ARTNotes for Oct. 20

October 20, 2014


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Upcoming events 

Oct. 22: Artist Kate Gilmore 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. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Oct. 23: Writer Ben Lerner 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. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Oct. 24: An opening reception for the Kate Gilmore exhibition will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at KCAI’s H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition includes a selection of Gilmore’s works from the past decade along with a new work created on-site at the Artspace for the occasion. The exhibition continues through Dec. 17. The event and exhibition are free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Oct. 30: Designer Bruce Willen 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. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Design students produce posters for Folly Jazz Series

This fall marks the sixth year that KCAI’s graphic design juniors have worked with the Folly Theater  in Kansas City to promote the Folly’s Jazz Series. Six finalists were chosen from among all the poster designs created for the Folly’s consideration in a class entitled “Human Centered Design,” taught by Kelly Ludwig, assistant professor and program head of graphic design.  Finalist posters were created by Michael Batiste, Eos Chu, Derick Lopez, Christopher Meier, Mercedes Padro and Ashton Shechter.
“These posters are terrific, and have been for all of the six years that we have had the great fortune to work with the talented KCAI students and their professors,” said Gale Tallis, executive director of the Folly Theater.  “For me, it is one of the things I look forward to each year, when we are able to start the new year (and the Folly season) with a student tour of the Folly Theater, and then progress in a few short weeks to the finished posters for our Folly Jazz Series.  The thought and creative process that goes into each and every poster is always compelling and has elevated our Jazz Series posters to a collector’s item.  Many of our Jazz artists are so taken with the posters that they request a copy for their own collections!”
Pictured: poster by Michael Batiste.

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. Pictured: Promotional poster for the Youth Invitational exhibition.

Student profile – fourth 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: Janelle Ketcher
Year/Major: Senior in painting and art history
Hometown: Des Moines (born in Nevada, Iowa)
Favorite artist: One artist I am interested in right now is Miranda July’s work. The way she responds to and shapes social dynamics, interactions and relationships is difficult to do well, and it is something I look to develop in my own practice. I read her book “It Chooses You” this summer, and now I’m attempting to work with her new app Somebody.
How/why did you choose KCAI: When looking at higher education, I stayed within the Midwest so I could visit home frequently. KCAI’s main green space was a lure, but what hooked me was the serious focus on both studio and liberal arts. The Social Practice Certificate also was critical to my decision because working with people in varying ways is important to me.
If you receive some form of financial aid, describe how important that is to you: Any form of financial aid is helpful to students, myself included. A combination of financial aid and a supportive family has allowed me to focus on my studio practice in painting and double major in art history without financial stress.
Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by traveling, hearing people’s stories and surrounding myself with individuals who act passionately. My older sisters are a huge inspiration. We are all in different fields (the arts, health care and anthropology) but we all strive to care for people through our individual focus. Their fields have always shaped my practice because they give me insight into the various ways one can approach issues.
Favorite place to eat in KC: At times living in Kansas City is a curse because of all the delicious food! One of my favorite places is Happy Gillis in Columbus Park. They have a duck bacon BLT with dates … enough said?
What subscription (print, digital, etc.) do you value most? My most valued medium would be conversations. The dialogue that happens amongst my peers, community and my family shape the work I make. Conversations are a cyclical medium; I respond to conversations and then conversations (critiques) that surround my and other’s work continue to influence my practice and ideas.
Secret campus study hideout: They aren’t so secretive but they are my hideouts — my studio and the central shop. My studio is a place of focus; I do so much more than make work there. The individual studio space and the community of my peers are a perfect balance for productivity and procrastination. At the central shop, I like to chat with John and Evin. Despite how busy they are and that I rarely actually make anything there, they always welcome my visits by showing me their new projects and boasting about how cool Iowa is. 
Late night studio snack of choice: Currently I have almonds, cashews, dried apricots and yogurt-covered raisins on my desk.
What do you like best about Kansas City? The opportunities presented to young artists are amazing. Many students at KCAI have utilized this characteristic of KC and its art community. KC is a place, I believe even beyond the arts, where one has the opportunity to pursue their ideas and passions through the help of generous people, spaces and institutions.
What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? The Segway tours. Their commentary on our campus and neighborhood is often subjective and embarrassing.
The best advice I ever got: My younger host sister from India told me to “Try, try, but do not cry.”
The worst advice I ever got: I try to take advice from people I look up to; any negative advice is usually quickly dismissed. If anything, responding to advice is always a learning experience and is ultimately good advice for the insight one gains. 
My brush with greatness: I tend to rub it in people’s faces all the amazing people that have come from Iowa, despite the fact that I have never met them.
Describe a recent triumph: Along with the help of other ArtPlay members, I just hosted two fundraising events for the Alzheimer’s Association. We raised $480 and recruited interested students for our walking team. Starting from idea to development to enacting everything is a difficult process and I’m proud of the failures and successes that we experienced.
Who or what is your sidekick? Sadly, my phone is my sidekick. It keeps me organized, connected to important people in my life and makes sure I don’t forget to go to work.
Pictured: Janelle Ketcher.

Alumni updates

Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking) and Kendell Harbin (’13 printmaking) are the new directors of Front/Space, an alternative gallery in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Mo. Founding members Leandra Burnett, Kent Szlauderbach and Sarah Murphy have decided to pursue new, creative endeavors and conclude their respective tenures as directors of the organization. Harbin and Gallucci will continue to build upon the core function of Front/Space, programming in non-traditional gallery contexts, focusing on radical, interactive and interdisciplinary projects and exhibitions. Supported by a Rauschenberg Foundation SEED grant, plans are under way for a series of workshops, forums and public events, followed by an open call for exhibitions in the spring.
New Hampshire Institute of Art, Sharon Arts Center Campus has selected one of Howard Harris’ (’71 design) images, “Room With A View,” to be included in a show titled “Looking Out.” The exhibition is a national juried show of photographic images pertaining to both the natural and manmade worlds. The exhibition runs Nov. 7 through Dec. 24. In addition to being a graduate of KCAI, Harris, who lives in Denver, serves on the KCAI board of trustees. Pictured: “Room with a View,” Howard Harris, 24 inches by 20 inches.
Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) has been named “best south-flying artist” by The Pitch. To view the article, visit
Jessica Wohl (’01 illustration) is opening a news series of collages called “Matriarchs” at Threesquared in Nashville, Tenn. The show, which runs Oct. 25 through Nov. 1, investigates women and their relationship to the home through empowered, feminine creatures ruling over their domestic domains. Pictured: “Throw Down,” Jessica Wohl.

Faculty updates

Anne Boyer, assistant professor of creative writing at KCAI, has been named Kansas City’s “best writer” by The Pitch. To view the article, visit

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 work by 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.
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 through 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. 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
MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center – “ALL MET,” a solo exhibition by Chris Daharsh (’12 painting and art history) is running through Nov. 13 at the MCC-Longview Cultural Arts Center, 500 SW Longview Road. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: (left) “Proto,” 2014, plaster, gypsum, dye, pigment and polystyrene and “Referent II,” 2013, solvent print on vinyl, both by Chris Daharsh.
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.
Plum Gallery – Zac Miley (’13 illustration), Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts and art history) and Andy Ozier (’13 illustration) are all showing new work in “Three Hands” through Nov. 29 at Plum Gallery (formerly Spyn Gallery), 2011 Baltimore Ave. Pictured: (left) Zac Miley, 2014, graphite on paper; “Needing Something/Bowing Down,” Chrarlie Mylie, 2014, watercolor, ink and white out; “Max,” Andy Ozier, 2014, paper, graphite, chalk pastel, crayon and charcoal.
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 Lady Gallery – “Infrastructures & Inheritance,” coordinated by KCAI student organization Archive Collective and Casey Holden and Brian Bosworth of Red Lady Gallery, is an exhibition of photographs and documentary film that explores power, character and community in urban Kansas City. Photographers Matt Rahner and Adam J. Long will show recent work alongside the premiere of a documentary film entitled “27th + Prospect” by Zachary Herrmann and Andy Clarke at 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at Red Lady Gallery, 1229 1/2 Union Ave. An opening reception follows from 6 to 10 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. Nov. 16 with special guest and community activist Ameena Powell.
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 Asheer 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.

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