ARTNotes for Feb. 10

February 10, 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. 20: Del Harrow will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the college's “Current Perspectives” lecture series. Harrow is a sculptor and educator based in Fort Collins, Colo. He is an assistant professor of art at Colorado State University and taught previously at Penn State University and KCAI. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Feb. 21: An opening reception for “Saints Stars & Selfies” will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition continues through April 2. Participating artists include Juan Capistran, Kathleen Gilje, Nina Katchadourian, Hendrik Kerstens, Liane Lang, Vik Muniz, Mark Newport (’86 fiber), Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking) and Kehinde Wiley. The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit Pictured: “Fellow Travelers,” Liane Lang, 2012, digital pigment print.

New chapter opens for KCAI’s longtime director of human resources

Barbara Finke, director of human resources, retired from KCAI Jan. 31, after 25 years of service. KCAI faculty and staff assembled Jan. 23 in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms to honor her and bid a fond farewell as she begins the next chapter in her life, which promises to entail more time with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter as well as more opportunities for trout fishing. Pictured in the two photos: Top: Rick Rieder, vice president for administration (second from left) serves as master of ceremonies at the retirement party honoring Finke (far left); bottom: Barbara Finke with her retirement gift from KCAI, a watercolor by Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting.

Three KCAI staff members receive recognition

KCAI President Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., announced the first-ever staff appreciation awards Jan. 30 at an all-school meeting. Calder Kamin, academic and career advisor in Academic Advising and Career Services, received the Creative Mind Award; Amy Gross, special events assistant in Advancement, received the Beyond the Call of Duty award; and Raechell Smith, director of the H&R Block Artspace, received the Community Connection award. The process for selecting award winners began with nominations from faculty, staff and students. Each award carried a $5,000 stipend. Pictured in three photos: (left) President Jacqueline Chanda and Calder Kamin; (middle) President Chanda and Amy Gross; and (right) President Chanda and Raechell Smith.

Register now for the 2014 Coalition for Museum Learning Symposium

The 2014 Coalition for Museum Learning Symposium is set for April 4 at the National WWI Museum and April 5 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. These all-day sessions are designed for current and future volunteers working in one of Kansas City’s art, historic or cultural organizations. Details of the symposium are online at The session includes five workshops; a keynote presentation by Dr. Peter Welsh, professor and director of museum studies at the University of Kansas; Saturday lunch; cocktail receptions; take-aways; and networking opportunities. For more information, contact Tabitha Schmidt, director of KCAI’s School for Professional and Continuing Studies, at or 816-802-3445.

Student updates

Emily Kenyon (senior, fiber) was interviewed Jan. 29 on KKFI-FM (90.1) on ArtSpeak Radio. The focus was Kenyon’s “American Dreamgirls” series. Kenyon’s work consists of costume design, stop-motion animation and community collaborations. In addition to her studio practice, she has collaborated with artists in the performance realm including Paul Mesner Puppets, Stonelion Puppet Theatre and a current project with ArtSounds. She also has been involved in community projects, such as writing and designing for The Bohemian magazine, a collaborative mural project for the Miami Children’s Hospital and an upcoming costuming project for Hello Art.
A sculpture by foundation student Nick Ruby has been installed in the law offices of Bryan Cave LLC, located in One Kansas City Place at 1200 Main St. in downtown Kansas City. “Art,” as the piece has been dubbed, is on the 38th floor of the building, in new space recently acquired by the firm. Herb Kohn, a partner in the firm and a member of the KCAI board of trustees, saw the work at the end-of-semester exhibition in December, during a Patron Preview event, and acquired it for Bryan Cave. Pictured: Sculpture by Nick Ruby; photograph by Herb Kohn.

Alumni updates

Marlene Alexander (’68 painting) is currently showing in two exhibitions at The Attic Gallery in Portland, Ore., and the Tumalo Art Company in Bend, Ore. Alexander also is in her 38th year as owner/teacher of a children's art school, Creative Arts. Along with her teaching, she has launched a healing arts program at the local hospital, which encompassed creating art with patients, selecting art for the walls and doing three rotating art galleries.
Since retiring, she has created a similar program for Partners in Care, a hospice program. This past November, she finished a yearlong online graduate certificate program with the University of Florida, Arts in Medicine. Based in Washington, D.C., she will be rotating off of the Global Alliance for Arts & Health board after serving seven years. She had been a member of the organization since 1990.
Theresa Kasun (’88 painting) has been selected as one of five finalists of the New York Academy of Art poster contest for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. It will be on display at Madison Square Garden through Feb. 11 and will be available in a set of cards that includes the winner and each of the finalists. For being a finalist, Kasun earned $500, while the winner gets $5,000. Pictured: Theresa Kasun’s poster entry “The Midnight Walk” for the New York Academy of Art poster contest.
Megan Mantia (’06 printmaking and art history) and Leone Reeves (’03 ceramics) will teach a performance production/collaboration workshop at the Paris College of Art beginning in July. The emphasis of this two-week course is on the development and encouragement of new theory and practice in performance and production. For more information about the class, visit
Hiram Alfredo Rodriguez-Mora (’83 painting), who has been painting since 1957, was recently featured in an online magazine called Cruce, published by Universidad Metropolitana out of San Juan, Puerto Rico. To read the article, visit Pictured: “The Martyrdom of St. Philomena,” Hiram Alfredo Rodriguez-Mora, 2012, oil on plaster on cardboard, 15 1/2 inches by 19 3/4 inches.
Terri Wheeler (’96 painting) will exhibit her work in “Some More Flowers” March 7-29 in the Underground Gallery at The Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St. An opening night reception has been scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. March 7. Pictured: “Violets,” Terri Wheeler, oil on canvas, 40 inches by 60 inches. 

Faculty updates

Warren Rosser, chair of the painting department, has an exhibition running through March 22 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. The show is entitled “The Space Between.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Pictured: “In Ascending Order,” Warren Rosser, 2012, oil paint on linen, 84 inches by 60 inches.

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, 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).
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. Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, at 2012 Baltimore Ave., is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Pictured: “Milk,” Tony Naponic, 1977, acrylic on linen, 56 1/4 inches by 38 3/4 inches.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – “Breath,” an exhibition of work by Chris Gustin (’75 ceramics) is currently on display at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave., and will run through March 22. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Pictured: #1111, Chris Gustin, 22 inches by 22 inches by 22 inches.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – Arnie Zimmerman (’77 ceramics) is showing work in an exhibition through March 22 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. The title of the show is “Slabs, Tubes & Holes.” Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday or by appointment. Pictured: Arnie Zimmerman, 2011, 31 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches.

Calls for artists

The Undergrads Underground Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center and the Destination Gallery in 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 KCAI faculty members Misty Gamble ( or David Steele Overholt (
Sprung Formal, KCAI’s award-winning literary arts journal, isnow accepting submissions for its 2014 issue.Sprung Formal is a small literary magazine dedicated to publishing original work by developing and established artists, poets and writers. The deadline for submissions is March 9, and they can be sent to with last name of author/artist and title(s) of work in the subject line.


It was stated in the Jan. 27 edition of ARTNotes that KCAI faculty member Kelly John Clark would be participating in an exhibition this month at City Ice Arts entitled “Synchronized.” He is not taking part in that show. We regret the error.

Opportunities list

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