ARTNotes December

December 14, 2015


End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale

On Dec. 4, 5 and 6, KCAI hosted the semi-annual End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale, in which students from departments across campus showcase and sell their artwork. Visitors enjoyed walking around campus and viewing students’ artwork within their studios, in departmental gallery spaces and outdoor installations. In “7 Tons,” an installation by Nick McKenna (sophomore, sculpture), pictured below, visitors were asked to write down their anxieties and fears on paper and to drop the paper into the fire. Pictured from left: “In the Garden of Eden” by Mary Reeves (senior, painting), “7 Tons” by Nick McKenna and an installation in the foundation department.

H&R Block Artspace Open House

The Artspace’s open house received a tremendous turnout of over 300 patrons, consisting of neighbors, alumni, students and new visitors. During the event, the 2015 Charlotte Street Foundation (CSF) Visual Artist Award winners, Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, Rashawn Griffith and Misha Kligman, spoke with attendees about their works on display in the Artspace galleries. Pictured from left: visitors in the galleries; CSF winners Jill Downen, Rashawn Griffith and Misha Kligman.

KCAI T-Shirt Competition
The KCAI Art Store and the Alumni Relations Department are jointly hosting a competition for all students and alumni to submit innovative and inspired two-dimensional graphic print designs for new KCAI t-shirts. Please contact Jennifer Boe, KCAI Art Store employee, for more information at 816-802-3349 or Submissions are due Feb. 1, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Dec. 21 – Jan. 3: KCAI closed for winter break
Jan. 4: Winter Intersession classes begin

Certificate Program Classes 
The next session of certificate programs begins the first week of January. Certificate Programs in graphic design, photography, website design and video editing are offered through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies for those seeking professional development or a career change. Classes provide instruction in Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Cinema 4D, Dreamweaver and other programs.To enroll in classes now, click here. If you have any questions, contact Lauren Park at

Student News

KCAI congratulates and wishes safe travels to the following students studying off campus during the spring 2016 semester. Hayveyah McGowan (junior, graphic design) will participate in AICAD’s New York Studio Residency Program. Kyle Selley (junior, sculpture) will attend the University of Tasmania in Australia. Tori Wheeler (junior, graphic design) will study in the design department of the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. Davin Roberson (junior, painting) will travel to Barcelona, Spain to study at the University of Barcelona, for which he received the Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship. Pictured from left: artwork by Hayveyah McGowan; "Tragedy" by Kyle Selley; Tori Wheeler.

Olivia Clanton (sophomore, fiber) recently hosted “We Start Here,” a collaboration between herself and students from the Gillis Center School, which was held over two days in November at Cornerstones of Care, 300 E. 36th St. Each project began with a student’s concept for a dream fort that he then built with the artist.

Faculty & Staff News

Hugh Merrill, professor of printmaking, is leading the three-session workshop “Portrait of a Family” at The Piper, an assisted living community in Kansas City, Kan., during which he collaborates with families on creating a collage that represents their family.

Alumni News

Stephanie Dueñas (’14 painting) was selected to participate in the internship program at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy. The program enables interns to gain practical experience in museum operations and a familiarity with the Guggenheim’s important collection of modern art.

The work “A Last Supper Painting” by Richard McKown (’91 painting) will be on view at the [Artspace] at Untitled in Oklahoma City during December.

Woven scarves, textiles and yarn necklaces by Debbie Barrett-Jones (’07 fiber) will be available for purchase until Dec. 19 at Tallulah Belles, 5255 W. 116th Pl., Leawood, Kan., where a reception will also be held for the artist on Dec. 17 from 4 to 8 p.m. Additionally, Barrett-Jones was recently the “featured artist” at ArtsKC’s Inspiration Breakfast, a fundraising event attended by nearly 600 people.

Through Dec. 22, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Mo. will showcase the three-person exhibition “Kindred Virtuosities: Recent Work by Miki Baird, Garry Noland, and Susan White,” featuring new work by Susan White (’96 sculpture).

The artists Chris Kienke (’94 design), chair of the foundations curriculum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Chung-Fan Chang, assistant professor at Stockton University in New Jersey, will present site-specific installations in the exhibition, “For Kite and Flag: Identity and Perception,” at the National Central University in Taiwan through Dec. 20.

Red Star Studios’ Digital Debut, an online exhibition gallery featuring the work of regional, national and international contemporary ceramic artists, features work by House of DeBoer through Dec. 31. Brock DeBoer (’07 ceramics) and Colleen DeBoer (’07 fiber), a husband and wife design and manufacturing team, comprise House of DeBoer and together create goods for everyday use.

Work by Jay Shinn ('82 painting) is featured in “Circus,” a group show of multiples and paper works at Jordan/Seydoux in Berlin, Germany through Jan. 9.

The gallery M+B in Los Angeles presents the solo exhibition “Ellen Carey: Polaroid 20 x 24 Self-Portraits” through Jan. 16. The show is Ellen Carey’s ('74 printmaking) first exhibition with the gallery and her solo debut in Los Angeles.

Donna Polseno ('72 ceramics) again participated in the biannual 16 Hands Studio Tour. For more information, visit

The artists Andrzej Zielinski and David Jones ('87 printmaking), co-founder of Anchor Graphics, recently visited the printmaking department on campus to collaboratively create a print.

Nathan Fox ('97 illustration), a freelance illustrator and storyteller in New York City, gave talks at KCAI and Rockhurst in November.

Megan Mantia (’07 art history and printmaking) and Leone Anne Reeves (’03 ceramics and creative writing), who operate under the pseudonym BLANKET, continue their ambitious project to restage the Venice Biennale in Kansas City. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related Exhibitions

Belger Crane Yard Gallery —  “Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995 - 2015” will be on view from Jan. 8 – Mar. 19, 2016. Organized by Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics at KCAI, the exhibition celebrates the history and diversity of objects created in the ceramics department since 1995, while honoring the local collectors who acquired these works. Through Jan. 23, the gallery also presents the solo exhibitions “Schema: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery,” of work by Melanie Sherman (’14 ceramics), and “Christopher Kurtz” of work by Christopher Kurtz (attended). Also, “Suites,” a solo exhibition by Peregrine Honig (attended), continues through Dec. 19.

Haw Contemporary   Through Dec. 31, Haw Contemporary presents “Full Phase,” Eric Sall’s (’99 painting) first solo exhibition with the gallery.

H&R Block Artspace "The 2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” exhibition continues through Dec. 16 and features new work by Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, Rashawn Griffith and Misha Kligman.

Kansas City Central Library — In honor of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the library presents “Intimate Riot,” an exhibition guest curated by Peregrine Honig (attended) and featuring work by Leo Esquivel (’95 printmaking), Catherine Clements (’11 painting and art history) and Marcus Cain (’98 painting and printmaking). The show runs through Jan. 17, 2016. For additional information, visit

Kemper at the Crossroads — The exhibition “The Center is a Moving Target: If You Lived [T]here,” on view through Jan. 6, includes work by Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, and James Woodfill (80 painting), associate professor of painting. The show addresses the elusive modern definition of “regionalisms” in contemporary art.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center — “The Silent Type,” Rochelle Brickner’s (senior, fiber) senior thesis exhibition, will be on view through Dec. 26. Also, the solo exhibitions “Richard Mattson: Recent Figure Paintings” and “Sense of Place: American Photographs by Jeff Burk,” which highlight artwork by Richard Mattson, retired professor of the foundation department, and Jeff Burk (’79 photography), will be on display through Dec. 19.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art — The solo exhibition “Anonymous Women: Draped,” on view through Dec. 23, features photographs by Patty Carroll, wife of KCAI President Tony Jones.

Call for Artists

The City of Gladstone, Mo. is seeking an artist or collaborative team to develop innovative artwork for the Gladstone Downtown Village Project, located between N. Oak and N. Holmes on NE 70th Street. The all-inclusive budget is $35,000, including shipping and installation. The deadline for submitting qualifications is 4 p.m. on Dec. 18. For submission instructions and more information, click here.

The City of Olathe seeks entries to its Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. Entries must be received by Jan. 4, 2016. Artists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for each work selected. For more information, click here.

The Charlotte Street Foundation now accepts programming submissions on a rolling basis. Applicants can be artists (of any discipline), curators or cultural producers wishing to partner with Charlotte Street. Proposals may be for contemporary arts projects, including visual art exhibitions, installations, original live performances, video screenings, literary readings/events, public programs and collaborative projects. For more information, click here.

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

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