ARTNotes for Jan. 23

January 23, 2012

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Calendar of events

Jan. 23: First day of classes for spring semester.

Feb. 2: The Kansas City Art Institute begins its spring visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Art Practical at 7 p.m. Feb. 2 in Epperson Auditorium. Art Practical is a new and ambitious platform for chronicling contemporary art and visual culture in the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information visit

Electromediascope screening

Electromediascope will present the first screening of its spring program, “Alien Contact and Cultural Imagination,” from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Atkins Auditorium at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. “Before Tomorrow” by Marie-Hיlטne Cousineau, in collaboration with Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq, will be shown. The theme for this springs series is described as a meeting of myth and storytelling of third-world cultures, and the science fiction, technology and cinematic subcultures of the developed world. The series is presented by Gwen Widmer and Patrick Clancy, professor and chair of photography and digital filmmaking at KCAI. Screenings are free but registration is required. To make a reservation, visit

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 monthly 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. The series continues next month with a tour and talk presented by Anne Lindberg at 6 and 7 p.m. Feb. 10. Lindberg formerly taught in the KCAI foundation department and in the last issue of ARTnotes was mentioned for having recently received a Joan Mitchell Foundation artist grant. These events are free, but space is limited so registration is required. Visit to register. 

Career Services planning student exhibition

KCAI students are eligible to apply for an exhibition the college’s Career Services office is planning for March 2 to April 21 at the City Arts Project, 2015 Campbell St. Career Services Assistant Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) said an information session about the exhibition is set for 7 p.m. Jan. 26 in Epperson Auditorium. Applications for the exhibition are due Feb. 3. “This exhibition is the first in a series of ‘Access Alumni’ events,” Kamin said. “The Career Services office looks forward to connecting KCAI students to recent alumni through a series of professional practice programs and events.” 

To apply, students are asked to submit up to five images of available work; an image list, including title, date, materials, dimensions and photo credit; a brief narrative bio; and an artist’s statement to A panel of KCAI alumni will select work for the exhibition. They include Erika Hanson (’06 fiber), who now teaches in the KCAI fiber department; Justin Gainan (’04 fiber), Jason Lips (’02 ceramics); Amelia Ishmael (’04 photography, ’09 art history); and Matt Bollinger (’03 painting). For more information, contact Kamin at

President Chanda in the news

Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI, is speaking Jan. 24 at the Central Exchange, 1020 Central St., as part of the organization’s Pacesetters & Pioneers series. With locations in downtown Kansas City, and Overland Park, Kan., the Central Exchange is an organization which, according to its website, “provides the venue and voice for women seeking to reach their full personal and professional potential.” In addition, Dr. Chanda was profiled Jan. 15 in The Kansas City Star in an article by Alice Thorson, the Star’s art critic. To read the article, visit

Students setting the stage for April 14 gala

About 30 KCAI students have been in classes for the past three weeks preparing costumes and digital special effects for the college’s 2012 gala, “Art as Magic: Be Transformed.” The gala will take place April 14 in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Convention Center. The event will be a fundraiser for student scholarships at KCAI, and tickets cost $175. Georgianna Londré Buchanan, performance director for the gala, oversaw the costume design workshop in the fiber studio, and John Baker, who teaches animation at KCAI, worked with students to create digital effects that will be projected onto costumes during a student performance as well as onto the attire of guests. Guests will be invited to wear white or incorporate white into their attire, so that they will be able to experience the effects themselves. Brian Williams and KCAI trustee Steve Metzler are co-chairs of the gala. For more information, visit Pictured: Georgianna Londré Buchanan (left) and John Baker (right) in the fiber studio during the winter intersession costume design class. Londré Buchanan, performance director for the gala, oversaw the costume design workshop in the fiber studio, and Baker, who teaches animation at KCAI, worked with students to create digital effects that will be projected onto costumes.

In memoriam

Edna Campbell, 81, who worked in the KCAI business office from 1972 to 1989, died Jan. 16 at McLarney Manor in Brookfield, Mo. At the time of her retirement from KCAI, she was assistant business manager. Services were held Jan. 21 in Marceline, Mo. For more information or to sign the guest book, visit

Faculty updates

Misty Gamble, professor in the foundation department, is showing work in a solo exhibition, “Tanning and the Proprieties of Worth” at The Grand Theatre Center for the Arts, in Tracy, Calif. The exhibition opens Jan. 28 and will run through March 10. A new miniature will be included in the exhibit as well as work from the series “Sweet Terror,” “Beauty and Power” and “Primping and the Currency of Worth.” The exhibit is the largest single display of Gamble’s work since her M.F.A. exhibition in 2007. For more information about the gallery, visit

"The Odicy," by Cyrus Console, assistant professor of creative writing, was recently reviewed in The Volta. Read the story at

Tracy Krumm, assistant professor of fiber, is exhibiting two of her metal textile sculptures in “The Art of Seduction,” at The Rouse Foundation Gallery at Howard Community College in Columbia, Md.  The exhibit continues through March 18, with a public reception Feb. 16. The exhibition features a diverse collection of works that explore themes of anticipation, enticement, ideas, experience, response and memory within the visual arena. Pictured: "Pouch (hooked)," metal textile sculpture, 15" x 10" x 8"

Alumni updates

Rachel Rolon (’11 painting and fiber) has been nominated for the National Museum of Women in the Arts Biennial Women To Watch 2012 program. NMWAs Biennial Women to Watch program concentrates on contributions by female artists from across the country who specialize in a particular medium. The 2012 program focuses on artists working in the medium of fiber/textiles. The nominating committee will select five candidates from the Kansas City area to represent the local community in a group exhibition that will take place May 13 through June 24 at the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Arts Epstein Gallery in Overland Park, Kan. One of these five local artists will then be selected to represent the Midwest in an international exhibition Nov. 2 through Jan. 6, 2013 at the NMWA in Washington D.C.

Calls for artists

Applications for the 17th Annual Student Juried Competition at the Mallin and Jacqueline B. Charno Galleries, 201 Wyandotte St., are now being accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate college students in western Missouri and eastern Kansas. Students may enter one to three artworks and all media are eligible. Entries must be original work,completed in the last two years andnot previously shown in Kansas City Artist Coalition Galleries. Works that are 2-D must be framed and wired for installation, works on paper should be framed under Plexiglas, sculpture must not weigh over 150 lbs and video artists must provide display equipment for the duration of the exhibition (if accepted). Entry submissions are due March 14. Students can apply at For more information call, 816/421-5222 or visit

The Museum of Fine Arts at Florida State University invites entries for the 27th Tallahassee International Annual Juried competition. All media and any subject matter are eligible for consideration. Artists age 18 and older are eligible to submit work. The entry fee is $20 for two works. Catalog awards of $1,000 for first place and $500 for second place will be offered. The postmark deadline for entries is Feb. 14. For details, visit

Heineken invites graphic design concepts for a limited edition bottle that will be produced in 2013 to mark the company’s 140th anniversary. Using design tools provided on Heinekens Facebook page, participants must connect their design concept with that of a complete stranger to create a joint entry as a virtual design duo. The design can incorporate illustration, photography, graphics or anything else, according to the company. “Through social connectivity, this opens up a dynamic arena of design possibilities, one of which will become the chosen future bottle in Heinekens collection of classics,” a company spokesperson said. The winning design will be selected by a panel of judges including Evan Orensten, co-founder and executive editor of Cool Hunting; Mark Dytham, co-founder of global creative network PechaKucha; and Mark van Iterson, global head of design at Heineken. The winners’ names will appear on the bottle. To get involved, visit The Twitter hashtag is #yourfuturebottle. The deadline for entries is Jan. 31.

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 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

Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art – “Wilbur Niewald: The Studio Portrait” is now showing 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. A podcast of KCAI President Jacqueline Chanda, PhD., talking with Wilbur Niewald about the exhibition and Niewald’s long association with KCAI is featured on the Kemper’s website. To listen to the podcast, visit

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.

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. 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: "Off Yellow," 2011, oil on canvas, Stanley Whitney


Paragraph Gallery – “Black Thorns in the White Cube” curated by Amelia Ishmael (’04 photo/new media and art history), runs through March 3. It 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 images explore haunted Germanic forests, descents into the void, visual translations of sonic experiences, ontologies of Black Metal band logos and barren western landscapes. 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,” currently on view through March 9 at The Writer’s Place, 3607 Pennsylvania, Ave. The exhibition, which is co-juried by Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, KCAI 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).