ARTNotes for Oct. 6

October 6, 2014


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Upcoming events

Oct. 9: Artist Alejandro Thornton 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. Thornton’s work has been featured in a number of solo shows in Argentina and Chile and has received various awards internationally. The event is free and open to the public.

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.

Oct. 16: Artist Helen O’Leary 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. O'Leary has participated in group exhibitions around the world and her art has received a number of awards. The many venues that have mounted solo exhibitions of her work include the Zolla/Lieberman Gallery in Chicago; the Michael Gold Gallery in New York City; the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne, Australia; The Beverly Art Centre in Chicago; the Sanskriti Foundation in New Delhi, India; the Kerlin Gallery in Dublin, and the Catherine Hammond Gallery in Cork, Ireland. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit:

KCAI illustration students to install panels for design mural at Scarritt Elementary School

Throughout the fall semester, students from KCAI’s illustration department have been designing and painting murals for the panels covering Scarritt Elementary School’s doors and windows, located at 3509 Anderson Ave. The mural project, led by visiting instructor Hector Casanova, is part of the “US” class, a course focusing on the social roles and cultural responsibilities of illustrators and the collaborative nature of art practice.

The students will be at Scarritt at 2:30 p.m. Oct 8 to install the panels and add any finishing touches to the first part of the project.

“Scarritt Elementary, part of the historic Northeast Area of Kansas City, has been closed for several years, while graffiti, vandalism and loitering continue to take place on property grounds,” said Casanova. “The goal of the mural project is to use art to convert the school building back into a positive visual landmark for the community, to reclaim it from blight and transform it into a unique example of urban art.”

The Kansas City Museum has provided support to the Scarritt mural project. As part of the agreement between the museum and the illustration department, a mural workshop has been scheduled for a 1 p.m. Oct. 12 at the museum, 3218 Gladstone Blvd., to include Kansas City mural painter Jose Faus and graffiti artist GEAR as well as students from Casanova’s class. Finally, at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the museum, an official unveiling of the finished first stage of the mural will take place, and students will give a brief presentation of their panel designs.

The mural project is made possible through an alliance between KCAI and the Kansas City School District and generous donations from the Central Bank of Kansas City and UMB. Pictured: Emily Stout (junior, illustration) and Nicholette Haigler (junior, illustration) work on their mural design for the Scarritt Elementary School project.

H&R Block Artspace celebrates 15 years

The H&R Block Artspace at KCAI marked its 15th anniversary Sept. 26 with a festive, interactive celebration that attracted more than 250 guests. Mark Southerland curated the event. Pictured from left are Barbara Bloch, Raechell Smith, founding director of the Artspace, Henry Bloch and Bob Bloch. The Bloch family and the H&R Block Foundation have been staunch supporters of the Artspace since helping to create it in 1999. Photo by Chris Crum.

KCAI fiber students create backdrop for Alvin Ailey gala

KCAI fiber students recently completed a backdrop for the Friends of Alvin Ailey’s 30th anniversary gala, which will take place Oct. 25. The concept for the backdrop and leotards, which the students also decorated, was created by Rebecca Gemeinhardt (sophomore, fiber), who won a competition for the design. The backdrop features leaves screen-printed in black onto white fabric and a large tree, also painted in black on white. Pictured: Rebecca Gemainhardt (left) with Kim Eichler-Messmer, associate professor of fiber. Photo by Mark McDonald.

KCAI students win awards at local AIGA design competition

Several KCAI graphic design students won awards Sept. 20 at Sintennial, the 10th annual design competition and exhibition of AIGA of Kansas City. AIGA is the professional association for design.

Senior Nick Howland received the Juror’s Choice Award for “Decode: An Anthology of Gertrude Stein’s Poems” and also won an award for his Stature typeface and promotional poster. Allyson Peck (’14 graphic design), Anna de Sando (’14 graphic design) and Wendy Vong (’14 graphic design) won for their Resound interactive project. Senior Trent Roach, Andra Khoder (’14 graphic design) and Vong won for their KCAI AIGA poster series. Junior Chris Meier won for his “The Rise of Rhymesayers” poster, and junior Sara Garrison won for her “Fight With Words” poster. Senior Sam Small won for his Bunker rebrand project. Melissa Kim Huynh (’14 graphic design), Khoder, Taylor Hillestad (’14 graphic design) and Vong won an award for “Kinship: Reshaping Manheim,” a visual advocacy project, and de Sando won an award for a Fringe Festival Kansas City rebrand.

The students were cheered on by graphic design faculty members past and present, including Kelly Ludwig, Mike Kidwell, Paul Diamond, Craig Newman, Emmy Rice, Chris Chapin, Marty Maxwell Lane and Tyler Galloway.

The winning entries were selected by nationally recognized jurors, including Katherine Walker of Google Brand Studio, Nessim Higson of IAAH, Kelly Stevens of 7 Creative, Riley Cran of Lost Type and Dana Tanamachi-Williams of Tanamachi Studio. The event marked the Kansas City chapter’s 10th awards show and 25th anniversary as well as AIGA’s 100th year as the national professional association of design.

Pictured: Sara Garrison with her “Fight With Words” poster.

Kansas City Museum to host special viewing of fashion exhibition

Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, has partnered with the Kansas City Museum to co-curate “Rituals and Celebrations: Exploring Meaning Through Dress,” with a special viewing planned for 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at the museum. Support for the exhibition was provided by Maegan Stracy (’12 ceramics and art history), multimedia artist, fashion designer and fiber lecturer. The show will feature work by local fiber artists and fashion designers and is a contemporary counterpart to “Dressing Up in Kansas City: Rites of Passage,” which showcases the museum’s historic clothing and textile collection. To make reservations to attend the Oct. 16 viewing, contact The museum is located at 3218 Gladstone Ave. Pictured: “When the Bough Breaks AW 2012 Collection,” Hadley Johnson. Photo by Chris Mullins.

Gradingers honored with Trudy Award

Gary Gradinger, former chair of the KCAI board of trustees, and his wife, Pam Gradinger, a longtime volunteer in support of KCAI, were honored Sept. 10 with the Trudy Award, the highest honorary award presented by Kansas City Young Audiences. The award honors the memory of Gertrude “Trudy” Benjamin Ziegler, a former president of the KCYA board and a community arts advocate and volunteer who had a special interest in helping youth discover their creative talents and passions. Katie Wendel, a former member of the KCAI board of trustees, presented the award during a luncheon celebration at Grand Street Café.

Founded in 1961, KCYA delivers programs in all arts disciplines including music, dance, theater, creative writing and visual arts through partnerships with teaching artists and arts partners. For more information, visit Pictured from left: Gary Gradinger, Katie Wendel and Pam Gradinger. Photo courtesy of KCYA.

McKeowns honored for longtime support

A luncheon honoring Deanne and Byron McKeown of Sedona, Ariz., both 1960 graduates of KCAI, took place Sept. 25 in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms. Among the participants were students and alumni who have received McKeown Awards in sculpture and ceramics. Since 2002, the McKeowns have contributed a total of $24,000 for Special Project Awards in ceramics, and since 2005, they have contributed $22,060 for Special Project Awards in sculpture. Several of the award recipients gave remarks describing how the awards had helped them further both their education and their careers. At the luncheon, Byron McKeown thanked students for allowing their two benefactors to “participate in your dreams.” Pictured: Byron and Deanne McKeown (center). Photo by Jill Downen.

KCAI’s Fireside Committee sets scholarship benefit gala

This year, KCAI’s Fireside Committee has scheduled its scholarship benefit for Oct. 25 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Country Club Plaza. The theme for the event will be “Gatsby Soiree.” Registration, reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and an evening of dancing until 11 p.m. to the music of the David Basse Orchestra. Tickets are $100 per person and include free self-parking or a reduced charge for valet. The silent auction includes a “Weekend for Two with Breakfast” provided by the Marriott. As a special benefit, the Gala Patron level admission of $175 will entitle purchasers to attend the Patron Party at the home of John and Twyla Wilson on Sunday, Oct. 19. For more information and reservations, contact gala chair Laurie Burgess at 816-587-8649 or

CPS hosts Kids Art Workshop at Plaza Art Fair

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies hosted the Kid’s Art Workshop at the 83rd Annual Plaza Art Fair Sept. 19-21. Volunteers assisted children as they drew a self-portrait, Picasso-style. Pictured: Two children show off their self-portrait masterpieces.

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. Anyone can attend the event.

Youth Invitational exhibition opens in new CPS building

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting its Youth Invitational exhibition Oct. 24 through Jan. 30 at its new Main Campus location, 32 E. 46th St. An opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24. Winners in two categories, ages 6-11 and 12-14, will receive a gift certificate for a free class.

Share your opinion: participate in the OneArtsKC community survey

OneArtsKC is looking for 2,000 participants to take a survey regarding arts and culture in the Kansas City area for their Cultural Plan, a shared vision of how to strengthen arts and culture in the region. The findings could be very valuable to KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies and other departments, according to Sonja Garrett, interim director of CPS. OneArtsKC plans to share the survey results with KCAI. To take the survey, visit Participants are entered in a drawing for five $100 gift certificates to

Student profile – third 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: Kadie Nugent

Year/Major: Senior in fiber and creative writing

Hometown: Mt. Hope, Kan.

Favorite artist: Lauren DiCioccio

Why KCAI: (Regional counselor) Jonah Criswell convinced me to. I was set to go to a state school, but he emailed me consistently about KCAI. I started thinking that KCAI could be the better option. He was so passionate about the school that I decided that I wanted to be a part of it too. 

If you receive some form of financial aid, describe how important that is to you: Financial aid is how I attend KCAI. 

Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by people and how they interact in everyday life, both in person and online. I’m always on Craigslist sifting through ads for ideas to use in my writing and visual work.

Favorite place to eat in KC: Jerusalem Café

What subscription (print, digital, etc.) do you value most? Juxtapoz

Secret campus study hideout: The second floor of the library is the best. 

Late night studio snack of choice: Almonds

My brush with greatness: I worked with Isaac Mizrahi on “The Magic Flute” at Opera Theatre St. Louis this summer. That was rad. 

Describe a recent triumph: I can do handstands as of two weeks ago. 

Who or what is your sidekick? My dog Astro is my sidekick.

Pictured: “Life Vest,” Kadie Nugent.

Alumni updates

Kate Clements (’11 painting and art history) is studying toward an M.F.A. degree in glass at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, where she was awarded a full scholarship. For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: Kate Clements on photo shoot for Italian Vogue Gioiello, an accessory branch of Italian Vogue magazine; glass crown by Kate Clements (2013).

“Attroupement” marks Josh George’s (’97 illustration) fifth solo exhibition with Ghostprint Gallery in Richmond, Va., and showcases a compilation of human figures, cityscapes and landscapes, as well as scenes of everyday urban life. The exhibition runs through Nov. 5. Pictured: Works from Josh George’s exhibition “Attroupement.” 

New work by Howard Harris (’71 design) is being featured this month at Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach, Calif. The show, entitled “Aperture – A Photography Exhibition,” continues through Oct. 25. In addition to being a graduate of KCAI, Harris, who lives in Denver, serves on the KCAI board of trustees. Pictured: “Ground Zero,” Howard Harris, 36 inches by 30 inches.

Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) will help visitors to the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art in Bentonville, Ark., explore the bird kingdom and count songbirds during a citizen-scientist excursion Oct. 10. For more information, visit

Whitney Manney (’12 fiber) presents “PrimaRebelle,” a solo exhibition running Oct. 23 through Nov. 7 at the University of Missouri-Kansas City Gallery of Art. An opening night reception, featuring a runway presentation of the 15-look collection is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 23. The opening night reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Pictured: Promotional poster for Whitney Manney’s “PrimaRebelle” exhibition.

Karrie Marie Baxley (nee O’Reilly) (attended) recently completed a book entitled “Dancing with a Thousand Bees” about the ancient honeybee as one of nature’s feminine wonders. Baxley, who studied painting at KCAI, will hold a book signing from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at Aquarius, 3936 Broadway. For more information about the book or to purchase a copy, visit Pictured: Book cover from “Dancing with a Thousand Bees.”

Garrett Peek (’05 graphic design) launched a new app called Shoutout, which bills itself as the simplest way to see and share moments with friends. It allows users to send photos in a single tap. For more information or to download, visit the iTunes Store at

Shawn Powell (’05 painting and art history) is showing work in a solo exhibition entitled “Cabin Fever” through Nov. 23 in the Westchester Community College Fine Arts Gallery at the State University of New York. Influenced by film and set design, Powell’s work typically features the common motifs of walls, landscapes and windows. Pictured: “Pink Moon,” 2014, Shawn Powell, acrylic on sheetrock, 15 inches by 10 inches.

Anja Notanja Sieger (’09 printmaking and creative writing) is exhibiting new work in a show through the end of November at Gallery 2622 in Wauwatosa, Wis. The show is called “Lettuce Alone To Parrot Wonder.” The exhibition includes hand-cut paper and India ink drawings.

Bernadette Esperanza Torres (’91 ceramics) is participating in a Third Thursday Visiting Artists’ Presentation from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, 12345 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan. She will be discussing her ceramic work, her influences and inspirations. Pictured: “Why Do You Always Do That,” Bernadette Esperanza Torres.

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. The exhibition is 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. Pictured: (left to right) “Tino Factory,” Scott Seebart, 2014, oil on canvas, 18 inches by 16 inches; “Valentine,” Jessie Fisher, 2013, NiXing clay, 14 inches by 16 inches by 10 inches; busts, Misty Gamble.

Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking and foundation, and Janet Kaufman have been accepted for a May 20-June 18, 2015, residency at Surel’s Place in Boise, Idaho. Only 25 percent of the artists who applied were accepted, said Rebecca Mitchell, founder and executive director of Surel’s Place, a nonprofit artists residency program. Mitchell said the review panelists, comprised of practicing, professional visual artists and Boise State University art faculty, “enthusiastically supported your application.” The project proposed by Merrill and Kauffman involves approaches to helping children deal with their emotions in an artistic manner. For more information about Surel’s Place, visit


Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking at KCAI, will give an artist’s talk at 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. He will be in conversation with Julian Zugazagoitia, director of the museum. Their discussion will focus on Rivera’s inspiration for the “Day of the Dead” altar design he will create Oct. 20-28 in Kirkwood Hall. Rivera is dedicating the exhibit to Gabriel García Márquez, the Colombian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist who died in April. Márquez may be best known for his novels “One Hundred Years of Solitude” (1967), “The Autumn of the Patriarch” (1975) and “Love in the Time of Cholera” (1985). Rivera traveled to Oaxaca in Mexico to research Day of the Dead traditions and to understand more about where the tradition came from. He described his upcoming installation as “anthropology as art.” Pictured: Miguel Rivera.

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. 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.

Blue Gallery – Maura Cluthe (’93 Illustration), assistant professor of illustration, will show a small series of new work in “PLAY: Part One,” at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. The show will continue through Nov. 3. Pictured: “EUREKA!,” Maura Cluthe, 2014, mixed media on board, 9 inches by 12 inches.

Blue Gallery – Bernal Koehrsen (’93 ceramics) is showing work through Nov. 3 in an exhibition called “The Map is Not the Territory” at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Pictured: “It is Well Known that the Map is Not the Territory” Bernal Koehrsen, acrylic, ink, resin on wood panel, 36 inches by 36 inches.

Carter Art Center Gallery – Kahlil Irving (senior, ceramics) will participate in “Four Assorted Chocolates,” running through Nov. 8 at the Carter Art Center Gallery, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, located in Penn Valley Community College. This is an exhibition of four African-American artists currently living in Kansas City. Pictured: “Historical Head,” Kahlil Irving, 2011, clay, 23 inches by 23 inches by 13 ½ inches.

Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom – More than two dozen KCAI alumni, 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 Heather Lustfeldt at

Fraction Print Studio – “TANGENT,” a group exhibition featuring three Kansas City-based artists—Cory Imig, lecturer, KCAI’s fiber department; Laura Nugent; and Jessica Simorte—is open through Nov. 22 at Fraction Print Studio, 130 W. 18th St. Pictured: “Counting Obtuse Triangles,” Cory Imig, 2014, paper and paper cement, 30 inches by 30 inches. 

The Hown’s Den – Jill Downen, assistant professor of sculpture, has a new installation, “CelingScape,” on view through Oct. 12 at The Hown's Den, 5624 Lydia Ave. For more information about the exhibition, visit In addition, Downen was interviewed for an article about her art in Mississippi Modern. To view the story, visit Pictured: A photo from Jill Downen’s exhibition “CeilingScape.”

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 Artists Coalition – Work by KCAI students and alumni who traveled to Argentina in January with KCAI faculty members Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking, and Reed Anderson, Ph.D., associate professor of liberal arts, will be on view Oct. 17-Nov. 14 at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte St. The exhibition of work by these emerging artists is entitled “Place and Memory.” The show will coincide with two other exhibitions: “Crossover,” an international collaborative printmaking project, and a show of work by Alejandro Thornton, who will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 9 in the Current Perspectives lecture series at KCAI. For details, visit Pictured: works by Daiana Oneto (top) (senior, printmakingand art history) and Rebecca Clews (’14 photography).

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 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, curator at Epstein Gallery Foundation in Overland Park, Kan., and a former assistant curator at KCAI’s H&R Block Artspace is curating 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. 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. 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 – 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.

Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Gallery – The broad range of styles found in Islamic architecture provides the inspiration for Asher Akram’s (’07 sculpture) ceramic platters, metal domes and illuminated sculptures in the exhibition “Sacred Spaces.” The show is open through Jan. 24 at Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Gallery, 2011 Tracy Ave. Pictured: “Luminous Girih,” Asheer Akram, 2014, steel, stoneware, glaze and enamel, 49 inches by 4 inches by 87 inches. Photo courtesy of Belger Crane Yard Studios.

Vulpes Bastille – Casey Whittier (’09 ceramics) is displaying work with Karin Davis in an exhibition entitled “Excerpts from Imaginary Landscapes” running through Oct. 25 at Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St. Pictured: “Detail of Reflecting Pools, Ceramic Daisies,” Casey Whittier, 2014, plexiglass mirror, wire, paint.

Calls for artists

The Charlotte Street Foundation invites artists living in the five-county Greater Kansas City area to apply for its Artist Awards—three visual artist awards of $10,000 apiece and two generative performing artist awards of $10,000 apiece. Providing artists with financial support, critical recognition and public exposure, these Charlotte Street Awards aim to reward artistic accomplishment and support the continued development of artists’ work and careers.Applications must be completed online through, and the deadline is Nov. 17. For more information, contact 816-221-5115 or

The Mid-American Review-Inspired Art Contest is inviting artists to compose new work inspired by the writing of their choice. Medium/form may be painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, photography, textile, ceramics, metals, carpentry, glass — anything that may ultimately be translated to a two-dimensional image. Images may be submitted by post or on their submissions manager as pdfs or jpgs. Cover letter or message should include brief biographical and contact information and a 50 to 100-word artist’s statement about the method of composition and the inspiration behind it. The entry deadline is Jan. 5. For more information, visit

Opportunities list

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