ARTNotes for Nov. 4

November 4, 2013


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Upcoming events

Nov. 7: Lisa Saltzman 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 Road, Suite 275, Riverside, Mo. The exhibition runs through Jan. 10.
Nov. 12 & 15: The ArtSounds performance series presents “MicroChromatic,” an interactive performance installation exploring the relationship between various modes of sensory perception. The performance, free and open to the public, is from 6 to 10 p.m. at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. To reserve free tickets, email
Nov. 16: A Common Sense Reading Series presents Scott Garson, T.J. Jarrett and Gina Myers at 7 p.m. in Irving Amphitheater on the KCAI campus, 4402 Oak St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Nov. 21: KCAI is partnering with the Parkville Chamber of Commerce, Missouri Valley Impressionists Society and the Cathy Kline Art Gallery to host the annual Parkville Chamber of Commerce Plein Air Auction from 6 to 9 p.m. at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, Suite 275, Riverside, Mo.
Through Dec. 12: “New Four: KCAI Faculty Biennial” at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. For more information, visit

Emily Brattin to serve on Benjamin A. Gilman National Selection Panel

On Nov. 5, Emily Brattin, international studies coordinator, will travel to the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program's national headquarters in Houston as the first representative from KCAI to have been invited by the U.S. Department of State to serve on the scholarship's National Selection Panel. Brattin will meet with a group of peers from the field of international higher education to evaluate the applications for spring 2014 awards and select spring 2014 Gilman scholarship awardees. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program offers grants for U.S. citizens, undergraduate students of limited financial means, to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad. Pictured: Emily Brattin.

AICAD conference available for live-stream Nov. 7-9

Faculty, staff, students and others interested in “New Paradigms in Teaching and Learning” are invited to live-stream a conference that takes place Nov. 7-9 at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. The conference is sponsored by the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, of which KCAI and MICA are both members.The conference begins with a plenary session from 5 to 7 p.m. CST Nov. 7 (Thursday); continues with presentations from 8 a.m. to 4:15 CST Nov. 8 (Friday); and concludes with presentations from 8 to 11:30 a.m. CST Nov. 9 (Saturday). For the complete conference schedule, visit
“I encourage any and all to access this conference from their offices or homes,” said Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI. “This is a remarkable opportunity to join our AICAD colleagues in a wide-ranging discussion of what we are all committed to: teaching and learning in the arts.” She quoted the “New Paradigms” website in noting, “The conditions affecting art and design education today argue for bold new approaches in both form and content.”
To access the conference, go to and click the icon for the live stream. You will be asked to enter your email address in order to log on. A dialog box will appear below the video so that you can send comments and questions to the presenters and conference organizers.The Friday presentations (8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 8) will be live-streamed to the conference room in the KCAI art supply store, where you will be able to watch the conference on a wide-screen monitor.

KCAI staff celebrates Halloween

KCAI staff celebrated Halloween with a masquerade party and alum Chris Webb (’88 sculpture) brought his hot rod “The Ghost Coach” to the campus. Alison Miller won the costume contest and the guess-the-number-of-candy-corns-in-the-jar competition. Pictured: (left) Erin Jones, Anne Canfield, Allison Miller, M.J. Poehler, Andrea Khan, Lori Baer, Evonne Briones and Caitlin Knoll.

Creatively carved pumpkins in Crestwood

Pumpkins carved by KCAI foundation students were on display through Halloween in and around the Crestwood shops, including George, located on 55th Street between Brookside Boulevard and Oak Street. Pictured: Pumpkins from this year’s display.

Welcome to KCAI

The following individuals have joined KCAI on a full-time basis:
Paige Glenn, admissions, administrative receptionist
Dee Swindler, administration, administrative assistant
Welcome to all!

Student updates

The producers of the play “JFK: A Ghostly Evening” have selected a poster designed by Katherine Dodson (junior, illustration) for the opening scheduled for Nov. 22 at the Just Off Broadway Theater. Students in Hector Casanova’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. The students who participated in this project all received tickets to the preview night of the show on Nov. 21 where their work will be on exhibit, with a small informal reception. Pictured: Katherine Dodson’s winning poster for the play “JFK: A Ghostly Evening.”

Alumni updates

When he was a senior at KCAI, Paul Briggs (’96 illustration) learned from his department chair that Walt Disney Studios were accepting portfolios for an internship. The Texas native scrambled, submitted a drawing portfolio, got the job and started animating on “Mulan.” Except for stints at Warner Bros. and Nickelodeon, he has been with Disney ever since. Most recently he was story supervisor on “Frozen,” an animated feature to be released this fall that revolves around two sisters. To learn more about Briggs and to view the trailer, visit Pictured: Paul Briggs.
When Ed Gallucci (’13 photography) used to drive a taxi in New York in the early 1970s, he shot photographs throughout New York and Brooklyn. From his essay “Frames Between Fares,” six photographs have been selected for the Brooklyn Museum’s permanent collection. Pictured: “Bud: 7th Ave. Brooklyn NY,” Ed Gallucci, 1972, black and white.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Gallery – Rich Bowman (’91 design) will show paintings as part of a group exhibition at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd., running through Dec. 2. Pictured: “Greener Pastures,” Rich Bowman, oil on canvas, 64 inches by 56 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.

Calls for artists

“Adventures and Misinterpretations” is an exhibition calling for work that deals with an expansive notion of tourism and is open to all mediums. If interested in participating or for more information, contact Juliana Lynn at by Nov. 11. Include in the email a photo of work, proposal and installation requirements.
Artists of all disciplines are invited to apply for the Spring 2014 session of Artist INC Live, a training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists face every day. Limited to 25 participants, artists will gather for one night a week for eight weeks (every Monday March 3 through April 28) to learn business skills specific to their art practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. Artist INC is a collaborative partnership of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, and the UMKC Innovation Center. The deadline to apply is Dec. 9. For more information or to apply, visit


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Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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