ARTNotes for Dec. 12

December 12, 2011

This will be the last issue of ARTNotes until Jan. 10. Happy holidays!

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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

Dec. 16–Jan. 1: KCAI’s administrative offices will be closed beginning at 5 p.m. Dec. 16. Offices will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 2.

Happy holidays from KCAI

The Kansas City Art Institute wishes you a happy holiday season: This animated card was created and designed by Frankie Oviedo (’04 design), partner in Liquid 9; Josh Lambert (’10  design) designer in Liquid 9; and the Liquid 9 team. The text is a poem by Samantha Kearns (creative writing and graphic design).

Alumnus wins $50,000 award

Akio Takamori ('76 ceramics) has received a $50,000 award as a 2011 USA Fellow, announced by United States Artists, a foundation that annually distributes 50 grants of $50,000 to innovative performing, visual, media and literary artists of merit across the country. Takamori is professor of art and ceramics at the University of Washington, and his hand-painted figurative works are in the collections of the Carnegie Museum of Art and other institutions.

Alumnus wins AIA Honor Award

“DREAM,” an Art through Architecture gold-level art achievement project by Archie Scott Gobber (’88 painting), was recently awarded Allied Arts and Craftsmanship’s 2011 Arts Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects-Kansas City. Gobber's artwork was commissioned by Missouri Bank and BKS Real Estate for Missouri Bank's Brookside branch, designed by Helix Architecture + Design. The installation, created specifically for the 90-foot wall inside the bank’s drive-through, features oversized, hand-painted aluminum letters that spell the word “dream” against brightly colored horizontal stripes running the entire length of the wall. Pictured: “Dream,” Archie Scott Gobber.  

Faculty updates

Assistant Professor Anne Boyer, who teaches creative writing at KCAI, had work selected by the American Academy of Poets as the “poem of the day” for Nov. 23. To read her poem, visit

Alumni updates

R. Justin Stewart (’03 ceramics)recently completed a large-scale installation entitled “Fully Empty #2” at the Gowanus Ballroom in Brooklyn, N.Y., as a part of “The Longest Night,” a group exhibition paying a bit of Brooklyn-style homage to the winter solstice. Drawing inspiration from the longest night of the year, the show explores darkness and light through artworks that mesmerize and sometimes deceive the eye. 

Calls for artists

Leone Anne Reeves (’03 ceramics and creative writing) is seeking two to three interns to assist on pre-production beginning in January for Reeves’s upcoming feature film scheduled to begin shooting in May in Kansas City. Internship responsibilities will include conducting research, managing auditions and publicity, assisting with the Kickstarter campaign and other general tasks. Students and recent graduates are invited to apply for the position, which will require a minimum commitment of five hours a week for six months. To apply, send a letter of inquiry along with a resume and two references to

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 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 d├ęcor 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

Blue Gallery – “Wonder Wall,” featuring works of art for $500 or less, is showing through Jan. 28 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Artists in the show include Amy Abshier-Reyes (’97 illustration), Rich Bowman (’91 design), Maura Cluthe (’93 illustration), special instructor in illustration, Lori Raye Erickson (’89 design), Rachel Stuart-Haas (’98 design and illustration), Bernadette Torres (’91 ceramics) and Brad Williams (’09 painting). For details visit Pictured: “Red Throughout,” Rich Bowman, oil on canvas on panel, 6 inches by 6 inches.

Dolphin Gallery – Dolphin Gallery presents “Push,” a group exhibition showing through Jan. 21. The show features work by KCAI artists including Anthony Baab (’04 painting), Archie Scott Gobber (’88 painting), Ke-Sook Lee (’82 painting), Anne Lindberg, former foundation faculty member, and Aaron Wrinkle (’04 painting). The gallery is located at 1600 Liberty St. Visit for more information.

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 is on display through Jan. 20. For details, visit

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – “Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait” will open at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Jan. 13. Although primarily known for his plein air landscapes, Kansas City-based painter Wilbur Niewald (B.F.A. ’49 and M.F.A. ’53 painting), professor emeritus of painting, also paints portraits in his studio. This exhibition includes a variety of portraits by Niewald including commissions and will remain on view through June 17. Pictured: “Self Portrait,” Wilbur Niewald, 2010, oil on canvas, 32 inches by 23 inches; courtesy of the artist.

Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – “Abstract-Kansas City” is currently on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. A formal opening will be held Jan. 13 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Spanning 50 years of abstraction in Kansas City, this exhibition celebrates the 30th anniversary of JCCC’s art collection. It also reflects the college’s and museums’ depth of commitment to artists who have a biographical or geo­graphical connection to the Kansas City area. Approximately 30 percent of the collection now showcases the achievements of artists associated with metropolitan Kansas City.  The show focuses on a rich history of abstract painting in Kansas City, but also extends to works on paper, photography and clay. KCAI artists featured in the exhibition include Corrie Baldauf (’06 fiber); James Brinsfield, lecturer in painting; Dan Christensen (’64 painting); Brian Fahlstrom (’00 painting); Lester Goldman, former painting faculty member; David Harrison, special instructor in painting; Rachel Hayes (’99 fiber); Ke-Sook Lee (’82 painting); Jim Leedy, retired professor of sculpture; Anne Lindberg, former foundation faculty member; Amy Myers (’95 painting); Wilbur Niewald (B.F.A. ’49 and M.F.A. ’53 painting), professor emeritus of painting; Warren Rosser, chair and William T. Kemper distinguished professor of painting; Eric Sall (’99 painting); Caleb Taylor, special instructor in foundation; and Stanley Whitney (’68 painting). The exhibition runs through Feb. 19. More information is available at Pictured: “Mountains II,” Wilbur Niewald, 1961, watercolor.

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

Spray Booth Gallery – “Take to the Road,” an exhibition of photographs by Chloe Mann (’10 photography), is on view at Spray Booth Gallery, located at 130 W. 18th St., inside Volker Bicycles. The show continues through Dec. 31. Visit for more information. Pictured: Photograph by Chloe Mann.