“2010 Kansas City Flatfile” opens June 19 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

9 June 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 9, 2010) — The “2010 Kansas City Flatfile,” featuring two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City-based artists in media including drawing, photography, prints and mixed-media works on paper as well as time-based artwork in the “Videofile,” will be on view from June 19 to Sept. 25 at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18.

In 2001, the “Kansas City Flatfile” was established as an invitational biennial exhibition to highlight the breadth and quality of visual artwork created in Kansas City. In collaboration with Brooklyn-based Pierogi Gallery flatfiles, the first exhibition at the Artspace introduced this innovative, interactive exhibition format in which viewers are encouraged to browse through individual artist portfolios stored within flatfile cabinets, or select video works to screen within the “Videofile” portion of the exhibition. All visitors curate their own viewing experience.  

The “Kansas City Flatfile” provides visitors with a unique and intimate art viewing experience, while introducing audiences to new work by emerging and established Kansas City artists.  During the course of the exhibition, guest curators are invited to select artwork from the flatfile for inclusion in changing salon-wall installations.

While returning artists make up the majority of the “2010 Kansas City Flatfile” participants, new and younger artists, recommended by their peers, have helped grow the exhibition to more than 180 participants. This exhibition has become a much-anticipated venue to discover new artists, see new bodies of artwork by familiar artists and purchase or barter for artworks for addition to a growing number of Kansas City art collections.

Public programs

“The Fundred Dollar Bill Project”
6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 18
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 19
Artspace Studio Space
In partnership with Chameleon, Artspace invite visitors to participate in the nationwide Fundred community arts project conceived by artist Mel Chin. The project’s aim is to leverage $300,000,000 from the U.S. Congress to create gardens that will clean the contaminated soil in New Orleans. Come in and draw a “Fundred Dollar Bill.” www.fundred.org

“The Big Draw”
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11
Artspace Studio Space
This day-long event offers drawing sessions for all ages.

KCAI Current Perspectives Lecture Series
Lecture by Visiting Artist Michael J. Byron
7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16
Epperson Auditorium, Vanderslice Hall

About the H&R Block Artspace  
Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, the Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.

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Contact Liz Murray at 816-802-3458 or emurray@kcai.edu for more information.