ARTNotes for Feb. 24

February 24, 2014


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Upcoming events

Feb. 27: Susanna Coffey 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. Coffey is an artist best known for her painted self-portraits, themes of war, still life and nighttime, plein air landscapes. She is the F.H. Sellers Professor in Painting at The School of The Art Institute Chicago, where she has taught since 1982. The lecture is free and open to the public.
March 7: “Progress and Prosperity,” a juried exhibition of work by KCAI students, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St. The show continues through March 29, when a closing reception and artist talks will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. The exhibition is one in a series sponsored by KCAI’s office of Academic Advising and Career Services.
March 11: The ArtSounds performance series presents “Sea Prairie: Oceans Apart,” a performance by Alex Shapiro and Paul Rudy. 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. The performance is free and open to the public.
Through April 2: “Saints Stars & Selfies” at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St., features recent work by a selection of artists who are inspired by art history and reference historical works of art by Fra Angelico, Frederick Remington, Hans Holbein, Francisco Goya, Carl Andre, Chuck Close or genres and styles that include Renaissance painting, American modernism, Dutch portraiture and Social Realism. 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

Kansas City Design Week includes role for KCAI

KCAI will have a strong presence at March 8th’s “Design Futures: High School Edition” during Kansas City Design Week (Feb. 27-March 8). Recent graphic design alumnus Taylor Pruitt has been invited as a panelist to discuss professional life after design school. The panel will be moderated by KCAI graphic design chair Tyler Galloway. Kelly Ludwig, special instructor in the department, will host "Sweet Sweet Typefaces,” a workshop on designing a modular typeface using unusual materials (read: candy!). Finally, KCAI will have an information table at the event to showcase graphic design and our other academic offerings. For details about KC Design Week, which includes a Design Learning Challenge and Workshop for K-12 teachers to be held March 1 in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus, visit

CPS summer camp scholarship application is online now

Need-based scholarships are available for youth and high school summer camps in KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies. Scholarships cover the cost of a full week of camp. To apply, fill out the application and postmark by April 11. For questions regarding youth summer camp, contact Cambria Potter at or 816-802-3488. For questions regarding high school summer camp, contact Sonja Garrett at or 816-802-3489.

Student updates

Three KCAI junior-year printmaking students participated earlier this month in the Invitational Print Exhibition at the Nashville Print Revival in Tennessee. Daiana Oneto, Samantha Mendoza and Kevin Schuette exhibited work alongside students from 15 other universities and colleges at Two Tone Gallery in Murfreesboro, Tenn. For more information about the Nashville Print Revival, visit Pictured: “Body as Landscape,” Daiana Oneto, 2013, color lithograph (four-layer reduction).
Congratulations to Monica Roesner (junior, graphic design), who has been named a 2014 “Student to Watch” by Graphic Design USA magazine. Her photo and profile appear in the current issue of the publication, and you can view them online here: Pictured: Monica Roesner.

Faculty updates

Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, has a solo exhibition titled “Rotations” on view in the Main Gallery at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Berman will conduct a gallery talk at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 27, and the exhibition continues through March 7. Additional information is available at Pictured: “Starburst #5,” Laura Berman, 2013, monoprint, 22 inches by 22 inches; photo by E. G. Schempf.
Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, was recently published in the new Lark Books 500 series, “500 Figures in Clay, Volume 2,” which included a four-image, two-page spread. This is her fourth publishing with Lark. In 2012, she was a writer and juror and was published in
“The Best of 500 Ceramics: Celebrating a Decade in Clay.” The previous books in which Gamble was published included “21st Century Ceramics”, a hard cover collectors edition, and “500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Works.”
Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking, is showing work in “Butterfly Effect” at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd. Other artists include Polly Apfelbaum, John Kalymnios and Christian Boltanski. The exhibition is open through June 15.
Miguel Rivera, associate professor and chair of printmaking, will be presenting March 7 at the University of Colorado Boulder at Crossing & Connecting: The Beginning of a 3 School Event for MoPrint 2014. Joining him will be Cara Jaye, a professor from Western Washington University, for a Cross Over Project presentation. Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, will have work included in one of the exhibitions entitled “Environments – here and there.” For more information, visit In addition, Rivera will be part of a panel at the Southern Graphics Council International Conference on March 29 in San Francisco. For more information about the conference, visit
The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd., will debut four new large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City artists Rie Egawa and Caleb Taylor, special instructor in foundation, on its “Artboards” in time for First Friday March 7. Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, the Artboards are visible to the public and will remain on view through the end of May. Taylor created the east-facing Artboards to “contribute to an ongoing investigation of the act of extraction for perceptual effect.” Taylor said the work features an intricate photographic layering technique, wherein he documented architectonic paper structures in arrangements that respond to his observations of constructed spaces and rhythms within urban grid layouts. Pictured: “Presence of Absence I and II, Caleb Taylor.
Digital Print Exhibition and KC Studio are hosting a Cover Release Party for Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture, from 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 28 at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St., to celebrate a cover story release and to present and sell four of Wickerson Studios four prints from its latest digital happening FIRE OVER KANSAS. Wickerson worked in collaboration with Jaroslaw Rodycz and Erik Meulenbelt from Holland on this project.

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 and 6 to 9 p.m. First Friday, Feb. 7. Pictured: “Distant Pass,” Tony Naponic, 1989-90, acrylic on canvas, sandpaper and wood, 60 inches by 48 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 – 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.
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.
Subterranean Gallery – Rachel Gregor (’12 painting) will showcase “Barred Meadows” March 7 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. This is an exhibition of new oil paintings, exploring ideas of nostalgia and feminine identity. An opening reception will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Additional viewing is by appointment from March 8 through April 15. Gregor was a 2012-2013 resident of the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project Residency program and has participated in multiple group shows throughout Kansas City including shows at H&R Block Artspace, The Paragraph Gallery, Spray Booth Gallery and Vulpes Bastille. Gregor now lives and works in St. Louis. Pictured: Untitled Self-Portrait No. 20, Rachel Gregor, 2013 oil on linen, 13 inches by 12 inches.

Calls for artists

Help Humane, located in Belton, Mo., seeks donations of artwork for Picassos for Pets, the organization’s fifth annual silent art auction and fundraiser. The event will take place April 12, and donations are due April 5. Help Humane is a nonprofit organization committed to ending the suffering and killing of homeless, abused or neglected animals. Artists donating to the event can display their bio and business cards next to their works of art. To donate, contact Miranda Shepart at For more information about Help Humane, visit


Fabric scraps available - An alterations shop in Oak Grove, Mo., has scrap cloth of denim, cotton, linen, polyester and more that they would be happy to transport to campus and give to any students who might have a use for this material. Quantity is about seven trash bags full. If interested, contact Mickey Smith at before the end of February.

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.