ARTNotes July 13

July 13, 2015

2015 Studio Nong Collective Begins July 20

The Studio Nong Collective is an exchange of artistic ideas happening at KCAI on July 20. Four Chinese sculptors from the Guangxi Arts Institute will work on campus with their American counterparts: Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting; Misty Gamble, assistant professor, school of the foundation year; Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting; and Leandra Urrutia, associate professor of ceramics at Memphis College of Art (MCA). These eight artists will visit cultural, artistic and educational institutions, working July 20-27 at MCA and then at KCAI from July 28-Aug. 30. During this time there will be public events held in conjunction with the residency, including workshops at Red Star Studios (Aug. 8 & 15), a visit to KANEKO studios (Aug. 19-21), a calligraphy workshop with the Asian studies certificate program (Aug. 26), a Current Perspectives lecture (Aug. 27) and exhibitions at Crane Yard Studios Gallery (opening Aug. 28) and Weinberger Fine Art (March 2016). For more information, visit Pictured: Studio Nong collaboration from 2013.

Art of the Car Concours® Raises $150,000 for Student Scholarships

On Sunday, June 28, KCAI hosted the 9th annual Art of the Car Concours® with record attendance! Nearly 7,000 people enjoyed seeing the 210 vintage automobiles, motorcycles, trucks, race cars and other unique vehicles from museums and private collections across the country that were on display on the KCAI campus. Marshall Miller, founder and chairman of Art of the Car Concours, has raised nearly $1 million for the college’s annual fund through this event over the last nine years. To learn more, visit Pictured: crowd shots from the 2015 Art of the Car Concours.

Ceramics Renovation Project Approaches Completion

The Ceramics Kiln Room renovation continues to make exciting progress! This project adds functional space to the ceramics building that will be used to expand curriculum and incorporate the use of new digital technology and a new plaster lab. Look for our banner on Warwick coming soon and follow our progress on

Kawaskaki donates MULE PRO-FXT EPS LE to KCAI

Kawasaki generously donated a 2016 MULE PRO-FXT™ EPS LE to KCAI's Facilities department.

Upcoming Events

July 13: KCAI students and faculty, CPS instructors and local art educators are invited to attend the Opening Reception and Welcome event for the National Art Education Association’s five-day SummerStudio: Design Thinking for Art Educators conference. The reception will be held in Vanderslice Hall at 5 p.m. To find out more, visit

Aug. 7: KCAI celebrates the 50th anniversary of its ground-breaking foundation year program with a national group exhibition on view at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave., from Aug. 7 through Sept. 26. This exhibition will feature over 60 artists from across the country, who taught in the college’s foundation program at some point since its inception, in 1965, to the present. For more information, visit and

Alumni & Faculty News

Save the date for a special alumni gathering on Friday, Sept. 25 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our School of the Foundation Year and hear from Interim President Tony Jones. More details to follow.

Recent graduate Tessa Canon (’15 graphic design) was awarded the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Graphic Design Fellowship. This unique and nationally competitive opportunity for recent B.F.A. or M.F.A. graphic design graduates compensates recipients for their work at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, located at Taliesin West in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains outside of Scottsdale, Ariz., where she will both live and work for 12 to 18 months.

The “Special Edition Newsweek” published on June 30, 2015 features a two-page spread of photographs by Ed Gallucci (’13 graphic design, photography) in the cover-story article entitled “Remembering Jerry Garcia, 20 Years Later.”

A jury selected Kahlil Irving’s (’15 ceramics, art history) work to be included in the 12th Annual Marge Brown Kalodner Graduate Student Exhibition at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia, Penn., on view from June 26 to Aug. 2. The show highlights the country’s most talented graduate students studying ceramics. Several of his works, including the one pictured, will also be on display in the group show “From the Earth: Contemporary Ceramics,” at the Edwardsville Art Center in Edwardsville, Ill. until July 31. Pictured: “Life is a Lottery," Kahlil Irving, 2014, porcelain, gold, decals.

Work by Molly Kaderka (’11 painting, art history) is included in the juried show “Strange Paradise” at the First Street Gallery in New York, on view through July 18. Pictured: “Lotus Eater,” Molly Kaderka, 2014, oil on canvas.

The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage selected Lauren Mabry (’07 ceramics) to receive a 2015 Pew Fellowship, which includes a $75,000 award. The Pew Center’s grants support the cultural organizations and artists of the Philadelphia region. Click for more information.

Armando Ramos (’99 ceramics) is presenting new large-scale ceramic sculptures in his solo exhibition "Armando Ramos: Something Absurd," which is currently on display at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the University of North Dakota campus. This solo show is part of the North Dakota Museum’s new Art Makers Series, spotlighting regional artists making new bodies of work. For more information, call 701-777-4195 or visit Armando Ramos. (Photograph courtesy of the artist and University of North Dakota).

In her solo exhibition “Transposed Concepts,” Melanie Sherman (’14 ceramics) displays three ceramic pieces alongside three large photographs at the Goodwin Fine Art Gallery in Denver, Colo. through
July 18.

The University of Houston-Clear Lake Gallery presents the solo exhibition “Blooming Dreams and Fading Memories” by Bernadette Esperanza Torres (’91 ceramics). The exhibition presents 20 new works by Torres, including ceramic figurative and floral-based sculptures and graphite and ink-on-paper drawings. This exhibition is open through October 22 and is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit Bernadette Esperanza Torres, “Shadow Dreams,” 2015, ceramic, glaze, lampwork glass, wire, epoxy and mixed media.

Work by Amy Wright (’03 painting) will be featured by ArtsFuse, a local start-up that puts artwork on any tv in your home or office. Users create playlists of their favorite works, which are then displayed on digital devices. ArtFuse invites the KCAI community to its launch party on July 2 at Snow & Co in the Crossroads from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Faculty Updates

Two KCAI faculty members, Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking, and Casey Whittier, lecturer in ceramics, are participating in this summer’s “Pop-Up Artist Residency” at The Epsten Gallery, 5500 W. 123rd St. This program includes a one-week residency for each of the five participating artists, who will transform the gallery into a lively, interactive studio environment that is open to all ages.  For more information, visit

Local KCAI-Related Exhibitions

"Through the River, Under the Woods by Michael Brake" is currently on display through Aug. 28 at Hilliard Gallery, 1820 McGee St. Michael Brake (’91 painting) presents a new series of dream-like, abstract images in this exhibition, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-2956 or visit Pictured: “Vehicle,” Michael Brake, 2015, giclée print on archival paper with poured, flame-treated resin. (Photograph courtesy of the artist and Hilliard Gallery)

Beggar’s Table Church & Gallery – Madeline Gallucci’s (’12 printmaking) exhibition “SOFT-SERVE” runs through Aug. 22 at Beggar’s Table Church & Gallery, 2010 Baltimore Ave. This exhibit concludes her year-long studio residency at Hotel Phillips and investigates the experimental nature of working in a storefront window in downtown Kansas City. Pictured: Artwork by Madeline Gallucci.

Belger Crane Yard Gallery – Meredith Host’s (’01 ceramics) newest exhibition “Translated Pattern” showcases a body of work inspired by her 2014 residency in Jingdezhen, China and 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.

Carol Zastoupil (’73 Fiber) presents a closing reception at 5 p.m. July 23 at the Main Street Gallery at Anton’s Tap Room, 1610 Main St., on the occasion of her solo exhibition "Bonsai Paintings," which remains on view at the Main Street Gallery through July 31. This exhibition and reception are free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-888-8800 or visit Pictured: “Bonsai Fir,” Carol Zastoupil, oil on canvas, 16 by 20 inches.

Calls for Artists

The National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society invites oil and acrylic painters to submit artwork for their “Best of America” 2015 exhibition. Selected works will compete for over $10,000 in cash and sponsorship awards. Deadline for submission is July 30, 2015. To learn more, 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.