ARTNotes for May 4

May 4, 2015


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Upcoming events 

May 8-10: KCAI’s “End-of-semester student exhibition and sale” will take place May 8-10. The exhibition and sale showcases contemporary student artwork from various departments. Exhibition and sale hours are 5 to 8 p.m. May 8, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 9 and noon to 5 p.m. May 10. For a map of KCAI, visit
Through May 16: The 2015 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition is on display at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. A closing reception is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. May 15. For more information, visit
June 6: The “2015 Art and Design Auction” will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. To learn more about the event, visit To purchase tickets, visit

Printmaking students roll out work during 2015 Block Party

KCAI's printmaking department welcomed visiting artist Mark Farris from the University of Central Missouri for its "2015 Block Party," formerly known as the "Print Roller." Farris helped students print "Block Heads" on the big press for the all day print marathon. Pictured: (left) Mark Farris and (right) Miguel Rivera, associate professor and chair of printmaking.

Graphic design students win Cary C. Goodman Design Project grants

KCAI’s graphic design faculty has awarded three 2014-2015 Cary C. Goodman Design Project Award grants. The winners are:
Chris Meier (junior, graphic design) won $400 to purchase supplies and build a functional workspace for silkscreen printing, including a new print rig for poster printing, a functioning light table/exposure unit and dark room set up for screen processing.
Lauren Taylor (junior, graphic design) won $650 to travel to Florence, Italy through KCAI’s study abroad program at Studio Art Centers International. While taking a course in this program, she will also work in an on-site graphic design internship with Sheila Salvato at PressMe.
Brianna Dallas (senior, graphic design) and Monica Roesner (senior, graphic design)won a combined $750 to purchase supplies and equipment to design and build FEEL, their collaborative environmental design degree project. FEEL is a hand-made interactive installation that uses new Arduino programming, electrical circuits and user interaction to activate an ever-changing experience of sight and sound.

KCAI fiber students receive awards 

Students from KCAI’s fiber department have been recently recognized for their outstanding achievements. They are:
Max Adrian (senior, fiber): In addition to getting support from the Magic Sock fund for his senior thesis exhibition, Adrian received the 2015 Windgate Award. To learn more about his Windgate Fellowship, visit
Aneesa Shami (senior, fiber):Shami is this year’s recipient of The Karen Gould Award, given to benefit a fiber student through financial support of a special project. Shami will be attending Mildred’s Lane, a residency program that encourages interdisciplinary modes of working and thinking. She will work with scientists, poets and other artists to build relationships beyond Kansas City’s art community.
Lexie Abra Johnson (senior, fiber): Johnson will be the student speaker at KCAI’s   commencement May 16. She was also chosen to create this year’s commencement sash worn by the president, a tradition for a senior in fiber to be selected. Johnson also received a full scholarship for a ceramics class at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and a work-study scholarship for a summer class at Penland School of Craft. In April, she was awarded the SDA student award for excellence in surface design by the Surface Design Association.
Avery Dennison (senior, fiber): Dennison was awarded a Dr. Judith Temple Scholarship in the amount of $920 to attend Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts for a workshop with noted ceramics instructor Jason Walker.
Pictured: “Let the Flood,” Aneesa Shami, 2014, mixed media on masonite, 48 inches by 24 inches.

Spring sale to benefit Kansas City Urban Potters

The Kansas City Urban Potters will host its inaugural spring invitational pottery sale from 5 to 8 p.m. May 8, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 9 and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 10 at the Historic City Market Kansas City, 400 Grand Blvd. Functional and decorative ceramics made by local and nationally renowned potters will be on display and available for purchase.Participating artists include Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics at KCAI, and Meredith Host (’01 ceramics). For more information visit Pictured: “Pitchers and Cup,” Paul Donnelly and Rain Harris, 2015, porcelain, pitcher 10 inches by 7.5 inches by 6 inches, cup 4 inches by 4 inches by 5.25 inches.

KCAI staff and faculty recognized for service

Several staff and faculty were recognized for their service to KCAI during a recent reception. They were: Marc Deckard, senior technician, 30 years;Julie Farstad, associate professor and chair of painting, 10 years;Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, 10 years; Tom Lewis, associate professor and chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media, 10 years; Crystal Matthews, academic secretary, 10 years; Bronwyn McLain, website developer and support analyst, 10 years; Julie Metzler, director of special programs, 10 years; Rush Rankin, professor of creative writing, 40 years; and Gary Sutton, professor of photography and digital filmmaking, 40 years. Pictured: (left) Crystal Matthews; Bronwyn McClain; Tom Lewis; Gary Sutton; Tony Jones, KCAI interim president; Julie Metzler and Julie Farstad.

KCAI staff dresses as faculty for Annual FUNd campaign

M.J. Poehler, director of Jannes Library and Malynda Eshleman, academic secretary, School of Liberal Arts, participated in “Dress Like Your Favorite Faculty Member” day during KCAI’s Annual FUNd week. Poehler dressed as her best Jordan Stempleman, lecturer in creative writing, and Malynda Eshleman donned the duds of Russell Ferguson, associate professor in the School of the Foundation Year. Pictured: (left) M.J. Poehler dressed as Jordan Stempleman and (right) Malynda Eshleman dressed as Russell Ferguson.

Southmoreland Neighborhood to host popup market in June

The Southmoreland Neighborhood is hosting a neighborhood popup market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 at the corner of 43rd and McGee streets. Some of the items vendors will be offering include, handcrafted items, baked goods, garden produce, body care products, plants, handmade furniture and fresh eggs. The Southmoreland Neighborhood Association is inviting KCAI students to show or sell their work if they are interested. For more information, contact Kate Corwin at

Student profile – Maddie Kennedy

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. If you would like to recommend a student for a profile, contact Brian Spano at or visit to fill out an online questionnaire.
Year/Major: Senior/illustration
Hometown: Bentonville, Ark.
Professional website:
Why did you choose KCAI? It was the perfect amount of big city and town, not too far away from home but just far enough to be far away.
If you received some form of financial aid, describe how important that is to you: My financial aid has allowed me to freely follow my dream of being an artist, so that means the whole world to me I feel very lucky.
Who or what inspires you? Life and its weird coincidences.
Are you involved in any clubs or organizations at KCAI or outside of KCAI? I am a pet shelter volunteer at Rose Brooks Center where I help women who are residing there with their animals. Walking, cleaning and playing with cats and dogs are what I mainly do there.
Who is your favorite artist? Hattie Stewart
What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? The Nerm
What is your late night studio snack of choice? Snickers and lots of water.
Who or what is your sidekick? My phone.
What is the best advice you've ever received? You are you.
Describe a brush with greatness: I stayed at the White House once with my family, ended up getting sick and couldn’t meet the President because I was a “danger to his health.”
When I graduate from KCAI, I…: will be a real life adult?
People might be surprised to know that I…: was a competitive cheerleader for 12 years.
Pictured: (top) Maddie Kennedy and (bottom) artwork by Maddie Kennedy.

Senior exhibitions

Kadie Nugent (senior, fiber) debuts her solo exhibition “Laundry Day was Last Week,” running through May 30 in the Lower Level Gallery at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave.

Student updates

Lauren Taylor (junior, graphic design) has qualified for a design internship while in Florence at PRESS ME, a social media marketing firm. The program runs May 18 through June 26.

Alumni updates

John Adams (’54 and ’56 painting and illustration) received an award in April from the Tuskegee Airmen recognizing his service in World War II. The benefit he earned from the G.I. Bill allowed him to attend KCAI. Pictured: (seated) John Adams.
Benjamin Bradshaw (’14 sculpture) and Blake Carroll (’83 painting) are both displaying work in “From Light To Dark,” presented by Art St. Louis. The show is open through May 21. Pictured: (left) “Again, the Chasm from Off to On Again,” Benjamin Bradshaw, 2014, animation on monitor; (right) “Custard Stand,” Blake Carroll, 2014, digital photograph, 17 inches by 21 inches.
Holly Wilson (’92 ceramics) is showing new work in an exhibition entitled “Temporal” at JRB Art at the Elm Gallery in Oklahoma City. The show runs through May 30. To view more of Wilson’s work, visit Pictured: “BACK,” Holly Wilson, archival color photograph, mounted on 1/8 inch plexi museum mount, 24 inches by 36 inches.

Faculty updates

Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, and Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting, drawing and sculpture at both KCAI and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will take part in three upcoming exhibitions in Italy this summer as well as give lectures about their recent work as visiting faulty members of the International Center for the Arts, Montecastello. Several KCAI students, including Katie Pilmaier (freshman, foundation), Davin Roberson (sophomore, painting), Lauren Seider (sophomore, illustration), Natalie Spicker (sophomore, fiber and art history), Lauren Taylor (junior, graphic design) and Fazida Yathali (sophomore, painting) will be in attendance at some of these events as they will be studying with Fisher in Rome and Florence this summer as part of KCAI’s collaborative program with the Studio Art Centers International. Pictured: “Natura Vita,” Jessie Fisher, 2013, oil on linen mounted on panel.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Crane Yard Gallery – Meredith Host’s (’01 ceramics) newest exhibition “Translated Pattern,” featuring a body of work inspired by her 2014 residency in Jingdezhen, China, runs through July 25 at the Belger Crane Yard Gallery, 2011 Tracy Ave. Pictured: “Floral Print Platter,” Meredith Host, 2015, porcelain with decals, 1 3/4 inches by 16 inches by 16 inches.
la Esquina Gallery – Cyrus Console, assistant professor of creative writing; Leo Esquivel (’95 printmaking); Amanda Gehin (’06 painting) and Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber) are participating in “Disturbances in the Field” open May 8 through June 13 at la Esquina Gallery, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition is curated by Lacey Wozny (’05 illustration). For more information, visit
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – “Heat,” running through May 30, features “Blanket,” a performance partnership between Leone Reeves (’03 ceramics, creative writing) and Megan Mantia (’07 printmaking, art history), Shenequa Brooks (’14 fiber), Cecilia Curry (’13 illustration), Andrew Erdrich (’10 sculpture, art history), Alison Moyna Green (’03 fiber), Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) and Cecilia Otero (’13 illustration). Pictured: “Bloom Gold IV,” Adrianna Luna, archival paper, dye and cotton crepe paper, 15 inches by 15 inches by 3 inches.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – Jane Booth (attended); Anne Austin Pearce (attended); Mary Ann Strandell, former KCAI faculty member from 1997-1999; and Caleb Taylor, special instructor in foundation, are among the artists showing work in the exhibition entitled “In Good Company” running through May 23 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. Pictured: “Constructively Place I (After FVB),” Caleb Taylor, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 66 inches by 60 inches.
Subterranean Gallery – Michael Rose (senior, printmaking) has an exhibition of sculptures, prints and various digital media entitled Z-SPEC running through May 15 by appointment at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. Pictured: Promotional card for Michael Rose’s exhibition Z-SPEC.

Calls for artists

Art St. Louis presents “Fiber Focus 2015,” a juried exhibit that features artworks in all media that focus on fiber as media as well as technique. Artists, age 21 and older from nine Midwestern states (Missouri and the eight states contiguous to its border), are eligible to participate. The deadline to submit works for this exhibit is June 1. 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 job and career opportunities list here.


One of the majors of senior Siara Berry was omitted from the story about her winning the Windgate Fellowship. She is a sculpture and creative writing major. We regret the error.


Upcoming events at KCAI

Check out a listing of all upcoming events at the Kansas City Art Institute.