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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).
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.
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’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.
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.
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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.
For more details about how to submit an application, visit here.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Eros and Thanatos," Cortney Andrews, 2008, C-print photograph, 30 inches by 40 inches.
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.
"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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