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June 2018

Summer Exhibitions at H&R Block Artspace

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - September 29 @ 6:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join us to celebrate the opening of Artspace's summer exhibitions on June 8 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.! Main Gallery: "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" A signature Artspace event, the "2018 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile" is the 9th project in this popular biennial series. The Flatfile offers a uniquely intimate art viewing experience and a chance to discover new works by emerging and established Kansas City-based artists. Art lovers are invited to peruse flatfile cabinets filled with over 200 custom-made artist portfolios holding an excitingly diverse range of flat works, and a screening station will feature time-based works included in the Digitalfile. Guest curators will be invited to curate salon walls and queues each month, creating a dynamic and ever-changing experience. Guest curators for June will be Hesse McGraw, principal at el dorado inc. and Alex Priest, public engagement, marketing, and curatorial at el dorado inc. Studio Gallery: "Commonspace" Throughout 2018, the Artspace will be dedicating our Studio Gallery to "Commonspace." This project underscores the notion that the Artspace acts as a commons—a cultural resource available to all members of our community for collective benefit. Modeled as an exhibition of community action, "Commonspace" endeavors to facilitate “do-it-together” programs…

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August 2018

In the Studio with Wilbur Niewald

August 8 @ 10:00 am - November 4 @ 5:00 pm
Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St MO United States + Google Map

In the Studio with Wilbur Niewald, a career-spanning solo exhibition by Wilbur Niewald, professor emeritus of painting at KCAI, opens August 8 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Wilbur studied, taught, and for twenty-eight years, served as chair of the painting and printmaking departments. Exhibition location within the museum is Bloch Galleries, P30. Wilbur will also be giving a talk/gallery tour on the below two dates/times. Mark your calendars! Thurs. Sept. 27 6-7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 2-3 p.m. The paintings of Wilbur Niewald have a deep and persistent connection to his lifetime home of Kansas City, and in a larger sense, to the history of painting itself. After developing a unique abstract language for his paintings in the fifties and sixties, Niewald began to paint in the representational style in 1970, and has continued exclusively in that vein in the decades since. His timeless still lifes, studio portraits, and landscapes are invariably executed through direct observation in a persistent endeavor to render familiar scenes with new clarity through repetition. Niewald’s devotion to his craft, and to the tradition of painting, is axiomatic in the 16 works included in his career-spanning solo exhibition, In the Studio with Wilbur Niewald, at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of…

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KCAI Alumni Biennial 2018

August 19 - September 30
Epsten Gallery, 5500 West 123rd St.
Overland Park, KS 66209 United States
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Complex narratives, expansive ideas and wide-ranging materials within new and recent work by the artists engage themes of culture, identity, history, art history, structure, architecture and space. Large-scale paintings, mixed media con1positions, prints, ceramic sculpture, and installation converge in the exhibition demonstrating a fascinating breadth of creative practice and concept by three distinct and distinguished artists to emerge from KCAI - Kahlil Irving ('15 Ceramics), China Marks ('70 Sculpture) & Melissa Vogley Woods ('92 Painting). A public grand opening on Wednesday, August 29, 5:30- 8 p.m. will include a brief Q&A conversation with featured artists, Melissa Vogley Woods and China Marks, and guest juror, Quang Bao, owner and founder of 1969 Gallery, New York, N.Y. at 6 p.m. Bao is also a featured speaker for the KCAI Current Perspectives lecture series on Thursday, August 30, 7 p.m. in Irving Auditorium.

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Blinded by Grace – By Dylan Mortimer

August 24 @ 4:00 pm - September 22 @ 5:00 pm
Haw Contemporary Crossroads, 15 West 19th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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A new solo exhibition Blinded by Grace from Alumnus Dylan Mortimer opens Friday, August 24 with an reception from 4-7 p.m. at Haw Contemporary Crossroads. Artist Statement: In our struggles, we often taste or see goodness that is beyond our ability to take in. Sometimes we taste beauty, truth, or love in a way that is more than our hearts can take in. We are blinded. This exhibition explores various sides of struggle - challenge, tragedy, and joy. While we would never wish struggle on anyone, it is precisely these moments and situations that give us capacity to taste and see joy and hope in a new way. The material choice for these pieces aims to evoke this tension. Glitter on top of glitter on top of glitter aims to cover up and transform difficulty. Yet the fine line of baroque inspired work pushes the boundary, nearing an over-the-top-ness. Hopefully like a beautiful blinding light… it hurts to look at, yet you can’t look away. The symbols included reflect my physical journey - scars that shine, ambulance views, shiny-healthy new cells, and trees that are broken and beautiful, like my bronchial tree. The fusion of all this is my journey in increasing capacity for both…

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Current Perspectives Lecture Series – Quang Bao

August 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Born in Can Tho, Vietnam, in 1969, Quang Bao emigrated to the United States with his family in 1975 during the first wave of Vietnamese immigration.  Raised in Texas, Bao studied literature and arts management at Boston and Columbia Universities. He is currently the founder and curator of 1969 Gallery, a contemporary art gallery located in Manhattan's Lower East Side arts district that Bao established in September 2016.  The gallery works with emerging and established artists in the U.S. and internationally across all forms of visual art (with an emphasis on painting) through exhibitions and events in a 1,500 square-foot (140 Sq m) gallery, project space, and outdoor garden. Previously Bao served as executive director of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation in New York from 2008 to 2014, and director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York from 1991-2008. Bao’s work has appeared in The Threepenny Review, The New York Times, Watermark: an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese-American poetry and prose, and on NPR. He is the co-editor of Take Out: Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America and he has edited and written essays, fiction, nonfiction and reviews for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, International Herald Tribune,…

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September 2018

Inside/Out Mixed Media Works by Jason Pollen

September 7 @ 11:30 am - October 26 @ 5:00 pm
The Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut Street, Suite 211
Kansas City, 64106 United States
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INSIDE/OUT is comprised of Portals, Outliers, Descendants, Oracles, and Nomads. These series of works were inspired by a fascination with how surfaces can both conceal and reveal. Our skin acts as an envelope, hiding its precious contents; the earth we live on hides the fathomless depths of its molten core. Former KCAI Fiber Chair and world-renowned fiber artist Jason Pollen strives to make works whose surfaces intimate the deeper animating force that is the creative process. During a lifetime of dedicated practice, Jason has focused on the phenomena of color, light and shadow, movement and stillness. The works are successful if they prove to be thought- and feeling-provoking, and communicate fascination and delight. Opening Receptions: Friday, September 7 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm & 5:00 - 8:00 pm

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