ARTNotes for Dec. 16

December 16, 2013


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KCAI hosts Patron Preview Party

KCAI hosted a Patron Preview Party on Dec. 5, the eve of the public opening of the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale. Partygoers had an opportunity to tour selected studio departments; view and purchase work before the exhibition and sale opened to the public; and enjoy a progressive evening of food and drinks. Proceeds benefited the student scholarship fund. Pictured: (from left) Jacqueline Chanda, president of KCAI; Warren Rosser, chair of painting; and Linda and Topper Johntz. Photo by Mark McDonald.

ARTNotes design to change in January

When ARTNotes resumes after the holiday season, you will notice a few changes to the layout, making it easier to find and read the stories and information you want. Based on the survey feedback you gave us a couple of months ago, all of the same information about students, alumni, faculty and local KCAI-related exhibitions will remain, but what you will notice is where these items are located. We also will do our best to provide more images with each story. Look for the new layout beginning with the Jan. 13 issue.
As a reminder, the deadline to submit information or story ideas is 5 p.m. the Wednesday before publication. To submit information for upcoming issues or to subscribe to ARTNotes, contact Brian Spano, communications manager, at or 816-802-3532.

Former student celebrates 100th birthday

Ann Deyer Stubbs of Overland Park, who was a student at KCAI in the early 1930s, celebrated her 100th birthday on Nov. 20. After studying commercial art at KCAI, she worked for Hallmark Cards and later, as a freelance artist, for Western Auto and Sears. Her memories of KCAI include figure drawing classes and painting or sketching on the lawn outside Vanderslice Hall. Pictured: Ann Stubbs with a scrapbooks of card mock-ups she produced for Hallmark; photo courtesy of Stubbs’ daughter, Gail Dunker.

Graphic design students go beyond the printed page

Students in assistant professor Marty Maxwell Lane’s “Narrative” course created an interactive museum timeline display that’s demonstrated in this video: This particular design solution, imagined for Kansas City’s Union Station, was a collaboration between juniors Duane Diverno and Jonathan Knoffer. For details about the class, visit
Meanwhile, sophomore students in a “Typography One” class that Lane co-teaches with lecturer Dan Padavic, worked in teams to create dimensional letters that would somehow impact the physical space in which they were placed. The students were required to build the letters and then photograph them in context. Three of the students – Samantha Yates, Myles Thompson and Patrick Stone – worked on a project they entitled “Mend,” positioning these letters outside vacant school buildings in the Kansas City, Mo., School District. Below is their project statement. Photos of the project can be viewed at and also at
“We used ‘Mend’ at a variety of closed schools in Kansas City, Mo.,” the students wrote. “Our goal was to raise awareness of the unspoken youth that are affected by the recent shutdowns of schools in the metro area. Using the typeface Clarendon we constructed the word out of foam-core, moss and synthetic flowers. Our main idea for using these materials is to symbolize growth and rejuvenation in the school system. We hope that once the complex issue of these schools (is) mended, then growth in the minds of the youth can occur.”
Pictured: An image from “Mend” by Samantha Yates, Myles Thompson and Patrick Stone.

CPS accepting applications for summer instructors

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is now accepting applications for potential instructors and teaching assistants for its summer 2014 courses and camp. To fill out an application, visit


CASL sponsors ‘Pet-a-Pooch’ event to help relieve stress of finals

What's the best remedy for the stress of finals week? Pet-a-Pooch therapy, delivered Dec. 3 in Epperson Auditorium, courtesy of Christina Larkins (senior, illustration), our Community Arts and Service Learning program and Mo-Kan Pet Partners. Pictured: KCAI students take a break from finals to enjoy the companionship of several dogs brought to campus by Mo-Kan Pet Partners.

Faculty updates

A new installation by Jill Downen, assistant professor in sculpture, is on view in “Place is the Space” through Dec 29. The exhibition marks the beginning of a yearlong celebration of the 10th anniversary of Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis’ critically acclaimed building. Featuring five new site-specific commissions by major contemporary artists, the exhibition is an unprecedented curatorial collaboration between the building’s architect, Brad Cloepfil, founding principal of Allied Works Architecture, and Dominic Molon, CAM’s chief curator. A full color catalog includes images of Downen’s installation “Beauty Mark” and essays by Cloepfil and Molon, among others. The catalogue is available through CAM St. Louis by calling 314-535-4660 or Pictured: “Beauty Mark,” Jill Downen, 2013, gold leaf, polystyrene, gypsum, latex, dimensions vary. Photo by Richard Sprengeler.
Caleb Taylor, special instructor in foundation, is presenting new work at dm contemporary in New York. This is his first one-person show with the gallery and his first one-person show in New York. The exhibition, featuring acrylic and oil paintings on canvas from Taylor’s ongoing Space Gate series, runs through Feb. 1. Pictured: “Space Gate I - Pull,” Caleb Taylor, 2012, oil and acrylic on canvas, 72 inches by 66 inches.

Welcome to KCAI

The following individuals have recently joined KCAI on a full-time basis:
Tiffany Gravis, financial aid coordinator
Emily Hess, advancement, senior director of leadership giving
Greyland Stone, security, safety and security officer
Joseph Timson, assistant dean of students
Christine (Chris) Wahlert, advancement, donor strategy and information manager
Welcome to all!

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – A 25-year retrospective exhibition of paintings and drawings by Richard Mattsson, who retired this past spring after teaching at KCAI for 48 years, continues through Dec. 28 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Pictured: “Corcoran Rainbow,” Richard Mattsson, 2010, 48 inches by 72 inches.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – “Gorgeous & Outrageous: The Art of Tony Naponic,” (’74 painting) opens First Friday, Jan. 3. The exhibition features more than 60 narrative and abstract paintings, drawings and works on paper by the artist from 1974 through 2002. It will be on view through March 1. Pictured: "Out of the Blue," Tony Naponic, 1985, 66 inches by 54 inches.
Red Star Studios – Elina Jurado (’13 ceramics) will have work available for purchase online at through Red Star Studios’ “Digital Debut” series, which features regional, national and international contemporary ceramic artists. Her work will be available through January. Pictured: “Serving Bowl,” Elina Juardo, 2013, terracotta, 15 inches by 15 inches by 9 inches.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center – Work by Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, and Rain Harris is featured in “Confluence,” running through Dec. 28 at Red Star Studios at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. Pictured: “Pitcher and Tumblers,” Paul Donnelly, 2013, porcelain reduction-fired, (pitcher) 9 inches by 8 ¼ inches, (tumblers) 5 ½ inches by 3 ½ inches.
Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yard Studios – Jessica Brandl (’06 ceramics and art history), Guy Michael Davis (’03 ceramics), Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, Roberto Lugo (’12 ceramics), Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics), Katie Parker (’03 ceramics) and Bobby Silverman (’80 ceramics) are all showing work in “Ceramic Top 40|2013,” at Red Star Studios at the Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition runs through Jan. 25. It features work by 20 artists over the age of 40 and 20 artists under the age of 40 curated through a process that combines invited and juried submissions.

Calls for artists

The Allied Arts Council in conjunction with St. Joseph, Mo., invites sculptors to apply for the first St. Joseph Sculpture Walk, an exhibit of outdoor sculptures displayed year-round. Regional, national and international sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2014 through May 2015. Selected sculptures/sculptors receive a $500 honorarium, and all sculptures selected compete for up to $13,000 in awards. For more information, visit The deadline for submission is March 3.

Opportunities list

KCAI’s Academic Advising and Career Services office regularly publishes a creative opportunities and career listing with employment, freelance, volunteer and RFQ listings for students and alumni. Download the current creative opportunities list here. Download the current career list here.


Upcoming events at KCAI

Check out a listing of all upcoming events at the Kansas City Art Institute.