ARTNotes for Jan. 9

January 9, 2012

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Calendar of events

Jan. 16: KCAI will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. The program will feature a documentary on the Civil Rights Movement, and Charles Coulter will speak about King’s legacy. There will be singing and cake, and participants will receive a free lapel button honoring King.

Jan. 23: First day of classes.

Former faculty members and alumnus garner major awards

Local artist Anne Lindberg, who formerly taught in the KCAI foundation department, has received a Joan Mitchell Foundation artist grant carrying an award of $25,000. Another former KCAI faculty member, Sonya Clark, received a United States Artists Fellowship, which carries an award of $50,000. Clark now teaches at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond. In the last issue of ARTNotes we reported that alumnus Akio Takamori (’76 ceramics), also won a USA Fellowship. Takamori teaches ceramics at the University of Washington.

Artists invite you to “walk this way”

In celebration of the Charlotte Street Foundation’s 15th anniversary, Charlotte Street and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art present “Charlotte Street Artists’ Walks,” a series of tours and talks at the museum led by Charlotte Street Award fellows. At these Friday evening events, visitors will see the Nelson’s collection through the eyes of the fellows as they tour works in the Nelson’s collection that particularly inspire and resonate with the fellows. In conjunction with the tours, each artist will present a short slideshow and talk about their own art. Peregrine Honig, who studied at KCAI, and Mark Southerland will present the first walk at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. These events are free, but space is limited so registration is required. Visit to register.  

Alumnus featured on Missouri Bank Artboards

Work by Jon Scott Anderson (’69 painting) has recently been installed on the Artboards at Missouri Bank’s Crossroads branch, 125 Southwest Blvd. Administered by Art through Architecture in collaboration with Missouri Bank, the Artboards are exterior, double-sided billboards. Anderson has created a single, contiguous photographic image, split between the two billboards. Composed of multiple photographs taken from different points of view, his Artboards portray a uniquely constructed view of nature. The new Artboards will remain on view through March. Pictured: Artboard by Jon Scott Anderson.

Faculty updates

Tracy Krumm, assistant professor of fiber, recently placed work entitled “Table (Husks)” in the permanent collection of the U.S. State Department’s Art in the Embassies Program. The piece was installed at the new U.S. Embassy in the Republic of Djibouti. The collection can be viewed online at Krumm’s work in the Denver Art Museum’s exhibition “Slight of Hand” was reviewed in an article by art critic Kyle MacMillan Nov. 25 in the Denver Post. To read the article, visit The exhibition features internationally known textile artists whose work is part of the museum’s permanent collection; it remains on view through April 15. Pictured: “Table (Husks),” detail, Tracy Krumm, crocheted metal, pigment and graphite on panel, 45 inches by 66.5 inches by 6 inches.

Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture, is profiled on the new Arts in Conservation Education website at The site describes her work with the National Endowment for the Arts, mentions KCAI and includes images of McCoy and KCAI students. The site is sponsored by the NEA and the Smithsonian Institution. “This website will feature artists, musicians and conservation educators who help educate the public about conservation through their creative expressions,” said Jim Deutsch, program curator of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, D.C. “Visitors to the website will have the opportunity to provide comments on our case studies by clicking on any of the view/leave feedback buttons. We are very much hoping to create dialogues and conversations with this interactive feature."

Alumni updates

Jennifer Boe (’01 painting) was recently featured in an interview on Mr X Stitch, a blog on contemporary embroidery and needlecraft. To read the interview, visit

“Graphic Design: Now in Production,” an exhibit now showing at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, features the "paint it white" campaign logo by Adam McBride ('10 graphic design). This major graphic design exhibit, curated by Ellen Lupton and Andrew Bleuvelt, will be touring the United States. McBride’s poster is featured as part of the “Green Patriot Posters” project. Pictured: Poster by Adam McBride. 

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

ArtCorps is an organization that uses the arts to advance social change in developing countries by sending artists to Central America to support environmental, public health and human rights initiatives. ArtCorps is accepting applications for June 2012 placements in Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. During the one- to two-year placements, artists use murals, theater, stories, puppetry and other creative facilitation techniques to educate and inspire people to participate actively in improving their communities. The early application deadline is Jan. 15 and the regular application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information and to apply, visit

The city of Dubuque, Iowa, invites applications from qualified artists over the age of 18 for the 2012-13 Art on the River temporary outdoor public art exhibit. Each year, 10 sculptures are chosen to be placed at highly visible locations along the Mississippi RiverWalk at the Port of Dubuque. Selected artists receive $1,500 for loaning the work for a year. A $1,000 cash award for Best of Show is given to one artist. Sculptures must be for sale. Up to three entries per artist are accepted. Applications are due Feb. 27. General information and application forms are available online at or by contacting Jan Stoffel, arts and cultural affairs coordinator, at, 563-690-6064 or 563-589-4110.

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).

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

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 an 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 5 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. 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 features 14 portraits by Niewald dating from 1971 to 2011 and will remain on view through June 17. Chief curator Barbara O’Brien will lead a discussion with Niewald at 6 p.m. Jan. 20. Pictured: “Self Portrait,” Wilbur Niewald, 2010, oil on canvas, 32 inches by 23 inches; courtesy of the artist.

Kemper East Gallery – “Inside Out” is showing through Feb. 17 at the Kemper East Gallery, 200 E. 44th St. The exhibition features works of art created by staff, volunteers and interns at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Artists in the show with KCAI ties include Krystal Kuhn (’11 painting), Tim Morales, (’11 sculpture), Cydney Ross (junior, ceramics), Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting), Chris Bell (’03 painting), Anna Zimmerman (’06 painting) and Priscilla Petrelie (’08 ceramics). Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Pictured: Work by Krystal Kuhn. 

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 museum’s 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: “Chroma Zoma Bubble Chamber,” Amy Myers, 2006, graphite, colored pencil and pastel on paper.

Paragraph Gallery – “Black Thorns in the White Cube” is an original exhibition curated by Amelia Ishmael (’04 photo/new media and art history) that opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 20 at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. The exhibition, which runs through March 3, presents a selection of photography, prints, drawings and artist books by eight contemporary artists who are influenced by the heavy, dark and mystic obscurity of Black Metal music. Engaging with the symbols, history and myths of the Black Metal music subculture, the artists’s images explore haunted Germanic forests, descents into the void, visual translations of sonic experiences, ontologies of Black Metal band logos and barren western landscapes. Ishmael will speak about the exhibition at 4 p.m. Jan. 21 at the gallery. Following its debut in Kansas City, the show will travel to Western Exhibitions in Chicago. For additional information, visit

The Writer’s Place – P&M Artworks presents its first annual juried exhibition, “HOME,” on view Jan. 14 through March 9 at The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania. An opening reception will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 14, with an awards presentation at 7:30 p.m. to honor the top three entries. The exhibition, which is co-juried by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, Heather Lustfeldt and Patricia Brown Glenn, showcases new work by emerging artists in Kansas City centered on individual interpretations and reflections of the idea of home. A range of mediums including watercolor, drawing, ceramics, photography, textile, sculpture, video and site-specific installation can be seen. All works will be for sale. KCAI artists include Lauren Blumenberg (’10 ceramics and art history); Sara Bogosh (senior, printmaking); Kate Clements (’11 painting); Jonah Criswell (’05 painting); Ashley Lugo (senior, fiber); Roberto Lugo (senior, ceramics); Zac Miley (junior, illustration); Erin Russell (senior, painting and art history); Maegan Stracy (senior, fiber and art history); Yulie Urano (’11 fiber); Ernest Wedoff (’07 painting); Teal Wilson (senior, printmaking); and Jasmine Zelaya (’06 painting).