ARTNotes for Nov. 18

November 18, 2013


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Upcoming events

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.
Nov. 21: Ross Sawyers (‘03 photography) 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. Sawyers began his career as an educator teaching photography at KCAI and then at the University of Washington in Seattle and the University of California-Riverside.
Nov. 22: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI hosts T.N.T (The Noon Thing), a gallery talk with “New, Four: Kanas City Art Institute Faculty Biennial” artists at noon in the Artspace Studio.
Dec. 5: KCAI will host a Patron Preview from 6 to 10 p.m. on the eve of the public opening of the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale. Partygoers will have an opportunity to tour selected studio departments; view and purchase work before the exhibition and sale opens to the public; and enjoy a progressive evening of food and drinks. Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund. For more information, visit or call 816-802-3483.
Dec. 6-8: KCAI’s “End-of-semester student exhibition and sale” showcases work by students in the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Exhibition and sale hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8.
Through Dec. 12: “New, Four: KCAI Faculty Biennial” at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. For more information, visit

Sculpture students complete project at ‘sustainable living’ demonstration home

Students in a class taught by sculpture professor Karen McCoy have completed a bike rack and cistern screen at Project Living Proof, a century-old house at 917 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. The site is less than a mile southeast of the KCAI campus. Students enrolled this fall in McCoy’s “Toward a Green Sculpture: Artists in Conversation with the World” class worked on the project. More than 20 other students previously have been involved, dating back to 2011, McCoy said.
“Unplugged” is the name of the bike rack and an installation “screen” that shields newly installed cisterns, McCoy said. She noted that Advantage Metals Recycling donated all of the metal for the project.The house is a demonstration project celebrating energy efficiency and “green” building practices. Metropolitan Energy Center owns and manages the house with assistance from Kansas City Power and Light, Missouri Gas Energy and more than 40 businesses throughout the metropolitan area. For an overview of the project, visit Tours of the site are offered by appointment. To schedule an appointment, email For additional information, visit

Student updates

Brianna Bosworth (senior, photography) and Casey Holden (senior, photography) have been selected to show work in the exhibition “Survey of the Plains” at the University of Kansas Art and Design Gallery. The exhibition runs through Dec. 13. Pictured: (top) Photo by Casey Holden and (bottom) photo by Briana Bosworth.
Kahlil Irving (senior, ceramics and art history) has been named a finalist for the 2014 NICHE Award, sponsored by NICHE Magazine, and is also one of a few chosen undergraduates for the 2014 National Student Juried Exhibition at the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference to be held in Milwaukee in March. Pictured: “Layered Depths,” Kahlil Irving.

Alumni updates

Grand Arts is hosting this year’s Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards Exhibition featuring the 2013 Awards Fellows: Mike Erickson (’99 painting and printmaking), Erika Lynne Hanson (‘06 fiber) and Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics). All three artists will be honored during an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 22 and then will participate in a gallery talk at 2 p.m. Nov. 23. The reception and gallery talk are free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through Feb. 1.
Each of the awarded artists will exhibit works made within the past one to two years, and most of these recent works have not been seen by Kansas City audiences.
Lea Griggs (’11 sculpture and art history) and Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics and art history) are two of the six new artists-in-residence at Red Star Studios, and they will be featured in a presentation on their own artwork and projects from 5 to 6 p.m. Nov. 23 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. Attendees can learn what makes their approaches unique and how they came to Red Star. A potluck dinner follows at 6 p.m. For more information, contact studio manager Tommy Frank at or call 816-474-7316. Pictured: (back, left) Lea Griggs, Noah Riedel, Studio Manager Tommy Frank, Shae Bishop, Emily Duke. (front, left) Jamie Bates Slone, Catie Miller.

Faculty updates

Cyrus Console-Soican, assistant professor of creative writing, will give a poetry reading at the University of Chicago Dec. 2 as part of The Renaissance Society’s “Suicide Narcissus” exhibit. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue GalleryRich 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.
City Ice Arts – Gerry Trilling (’90 painting) has an exhibition “In Site,” running through Dec. 7 at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St. The gallery is open noon to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and Sunday through Thursday by appointment. Pictured: “Neon Toile,” Gerry Trilling, 2012, 48 inches by 48 inches.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – A 25-year retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by Richard Mattsson, who retired this spring after teaching at KCAI for 48 years, opens with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. The gallery also will be open from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 6 for First Friday. The exhibition continues through Dec. 28. Pictured: “Corcoran Rainbow,” Richard Mattsson, 2010, 48 inches by 72 inches.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center – Work by Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, and Rain Harris is 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

Encore Unique Boutique in Shawnee, Kan., is offering a cash prize for a photo contest. Low-resolution digital photos should be submitted by Nov. 30 to If accepted, the photo must be framed or matted and ready to hang by Dec. 1. They will be displayed throughout December at the Chez LaRue studio next door to Encore. For more information, contact Encore at
P&M Artworks, which is based in Prairie Village, Kan., seeks entries within the greater metropolitan Kansas City, Mo., and Lawrence, Kan., areas for its third annual juried exhibition. Works in a range of visual art media are welcome, including painting, works on paper, photography, sculpture, glass, jewelry/metal work, furniture, textiles and digital/video responding to the theme “Divine.” A variety of interpretations centered on individual meanings and reflections on the idea of “Divine” will be selected for the exhibition. The exhibition will take place in the front gallery of Leedy-Voulkos Art Center between Jan. 3 and March 1, and the deadline for submission is Dec. 2. For more information, visit
The Undergrads Underground Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and the Destination Gallery at the Student Living Center are seeking proposals for six exhibitions for March, April and May 2014. Shows are one month long, and each will have an opening reception during First Fridays. Proposals should be submitted to Erin Jones in the KCAI Student Life office no later than 5 p.m. Feb. 13. For more information, contact foundation faculty members Misty Gamble at or David Overholt at


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