ARTNotes for Dec. 2

December 2, 2013


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Upcoming events

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.
Dec. 12: “The KCAI Film & Animation Exhibition: Celebrating the convergence of film, animation and art” is from 7 to 8:40 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse Theater, 1400 Main St. The event will highlight the work of film and animation majors who push the boundaries of storytelling.
Through Dec. 12: “New, Four: KCAI Faculty Biennial” at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. For more information, visit

ARTNotes design to change in January

With a new year comes a new ARTNotes. Well, sort of. When ARTNotes resumes after the holiday season, you will notice a few changes to the layout, making it easier to find and read the stories and information you want. Based on the survey feedback you gave us a couple of months ago, all of the same information about students, alumni, faculty and local KCAI-related exhibitions will remain, but what you will notice is where these items are located. We also will do our best to provide more images with each story. Look for the new layout beginning with the Jan. 13 issue.
As a reminder, the deadline to submit information or story ideas is 5 p.m. the Wednesday before publication. To submit information for upcoming issues or to subscribe to ARTNotes, contact Brian Spano, communications manager, at or 816-802-3532.

KCAI students to auction gingerbread houses for Kiva project

Students in Hal Wert’s Globalization class will auction off specially-made gingerbread houses in support of their annual Kiva project that provides loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries. The loans provide an opportunity for individuals to start or grow their business, rise from poverty and improve their quality of life. The auction is from 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. In addition, there also will be a silent art auction with other student work.

Fiber students open SWEATSHOP during end-of-semester exhibition and sale

SWEATSHOP, a pop-up shop featuring handmade products made by KCAI students, will be open during the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 at The Warehouse, 4218 Walnut St. It also will be open during the Patron Preview from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 5 in Vanderslice Hall, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Items available include clothing, bags, posters, zines, scarves, jewelry and even underwear. For more information about the SWEATSHOP, visit their Facebook page at or contact Hannah Carr at Pictured: A few of the items available at the fiber departments SWEATSHOP.

Student updates

Sondy Bojanic (’13 illustration) with John Ferry, assistant professor in illustration and Amy Erickson (senior, painting) with Jessie Fisher, associate professor in painting, were chosen to take part in the fourth annual “TAPPED” exhibition at Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati. In response to the call for student/teacher pairings of recent work, both Ferry and Fisher invited Bojanic and Erickson, respectively, out of a respect for their developing studio practice as an homage to their work and critical inquiry as KCAI students. “TAPPED” is an exhibition that focuses on the relationship between art students and their professors. Chosen from more than 150 submissions, this national/juried exhibition will highlight the artistic dialogue between eight student/teacher pairs who were chosen from institutions including Indiana University, Bowling Green University and Arizona State’s Herberger Institute for Art, among others. The exhibition runs Dec. 13 through Jan. 10. For more information about “TAPPED,” visit Pictured: Collaged image of Arizona, Sondy Bojanic.
The KCAI sculpture department is hosting the exhibition “Bevy” during the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale. "Bevy" runs 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 8 andfeatures sophomores, juniors and seniors working in different mediums, focuses and forms. Pictured: Poster for the sculpture exhibition “Bevy.”

Faculty updates

Diana Heise, assistant professor, digital filmmaking, will be speaking at Stanford University in March at a conference entitled “Connecting Continents: Case Studies from the Indian Ocean World.” The press release announcing that an institutional grant was awarded to support the conference shows a still image from Heise’s film “Lame La Kone (The Knowing Hand)” as the header. For more information about the conference, visit Pictured: Still from “Lame La Kone (The Knowing Hand)” produced by Diana Heise.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

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.
Red Star Studios – Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), Guy Michael Davis (’03 ceramics), Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, Roberto Lugo (’12 ceramics), Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics), Katie Parker (’03 ceramics) and Bobby Silverman (’80 ceramics) are all showing work in “Ceramic Top 40|2013,” at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25. It features work by 20 artists over the age of 40 and 20 artists under the age of 40 curated through a process that combines invited and juried submissions.

Calls for artists

The George A. Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, Mo., is seeking artists for “PhotoSpiva 2014,” the center’s 38th national photography exhibition, March 8 through May 4. The competition is open to all photographers, amateur and professional, residing in the U.S. and its territories. Any photographic process is eligible as long as the work is original and has not previously been shown at Spiva. Entries can be accepted online at through 11:59 p.m. Jan. 5. For more information about the competition, visit or contact Spiva at (417) 623-0183 or

Opportunities list

KCAI’s Academic Advising and Career Services office regularly publishes a creative opportunities and career listing with employment, freelance, volunteer and RFQ listings for students and alumni. Download the current creative opportunities list here. Download the current career list here.