ARTNotes for May 19

May 19, 2014


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Upcoming events

June 6: Paul Rudy's “Martian Chronicles,” performed by newEar contemporary chamber ensemble with Mark Southerland, will take place at 7 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563.
June 6: An opening reception for the “Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The biennial exhibition features two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City visual artists. Accompanying the Flatfile exhibition is “Digitalfile,” an exhibition of contemporary video and time-based work by Kansas City artists. “Digitalfile” is organized by SPECTRA, a nomadic initiative that presents experimental works by regional, national and international artists and filmmakers.
June 7:The “Kansas City Flatfiles Exhibition” returns to the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., and continues through Sept. 27. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
June 20: The performance event “2D to 5D – Scores to Sound” will take place at 7 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The event features music by Shuffled Quartet from New Orleans and Aurograph from Kansas City. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563.
June 21: “Meet the Legends,” a panel discussion with hot rod experts Ken Gross and Pete Chapouris, will be at 2 p.m. at Miller Nichols Library on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, 800 E. 51st St. Tickets to the event are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
June 22: The Art of the Car Concours® is making its eighth appearance on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. The event features more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles belonging to collectors from throughout the country. The Concours is an annual event that benefits the KCAI student scholarship fund. For more information, visit

ARTNotes published monthly through the summer

With school out for the summer and many people taking vacations, ARTNotes will be published monthly throughout the summer months. It will resume its biweekly schedule when classes resume in August. Remember that deadlines, as always for ARTNotes, are the Wednesday before publication date. The next issue of ARTNotes is scheduled for June 16.

KCAI celebrates 2014 commencement

Commencement exercises took place May 17 at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza. President Jacqueline Chanda conferred Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees on nearly 180 graduating seniors, who were cheered on by friends and family. Steve Whitacre, foundation professor, was the processional marshall. Julie Farstad, associate professor of painting, was the faculty speaker. The student speaker was Rebecca G. Gearhart (senior, painting and creative writing). Marc F. Wilson, director emeritus, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, gave commencement remarks.For the event, President Chanda wore a commencement sash created by Krystal Jolicoeur (senior, fiber). Since 1999, it has been a KCAI tradition for the president’s office to commission a sash from a senior fiber student to be worn at commencement. Sashes from previous years are distributed to senior faculty to be worn during the ceremonies. The sashes then join the permanent collection of the Kansas City Art Institute. Pictured: (top) Marc F. Wilson, director emeritus, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and (bottom) KCAI commencement ceremony.

KCAI sculpture chair collaborates with Zahner to restore historic bank canopy

Michael Wickerson, chair of sculpture at KCAI, two KCAI alumni and a student recently collaborated with the Zahner Company to restore a historic canopy for Commerce Bank. A year ago, a truck damaged the canopy at the bank’s downtown location on Main Street. Zahner stored, analyzed and re-fabricated the 100-year-old cast-iron canopy using structural aluminum. Working on the KCAI campus, Wickerson and his crew cast decorative elements, replicating 197 festoons, tassels, rosettes and trim castings. The canopy was reinstalled at the bank earlier this month. For details, visit Pictured: The Commerce Bank canopy during restoration. Photo courtesy of Zahner.

Making our list, checking it twice

Next fall the Current Perspectives Thursday night lecture series will resume. All events are free and open to the public. Would you like to subscribe to an email listserv to receive information about upcoming speakers, topics, etc.? If so, please send an email to with a “subscribe to Current Perspectives” in the subject line or as part of a message to us. Pictured: A Current Perspectives lecture in Epperson Auditorium.

KCAI raises more than $7,500 during Annual FUNd campaign

KCAI’s faculty and staff came together the week of April 28 for the school’s annual FUNd campaign to help raise money for general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and facility upgrades. More than $7,500 was raised through a silent auction, flower sale, buying your birthday off and various other ways to donate during the week of activities. This was a 212 percent increase over last year’s donations. Pictured: Members of the financial aid office participate in the KCAI Quest scavenger hunt.

CPS youth and high school summer camps start June 9; supplies needed

As KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies youth and summer camps get underway June 9, many art supplies are still needed. If interested in donating, a list of what is being accepted follows:
·      Large, flat pieces of cardboard 
·      Flattened cereal and cracker boxes
·      Egg cartons
·      Kid friendly magazines (no catalogs)
·      Containers for water for painting, multiples of the same size preferred 
·      Toys and games for recess (especially chalk and play dough)
·      Textile supplies like solid fabric yardage, needles, thread, scissors
·      Working 35mm film cameras
·      Paper cutters or drying racks
Oil and spray paints cannot be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the CPS offices, located at 108. E. 43rd St. Call 816-802-3505 to ensure that a staff member is in the office. Donations are much appreciated and are welcome before June 1.

Student updates

Glyneisha Johnson (sophomore, painting) was accepted into the Summer Academy of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The goal of the Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program is to make a critical impact on American art museums by expanding the diversity of their curatorial staff.

Alumni updates

Deborah Kamy Hull (’75 painting) will be showing work in “Community of Artists Annual Juried Exhibition” June 8 through Aug. 3 and the “Off the Wall Annual Juried Exhibition” June 9 through Aug. 4 at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham, Mass. In December, Hull was awarded the Artists Resource Trust Fund Grant, given to artists living in the northeastern section of the country who are age 35 or older, have demonstrated substantial commitment and who have a financial need.
Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts) is the guest curator for Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition’s “Momentum Tulsa.” Momentum exhibits Oklahoma artists ages 30 and younger in a venue created specifically for them, helping them gain experience and meet new audiences. Attendees encounter film, performance, new media, installation, music and more.

Faculty updates

Jonah Criswell, special instructor of painting, is attending a one-month residency program in Berlin, entitled TAKT KunstProjektRaum. While there, he will be participating in group exhibitions, as well as researching potential faculty-led travel abroad programs. For more information on the program, visit
Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture, is opening a show June 1 at Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Leawood Kan., called “Re-Imagine.” It’s a group show with two KCAI alums—Miles Neidinger (’00 sculpture) and Matt Jacobs (’10 sculpture). For more information, contact Heather Lustfeldt or Marcus Cain at or In addition, McCoy will have work in the Flatfiles show at the KCAI Artspace. She’ll be showing drawings started at a recent stay at the Bogliasco Foundation in Liguria, Italy. The subject of the drawings is landslides.
Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber, will be opening two sequential exhibitions, Sept. 13 through Nov. 2 and Nov. 9 through Jan. 4, in the Guldner Gallery of the Kansas City Public Library, 14 W. 10th St. These are a retrospective focusing on more than 30 years work he has done while living in Kansas City.
Patrick Saunders, formerly a special instructor in design and illustration during the 2005-2006 school year, won overall Best of Show for his work “Painting the Pioneer Mother” at the Penn Valley Plein Air Fest earlier this month. Saunders also won $500 during the evening Quick Paint of the Firefighters’ Memorial for his “Memorial Waters” painting. Work from all of the participating artists is on view through June 27 at Buttonwood Art Space, 3013 Main St. Pictured: (top) “Painting of the Pioneer,” 2014 and (bottom) “Memorial Waters,” 2014, Patrick Saunders.

Staff updates

Rick Rieder, vice president for administration, has been nominated for the Kansas City Business Journal’s 2014 CFO of the Year awards. Awards are given in several categories, including public company CFO, private company CFO and nonprofit CFO. An independent judging panel will select honorees based on information provided by nominees or their CEOs in response to questions, and the winners will be introduced June 27 at an awards luncheon. The awards recognize outstanding performance in financial stewardship in the eight-county metropolitan area. Sponsored by BKD LLP and Bank of Kansas City, the program highlights the growing importance of financial executives and their contributions to the region’s business community. Pictured: Rick Rieder.

Calls for artists

In conjunction with the 2014 Kansas City Flatfile invitational biennial exhibition at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, SPECTRA, a nomadic initiative that introduces contemporary time-based artworks to Kansas City, seeks submissions of time-based work to be considered for inclusion in “Digitalfile.” The exhibition is of contemporary time-based work by artists in the Kansas City region. Selected work will be installed in Artspace’s gallery during one of three five-week “Digitalfile” iterations (June 6-July 12, July 12-Aug. 23 or Aug. 23-Sept. 27). Filmmakers, video artists, performance artists, sound artists, animators and all other artists working with moving images and/or sound are encouraged to submit. The deadline is May 21. To submit materials, or for more information,
The Art in the Loop Foundation (AILF) is seeking artists to engage the Downtown Kansas City community through a Street Art/Creative Placemaking Project. AILF requests artists to consider submitting concepts to create temporary (or semi-permanent) visual or performance art within a specified Art Impact Zone. The impact zone boundaries include past AILF public art installations and 1 percent for Art public artworks. Selected artists will be paid an artist fee (includes cost for materials) between $500-$4,000, depending on scale and nature of the project. Artists must reside in Missouri or Kansas. Deadline for entries is May 25. For more information, visit or contact Ann Holliday, Art in the Loop Foundation program director, at or 816-979-1072.
The 10th Annual KC Fringe Festival is hosting a new competition this year for visual artists of all styles called “FringePrize.” “FringPrize” is an open competition during the dates of July 17-27 where the public is invited to come vote for their favorite pieces of art among the entries. At the end of the Fringe Festival, the artist with the most votes wins a prize, which includes show tickets, gift certificates, Fringe items and much more.Applications must be received by June 1. To apply, or for more information, visit
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is holding its 17thannual Art Unleashed fundraiser. Art Unleashed is an auction and gala that allows patrons to bid on original and/or limited-edition art and design pieces that have been donated to raise money for homeless dogs and cats.
The Humane Society of Greater Kansas City is inviting artists to donate their work for this event, scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 22. Donated art must be received no later than Aug. 1. Contact Renee Nagle at 913-596-1000, ext. 115 or to make arrangements for delivery. Artwork completed and turned in early may be featured on, used in pre-event publicity and spotlighted during the event by the emcee. Art received after the deadline of Aug. 1 will be used for future fundraising efforts.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Crane Yard Studios – “By and Large,” an exhibition of work by John Balistreri (’86 ceramics), runs through Aug. 16 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. It includes Balistreri’s newest large-scale ceramic sculptures, which were created during a two-and-one-half-year period at the Jun Kaneko studio in Omaha, Neb. 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 KCAI painting, investigates the emotional, gestural work of painters such as Jackson Pollock. Stars were the inspiration for “Pulsar,” an exhibition by Berman, associate professor of printmaking. 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 of 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) 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. 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.”
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, and Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting and ceramics, are part of a 16-member collective, working under the name Dialoghi dell’Arte, or A Discourse on Art. The group also includes Martha Armstrong who once taught at KCAI as a rising artist. Their work can be viewed in an exhibition June 6-28 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore St.; the show is entitled “Dialoghi dell'Arte: Perception and Motif.” An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. June 6. Pictured: (left) “Nude with Red Flower – Night Painting,” Jessie Fisher, 2013, oil on linen, 36 inches by 30 inches and “DaVinci,” Scott Seebart, 2014, oil on linen mounted on panel, 20 inches by 16 inches.
Plug Projects – “Under the Orange Clouds,” an exhibition of new paintings by Julie Farstad is open through June 22 at Plug Projects, 1613 Genessee St.
Red Star Studios – “Taming Nature,” a group exhibition at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., is organized by KCAI assistant professor Paul Donnelly and includes work by more than 20 national artists. The exhibition, running through June 28, includes works by: Guy Michael Davis (’03 ceramics), Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics), Meredith Host (’01 ceramics), Brad Johnson (’94 ceramics), Matthew Jorgenson (’10 ceramics), Katie Parker (’03 ceramics), Daniel Teran (’07 ceramics) and Donnelly, who teaches in the KCAI ceramics program. 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 through May 30 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd. The show is entitled “HOME // SPACE.” For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Melaney Mitchell at Pictured: Postcard for Ryan Shrum’s exhibition “HOME // SPACE.”
Truman Medical Center – KCAI trustee Herb Kohn is showing a collection of his photographs, featuring images taken when he visitedBhutan and France. Artwork will be displayed on the Healing Arts Bridge at Truman Medical Center, 2310 Holmes Road. The show runs through June 30. Parking is available in the Pavilion lot located on 23rd Street between Charlotte and Campbell streets. Pictured: “Clocktower,” Herb Kohn.

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