ARTNotes for Oct. 17

October 17, 2011

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Calendar of events

Now-Oct. 28: The School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting an invitational exhibit at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, #275 in Riverside, Mo. The exhibit features work in a variety of mediums by students ranging in age from child to adult.

Now-Dec. 14: “Narrow Margins: 2011 Faculty Biennial” is showing at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. For more information, visit

Oct. 20: Frank Bramblett will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Bramblett lives and works in Philadelphia, where he served as a professor of painting at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University from 1972 to 2010 and is currently professor emeritus. For details, visit

Oct. 21: The Artspace presents T.N.T. (The Noon Thing) in conjunction with its current exhibition, “Narrow Margins.” Artists in the exhibition will give a gallery talk entitled “Asking Questions: Process” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Artspace.

Oct. 25: KCAI and the American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. For more information and to sign up to donate, contact Gina Golba at

Oct. 27: Anne Lindberg will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Lindberg’s drawings and three-dimensional installations have been exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad. For details, visit

Oct. 28: The Artspace continues its T.N.T. series in conjunction with its current exhibition, “Narrow Margins.” Artists in the exhibition will give a gallery talk entitled “Asking Questions: Foundation Students at the Artspace” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Artspace.

International artist leads printmaking workshop

Visiting artist Alicia Candiani, founder and current director of ’Ace, an international artist-in-residence center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, focused on contemporary artistic practices, recently led a workshop in the printmaking program. Candiani in collaboration with Miguel Rivera, associate professor and chair of printmaking, have involved junior students in Candiani’s “Self-Portraits Project.” This collaborative international venture has been a work in progress since 2006 and has involved almost 100 artists from eight major art institutions in six countries around the world. The project explores the self-portrait, the form in which many artists want to be remembered, offering insights into their lives and surroundings. The self-portraits from the various workshops will be exhibited at The Centre d'exposition Raymond-Lasnier in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada in October. Pictured: Miguel Rivera and Alicia Candiani.

Alumna to perform and lecture at the Kemper

Teri Frame (’06 ceramics and art history) will give a performance entitled “Lavater’s Animals” at 6 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. Masking her face with raw clay, Frame will sculpt and re-sculpt her features into hybrid creatures. Sascha Groschang, cello, and Laurel Morgan, violin, both members of the alternative strings project The Wires, will respond with a live score. A cash bar will be available beginning at 5 p.m. Frame will give a presentation entitled “Masks and Mirrors” at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 as part of the museum’s “Double Vision” lecture series. In her presentation, Frame will discuss how notions of beauty have migrated over time and into her work. Jennifer Lundgren, associate professor of psychology at UMKC, will join in the discussion, reflecting on psychological symmetries and the relationship of body image perception to gender and well-being. For more information on these events, visit Pictured: “Relics,” Teri Frame.

Student’s cartoons win award

Freshman Taylor Smith of Houston, Mo., recently won third place for best editorial cartoon in the Missouri Press Foundation’s Annual Better Newspaper Contest. The selections were made by the Virginia Press Association and were announced Saturday, Oct. 8 in Branson, Mo., in conjunction with the 145th annual gathering of the Missouri Press Association.

Reading series starts Oct. 27

Jordan Stempleman, a lecturer in KCAI’s creative writing program, runs “A Common Sense Reading Series.” The first reading of the fall series will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St.  Poets Nick Demske, Adam Fell and Matthew Guenette will be featured. Additional programs are set for 4 p.m. Nov. 13 and 7 p.m. Dec. 9. The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Alumni and faculty take places at Charlotte Street residencies

Charlotte Street recently announced the 36 visual and performing artists/ensembles awarded studio residencies for the 2011-2012 term. Selected through a competitive process, these artists are awarded free studios for year-long terms in Charlotte Street’s three studio facilities in downtown Kansas City: City Center Square, pARTnership Place and Town Pavilion. Several KCAI alumni and faculty were awarded residencies. At City Center Square residents include Anthony Baab (’04 painting), Christina Dostaler (’10 painting and art history), Marie Dougherty (’11 painting and creative writing), Andrew Erdrich (’10 sculpture and art history), David Steele Overholt, special instructor in foundation, and Angelica Sandoval (’00 design). Residents at pARTnership Place include Peter Granados (’11 painting), Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber), lecturer in the fiber program, Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history), career services assistant at KCAI, Amanda Martinez (’10 painting) and Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics). At Town Pavilion residents include Todd Christiansen (’11 painting), Luke Firle (’03 painting), Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history), Luther Kroman (’09 painting and art history), Andrew Lyles (’10 painting), Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting) and Waseem Touma (’02 ceramics), both regional coordinators in the admissions office at KCAI. Pictured: Work by Calder Kamin.

Fall horror film series at KCAI

The Kansas City Art Institute and the University of Missouri-Kansas City continue their horror film series with Robert Hiltzik’s “Sleepaway Camp” at 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 17) in Epperson Auditorium. Screenings are free and open to students, faculty, staff and friends of both institutions. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, at

Alumni updates

Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), who is a part-time lecturer in the KCAI ceramics department, and Jo Kamm (’07 ceramics) have been awarded residencies at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Mo. Brandl earned an M.F.A. degree from The Ohio State University. Her awards include the Fergus Scholarship Award, Fergus Installation Grant and Greater Columbus Arts Council Community Arts Partnership Award in 2009. According to Red Star Studios, “she works in photography, drawing, painting, installation and sculpture to retell stories of Middle America.” Kamm earned an M.F.A. degree from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He has attended residencies in Denmark and Hungary and most recently participated in a residency at the Danish Design School, on the island of Bornholm. According to Red Star Studios, “Jo enjoys a reputation as a mad scientist in a white jumpsuit, as his work is constantly experimental.” Pictured: “Motion Capture Cup,” Jo Kamm, porcelain, 4 inches by 4 inches by 4.5 inches.

Calls for artists

Sunflower House, a child abuse prevention center, is hosting Pumpkin Palooza Oct. 22 to raise funds for the center. Artists are needed to decorate and paint pumpkins that will be sold to the public. Decorated pumpkins are needed by Oct. 21. To sign up and for more information, contact Margeurite Greeno at or 913-631-5800.

Entries will be accepted through Nov. 11 for the 33rd annual “Paper in Particular” exhibition, a national exhibition of works on or of paper. The exhibition will take place Feb. 1 through March 4 at Columbia College in Missouri. The best-of-show winner will receive a purchase award and a one-person show next fall at the college. Works must be on paper or made of paper. For details, visit and download the prospectus.

The YWCA of Greater Kansas City and El Centro are seeking artists to exhibit installations for a monthly artwalk in downtown Kansas City, Kan. The first artwalk will take place Nov. 11 and will begin with a reception from 5 to 8 p.m. at El Centro, 1330 S. 30th St., Kansas City, Kan. Proposed installations should focus on women, children and/or minorities. Proposals should include a resume and images of work and will be accepted on a rolling basis. For more information contact Lisa Rockley Cline, YWCA executive director, at or Ann Marie Oesterle-Siegwarth, YWCA girls’ program coordinator, at

Cynthia Pesselato is opening a shop in the West Bottoms and is looking for emerging artists who create function art and who are seeking a venue in which to display and sell their work. For more information, contact Pesselato at 816-304-2334 or

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Arts Center – Work by KCAI alumnus and ceramic artist Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) is featured in an exhibition at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. Notkin’s recent murals as well as works from earlier periods in his career will be on view. The exhibition continues through Dec. 31. Pictured: “The Last Syllable of Recorded Time,” Richard Notkin.

Carter Art Center at MCC-Penn Valley – “Discovering and Sharing Joy Part II: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture and Film” by Rita Blitt is on view through Nov. 5 at the Carter Art Center, 3201 Southwest Trafficway. Blitt’s work is also on view through Nov. 12 in an exhibition entitled “Discovering and Sharing Joy Part I: Drawings, Paintings, Sculpture and Film” at the Cultural Arts Center at MCC-Longview, 500 S.W. Longview Road, Lee’s Summit, Mo. Blitt studied at KCAI with Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting. For more information and to view her films visit

Dolphin Gallery – Jim Leedy, retired professor of sculpture, is showing work in “Continuum” at Dolphin Gallery, 1600 Liberty St. Robin Beard (’99 sculpture) and Justin Gainan (’04 fiber) are exhibiting at the gallery as well. Both shows will be on view through Nov. 5. For details, visit Pictured: “still, moving in parts,” Justin Gainan, 2011, tinted glass and walnut, 31.5 inches by 32.25 inches by 8 inches.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art  – The “2011 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Fellows” exhibition is on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. The exhibition, which runs through Nov. 27, features the work of Ricky Allman, Andy Brayman and Peggy Noland, lecturer in the fiber department, each of whom received unrestricted cash grants of $10,000 earlier this year. Noland is known for her use of bright colors and patterns, full body leotards, a line of baby clothes made for adults and other apparel that questions ideas of normality and encourages risk taking. Noland has created a short film for the exhibition. Visit for more information.

Plenum Space Gallery – “Magnum Opus,” an exhibition of paintings by Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting), is showing through Oct. 28 at Plenum Space Gallery, 504 E. 18th St. Wedoff’s work in this exhibition uses shadow boxes with layers of plexiglass and vinyl. “‘Magnum Opus’ is the culmination of an extended investigation into the
nature of color, depth and perspective and the refinement of a
 process for addressing these relationships,” said gallery manager Paula Rose. For more information contact or 816-813-4688.

Project Space – Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Space presents “Strangers Like Us,” a two-person exhibition featuring new bodies of work by emerging artists Summer Farrar (’05 fiber) and Cory Imig. The exhibition is on display through Nov. 5. More information is available at

Red Star Studios – New work by resident artists Bowie Croisant (‘08 ceramics) and Stephanie Kantor is featured in “Red Star Studios Resident Exhibition,” which continues through Oct. 29 at 2100 Walnut St. Croisant presents a survey of recent work created in Kansas City, and Kantor compares her exploration of Kansas City to Lewis and Clark’s expedition on her pottery and wall reliefs. For more information, visit Pictured: “Trails and Tribulations Triptych,” Stephanie Kantor, earthenware, 17.5 inches by 11.5 inches by 2.5 inches each.

Spray Booth Gallery – “Lush” is on display through Nov. 18 at Spray Booth Gallery, located inside Volker Bicycles at 120 W. 18th St. Artists featured in the show include Blake Sidebottom (’11 painting), Daniel Reneau (’04 painting and art history), part-time faculty in the painting department, David Rhoads (’10 painting), Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting), Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture and art history), Peter Granados (’11 painting) and Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics). For details, contact Pictured: “Red Dinner,” Peter Granados, acrylic on wood, 40 inches by 30 inches.
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