportunities list

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