ARTNotes for Nov. 14

November 14, 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. The Artspace will be closed Nov. 23–26 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. For more information, visit

Nov. 17: Alex Kanevsky will give a presentation at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium as part of “Current Perspectives.” Kanevsky, born in Russia, currently teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. For details, visit

Nov. 18: The Artspace presents T.N.T. (The Noon Thing) in conjunction with its current exhibition, “Narrow Margins.” Corey Antis, Tyler Galloway, Diana Heise, Michael Wickerson and Liz Van Verth will give a gallery talk entitled “Asking Questions: Place” from noon to 1 p.m. at the Artspace.

Nov. 23-27: KCAI will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday beginning at noon Nov. 23 through Nov. 27. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 28.

Jannes Library hosts book sale

The Jannes Library will host a book sale Nov. 28 through Dec. 2. The sale will take place during regular library hours, which are 8:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Items for sale will include artist monographs, exhibition catalogs, auction catalogs and more. Most of the items are priced under $10. Cash and checks are accepted. The library also will offer free coffee from 5 p.m. to midnight during the sale. For more information, contact For the latest updates and special announcements and deals including free books and waived fine days, follow the library on Facebook.

Drawing exhibit in Dodge

An exhibition of collaborative figure drawings by students in the figure drawing class taught by adjunct professor Adam Beris (’09 painting) is on view through Nov. 18 in 3A Gallery in the Dodge Painting Building. Each drawing in the exhibit was worked on by 10 different students, each of whom drew for the duration of a 10-minute pose. For details, contact Beris at  

KCAI neighbors invite student artwork along 44th Street

Kate Corwin, a member of the Southmoreland Neighborhood Association, encourages KCAI students to consider the 44th Street side of the KCAI campus when planning temporary installations of artwork. “The brick wall along 44th Street is the face that KCAI presents to its Southmoreland neighbors,” Corwin said. “We’d love to see artwork on the wall or along the sidewalk in the area where McGee Street dead-ends onto 44th Street, behind the sculpture building.”

Before installing artwork anywhere on the KCAI campus, students must complete a “KCAI Art on Campus” request form, available from the Academic Affairs office on the first floor of Vanderslice Hall. The form also is available via Artnet ( (login required). Forms must be signed by the instructor, department chair, plant services director and vice president for academic affairs and submitted for final approval to Academic Affairs at least three business days in advance of the proposed installation date.

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. 19 will feature “Maya Lin: A Strong Clear Vision,” an Oscar-winning documentary by Freida Lee Mock. For more information contact the Artspace at 816-561-5563 or Pictured: Maya Lin.   

Ceramics student gives new meaning to “bowling”

There were no lanes and no pins when “Bowling With Neighbors” got under way on Oct. 30 at Revolution United Methodist Church, 500 W. 40th St. Instead, organizer Roberto Lugo (senior, ceramics) had arranged for dozens of artists, including many other KCAI students, to donate one-of-a-kind ceramic soup bowls. Proceeds from sales of the bowls went to Neighbor to Neighbor, the church’s daily ministry. Every day, about 150 hungry people obtain breakfast or lunch at the church, which also provides on-site healthcare, seasonal clothing, hygiene supplies, addiction referrals, job placement and other services. Learn more about Lugo and the Bowling With Neighbors event at, and learn more about Neighbor to Neighbor at Information about participating artists is available on Lugo’s Bowling With Neighbors blog at

KCAI Annex becomes Advancement and Alumni House

The former La Fontaine Bed and Breakfast, 4320 Oak St., which KCAI acquired several years ago, has been given a new name: Advancement and Alumni House. Several members of the advancement staff already have been officed there for several months, and others are in the process of moving there from Mineral Hall. The building has been referred to as “the Annex” or “the B&B” since KCAI acquired it.

“Uniting advancement staff will create a number of efficiencies,” said Pam Sibert, vice president for advancement. “It will facilitate meetings and overall operations, and it gives us a lovely space in which to welcome alumni and donors.” Sibert noted her team previously was together on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall until moving about two years ago to Mineral Hall and then adding offices in the former B&B. Sibert noted that the advancement office encompasses special events and alumni relations staff in addition to others who handle fundraising and community relations responsibilities. “Once we made the decision to consolidate everyone at the 4320 Oak St. location, it made sense to give this building a name that would be descriptive of its function. President Chanda approved of this new designation, and we look forward to holding one or more open houses for staff and faculty to help orient everyone to our new location.” She said signage soon will be in place on the wrought-iron gate in front of the building.

Campus Technology and Continuing and Professional Studies staff will continue to occupy Mineral Hall, expanding into office space being vacated by the advancement office.

Cemetery provides inspiration for painting students

Students from a class taught by Corey Antis, special assistant professor of painting, visited historic Elmwood Cemetery earlier this month. “Their assignment was to explore the relationships between mapping and drawing,” Antis said. “I show the students examples of Surrealist drawing techniques, which include frottage, or making a rubbing of a surface.” Antis said making a gravestone rubbing is one of the oldest drawing methods. “The students are encouraged to investigate the different surfaces and textual information on the stones, as well as drawing the cemetery itself,” he said. Founded in 1872 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Elmwood Cemetery is located at 4900 E. Truman Road. Pictured: Vanessa Carrillo at Elmwood Cemetery; photo by Bruce Mathews.

KCAI hosts drives to benefit Harvesters, Hope House

Beginning today, barrels accepting donations to Harvesters Community Food Network will be placed in Vanderslice Hall, the cafeteria and Mineral Hall and will take donations through Dec. 12. Needed items include canned vegetables, fruit, meat, tuna and soup, boxed meals, peanut butter, hot and cold cereal, shampoo, deodorant, soap and toilet paper. In conjunction with the food drive, KCAI also is collecting items to donate to Hope House, an organization that provides shelter and comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence in the Kansas City metro area. Collection boxes will be located next to the Harvesters barrels. Donations also will be accepted through Dec. 12. Some of the many items needed include towels and wash cloths, feminine care products, baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, hair brushes, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo, soap and ethnic hair care products. Visit for more information on donations. Contact Amy Gross, special events assistant, at with questions.

KCAI Kiva Corps to host auction

The Kansas City Art Institute Kiva Corps will host 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

Faculty updates

James Brinsfield, lecturer in painting, will exhibit work in a solo show entitled “Paintings 2007-2011” at the Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art in St. Joseph, Mo. The exhibition opens Nov. 18 and continues through Jan. 15. The paintings in the exhibition include more a dozen large-scale works, which have been lent by public and private collections in the Kansas City area as well as by the artist and his dealer. An online catalog with color reproductions, an interview with the artist and remarks by K.U. Professor David Cateforis will be available in late November at Pictured: “Trouble at the Cup,” James Brinsfield, 2010, oil and enamel on canvas, 60 inches by 80 inches, courtesy of Dolphin Gallery.


“The Odicy,” a book-length poem by Cyrus Console, assistant professor of creative writing, has been published by Omnidawn Publishing and is now available for purchase on Writing for The San Francisco Chronicle, reviewer Stephen Burt said this about the book: “If you want new poets who speak to … history, who critique and confront it, then you will want Cyrus Console’s majestic, aggressive, disturbing second book, The Odicy. It is (as the pun in the title suggests) a broken-up, inside-out, postmodern epic journey, a fractured, frustrated attempt to discover justice, or purpose, or divinity, in our day.” And Publishers Weekly said “Very old methods and very new American speech collide, strike sparks and end up burning brightly indeed in this shockingly memorable book-length sequence, the second volume from Console.” Console also is the author of “Brief Under Water,” published in 2008 by Burning Deck.

Paul Donnelly, special instructor in ceramics, is showing work in “Systems of Utility,” an exhibition of functional art at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kan. The show continues through Nov. 22.

An interview with Jessie Fisher, assistant professor of painting, written by Linda Lay (’08 painting) recently was published in Fruit Fly Life, a Los Angeles-based lifestyle and culture magazine. To read the article, visit   

Misty Gamble, who teaches in the School of the Foundation Year, has work on view through Dec. 31 at the Echt Gallery in Chicago. The opening of the exhibition coincided with SOFA Chicago, an international exposition of “Sculpture Objects and Functional Art” that took place Nov. 4-6. She is one of a dozen artists with work in the show at Echt; others include the noted glass artist Dale Chihuly.

Jason Pollen, former professor and chair of fiber, is hosting a studio show and sale of his work from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at his home at 4348 Locust St. For more information, contact Pollen at 816-560-5051. Pictured: Jason Pollen, 2011, silk, linen, graphite, pigment and dye mounted on archival museum board, 8.5 inches by 8.5 inches.

Alumni updates

Ward Degler, who studied at KCAI in from 1953-54, recently released a book of stories and drawings entitled “The Dark Ages of My Youth … and Times More Recent.” Degler will sign copies of his book from noon to 2 p.m. Nov. 20 at Prospero’s Parkside Books, 208 NW State Route 7, Blue Springs, Mo. The book offers slices of American life that cover a wide range subjects and are illustrated with pen and ink drawings.

Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) is hosting an open studio from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Allsman Building, 708 E. 31st St. For more information about the artist and her work, visit

The November issue of Ceramics Monthly features an article about the Philadelphia pottery studio of Daniel Ricardo Teran (’07 ceramics). In addition to maintaining his studio practice, Teran also currently works at the Ethical Culture Fieldston School in Bronxville, N.Y., where he teaches seventh through 12th grade pottery and visual arts. He also produces pieces for a production pottery in Allentown, Penn. The full article is available at Pictured: Teran in his studio. 

Student updates

Three ceramics students were awarded scholarships to attend sessions last summer at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina. Seniors Emily Connell and Will Preman attended Sunkoo Yuh’s workshop “The Narrative: Realizing Form” at Anderson Ranch. Senior Kelsey Simon attended Del Harrow’s workshop “Modeling, Molding and Mapping Technology” at Penland, where she learned to use the 3-D rendering program Rhino, creating prototypes on a CNC mill. Pictured: Anderson Ranch Arts Center.

Calls for artists

The Northwestern Art Review at Northwestern University is gathering submissions of student work to feature on its website in order to showcase undergraduate artwork from prominent U.S. art programs. Interested students can submit Web-ready files along with one paragraph of contextual information to Entries are due by Nov. 21.

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,” is on display through Feb. 3 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). 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 through November 26 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. For details, visit Pictured: “Always On,” Maura Cluthe, mixed media on canvas, 58 inches by 96 inches.

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 Avenue. 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.

Paragraph Gallery and Project Space – Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project presents “Re-Search: Three Projects,” an exhibition examining the role of artist as researcher and featuring Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber), technician/lecturer in the fiber program, Thea Augustina Eck and Hillary Wiedemann.  The exhibition opens with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 at Paragraph Gallery and Project Space, 21-23 E. 12th St. An artists’ talk with the three artists, also free to the public, will be held at noon Nov. 19 also at the galleries. According to Kate Hackman, associate director of Charlotte Street Foundation, “At the core of these three artists’ works is a performative process: the artist self-consciously enacting the role of researcher, on a quest for new discovery. In all three cases, the artists are mining for information buried in original source material, which they pursue through acts of close interrogation, re-interpretation, and reenactment.  The outcome of this searching takes the form of artworks including photographs, video and sound, sculpture, and installation.”Details can be found at Pictured: “Glacial Observation,” Erika Lynne Hanson, 2011, video (still).




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