KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Oct. 28, 2009) -- Four professors from the Kansas City Art Institute will discuss their international experiences and how these activities have fostered global relationships, developed their professional practice as artists and enriched their careers as educators in a presentation at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Epperson Auditorium on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. The title of their presentation is “Global Outreach II: KCAI Educators Abroad.”
Free and open to the public, the event coincides with the Kauffman Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place Nov. 16-22. Speakers at KCAI will include Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture; Brett Reif, assistant professor in the School of the Foundation Year; George Timock, professor of ceramics; and Michael Wickerson, chair of the sculpture department.
Karen McCoy was invited to be one of eight artists from the United States, Europe and Asia making work for the 2009 Guandu Nature Park International Sculpture Festival sponsored by the Wild Bird Society of Taipei. Artists were asked to propose and create work for the theme of temporary exhibition, land, water and culture, using indigenous natural materials found in or near the park. For two weeks McCoy worked with a team of volunteers to make The Taiwan Tangle: Space for Contemplating Carrying Capacity. More about the work can be seen at the artist’s Web site at http://karen-mccoy.com/sculpture/environ/taiwan/taiwan.html.
Accompanied by his wife, Dr. Mara Gibson, Brett Reif participated in a cultural journey through Thailand during July 2009. Their travels centered on the Thailand Composition Festival, Silpakorn University, in Bangkok, where they attended concerts, presentations and discussions, and interacted with international performers and musician. These experiences provided inspiration for Reif’s artistic identity and creative practice.
George Timock spent his fall 2008 sabbatical in a residency at the International Ceramics Studio in Keckemet, Hungary. The ICS is a private international studio that provides facilities, equipment and cooperative interaction for artists engaged in a wide range of disciplines. Timock used this opportunity to work with Herend porcelain to create vessels whose designs were inspired by Hungarian architecture.
Michael Wickerson participated in the Can Serrat international residency program where he worked on a series of new artworks in a rustic farmhouse within the confines of Montserrat Natural Park located 45 kilometers outside of Barcelona, Spain. His new projects drew from his knowledge of casting and focused on the culture and landscape of the surrounding region. In an effort to better understand the regional impact of both the Pyrenees Mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, he also visited Barcelona and Toulouse, France.
About Global Entrepreneurship Week
With the goal of inspiring young people to embrace innovation, imagination and creativity, Global Entrepreneurship Week will encourage youth to think big, turn their ideas into reality and make their mark. From Nov. 16 to 22, millions of young people around the world will join a growing movement to generate new ideas and seek better ways of doing things. Tens of thousands of activities are being planned in dozens of countries. Global Entrepreneurship Week was founded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the Make Your Mark campaign. For more information, visit www.unleashingideas.org and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
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, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. KCAI also hosts a free public lecture series — “Current Perspectives” — and a range of public programs including exhibitions, events and partnerships in the community to benefit the general public as well as evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.