The “2008 Kansas City Flatfile” featured two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City-based artists in media including drawing, photography, prints and mixed-media works on paper as well as time-based artwork in the “Videofile." During the course of the exhibition, guest curators were invited to select artwork from the flatfile for inclusion in changing salon-wall installations.
While returning artists made up the majority of the “2008 Kansas City Flatfile” participants, new and younger artists, recommended by their peers, helped to grow the exhibition to more than 180 participants. This biennial exhibition began in 2001 in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Pierogi Gallery flatfiles. Kansas City Flatfile has become a much-anticipated venue to discover new artists, see new bodies of artwork by familiar artists and purchase or barter for artworks for addition to a growing number of Kansas City art collections.
The guest curators were Joe Armhein, Barry Anderson, Jim Brinsfield, David Ford, David Gant, Kate Hackman, Bruce Hartman, Robert Heishman, Sean Kelley, Heather Lustfeldt, Owen Martin, Sarah Mote, Steve Proski, Raechell Smith, and Jaimie Warren.
The artists included Theodore Aguirre-Lagandre, Pat Alexander, Jorge Garcia Almodovar, Barry Anderson, Miki Baird, Doug Baker, Cecilia Bakker, Chris Bell, Laura Berman, Jennifer Boe, Drew Bolton, Dane Bonner, Virginia R. Bonner, Jennifer Brothers, Timothy Brown, Nathan Brunson, Ashleigh Burskey, Martin Cail, Bill Cave, Kelly John Clark, Dustin Cockerham, Greg Crawford, Maria Creyts, Cody Critcheloe, Matt Dehaemers, Deanna Dikeman, Meg Doll, Michael Eppelheimer, Cary Esser, Julie Farstad, John Ferry, Jennifer Field, Jessie Fischer, Ari Fish, David Ford, Nate Fors, Chris Foxworth, Sue Friesz, Anne M. Gagel, Megan Gallant, Tyler Galloway, Amanda Gehin, Robert Glinn, Archie Scott Gobber, Nora Goddard, Lester Goldman, Shea Gordon, Carol Granger, Jamie Gray, Eric Grimes, Marcie Miller Gross, John W. Gutowski, Adrian Joshua Halpern, Francine Hansen, Dianna Heise, Robert Heishman, Brian Henkel, Lynne Hodgman, Wm Howell, Robert Howsare, Terri Juarez, Ted R. Kaldis, Calder Kamin, Keia Kato, Ritchie Kaye, Michael Kidwell, Bernie Koehrsen, Leonard Koenig, Michael Krueger, Janet Kuemmerlein, Merlyn Lazorow, Ke-Sook Lee, Colin Leipelt, Beniah Leuschke, Adam Long, Cara Long, Angela Lopez, Susi Lulaki, Kacy Maddu, Marilyn Mahoney, Megan Mantia, Owen Martin, Adolfo Gustavo Martinez, Andy Maugh, Jesse McAfee, Erin McAllister, Larry E. McAnany, Karen McCoy, Brendan Meara, Ashley Morrison, Dylan Mortimer, Sara Murphy, Json Myers, Jonny Naugahyde, Karen Owsley Nease, Jason Needham, Steven Nichols, Wilbur Niewald, Trish Nixon, Garry Noland, Jay Norton, Ethan Osman, Jessica Owings, Jared Panick, Anne A. Pearce, Scott Peters, Jason Pollen, Travis Pratt, Travis Pratt, Jane Pronko, Robert Quakenbush, Jack Rees, Bryan Reese, Daniel Reneau, Michael Restivo, Alexander Robinson, Jen Ross, Judi Ross, Jori Sackin, Jim Sajovic, Emily Sall, Ruth Scherrer, Martha Schneickert, Michael Schonhof, Ale Schubert, Emil Schutzel, Douglas Schwietert, Scott Seebart, Sean Semones, Jacob Sharp, Christian Simms, Mike Sinclair, Deanna M. Skedel, Ascot J. Smith, Colby Smith, Debra M. Smith, Joseph L. Smith, Chad Sogas, Mark Southerland, Maranda Stebbins, Mark Stevenson, Bridget Stewart, Charles Stonewall, Craig Allen Subler, Gary Sutton, Eric Sweet, Tom Tarnowski, Larry Thomas, Kati Toivanen, Gerry Trilling, May Tveit, Sandra Van Tuyl, Sarah Vandersall, Jane Voorhees, Cara Walz, Jaimie Warren, Davin G. Watne, Richard Welnowski, Mary Wessel, Susan White, Neal Wilson, Allan Winkler, James Woodfill, and Lynus Young.