ARTNotes for Sept. 8

September 8, 2014


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Upcoming events

Sept. 11: Artist Julie Malen (’09 ceramics) 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. Malen collages photographs with natural fragments and cultural debris in mixed media installations to create the feeling of moving through many places and histories at once. For more information, visit
Sept. 18: David Everitt Howe 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. Howe is a Brooklyn-based independent critic and curator, and is currently a curator for the New York Performance Artists Collective. For more information, visit
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 form 6 to 11 p.m. at the Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. Kansas City artist and musician Mark Southerland has curated this festive, interactive event, which will include the participation of some of Kansas City’s finest musicians, visual artists and chefs. Tickets are $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit
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
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
Oct. 14: The ArtSounds performance series presents “713: Disturbing the Dust,” featuring artist David Huerbin and composer Ryan Oldham. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The performance transports the audience into the backrooms of an old building Huerbin and Oldham once called home. The performance is part of the ArtSounds series, a collaboration between KCAI and the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This is the ninth year of ArtSounds performances. The event is free and open to the public.

Freshman tree planted next to Mineral Hall

This year’s Freshman Tree is a Redbud, and it was planted Aug. 29 in front of Mineral Hall, 4340 Oak St. Pictured: The KCAI class of 2018.

KCAI elects three new trustees

The Kansas City Art Institute welcomes three new members to the college’s board of trustees.
Thomas R. Dowling of Kansas City, Missouri, is a partner with Stinson Leonard Street, serving as lead health and welfare counsel for the firm’s employee benefit clients. He advises public, private and tax-exempt organizations on the creation, ongoing administration and regulatory compliance of health and welfare benefit plans. He is a member of the KCPT board of directors and an alumnus of the Chamber of Commerce of Greater Kansas City Centurians program. He earned a B.S.B.A. degree in finance from Kansas State University and a J.D. degree from St. Louis University School of Law, where he was editor of the Law Journal.
Kristin Goodman of Kansas City, Missouri, is the founder and principal of GoodLINES Design. She holds a bachelor’s degree in interior design from Kansas State University. Before starting her own company, she was vice president of sales for HighTower Group, a privately owned commercial design furniture company located in the Crossroads Arts District, and before that she was vice president of sales for KnollTextiles. She started her career as an interior designer with Gould Evans in Kansas City.
Joshua C. Rowland of Kansas City, Missouri, is vice chairman of Lead Bank of Lee’s Summit, Missouri. Previously he was president of Lead Financial Group Inc. of Garden City, Missouri, and before that he was an associate in commercial litigation with Bryan Cave in Kansas City, Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree, with distinction, from Stanford University; a Ph.D. degree in English language and literature from Yale University; and a J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Boston College Law School.

KCAI, UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance freshmen ‘converge’ for unique class experience

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art hosted a lecture Aug. 29 for the freshman classes of KCAI and the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Conservatory of Music and Dance. Called “Freshmen Convergence,” the class was part of the KCAI Freshman Symposium, led by Brett Reif, director of the foundation year at KCAI, and the Muse curriculum co-taught and designed by Mara Gibson, academy director for the Conservatory, and Sarah Tyrrell, assistant teaching professor at the Conservatory. For the first time, these curricula were conjoined to enhance the interchange between first-year students at each institution. The freshmen experienced live music, a lecture called “Get Real” by Reif, and an assignment requiring collaboration between students from each school. Pictured: Brett Reif, director of the foundation year at KCAI.

Volunteers needed for the Plaza Art Fair

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting the Kid’s Art Workshop at the Plaza Art Fair Sept. 19-21. Volunteers are needed to help manage the workshop. Volunteers will assist children as they draw a self-portrait, Picasso-style. CPS will provide instructions and volunteer training. All volunteers will receive a free KCAI T-shirt. Contact Sonja Garrett, interim director of CPS, at to schedule a volunteer shift.

Student profile – first in a series

Throughout the year, KCAI’s communications department will feature student profiles in ARTNotes as a way for the KCAI community to get to know some of the students who attend the college. An edited version will appear in ARTNotes, while the full version will be posted on KCAI's tumblr page at If you would like to recommend a student for a profile, contact Brian Spano at
Name: Bri Dallas
Year/major: Senior/graphic design
Hometown: Blue Springs, Missouri
Favorite artist: Lora Zombie
Why KCAI: I started at the University of Missouri majoring in interior design; the college town culture wasn’t meshing well with my personality. I decided to come to Portfolio Day here at KCAI. The smaller, more intimate environment I think is what appealed to me the most, as well as being located in the middle of Kansas City and the ability to be immersed in a larger art scene.
If you receive some form of financial aid, describe how important is that to you: I received the top transfer competitive scholarship. Being awarded this scholarship is basically what made my decision final to make the move back to KC. If the school had not recognized me for my potential, I would not have been able to afford transferring to the private college.
Who or what inspires you? Anyone and anything. Always be on the lookout, you never know when or where your next best idea will pop into your head.
Secret campus study hideout: …I actually don’t study/work much on campus, my nice comfy bed is where it’s at.
Late night studio snack of choice: Watermelon, when in season.
My brush with greatness: I’m currently interning for Genevieve Gorder (HGTV and Trading Spaces.) Never in a million years would I have thought I’d be working for one of my idols from when I was just 8 years old. To think I got it through Facebook seems crazy. I have the opportunity to meet her and network with so many others when I go to New York for the release of the project I’ve helped bring to reality. Pretty surreal.
Pictured: Bri Dallas

Student updates

Joseph Bacon (senior, digital filmmaking) is this year’s recipient of the Gaetke Memorial Fund. The award will help aid completion of his senior thesis. The Gaetke Memorial Fund is for a junior or senior student in photography or digital filmmaking, and it was named after Dan and Stephanie Gaetke, both of whom earned degrees in photography from KCAI in 1987.

Alumni updates

Celina Curry (’13 illustration) is creating artwork for upcoming streetcar stops in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Curry, was selected by the Municipal Arts Commission as one of two artists to receive a $100,000 grant to beautify the pathway along a 2.2-mile streetcar line for which construction is now underway. For more information about this project, visit Pictured: “Bad Dog,” Celina Curry.
Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking) has been named the Artist in Residence for the Hotel Phillips. Her work will be on display throughout the hotel and in the 12 Baltimore Café. More of Gallucci’s work can be viewed in the hotel’s studio, or online at
Brett Ginsburg (’13 ceramics), a Charlotte Street Studio Resident, is curating “Lift With Your Legs,” a group exhibition opening Sept. 19 and running through Nov. 1 at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. The exhibition brings together a multi-disciplinary group of artists working through the theme of interdependence within their practices. Featured works include print media, photography, sculpture, video and mixed media. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at Paragraph Gallery.
Brian Kelly Hahn (’98 photography) has been working in special effects for motion pictures since leaving KCAI and has worked on more than 35 films, including “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” and “Inception.” He recently left Los Angeles and moved to Portland, Oregon, where he now works on stop-motion animated films. Hahn was set construction foreman on “Paranorman” and now acts as the head of mechanical fabrication where he makes puppet skeletons among other things. Their latest film, “The Boxtrolls,” will open in theaters Sept. 26. View his work at
Devon Schiller (’13 painting and art history) will present his artwork “The Filters We Live Through: Representing the Emotional Self in Digital Media” in an exhibition at the Tenth International Conference on the Arts In Society, to be held July 22-24, 2015, at Imperial College London.

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 Christy and Bill Gautreaux. According to the museum spokesperson, “AOK” will be on display within the next year. Pictured: (second from left) “FBI Jesus,” 2012, 7 feet by 5 feet and (far right) “AOK,” 2014, 5 feet by 7 feet.
Cyrus Console-Soican, assistant professor in creative writing, had his “Romanian Notebook,” a monograph about procrastination, fatherhood and art, accepted for publication by Faber/FSG.
Jill Downen, assistant professor of sculpture, produced the site-specific work titled “Skeleton and Skin” for the Mitchell Museum in Mt. Vernon, Illinois. The work is Downen’s first permanent outdoor installation. The process of creating the work involved attaching sculptural components to an existing support beam on the museum’s north portico. The sculpture transforms the beam’s contours, endowing the building with human characteristics while maintaining its structural integrity. More views can be seen at Pictured: “Skeleton and Skin,” Jill Downen, 2014, polystyrene, stucco, latex, dimensions vary, height 28 feet.
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, is co-curating an exhibition that opens Oct. 2 at the Kansas City Museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd. “Rituals and Celebrations: Exploring Meaning Through Dress” will showcase work by emerging and established Kansas City fiber artists and designers who interpret the body as a form of artistic expression to celebrate significant moments or a new journey. The show will complement another exhibition “Dressing Up in Kansas City: The Rites of Passage,” which will explore the ways Kansas Citians dressed up for various rituals of their lives from the 18th through the 20th centuries, including birth, coming of age, marriage and career. Artifacts that will be featured include christening gowns, wedding dresses, various uniforms and mourning attire, all from the museum’s historic clothing, textile and costume collection. The exhibitions continue through Nov. 30. Pictured: Hand-knotted overcoat from KCAI alumna Maegan Stracy to be featured in the exhibition.
Michael Wickerson, chair of KCAI’s sculpture department, is nearing completion of a documentary entitled “Fisher of Men.” The final version will be completed in the coming months, and it will be highlighted on KCPT next year. To view a preview of the film, visit

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 – Lori Raye Erickson (’89 design) opened “Lead By Circumstance,” a series of new works, running through Sept. 29 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd.The pieces in this exhibition reflect Erickson’s longstanding love of working with lead. Pictured: “Follow Your Heart,” Lori Raye Erickson, oil on canvas, lead, aluminum, 33 inches by 31 inches by 7 inches.
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 in which 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.
Kansas City Artists Coalition – Erin Russell Hall (’12 painting and art history) is opening a solo exhibition Sept. 12 through Oct. 10 in the Underground Gallery at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St. There is an opening reception scheduled from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the gallery. For more information, visit
Kansas City Public Library – Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber, is opening “Unfurled: Thirty Years in Kansas City” at the Kansas City Library’s Genevieve Guldner Gallery, 14 W. 10th St. The exhibition, consisting of work on public display for the first time, along with a never-before-seen collection of his sketch books, will be in two parts, first running Sept. 13 through Nov. 2, then opening Nov. 9 through Jan. 4. Pollen will discuss his life and career in a special presentation at Oct. 21 at the Central Library.
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. Pictured: “A Baker’s Dozen,” Sean Starowitz.
Project Space – “Xing Over,” part of the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program Series, describes the art processes of Amy Fredman (’05 fiber) and Jeni Mc (’08 creative writing) as both individuals and collaborators. Fredman’s embroidered paintings consist of threads repeatedly crossed on top of each other, resulting in recreations of collaged photographs. Mc describes her photographs as “domestic wax museums of (possibly failing) possibilities.” Both artists borrow from each other’s practice in order to create new work, crossing imagery over from polite reality to disturbing fantasy. The exhibition runs Sept. 19 through Oct. 25 at Project Space, 21 E. 12th St. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19. Pictured: “Nonpareil,” Amy Fredman and Jeni Mc, 2013.
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 through Oct. 25. Pictured: “Trojan Tweed,” Shae Bishop, 2014, high refractory ceramic, low-fire glaze and china paint, 21 inches by 21 inches by 2 inches.

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 $45 registration fee through Sept. 14. Artists can register by visiting

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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