ARTNotes for Feb. 23

February 23, 2015


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Upcoming events

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.
March 9: Craig Richardson; artist, curator, writer and scholar; will speak at 7 p.m. in Irving Amphitheatre 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 10: The ArtSounds performance series presents “Analog Drift,” the story of an artificial intelligence and its journey to learn the audio-visual language of its creators. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The performance is free and open to the public. For more information, visit
March 12: Elana Herzog, an installation artist and sculptor, will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the colleges “Current Perspectives” lecture series. The lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information, visit

Laura L. Snow joins KCAI as vice president for administration and CFO

Laura L. Snow, CPA, CGMA, joined KCAI Feb. 16 as vice president for administration/CFO. Previously she served as executive vice president for administration and CFO at Saint Paul School of Theology in Overland Park, Kan., where she directed all finance, treasury and accounting functions, in addition to management of campus safety and security, physical plant, student housing and food services, human resources, information services, financial aid and cashier’s office.
Before joining Saint Paul, she served in both nonprofit and for-profit businesses as CFO and CEO. From 1986 to 2000 she was an owner and partner with Gottlieb Kalender + Snow of Leawood, Kan., a CPA firm serving small to medium-sized business in a variety of industries.
A Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Global Management Accountant, Laura holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and has studied accounting and business administration on the graduate level. In July 2014, the Kansas City Business Journal named her CFO of the Year in the “small nonprofits” category. To read the Business Journal profile, visit Pictured: Laura L. Snow.

High school students visit KCAI for art school experience

A group of 25 Grandview high school students visited KCAI Feb. 12 for a campus tour followed by an informal drawing workshop in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms. Janelle Ketcher (senior, painting) and Amber Andresia (senior, painting) put together a short collaborative exercise as a way to give students a taste of the art school experience and to get them thinking about alternative methods of drawing. As representatives of their own respective student organizations, Ketcher (student leader for ArtPlay) and Andresia (student leader for Black Artists Culture and Community) exemplified how crucial collaboration is to their work. After a slide presentation the two KCAI students gave about Surrealism, Dadaism and Abstract art, the visiting students were each given sketchbooks and invited to draw on the covers in a sort of round-robin activity. The books and art materials were passed from one student to the next, and at the end of the activity, each student had a uniquely adorned sketchbook to take home. Pictured: Janelle Ketcher observes the activity.

Japanese film festival set for March 1 

The Kansas City Japanese Film Festival, co-sponsored by the KCAI/Asian Studies Certificate Program, will be March 1 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 1400 Main St. To purchase tickets online for single films or a day pass, visit

Student profile – Daiana Oneto

KCAI’s communications department is featuring student profiles in ARTNotes as a way for the KCAI community to get to know some of the students who attend the college. Both versions will appear on KCAI’s tumblr page at and in ARTNotes. If you would like to recommend a student for a profile, contact Brian Spano at
Year/major: Senior/printmaking and art history
How did you pick KCAI? KCAI was always one of my top picks because I wanted a smaller school where I could have a direct relationship with my professors and a lot of freedom within my department.
What do you like about studying at KCAI? How helpful and available everyone is and the opportunities that brings.
What do you like best about your major? The bond between the people in our department.
Who or what inspires you? Argentine culture, friends, bodies and landscapes.
What do you like best about Kansas City? The art scene and how accessible everything is.
Favorite animal? Black panther
Favorite food? Pulled pork sandwiches
Favorite app? Pandora
Favorite artist? Goya, Sophie Jodoin, Asger Carlsen, Max Klinger
Something you always carry? My sketchbook
What book are you reading? “Enrique Martinez Celaya: Poetry in Process”
Where did you grow up? Miami
Best advice you ever got? “Don’t worry, be happy.”
Describe a recent triumph: I recently learned how to aquatint with powdered rosin like the old masters did!
Pictured: (top) Daiana Oneto. (bottom) “Untitled,” Daiana Oneto, 2014, lithograph and woodcut, 24 inches by 18 inches.

Alumni updates

Don McKenna (’78 photography) is showing work in “St. Louis Architecture: A Proud Heritage” an invitational group exhibition presented by the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Louis. It will remain on view through April 26. McKenna, was also part of an IPHF delegation invited last spring to attend the eighth Xuanwu Photography Forum and exhibit work in Nanjing, China.

Faculty updates

Marie Bannerot McInerney, assistant professor of fiber, co-authored an essay with Jennifer Baker in a recently published book titled “Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of Our Contact Zone.” The essay is based on a joint presentation given at a conference in Jena, Germany, in the spring of 2013, which coincided with a screening of their collaborative video titled “Ventriculus.” For more information about the essay, visit
Maura Cluthe, assistant professor of illustration, is featured in Made in the Middle, a website/project built to showcase creatives who are taking risks and making what they love to make. To view her interview, visit Pictured: Maura Cluthe.

In memoriam 

Mark Schuler, former special assistant professor in KCAI’s design and illustration departments from 1996 through 2004, passed away Feb. 5. To view his obituary, visit

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 – “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.
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

The 24th Annual Bowery Gallery Annual Juried Competition is open to all applicants working in two-dimensional media. Stephen Westfall, an American painter, critic and professor at Rutgers University, will serve as juror for the competition. The application deadline is April 20, and the exhibition runs July 28 through Aug. 15. For more information, visit

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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