ARTNotes for Dec. 15

December 15, 2014


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Upcoming events

Feb. 10: “What if/in KC/CT” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The performance features Daniel Morel, Ken Steen and Gene Gort. 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.

KCAI hosts Patron Preview Party

KCAI hosted its second Patron Preview Party Dec. 4, the eve of the end-of-semester student exhibition and sale. Partygoers had an opportunity to tour selected studio departments; view and purchase work before the exhibition and sale opened to the public and enjoy a progressive evening of food and drinks. Proceeds benefited the academic departments and KCAI’s student scholarship fund. Pictured: (from left) Pat McLarney, former KCAI trustee; Marty McLarney; Brian Williams; Steve Metzler, chair of the KCAI board of trustees; Tony Jones, KCAI interim president; and Patty Carroll. Photo by Mark McDonald.

Last ARTNotes of 2014

This is the final edition of ARTNotes for the 2014 fall semester. Issues will resume beginning Jan. 12 after the holiday break. As a reminder, the deadline to submit information or story ideas is 5 p.m. the Wednesday before publication. To submit story ideas, information for upcoming issues or to subscribe to ARTNotes, contact Brian Spano, communications manager, at or 816-802-3532.

Ari Fish appears on KSHB ‘Kansas City Live’

Ari Fish, academic and career advisor for KCAI, recently appeared on KSHB’s “Kansas City Live” morning show to promote a “How to Make Your Own Wrapping Paper” class, offered by Continuing and Professional Studies. In September, she went on the show to promote KCAI’s involvement with the Plaza Art Fair. Fish will make regular appearances on the show in 2015 to promote other CPS offerings. View the segment. Pictured: (left) Ari Fish and show hosts Michelle Davidson and Joel Nichols.

Student profile – seventh 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: Siara Berry
Year/major: Senior/sculpture
Where did you grow up? I grew up in a suburb outside of Milwaukee. That’s where I’ve spent most of my life.
How did you happen to choose KCAI? We were at a Portfolio Day in Chicago, and my father was chatting with another parent who had mentioned how great the school is. So, I took his word and started looking it up online. I was so intrigued! So we scheduled a tour, and sure enough, I chose KCAI!
How has KCAI lived up to your expectations? Honestly, when I came here after high school, I didn’t know what to expect. I had such a small understanding of art and what it entails. There is so much more you can do with a creative mind and skill set than just work in a studio. If anything, that’s what KCAI has shown me: how I can use my various skills and critical mind in different scenarios or fields of interest. I am so thankful for that. I have grown so much because of it.
How did you decide to major in sculpture? I had taken some workshops in foundation with Brett Reif and Steve Whitacre. They showed me how to incorporate space and view things in relation to the body, how to love materials and really question intention. Before then, I had only considered myself a painter. But after taking those classes, I became completely infatuated with processes and materials. I’m so happy with the choice I made.
What do you like best about your major? Constant exploration. I think that can be said about every department on campus, but in sculpture any media or concept is welcome with open arms. The professors really cater to your interests and encourage you to explore the deepest parts of those thoughts. Through materials, processes and discussion, sculpture always keeps things interesting.
What do you like best about living in Kansas City? I’d have to say the history, especially in regard to architecture, music and food. Whenever I’m back in Milwaukee, I’m craving jazz and good BBQ. My roommate and I just moved into the Crossroads Arts District, right behind Union Station and Jack Stack Barbecue, a block from the Green Lady Lounge. I’m situated right in the center of everything that makes Kansas City special to me. And there is nothing better than walking outside and smelling barbecue in the air. Nothing.
Pictured: (top) Siara Berry. Photo by Silvia Beatriz Abisaab. (bottom) “For the Sake of Togetherness,” Siara Berry.

Alumni updates

Kristine Barrett (’01 photography and art history) will be performing sea shanties and salty folk melodies from Ireland, Scotland and Scandinavia during the Herring Festival Jan. 25 in Gabrielson Park in Sausalito, Calif. The festival promotes sustainable seafood and raises funds for the Sausalito Community Boating Center at Cass Marina.
Patricia DuBose Duncan (attended) put together a national traveling exhibition on tallgrass prairies more than 40 years ago and was widely credited with helping draw attention to the need to preserve the dwindling ecosystem. Now a project organized by Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kan., is preserving the exhibit Duncan designed. From 1971-1976, with support from Hallmark and other benefactors, and under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institution, Duncan designed a traveling exhibition. “The Tallgrass Prairie: An American Landscape” eventually traveled to all 50 states. The Beach Museum plans to show these images to the public, and they will be featured through an interactive touchscreen table that will be installed in the lobby of the museum in spring 2015. The Beach Museum holds 98 works by Duncan — prints, paintings and photographs — in its permanent collection. For more information about the exhibition, visit
This past July, Brett Ginsburg (’13 ceramics) participated in “NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial” at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. It was an exhibition that spotlighted the creative communities thriving across the five New York City boroughs.

Faculty updates

Laura Berman, professor of printmaking at KCAI, is featured in the book “Contemporary American Print Makers,” a collection of work by more than 70 print-based artists and 30 print shops from across the United States whose work embraces the history and techniques of traditional printmaking while pushing the bounds of new print media. Traditional techniques of work featured include: lithography, intaglio, screenprint and relief. Additional techniques include installation-based, digital, fiber and other forms of new print media. For more information, or to order the book, visit Pictured: Cover for “Contemporary American Print Makers.”

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 – “Wonder Wall” is open through Jan. 31 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. It features several KCAI alums, including Amy Abshier-Reyes (’97 illustration), Cynthia Bjorn (’85 graphic design and painting), Rich Bowman (’91 design), Bernal Koehrsen (’93 ceramics), Lori Raye Erickson (’89 design) and Rachel Stuart-Haas (’98 design and illustration). Pictured: “Midwest Air,” Cynthia Bjorn, 2013, oil/alkyd on canvas, 10 inches by 10 inches.
Darling Yoga Studio – Karrie Marie Baxley (attended) is showing original artwork from her book “Dancing With A Thousand Bees” Jan. 3 through Feb. 2 at Darling Yoga Studio, 11711 College Blvd., Overland Park, Kan.
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.
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. Pictured: “Autumn Frost,” Debbie Barrett-Jones, hand-woven wall hanging.
Red Star Gallery at Belger Crane Yard Studios – “Merge” 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).
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.

Calls for artists

The Allied Arts Council is accepting entries for the 2015 Trails West! artwork competition. The winning artist receives a $500 cash award, and the winning artwork should embody the spirit of the Trails West! 2015 theme: “heART for the City.” It will become the visual identification, or “logo,” for Trails West! and the property of the Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph Mo., Inc. The winning artwork will be featured on festival buttons, merchandise and promotional materials, including posters, brochures and billboards. Entries must be received in the council office by 5 p.m. Jan. 30. Judging of entries will take place in February. The complete rules and application form are available online at or call Ashley Jones at the Allied Arts Council at 816-233-0231 to have an entry form mailed.

Opportunities list

KCAI’s Academic Advising and Career Services office publishes creative opportunities and career opportunities lists with employment, freelance, volunteer and RFQ listings for students and alumni. Download the current creative opportunities list here. Download the current career opportunities list here. Download the job opportunities list here.


Upcoming events at KCAI

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