ARTNotes for Sept. 22

September 22, 2014


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Upcoming events

Sept. 25: Artist Karyn Olivier 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. Olivier, born in Trinidad and Tobago, received an M.F.A. degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art and a B.A. degree from Dartmouth College. The event is free and open to the public. 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 10 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. 2: Artist Marilyn Lysohir will screen and discuss “Victor Babu,” a new documentary she shot and produced, at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the college’s “Current Perspectives” lecture series. The film offers a rare glimpse into the world of Victor Babu, a former professor of ceramics at KCAI and an important figure in contemporary ceramics.
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, 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. The event is free and open to the public.

Students visit artist in Argentina – and now the artist is coming to KCAI

When Argentinian artist Alejandro Thornton visits Kansas City next month, it will be the second opportunity for some KCAI students to meet with him, said Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking at KCAI. Rivera collaborated with the Kansas City Artists Coalition, where he serves as a vice president on the coalition’s board of directors, to arrange for Thornton’s visit. The artist will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 as part of the college’s Current Perspectives series. He also will be a visiting artist and in residence in the KCAI printmaking department, where he will critique the work of junior- and senior-year students. Students who joined Rivera and liberal arts associate professor Reed Anderson on a study-abroad trip to Argentina last January met with the artist there. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thornton graduated from that country’s National School of Fine Arts. In his work, he explores the conventions of language and communication, creating graphic pieces that revolve around word and image. His work has been featured in a number of solo shows in Argentina and Chile and has received various awards internationally. For more information, visit Pictured: “A#22,” Alejandro Thornton, 2011, acrylic, 59.1 inches by 59.1 inches. 

Longtime assistant Geri Sanders retires

After 20 years assisting KCAI presidents, staff and students, Geri Sanders retired at the end of August. Friends, family, co-workers and former co-workers gathered for a reception to bid her farewell. Pictured: Bambi Burgard, vice president for academic affairs, presents Geri Sanders with her retirement gift.

Staff and faculty Annual FUNd drive kicks off with benefit at Potbelly

The 2014-2015 staff and faculty Annual FUNd activities begin with a KCAI night from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 4725 Broadway. When a meal is purchased during that time, 25 percent of all sales will go toward KCAI’s annual fund, benefitting general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and more.

Student profile – second 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: Patricia Bordallo Dibildox
Year/major: senior, photography and art history
Hometown: San Luis Potosí, Mexico
Favorite artists: Frida Kahlo, James Casebere and Thomas Demand
How/why did you choose KCAI: I have lived in Kansas City, Mo., for 14 years now. When I was about 8 or 9, my family took a trip to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. As we were leaving, I noticed the Baty House and the sign out front that reads “Kansas City Art Institute.” Thinking that the whole Art Institute consisted of the Baty House and being charmed nonetheless, I distinctly remember telling my parents that someday I’d go there. If it were up to 8-year-old me, I would’ve definitely gone into fibers.
If you receive some form of financial aid, describe how important that is to you: Financial aid is crucial to my experience at KCAI. My parents currently support four kids in college; coming here would not have been an option had it not been for institutional and government financial aid.
Favorite place to eat in KC: Gates BBQ on Main, definitely.
Secret campus study hideout: The porch of the Baty House is a really nice, quiet place to read that most students don’t visit often since the south door isn’t used. It’s the best place to go over your readings right before class.
Late night studio snack of choice: Strawberries with Greek yogurt or honey with Greek yogurt! The best.
Pictured: Patricia Bordallo Dibildox with some of her artwork.

Alumni updates

Ky Anderson (’95 fiber) will be showing some of her contemporary large-scale works in the exhibition “PAPER GIANTS” at Proto Gallery in Hoboken, N.J. The exhibition runs through Oct. 19. Pictured: “You Are a Window,” Ky Anderson, 72 inches by 60 inches.
Beth Galston (’78 sculpture) has three sculptures included in “Branching Out: Trees as Art,” opening Sept. 27 at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. The exhibition runs through Sept. 20, 2015. For more information, visit Pictured: Tangle, Beth Galston, 300-foot-long rope made of acorn caps collected from under a single red oak.
“Essentially Qualified,”
a solo show of work by Paul Shortt (’09 painting) will be on display through Oct. 18 at Pleasant Plains Workshop in Washington, D.C. Pictured: Promotional poster for “Essentially Qualified.”

Faculty updates

Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting; Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation; and Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting, drawing and sculpture at both KCAI and the University of Missouri-Kansas City are participating in an exhibition of work created during their Studio Nong Residence 2013 in GuangXi Provence, China, entitled “SunRise|SunSet: Work from Studio Nong.” In the summer of 2013, Fisher, Gamble and Seebart worked for six weeks with NiXing clay on the top floor of a spacious pottery factory in QinZhou, China, alongside four professors from the GuangXi Arts Institute, in Nanning, to create work that will be highlighted in the exhibition. The exhibition runs Oct. 13 through Nov. 7.
In 2015, Studio Nong will come together for its second residency program at the Memphis College of Art and KCAI to create a group of clay sculptures and works of calligraphy in conjunction with a lecture at the Memphis College of Art, workshops with Red Star Studios in Kansas City and the KCAI Asian Studies Department. It will culminate with a presentation of the Key to the City by the mayor of Kansas City, a KCAI Current Perspectives lecture and an exhibition and gallery talk at Red Star Studios/Belger Crane Yard Clay that will focus on this growing international collaboration. For more information about the Studio Nong Collective, its inaugural residency and the upcoming 2015 Studio Nong residencies in Kansas City, visit!studio-nong-/casx. Pictured: Participants of the Studio Nong Collective (from left) Shanwu Huang, Misty Gamble, Jigang Qin, Jessie Fisher, Scott Seebart, Zhenhai He, Leandra Urrutia and Bangmin Nong.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

The Bank – Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking) is showing work in an exhibition called “Lime/Line” running through Dec. 20 at The Bank in Matfield Green, Kan. Gallucci’s show is a culmination, rearrangement, assemblage, prototype, apex and simulacrum of new works created in an office building in downtown Kansas City. She is the fifth KCAI printmaking alum to exhibit work at this gallery. Derek Dobbins (’14 printmaking), Robert Howsare (’09 printmaking), Jessica Robles (’09 printmaking) and Katie Twiss (’13 printmaking) have all shown work here in the past two years. Laura Berman, professor of printmaking at KCAI, is co-curator of the gallery. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: “Oil Slick,” Madeline Gallucci, 2014, ink, gouache, acrylic on paper, 50 inches by 70 inches.
Belger Crane Yard Gallery – “Sacred Spaces,” an exhibition of ceramic and metal works by Asheer Akram (’07 sculpture), opens Oct. 3 and runs through Jan. 24 at Belger Crane Yard Gallery, 2011 Tracy Ave. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 3 at the gallery. For more information call 816-474-7316 or visit Pictured: “Mashrabiya,” Asheer Akram, 2014.
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.
Blue Gallery – Maura Cluthe (’93 Illustration), assistant professor of illustration, will show a small series of new work in “PLAY: Part One,” opening Oct. 3 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Cluthe will also give an artist talk from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 2. “My original intention with this body of work was to make several interactive pieces that could be changed by the viewer,” she said. “I love the idea of a piece being customized and rearranged by anyone who interacts with it. ‘PLAY: Part One’ is part of a larger body of work and is my attempt to start to create work in this direction.” The show will continue through Nov. 3. Pictured: “EUREKA!,” Maura Cluthe, 2014, mixed media on board, 9 inches by 12 inches.
Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center – Several participants from the Brush Creek Art Walk are showing their completed paintings during a reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 in the gallery at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway. The public is invited to view the juried paintings of Brush Creek on display. Prizes will be awarded to winning artists at 6 p.m., and the paintings will be for sale. For more information, contact Anne Garney at
Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom – More than two dozen KCAI alums, faculty and former faculty are showing work in the exhibition “UrbanSuburban X: Perception and Reflection” through Oct. 26 at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, Kan. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact at Heather Lustfeldt,
Kansas City Artists Coalition – Erin Russell Hall (’12 painting and art history) has a solo exhibition running through Oct. 10 in the Underground Gallery at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St. For more information, visit
Kansas City Public Library – Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber, has a solo exhibition, “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, the first part running through Nov. 2, with the second part running 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 at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan. The show continues through Jan. 1, 2015. Pictured: “#4,” John Ferry, 2013 oil, 6 inches by 6 inches.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Laura Berman, professor of printmaking, is one of the featured artists in “Structure, Story and Flow,” running through Nov. 1 at the Opie Gallery, Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Heather Lustfeldt, currently the curator at Epstein Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, Kan., and a former assistant curator at KCAI’s H&R Block Artspace curates the exhibition. For more information, visit
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.
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 through Oct. 25 at Project Space, 21 E. 12th St. 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

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 they should be submitted to Erin Jones in the admissions office. 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 (
Volunteers are needed to carve 700 pumpkins for GLOW: A Jack O’Lantern Festival at Powell Gardens from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 16 and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 17. To sign up, contact Connie, the volunteer coordinator, at or 816-697-2600, ext. 304.

Opportunities list 

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