ARTNotes for June 16

June 16, 2014


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Upcoming events

June 20: The performance event “2D to 5D – Scores to Sound” will take place at 7 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The event features music by Shuffled Quartet from New Orleans and Aurograph from Kansas City. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563.
June 21: “Meet the Legends,” a panel discussion with hot rod experts Ken Gross and Pete Chapouris, will be at 2 p.m. at Miller Nichols Library on the University of Missouri-Kansas City campus, 800 E. 51st St. Tickets to the event are $25. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit
June 22: The Art of the Car Concours® is making its eighth appearance on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. The event features more than 200 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including cars, trucks, racing cars and motorcycles belonging to collectors from throughout the country. The Concours is an annual event that benefits the KCAI student scholarship fund. For more information, visit
July 19: “The Big Draw” will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. In conjunction with the Flatfile exhibition, this day-long event offers drawing workshops led by Kansas City artists for artists of all ages. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit
Through Sept. 27:The “Kansas City Flatfile Exhibition” is running at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The biennial exhibition features two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City visual artists. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit
Through Sept. 27: Accompanying the Flatfile exhibition is “Digitalfile,” an exhibition of contemporary video and time-based work by Kansas City artists. “Digitalfile” is organized by SPECTRA, a nomadic initiative that presents experimental works by regional, national and international artists and filmmakers. The exhibition is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit

KCAI students pursue interest in curatorial studies

Four KCAI students are participating in a summer academy in curatorial studies at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, thanks to a new initiative funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. They are Issac Logsdon (sophomore, ceramics); Mary Kuvet (sophomore, painting); Glyneisha Johnson (sophomore, painting); and Mercedes Padro (junior, graphic design). All have expressed an interest in pursuing museum curatorial careers. Applications for the Nelson internships were received from colleges and universities throughout Missouri and Kansas, and a total of 15 participants were selected for the summer academy. Michele Fricke, professor of art history, served on the selection committee.
The nationwide curatorial initiative involves a collaboration among the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta and The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in addition to the Nelson. The program provides specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the U.S. from diverse backgrounds.
Four students at each museum will later be selected for curatorial fellowships, with two at each museum named in fall 2014 and two more chosen in fall 2015. The fellowships are two-year commitments and include mentoring activities during the academic year and full-time summer internships. The goal is for participating students to pursue graduate degrees in art history or a cultural studies field. For more information, visit Portrait of Andrew W. Mellon by Sir Oswald Hornby Joseph Birley (1933). Mellon (1855-1937), an American banker, businessman, industrialist, philanthropist and art collector, served as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury from 1921-1932.

Owen/Cox offers ticket discount for students, faculty for June 28

KCAI students and faculty are eligible for two-for-the-price-of-one tickets for “Memory Palace,” an 8 p.m. June 28 performance by the Owen/Cox Dance Group. This will be the world premiere of the piece, which, according to promotional materials from the dance company, “delves into the complex process of how memories are constructed and what happens to people when memories begin to deteriorate.” Artist Peregrine Honig, who studied at KCAI, is involved in the production, along with cellist and singer Helen Gillet, saxophonist and horn sculptor, Mark Southerland and composer and arranger Brad Cox. The show will take place in the Performing Arts Center at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The cost-savings offer is limited to one per customer and cannot be combined with any other offer. Pictured: Poster for “Memory Palace.”

June 24 film explores water as ‘magnificent force of nature’

KCAI faculty, staff and students are invited to attend a special screening of “Watermark” at 7:30 p.m. June 24 at the Tivoli Cinemas in Westport. All seats are $8.50. The feature documentary by multiple award-winning filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and photographer Edward Burtynsky brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water: how we are drawn to it, what we learn from it, how we juse it and the conequences of that use. For tickets or to view previews, visit Pictured: Poster for “Watermark.”

Many CPS classes available throughout the summer

There is still time to sign up for one of many Continuing and Professional Studies adult summer classes. Course descriptions and details are online at Limited seats are available; register now to guarantee enrollment. For more information, contact CPS at 816-802-3333. Classes include:
  • Ceramics: Wheel Throwing with Andrea Martin, Main Campus
  • Beginning Pen and Ink, North Campus
  • Figure Drawing Weekend Intensive with Christopher Lowrance, North Campus
  • Introduction to Picture Book Illustration with Dana Regan, North Campus
  • Stitching Stories with Whitney Mahoney, North Campus
  • Color Theory with Robert Howsare, North Campus
  • Elements and Principles of Design with Robert Howsare, Main Campus
  • Discover Digital Media with Evan Tedlock, Main Campus
  • Illustrator: An Introduction with Jamie Turpin, Main Campus
  • Beginning Watercolor with Sharon Reeber, North Campus
  • Plein Air Oil Painting with David De Rousseau, North Campus
  • Discover Photography with Gary Rittermeyer, North Campus
  • Analog and Digital Methods in Letterpress with Kelly Clark, Main Campus
  • Monotype Workshop with Robert Howsare, North Campus

Student updates

Several KCAI students and alums were among the dozens of local clothing and accessory designers displaying their creations at the West 18th Street Fashion Show held June 14 in the Crossroads District. Matthew Cottrell (junior, fiber), Alexis Flores (senior, fiber), Emily Kenyon (’14 fiber), Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber) and Yulie Urano (’11 fiber) participated in the fashion show. Stracy also participated in a panel discussion of local designers and fashion writers held two days earlier.
Led by Laura Berman, professor of printmaking, KCAI students and alumni recently participated in a panel presentation for the Print Society of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The presentation is fully documented at

Alumni updates

Ed Gallucci (’13 photography) is opening a one-man exhibition July 25 through Oct. 25 at the O. Winston Link Museum in Roanoke, Va. The show is called “Frames Between Fares,” and it’s an essay Gallucci shot while he was a taxi driver in New York during the early 1970s. Six of the 40 photographs in the exhibition are in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum. Pictured: “Shape Up,” Ed Gallucci, 1971, black and white.”
In February, Beth Galston (’78 sculpture) installed “Prairie Grass” at the Northwest Service Center in San Antonio. It’s a permanent, large-scale public artwork inspired by watching the movement of wild grasses in the wind. For more information and to see additional images, visit Galston has additional exhibitions this year, including “Dreaming Gardens” through Aug. 22 at the Suffolk University Art Gallery in Boston, and “Branching Out: Trees as Art” Sept. 27 through September of next year at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. Pictured: “Prairie Grass,” Beth Galston, 2014.
Kate Hunt (’79 sculpture) has an exhibition running through Aug. 31 at the Portland Art Museum in Portland, Ore. The show is entitled “Apex.” For more information, visit Pictured: “Floor,” Kate Hunt, newspaper and steel, 5.25 inches by 120 inches by 5.25 inches each.
Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) has been selected for an artist-in-residency program July 8-10 with the Beach Museum of Art in Manhattan, Kan. Kamin will create work related to native prairie plants and animal species while engaging with museum visitors during the museum’s inaugural Open A.I.R. (Artists in Residency) program, a three-day mini residency with a focus on interdisciplinary social engagement. In addition to leading hands-on activities for children and adults in the gallery, Kamin will answer questions and discuss her work as an artist as she creates digital drawings based on research on the ecology of the tallgrass prairie. She will project her digital imagery of local flora and fauna onto the gallery walls.
Work by Nathan Mabry (’01 ceramics) is on view at Cherry and Martin in Los Angeles. It is Mabry’s fourth solo exhibition with the gallery, whose website states, “The exhibition contains large-scale sculptures and wall-bound intimate sculptures offering further insight into his diverse practice.” The exhibition will continue through June 28. For details, visit Pictured: Installation view of “GOODGOD” by Nathan Mabry; photo by Robert Wedemeyer.
Rocket Grants, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announced its 2014 Grant Awards: eight full Project Awards and two Research & Development Awards. Full Project Awards provide $5,400 grants for each selected project. R&D Awards provide $2,000 up front and a further $3,400 contingent upon a return proposal for implementation. Two KCAI alums were awarded Full Project Awards. Cambria Potter (’12 painting) won for 50/50 a space for exhibition, dialogue and curated programming in two shipping containers in the West Bottoms with associated billboard and digital archives. Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts and art history), Lindsey Griffith, Colin Bright Eagle O’Keefe won for Guest Writer’s Revenge Custom computer program, which generates humorous scripts on the fly from popular TV shows and films. Two KCAI alums were awarded R&D Project Awards. Jo Kamm (’07 ceramics) won for Func-artCommons. He set up a system to share functional art and design objects made by local craftspeople through the community. Erin Zona (’02 printmaking) won for the Zz School of Print Media, an alternative school focusing on college-level printmaking and art history for a one-year pilot program.
Jaimie Warren’s (’02 photography) exhibition “That’s What Friends Are For” was reviewed last month in The New York Times The show ran at The Hole in New York.

Faculty: What I did on my summer vacation

Paul Donnelly, assistant professor of ceramics, will be teaching a two-week ceramic intensive June 22 through July 5 at Visual Arts Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, N.Y. This class will focus on advanced forming techniques, utilizing both wheel and slip casting processes. Additionally, he will be leading a two-week Artists Invite Artists session July 27 through Aug. 8 at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, titled “Artistic Intersections.”This session will bring together dissimilar artists who work in diverse ways, yet whose work intersects through conceptual and material processes. For more information about the session, visit, the Kansas City Star wrote an article about Donnelly’s “Taming Nature” exhibition he curated at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center. To read it, visit
Jill Downen (’89 painting and printmaking), assistant professor of sculpture, spent the first part of June in Mount Vernon, Ill., where she and Dara Katzenstein, a recent sculpture and art history graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, installed new sculptures in the Goldman-Kuenz Sculpture Park at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts. Rusty Freeman, director of visual arts at Cedarhurst, told a local reporter, “This is a major outdoor installation for us. It’s so unique and innovative and creates and aesthetic dialogue with the building. It’s a first for us.” For additional information and a photo of the artists at work on the installation, visit
The Pitch recently reviewed Julie Farstad’s “Under the Orange Sky” exhibition at Plug Projects, stating, “Horror flicks have burdened doll images with some unwelcome cultural baggage, but even card-carrying members of the ‘creeped out’ set won't be able to keep from marveling at Farstad’s Under the Orange Sky.” Check out The Pitch's full review of the exhibition of work by Farstad, associate professor of painting at KCAI, at
Anne Garney, an instructor for KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies, has a new studio location in the River Market, 523 Grand Blvd. She is hosting an Artist Reception from 6 to 8 p.m. June 20 at the new location, Garney Art, showcasing the new space and exhibiting several of her latest paintings. For more information, visit
Tracie Whiting Kipper, lecturer, who teaches Japanese at KCAI, has been in Japan this summer with three KCAI students, Paul Kisling (’13 animation), Hikari Okawara (’14 animation) and Hiromi Kanada (senior, ceramics). Based in Tsuchiura City, Ibaraki, Japan, the group is interpreting at a factory that makes fiberglass insulation and is helping to build a giant kiln using the product. Kisling is participating in the Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme and is able to join the group occasionally. Okawara will be moving to Kyoto after this project, Kipper said. Kanada will return to Kansas City in mid-July, and Kipper, an alumna and former coordinator of JET, will return to Kansas City in mid-August. Okawara, Kanada and Kipper are working 12-hour shifts seven days a week along with a graduate from the University of Kansas and a Raytown, Mo., native who just completed a master’s degree from Indiana University. “This experience is affecting Hiromi the most,” Kipper said. “She is a ceramics major, and to see a 50-meter-long, 4-meter-high oven being built from the ground up is understandably amazing to her. Regardless of what will be baked or cured in it, it is great to see how a piece of equipment you need for your craft is being built.” Pictured from left: Hiromi Kanada, Paul Kisling, Tracie Whiting Kipper, Hikari Okawara.

In memoriam

Rosa Lou (Dean) Norwood (’65 interior design) passed away Dec. 13, 2013. For more information about her family and life, visit

Calls for artists

KCAI students are invited to draw during rehearsals for “Memory Palace,” a production by Owen/Cox Dance Group. Rehearsals will take place during the day from June 17-20 and June 23-27 at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, 4949 Cherry St. The performance will take place at 8 p.m. June 28. For details about the performance, visit If you are interested in coming to draw, contact Joanne Sandorfi at, for exact rehearsal times and dates.
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church is seeking artists for monthly shows in its All Souls Gallery. Exhibits are limited to two-dimensional works. To apply, send contact information, brief biography and 10 images on CD to the Visual Arts Committee at All Souls Unitarian Church, 4501 Walnut St., Kansas City, Mo. 64111 by June 30. For more information, contact the church at 816-531-2131.
Charlotte Street Foundation is inviting proposals from artists living and working within an 80-mile radius of downtown Kansas City, Mo., for contemporary arts programming to be presented January 2015 through July 2015 at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina venue. All applications must be submitted via by July 18 with the call title: “Charlotte Street Call for Proposals – la Esquina Gallery 2015.” Proposals may be for contemporary arts projects including, but not limited to, visual art exhibitions, site-specific installations, original live performances (dance, theater, music, performance art, spoken word, etc.), video screenings, literary readings/events, public programs and hybrid forms. For more information, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Belger Crane Yard Studios – “By and Large,” an exhibition of work by John Balistreri (’86 ceramics), runs through Aug. 16 at Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. It includes Balistreri’s newest large-scale ceramic sculptures, which were created during a two-and-one-half-year period at the Jun Kaneko studio in Omaha, Neb. Pictured: “Signal,” John Balistreri, 2014, stoneware with slip and glaze, 79 inches by 48 inches by 22 inches.
The Box Gallery – “Art in the Loop: Celebrating Ten Years of Revitalizing Downtown KC with Public Art” takes a new look at Art in the Loop’s successful projects and reveals their plans for the future. KCAI faculty and alumni have played a major role in the evolution of Art in the Loop, which launched in 2004 with a $500,000 five-year grant announced by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. The grant called for permanent installations in the downtown loop, and initially only KCAI faculty and alumni were eligible to compete for commissions. Over the years, projects included work by Cortney Andrews (’05 photography and new media), Marcus Cain (’98 painting), Julia Cole (former chair of interdisciplinary arts), Laura DeAngelis (’95 sculpture), Dylan Mortimer (’02 painting), Amy Myers (’95 painting), Ross Sawyers (’03 photography), Jaimie Warren (’02 printmaking), Davin Watne (’94 painting) and Allan Winkler (’75 ceramics), among others. The exhibition opened June 6 and will remain on view through July 25. The gallery is located at 1000 Walnut St. in the Commerce Bank Arcade. For details, visit Pictured: “Uplifted Arts” by Dylan Mortimer and Davin Watne was the first Art in the Loop commission. Consisting of seven sculptures of steel and colored glass, the work was installed in 2005 at 10th and Main streets.
Kemper at the Crossroads – Ricky Allman (attended); Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting; Miki Baird, former adjunct professor of sculpture; Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics; Rashawn Griffin, assistant professor sculpture; Diana Heise, assistant professor of digital filmmaking; and Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) are participating in “The Center is a Moving Target,” an exhibition highlighting artists whose evolving practice and works speak to the impact of and meaningful shifts in the term “regionalism” in contemporary art. Work can be viewed through Aug. 1 at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St.
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, and Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting and ceramics, are part of a 16-member collective, working under the name Dialoghi dell’Arte, or A Discourse on Art. The group also includes Martha Armstrong who once taught at KCAI as a rising artist. Their work can be viewed in an exhibition through June 28 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore St.; the show is entitled “Dialoghi dell'Arte: Perception and Motif.” Pictured: (left) “Nude with Red Flower – Night Painting,” Jessie Fisher, 2013, oil on linen, 36 inches by 30 inches and “DaVinci,” Scott Seebart, 2014, oil on linen mounted on panel, 20 inches by 16 inches.
Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch – The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd., will debut four new large-scale commissioned images by Kansas City artists Peregrine Honig (attended), and the collaborative team of Megan Mantia (’06 printmaking and art history) and Leone Anne Reeves (’03 ceramics), on its Artboards. Installed on the exterior, double-sided billboards rising above the bank, the Artboards are visible to the public all hours of the day and will remain on view through the end of August. Pictured: (top) “Angelmaids of Mer-County,” Megan Mantia and Leone Anne Reeves, 2014, and “Analogue Tendril,” Peregrine Honig, 2014.
Paragraph Gallery – “RE-Feed” is a collaborative, site-specific exhibition experiment by Charlotte Street Studio resident artists Justin Beachler (attended), Chris Daharsh (’12 painting and art history) and Annie Woodfill (’11 painting) exploring ideas of systems and cycles, feedback loops, interference and urban interaction. The exhibition runs through July 26 at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Pictured: “Loss Article,” Chris Daharsh, 2014, dye, plaster, polysty.
Plug Projects – “Under the Orange Sky,” an exhibition of new paintings by Julie Farstad, associate professor of painting, is open through June 22 at Plug Projects, 1613 Genessee St.
Project Space – “Liquidation Sale” is an exhibition of sculpture and video works by Todd Christiansen (’11 painting) and Lindsay Fernandez (’13 painting) running through July 26 in the Project Space at 21 E. 12th St. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Pictured: “Kindling,” Lindsay Fernandez, 2014.
Red Star Studios – “Taming Nature,” a group exhibition at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., is organized by KCAI assistant professor Paul Donnelly and includes work by more than 20 national artists. The exhibition, running through June 28, includes works by Guy Michael Davis (’03 ceramics), Ryan Fletcher (’10 ceramics), Meredith Host (’01 ceramics), Brad Johnson (’94 ceramics), Matthew Jorgenson (’10 ceramics), Katie Parker (’03 ceramics), Daniel Teran (’07 ceramics) and Donnelly, who teaches in the KCAI ceramics program. Pictured: “Gangster Paradise,” Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis, porcelain, paper, wood, 48 inches by 24 inches by 7 inches.
Truman Medical Center – KCAI trustee Herb Kohn is showing a collection of his photographs, featuring images taken when he visitedBhutan and France. Artwork will be displayed on the Healing Arts Bridge at Truman Medical Center, 2310 Holmes Road. The show runs through June 30. Parking is available in the Pavilion lot located on 23rd Street between Charlotte and Campbell streets. Pictured: “Clocktower,” Herb Kohn.

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