ARTNotes for Aug. 25

August 25, 2014


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Upcoming events 

Through Sept. 27: The “Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition” is running at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The biennial exhibition features two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City visual artists. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit Pictured: Image of Salon Wall presentation from the 2012 “Flatfile Exhibition.”
Through Sept. 27: 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. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit

H&R Block Artspace to celebrate 15th anniversary Sept. 26

A 15th anniversary party for the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI entitled, “R U HR – H&R Block Artspace @ 15,” will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. Mark Southerland is creating the ambiance for this interactive event, which will include appetizers, beer, wine and specialty drinks.
Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or online at For more information, contact Pictured: Poster for “R U HR – H&R Block Artspace @ 15.”

KCAI, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance freshmen to ‘converge’ for class at The Nelson

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is hosting a lecture for the entire freshmen class of KCAI and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 as part of the KCAI Freshmen Symposium and the Muse curriculum co-taught and designed by Mara Gibson, academy director for the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, and Sarah Tyrrell, assistant teaching professor.
For the first time, these curricula will be conjoined to enhance the interchange between first-year students at each institution. The freshmen will experience an introduction, live music, a lecture called “Get Real” by Brett Reif, director of the foundation year at KCAI, and an assignment requiring collaboration between students from each school.
The objective is multifaceted and includes: an all-freshmen introduction to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, participation in and exposure to ideas and art outside of one’s preferred genre of interest, exposure to the larger context of art, music and dance, and an interaction with fellow young creatives.

Kemper Museum to host block party

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is hosting a “Sweet Summer Block Party” from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 30.There will be refreshments, including a cash bar, free gourmet popcorn and cotton candy. There also will be a screening of “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Facotory” at approximately 8:15 p.m.Additionally, the KCAI ceramics department, located next to the Kemper Museum, will be open from 7 to 8:30 p.m. during the block party for people to come in and view the artwork. Admission and parking are free for the event.  Pictured: Poster for the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art’s "Sweet Summer Block Party."

Alumni updates

Ben Hlavacek (’12 photography and creative writing) will be skateboarding inside the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. From 1 to 2 p.m. Aug. 30 inside Kirkwood Hall and from 2 to 3 p.m. in the north parking lot, Hlavacek’s Escapist Inc. will be partnering with the Innovation Lab for a demonstration. Only the Escapist Skates are allowed inside during the 1 p.m. demonstration; however, it will be open skating for anyone at 2 p.m. when the ramps will be moved outside. For more information, visit



Maria Ogedengbe (’86 painting) will be unveiling a new sculpture this fall in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a sister city of Kansas City, Missouri. The sculpture, fabricated from weatherproofed canvas and cloth and titled “my Sister!,” is a pair of life-sized figures seated side by side on a double swing. It will portray the sister cities as women, and emphasis will be on their long, hand-patterned skirts in the colors of each city’s national flag. Ogedengbe created a blog for her project at The blog will enable participants in the U.S. to observe the assembly and presentation of the work. Contributions for “my Sister!”are being accepted during August,, and
tax-deductible giving is available through Fractured Atlas at Pictured: Rendering of “my Sister!”

Faculty updates

James Brinsfield, lecturer in painting, recently had two paintings selected for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art’s permanent collection. The pieces, “AOK” and “FBI Jesus,” were donated by a prominent international collector. According to the Nelson, “AOK” will be on display within the next year. Pictured: (second from left) “FBI Jesus,” 2012, seven feet by five feet and (far right) “AOK,” 2014, five feet by seven feet, James Brinfield.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

All Souls Gallery – “Portraits, Places, Proximity: A Retrospective” by Sharon Gradischnig (’14 painting) will be on display through Sept. 19 in the All Souls Gallery in the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Blue Gallery – Two KCAI alumnae will be showing work in separate exhibitions at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Amy Abshier-Reyes (’97 illustration) is showing a series of new paintings in “Here We Are at the Edge of the World.” The exhibition runs through Sept. 1. Pictured: “She Knew Just How That Felt,” Amy Abshier Reyes, oil on Masonite 31 inches by 25 inches framed.
City Ice Arts – “The Outside of the Left Side of the Inside” is a solo exhibition by James Woodfill, assistant professor of painting, at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St. This installation extends Woodfill’s history of immersive gallery works where he fuses structure, form, sound and light to concoct a shifting blend of ad-hoc reference points from minimalist music and systemic art to office workstations, urban modeling and temporary architecture. The exhibition runs through Sept. 13.
Lawrence Arts Center – John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, opens an exhibition Nov. 7 through Jan. 1, 2015, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan. Pictured: “#4,” John Ferry, 2013 oil, 6 inches by 6 inches.
Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch – The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd., is displaying a new set of large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City artist Andy Ozier (’13 illustration) on its Artboards through the end of November. The intention of the design is to communicate the buzz surrounding the rich barbecue culture that the Kansas City community embraces and takes pride in on an international scale. Pictured: “Everyone’s Talking About Our Barbecue,” Andy Ozier, 2014.
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art – The 2014 Charlotte Street Award Fellows Amy Kligman, Garry Noland, and Sean Starowitz (’10 interdisciplinary arts) will be exhibiting their work and celebrating with an opening party from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 11 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kansas. The opening party will include a lecture with each artist at 7 p.m. in the Nerman’s Hudson Auditorium.
Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center – “Word Play: Selections from the Collection”
is an exhibition focusing primarily on American artists active from 1960 until the present. Within the Belger collection, there will be artwork that features text in varying degrees. Among the artists whose work will be exhibited are Ellen Greene (’98 painting) and Robert Rauschenberg (attended). The show runs through Oct. 4 at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. For more information, contact Mo Dickens at or 816-474-3250.
Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center – Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics and art history) marks the culmination of his artistic residency at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., with an exhibition running Sept 5 through Oct. 25. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Red Star Studios. Pictured: “Fraternal Patterns,” Shae Bishop, 2014, high refractory ceramic, low-fire glaze and china paint, 17 inches by 17 inches by 3⁄4 inch.

Calls for artists

The Brush Creek Art Walk is seeking “plein air” painters for the second annual event Sept. 12-14. Participants will have three days to complete paintings on-site along the creek, and then the artists will enter their finished paintings for a chance to show their work in the gallery at Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center on Sept. 26. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists and the paintings will be for sale. There is a $35 registration fee by Sept. 5. Artists can register by visiting
KCAI’s Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee is accepting proposals from KCAI students for two separate exhibitions during the fall semester. The exhibitions will take place in the Undergrads Underground gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center. The exhibitions open in November and December with an opening First Friday reception and will run for a month. The deadline for proposals is 4 p.m. Sept. 25 and should be submitted to Erin Jones. Students are encouraged to work with a faculty member, and preference will be given to shows organized with faculty sponsors. For more information, contact Misty Gamble ( or Marie Bannerot McInerney (

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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