ARTNotes for April 21

April 21, 2014


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Upcoming events 

April 24: Painter Angela Dufresne 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. She received a B.F.A. degree in 1991 from KCAI and an M.F.A. degree in 1998 from the Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. The lecture is free and open to the public.
April 24: Academic Advising and Career Services presents KCAI's first Internship Fair. The event takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus. All students are encouraged to attend this event where employers will be on hand to talk about the internships and part-time jobs they are offering for the upcoming academic year.
April 29: The ArtSounds performance series presents “Consus: An Exploration of Planet and Identity” at 7:30 p.m. at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Dealing with themes of exploration, isolation, companionship and personal growth, the performance examines the nature of human existence in the universe through the lens of classic Sci-Fi. The music is by Monte Taylor, and the video is by Elizabeth Howe. The performance is free and open to the public.

Annual FUNd campaign begins April 28

Get ready for a fun week of activities beginning Monday, April 28, to build awareness and raise funds for the KCAI Annual FUNd campaign. A full set of activities is planned throughout the week. This year’s campaign chair, Amy Gross, says all employees will have the opportunity to support the Annual FUNd through payroll deduction or by participating in several activities. According to Amy, “our committee has placed an emphasis on putting the “fun” in the annual fund.” All activities are listed below:
Weekly activities
  • Cabinet Capers – Vote to see the president and her cabinet either embarrass themselves or impress with their talents. Everyone will have the opportunity to vote for one of three activities you want to see the leaders do in front of the campus community. Cast votes in the Vanderslice lobby at $1 per vote.
  • Buy Your Birthday Off: Full-time staff members can gain an additional day off for a $25 donation.
  • Fines for FUNd

Jannes Library will donate all late fees collected during the Annual FUNd Week

Campus Security will donate all parking ticket fines collected during Annual FUNd Week at a reduced rate.

Daily specials
  • Tuesday, April 29 - Orange Day: Wear orange today! “Orange you going to support KCAI?”
  • Wednesday, April 30 - Lunch on the Lawn Day: Weather permitting, we will brown bag it on the campus green. Bring your picnic blankets and a Frisbee.
  • Thursday, May 1 - May Day Celebration: The committee will sell flowers throughout the week for $1 each and deliver them to your friends and campus colleagues on May Day.
  • Friday May 2 

KCAI Quest, a scavenger hunt: This will be a fun opportunity to visit parts of campus you may not normally visit over lunch. Prizes will be awarded.

Silent Auction of gift baskets and art: Visit Vanderslice Reception Rooms from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bid on a number of donated gift baskets and artwork.
The KCAI annual fund is a general operating fund the school uses to address the funding gap between what students pay for tuition and actual costs. This year, this 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 advancement department is charged with raising $1.4 million for the annual fund. The goal for 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 Pictured: KCAI students enjoying a lunch on the campus green.

KCAI foundation students learn about building of an opera

KCAI students in Misty Gamble’s “Drama of the Body” figure drawing class visited the Lyric Opera on April 10 to learn about and research the building of an opera. Their final project will feature drawings and paintings inspired from the opera Die Fledermaus. In addition, students were able to attend an evening rehearsal with principle opera singers. Wig and makeup designers visited the foundation studio April 16 for a demonstration and dialogue. KCAI students will have a rare opportunity to sketch a final dress rehearsal of Die Fledermaus April 24 at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. To view pictures from the Kansas City Star, visit Pictured: KCAI students in the “Drama of the Body” figure drawing class had the opportunity to visit the Lyric Opera to learn about the building of an opera. Xiaolei McKean (left), Nandi Harrison, Whitney Johnson and Allason Lewson photograph the score of the opera. Photo by Jill Toyoshiba of the Kansas City Star.

Artspace to host Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition beginning in June

The 2014 Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition at H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., runs June 7 through Sept. 27 with an opening reception scheduled 6 to 8 p.m. June 6 at Artspace.
There are two programs taking place in conjunction with the Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition. First is “Spectra,” a Kansas City based collaborative artist initiative begun in 2013. The program will introduce contemporary time-based artworks that seeks to connect artists and audiences to communities and ideas. The second is “The Big Draw,” an ancillary program to the Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition. This daylong drawing-based event for all ages, will have three workshops, developed by flatfile artists intended to tangibly connect the artist's drawing practice to the works exhibited in the flatfiles. Pictured: Imaged from the 2012 Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition.

Anyone interested in art history can try Art Sofa

Many people look with interest at the world of art history but never feel comfortable taking the first step. The Art Sofa: Getting Comfy Seminar, offered by KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies, will introduce you to the historical context in which art was made. Two seminars will be offered in May. Learn more or register online with the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. For more information, visit Pictured: Art Sofa logo.

2014 B.F.A. Exhibition open through May 17

The 2014 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition runs through May 17 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. A closing reception is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. May 16. The B.F.A. Exhibition features 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.

Alumni updates

Ashley Ariel (’12 photography) is opening a solo exhibition at Plenum Space Gallery, 504 E. 18th St., entitled “Colorlust.” The exhibition, running May 2-30, consists of recent photographs that focus on the interaction of color in natural habitats. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at the gallery.
Nathan Alexander Bunch (’13 fiber and art history), Laedan Galicia (’13 illustration), Sarah Faye McPherson (’13 sculpture and art history) and Liz Mather (’11 printmaking) and Autumn Randell (’12 printmaking) artist collaboration will join other artists for KC Studio Magazine’s new event series KC+Connect Inaugural Group Exhibition May 2-30 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore St. Introducing artists and creative entrepreneurs to supporters in Kansas City, KC+Connect strives to be the bridge between the creative world and the business world by helping this group of 40 artists and entrepreneurs find the next step in their creative career.
Michael Dillon (’90 sculpture) created “Ascension” from three tons of forged stainless steel and iron for the city of Duluth, Ga., and the Duluth Gateway Art Project through a donation from the AGCO corporation. It is situated in the heart of Duluth, Ga. in the roundabout intersection of McClure Bridge and W. Lawrenceville. “My goal in developing a design for this project was to create a piece that speaks to Duluth's history as a farming community, its current values and vision for the future,” said Dillon. For more information about the project, visit Pictured: “Ascension,” Michael Dillon, forged stainless steel and iron, 10 feet by 8 feet by 26 feet.

Faculty updates

Rebecca Dubay, assistant professor of art history, was invited to participate in an interdisciplinary symposium at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania on April 5. She presented new work entitled “Mapping Sites of Conflict: Mark Bradford, Julie Mehretu and Zarina Hashmi.” Dubay will present a paper at the international, interdisciplinary conference “Things to Remember: Materializing Memories in Art and Culture” at Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, June 5-6. The title of her paper is “Ana Mendieta: Body Tracks and the Referential Return.”

Senior exhibitions

Widdershins/Deasil, described as an aural performance of the spheres, will take place from 3 to 3:45 p.m. May 2 and from 6 to 6:45 p.m. May 16 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. Composed in four parts, the performance features the electro-acoustic instruments of the Rev. William Ellis Bradley (senior, sculpture) and an array of overtone instruments made and played by Joey Watson (senior, ceramics) and Colin Ziha (senior, ceramics). Pictured: Poster promoting Widdershins/Deasil.
Bryan Brock (senior, fiber) is performing “Growing Pains,” a talk show style event, at 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 22 at the Fishtank Theater, 1715 Wyandotte St.
Joey Watson (senior, ceramics) will be the host for the Yerba Mate Drinking Ceremony, to be conducted every 35 minutes with individual participants from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 26 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. Pictured: "Jungle ZigZag Straw CrissCross" by Joey Watson.
Katie Weatherly (senior, printmaking) is presenting her senior thesis exhibition “Mirari” with an opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Beco Flowers, 1922 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition runs through June, and features kiln-formed glass installation, print work and digital media focusing on fictional architecture in various environments and cities. Pictured: “Mirage City,” Katie Weatherly, 2014, kiln-formed glass.

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.
Crane Yard Studios – John Balistreri (’86 ceramics) opens “By and Large” May 2 through Aug. 16 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition includes Balistreri’s newest large-scale ceramic sculptures that were created over a 2 ½ year period at the Jun Kaneko studio in Omaha. An opening reception has been scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Pictured: “Signal,” John Balistreri, 2014, stoneware with slip and glaze, 79 inches by 48 inches by 22 inches.
Haw Contemporary – Solo exhibitions by two KCAI faculty members — James Brinsfield and Laura Berman — are on display 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,” 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.”
Red Star Studios – “Taming Nature,” a group exhibition opening at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., is organized by KCAI assistant professor Paul Donnelly, and it includes the work of more than 20 national artists. The exhibition runs May 2 through June 28, and an opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. May 2 at Red Star Studios. The artists were asked to make objects that are used for, or inspired by, the art of flower arrangement. This exhibition debuted in Milwaukee, Wisc. at the 2014 National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) Conference and includes works by the following artists: Guy Michael Davis (’03 ceramics), Donnelly, Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics), Meredith Host (’01 ceramics), Brad Johnson (’94 ceramics), Matthew Jorgenson (’10 ceramics), Katie Parker (’03 ceramics) and Daniel Teran (’07 ceramics). Pictured: “Gangster Paradise,” Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, porcelain, paper, wood, 48 inches by 24 inches by 7 inches.
Subterranean Gallery – Ryan Shrum (senior, fiber) has an exhibition running May 3 through 30 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., entitled “HOME // SPACE.” It’s an exhibition of work that explores the idea of the home in relation to memory through digital image and design-based installations. An opening reception will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. May 2. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Melaney Mitchell at Pictured: Postcard for Ryan Shrum’s exhibition “HOME // SPACE.”

Opportunities list

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