KCAI CROSSROADS GALLERY:
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE
In 2015, Margaret Silva; alumna, former board member, and longtime supporter of the Kansas City Art Institute, generously gifted 1819 Grand Boulevard, the building that housed Grand Arts for 20 years, to KCAI. The facilities include two galleries, a large cross-disciplinary studio and an artist-in-residence apartment. Renamed KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, the space provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District. We envision programs that expand the academic curriculum by offering students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment. The site will also be the location for a new KCAI artist-in-residence program. Director Michael Schonhoff will guide the site’s programs, while a faculty group, the Center for Contemporary Practice Committee, will build the curricula for this location.
chance diaries: dream things by Christopher Leitch
January 23 – March 2, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Public Program: Gallery talk with the Artist on Saturday, February 10 at 12 noon
The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present chance diaries: dream things by Christopher Leitch. This exhibition and gallery residency includes new objects and drawings detailing the artist’s extensive dream journals.
Leitch’s practice has embraced being a costume designer, artist, illustrator, actor, graphic designer, and museum director. He earned his Master of Arts in Visual Arts from Goddard College in Vermont, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute (’84 Fiber). His works have been included in solo and group exhibitions across the United States, and have been published in Art in America, New Art Examiner, American Craft, and Surface. Leitch lives and works in Merriam, Kansas.
“Chance operations are not necessary, when the actions that are made are unknowing.” – John Cage
Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Schonhoff’s experience as an arts professional extends nationally including projects involving exhibitions, collections, living artists, and publications. Curatorial projects include The Position We’re In, KCAI: Crossroads Gallery, Center for Contemporary Practice, Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, You’re Such A Good Sport, Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Black & Blue, University of South Dakota, and Colleen Burner, The Skin That Forms On The Surface, Project Wall, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is the co-founder of Kunstraum KC, an artists’ studio initiative located in Kansas City, Missouri and currently, he serves as the Director of KCAI Gallery.
His artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and his works appear in numerous public and private collections including the Nerman Museum of Art at Johnson County Community College, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation in Missouri, AGB Graphics Collection in Wisconsin, and the Studio Place Arts in Vermont. Schonhoff also completed a studio residency at takt kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany through the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program and a curatorial residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, through KCAI.
As a musician and songwriter Schonhoff has written, toured, and recorded with the bands Male Nurse, Boba Fettish, Welton Founder, startruck, and thee DEVOTION.
Schonhoff earned his MFA in Visual Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo receiving an academic art scholarship. His BFA was completed at Iowa State University where he was awarded the Helen Beresford/Frances Seeds Scholarship in Art. He lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.
Hours and Location
Noon – 5 pm Tuesday through Friday
Open 6 – 8 pm on First Fridays (except January)
Saturday by appointment
1819 Grand Boulevard, KCMO 64108
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