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October 2016

Nick Cave: Until

October 16, 2016 - August 31, 2017
Mass MoCA,
1040 MASS MoCA Way
North Adams, MA 02147 United States
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Nick Cave ('82 fiber), the artist celebrated for his wearable sculptures, turns expectations inside out in a massive immersive installation where not a single "Soundsuit" will be found. Instead, he uses MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized space to create his largest installation to date, made up of thousands of found objects and millions of beads, which will make viewers feel as if they have entered a rich sensory tapestry.

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Domestic Seen featuring Matt Bollinger

October 20, 2016 - March 26, 2017
Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art,
12345 College Blvd
Overland Park, KS 66210 United States
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Works by KCAI alumnus Matt Bollinger (’03 painting) are featured within the group exhibition, “Domestic Seen” on view at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. The exhibition features seven artists who use interiors and domestic scenes to show how the mundane can be imbued with critical content that resonates both locally and nationally.

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December 2016

Breaking the Block

December 16, 2016 - March 2, 2017
The Community Gallery at Santa Fe Convention Center,
Santa Fe, NM United States
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Susan Case

All artists face creative blocks in the studio. Artists’ studios contain unfinished artworks that were failed experiments, incomplete thoughts, stubborn subjects or technical fails. Participating artists were handed the challenge of breaking through those creative blocks and creating an entirely novel piece anew. Has the artist garnered new insight since that original failure? Will the art work be a new and improved version of itself? Or, will it change completely? How much of the original piece will be legible? “Breaking the Block” is an exhibit about second chances, fresh starts and the process of mining successes from failures. Photographs of original, unfinished works will be displayed next to the finished final pieces, giving viewers a chance to explore how each artist reached resolution. Participating artists include: Sande Anderson, Francisco Benitez, Susan Case, Christy Georg ('97 sculpture), Deeda Hull, Will Karp, Siddiq Khan, Jayne Levant, Mark Levin, Judy Naumburg, Thomas Osgood, Michael Sharber, Jane Shoenfeld, Romi Sloboda, Harriette Tsosie, Shawn Turung, Andrea Isabel Vargas, Ruth Weston, Darrell Wilks and Nolan Winkler.

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January 2017

Coloring Space

January 6 - March 19
Kansas City Central Public Library,
14 W 10th St.
Kansas City , MO 64105 United States
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  Charlotte Street Foundation is commemorating its 20th anniversary with the city-wide program, Every Street is Charlotte Street (ESICS)—an interdisciplinary program that features 20 years of Charlotte Street Award Fellows through exhibitions, events, and performances at notable partner institutions across the city. One of the first events is COLORING SPACE, an exhibition by William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting and former Chair of the Painting Department Warren Rosser. COLORING SPACE is part of a year-long series of exhibitions in the Library’s Genevieve Gilder Gallery.

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Misty Gamble – Decade: Selected Works from 2006-2016

January 6 @ 6:00 pm - April 1 @ 5:00 pm
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Main Gallery,
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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  Spanning a decade, this collection was brought together to showcase the ceramic sculpture of Foundation Faculty Member Misty Gamble. The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center hosts this three-month retrospective. The exhibition will highlight several bodies of work and their development. Sculptures from Sweet Terror, Explorations in Multiplicity, Abject Reverie, and Studio Nong over the years will be in this exhibition of specifically selected works. Recent works, Blue Sunday and Forevermore will also be included in the exhibition.

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Focus: Stanley Whitney

January 21 - April 2
Modern Art Museum of Ft. Worth,
3200 Darnell Street
Ft. Worth, TX United States
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Known since the 1970s for his multicolored, irregular grids, Stanley Whitney (’68 painting) investigates the intricate possibilities of color and form in the realm of abstract painting.

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February 2017

E.G. Schempf – Pedestal View

February 3 - March 24
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art,
2004 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Kansas City’s premier art photographer, E.G. Schempf ('72 photography) has an exhibition, E.G. Schempf - Pedestal at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art. According to an article in KC Studio magazine, “E.G. has been photographing the evolution of the arts in KC since the 1970s,” Leedy said. “And, in fact, what we and others think of as the KC art scene is based largely on the images that he has taken.” The shots in the show were made while he was out documenting other artists’ work, Schempf says. “Some are of different galleries at night or when the lights are turned off, but most are incidental views of the world I work in.” Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday

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Building into Painting by Tim Steele

February 3 - March 17
Sla307 art space,
307 W. 30th St.
New York , NY 10001
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Sla307 is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recently constructed paintings by Tim Steele ('79 painting) entitled Building into Painting. The exhibition will be on view until March 17. Since Steele's inaugural 1999 solo exhibition in New York City, he has been creating commercial and private installations locally and abroad as well as exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions. In Tim's words, " After decades of exploring a full spectrum of painting, I’ve come to understand that the act of building in some form is linked to my desire to create. I was raised in a family of skilled craftsmen, mechanics, and fabricators, and my painting process acknowledges this tradition of practical labor and functional application, recognizing it as an important element of self-expression." "For this reason, I’m most engaged when construction is either incorporated into the painting process or when I’m designing the environment in which the paintings are ultimately displayed. Working at the intersection of painting, collage, and relief sculpture, I don’t believe that the literal building of the pieces can be separated from the “loftier” endeavor of painting; rather, I believe that process is content."  Read more about the exhibit at Sla307

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Wonderland Remains: Four Views

February 3 @ 6:00 pm - April 1 @ 5:00 pm
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Main Gallery,
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Beatles Park, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas

Wonderland Remains presents the work of four photographic visionaries who are engaged in rendering the beauty and visual poetry of the far-reaching vestiges of America.  Through their images we can also see the evidence that portends our place within this ever changing, human made environment. It is no surprise to learn that these four photographers have their own historical connections.  Alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute, Jeff Burk ('79 photography), Chuck Avery ('77 photography), Don McKenna ('78 photography) and Russell Phillips ('77 photography) attended the college in the late 1970s where their influences were shared. During our current time, where “analog meets digital,” each photographer has emerged true to his values.  It is through their collective vision that the ultimate gift of photography is bestowed upon us, one that gives us pause while informing us in ways to see this wondrous world. Photo credit: Beatles Park, Walnut Ridge, Arkansas by Jeff Burk ('79 photography)

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State of the World

February 10 @ 6:00 pm - March 18 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace,
16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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State of the World presents work by 14 artists whose projects invoke and explore the symbolic power of the flag as a means to understand and question the power structures they represent and, at times, create imaginative new proposals for alliances and allegiances. Artists are Vito Acconci, Sonya Clark, Edith Dekyndt, Mounir Fatmi, Komar & Melamid, Pedro Lasch, Lucy + Jorge Orta, Georgia Papageorge, Mike Sinclair ('74 photography), Allison Smith, Faculty Member James Woodfill ('80 painting) and Yara Said for The Refugee Nation. Employing artistic strategies including abstraction, representation, and performance, these artists investigate ideas relating to identity, alienation, nationalism, citizenship, signaling, and agency as they confront issues pertinent to global culture today and respond to social and political stress and unrest of our time. Opening Reception on Friday, February 10 from 6-8 p.m. Hours Noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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