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Spaces magazine
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Spaces, a premier home design magazine in Kansas City with a circulation of 40,000 people, will feature the work of three or four artists who have given a piece to the auction in a full-page, full-color advertisement for the event in its May issue. It will include the image, the title of the piece and the artist’s Web site or e-mail address. All auction donors who send images of their pieces and their completed pledge forms by April 3 will be considered for inclusion.


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Visit the Spaces Web site at www.spaceskc.com.

KCAI receives award
Arts honor

On Feb. 11, President Kathleen Collins accepted the Missouri Arts Award for Arts Education on behalf of the Kansas City Art Institute. Also receiving awards were Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture), who won the award for individual artist, and Beth Ingram of Kansas City, a former KCAI trustee and longtime supporter of the Lyric Opera, who won the award for philanthropy. Additional awards were presented to the Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph, Mo., in the arts organization category; the city of Springfield, Mo., for "creative community"; and Janette Lohman of St. Louis, a longtime advocate for the arts in Missouri and a director of Missouri Citizens for the Arts, for leadership in the arts.

The event program said, "The Missouri Arts Council honors the Kansas City Art Institute for its significant contributions to arts education by creating quality arts education opportunities and resources available to all creative minds." The H&R Block Artspace and Jannes Library and Learning Center both were singled out as being significant resources for the public in Greater Kansas City and the region, and the college was lauded for "constantly exploring new avenues for furthering arts education in creative ways."

Initiated in 1983, the Missouri Arts Award is Missouri's highest honor to those in the arts industry for significant contributions to the artistic landscape of Missouri. An independent panel selects the recipients. This year's committee included Cynthia Cartwright, director of the Center for Arts & Letters at Rockhurst University; Christy Gray, executive director of the Whittaker Foundation in St. Louis; Tom Piché, director of the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia; Patricia Cleary Miller, Ph.D., professor of English at Rockhurst University; and Teresa Fankauser, executive director of the Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph (who abstained from voting in the arts organization category).

Dan Christensen
The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art presents "Dan Christensen: Forty Years of Painting," which will feature 35 of the artist's works of art from 1966 to 2006 in the first comprehensive museum retrospective of the artist's work since his death in 2007. The exhibition will open May 15 and will continue through Aug. 30. Often associated with the Color Field movement, his works were featured in the Whitney Museum of American Art's annual exhibitions in 1967, 1968, 1969 and in its first biennial in 1973. In 1968, he was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant, and he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1969. His works of art are in public and private collections around the world, and paintings for this exhibition were culled from his estate; the Museum of Modern Art in New York; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; Saint Louis Art Museum; Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln, Neb.; and private collections. A fully illustrated catalog accompanies the exhibition. The book, selling for $30, will be available in early May through the Kemper Museum Shop at www.kemperart.org. For more information on the artist, visit www.danchristensen.com.

PBS Special
PBS Series

From left, Nikki Lewis with daughter Georgia, and Donna Ropp

"Craft in America," a television series broadcast on PBS, visited KCAI on Feb. 18 to videotape alumna Nikki Lewis (’99 ceramics) of Los Angeles and Cary Esser (’78 ceramics), chair of the ceramics department, for a segment on how KCAI prepared Nikki for a successful career in ceramics. Seeking to focus on an outstanding undergraduate program in ceramics, "Craft in America" selected KCAI. It will be the second time that the series has touched on faculty and alumni of KCAI. Cary's work was included in a "Craft in America" book and exhibition, which opened two years ago and continues to tour nationally, and work by Sarah Jaeger (’85 ceramics) and Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) were featured in the "Craft in America" television series. Another KCAI alumna, Donna Ropp (’00 ceramics) contributed to the production of the series. The episode that includes the segment about KCAI is expected to air nationwide late this year.

For more information about "Craft in America," visit www.pbs.org/craftinamerica/tv_series.html.

Nicole Emanuel
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Nicole Emanuel
(’95 painting) is organizing an Urban Culture Project event for April and May, "Sorry for the Miscommunication: A Street Art Menagerie." The event is in honor of slain street artist Brendan “Solve” Scanlon. "Sorry for the Miscommunication" will include group exhibitions, an on-site collaborative mural, musical performances and a public forum. Sponsors include the Charlotte Street Foundation/Urban Culture Project, Kansas City Artists Coalition and the Mid-America Arts Alliance. In addition to Nicole, several other KCAI alumni are involved in the steering committee.

A group exhibit will take place at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center in the Crossroads Arts District in Kansas City, Mo., April 3–May 16. From 5 to 6 p.m. on Friday, April 3, there will be a “meet the artists” session, and from 6 to 9 p.m. that day, the Carnivàle will take place, with music by "Ryan." On Friday, May 1, there will be a fashion show by Shawnee Mission School District High Schools, with music by “DJ LEO NIGHT US.”

A group exhibit will also take place at Third Eye Productions Gallery in the Crossroads Arts District, April 3-24. On Friday, April 3, there will be a First Friday exhibition and “Carnivale” at the gallery from 6 to 9 p.m., with music by Nathan Xander and Hip Hop Academy.

Holly Swangstu (’94 fiber) and two other local artists helped organize the group exhibitions, and Lori Raye Erickson (’90 design) and Hector Casanova (’98 illustration) are among the participating artists. Hal Wert, KCAI professor of history, will also display a selection of Barack Obama campaign posters from his private collection.

The Carnivale features temporary sculptures, performances and fashion shows. KCAI students, Myrna Minnis and Amanda Nervig (’08 fiber) are among the participants.

A public forum will take place on from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 25 at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, with a keynote presentation entitled "Museum of the Streets: The History of International Street Art."

Families are welcome, and attendees are encouraged to come dressed in costumes.

Contact: Sorryforthemiscommunication@gmail.com or through www.leedy-voulkos.com.

Alumni Weekend
Alumni Weekend
Alumni Weekend 2008. From left: Marisol Deluna, Shawn Brixey and Kate Hunt

Photography review
Curatorial staff from the photography department of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will conduct portfolio reviews of photography work for KCAI alumni. Email Andrea Adams at aadams@kcai.edu to sign up for a time slot. The reviews will take place from 12—2 p.m. and 3:30—5 p.m. on Friday, May 1, in the Human Resources Conference Room in Vanderslice Hall.

Auction preview
Do you want your work to be considered for the “Auction 2009 Sneak Preview” exhibition which will be on display during the weekend? Send your complete auction donation by April 3. Click here for comprehensive donation instructions, forms and information on the KCAI Art and Design Auction: www.kcai.edu/alumni.

Register online
Alumni Weekend has something for everyone. Visit www.kcai.edu/alumni/Alumni_Weekend.php to view information on the symposium, film screenings, exhibits and workshops and to register.

Happy Birthday KCAI
KCAI
KCAI will turn 125 in 2010! President Kathleen Collins invites all alumni to participate in this momentous occasion.

Get involved:

  • Will you have a solo show in 2010? When and where?
  • Share this information now by submitting it here: www.kcai.edu/alumni/ideas/
  • We plan to have a comprehensive list of all 2010 solo alumni exhibits to share with the community.

Plan on it:

  • We will have a special 2010 Alumni Weekend/125th Anniversary Symposium in the fall of the year.
  • Stay tuned for details and speakers.
  • Share your suggestions now for the symposium topics by submitting them on the following Web page: www.kcai.edu/alumni/alumnidirector/

Regional representatives:

  • Please e-mail alumni@kcai.edu to indicate your interest and receive more information.
  • Our alumni representatives are responsible for documenting 2010 alumni exhibitions by taking pictures and connecting with the exhibiting alumni.
  • Images and anecdotes collected from the regional representatives will appear in Alumni News, the e-newsletter and the new alumni relations blog blogs.kcai.edu/alumni/.

Share your life stories:

  • Reflect on your time at KCAI and the path you took to creating the life you have today.
  • Send images of your family and work life, and recount memorable stories from your life then or your life now. To share, visit www.kcai.edu/alumni/alumnidirector/.
  • These images and anecdotes will appear in Alumni News, the e-newsletter and the new alumni relations blog blogs.kcai.edu/alumni/.


Art & Design Auction
Please consider donating to this event that raises funds for student scholarships. Click here for more information: www.kcai.edu/alumni.

Volunteer
Can’t donate a piece but still want to come to the auction? Be an event volunteer on June 5 or 6 and attend for free. Event tickets are usually $125 ($100 for young guests age 35 and under). To become a volunteer, download the volunteer interest form on the auction Web site, www.kcai.edu/auction.

Alumni spotlight
Thomas Barrow
"East of Tucson," Thomas Barrow

Thomas Barrow is an accomplished, award-winning photographer whose life’s work has made a substantial contribution to the advance of contemporary photography and to the expansion of its scope. His work has been characterized as iconoclastic because of his aesthetic distance from the mainstream of the medium. Having abandoned the traditional approach toward photography early on, he continues to experiment, searching for new avenues and new vocabulary. His photographs challenge the viewer to think and to look beyond the visual.

Early in his career, Tom was curator of exhibitions at the George Eastman House in Rochester, N.Y., in 1965 and assistant director from 1971 to 1972. He also received two NEA Photographers Fellowships (1973; 1978). In 1976, Tom began teaching at the renowned photography program at the University of New Mexico, and in 2001, he retired as a professor emeritus. He recently co-authored “Photography, New Mexico!,” which was released in September 2008. He has resided in New Mexico since 1973.

For his accomplishments, Tom has been awarded the Kansas City Art Institute alumni award, “Outstanding Nationally Recognized Alumnus in Photography,” to be presented May 2 at the 4th Annual Alumni Weekend Awards Luncheon that takes place in the Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus. He is also a guest speaker for the Alumni Weekend photography/digital filmmaking symposium, which will take place from 9 to 3:30 p.m. on May 1, also in Epperson. www.kcai.edu/alumni/Alumni_Weekend.php.


Patrick Clancy
Patrick Clancy
Patrick Clancy is an artist, writer and curator whose artworks explore conceptual and material aspects of photography and relationships between the still and moving image, word and image, and temporality and the flow of dynamic energy systems. His actions and projects often involve generative processes related to art, technology and the complex communities of natural, social and media ecologies.

Patrick’s writings combine theory and storytelling and address topics of materialism and poetics, technology and culture, systems theory, visualization and areas of convergence within contemporary art and science. Selected essays include: “Telefigures and Cyberspace” in Rethinking Technologies, University of Minnesota Press (1993); “The Role of the Artist in the Age of Autopoetic Simulation” in FutureFusion: Application Realities for the Virtual Age, International Society on Virtual Systems and Multimedia, Gifu, Japan (1998); “Notes on the Science of Alchemy and the Engendering of Simulacra” at “Growing Things,” New Media Institute, The Banff Centre for the Arts, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2000); and “The Future of Computing in Organic Information Ecologies,” 2002.

Patrick is the recipient of individual artist’s grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in 1995, the Creative Capital Foundation in 2000, the Missouri Arts Council in 2001 and Harvestworks Artist in Residence program 2007-2008. He participates in international symposia and think tanks that explore creative and critical issues related to emerging technologies and their applications in world culture. Also, he was a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy during the summer of 2001.

Patrick co-founded Pulsa, a collaborative group of artists that pioneered early electronic and interactive computer art through viewer-activated light and sound installations in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. This work included large-scale environmental art and sentient spaces incorporating light, sound, infrared and Doppler radar wave energies. In 1968, Pulsa developed the first voltage-controlled hybrid digital and analogue audio synthesizer. Since the mid-1970s Patrick’s “Marginal Works” have incorporated film, video, performance, installation, photography, writing and new media projects. These works cross boundaries and generate hybrid art forms while addressing heterogeneity of thought and experience.

Patrick is professor and chair of the photography and digital filmmaking departments where he teaches photography and contemporary art and advanced studio workshops in photography and installation art. Patrick Clancy and Gwen Widmer are co-curators of ELECTROMEDIASCOPE, an international survey of contemporary, experimental work in independent film, video, new media and performance art as part of the department of modern and contemporary art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo. For more information on Patrick, visit www.patrickclancy.org.

Gary Sutton
Gary Sutton
Gary Sutton is a professor in the photography and digital filmmaking departments. He taught in the department from 1975 to 2001. In 2001, he was appointed dean of faculty and served as dean from 2001 to 2007. In the spring of 2008, he returned to the photography department to teach analog and digital photography. Gary has continually shown his work regionally and nationally. His exhibit, “The Queen’s Suite,” was shown at the Jan Weiner Gallery in May 2008. Gary received a Fulbright-Hayes Fellowship to photograph in Hungary, a MIAA/NEA Photography Fellowship and a Mellon Grant to support his photographic pursuits. His work is in many collections including the Denver Art Museum, the Albrecht-Kemper Museum and the American Century Collection.

Patrick and Gary will host the photography/digital filmmaking symposium on May 1 during Alumni Weekend. For more information and to register, visit www.kcai.edu/alumni/Alumni_Weekend.php.

Trivia question
This alumna will be featured in Workshop A1 during Alumni Weekend, May 1 and 2. (Hint: Visit www.kcai.edu/alumni/Alumni_Weekend.php to find the answer!)

A) Laura DeAngelis
B) Peregrine Honig
C) Cyan Meeks
D) Jaimie Warren

Visit www.kcai.edu/alumni after March 16 to view the correct answer. The first person to e-mail the correct answer to alumni@kcai.edu receives a cool prize.

Stay connected
Update your information
Three important reasons to update your e-mail and mailing addresses with the alumni relations office:

  • To hear about exciting alumni events.
  • To receive the new KCAI alumni e-newsletter.
  • To be included in the upcoming online alumni directory.

Please note: We are as concerned about your privacy as you are. The alumni relations office will only use your contact information to inform you about alumni events and opportunities and to send you KCAI alumni publications – we will not share your personal information without your permission. Click to update now at www.kcai.edu/alumni/sendusyournews.php/.

Send us your news
Share accomplishments that you would like to be included in the July 2009 issue of the e-newsletter. Due to space constraints, the paper version, Alumni News, will no longer include class notes. When you send your information:

  • Indicate “for Alumni News”
  • List your name, major and graduation or attendance years
  • Give a brief, edited summary of the information you would like for us to include.

Note: Please do not e-mail press releases. Because of the large number of submissions we receive, we are unable to edit them. Also, follow the three steps above to ensure your news will be included. Click to share information now at www.kcai.edu/alumni/ideas/.

ARTNotes
Want to receive ongoing news about campus events? Subscribe to KCAI ARTNotes, an e-mail newsletter that is distributed every other Monday, or view back issues at www.kcai.edu/artnotes. To subscribe, e-mail emurray@kcai.edu.

Blog
The alumni relations office now has a blog! Check it out at blogs.kcai.edu/alumni/. If you would like to be a guest blogger, please e-mail the alumni relations office at alumni@kcai.edu with the subject heading “alumni blog.”

Social networking
Do you use Facebook or LinkedIn as networking or socializing tools? Join the KCAI alumni Facebook group—275 members and growing – or the newly formed LinkedIn group, overseen by Clifton Alexander (’99 design). This is just another way that the alumni relations office is helping alumni reconnect with each other.
www.facebook.com
, www.linkedin.com

  • Learn about events
  • Directly contact fellow alumni
  • View wall postings for special opportunities

Send us your links
Would you like more traffic to your individual Web sites? Please e-mail your Web site links to the alumni relations office at alumni@kcai.edu. They will appear on the alumni relations Web page: www.kcai.edu/alumni. The following alumni have recently been added:

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Please help us get the word out about this new publication. Forward the e-newsletter on to a fellow alumnus or alumna, and please encourage him or her to update contact information on our Web site: www.kcai.edu/alumni/yourinfo/.

Career Services
Career Services
From left, Alumni Director Andrea Adams, Cat Thomas (`93 fiber) and Director of Career Services Julie Metzler

For job listings, view the opportunities list on the KCAI career services page of the KCAI Web site, www.kcai.edu/careers.

Helping students
Career Services

From left: Anne Speelman (’09 ceramics), Mariko Brown (’10 ceramics), George Timock, and Laura Blumenberg (’10 ceramics).

The KCAI career services office is seeking alumni interested in participating in its internship and professional practice programs. Alumni professional practice presenters and internship site coordinators are favorites of our students, and the alumni tell us they enjoy being on campus and interacting with students in meaningful ways. If you would like more information about how you can be involved, please contact Julie Metzler in career services at 816-802-3357 or jmetzler@kcai.edu.


Jacksonville Jazz Festival
Applications are being accepted by “Art in the Heart Downtown,” a part of the annual Jacksonville Jazz Festival, May 21-24. Visit www.jaxjazzfest.com for more information. All applications must be postmarked by April 6.

Ar
Artist, INC seminars: An opportunity from Charlotte Street Foundation and the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City.

Artist, INC is an entrepreneurial and small business skills training seminar for artists. Each session of Artist, INC will meet weekly 8 times on Monday evenings from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, with a group of 25 multi-disciplinary artists participating. The weekly sessions will provide specific business training, peer-to-peer learning and mentoring. Five established area artists will serve as program facilitators.

Participants will be chosen through a competitive application process. If selected, there is a $140 participation fee to attend the seminar. Payment is not required until 2 weeks before the first session begins and an installment plan may be offered.
Artist, INC will be presented twice in 2009 on the following dates:

  • Series One: May 4, 11, 18, (no session on May 25/Memorial Day weekend), June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • Series Two: September 21, 28, October 5, 12, 19, 26, November 2, 9
    The deadline for applications for the 2009 seminars is 5 pm, Monday, March 23.

For more details about how to submit an application, visit here.

Kansas City opportunities
Visit the Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission Web site for details on getting a public art commission.

Art in the Loop

Art in the Loop is a 501c(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to commissioning permanent public artworks for select sites within Kansas City’s downtown "loop." Its mission is to contribute to the visual identity, enrichment and revitalization of downtown Kansas City, create new opportunities for artistic development and expand public interaction with new art of excellence.

Art in the Loop has commissioned a new ARTwall installation by Cortney Andrews (’05 photo/video).

Also, Art in the Loop is accepting submissions for those interested in the new Baltimore Alley public art project. www.downtownkc.org/content.aspx?pgID=961.

Only KCAI alumni and faculty are eligible to apply. Visit the KCAI alumni Web site, www.kcai.edu/alumni, for more information on exciting updates for Art in the Loop.

Student Survey
Alumni: Please take a moment to submit these questions to us on the online form found at http://www.kcai.edu/alumni/alumnidirector/. (Simply type the question number and your response in the “Message” area.) The information will be passed on to current students. Thank you for your help!

  1. What do you wish you would have known or done as a graduating senior?
  2. In which class or classes do you wish you would have paid more attention?
  3. Which class or classes do you wish you would have taken?
  4. Which year (foundation, sophomore, junior, senior) was the most pivotal for you?

Regional gatherings
Chicago
5:30–7 p.m. on Friday, March 27, at Anchor Graphics, Columbia College Chicago

Phoenix
5–6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix, third floor

Campus events
April 3 Auction donors: Send in your pledge forms and images to advancement@kcai.edu by this date to be included in the full-color catalog. If you send your piece in by this date, it will be considered for the Alumni Weekend “Auction ’09 Sneak Preview” exhibition.

May 1 & 2
Photography and digital filmmaking symposium and Alumni Weekend

June 6
2009 KCAI Art and Design Auction. Visit www.kcai.edu/alumni to donate now.

June 27
Art of the Car. View vintage cars on the KCAI campus. Interested in volunteering for this event? Contact Tara Clevenger at tclevenger@kcai.edu, and visit www.kcai.edu/advancement/ways/ArtoftheCarconcours.php for more information.

Want to attend an alumni event or ask for more information? E-mail alumni@kcai.edu. Please be sure to RSVP to any event you plan to attend. We really appreciate it!

In memory
Chester Kwiecinski (’50 painting) died Sept. 1 in Abilene, Texas. After serving in the Army, he attended KCAI and earned his M.F.A. and the “Best Student Drawing Award.” After college, he worked for a sign company and taught middle and high school art in Warren, Ohio. Chester worked as an artist throughout his life, primarily painting in oils and watercolor and printing on silk screen. He also painted large murals, and his work is displayed in both private collections and museums. His is survived by his wife Marianne and his sons Ben and Andrew.

Class notes
1960s
Lawrence Stafford (’64 painting) recently donated three books to the Jannes Library, and his work is represented in each. The books include a catalog from the recent exhibition "High Times, Hard Times, New York Painting, 1965-1975." Another documents the collection of Rolf Ricke ("Sammlung Rolf Ricke, Ein Zeidokument"), which was acquired in 2006 by the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz, the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen and the Museum fur Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, all in Germany. The third is "Blanton Museum of Art, American Art Since 1900," published in 2006, by the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.

Glen Brunken (’65 painting) exhibited work this February in “40 Years Later” at the Slippery Rock Univeristy Gallery in Slippery Rock, Pa. The show celebrates his upcoming retirement and 40 years of teaching at SRU. One hundred and eighty-five of Brunken’s former students and colleagues sent him postcards which were exhibited along with his paintings.

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Ed Gallucci (’67 graphic design) is launching his new Web site this spring, www.edgallucciphotography.com. Ed has taken photographs of many famous people, and his photographs have appeared in hundreds of print ads, billboards, annual report, catalogs and brochures. Newsweek, Business Week, Fortune, US News & World Reports, Discover, New York Magazine, Longevity, Penthouse, Penthouse Forum, Family Health, PC Magazine and Video Review all featured his work on their covers.


1970s
Richard Notkin (’70 ceramics) was awarded a $50,000 United States Artists Hoi Fellowship in 2008, which is awarded to 50 artists nationwide. Fellows are chosen annually through a nomination and peer review process. Experts across all disciplines and representing all 50 states are asked to nominate artists, who then apply for the award. For more information, visit www.unitedstatesartists.org.

Curt Ginther
Curt Ginther
(’72) was selected by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to have his piece, “Blow It Out,” added to its permanent collection and to become part of the Art in Public Places collection. He also participated in an exhibition with Sherri Warner Hunter (’74 sculpture) and Mary Mark Munday (’74 sculpture) in Nashville, Tenn. this past December.

Paul Daniel
Paul Daniel
(’73 sculpture) will participate in a sculpture exhibition at the Katzen Art Museum at American University, on view through March 22. “Current Reflection, Kinetic Sculpture by Paul Daniel” will feature seven works in the Sculpture Garden of the museum. All of the work is kinetic and moves by the wind. The pieces vary in height from 6 feet to 24 feet and are fabricated from painted steel and aluminum. All the works were constructed at Daniel’s studio in Baltimore between 2006 and 2008. pauldanielsculpture.blogspot.com.

Sherri Warner Hunter (’74 sculpture) will show work in the 2009 Mosaic Arts International at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park, San Diego. This juried exhibition presents contemporary mosaics from the Society of American Mosaics. This past November, Hunter was honored with the Architectural Mosaics Award. www.americanmosaics.org.

Ellen Carey
"Push Pins," 2002. Color photogram / C-Print, 24 x 20 inches.
Courtesy of the Artist ©Ellen Carey.

Ellen Carey (’75 printmaking and photography) will exhibit work in an upcoming photogram retrospective entitled “Struck by Light!” at Saint Joseph College Art Gallery in West Hartford, Conn., April 3-21. It will be the first exhibition devoted to Ellen’s black/white and color darkroom work using the photogram method. The exhibition includes more than 40 examples of photographic images with new large photograms and Polaroid work, and most of the work has never been seen. An opening reception will take place on April 2 at 6 p.m. Ellen will show work in a one-person exhibition, “Prima Facie,” that highlights her use of Polaroid negatives at the Ricco/Maresca Gallery in Chelsea in New York, and it will coincide with a group exhibition, “The Undisclosed Image: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography,” at Aperture Foundation, also in Chelsea.

Peggy Nichols (’76 painting/printmaking) was recognized with an award at the American Art Collector Juried Competition of New Work in October 2008. Her work will be published in an issue of American Art Collector, which is then distributed to hundreds of galleries and venues across the United States.

In 2008, Laura Foster Nicholson (’76 fiber) had two of her tapestries purchased for museum collections. “Villa Farsetti: The Greenhouse” was acquired by the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pa., and “Grey Stones” was acquired by the Art Institute of Chicago.

Leslie Sheryll (’76 photo) and Chuck Kelton (’75 photo) participated in a group show at Ch'i Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y., which was on display in February and March. www.chicontemporaryfineart.com.

Robin Taffler (’77 sculpture) works at Berea College in Berea, Ky., as the new executive director of the work colleges consortium, which includes seven institutions focused on learning, service and work. She will exhibit work through Apr. 5 in “Kentucky Girlhood Project” at the Eagle Gallery at Murray State University in Murray, Ky. The exhibition is a statewide contemporary art project promoting Kentucky female visual artists, writers, musicians, performance and video.

Jessica Straus (’77 ceramics) is showing work in a solo show March 18–April19 at the Boston Sculptors Gallery in Boston. A reception will be held from 4-7 p.m. on March 21.
www.jessica-straus.com.

Tim Heagerty (’78 design) is the owner of Heagerty and Associates Advertising and Design. Heagerty and Associates Advertising and Design is currently celebrating 13 years of business.

Donald McKenna (’78 photography) had work on display in the "Holga Polka Invitational" at the Regional Art Commission Gallery on Delmar in St. Louis in February. More than 40 artists were invited to experiment with the Holga, an inexpensive toy camera made in China, and the exhibition features the results of their experiments.


1980s
James Jared Taylor (’81 sculpture) exhibited several paintings from the Dakota Sequence, a series of contemporary landscapes, in a solo show at the Continuum Gallery in Palm Springs, Calif. He will be part of a four person group show at Continuum Gallery in March and will show paintings at the Renee George Gallery in Charlotte, N.C. later this year. web.mac.com/jamesjaredtaylorarts.

Ke-Sook Lee (’82 painting) took part in the “Current Perspectives” lecture series on March 5 on the KCAI campus. Ke-Sook's work explores the boundaries of drawing, adopting common marks from everyday life as drawing marks such as worn holes, mended holes, wrinkles, folded marks and layered doily marks on wet pulp. She collects embroidered or crocheted vintage household linens and recycles them by incorporating them with her drawings. She is the recipient of a Charlotte Street individual grant (1999), a Lorenzo Il Magnifico first-place award in new media and installations, 4th Florence Biennale, Italy, and an individual artist fellowship from the Kansas Artists Commission. She has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago and Kansas City as well as internationally.

Wendy Ponca (’82 fiber) painted eight murals at the Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino in Bartlesville, Okla. in 2008. These murals were composed of Osage Ribbon Work, a Native American fiber art. Wendy’s family belongs to the Osage Indian Nation, and her daughter, Alexandra Ponca Stock, is currently attending the Kansas City Art Institute, as did Wendy’s parents.

Nick Cave (’82 fiber) has received a 2008 Painters & Sculptors Grant for $25,000 from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Cave, who teaches fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is one of 25 artists to receive the prestigious grants. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. "The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality," a news release stated, describing painting and sculpture as "significant cultural necessities." The foundation is named for Chicago-born abstract expressionist artist Joan Mitchell (1925–1992). For more information about the Joan Mitchell Foundation, visit www.joanmitchellfoundation.org.

Jennifer Lynch (’83 painting) participated in the show “Pressing the Limits” at the Center for Contemporary Art in Las Vegas. this January. It showcased four contemporary printmakers pushing the limits of the medium. The show will travel to the Ayurveda Center in Denver in April.

Robin Hirsch (’85 photography) showed a photograph in the Holga Polka exhibition in St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 9–Feb. 22. This group exhibition featured artists working in various media which use the Holga camera as the basis for their work.

Mickey Hager (’87 attended) will have a short story included in Janus Head Literary Journal. The story, entitled, “Neither Here Nor There,” is a work of short fiction and Mickey's first inclusion in Janus Head. Janus Head is online at janushead.org.

Changeable
"Changeable," Archie Scott Gobber, 2009.

Archie Scott Gobber
(’88 painting) has two images displayed on the Artboards at Missouri Bank's Crossroads Branch, 125 Southwest Blvd. Gobber's two images are adapted from his recent painting "Changeable," which references and illustrates the buzzword from the 2008 presidential election and represents a sense of optimism for the future. Gobber capitalizes on the nature of the billboard as something temporary, to be replaced in the near future with a different message. Miki Baird, former adjunct professor in the sculpture department at KCAI, also has two images displayed on the bank's Artboards. Baird's "Urban Deposit" draws on her interest in pedestrian waste. Baird photographed plastic bottles, cups, paper goods and discarded wrappers and then combined dozens of small images to create a larger pattern.

The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Mo., has recently acquired Archie’s piece, “In Loving Memory of You,” for its permanent collection.

Linda
Linda Lighton
(’89 sculpture) exhibited at the Bridge Art Fair in New York, March 5–9. Bridge Art Fair, the Independent International Exposition of Art and Visual Culture, is a transnational art fair organization, currently staging events in Berlin, Miami, New York and London. www.bridgeartfair.com. Also, she exhibited work this month at Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts in New York. Earlier this year, she received the Missouri Arts Award in the individual artist category. www.kathleencullenfinearts.com. www.lindalighton.com.


1990s
Michael Greathouse (’91 sculpture) will participate in a group exhibition entitled “Die Begegnung mit der andren Art” that will be shown October to December at the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Siegen, Germany. He also showed two of his new video works “Windows” and “Badlands” at the AC [Institute Direct Unlimited Chapel] space in New York City this past January. www.michaelgreathouse.com.

Bernadette Esperanza Torres (’91 ceramics) was awarded the ArtsKC and the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City 2008 Inspiration Grant, which provided $1,179 toward a refurbished kiln in her home studio. Bernadette was featured with a photo of her ceramic earthenware sculpture entitled "Fertile Passion" in The Kansas City Star on Jan. 11. www.bernadettetorres.com.

David Angell (’92 photography) participated in the Holga Polka Invitational, Jan. 9 – Feb. 22, where his work was shown at The Regional Arts Commission of St. Louis. This celebrates creative Holga photography in a contemporary assortment of media types and styles. The Holga camera is an inexpensive Chinese toy camera, known for its low-fidelity aesthetic. Each of the 40 participating artists will display alternate approaches to their own primary medium based on their Holga images. The variety of art includes ceramics, hand-made books, alternative photographic processes, printmaking, mixed media and photographs. Angell will also participate in the Second Annual International Juried Plastic Camera Show, now through April 1, at the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco. This show features photographers from the Bay Area as well as national and international artists. www.davidangell.com.

Dana Fritz (’92 photo/video) will be in a group exhibition of photographs and works on paper at the Toyota Municipal Museum of Art in Toyota City, Japan, March 17-22. Dana was invited to be an artist in residence for 2008–09 at Biosphere 2 in Arizona to continue work on "Terraria Gigantica: The World under Glass," a photographic project that examines the world's largest enclosed landscapes. www.b2science.org/b2instituteart.html.

Jeremy Long (’95 painting) is currently an assistant professor of painting and drawing at Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. Long will participate in a three-person exhibition this fall at the Linda Warren Gallery in Chicago.

The January issue of ARTnews features a review of "Spin Zero," a solo exhibition of work by Amy Myers (’95 painting) at Mike Weiss Gallery in New York. Reviewer Alex Taylor said, "Amy Myers's abstract drawings, in conte, gouache and graphite on paper, are extraordinarily complex and rigorously executed and hit a sweet spot of hard-to-place elegance. With Myers, we are never sure what we are looking at. We could be staring far out into the depths of space or peering through a microscope at some basic DNA structure. However refined and well made, Myers's work avoids specificity in favor of covering the entire cosmos from the top down or the bottom up. It's satisfying enough to look, and not to know."

Susan White (’96 sculpture) participated in a two-person exhibition entitled “Navigating the Neurosphere” with KCAI alumna Corrie Van Sice (’07 interdisciplinary/art history) this past December at the Bemis Center in Omaha, Neb. They created a mixed-media installation suggesting a landscape of the mind. www.susanwhite1010.com.

Tim Hutchings (’96 video) will show work in 2009 in the exhibition “Awash in a Sea of Blood and Ice” at the Center of Contemporary Art in St. Louis, Mo. and in “A Greasy Ship” at the Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art in New York. In 2008, he exhibited in Vienna, Austria, New York City and Sydney, Australia. timothyhutchings.com.

Comic book artist Nathan Fox (’97 illustration) illustrated the recently released book "Pigeons from Hell," written by Joe R. Lansdale and based on Robert E. Howard's tale of revenge. "Together Lansdale and Fox are a powerhouse of visual storytelling," said Comicvine.com. Other recent releases that Nathan has illustrated include "DMZ: The Hidden War," "Batman: Black and White, Vol. 3," "Big Splash" and "How to Survive a Horror Movie." For more information, visit www.foxnathan.com.

Dielle Yvonne Alexandre (’98 photography) currently works as the animation coordinator/second assistant director with LAIKA Inc. The company recently finished the stop-motion movie, "Coraline," which was a three-year project.

Letterpress Calendar
2009 letterpress calendar by Shauna Alterio.

In addition to her day job as display manager for Anthropologie, Shauna Alterio (’98 printmaking) makes all kinds of things, discusses them on her blog www.somethingshidinginhere.typepad.com/ and markets them on etsy.com. A recent example of work available from Something's Hiding in Here (her brand) was her 2009 letterpress calendar, packaged in a drawstring pouch. "We printed this 2009 calendar by hand on a Triumph proofing press using vintage wood and lead type," the package insert read. "You can see a bit of the type's history in each print. The paper was made in the USA with recycled content and produced using responsible mill practices and renewable energy sources." You may contact Alterio, who lives in Philadelphia, at lylas77@hotmail.com.

Geof Teague (’98 photo/video) won the GayVN award, the adult film industry's version of the Oscar, for “Best Still Photographer.” His first photography book of adult work will be published by a well-known German publisher in April.

Rachel Hayes (’99 fiber) is showing new work in “Patient Persistence,” now through March 29 in the Glassell Gallery at the Shaw Center for the Arts at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. www.rachelbhayes.com.

Clifton Alexander’s (’99 design) company, REACTOR, received five ADDY awards in Kansas City's advertising industry and design show, the largest local ADDY competition in the country. www.yourreactor.com.


2000s
Nathan Fariss (’00 photo/new media) currently works as the technical director for Pixar Animation Studios, where he is working on the sets for the movie, Toy Story 3. www.hello-napalm.com.

Jessica Wohl (’01 illustration/art history) was awarded third place in the graduate scholarship competition for myartspace.com in January. For this award, she received a $1,000 scholarship.

Waseem Touma
Waseem Touma
(’02 ceramics) was commissioned by the City of Lexington, Ky. to paint a public mural in downtown Lexington at the YMCA High Street. The outdoor mural project is entitled “Mind, Body, Soul” and will be on view through 2013. www.waseemtouma.com.

Queen Bee
Isabella Rossellini as the Queen Bee; photo by Jody Shapiro.

Andy Byers
(’03 ceramics) recently produced costumes and props for "Green Porno," a series of very short films conceived, written, directed by and featuring Isabella Rossellini about the sex life of bugs, insects and various creatures. The films are produced by Jody Shapiro, Rick Gilbert and Isabella Rossellini in association with the Sundance Channel. "Green Porno" premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was screened at the 2008 Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. To view the films, visit www.sundancechannel.com/greenporno/.

Colin Leipelt (’04 painting), a special instructional assistant in the interdisciplinary arts department at KCAI, exhibited his work in SCOPE NY at Lincoln Center in New York, March 4-8. An invitation-only exhibition, SCOPE NY featured solo and thematic group shows presented alongside museum-quality programming, collector tours, screenings and special events. Colin is represented by Okay Mountain in Austin, Texas.

Courtney Andrews"Eros and Thanatos," Cortney Andrews, 2008, C-print photograph, 30 inches by 40 inches.

Cortney Andrews
(’05 photography and new media) is featured in the exhibition "Hysteria: Past yet Present" on view now through April 9 at the Paul Robeson Main Gallery at Rutgers University in Newark, N.J. Also, Cortney is currently featured on the Art in the Loop ARTWall in downtown Kansas City, Mo. (image below).

Katherine Morris (’05 fiber) and Laura Morris (’06 fiber) are getting ready to open a new artist cooperative/boutique this spring or summer in Gladstone, Mo. They are hoping to recruit 50 artists or more to sell work at the boutique. Participating artists will be offered a 4-foot-by-8-foot display space; a way of marketing their artwork without having to work in the store; a year of exposure for current and future work; and space that can be used for art shows or classes. In return, the co-op will charge a $300 annual membership fee and a 20 percent commission on sales. Interested artists are invited to submit images and questions to ExcessoriesMail@aol.com. To view work, visit www.ExcessoriesKC.com.

Christina Gordzica (’08 graphic design) works as a graphic designer for Tallgrass Studios. Based in Lawrence, Kan., the studio serves clients including CLP Healthcare, Prairie Fire Coffee, Beau Monde Spa & Boutique and many others. Christina is expecting a baby girl in July. www.tallgrassstudios.com.

Laurel Nakadate
Still photograph from "Stay the Same Never Change," by Laurel Nakadate, 2008, digital C-print; image courtesy of the artist and Grand Arts.

"Stay the Same Never Change" was screened during the Sundance Film Festival and is filled with performances and contributions by KCAI students, alumni and others with ties to KCAI. For example, Sofia Rosario Akins, daughter of art history assistant professor Maria Buszek, makes her film debut as "Emily's Baby." Leading roles are played by Julie Potratz ('08 interdisciplinary arts), who plays "Julie" in the film, and Mary Nichols ('07 art history and painting), who plays "Mary." Cyan Meeks ('95 video), special instructor in photography and digital filmmaking, plays "Emily's Sister" and was the production sound person for the film. Linda Lay ('08 painting) plays the "Friendly Neighbor." Sarah Jean Deeder ('08 photography) and Jenny Raynor ('07 photography and art history) appear "In the Forest." Katie Watson ('07 photography) plays the "Waitress." Watson also served as a photo assistant and production assistant and designed the end credits for the movie. Erin Dahl ('07 art history) was a production assistant, and Charles Bloom ('05 illustration) was a flashlight assistant.

"Happy Tree Friends (Part I) or Standing: Tree as Agent, Index, Object of Desire" opened March 6 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St., in Kansas City, Mo. Julia Cole, assistant professor and chair of the interdisciplinary arts department at KCAI, created a performance for opening night that featured Alicia Sciore, Charlie Mylie and Brie Blakeman, all interdisciplinary arts majors at KCAI. The two-part exhibition project is curated by Kate Hackman, associate director of the Charlotte Street Foundation, and features works that depict, reference, incorporate, document and otherwise derive or draw inspiration from trees. Work by the following artists is included: Barry Anderson; Jeff Badger; Carnal Torpor; Kelly J. Clark, former instructor in the printmaking department at KCAI; Mark Cowardin; Jeanna Darby; Dominique Davison and Robert Riccardi; Kristina Estell; Cari Freno; Diane Henk ('83 painting); Michael Krueger; Sarah Luther ('08 painting); Kacy Maddux; Johnny Naugahyde; Benjamin Potter; Shawn Sanem; Margaret Shelby; Carlos Rosales-Silva; Deanna Skedel, former KCAI faculty member; Jesse Small ('97 ceramics and sculpture); Corine Vermeulen-Smith; Maranda Stebbins ('04 printmaking); Davin Watne ('94 painting); and Jennifer Whiteford (`06 photography). Photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, printmaking, quilting, collage, audio, video, performance, installation, cooking and urban design works are included in the exhibit. For more information, visit www.charlottestreet.org.

Red Star Studios in Kansas City, Mo., will present the exhibit, “Ceramics Today – Celebrating Three Decades of KCAI Alumni,” during the month of May. Some of the ceramic graduates to be represented are Cary Esser (’78), Sarah Jaeger (’85), Nikki Lewis (’99), Jessica Brandl (’06) and Lauren Mabry (’07). Calder Kamin (’09) acts as director of the studio, and Laura DeAngelis (’95 sculpture) and studio owner Susan Hill will give a gallery talk there from 2-3:15 p.m. on May 2 as part of the Alumni Weekend activities. www.redstarstudios.org; www.kcai.edu/alumni/Alumni_Weekend.php.

 

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