ARTNotes for Oct. 31

October 31, 2011

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Calendar of events

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

Nov. 3: Julián Zugazagoitia will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Zugazagoitia is the fifth director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Born in Mexico and educated at the Sorbonne Paris IV in France, he speaks six languages and has worked in the Americas, Europe and Africa. For details, visit

Nov. 8: ArtSounds presents “Where is My American Dream? Stories of Secrets, Liberty and Luck” at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium. The performance will utilize interviews to explore the diverse American experience of long-time immigrants.

Nov. 10: Carmon Colangelo will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Colangelo is a pioneering printmaker whose work combines surrealism and abstraction with the exploration of art history, science and technology. For details, visit

KCAI wins Philly Award for video

A series of six short videos that provide a virtual campus tour of KCAI won a first place Philly Award Oct. 18 at the Philanthropy Midwest Conference. Created to simulate a campus tour for prospective students, the videos were produced for KCAI by Brainroot Light and Sound in a project managed by the KCAI communications department. Anne Canfield, vice president for communications, accepted the award on behalf of KCAI. The videos feature voiceover talent by assistant professor and KCAI alumnus Dwight Frizzell; commentary by KCAI faculty, students and alumni; and a call to action by admissions counselor and alumnus Waseem Touma. Sponsored by Nonprofit Connect, the Philly Awards honor excellence in nonprofit communications. For more information about the conference, visit For more information about the Philly Awards, visit  To view the videos, visit and scroll down to “About KCAI,” Parts 1 through 6. Pictured: Still from “About KCAI” video.

Pitch readers name KCAI as one of top continuing education locations

In the Oct. 13 issue of The Pitch, the Best of Kansas City 2011 Reader Choices named the Kansas City Art Institute’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies as one of the top three places in the city for continuing education. View the complete listing at

Student governance gets new structure

Student Assembly, KCAI’s former student-governing body, has been renamed and restructured. According to Gina Golba, director of student affairs at KCAI, the group will now be called the Student Leadership Team. The group will be comprised of student representatives from each academic department as well as from student organizations. The SLT will meet three times a semester, starting in February. Also attending the meetings will be key administrators. At the first two meetings of the semester, SLT representatives will report on concerns and suggestions relating to academic departments and to the campus as a whole. The third meeting of each semester will be devoted to reporting what changes have been made and how issues brought forward during the first two meetings have been addressed.  

“Overall this new structure will allow us to do what we have always done: Provide a governing body and voice for students on campus, but in a more efficient manner,” Golba said. “It will build relationships with administrators, help students understand how the college works, minimize the time students spend in meetings, minimize personal agendas and, most importantly, create opportunities for change. I think there is also a level of accountability on both sides that has been difficult to accomplish with past structures.”

Golba said each academic department and student organization is being asked to identify one to three student representatives to be members of the SLT.  

“This is a big responsibility, and the students should be in good academic standing and also in good standing according to the student code of conduct,” Golba said. “The role of the student reps will be to represent the concerns and issues of the department and the campus and then to relay information to other students about changes and new initiatives.”

Artspace hosts Saturday film series

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI is hosting a film series on Saturdays this fall. The films, selected by Block intern Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics), highlight successes and challenges of artists operating in the contemporary art world and in their communities. Themes explored include the gallery, the artist’s life, public art, life after school and giving back. The screenings, which are free and open to the public, are followed with a discussion. Films will be screened at 5:30 p.m. Saturdays in the studio space on the second floor of the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The upcoming screening on Nov. 5 will feature “Jean-Michael Basquiat: The Radiant Child,” a documentary by Tamara Davis. For more information contact the Artspace at 816-561-5563 or  

PLUG Projects invites submissions for critique nights

PLUG Projects, an artist-run exhibition space and curatorial collaboration founded by five Kansas City artists including Caleb Taylor, special instructor in the School of the Foundation Year, will host critique nights between exhibitions in its space at 1613 Genessee St. Up to three artists will be chosen to participate in each critique night. Each artist will be allowed to bring five works for discussion and will be allocated 30 minutes for a group discussion. Local critic Blair Schulman will serve as the moderator, and a rotating panel of artists, art professionals and members of the public will participate in the dialogue. Critiques also will be open to the public. To submit your work for the first critique night, which will be held at 6 p.m. Nov. 10, email with your website address as well as any specific questions about your work or topics you would like to discuss. Artists not selected will automatically be considered for later opportunities.

KCAI receives grant to beautify patio

The J. C. Nichols patio that adjoins Café Nerman will be renovated and enhanced in spring 2012, thanks to a grant the college recently received from the William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee. The grant provides up to $250,000 toward patio improvements.

Reading series continues Nov. 13

The second program of “A Common Sense Reading Series” takes place at 4 p.m. Nov. 13 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St. The Bloof Books Tour with Shanna Compton, Peter Davis, Sandra Simonds and Maureen Thorson will be featured. In charge of the series is Jordan Stempleman, a lecturer in KCAI’s creative writing program. The fall series concludes with a 7 p.m. reading on Dec. 9. The readings are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

KCAI Kiva Corp to host auction

The Kansas City Art Institute Kiva Corps is hosting a silent auction at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in Epperson Auditorium to raise money for Kiva loans. Kiva, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty, provides microloans to entrepreneurs in developing countries. Sculptures, fiber work, photography, prints, ceramic pieces and more will be auctioned. The group also is accepting donations of artwork to be included in the auction. For more information about the event and to RSVP, contact

KCAI invited to attend installation at Nelson-Atkins

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites KCAI faculty, staff and students to view the installation of “Chromoplastic Mural,” by artist Luis Tomasello, during museum hours Nov. 2–10 in the Bloch Building Gallery Walk. Visitors can meet Tomasello and his team from 10:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 10. “Chromoplastic Mural” consists of more than 600 white geometric forms (polyhedra) placed in a repetitive pattern along a wall to create a grid with equally proportioned spaces between the forms. The inclined plane of each angled shape is painted a fluorescent color, which reflects off the surface of the white wall, producing a glowing chromatic atmosphere. The public is invited to come see the process, ask questions and learn about Kinetic art, which refers to work that moves or that gives the sensation of movement through its optical effects. No tickets or reservations are required. Visit for details.

Performing Arts Series at JCCC

Johnson County Community College’s Performing Art Series invites the KCAI community to “69° South, The Shackleton Project” at 9:45 a.m. for $7 or 8 p.m. for $18 Nov. 11. Both performances will include a discussion with the artists. “69° South, The Shackleton Project” is a multimedia performance piece produced by the Phantom Limb Puppet Theatre Company.  The narrative installation combines puppetry, film and photography and chronicles Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to the South Pole, where 27 men were trapped for two years, before being rescued. For additional information about the performance visit or Pictured: Scene from “69º South, The Shackleton Project.”

Silent film screenings at MCC-Longview

Metropolitan Community College-Longview will host an evening of silent film screenings at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 at the college’s Cultural Arts Center, 500 S.W. Longview Park Dr., Lee’s Summit, Mo. “Big Business” and “The Gold Rush” will be shown and accompanied by music by organist Dr. Marvin Faulwell. Admission is free with donations welcome. To make reservations, call 816-604-2200.

Alumni updates

Maura Cluthe (’93 illustration), special instructor in illustration, has created an 11-foot blinking and grinning android, known as KBOT, her largest robot to date. He lives in the land of the purple hallways at Hallmark’s Kaleidoscope, a creative fun place for kids that is free to the public. Contrary to popular belief, he is not made of sugar and spice but 100 pounds of plywood, nails, screws, diodes and LED lights that were chopped, hammered and fused into shape. Read more and see photos of the process at Pictured: Maura Cluthe and KBOT.

Timo Fahler (’09 ceramics) will be showing work in the UCLA M.F.A. 2012 exhibition through Nov. 10. The work is on view at New Wight Gallery in Los Angeles. For more information, visit

Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics) is attending a Network Residency at the International Ceramic Research Center in Guldagergaard, Denmark.

Margeaux Claude (’11 ceramics) was featured in the “Undergraduate Showcase” in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly. The “Undergraduate Showcase” profiles emerging artists from various undergraduate programs around the country. Read the review at Pictured: “Summer Series,” pitchers, tumblers and cake plates, Margeaux Claude, 2011, slip-cast white stoneware.

Calls for artists

Actuality Media, an organization that takes media students to developing countries to produce videos for social enterprises and nonprofits, is accepting applications for teams to create documentaries during summer 2012 in Nicaragua, Honduras and Guatemala. Up to five crews will travel for a month to each outreach location. While on site, each four-student crew will research, write, shoot and edit a short documentary film about a local social enterprise under the guidance of a supervising producer. Once the documentary is completed, the social enterprises that are the subject of the films will use the media to further their mission. For more information and to apply, visit

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

Charlotte Street Foundation invites applications from artists wishing to be considered for the 2012 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards. These annual unrestricted cash grants recognize visual artists living in the five-county Kansas City area who are creating outstanding artwork. The grants provide financial support, critical attention and increased exposure for these artists. Ten semi-finalist artists will be selected for in-person studio visits by the selection panel of national and Kansas City-based arts professionals. The three artists selected will each receive a $10,000 award. The application deadline is Nov. 14. For details, eligibility requirements and the application, visit

The Kansas City Fringe Festival invites artists, designers and “people with creative funky fresh minds” to participate in a competition to create the official 2012 Fringe Festival T-shirt. The deadline for entries is Dec. 5. The design will be imprinted on the front side of the T-shirt and must include the Fringe Festival logo (available at The winning design will be selected by an anonymous jury on the basis of merit and feasibility. There is no limit to the number of designs you can enter. No copyrighted images can be used in the artwork, and the design must be 100 percent original. The winning designer will receive free access to all festival events during the current year plus a $100 gift certificate to a restaurant. Entries should be emailed to

Artist INC is accepting applications for the spring 2012 class session. Artist INC is a training seminar that addresses the specific business needs and challenges artists of all disciplines face. Limited to 25 participants per session, artists attend class one night a week for eight weeks to learn business skills specific to their art and then practice and apply those skills cooperatively with their peers. The spring session will run from Feb. 27 to April 16. Classes take place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Applications are due Dec. 12. For complete details, including application requirements, visit

Powell Gardens invites designs for the construction of “Fairy Houses & Forts: An Enchanting Garden Adventure.” Up to seven winning designs will be selected. Winning artists/designers will receive a stipend of $4,000 or the equivalent in building materials. An exhibition of the completed structures will take place May 19 through Oct. 7, 2012, at Powell Gardens, a private, not-for-profit botanical garden about 30 miles east of Kansas City. The Fairy Houses competition is endorsed by the Kansas City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Prairie Gateway Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and KCAI. An application fee of $35 payable to Powell Garden is due with entries. The deadline to submit proposals is 5 p.m. Jan. 9. For detailed information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Arts Center – “For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away,” an exhibition featuring work by a dozen artists who deal with imagery that is “bound to spur discussion of current events,” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4 at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. Artists participating in the show include Adam Beris (’09 painting), Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) and Ben Radatz (attended, photo/video). The exhibition will continue through Feb. 3. Work by KCAI alumnus and ceramic artist Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) also is showing at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios. Notkin’s recent murals as well as works from earlier periods in his career are on view. The exhibition continues through Dec. 31. More information can be found at

Blue Gallery – “Sketchbook: Chapter Two,” a solo exhibition of new work by Maura Cluthe (’93 illustration), special instructor in illustration, will be on view during the month of November at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Cluthe will give an artist’s talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 3 at the gallery, and the exhibition will officially open with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4. The show will continue through Nov. 26. For details, visit Pictured: “Triptych: Again and Again, REPEAT REPEAT, Over and Over,” Maura Cluthe, 2011, mixed media on board, 6 inches by 8 inches each.

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

Greenlease Gallery – “Celestial Terrestrials: Between Heaven and Earth” is on display through Dec. 3 at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University. The gallery is located between Van Ackeren and Sedgwick halls at 54th Street and Troost Ave. The show features paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos by 20 contemporary artists dealing with the complex subject of supernatural intermediaries. Artists include Marcus Cain (’98 painting), Diane Henk (’83 painting), Ke Sook Lee (’82 painting), Christopher Leitch (’85 fiber), Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture), Kim Lindaberry (’76 ceramics), Dylan Mortimer (’02 painting), Jason Pollen, former professor and chair of fiber, Dan Younger (’76 painting) and Richard Welnowski, assistant professor and head of digital media. For more information, contact Anne Pearce (’88 painting), gallery director, at 816-501-4407.

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 KCAI 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.

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

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