ARTNotes for Nov. 17

November 17, 2014


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Upcoming events

Dec. 5, 6, 7: KCAI’s end-of-semester student exhibition and sale will take place Dec. 5 through Dec. 7. The exhibition and sale showcase contemporary student artwork from ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Exhibition and sale hours are 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6 and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 7.

KCAI to host Patron Preview Party Dec. 4

The Kansas City Art Institute will host its second annual Patron Preview from 6 to 10 p.m. Dec. 4 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, with studio departments open throughout the KCAI campus. Tickets are $125, and proceeds benefit the college’s scholarship fund. Guests will be able to tour studio departments and purchase artwork by students prior to the public opening of the end-of-semester exhibition and sale. This festive event includes a dressy dinner and cocktails. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., and guests will fan out from there for studio visits. Pictured: (from left) Ward and Donna Katz; Saul and Irene Ellis, co-chairs of the Kansas City Art Institute’s Patron Preview.

Just two issues of ARTNotes remain this semester; early deadline for Dec. 1 issue

There are only two issues of ARTNotes remaining this semester before the holiday break. They will publish Dec. 1 and Dec. 15. ARTNotes will resume after the break on Jan. 12. As a reminder, the deadline to submit information or story ideas is 5 p.m. the Wednesday before publication; however, the deadline for the Dec. 1 issue has been moved up to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 because of the Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 27-28. To submit information for upcoming issues or to subscribe to ARTNotes, contact Brian Spano, communications manager, at or 816-802-3532.

Student profile – sixth 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: Spencer Pullen
Year/major: Senior/illustration
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lafayette, Ind.
How did you choose KCAI? I chose KCAI because everyone I talked to said that Kansas City was a great city to be in. I was told it had that small town feel while still being a big city.
How has KCAI lived up to your expectations? KCAI was the most helpful school I applied to and the most willing to work with my financial situation. What I like about studying at KCAI is the community. I have learned the most from my peer group, and I think the school does a good job to cultivate that camaraderie.
What do you like best about your major? What I like best about illustration is the freedom. There is an emphasis on the importance of originality here, and what that means is that you are allowed to explore and find your own path in image making. 
Talk about a faculty person who has personally impacted your experience at KCAI: The faculty member that has drastically impacted me is Carl Kurtz, foundation professor. He was the first professor I had and the biggest wakeup call coming out of high school. He gave me my first important advice: He told me to grow up. I say that fondly. 
Who or what inspires you? I stake my art in the camp of two artists in particular: R. Crumb and Tobias Gutmann.
What do you like best about living in Kansas City? What I like about Kansas City is the range of communities. It is easy to place yourself in the environment you desire.
Favorite artist? Blexbolex, Tobias Gutmann, Ray Yoshida and Andy Ozier (’13 illustration).
Describe a recent triumph: A recent triumph of mine has been figuring out how to use poster nibs.
Pictured: 2014 Illustration Show poster.

Student updates

Issac Logsdon (junior, ceramics and art history) has been accepted into the first class of fellows designated for The Andrew W. Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship Program, which provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. Logsdon will be doing his fellowship at the Nelson under the tutelage of curator Stephanie Knappe. The students start their fellowships this fall. The Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art bestowed the honor.The fellowship seeks to make a critical impact on American art museums by developing gifted curators who are committed to engaging with the full spectrum of museum audiences. Fellows will participate in the program during their undergraduate career, with the goal of continuing their education through graduate work. Pictured: Issac Logsdon.

Alumni updates

Paul Briggs (’96 illustration) worked as co-head of story on the recently released Disney movie “Big Hero 6.” The San Antonio Express News did a Q&A with Briggs about his work on the film. To read the Q&A 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 – The November Group Exhibition at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd., features Rich Bowman (’91 design), Dale Jarrett, Cynthia Bjorn (’85 graphic design and painting) and Ruth Shively. The exhibition runs through Dec. 1. Pictured: “Some Rain to Go,” Rich Bowman, oil on canvas, 60 inches by 72 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 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 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 at la Esquina gallery, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition, open through Jan. 3, features work and ephemera from more than 15 artists and activists, including Christopher Leitch (’84 fiber).
Lawrence Arts Center – John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, is showing work at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan. The show continues through Jan. 1. 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. The exhibition is open through Nov. 28.
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,” Charlie Mylie, 2014, watercolor, ink and white out; “Max,” Andy Ozier, 2014, paper, graphite, chalk pastel, crayon and charcoal.
Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studios – 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 Studios, 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.
Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studios – Meet Red Star’s newest residents, Brice Dyer and Maura Wright (’12 ceramics) during “RezPrez” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at Red Star Studios at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. Learn about their projects and what brought them to Red Star. Residents Catie Miller, Lea Griggs and Jamie Bates Slone will also give updates about what they’re working on. For more information about this event, contact studios manager Tommy Frank at 816-474-3250 or
The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space – Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking) is showing work in “I Will Always Love You,” at The Studios Inc. Exhibition Space, 1708 Campbell St. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 14. 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). Viewing is by appointment only through Dec. 14. Pictured: Poster for “refresh + redraw” exhibition.

In memoriam

John Muller (’73 design) passed away Nov. 5. He founded the advertising and design agency Muller + Company in 1983. He was a former member of KCAI’s board of trustees and a fellow of the American Institute of Graphic Arts. To view a video about Muller’s start in the business, visit To view Muller’s obituary, visit Pictured: Poster by John Muller for the “Kansas City Blues and Jazz Festival.” It hangs on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall.

Calls for artists

The Allied Arts Council and the City of St. Joseph, Mo., are seeking sculptures to be placed in downtown St. Joseph. Regional, national and international sculpture artists are invited to submit work for this one-year sculpture exhibition scheduled from June 2015 through May 2016. Selected sculptures/sculptors will receive a $500 honorarium, and all sculptures selected will be competing for up to $13,000 in cash prize awards. Entry deadline is Feb. 3, 2015. For more information, visit


Stolen from the garden of Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber. A reward is offered for its return. Contact Pictured: Stolen bull garden ornament.

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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