ARTNotes for Jan. 27

January 27, 2014


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Upcoming events

Feb. 11: The ArtSounds performance series presents “A Tale of Two Rabbys” by Brian Padavic. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Initiated by faculty from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and KCAI, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making.
Feb. 21: “Saints Stars and Selfies” opens with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the H&R Block Artspace. The exhibit is free and open to the public and will remain on view through April 2.

Graphic design chair Tyler Galloway creates ‘Bike City KC’ initiative

Tyler Galloway, chair of KCAI’s graphic design department, spent much of his sabbatical working on an initiative to get people riding their bikes. Called “Bike City KC,” Galloway launched a Facebook page,, that features videos of people sharing stories about their very first bike. He interviewed a diverse range of cyclists throughout Kansas City who also will share stories and discuss issues surrounding cycling in the city. Galloway noted that he has other projects connected to this initiative and possibly an exhibit slated for the future. Pictured: Bike City KC logo.

Spring has sprung for continuing education

Classes are already in session for the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, but it’s not too late to sign up for the spring semester. For youth ages 6-14, Digital Photography, Large Scale Drawing and Drawing FUNdamentals II start in February. Life Drawing and Fashion Pattern Construction for high school students start Feb. 1. For adults, Silkscreen and Block Printing on Fabric, Introduction to Looking at Art, Pastels Intensive and Watercolor Excitement also are on the schedule for February. Register online at

Alumni updates

Ben Harle (’12 ceramics and art history), Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture and art history) and Dean Roper (’13 ceramics) all will show work in “The Tyranny of Good Taste, an exhibition presented by the Charlotte Street Foundation at la Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition features contemporary artworks produced from such materials as studio leftovers, junk food, craft store oddities and remnants of failed first attempts from 15 artists from across the nation. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The exhibition runs through March 29.
William Wilmott (’08 painting) is hosting a First Friday show at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at The Guild, 1621 Locust St., entitled “William Wilmott presents Neon Nicodemus.” For the show, Willmott is collaborating with his father, Kevin, a Lawrence, Kan.-based filmmaker who will be showing his new film, “Destination: Planet Negro!” William’s brother Kevin Willmott II's band Cowboy Winter also will be performing. The event is free and open to the public. Pictured: “Neon Nicodemus 2,” William Wilmott, 2014, mixed media on paper.

Faculty updates

Kelly John Clark, lecturer in printmaking, will be participating in several exhibitions in the coming months. The “Sum of Us” is a group show, opening Jan. 30 and running through June 28 at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, 724 S. 12th St. in Omaha. For more information, visit In February, Clark will show work in “Synchronized,” a group show organized by Gehry Kohler at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St. For more information, visit Finally, Clark will participate in another group show by the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, “Sunday Painter” at Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Road. Opening Feb. 7, the exhibition is curated by Michael Schonhoff, assistant curator, community outreach and exhibition management for the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI. It runs through March 15. For more information, visit
Maura Cluthe (’93 illustration), an instructor in illustration, has been selected for inclusion in The Society of Illustrators show “Illustrators 56.” Her work, “Assembly Unknown,” will be on display during the first part of the two-part annual exhibition at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators in New York, running through Feb. 1. The exhibit features works by leading contemporary illustrators worldwide, selected by a prestigious jury of professionals. For more information about the show, visit the Society of Illustrators website Pictured: “Assembly Unknown,” Maura Cluthe, 2013.
Work by Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, is featured on the cover of the February issue of Ceramics Monthly. Inside, there is an article written by Glenn R. Brown, Ph.D., professor of art history and associate professor of the art department at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kan., about Donnelly’s work. Pictured: Cover of Ceramics Monthly, pitcher set, Paul Donnelly, 2011, wheel-thrown porcelain, oxidation-fired, wood base.
Michael Wickerson, chair of KCAI’s sculpture department, will be featured on the March/April cover of KC Studio magazine and is showing twice in The Netherlands this month at Naked Architecture and Workshop of Wonders. He also is showing in Krakow, Poland, on Feb. 21 at More information on Wickerson’s work can be found on his blog at

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Greenlease Gallery – Michael Schonhoff, assistant curator, community outreach and exhibition management for the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, will be guest curator for “Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie” at Greenlease Gallery, 1100 Rockhurst Road, on the Rockhurst University campus. The exhibition, opening Feb. 7 and running through March 15, is presented by the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie and will feature work by Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting; Christopher Bell (’04 painting and art history); Wes Benson, instructor in CPS; Matt Bollinger (’03 painting and creative writing); Kelly John Clark, lecturer in printmaking; Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), special instructor of painting; Molly Kaderka (’10 painting); Krystal Kuhn (’11 printmaking); Tom Matt, instructor in CPS; Lee Piechocki; and Rachel Rolon (’11 fiber and painting).
H&R Block Artspace – SPECTRA: A Nomadic Platform for Experimental Film and Video opens at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., with a group exhibition entitled “Sculpties,” curated by David Rhoads (’10 painting). The exhibition features the work of Robert Chase Heishman (’08 photography and art history), Jordan Johnson (’10 sculpture) and Brendan Meara (’04 painting), among others. The event is free and open to the public. Pictured: Poster for “Sculpties” exhibition.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – “Gorgeous & Outrageous: The Art of Tony Naponic” (’74 painting) continues through March 1. The exhibition features more than 60 narrative and abstract paintings, drawings and works on paper by the artist from 1974 through 2002 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday, Feb. 7. Pictured: “Eh, Baloney,” Tony Naponic, 1983, acrylic on canvas, 53 inches by 107 inches.

Calls for artists

The Undergrads Underground Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and the Destination Gallery at the Student Living Center on the KCAI campus are accepting proposals for six exhibitions to open in March, April and May. Proposals should be submitted to Erin Jones in the KCAI Student Life office no latter than 5 p.m. Feb. 13 for all shows. Shows are one month long and each will have an opening reception during First Fridays. For more information, contact Misty Gamble ( or David Steele Overholt (
The Watermill Center on Long Island, N.Y., is hosting an International Summer Program led by artistic director Robert Wilson. Each summer, approximately 65 artists from almost 30 countries gather for two to five weeks in intense creative exploration. Participants receive access to 20,000-square-feet of rehearsal/performance/design spaces, a theater production archive, a 6,000-volume library, outdoor stages, the Watermill Art Collection and the Center’s landscaped grounds. To submit an application, visit The deadline is March 12.
Kansas City Voices, an annual magazine that publishes a mix of fiction, essays, interviews, articles, poetry and art, is seeking submissions for its 2014 publication. Entries may include poetry, prose and art and must be submitted by March 15. Submissions are accepted online. For more information, visit


The KC Make-A-Wish Young Professionals group is looking for new volunteers to join the group in 2014, as well as 2014 committee members. The Make-A-Wish Kansas City Young Professionals is a diverse group of young leaders who are dedicated to supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Kansas City. Members help promote Make-A-Wish by hosting social events geared toward young professionals in order to increase awareness, encourage volunteerism and raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. For more information about joining the group or its development committee, contact Sabrina Killian at 816-835-7672 or

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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