ARTNotes for April 7

April 7, 2014


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Upcoming events

April 8: The ArtSounds performance series presents Anne Boyer’s Neo-Benshi. In the practice of Neo-Benshi, collaborators will provide live alternate voice-overs to existing film footage as a way of storytelling. The event will include performances by Dana Ward, Emily Kissner, Jordan Stempleman, Cyrus Console and Anne Boyer. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The performance is free and open to the public.
April 10: Sculptor and installation artist Pepón Osorio 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. Since 1985, Osorio has participated in visual arts projects influenced by his experience as a social worker. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or
April 17: Jordan Bass 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. Bass is the managing editor of McSweeney's Publishing, where he has helped edit and design various books, both fiction and nonfiction, since 2004. The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or

2014 B.F.A. Exhibition opens April 19, with preview April 18

The 2014 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition is set for April 19 through May 17 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. An opening preview has been scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. April 18, and the closing reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. The B.F.A. Exhibitionwill feature works by more than 130 B.F.A. candidates from KCAI, majoring in animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Pictured: “Loli Pop,” Yoojin Cheong, 2013, mixed media.

Annual FUNd campaign set for April 28–May 2

Get ready for a fun week of activities beginning Monday, April 28, as the KCAI campus puts some fun in the annual fund campaign. Some of the activities will include “Lunch on the Lawn,” a May Day celebration, a KCAI scavenger hunt and a silent auction. KCAI staff will be able to once again “Buy Your Birthday Off,” as well as participate in many more activities to support KCAI. 
The annual fund is a general operating fund KCAI uses to address the funding gap between what students pay for tuition and the actual costs. This year, that gap amounts to $5,500 per student. The annual fund offsets expenses that include general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and facility upgrades, faculty and staff salary and benefit expenses and much more. 
This year the KCAI advancement department is charged with raising $1.4 million for the annual fund. The goal for the faculty and staff portion of the campaign is $8,000. The remainder will come from trustees, foundation grants, corporate partnerships, private support and alumni.
Faculty and staff are advised to watch their mail for additional information or contact Amy Gross, special events assistant in advancement, at 816-802-3463 or

Several Continuing and Professional Studies classes begin in April

Looking for something to do this spring? The following CPS classes start this month:
  • “Tuesdays with Sharon: Figure Drawing,” 9 a.m. to noon, April 8 through May 13.
  • “Thursdays with Sharon: Watercolor, Landscape,” 9 a.m. to noon, April 10 through May 15.
  • “Plein Air Oil Painting, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 13.
  • “Elements and Principles of Design,” 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursdays, April 24 through May 15.
The summer schedule, including summer camp and classes for high school students and adults, is online at

Student updates

Prints by KCAI students who exhibited work in the Invitational Print Exhibition at the Nashville Print Revival in Tennessee earlier this year will be returning to campus soon, according to Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking. The students were Daiana Oneto, Kevin Schuette and Samantha Mendoza, all juniors majoring in printmaking. “Most of the participating schools shared work by their graduate students,” Berman said. “Daiana, Kevin and Samantha’s work looks fantastic in the mix.” To view Printeresting’s review of the exhibition, visit To locate work by the three KCAI students, scroll to the second photo down. The work is grouped together, and all three prints have black frames. Work by Oneto is at the top; work by Mendoza is on the left, and work by Schuette is on the right.

Alumni updates

“Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey,” a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles, will debut in Tulsa, Okla., at The Woody Guthrie Center and will feature the photographs of Ed Gallucci (’13 photography). He is one of five photographers participating in the exhibition, opening April 29 and running through spring 2015. Additionally, the exhibit will feature video interviews with each of the photographers, produced by The GRAMMY Museum. On the evening of the launch, each of the photographers will appear at the Woody Guthrie Center for a panel discussion and Q&A.
Judy Goldstein Richard (’79 sculpture) received a 2013 Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. For more information, visit
Helen Otterson (’97 ceramics) and Bernadette Torres (’91 ceramics) have been chosen to show work in the exhibition “In Full Bloom” April 19 through May 31 at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore. Otterson and Torres are two of 41 artists exhibiting work in the show and were selected from more than 80 artists who submitted a total of 300 pieces.
Andy Ozier (’13 illustration) and Tierra Nelson (’13 illustration), have learned they will receive scholarship awards recognizing their entries in a recent Society of Illustrators national student competition. Awards will be presented May 9 in New York. Ozier will receive the $2,500 SOI Board of Directors Award for "Double Bass Sketchbook Spread" and Nelson will receive $1,000 in memory of Lila Dryer for "Babe in the Woods." Pictured: (top) “Babe in the Woods,” Tierra Nelson, 2013, ink and digital media and “Double Bass Sketchbook Spread,” Andy Ozier.
Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts) was named one of three recipients of the 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Award Fellowship. Two others were named 2014 Charlotte Street Generative Performing Artist Award Fellows. Starowitz will receive an unrestricted cash award of $10,000. The work of the Visual Artist Awards Fellows will be featured in the 2014 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards Exhibition opening September 2014 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College, curated by Nerman Museum Director Bruce Hartman. Pictured: “FRESH BREAD,” Sean Starowitz. Photo by Matt Kleinmann.

Staff updates

The German academic publishing firm, LAP Lambert, has published work by Emily D. Brattin, international studies coordinator for KCAI. LAP Lambert has published Brattin’s work on the political and religious turmoil of late medieval England in a monograph entitled “The Spider in the Web: The Weaving of a New, Lancastrian England in the Late-Fourteenth and Early-Fifteenth Centuries.” In her book, Brattin explores the political maneuverings of the third surviving son of King Edward III, John of Gaunt the Duke of Lancaster (also styled ‘King of Castile and Leon’), and Lancaster’s grandson, King Henry V. Brattin’s work shows how the House of Lancaster wove the authority of the temporal and spiritual realms into an inescapable web that enabled John of Gaunt’s direct descendants to secure their continuous position as heirs to the throne of England, even to this very day. “The Spider in the Web” is currently available through the publisher at and is scheduled to become available at and by the end of the year. Pictured: A proof of the book cover.

Senior exhibitions

A collaborative thesis exhibition by Hannah Carr (senior, fiber) and Brittany Ficken (senior, photography and art history) opens with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. April 25 at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St. “High Five” begins as a performance event, with the performance taking place at 7:30 p.m. Models wearing both art objects and clothing will enter the blank gallery to install the exhibition for the viewers’ shopping experience. According to the artists, “‘High Five’ questions the ideas of function and accessibility within the hierarchy formed between art and everyday objects. Models present clothing and objects that remain true to their traditional function alongside others that are stripped entirely of function.” The show will underscore how some objects contain multiple uses, such as a rug that can be worn as a shirt or a dress that can hang on the wall as a photograph. The exhibition will continue from noon to 5 p.m. April 26. Pictured: “A dress to carry your home phone,” Brittany Ficken and Hannah Carr, 2014, vinyl, polymer clay, paint, assorted objects, 2 feet by 4 feet.
Rebecca Clews (senior, photography) is opening her senior exhibition, “No Longer Earthbound,” from 6 to 9 p.m. April 18 at The Trap Gallery, 525 Gillis St. Pictured: “Waves of Sunlight,” Rebecca Clews, 2013, permanent inkjet print, 22 inches by 22 inches.
Max Rosenbaum (senior, fiber and creative writing) and Ruthie Becker have work on view in “Aracosm” at the Mod Gallery, 1809 McGee St. The exhibition presents two- and three-dimensional works that focus heavily on texture and fluidity of mediums. Using found objects as well as repetition in pattern, Rosenbaum creates sculptural self-portraits, focusing on material and minimal color. His works merge fiber processes with sculptural techniques to fabricate strange objects with what he describes as “a weird tactility.” A closing reception is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. April 25. Until then, the gallery is open by appointment via Pictured: “Ginger Seed,” Max Rosenbaum, polyester yarn, found materials, 4 inches by 4 inches.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

The Bauer – “Ghosts: Mentors and Students,” an exhibition of work by four KCAI faculty and selected alumni and students at The Bauer, 115 W. 18th St., runs through April 26. The exhibition combines a dialogue between an artist educator and a younger artist with whom they worked and to whom they feel a connection. Those participating in the exhibition are Kelly Clark, lecturer, printmaking; Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation; Robert Howsare (’09 printmaking); Krystal Kuhn(’11 printmaking), adult studies program specialist for KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies; Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking; Ross Redmon (senior ceramics); Araan Schmidt sculpture (’04 sculpture); Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture.
Haw Contemporary – Solo exhibitions by two KCAI faculty members — James Brinsfield and Laura Berman — open with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. April 11 at Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty St. “Self-Titled” by Brinsfield, a lecturer in the KCAI painting program, investigates the emotional, gestural work of painters such as Jackson Pollock, fragmenting and abstracting it even further. “I wanted to invent a new signature,” Brinsfield said, “ — one that didn’t mimic the bravura model of the ab-exers but used their work as a touchstone for a reappraisal of the model of gestural authenticity.”  Stars were the inspiration for “Pulsar,” an exhibition by Berman, associate professor of printmaking. Berman’s new work reflects the connections between enormous expanses to be found in the Flint Hills region of Kansas and dense details within a common space. “Directional, magnetic and precise pulsar stars inform the way we view and measure the universe,” a gallery description of the exhibition explained. Both exhibitions continue through May 24. Pictured: “Starburst 5,” Laura Berman, 2013, monoprint, 22 inches by 22 inches.
Kemper at the Crossroads – Ricky Allman (attended); Corey Antis; assistant professor of painting; Miki Baird, former adjunct professor of sculpture; Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics; Rashawn Griffin, assistant professor sculpture; Diana Heise, assistant professor of digital filmmaking; and Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) are participating in “The Center is a Moving Target,” an exhibition highlighting artists whose evolving practice and works speak to the impact and meaningful shifts in the term “regionalism” in contemporary art. Work can be viewed through Aug. 1 at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St.
La Esquina – Marie Bannerot McInerney, assistant professor of fiber, and Peregrine Honig (attended, painting) are presenting work in the exhibition “The Stench of Rotting Flowers,” April 19 through June 6 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25 St. The exhibition features 13 contemporary artists from throughout the nation whose artworks address feelings of sorrow, grief and heartbreak. McInerney and Honig will participate in a gallery talk from 2 to 4 p.m. May 17. Danny Orendorff, who serves as a visiting lecturer in KCAI’s liberal arts department, curated the exhibition. Pictured: Poster for “The Stench of Rotting Flowers.”
Subterranean Gallery – Rachel Gregor (’12 painting) will showcase “Barred Meadows” through April 15 by appointment at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. This is an exhibition of new oil paintings, exploring ideas of nostalgia and feminine identity. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Melaney Mitchell at Pictured: Untitled Self-Portrait No. 20, Rachel Gregor, 2013 oil on linen, 13 inches by 12 inches.

Calls for artists

The Houston Center for Photography is hosting its 32nd Annual Juried Membership Exhibition. The deadline for submission is April 11, and there is a $35 entry fee and $35 membership fee. Three juror commendations will receive Beth Block Juried Membership Honoraria of $500, supported by The Beth Block Foundation. For more information, visit
New and established visual artists are sought for the Cottey College P.E.O. Foundation Art Gallery in Nevada, Mo. Several exhibit opportunities are available during the 2014-2015 academic year, with each exhibition running three to four weeks. The college provides insurance on the works and does not charge a commission on sales, and a small honorarium is provided. If interested, email up to 10 photographs or images along with a resume, or provide a link to your online portfolio by April 21. Submissions and questions may be directed to Kris Korb at 417-667-8181, ext. 2186 or
The Penn Valley Park Plein Air Fest is looking for artists to compete in a four-day paint-off May 7-10. The deadline to register is April 21. The registration fee is $50 per artist and covers three painting competitions with the winner of each surrendering their painting for a $500 purchase award and overall competition awards of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250, plus a showing at Buttonwood Art Gallery for selected works. For more information about the event, visit
The Overland Park Arboretum in Kansas has sent out a call for anyone interested in painting Adirondack chairs that have been handcrafted by the Amish. There are only 20 chairs available and ready for pick up once a design has been submitted and approved by the committee. Chairs must be finished and delivered to the Arboretum by June 2 and will be on display June 7-30. For more information, contact Tammy Laudan at 913-831-2259 or

Opportunities list

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