ARTNotes for Oct. 21

October 21, 2013


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Upcoming events

Oct. 24: Stuart Hinds 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. For more information, visit
Oct. 25: Opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. for “New Four: KCAI Faculty Biennial” at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. For more information, visit
Oct. 31: Randy Regier 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. For more information, visit
Nov. 8: “David De Rousseau – Solo Show” will open with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the KCAI North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Rd., Suite 275, Riverside, Mo. The exhibition runs through Jan. 10.

Dec. 5 Patron Preview to raise funds for scholarships

The end-of-semester exhibition takes place Dec. 6-8, and for the first time in the history of the college, a Patron Preview will be held Dec. 5 as a fundraiser for student scholarships. Tickets to the Patron Preview are $125; patron sponsor tickets are $1,000 for two people. For details, visit Pictured: Ewer and bowl by Shellie Kacillas (‘13 ceramics), as seen at spring 2013 end-of-semester exhibition

Creatively carved pumpkins in Crestwood

Pumpkins carved by KCAI foundation students will be on display Oct. 24-31 in and around the Crestwood shops, which are located on 55th Street between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street. Pictured: A pumpkin from last year’s display.

Illustration students create theater posters for MeltingPot KC performance

Students in Hector Cassanova’s “Paper & Ink” class recently partnered with MeltingPot KC, an organization that aims to produce or assist in producing original works by local, ethnic talent. The students’ first assignment was to create posters for the upcoming play “JFK: A Ghostly Evening,” opening Nov. 22 at the Just Off Broadway Theatre. The winning poster art and the producers’ favorite runners-up will be on display at the theater for a reception on Nov. 21, as well as printed inside the playbill.

CPS seeking instructors for The Firehouse: Center for Creative Excellence in Kearney, Mo.

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hiring instructors for The Firehouse: Center for Creative Excellence in Kearney, Mo. The Firehouse opened this past summer, and it offers art camps for children and adult classes in the completely renovated space. Courses vary throughout the year. Employment is part time and based on class need. Those interested in applying can visit For more information about The Firehouse, visit

Alumni updates

Katie Kaufman (’12 fiber and art history) will be one of the featured designers during the fashion show portion of the Emerald City Steampunk Expo Nov. 2 in Wichita, Kan. The three-day expo celebrates the steampunk subculture. The runway show will feature four designers including Kaufman and two other Kansas City artists. For more information about the expo, visit Pictured: A fashion design by Katie Kaufman.
Jennifer Boe (’01 painting and creative writing) will be showing work in the exhibition “We’ll Make Out Okay,” beginning with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 25 at la Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. This is the first in a series of exhibitions organized by 2013-2014 Charlotte Street Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff.  Featuring more than 15 internationally exhibiting American artists, this exhibition confronts everyday and street-level concerns of the economic recession (unemployment, debt, corporate greed, minimum wage rates and more). The show runs through Dec. 20.
Brandon Waltman (’10 animation) illustrated his second book “No Biggy!,” written by Elycia Rubin. It can be purchased on Amazon at Pictured: Cover for the book “No Biggy!” illustrated by Brandon Waltman.
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.

Faculty updates

Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, has been chosen as a semi-finalist for the “Ceramic Top 40 | 2013,” presented by Ferrin Contemporary and Red Star Studios. The exhibition opens Nov. 1 with a reception at Red Star Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave, and runs through Jan. 25. It features 20 artists over and 20 artists under the age of 40 curated through a process that combines invited and juried submissions. After reviewing 475 submissions from 22 countries, they selected the artists whose current works best met the criteria and invited several others who are leading the field in new directions. Additionally, Gamble is still showing at the Tucson Museum of Art in Tucson, Ariz., in their exhibition “A Show of Hands” until Feb. 9. For more information, visit
Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting, will be in a three-person exhibition called “The First Ending” at the Zurcher Gallery in New York opening Nov. 5. For more information about the show, visit Also, he will be having a solo show in January at Haw Contemporary Gallery, 1600 Liberty St. For more information, visit Pictured: "Gray," 2013, Corey Antis, oil and ink on panel, 24 inches by 30 inches.
Jim Sajovic, professor of foundation, will be showing work in the exhibition “Hix Fragments & (pash’n)” at the Todd Weiner Gallery, 115 W. 18th St. An opening reception is scheduled from 5 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the gallery. The exhibition runs through Dec. 2. Pictured: “Tongue Flicker,” Jim Sajovic, 2013.
David Terrill, assistant professor of illustration, had an advertising piece he created for the American Advertising Federation-KC’s Addy awards this past winter selected to be displayed during the annual American Institute of Graphic Arts KC design exhibition and competition held on Sept. 21. The piece, “Creativity Lives Here,” was chosen as one of 76 out of 400 entries submitted. Pictured: “Creativity Lives Here,” poster, David Terrill, 2013, 18 inches by 24 inches.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Djinn Gallery – Doc Snyder (attended) will have an exhibition opening Nov. 1 at Blue Djinn Gallery, 1400 Union Ave., entitled “Bad Medicine Wheel.” An opening night reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery.
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 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: “Self Portrait,” Amy Erickson, 2013, oil on canvas, 8 inches by 10 inches.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center – Work by Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, and Rain Harris are 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 running 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: Jo Kamm.


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