ARTNotes for Dec. 1

December 1, 2014


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Upcoming events

Dec. 4: KCAI will host the second annual Patron Preview from 6 to 10 p.m. on the eve of the public opening of the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale. Partygoers will have an opportunity to tour selected studio departments; view and purchase work before the exhibition and sale open to the public; and enjoy a progressive evening of food and drinks. The H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St., will be home base for this event. Tickets are $125, and sponsorships are available; proceeds benefit the college’s scholarship fund. For more information, visit or call 816-802-3483.
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 showcases 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. Students will display their pieces in studio departments located throughout the campus. For a map of KCAI, visit
The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-802-3423.
Dec. 10: KCAI’s film and animation departments will hold their off-campus exhibition beginning at 7 p.m. at the Alamo Drafthouse, 1400 Main St. For more information, contact Trey Hock, instructor of digital film at

Tony Jones to join KCAI as interim president

Tony Jones CBE, chancellor and president emeritus of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will join the Kansas City Art Institute Dec. 3 as the college’s full-time interim president. Jones will take the reins from C. Stephen Metzler, chair of the KCAI board of trustees, who has served as interim president since Aug. 4, when the college’s previous president, Jacqueline Chanda, retired.
“This is an exciting moment in the life of KCAI,” Metzler said. “Tony Jones brings decades of distinguished achievement and a passion for higher education in art and design to this position. While the trustees turn our attention to an international search for the next full-time president of KCAI, Tony will bring seasoned leadership to the day-to-day operations of the college, as well as a capacity to think strategically and instill inspiration and enthusiasm among all constituents for our mission of preparing gifted students to transform the world creatively through art and design.”
Born in Great Britain, Jones is an internationally known arts administrator, broadcaster, educator, exhibition curator and historian of art, architecture and design and a consultant on higher education and the arts. A citizen of both Britain and the United States, he was educated at Goldsmith’s College in London and the Newport College of Art in Wales as a sculptor, painter and art historian. He came to the United States for postgraduate study as a Fulbright Scholar.
He was appointed president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986, serving in that capacity until 1991, when he took a position as director of the Royal College of Art in London. He returned to SAIC in 1996 and served as president until 2012, when he was named chancellor and president-emeritus. From 1996 to 2012 he also was co-CEO of the Corporation of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among other leadership appointments, he was chairman of the department of art and art history at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, and director of the Glasgow School of Art in the U.K.
Conferred the title Commander of the British Empire by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 2003, Jones holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, six honorary doctorates and an array of international honors. He was conferred the Austrian Knight’s Cross for services to education in Europe, elected an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects and received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Lawyers for the Arts, to mention only a few. He is a former two-term national chairman of the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design, a consortium of which KCAI is a member. In 2011, an historic landmark building in downtown Chicago was named Jones Hall in his honor.
He is married to the distinguished American photographer Patty Carroll, and the couple maintain a residence and studio in Chicago. They plan to live in Kansas City during Jones’ tenure as interim president of KCAI.
Pictured: KCAI interim president, Tony Jones.

Zahner competition for KCAI Art & Design Auction open to students and alums

Every other year, A. Zahner Company sponsors a competition to fabricate a piece of artwork for the biennial KCAI Art & Design Auction, with proceeds benefiting student scholarship funds. This competition has been established in order to facilitate interaction between KCAI and the architectural and interior design industry.
For the first time, Zahner is opening up this competition to both KCAI alumni and current students. The winning contestant will receive $1,000 and have their artwork fabricated by Zahner. The company donates the metal, engineering and production of the project so the produced work can be auctioned during the 2015 KCAI Art & Design Auction June 6.The deadline for application is Dec. 15. To apply, visit Pictured: Hannah Lodwick, 2013 winner, with full-size pieces and a scale model of “Factum Through Topography” at A. Zahner Company.

Marshall Miller receives special Alvin Ailey award in honor of his wife

Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of the Art of the Car Concours, received the Janet Miller award at the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Gala on Oct. 25.
A competition was held among all KCAI students to select a specially designed award named to honor the late Janet Miller, who was very involved with Friends of Alvin Ailey and the school. This first-year of the award was presented to Marshall in honor of his wife. Benjamin Davis (senior, sculpture) won the design competition. His bronze sculpture captured the essence of a dancer leaping forward into the air. The selection committee also thought the piece represented the characteristics that Janet embodied and her commitment to KCFAA.
In preparation for the 30th anniversary, a partnership was formed between KCAI and KCFAA to help with the artistic elements for the gala.
Cass Lyons (senior, digital filmmaking) spent the summer with KCFAA in a formal internship documenting AileyCamp and the other aspects of the organization. Her final project was to produce a video that was shown at the 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, students worked with Ailey dancers to create sketches and wire sculptures 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.
KCAI fiber students completed the backdrop for the gala. 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 featured leaves screen-printed in black onto white fabric and a large tree, also painted in black on white. 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.”
Pictured: (Top photo) Stephen Metzler (far right), interim president and board chair of KCAI and a founding member of Friends of Alvin Ailey, presents a specially designed award by KCAI student Benjamin Davis (far left) to Marshall Miller (second from right) and his son Danny (second from left) in honor of Marshall’s wife Janet during the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey Gala on Oct. 25. (Bottom photo) The Group dances in a performance during the 30th anniversary of the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey on Oct. 25. The Group serves students grades seven through 12 and is an extension of AileyCamp, a nationally acclaimed camp for youth ages 11 through 14.

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: Molly Garrett
Year/major: Senior/animation
Where did you grow up? Cedarburg, Wis., about 20 miles north of Milwaukee.
How did you happen to choose KCAI? My parents are both college professors, so they got really excited when it was time for me to start looking at schools. I started touring schools my sophomore year of high school, and when it came around to apply, I applied to 11 different universities. It was complete overkill, but it made me realize that there are a lot of universal qualities to AICAD accredited schools. I came and visited KCAI in the spring, and the campus was beautiful. There were students on the green sitting on blankets and people carrying big pieces of wood into the East Building. I could feel a sort of busy energy all around, and I remember thinking I wanted to be a part of it. It just seemed like a place I could really fit into for the next four years.
How has KCAI lived up to your expectations? I don’t know if I had expectations! I remember coming to KCAI REALLY not knowing what to expect. But I’ve never regretted my decision. There was no possible way I could’ve foreseen the things I’ve learned academically or discovered about myself personally since coming here. That’s probably what makes this place so great. Everything is new, and you can learn from anybody.
How did you decide to major in animation? Animation was never in the plan. I was wholeheartedly set on the painting department. That was kind of my “thing” in high school. I was the girl that liked to paint. (A lot of people here probably have a similar high school experience.) Then I had a foundation workshop with Dwight Frizzell (who is a genius, I think everyone should take at least one class with him). I signed up for it on a complete whim. The class was focused on sound art and interactivity. It was in that class that I realized I was interested in time and motion in a way that painting could never satisfy. His class gave me my first accurate view of what time-based medium is. I had all these pre-conceived notions of what animation is. It was so narrow and ridiculous! I was judging an entire artistic medium based off of Cartoon Network, which is like understanding painting by only looking at those paintings hung in hotel rooms and lobbies. I came to understand the really rich history of animation and realized that it was the best tool to communicate and understand my own interests in art making. Since deciding on my major my sophomore year, I’ve never regretted my decision. I’ve learned so much in the past three years. I can’t believe it.
What do you like best about your major? I love the people in animation. We have a community that is really wonderful and inclusive. Even though we’re exploring a lot of different techniques and styles. There’s a sense of support, both emotionally and technically. We’re always sharing advice and experience, so that our peers don’t have to make the same mistakes we have. In studio, we’ll often just call each other over to ask for impromptu critiques of animated motion, (line tests) and people really, wholeheartedly give you their thoughtful criticism. It’s the kind of place where everyone truly wants everyone else to succeed. I value that so much.
What do you like best about living in Kansas City? The restaurant Succotash. I could eat there every day. And Jannes Library at school. I spend a lot of time there.
Favorite food? Any and all kinds of breakfast food.
Something you always carry? Sketchbook, black pen, soft-lead pencil, two flash drives and an HDMI adapter.
Pictured: “My Interpretation of the Gothic Metaphor,” Molly Garrett, 2013, still from animation, oil on light box.

Student updates 

Clinton Hughes (junior, animation) and Thomas Wack (junior, animation) won “Best Animation” at the 2014 Fault Line Film Festival with their film “Molecular Virology.” It was created in Christiane Cegavske’s fall 2014 Junior Studio class. To view the film, visit

Alumni updates

The Kathy Barnard Studio, 1605 Locust St., and the Locust Street Gallery are hosting a 2014 holiday open house to celebrate,“A Holiday in China” at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5 as Kathy Barnard (attended) discusses her trip to China and shares new glass designs and techniques. Joining Barnard will be Genevieve Flynn, metalsmith and jewelry maker. Flynn will have new work to show as she has spent the year perfecting her repousse metalworking technique. Other special guests include local historian and author Bruce Mathews, who will be at the Dec. 4 open house to talk about his new book “Windows of Kansas City.” Mathews will do short presentations at 6 and 8 p.m. and will be available throughout the evening to sell and sign copies of his book. On Dec. 5, Gerald Trimble will be selling and signing his new CD “Uncharted” and will play a few songs from the album at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Eric Eberman (’86 sculpture), who now lives in Chiapas, Mexico, will be exhibiting his photography Jan. 17 at Casa de La Ensenanza, a major cultural center in southern Mexico. For more information, visit
Nora Goddard (’08 printmaking) completed her master’s degree in historic preservation at the Tulane School of Architecture in the spring of 2014. Currently, she is working at Bayou Preservation in New Orleans doing historic masonry restoration.
Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history) is a finalist for the 2015 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Two of her paintings have been selected for an exhibition in the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Ohio. The competition’s juror Franklin Sirmans curates this exhibition. The exhibition runs Dec. 15 through Feb. 10. Pictured: “Self Portrait with Clementines,” Molly Kaderka.
Jan (Wiederhold) Sitts (attended) was elected as a board of trustee on the newly formed Museum Board for the building of a museum in Sedona, Ariz. She will be giving a talk on Max Ernst during the Ernst week in March. Sitts published two art books on her contemporary style of painting and is teaching this style in workshops throughout the U.S. She shows her work at the VUE Gallery in Sedona, Ariz., and also at the Sedona Art Center where she teaches via the visiting artist program twice a year. After leaving KCAI in the early 1960s, where she studied painting, she worked in Kansas City, Mo., in commercial arts and in movie animation. She then obtained a B.A. degree in Gunnison, Colo., in the arts and then worked in Gunnison as a teacher and gallery director. After moving to Sedona in 1986, Sitts was elected to the board of directors of the Sedona Art Center where she served a six-year term. In the 1990s, she became the state president of the International Art Society of Layerists for five years. She organized a national show and conference in Sedona in 2001, for more than 200 artists. Sitts recently has been nominated for a lifetime achievement award in the arts for 2015.

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.
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 in a solo exhibition entitled “disintegration” at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan. The show continues through Jan. 1. Pictured: “Earth #4,” John Ferry, 2013 oil, 6 inches by 7 inches.
MLB Designs & Boutique – “Woven: New Textiles” features the work of Debbie Barrett-Jones (’07 fiber) at MLB Designs & Boutique, 2020 Baltimore Ave. The exhibition runs through Dec. 31 with an open house scheduled from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Pictured: “Autumn Frost,” Debbie Barrett-Jones, hand-woven wall hanging.
Red Star Gallery at Belger Crane Yard Studios – “Merge” opens Dec. 5 and runs through Dec. 27 at Red Star Gallery at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition features the artwork of staff members, including Brock DeBoer (’07 ceramics), Shellie Kacillas (’13 ceramics), Cydney Ross (’13 ceramics), Brandon Schnur (’14 ceramics) and Jessica Thompson-Lee (attended). An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5 at Belger Crane Yard Studios.
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: “Terra Wandering,” Asheer Akram, powder coated steel, galvanized steel and hardware, 73 inches by 9 inches by 109 inches. Photo courtesy of Belger Crane Yard Studios.
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,” Jaimie Warren, 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.

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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