ARTNotes for Nov. 28

November 28, 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

Dec. 2-4: The end-of-semester exhibition and sale will take place on the KCAI campus. Hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 2; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 3; and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 4. The “Digital Filmmaking Exhibition,” celebrating the convergence of digital film, art and new media technologies, will screen work at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 in Epperson Auditorium.

Dec. 9: Last day of classes.

Alumnus wins inaugural De Niro Prize

Stanley Whitney (’68 painting) has won the inaugural Robert De Niro Sr. Prize, as reported Nov. 18 in the Wall Street Journal ( The cash award of $25,000 honors a mid-career artist selected by a jury of leading art-world figures, the Journal said. “The 64-year-old Mr. Whitney, who is known for his colorful geometric paintings, said in an interview that he was surprised by the award,” the Journal reported. “‘I’m glad they think of me as a mid-career artist.’” For more information about Whitney, visit Pictured: Stanley Whitney, photo courtesy of Ryan S. Brandenberg/Temple University.

KCAI president to read at Dec. 11 concert

Dr. Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI, will participate as a community “reader of the lessons” from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at an event entitled “Lessons and Carols with Octarium.” The event will take place at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, 3800 Troost Ave. Proceeds from the concert will aid St. Mark’s neighborhood outreach programs. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students and seniors) and can be purchased online from Brown Paper Tickets, Octarium, The Friends of St. Mark or Tulips on Troost. For the complete list of community readers, visit For more information about St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, visit

Charlotte Street open studio weekend features KCAI

Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program will host an open studio weekend from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10 at City Center Square (1100 Main St., fifth floor), Town Pavilion (1111 Main St., sixth floor) andPARTnership Place (906 Grand Blvd., 13th floor). The weekend, which is free and open to the public, will feature live dance, music, comedy improv, cross-disciplinary performances, special sales, temporary installations, workshops, artist talks, participatory activities and more. A detailed schedule of events is available at City Center Square resident artists 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), Charlene Hillebrand (’07 painting), David Steele Overholt, special instructor in foundation, and Angelica Sandoval (’00 design). Resident artists 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 resident artists include Todd Christiansen (’11 painting), Kate Clements (’11 painting), Luke Firle (’03 painting), Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history), Luther Kroman (’09 painting and art history), Andrew Lyles (’10 painting), Neil Thrun (’10 painting), Jaclyn Senne (’11 painting) and Waseem Touma (’02 ceramics), both regional coordinators in the admissions office at KCAI. For more about the 2011-2012 studio residents and open studios, visit Pictured: Work by Charlene Hillebrand.

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.

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 Dec. 3 will feature “Waiting for Hockney,” a documentary by Julie Checkoway about a young working class Baltimore man who spends 10 years on a single portrait, believing it is his means to fame and fortune. The series will conclude with the Dec. 10 screening of “Wasteland,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about artist Vik Muniz’s collaboration with the garbage pickers of Rio de Janeiro’s Jardim Gramacho landfill. For more information contact the Artspace at 816-561-5563 or Pictured: Jardim Gramacho, by Vik Muniz.

Final reading series program set for Dec. 9

Justin Marks, Emily Pettit, Sampson Starkweather, Paige Taggart and Chris Tonelli will be featured in the Birds LLC Tour as the final readers this fall to participate in “A Common Sense Reading Series,” which is run by Jordan Stempleman, a lecturer in KCAI’s creative program. The event, which will take place at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary, 1714 Holmes St., is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Have a career tip for a student? Here’s how to share it

KCAI alumni are invited to post career advice on a blog that Calder Kamin, career services assistant, has launched to help KCAI students as they prepare for life after graduation. “I am always looking for contributors and would like to raise more awareness of this opportunity,” Kamin said. Potential contributors can access the blog and leave comments at For more information contact Kamin at

KCAI hosts drives to benefit Harvesters, Hope House

Barrels accepting donations to Harvesters Community Food Network are located in Vanderslice Hall, the cafeteria and Mineral Hall and are accepting 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 are located next to the Harvesters barrels and 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.

So many books, so little time

Here are a few suggestions for holiday reading from members of the KCAI creative writing faculty. From Jordan Stempleman: “Pee on Water,” by Rachel B. Glaser (Publishing Genius, 2010); “The Book of Interfering Bodies,” by Daniel Borzutzky (Nightboat 2011); “Beauty Was the Case That They Gave me,” by Mark Leidner (Factory Hollow 2011); “Us,” by Michael Kimball (Tyrant Books 2001/First Tyrant Books edition); “The Trees The Trees,” by Heather Christle (Octopus 2011). From Cyrus Console: “Leaving the Atocha Station,” by Ben Lerner (Coffee House Press, 2011).

Faculty updates

Jordan Stempleman, who teaches in the creative writing program and is the faculty advisor for “Sprung Formal,” KCAI’s literary magazine, will participate in a panel discussion about “art school journals” during the 2012 AWP conference and book fair. “AWP” stands for Association of Writers and Writing Programs. The conference is set for Feb. 29 through March 3 in Chicago. The AWP website describes the session in which Stempleman will appear: “As writing programs have proliferated in art schools, new journals have sprung up that re-balance writing, visual art and design. Join the editors of Botticelli (Columbus College of Art and Design), Dear Navigator (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), Eleven Eleven (California College of the Arts) and Sprung Formal (Kansas City Art Institute) as they discuss writing and publishing in these unique institutions, and how the art school is reshaping the future of the literary journal.”

Alumni updates

Calder Kamin (09 ceramics and art history), career services assistant at KCAI, was recently profiled on “Growing up in Austin, Texas, she was always an artist, encouraged to make art and pursue it as a career,” the profile states. “At age 11, she began selling her work in galleries in the up and coming South Congress neighborhood. She comes from a family of artists; her mother and grandfather have had successful careers in commercial art. Her grandfather was creative director for an international advertising agency in Houston. Now retired, he also paints, and whenever she goes home to visit, they tour the city's great art museums.” To read the complete article, visit KCArtistLink is a program of the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City, the Small Business Technology and Development Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and U.S.SourceLink. The program’s mission is to “connect Kansas City artists of all disciplines to the resources and opportunities that will help them promote their work and strengthen their artistic practice. For more information, visit

Student updates

“The Yellow Wallpaper,” a short film by Alyssa Lundgren and Matthew Wilson, both seniors in digital filmmaking, recently won an honorable mention award at the 59th Columbus International Film + Video Festival. 

Staff updates

Lauren Tobin has been promoted to communications manager, reporting to Anne Canfield, vice president for communications, and the department will be recruiting a communications assistant.

Brigette Chirpich has been appointed special events director, Erick Dobbins has been named director of alumni relations and Tara Clevenger has been promoted to development coordinator, all reporting to Pam Sibert, vice president for advancement. Dobbins started Nov. 21 and Chirpich will start Dec. 5. Welcome both to KCAI.

Calls for artists

The Landfall Institute of Graphic Arts in Santa Fe, N.M., is offering three-month apprenticeships to qualified participants. Applications are required, and the cost is $3,000. Apprentices will work directly with master printers Jack Lemon (’63 painting), founder and president of Landfall Press; Steven Campbell, director of Landfall Press; and a selection of invited artists. Landfall Institute is a joint educational program of Landfall Press and KCAI, providing hands-on training for printers and other artists in graphic processes such as lithography, etching, woodcut and digital printing. Its goal is to prepare participants for professional application of the skills they acquire during the apprenticeship. For more information about the application and admission process, contact

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

The Art Students League of Denver is calling for entries for “delecTABLE: The Fine Art of Dining,” a national juried show of functional ceramics focusing on the fine art of dining, including place settings, serving vessels and platters and dinner table décor of all types. Entries must be submitted by Jan. 7. Apply at

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

The Indianapolis Museum of Art is accepting applications for a six-week summer 2012 residency on Andrea Zittel’s “Indianapolis Island,” located within the IMA’s 100 Acres: The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art and Nature Park. The island, anchored in a 35-acre lake, is a habitable “off-the-grid” structure accessible by rowboat. At about 20 feet in diameter, the island serves as an experimental living structure that examines the daily needs of contemporary human beings. The 2012 “Indianapolis Island”resident will be awarded a $3,000 materials stipend to customize the structure. Proposals are due Jan. 13, and should include a brief written statement about the planned residency with renderings. Visit for more information, including photos and renderings of the structure, and to apply for the residency.

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

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.

Kansas City Artists Coalition – Eric Nichols (’00 ceramics) is one of three artists featured in the December exhibition at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, located at 201 Wyandotte St. The exhibition opens Dec. 9 with a gallery talk with the artists at 6 p.m. followed by a reception from 7 to 8:30 p.m. The show will remain on display through Jan. 20. For details, visit Pictured: Work by Eric Nichols.

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 is showing through Jan. 7 at Paragraph Gallery and Project Space, 21-23 E. 12th St. 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).