ARTNotes for Aug. 11

August 11, 2014


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Upcoming events

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 president Jacqueline Chanda retires

Jacqueline Chanda, president of the Kansas City Art Institute since 2011, has retired, effective Aug. 4. Chanda had joined KCAI following her previous role as academic dean of the Institute for American Universities and director of the Aix Center in Aix-en-Provence in France. The chairman of KCAI’s board of trustees, Steve Metzler, described Chanda as “a visionary and change agent” who brought numerous new programs and redesigned others to attract more talented students to the art college. Metzler, who is serving as interim president of the college, said, “Students, faculty and the entire community will benefit from Jacqueline’s contributions to KCAI for many years.” Metzler said KCAI will embark on a search process for a new president. For more information, visit Pictured: Jacqueline Chanda.

KCAI’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies moves to new building

KCAI’s School Continuing and Professional Studies has moved to a new building located at 32 E. 46th St., just north of Community Christian Church. CPS classes began at the new building Aug. 9, unless otherwise scheduled in a studio space. Classes will continue at the North Campus as usual.Pictured: The new building for KCAI's School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

KCAI adds tumblr, Instagram to its social media lineup

In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can now follow all things KCAI on tumblr and Instagram on your computer, tablet or mobile device. You will find predominantly student and alumni information on tumblr, while Instagram will be filled with all kinds of KCAI-related photos. To follow on tumblr, visit, and to follow on Instagram, search for KCAI1885 on your mobile device.

KCAI’s Fireside Committee sets scholarship benefit gala

This year, KCAI’s Fireside Committee has scheduled its scholarship benefit for Oct. 25 in the Grand Ballroom of the Marriott Country Club Plaza. The theme for the event will be “Gatsby Soiree.” Registration, reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and an evening dancing until 11 p.m. to the music of the David Basse Orchestra. Tickets are $100 per person and include free self-parking or a reduced charge for valet. The silent auction includes a “Weekend for Two with Breakfast” provided by the Marriott. As a special benefit, the Gala Patron level admission of $175 will be able to attend the Patron Party at the home of John and Twyla Wilson on Sunday, Oct. 19. For more information and reservations, contact gala chair Laurie Burgess at 816-587-8649 or

CPS youth summer camp exhibition on display at Raygun

A selection of work from KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies summer camps is being shown through Aug. 31 at Raygun print shop, 1803 Baltimore Ave., in the Crossroads Arts District. Pictured: Work from KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies summer camp exhibition.

National Museum of Toys and Miniatures seeking toys for sculpture

The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures will reopen in 2015 with a new look, and the museum’s lobby will feature a new kinetic sculpture that the museum board and staff are calling the “Toytisserie,” a two-story conveyor belt composed of 48 panels covered in toys. The museum is in need of many toys to make this sculpture a reality, so they are reaching out to the community to gather small toys, game pieces and any other knick knacks for the project, such as LEGO blocks, toy soldiers, action figures, Hot Wheels, Happy Meal toys, etc. They are inviting KCAI faculty, staff and students to participate during the toy drive, which will run until Sept. 30. Items can be dropped off at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Student Union or the UMKC Health and Sciences Building. For more information, contact Cassie Mundt at 816-235-8006 or Pictured: Plans for The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures toy sculpture.

Student updates

Sara Haug (junior, printmaking) traveled to Europe this summer and noticed Wallace fountains throughout Paris. The same type of fountain adorns the Janet K. Meyer Miller Terrace at KCAI. “The one in my picture was taken in a section of the city called Montmartre,” she wrote. “It’s close to the Sacre Coeur Basilica. This was the first fountain I saw in Paris, but it turns out there are lots just like ours. It was really fun to see a part of KCAI here.” Haug spent a week in Paris, “seeing as much art as possible, eating as much good food as possible and immersing herself into the language.” She ran into her foundation instructor Caleb Taylor and his wife and “swapped stories from our time in Paris over dinner.” Before returning to the U.S., Haug visited a town close to Grenoble in the French Alps and the city of Marseille in the south of France. Pictured: Sara Haug next to a Wallace Fountain in Paris.
Kahlil Irving’s (senior, ceramics and art history) work is being featured in several exhibitions, including the recently completed Fourth International Triennial of Silicate Arts, in Kecskemét, Hungary. He was one of 226 applicants of which the international jury selected only 85 for the exhibition. He also is displaying pieces in the 2014 Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Art Exhibition. The exhibition opens Sept. 5 in the Eisentrager-Howard Gallery in Richard Hall at the University of Nebraska. Irving is included in the 2014 Ceramics Monthly’s Undergraduate Showcase. The works that will be presented in the magazine are the same that will be on view at the 2014 Nebraska National Collegiate Juried Art Exhibition. Finally, Irving will participate in “Four Assorted Chocolates,” opening Oct. 3 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Carter Art Center Gallery, 3201 Southwest Trafficway, located in Penn Valley Community College. This is an exhibition of four African-American artists currently living in Kansas City. It runs through Nov. 8. Pictured: “Layered Depths,” Kahlil Irving.
Nine artists from KCAI are participating in the exhibition “Span and Dialog” at the Guanlan Printmaking Base continuing through September in Guandong China. They include Pat Egger, printmaking technician; Eleanor Erskine (’81 painting and printmaking), professor at Portland State University Oregon; Adrian Herman, past chair of printmaking; Sam Mendoza (senior, printmaking); Emmett Merrill (senior, printmaking); Miguel Rivera, department chair; Jesus Santa Cruz (junior, printmaking); Teal Wilson (’12 printmaking); and Erin Zona (’02 printmaking). Guanlan produced a catalog documenting the exhibition the catalog is available in the KCAI library.

Alumni updates

Molly Kaderka (’11 painting and art history) is one of 16 artists invited to exhibit in “Nude: 6th Annual Exhibition Exploring the Uncovered Human Form” at the Manifest Gallery in Cincinnati, running Aug. 15 through Sept. 12. Kaderka will be showing two paintings in the exhibition. Pictured: “Athan and Molly: Separation,” Molly Kaderka, 2012, oil on canvas.
Calder Kamin (’09 ceramics and art history) and Miki Baird, former adjunct professor of sculpture, are among 102 artists from throughout the country who will be showing work in the exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” Sept. 13 through Jan. 19at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The exhibition draws from every region of the U.S., offering a diverse look at American art from works on canvas and paper to photography, video to installation, sculpture to ceramics. For more information, visit
Maria Ogedengbe (’86 painting) will be unveiling a new sculpture this fall in the city of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, a sister city of Kansas City, Missouri. The sculpture, fabricated from weatherproofed canvas and cloth and titled “my Sister!,” is a pair of life-sized figures seated side by side on a double swing. It will portray the sister cities as women, and emphasis will be on their long, hand-patterned skirts in the colors of each city’s national flag. Ogedengbe created a blog for her project at the blog will enable participants in the U.S. to observe the assembly and presentation of the work. Contributions for “my Sister!”are being accepted during August,, and
tax-deductible giving is available through Fractured Atlas at Pictured: Rendering of “my Sister!”
Todd A. Williams (’92 design) is working in conjunction with the Nebraska 150 Sesquicentennial to create paintings representing all 93 counties of Nebraska. “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska – Celebrating 150 Years” is intended to be completed by 2017. A native of Central City, Nebraska, now living in Nebraska and Arkansas, Williams told a writer for the Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star that his dream “has always been to do a collection from my home state of Nebraska.” According to the Journal Star, Williams has done similar series in Vienna and Prague. He expects to complete 125 to 150 paintings over the next two-plus years.
“Legacy by definition is to leave a lasting history for the generations to come, and centuries have proven throughout history that there is no greater gift than art,” Williams said. “Throughout the world, man's greatest achievements are housed in museums that define that specific people group or period in time. It is my hope that this collection will help in defining the historical legacy of the great state of Nebraska.” For details, visit: Pictured: Logo for “Painting the Legacy of Nebraska – Celebrating 150 Years.”

Faculty updates

Cyan Meeks, assistant professor of photography, has spent a good portion of the summer updating the KCAI digital filmmaking channel on YouTube. To view the films of many digital filmmaking majors, In addition, Meeks has been organizing all digital filmmaking student digital files onto one hard drive for easy access.

Calls for artists

H&R Block Artspace at KCAI is hosting David Everitt Howe as visiting curator for the 2014 Visiting Critic & Curator Program. Howe will conduct studio visits with select Kansas City-based artists Sept. 18-20. He also will present a talk about his work as a visual art curator and critic at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus. The 2014 Visiting Critic & Curator Program invites submissions from all Kansas City metropolitan area artists, including M.F.A. and final-year B.F.A. candidates. Online submissions can be made The deadline is Aug. 20. For more information contact, Beverly Ahern at or 816-405-3692.
Shadow Buddies, an organization that sends “just like me buddies” to children all over the world who are going through traumatic times, is seeking donated pieces of art to be auctioned off during its Shadow Buddies Gala Sept. 19 at Arrowhead Stadium. For more information, contact Jodi Gearon at 913-406-8972 or

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

All Souls Gallery – “Portraits, Places, Proximity: A Retrospective” by Sharon Gradischnig (’14 painting) will be on display from Aug. 18 through Sept. 19 in the All Souls Gallery in the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 4501 Walnut St. A reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
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, Nebraska. Pictured: “Signal,” John Balistreri, 2014, stoneware with slip and glaze, 79 inches by 48 inches by 22 inches.
Blue Gallery – Two KCAI alumnae will be showing work in separate exhibitions at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. Amy Abshier-Reyes (’97 illustration) is showing a series of new paintings in “Here We Are at the Edge of the World.” The exhibition runs through Sept. 1. Cynthia Bjorn (’85 graphic design and painting) is displaying work in a summer group exhibition. Pictured: “She Knew Just How That Felt,” Amy Abshier Reyes, oil on Masonite 31 inches by 25 inches framed.
City Ice Arts – “The Outside of the Left Side of the Inside” is a solo exhibition by James Woodfill, assistant professor of painting, at City Ice Arts, 2015 Campbell St. This installation extends Woodfill’s history of immersive gallery works where he fuses structure, form, sound and light to concoct a shifting blend of ad-hoc reference points from minimalist music and systemic art to office workstations, urban modeling and temporary architecture. The exhibition runs through Sept. 13.
Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch – The Missouri Bank Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd., is 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.
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 artwork that features 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.
Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center – Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics and art history) marks the culmination of his artistic residency at Red Star Studios at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., with an exhibition running Sept 5 through Oct. 25. An opening reception is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 5 at Red Star Studios. Pictured: “Fraternal Patterns,” Shae Bishop, 2014, high refractory ceramic, low-fire glaze and china paint, 17 inches by 17 inches by 3⁄4 inch.
Wonder Fair Gallery – “YWAs: Young Woman Artists” will be on view through Aug. 24 at the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence, Kansas. 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). For more information, visit Pictured: Promotional poster for “YWAs: Young Woman Artists.”

Opportunities list

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