ARTNotes for Nov. 3

November 3, 2014


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Upcoming events

Nov. 11: “Folding Time,” featuring the musical, sound and performance talents of the Myth-Science Ensemble, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus.
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.
Nov. 13: Painter and art critic Peter Plagens 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 about Plagens and the lecture series, visit

KCAI partners with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey

In preparation for the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, a partnership was formed with KCAI to help with the artistic elements for the G30 Gala. Five different artistic projects were developed.
Cass Lyons (senior, digital filmmaking) spent the summer with KCFAA in a formal internship documenting Ailey Camp and the other aspects of the organization. Her final project was to produce a video that was shown at the G30 Gala.
This past summer, 40 high school students from around the country attended KCAI’s Pre-College Art Lab, a three-week residency to experience firsthand what it is like to attend a college of art and design. During the PCAL program the students worked with Ailey dancers to create sketches and wire sculptures that were used in more than 40 centerpieces for the event.
Kim Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor of fiber, worked with the event organizers to create large fiber panels to display in the ballroom. This included the backdrop for the stage as well as the large curtains dividing the two event spaces using the theme of “Growing Hope.” The images included a large tree on the backdrop. The curtains incorporated various leaf patterns throughout the fabric.
The costumes developed for the Ailey student dancers for a special evening performance also centered on “Hope” and carried the leaf design and theme of “Growing Hope.”
A competition was held among all KCAI students to select a special designed award named to honor the late Janet Miller, who was very involved with Friends of Alvin Ailey. This first-year of the award was presented to Marshall Miller in honor of his wife. Benjamin Davis (senior, sculpture) won the design competition. His entry carried through the event’s overall theme of the “Art of Dance.” His bronze sculpture captured the essence of a dancer leaping forward into the air. As Davis wrote in his proposal, “this frozen moment in time reflects the graceful nature of a dancer, the freedom of self and self-expression, and most importantly, it represents the leaps of faith many take on achieving the goals that lay before them.” The selection committee also thought the piece represented the characteristics that Janet embodied and her commitment to this organization. Pictured: Benjamin Davis with his bronze sculpture.

Foundation students creatively carve pumpkins

KCAI foundation students participated in the annual rite of Halloween, carving pumpkins for the Crestwood shops, located at 55th St. between Brookside Blvd. and Oak St. The pumpkins were on display Oct. 30 and 31. KCAI trustee George Terbovich, who owns the shop George in Crestwood, supports the event. To view the students carving their masterpieces, visit the Kansas City Star’s gallery at

KCAI illustration students design poster for Just Off Broadway Theatre production

Illustration students in the Paper & Ink class designed a theater poster and program cover for the upcoming production of the play “Truth Stands,” by Cynthia Hardeman-Wright, presented by the Melting Pot KC. “Truth Stands” will be staged at the Just Off Broadway Theatre Feb. 6-22, 2015. As part of their research process, students read excerpts from the play and attended a table reading by the cast. Then each student made an illustrated poster, and the producers of the play came to the KCAI campus to pick a first-, second- and third-place winner. The winning design, by Kate Dittmann, will be used for the promotional materials for this production (posters, playbill cover and any other assorted publicity materials). All of the students’ artwork will remain on display in the lobby of the Just Off Broadway Theatre during the run of the play, and the theater will host a reception for the students on a Preview night prior to opening night, tentatively scheduled for Feb. 5. Pictured: Kate Dittman’s winning poster for “Truth Stands.”

CPS student wins KC Star photo contest

Rachel Grodsky, a student who takes a photographer class in KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies, was the winner for Best Local Photo in the Kansas City Star’s annual vacation photo contest. To view the photo, visit

Holiday sale to benefit Kansas City Urban Potters

The Kansas City Urban Potters will host a holiday sale Nov. 28-30 at Unity Temple on the Plaza, 707 W. 47th St. Functional and decorative ceramics by KCUP members will be on display and available for purchase. The collective will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Nov. 7. The campaign will last throughout the sale. KCUP intends to raise money to support their mission, which includes organizing community and educational events geared to raise awareness about contemporary studio pottery in Kansas City, including an annual spring invitational exhibition. This yearly event will provide Kansas City audiences an opportunity to view fresh work from clay artists throughout the United States.
KCUP is a collective of professional studio artists who make functional pottery with the high standards of craftsmanship. The members are Chandra DeBuse, Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics at KCAI; Jana Evans; Rain Harris; Meredith Host (’01 ceramics); Erica Iman; and Alex Watson. For more information

Student profile – fifth 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: Zophia McDougal
Hometown: Columbia, Mo. (#gokewpies) 
Favorite artist: That’s hard! Today I dig Claire Ashley and Del Harrow. I will always love Kollwitz, Kahlo and Redon, among other greats. 
How/why did you choose KCAI: It was close enough to home but far enough away too. It’s sandwiched between two nationally renowned museums on a historical/beautiful campus, and the school values professionalism as much as they do creativity. 
If you receive some form of financial aid, describe how important that is to you: It’s how I survive here! 
Who or what inspires you? This is one of the reasons why I make art. I have an ongoing desire to know what and who inspires me. What makes me tick, per se. There are a lot of things, and I have a hard time summing them up in words, so I make art about it. That’s how I think, how I learn and how I share! 
Favorite place to eat in KC: Hmmmm. For hanging out I’d say YJ’s, Fric N Frac, or Cancun Fiesta Fresh. For when the family comes to town I’d say Thai Place, Lulu’s or McCoy’s.
What subscription (print, digital, etc.) do you value most? The Bohemian. I love what they’re doing for the KC Art Literature scene. 
Secret campus study hideout: The back stairs behind printmaking/digital film. 
Late night studio snack of choice: Coffee and kale chips.
What do you like best about Kansas City? The people I’m surrounded by are full of vision, hope, creativity, and it shows everywhere you go.
The best advice I ever got: Stop thinking about it, and do it. Then do it again until you’re satisfied.
The worst advice I ever got: Never sleep.
Describe a recent triumph: I just got asked to be Madeline Gallucci’s assistant. Yahooo!!!! 
Who or what is your sidekick? My print ladies are my rocks.
140 character rant (This is your opportunity to spout off, laugh, cry in the length of a Twitter post): Take note of what you're doing when you are feeling feelings. Describe it however you wish, then and there, and make art about it. And yes, share your work. It’s worth the criticism.
Pictured: “Faking naked on mulch, she found her limit…puking over a hammock and singing to Nina Simone,” Zophia McDougal, 2014, mixed media, 24 inches by 24 inches.

Faculty updates

Rebecca Dubay, assistant professor of art history, recently presented two papers at professional conferences. On Oct. 23, she presented her paper “Tracking the Body: Jackson Pollock, Jasper Johns and Ana Mendieta” as part of the panel session “Verbing Painting” at the Mid-America College Art Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas. On Nov. 1, she presented her paper “A Body That Falls: Mendieta’s Act of Remembrance” as part of the panel session “Twentieth-Century Feminist Icons: New Perspectives” at the Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference at American University, Washington, D.C.

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.
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.
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, runs Nov. 9 through Jan. 4.
la Esquina – Charlotte Street Foundation presents “Loving After Lifetimes of All This,” an exhibition by 2013-14 Curator-in-Residence Danny Orendorff, opening Nov. 7 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at la Esquina gallery, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition, running through Jan. 3, features work and ephemera from more than 15 artists, activists and archives nationwide, including Christopher Leitch (’84 fiber).
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 – Kiki Serna (junior, sculpture) is showing work in “Assemblage of Form” at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7, and the exhibition is open through Nov. 28.
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 S.W. 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.
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 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.
The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space – Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking) opens “I Will Always Love You,” at The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell St. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 14 through Dec. 14 with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14, and a gallery talk from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 15. Pictured: “You Are Not Alone,” 2014, video still, self portrait as Michael Jackson in a recreation of the Genealogical Trees of the Dominican Order, Part 3 of 3.
Subterranean Gallery – Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B, will host the first of their Digital Exhibition series “refresh + redraw,” featuring work by Eric Fickes and Eric Scrivner (’13 painting). The opening reception will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Nov. 7. Additional viewing will be by appointment from Nov. 8 through Dec. 14. Pictured: Poster for “refresh + redraw” exhibition.

Kickstarter projects

Rachel Malcolm Ensor (’96 painting) has created a Kickstarter page to fund continued work on and installation of multiple canvas panels at a cancer center located in southern Illinois. For more information, or to make a donation, visit

Calls for artists

The 47th Clay, Fiber, Paper, Glass, Metal, Wood National Exhibition is accepting entries through Dec. 5. The exhibition is Jan. 23 through April 4 at the Octagon Center for Arts in Ames, Iowa. Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, chair of KCAI’s fiber department, has been selected as the juror of this event where $2,000 will be awarded to the winners. For more information, contact or 515-232-5331.
KCUR radio has begun a new series entitled “Tell KC,” asking artists, who work at a self-determined pace, to share their stories about how the reality of raising children can sometimes affect their creativity. If you are an artist learning from this transition, visit to fill out the form.

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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