ARTNotes July 14

July 28, 2014



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Upcoming events

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

Hot rods take center stage at eighth annual Art of the Car Concours

More than 5,000 car lovers converged on the KCAI campus June 22 for the eighth annual Art of the Car Concours to view more than 220 vintage, classic and special-interest vehicles, including, trucks, race cars, motorcycles, pedal cars and hot rods belonging to collectors from throughout the country. This year was the first time a select group of hot rods was on display at the event.
Again this year, event organizers arranged a “Meet the Legends” panel discussion that covered the emergence of the hot rod as a major form of automotive expression in the immediate post-World War II period. Participating in the discussion were museum consultant and author Ken Gross, whose books include “Art of the Hot Rod,” “Hot Rod Milestones” and “So-Cal Coupe,” and Pete Chapouris, president of So-Cal Speed Shop and known for his many television appearances on Speed TV and Velocity.
Nearly 40 awards were presented during the Concours, including seven People’s Choice Awards — five for cars and two for motorcycles. Thousands of ballots submitted by people attending the event determined these awards. First place went to a 1934 Lincoln KB Semi Collapsible Cabriolet owned by Dennis and Patsy Kiefer.
The Concours benefits the scholarship fund at KCAI. For more information about the Concours and the wide range of media attention it has received, visit Pictured: 1932 Ford Cabriolet Hot Rod.

KCAI’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies moving to new building in August

This August, KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies will be taking up residence in a building located at 32 E. 46th St., just north of Community Christian Church. The move will begin the week of Aug. 4 and will be completed by Friday Aug. 8. All CPS classes will be in their new classrooms by Saturday, Aug. 9. Pictured: The new building KCAI's School for Continuing and Professional Studies will be moving to in August.

KCAI students and Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey embark on collaboration

KCAI is partnering with Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey in preparation for the 30th anniversary of KCFAA, whose mission is making dance accessible to all people. In October, KCFAA will present the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. KCAI students will  be creating costumes for the performance, a video montage of KCFAA’s history and future (to be shown at the Oct. 25 gala) and décor and centerpieces for the gala. The theme is “The ART of Dance.”
High-school students attending the college’s PreCollege ArtLab are working with dancers this month to create artful centerpieces for the gala, while KCAI B.F.A. students are reviewing footage and photos for a video tribute. This fall, KCAI students will pull together fabrics and materials to turn the Kansas City Convention Center into a work of art.
“KCFAA is proud of our partnership with KCAI. Alvin Ailey believed that the arts belonged to everyone, and this partnership honors our continued commitment to honor his legacy,” said Tyrone Aiken, executive director, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey.
Tickets for the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will be available through the Kauffman Center Box Office starting Aug. 1. Group discounts are available for groups of six or more. Visit for more information.
Pictured: Alicia Graf Mack of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in Ailey’s “Memoria”; photo by Andrew Eccles.

Alumni updates

Natalie Krause (’14 animation) is one of 20 young artists to receive a 2014 Graduate Arts Award from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The award, announced June 23, provides up to $50,000 per year for up to three years for exceptional students with financial need to study at an accredited graduate institution in the United States or abroad. Krause has applied for admission to the National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, England, where she hopes to study toward a master’s degree in directing animation. Now in its fourth year, the Cooke Award program received 320 applications and portfolios from students in 41 states and the District of Columbia. The 20 finalists, representing just 7 percent of the total applicant pool, were selected by a 38-member panel of artists and educators in the fields of music, dance, theater, creative writing, visual arts and film. For information about the foundation, visit

Faculty updates

Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking, is opening a solo exhibition entitled “Coalescence” July 17 through Aug. 17 at the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. Pictured: “Coronae 6,” Laura Berman, 2014, monoprint, 25 inches by 25 inches.
Danny Orendorff, Charlotte Street Foundation’s 2013-14 Curator-in-Residence and a visiting lecturer in KCAI’s liberal arts department, will serve as the foundation’s interim director of artistic programs, July through December.In this position, Orendorff will oversee management of Charlotte Street’s 2015 awards programs as well as managing selection processes for artist-driven programming at la Esquina in 2015 and the Curatorial Residency Program. In addition, he will facilitate ongoing 2014-2015 programs and relationships with artists and the arts community on behalf of Charlotte Street Foundation.
Jason Pollen, former chair of fiber, and Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, each have work on display in “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” running through Sept. 7 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa.

Faculty: What I did on my summer vacation

After teaching a two-week workshop, “Rome, Reverie and the Self Referential Bust,” followed by a four-week artist-in-residency, both at C.R.E.T.A. Rome, Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, will be exhibiting her latest work in a two-person show entitled “Capricciose” at the Palazzo Delfini in Rome.
The exhibition is a grouping of works comprised of multiple sculpted figural fragments, wall work and half-size figures as a vehicle for communicating ideas about the ungoverned id, opulence and the abject. The work will be on display until the end of the year. For more information, visit
Karen McCoy, associate professor of sculpture, is traveling to the United Kingdom to attend a Soil Culture Forum in Falmouth, a meeting with the Walking Artists Network in London and a walking research meeting with Footwork in Machynlleth, Wales. “I’m excited about the impact this participation may have on my work and teaching as I head into a year of sabbatical,” she said. “For most of my life as an artist I've made pieces that revolve our relation to the rest of the natural world, now that relationship is taking on new meaning.” Walking Artists Network has been an inspiration for McCoy, and her students have been designing and taking walks as a strategy for more sustainable creative activity. She is hoping to initiate a walking group soon at KCAI. For more information about these meetings, visit, and Pictured: “Seemingly Unconnected Events,” Karen McCoy, 2014.
Beginning Aug. 3, Tracie Whiting Kipper, lecturer, who teaches Japanese at KCAI, will be travelling with her family for several weeks throughout Japan. She plans to visit many of KCAI's graduates who currently live there. Whiting Kipper’s daughters are keeping a blog about their trip, and they will be writing a book based on their adventure and photos upon their return. To follow the trip via their blog or Facebook, visit or

Calls for artists

The Contemporary Art Projects USA at Concept-Fair is looking for artists to participate in a juried art exhibition duringArt Basel week Dec. 2-7 in Miami. All emerging, mid career, established, national and international artists, 18 years of age and older are eligible for the theme “Cosmic Connections.” The following media are accepted: computer art, mixed media, painting, photography, short films, small and monumental sculptures, oversize work, assemblages, installations, video, 3-D printing, as well as all innovative new technologies in art. A jury will choose artwork based upon artistic excellence, innovation and originality. Entry deadline is Oct. 31. 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 exhibition 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.
Lawrence Arts Center – John Ferry, assistant professor of illustration, opens an exhibition Nov. 7 through Jan. 1, 2015, at the Lawrence Arts Center, 940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, Kan. Pictured: “#4,” John Ferry, 2013 oil, 6 inches by 6 inches.
Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch – The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd., are displaying 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 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 – “Confectionary,” a solo exhibition by Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking) opens July 18 and runs through Aug. 23 at PLUG Projects, 1613 Genessee St. The exhibition is a culmination of Gallucci’s two years in the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project residency. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. July 18. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Pictured: “Confectionary,” Madeline Gallucci, 2014, acrylic on paper, 22 inches by 30 inches.
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 at Belger Arts Center – Lea Griggs (’11 sculpture and art history) is part of a group of current resident artists presenting a selection of new work through Aug. 23 at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. From figurative sculptures and functional wares to architectural objects, this exhibition features a variety of concepts and techniques originating from one source — ceramics. Pictured: “Off with your Head: Jewelry Tray and Necklace Set,” Lea McCormick Griggs, 2013, porcelain, platinum luster and sterling silver, 18 inches by 10 inches by 3 inches.
Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center – “Word Play: Selections from the Collection”
is an exhibition focusing primarily on American artists active from 1960 until the present. Within the Belger collection, there will be artworks that feature text in varying degrees. Among the artists whose work will be exhibited are Ellen Greene (’98 painting) and Robert Rauschenberg (attended). The show runs through Oct. 4 at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St. For more information, contact Mo Dickens at or 816-474-3250.

Wonder Fair Gallery – “YWAs: Young Wolman Artists” will be on view through Aug. 24 at the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, Kan. The exhibition is co-curated by Paula Rose, a lecturer in the KCAI art history program, and Meredith Moore. It includes works by several KCAI students and alumni, including Shenequa A. Brooks (’14 fiber), Mariah Gillespie (’14 fiber), Alison Moyna Green (’03 fiber), Rachel Gregor (’12 painting), Daiana Oneto (senior, printmaking) and Katie Weatherly (’14 printmaking). The exhibition examines “whether female artists have more, less or equal success in securing career-defining exhibitions amidst what some scholars have noted is a particularly masculine climate in our local art scene,” according to the co-curators. For more information, visit Pictured: Promotional poster for “YWAs: Young Wolman Artists.”

Letters to the editor

My name is Bernard Baudouin, project manager, in charge of the construction of the new curing oven of Tsuchiura plant in which Tracie Whiting Kipper interpreter’s team is involving.
I’m back home for a week, when I will return to Japan for this project. I discovered your Art Note concerning this job and Tracie Team involvement.  I would like to react as follow. I would appreciate you publish it, or forward to Tracie Team. Do not hesitate to make correction – I’m not so fluent in English.
The project is an international one, which involve European, American and Japanese teams.
In that context, good communication is a key factor for success, especially in between American supervisors and local Japanese subcontractors.
In this context, “Tracie Team” is more than helpful. Acting with great professionalism, and always with smiles! I was amazing to notice than your students were so motivated and so efficient. More other, ‘Tracie Team’ was very precious support to understand cultural difference in between American and Japanese people.
I will also not forget how Hiromi-San was impressed seeing a combustion chamber of 20tons, 6m long, attached to a 150tons crane, flying at 20m from the ground to reach it final location through a small hole in the roof of the building...
Greats thanks’ to ‘Tracie Team’ for the work done, so helpful to the success of my project.
I wish Hiromi-San great success in it Ceramic study, and Hikari-San to thrive in working on animation at Kyoto studio.
Bernard Baudouin
Project Manager,
Saint Gobain Isover

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