KCAI ceramics exhibition “(Re)Form” opens Oct. 8 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI

14 September 2010

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Sept. 14, 2010) — “(Re)Form,” an exhibition that explores recent work by graduates of the KCAI ceramics program from the late 1960s to the present, will be on view from Oct. 9 to Dec. 18 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, Oct. 8.

Curated by Catherine L. Futter, the Helen Jane and R. Hugh “Pat” Uhlmann Curator of Decorative Arts at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the exhibition explores recent work by 25 graduates of KCAI’s ceramics department program from the past 40 years. The selected artists demonstrate a wide range of artistic investigations, expression and even media.

“‘(Re)Form’ celebrates the vibrancy, productivity and creativity of an intergenerational and diverse group of artists with strong ties to KCAI, a school that continues to foster some of the most inventive, original and imaginative artistic voices of our time,” said Futter.

Victor Babu, retired professor of ceramics, described the ceramics program at KCAI: “There was a nice mix of information pouring into the department. The students ended up, along with the faculty, in some kind of soup to which flavors were being added, and it got richer and richer and more complex.” “(Re)Form” demonstrates the diversity of artistic expression in KCAI’s vibrant ceramics program.

Artists in the exhibition include Richard Carter (’85), Josh DeWeese (’84), Cary Esser (’78), Teri Frame (’06), Andrea Gill (’73), John Gill (’73), Chris Gustin (’75), Sarah Jaeger (’85), Maren Kloppmann (’93), Nathan Mabry (’01), Andrew Martin (’79), Nobuhito Nishigawara (’99), Richard Notkin (’71), Tia Pulitzer (’01), Bobby Silverman (’80), Jesse Small (’97), Paul Anthony Smith (’10), Chris Staley (’78), R. Justin Stewart (’03), Akio Takamori (’76), Irv Tepper (’69), Daniel Ricardo Teran (’07), Kurt Weiser (’72), Casey Whittier (’09) and Arnie Zimmerman (’77).

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 receives important support from the H&R Block Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and private contributions. 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. The Artspace will be closed Nov. 24-27.

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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For more information, contact Liz Murray, 816-802-3458 or emurray@kcai.edu.