“2012 Kansas City Flatfile” opens at H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

31 May 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (May 31, 2012) ­– The “2012 Kansas City Flatfile,” an exhibition on view through Sept. 29 featuring two-dimensional artwork by more than 150 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 open with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1 at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43 St.

Pictured: Artists mingle during the opening reception for the “2010 Kansas City Flatfile” at H&R Block Artspace. This years opening reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. June 1.

The “Kansas City Flatfile” is an invitational biennial exhibition established by the Artspace in 2001 that provides visitors with a unique and intimate art viewing experience, encouraging viewers to browse through individual artist portfolios stored within flatfile cabinets, or select video works to screen in the “Videofile.” This ex­hibition has become a much-anticipated venue to discover new artists, see new bodies of artwork by familiar artists and purchase artworks to include in private art collections.

This year’s exhibition will include “Flatfile Redux,” a new addition featuring artworks from past Kansas City Flatfile exhibits, highlighting work by Kansas City artists from local art collections. “Flatfile Redux” will be on display in the Roger L. & Joni Cohen Resource Room.

Additionally, the Artspace will host “The Big Draw” from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Studio Space. The daylong event, intended for the whole family, is open to the public and will feature workshops for participants of any age where a variety of drawing styles and approaches will be taught.

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

The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design 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.

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For more information, contact Cat Szalkowski at 816-802-3458 or cszalkowski@kcai.edu