KCAI announces spring schedule for “Current Perspectives” public lectures

28 January 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 28, 2010) — The Kansas City Art Institute is pleased to announce the spring lineup of artists, designers and scholars who will speak as part of the college’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series. In honor of the college’s 125th anniversary, most of the speakers selected for the spring 2010 series are alumni of KCAI. Unless otherwise noted, all lectures are free and will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall, 4415 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. For more information, visit www.kcai.edu/currentperspectives. The spring schedule includes:

Feb. 4: A presentation will be given by the 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award fellows Dylan Mortimer (’02 painting), Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking) and Andrzej Zielinski, whose work is featured in an exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace now through March 27. Dylan Mortimer has merged the iconographies and vocabularies of Christianity and hip-hop culture in an investigation of how religious beliefs, popular culture and social norms do and do not comfortably relate. Jaimie Warren is a photographer, curator and performance artist who makes theatrical, humorous, self-portraits in different scenarios and locations. Andrzej Zielinski’s current work consists of paintings of laptops, paper shredders and ATM machines.

Feb. 18: Fatimah Tuggar (’92 sculpture) is a multidisciplinary artist who uses technology as both a medium and a subject in her work to serve as a metaphor for power dynamics. She combines objects, images and sounds from diverse cultures, geographies and histories to comment on how media and technology diversely impact local and global realities. Her work has been widely exhibited at international venues in more than 20 countries on five continents.

Feb. 25: Jerry Eisterhold (’72 design) is president of Eisterhold Associates Inc., a nationally recognized exhibit design firm that specializes in museum design. Past projects include the National Civil Rights Museum, Little League Baseball Museum, Rosa Parks Museum, Walt Disney’s Boyhood Home, Truman Presidential Museum and Universal Studios/Jurassic Park.  More recent projects include the International Civil Rights Center and Museum and the National Hurricane Museum and Science Center in Lake Charles, La.

March 4: Dan S. Wang is an artist, printer and writer who teaches printmaking as an adjunct faculty member at Columbia College Chicago. He has been published nationally and internationally, and his drawings, prints, sculptures and other projects have been exhibited in several group shows. Wang is a co-founder of Mess Hall, an experimental cultural space in Chicago.

March 11: Stuart Horodner is the artistic director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. He was also the founder and co-organizer of Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an intimate art fair in Portland, Ore., from 2004 to 2007. He has contributed art writing to numerous publications and is speaking as part of the 2010 Visiting Critic and Curator Program sponsored by the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI.

March 25: Ezra Johnson received his B.F.A. degree in painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts in San Francisco in 2000 and completed an M.F.A. degree in painting in 2006 at Hunter College in New York. His work has been shown at numerous exhibitions including solo gallery shows in New York, Los Angeles and Turin, Italy.

April 1: MK12 is a Kansas City-based design and filmmaking collective with acclaim in both commercial and artistic arenas. The firm was founded in 2000 by a group comprised primarily of KCAI alumni. MK12 has provided graphic design and animation for feature films such as “Stranger than Fiction” and “The Kite Runner.” Most recently, their short film “Overload” — a collaboration with New York-based painter Brian Alfred — was inducted into the Guggenheim's permanent collection.

April 8: Tonight’s roundtable discussion will be based on the exhibition “Arrival/Departure,” curated by Maria Elena Buszek, assistant professor in the School of Liberal Arts, and Jonah Criswell, assistant director of admissions and a 2005 KCAI painting graduate. The exhibition, which will be on view April 9 through May 22 at La Esquina, brings together early-career artists who see Kansas City as a site from which they came into contact with the art world. All of the artists are graduates of KCAI.

April 15: Franklin Oviedo graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute’s School of Design in 2004. He is a co-founder of Liquid 9, a production and post house that handles all aspects of the commercial video production process, and :31, a creative boutique with its niche in the entertainment industry. Oviedo has worked with clients such as Warner Bros., Bombay Sapphire, Tech N9ne, McDonald’s, Sprint, Bayer, Kasil Jeans, AUX TV and Lee Jeans.

April 22: Christy Georg received her M.F.A. degree from Massachusetts College of Art and her B.F.A. degree in sculpture in 1997 from the Kansas City Art Institute. She also studied glassblowing at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. Georg has been awarded 15 art residencies in North America. This summer she will have a solo show at the Khyber Institute for Contemporary Art in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

April 29: Mark Newport is the artist-in-residence and head of fiber at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. He earned his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1986 and his M.F.A. degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1991. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

About the Kansas City Art Institute

Founded in 1885, 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. In addition to its “Current Perspectives” lecture series, the college hosts 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 www.kcai.edu.

Contact: Lauren Tobin,816-802-3532 or ltobin@kcai.edu