ARTNotes for Feb. 9

February 9, 2015


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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.
Feb. 19: Sarah K. Rich, associate professor of art history at Penn State University, 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 lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
Feb. 25: Kelly Shindler, associate curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 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 lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
March 5: Artist Samuel Bak will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Bak’s art weaves together personal and Jewish history to articulate an iconography of his Holocaust experience and his perceptions of a world that lives in the shadow of the crematoria chimneys. This event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by KCAI and Congregation Beth Shalom. For more information, contact Dr. Milton Katz, 816-802-3373.
March 6: T.N.T. (The Noon Thing), a gallery talk with curatorsRaechell Smith, Artspace director and David Cateforis, professor of art history, University of Kansas, begins at noon at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St.

Visiting sculptor working on piece for Scottsdale Arts Festival

Bobby Zokaites, a visiting artist in KCAI’s sculpture department through March 9, will be working on “Shifting Sandlands,” a sculpture commissioned by the city of Scottsdale, Ariz., for public art. The piece will be on view March 13-15 at the Scottsdale Arts Festival.
Zokaites described the sculpture as “a gigantic playground,” about 50 feet in diameter and weighing 1,200 pounds, featuring 27 “islands” made up of steel bowls of various sizes – each 3 feet to 6 feet in diameter. This will be an interactive piece, with the bowls suspended 3 feet off the ground. Viewers will be able to climb into the bowls and try to balance, teeter-totter-like. According to the artist, the Scottsdale Arts Festival always commissions a large, interactive piece, and he won the commission for 2015.
Michael Wickerson, chair of KCAI’s sculpture department, and Zokaites met in Minnesota where they both worked at the Frankonia Sculpture Park.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to drop by the sculpture studio to meet the artist and observe his progress. He plans to leave March 10 to drive the completed sculpture to Arizona. For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: Bobby Zokaites.

CPS to offer ARTventure camp this summer

This summer, KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies will offer ARTventure camp for kids. Nearly every medium will be available during the camp. Campers can navigate their own ARTventure by taking a different class each week. Choose from Art Detective, Eye Spy, Painting in 3-D, Fashion Design, Portrait Photography, 'Tooning Around, Impressions of Summer and more. For the first time, digital classes will be offered throughout the six-week camp. The camp is open for ages 6-8, 9-11, 12-14 and high school students. Register before Feb. 28 and receive a 20 percent early bird discount on any summer camp class. For more information or to sign up for camp, visit

Hamburger Mary’s to host Bingo Night as a fundraiser for KCAI

The staff and faculty Annual FUNd Committee is presenting Drag Queen Charity Bingo Night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. March 11 at Hamburger Mary’s new location, 3700 Broadway Blvd. (south of the Uptown Theater). All proceeds benefit the KCAI annual fund. A donation of $10 or more is suggested for 10 rounds of bingo. A raffle also will take place during intermission with 10 prizes such as a weekend package at the Raphael Hotel, a Brio Tuscan Grille gift basket with a bottle of wine and $100 gift card, a CPS class and much more. Raffle tickets are $2 each or three for $5. Seats will be limited for this event, so organizers are asking all bingo participants to arrive early.

Student profile – Angelina Yang

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
Year/Major: Senior/ceramics
Where did you grow up? I grew up in Hickory, N.C.
How did you choose KCAI? I went to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School, where I saw a presentation by KCAI regional coordinator Jaclyn Senne. I was particularly interested in the foundation program because I still couldn’t make up my mind for what I wanted to do.
How has KCAI lived up to your expectations? Coming to KCAI, I expected to learn, and KCAI gave me more than that. It gave me the opportunity to connect with my peers and professors, to build a network of professionals in my field, to broaden my knowledge on art making and innovative thinking, to hold on to a high level of work ethic and expectation of oneself and to go beyond.
How did you decide to major in ceramics? I decided to go into ceramics because I wanted a challenge for myself. I wanted to learn about something I had no knowledge of. I never quite understood three-dimensional works and building in 3-D. I had never really worked in clay extensively and had no knowledge of its processes or materials.

Favorite animal? I love penguins, elephants, birds and cats. I like animals. Most of them are pretty funny and enjoyable to watch.
Favorite food? I love sushi or any kind of seafood.
Something you always carry? I always carry my sister’s Navy Junior ROTC dog tag. When I left for the University of North Carolina School of the Arts High School (a public coeducational arts conservatory in Winston-Salem, N.C., where I lived on campus), it was my first time living away from home, so she gave that to me as a comforting, sentimental going-away gift. I’ve kept it ever since. My sister is very important to me and having her NJROTC dog tag with me gives me a reminder of why I am where I am today.
All-time favorite creative tool? My all time favorite creative tool is a pen.
Anything else you’d like to add? Being an artist is not easy. You have to work hard to be a successful artist and you have to keep an open mind and be positive. The worst thing you can do is limit yourself.
Pictured: (top) Angelina Yang. (bottom) “Pending,” Angelina Yang.

Student updates

Kahlil Irving (senior, ceramics) is participating in two exhibitions in St. Louis, “Designated Areas,” running through March 1 at Craft Alliance Center for Art and Design and “Yet Unfulfilled,” open through March 13 at Reese Gallery. Michael Bauermeister (’79 sculpture) also is showing work in the “Designated Areas” exhibition.
Mary Lim (junior, graphic design) has been named a “Student to Watch” for 2015 by Graphic Design USA magazine. For more information about Lim, visit Pictured: Mary Lim.

Alumni updates

“New Handwoven Textiles” by Debbie Barrett-Jones (’07 fiber) runs
through March 31 at the
Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and Conference Center, 4801 Rockhill Road. Additionally, Barrett-Jones will be hosting a “Lunch and Learn” about her work from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17 in the Brookside Room of the Kauffman Foundation. For more information about Barrett-Jones’ work visit Pictured: Samples of Debbie Barrett Jones’s work to be displayed in “New Handwoven Textlies” at the Kauffman Foundation.
Shenequa A. Brooks (’14 fiber) is offering a free lecture at 12 p.m. Feb. 25 in the fiber building, 4218 Walnut St., entitled “My Anglo Experience.” The talk will be about her travels to Ghana. The weavings she constructed while on the trip will be on display. Brooks’ trip was funded through a Windgate Fellowhip she won last year from the Center for Craft Creativity & Design.She is currently a studio resident in the Charlotte Street Studio Residency Program. For more information about her work, visit Pictured: Shenequa Brooks works on one of her weavings during her trip to Ghana.
Jim Chleboun (attended) has a collection of plein air charcoal drawings on view in “Changing Cultural Landscape: The Old North St. Louis” through March 27 at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group in St. Louis. The Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group is a neighborhood-based community development corporation committed to revitalizing the physical and social dimensions of the Old North St. Louis neighborhood in a manner that respects the community’s historical, cultural and urban character.
Dennis Doty (’05 interdisciplinary arts) and Tim Hahn (’75 painting) are showing work in “PAINTING: Reconsidered, Deconstructed,” a juried group exhibition presented in the Art Saint Louis Gallery in downtown St. Louis. It will remain on view through Feb. 19. Hahn, also showed work in an exhibition late last year entitled “Painting Now” at the Florence Quater Gallery, Southwest University of Visual Arts.
Natalie Myers (’03 painting) is exhibiting her work through Feb. 27 in the Greg Brantman Patrons Gallery in Shawnee Mission North High School, 7401 Johnson Dr., Overland Park, Kan.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Crane Yard Gallery – Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics) is showing work in “Passages” through April 11 at Belger Crane Yard Gallery, 2011 Tracy Ave. The exhibition of painterly sculptures highlights passages in surface, color and composition. Pictured: “Spilling Pipe,” Lauren Mabry, 2014, earthenware, 15 inches by 15 inches by 8 inches.
The Epsten Gallery – “Women to Watch: 2015 (Women, Nature & Art),” an exhibition organized in collaboration with the Greater Kansas City Area Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, runs through March 22 at The Epsten Gallery, 5500 W. 123rd St., Overland Park, Kan. The exhibition features work by five artists based in Kansas City: Rain Harris; Diana Heise, assistant professor of digital filmmaking; Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture); Sonié Joi Ruffin; and Lara Shipley. Pictured: (left) Still from “Your father growing flowers for your mother,” Diana Heise, 2013, single channel video and (right) “Untitled,” Linda Lighton, 2014, low-fired clay and glaze.
H&R Block Artspace – Artist-in-residence Tim Youd is engaged in a multi-year project to retype 100 novels. He retypes each novel on the same make and model typewriter used by the author and in a location germane to the novel itself.Throughout the exhibition “Retyping 100 Novels,” running through Feb. 21 at the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St., Youd will be retyping Evan Connell’s “Mrs. Bridge” and “Mr. Bridge.” Connell was born and raised in Kansas City, Mo., and set these two novels in and around the Country Club Plaza.For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: Tim Youd typing Ernest Hemmingway’s “A Farewell to Arms” in Piggot, Ark., February 2014.
H&R Block Artspace – “Devil’s Promenade,” created by Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal, runs through April 4 in the Resource Room of the H&R Block Artspace, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition explores the distinct mix of folklore, superstition and history that shapes Ozark culture in certain rural communities in southern Missouri. For more information, visit Pictured: “Apparition,” Lara Shipley and Antone Dolezal, 2014, archival ink jet print. Photo courtesy of the artists.
Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center – Haley Chaffin (junior, animation) is showing work in the exhibition entitled “Compos Mentis. Fiat Lux,” open through Feb. 28 at the Leedy-Voulkos Arts Center, 2012 Baltimore. Pictured: “Pod,” Haley Chaffin.
Studios Inc. – “StudiosInc: 2015” is an exhibition featuring Ricky Allman (attended); Jill Downen, assistant professor of sculpture; Miles Neidinger (’00 sculpture); Brett Reif, director of the foundation year at KCAI; Debra Smith (’93 fiber); and Gerry Trilling (’90 painting). It is on view through Feb. 15 at Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St. Pictured: “Cloudy,” Brett Reif, 2013, tile, mixed media, 55 inches by 37 inches and 10 inches.
Subterranean Gallery – “ENTERFACE” is an exhibition of new work by Justin Beachler (attended) of digital collages in a decorative environment alongside curated YouTube videos, running through March 6 by appointment at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. The works will be presented in both the physical gallery space and online via Second Life. Pictured: One of Justin Beachler’s digital collage’s from his exhibition ENTERFACE.

Calls for artists

Downtown Alive! is accepting booth applications for the fourth annual Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk in Blue Springs, Mo. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 16, and is held in coordination with the Blue Springs Historical Society’s Arts & Antique Show. The deadline to submit an application is May 1. There is no upfront fee for booth space; however, artists are asked to donate 15 percent of all sales to the Corks & Canvas Art and Wine Walk. For more information, contact Niki Fatout-Waltonen at

Opportunities list

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Upcoming events at KCAI

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