Curator to address students at convocation

16 August 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Aug. 16, 2010) — Robert Cohon, curator of art of the ancient world at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, will speak at the school’s annual convocation, which will be held at 11 a.m. Aug. 25 at the Community Christian Church, 4601 Main St., Kansas City, Mo. 

Cohon has been curator of art of the ancient world at The Nelson-Atkins and has taught at the University of Missouri-Kansas City through a joint-appointment since 1985. With a doctorate from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, he has published extensively in international journals on Roman decorative marble sculpture and forgeries of ancient art. His work at The Nelson-Atkins has included the development of the shows “Discovery and Deceit: Archaeology and the Forger’s Craft” (1996-97); “Treasures of Deceit” (1998-2000); “Spring Fashions, 1 B.C.” (1998); and “Echoes of Eternity: The Egyptian Mummy and the Afterlife” (2000). As part of the Archaeological Institute of America’s lecture program, he has presented his research in the United States and Canada. His current scholarship focuses on the role of measurement in the designing of sculpture.
John O’Brien, who owns the Dolphin Gallery, and Laura Spencer, a reporter for radio station KCUR-FM, will receive the Kansas City Art Institute Excellence in Visual Art and Education Award.
The award is given in recognition of significant individual, organizational or corporate contributions to the visual arts or visual arts education in the Kansas City region and beyond. This award recognizes the recipients’ influence in the field of visual arts and outstanding work in advancing art and art education.
For more than 20 years, O’Brien has owned and operated the Dolphin Gallery where KCAI alumni and faculty members are regularly featured in exhibitions. O’Brien played a leading role in founding the Crossroads Arts District and is again helping to create another thriving arts district in the West Bottoms.
Spencer has been a news and arts reporter at KCUR since 2001. She has been recognized with awards from the Associated Press, Heart of America Society of Professional Journalists, Kansas City Association of Black Journalists and the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
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


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