ARTNotes May 18

May 18, 2015


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Upcoming events

May 29: KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is hosting an opening reception of the Adult and High School Invitational Exhibition from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at its building, 32 E. 46th St.
June 6: The “2015 Art and Design Auction” will be held from 5 to 11 p.m. on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. For more information, visit To purchase tickets, visit
June 28: The 2015 Art of the Car Concours will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the KCAI campus, where more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles and motorcycles will be on view. Proceeds benefit the KCAI scholarship fund. For details and to purchase tickets, visit

KCAI celebrates 2015 commencement

Commencement exercises took place May 16 at Unity Temple on the Country Club Plaza. Interim President Tony Jones conferred Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees on nearly 180 graduating seniors, who were cheered on by friends and family. Steve Whitacre, foundation professor, was the processional marshall. Jonah Criswell, instructor of painting, was the faculty speaker. The student speaker was Lexie Abra Johnson (senior, fiber). Chad Alligood, assistant curator of special project, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, gave commencement remarks. For the event, President Jones wore a commencement sash created by Johnson. The fabric was dyed in collaboration with Kadie Nugent (senior, fiber). Since 1999, it has been a KCAI tradition for the president’s office to commission a sash from a senior fiber student to be worn at commencement. Sashes from previous years are distributed to senior faculty to be worn during the ceremonies. The sashes then join the permanent collection of KCAI. Pictured: Tony Jones, KCAI interim president, bestows degrees to the graduating class of 2015 during commencement exercises at Unity Temple and (right) Lexie Abra Johnson with the 2015 commencement sash she created.

Illustration students test-drive cardboard vehicles

Illustration students participated in the annual “rail day” event earlier this month, in which they rode cardboard vehicles down an 80-foot rail in the center of the campus green. The rail consists of 2-inch-by-4-inch boards elevated about 18 inches off the ground. The vehicle must withstand their weight and move forward with help from a team of two or more students for balance. The route slopes downhill from Vanderslice Hall toward the Student Living Center. The students are in Professor Steve Mayse’s “Image and Form Exploration” class and are charged with making a vehicle that will roll down the rail with them in it or on it, and they can only use cardboard and glue to make it. Pictured: Lois Krumlauf (sophomore, illustration), Shafer Brown (sophomore, illustration) and Allason Lewis (sophomore, illustration) help Katya Heisel (sophomore, illustration) (seated) steer her cardboard vehicle during the illustration student’s annual “rail day.”

ARTNotes published monthly through the summer

With school out for the summer and many people taking vacations, ARTNotes will be published monthly throughout the summer months. It will resume its biweekly schedule when classes resume in August. Remember that deadlines, as always for ARTNotes, are the Wednesday before publication date. The next issue of ARTNotes is scheduled for June 15.

Art of the Car Concours set for June 28; illustration students produce work for show

Several illustration students were lucky enough to view vintage vehicles as part of the “The Voice,” an illustration elective class that was a partnership with the Art of the Car Concours®. The students produced themed illustrations that will be on display at the Concours and potentially for sale. The Concours, a presentation of 200 historically significant vehicles, including vintage, classic, antique and special interest cars, is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 28 on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick. The show will include grand classics, trucks, motorcycles, sports and luxury cars, racecars, hot rods and pedal cars. Proceeds benefit KCAI’s scholarship fund. For additional details or to purchase tickets, visit Pictured: (left) Amber Webster (junior, illustration) and (right) Twodee Weaver (junior, illustration) take a seat next to Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of the Art of the Car Concours, in a 1948 MG TC.

Student profile – Brandon Kintzer

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, visit to fill out an online questionnaire.
Year/Major(s): Senior/sculpture and art history
Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa
Professional website:
What advice would you give high school seniors who are considering attending KCAI? Whatever ideas you may have about art and the work that you make, KCAI will change all of that for the better. You will become well versed in the language surrounding art as well as your own ability and skill within your favored practice.
What do you enjoy most about your major? The most enjoyable aspect of sculpture for me is the atmosphere and mode of working that my studio mates bring to the table when we are all in studio working together. For my art history major, the most enjoyable aspect is the courses themselves. With each course that I take in art history, I learn a new aspect of world history. Through the lens of various artworks through history, I am able to get a better grasp of world history and better understand where it is that I stand in the world of art today.
Who or what inspires you? I am inspired by the great studio instructors throughout my education here at KCAI. There is normally one instructor a year who changes my perspective and stance on the way I think about my work. I am inspired by those artists who are humble and who speak of the art world as this holy realm that one can never fully grasp, but for one small instance, it can be felt, in some form, may it be a conversation about Modernism, or a debate over the form of a Minimalist sculpture.
What are your interests/hobbies outside of art? When I can escape school, I head out of the city and go for a hike in the woods. I love television when I get a second, and when I can sleep, I dream as much as possible.
Who is your favorite artist? Wassily Kandinsky
What is your favorite spot to hang out on campus? The Vanderslice porch looking out onto the campus green.
Who or what is your sidekick? My sketchbook, my notebook and my headphones
What is a personal (not professional) goal you have set for yourself? Never compare yourself or your own work to those around you, however great you may see your peers, they are not you and will never make the work you are making.
Describe a recent triumph: Passing my art history seminar was one of the most challenging courses I have taken at this institute. Passing its was a great victory, and it finalized my requirements for my art history major.
140 character rant: Attending this school has changed every fiber in my being for the better. I know more than I can comprehend. I value my education far greater than I ever have. The individuals I get to go to school with every day are going to be the leaders in their fields someday. I cannot imagine my life without KCAI.
Pictured: Artwork by Brandon Kintzer.

Senior exhibitions

Zulian Martinez (senior, fiber) and Aneesa Shami (senior, fiber and art history) have collaborated on their first exhibition together entitled “The Journey” running through May 31at Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St. Work includes sculpture, installation, drawing and other mixed-media imagery.

Student updates

Ten fiber students were honored with the Susan Lordi Marker “Award of Excellence in Fiber.” The winners are: Paige Beltowski (senior, fiber), $300; Becca Gemeinhardt (sophomore, fiber), $200; Lexie Abra Johnson (senior, fiber), $400; Karlin Kimmel (junior, fiber), $400 purchase award; Bee Little (sophomore, fiber), $200; Sydney Mortara (junior, fiber), $100; Kadie Nugent (senior, fiber), $300; Hannah Sachs (sophomore, fiber), $100; Natalie Spicker (sophomore, fiber and art history), $200; Anna Van Gheem (sophomore, fiber), $200. Pictured: Artwork by Paige Beltowski.

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” 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,” open through May 30, features “Blanket,” a performance partnership between Leone Reeves (’03 ceramics, creative writing) and Megan Mantia (’07 printmaking and 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.

Calls for artists

Maker Faire Kansas City, a festival that celebrates items people create themselves — from new technology and electronic gizmos to urban farming and “slow-made” foods to homemade clothes, quilts and sculptures, is seeking participants. The event is scheduled for June 27-28 at Union Station. For more information on how to get involved, 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.


Upcoming events at KCAI

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