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March 2017

Middle of Now | Here: Honolulu Biennial 2017 featuring Andrew Binkley

March 8 - May 8
Various Sites throughout Honolulu
Revised Poser Design - Outlines

Andrew Brinkley (attended painting ’96-’98) is one of many participating artists in the Honolulu Biennial 2017 titled, “Middle of Now | Here.” The inaugural Honolulu Biennial 2017 showcases the diversity of ideas, art, and culture from the people who live today throughout the places connected by the Pacific Ocean.

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April 2017

Spring Exhibition at Sager Braudis Gallery

April 4 - May 26
Sager Braudis Galler,
1026 East Walnut
Columbia , MO 65201 United States
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Josh George ('97 illustration) returns to Sager Braudis this spring with works in oil and acrylic on wood panel, incorporating layers of collage to achieve rich texture and emphasize the density and activity of his cityscapes. His subjects include human figures, city streets and buildings, and scenes of everyday existence that capture the multifaceted nature of life in an urban setting. George’s paintings offer narrative snapshots conveyed with wit and sensitivity, humor and pathos, to present the complexities of the modern American experience. Josh George at once celebrates and critiques our culture, expresses both disillusionment and exuberance, and discovers beauty and disappointment in unexpected places.

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April 7 - May 27
4733 McPherson Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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TRANSPARENCY SHADE: SEEING THROUGH THE SHADOW is a group exhibition featuring Kahlil Irving ('15 art history and ceramics). The two-and three-dimensional artwork conveys post-identity semiotics, or the use and interpretation of visual and linguistic signs and symbols that function to form identity. The artists in TRANSPARENCY SHADE: SEEING THROUGH THE SHADOW use cultural appropriation and hybrid materials to articulate the concept, engaging with and also problematizing such appropriation to investigate how meaning is and has been created in the contemporary world.

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April 7 - May 5
2016 Main,
2016 Main
Kansas City , MO 64108 United States
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ONE FIFTEENTH is a photographic exploration of the impact images have on our experience in making connections and how much of that is assumed. So, how do I make someone aware of this? Through the focus of a single space. One roll of film allows for the subtle differences between each progressing image to emerge. The series is two-part: framed images on a wall and a photo-book. The framed images focus more on the intentionality of seeing. Each picture is taken of the same thing (a desk) but the viewer is asked to look closer. Then he/she moves through the book comparing every image for their similarities but never noticing them individually, looking without seeing. This interplay allows the viewer to experience a slow moment in time and become more aware of our passive tendencies to disengage with what we are looking at.

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Wilbur Niewald – Recent Paintings + Works from the 50’s and 60’s

April 7 - May 6
Haw Contemporary,
1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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Two simultaneous exhibitions by KCAI Professor Emeritus of Painting, Wilbur Niewald (BFA '49; MFA'53 painting) will be opening Friday, April 7 at Haw Contemporary. A reception with the artist will be from 6-9PM. Recent Paintings 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 an untiring 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 works included in Recent Paintings, which travels here from a recent run at the New York Studio School - his first at that institution in 22 years. Works from the ‘50s and ‘60s Works from the ‘50s and ‘60s showcases the early work of Kansas City legendary Wilbur Niewald. In the ‘50s, Niewald focused almost exclusively on the landscape, responding…

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Road Trip by Peregrine Honig

April 7 - April 30
Blue Gallery,
118 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City , MO United States
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In her own words, Peregrine Honig describes her show as Blue Gallery: Observation is trespassing, even when the viewer is looking at herself. My history of recording residual adolescent vulnerability and adoration of beauty and popularity took off its clothes, stood in the mirror and recorded the bruises left on her arm. My lines documenting early sexual awakenings became the seeds for larger branches.The work arrived to the gallery still wet, turned on and wounded. I could not bare to have the paintings and sculptures nearby. We are captivated by the resilience of shameless sensuality because it is offensively and undeniably beautiful. My work chronicles a dictionary of intimate scenarios. I am recording myself in this new body of work, allowing just enough light to face the woman who has stitched herself between pleasure and pain, attraction and addiction. Apply every metaphor, exploit every romantic symbol. We know what hearts and arrows are. Roses tatter and apples rot. Indigenous people die in the process of sourcing gold and diamonds. Glass shatters and silver tarnishes. The body breaks.

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Anti-mimesis: Life imitating art and other print perspectives

April 7 - May 22
Studios Inc.,
1708 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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April showers bring May flowers and a new show to studios.gallery. Anti-mimesis: Life imitating art and other print perspectives opened for First Friday in April. Featured in the show is work from Andrea Flamini’s Topopah Test Range as well as Patty Carroll’s Anonymous Women. Also included in the show are Miki Bair, Assistant Professor of Sculpture Jill Downen ('89 painting), Elijah Gowin, Colby K Smith, and Jamie Warren. On view from 04.07.17 to 05.22.17.

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Tomahawk Ridge Community Center’s 2017 National Juried Art Exhibition

April 7 @ 8:00 am - June 12 @ 10:00 pm
Tomahawk Ridge Community Center,
11902 Lowell Ave. (119th & Lowell)
Overland Park, KS United States
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Howard Harris, KCAI Trustee ('71 industrial design), has three pieces that were selected for this exhibition.  “Trees in the Mist” 24”x20” was created using Mr. Harris' patent pending, multilayered images printed directly on acrylic. Dimensionality, positive and negative space along with ever changing views highlight this process. The United States Patent and Trademark Office has published Mr. Harris' application to patent this process. See more of Mr. Harris' work at the exhibit, opening on April 7.  

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The Vortex Trinity

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - May 27 @ 10:00 pm
Todd Weiner Gallery,
115 West 18th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Vortex Card April

Featuring three major artists based in Kansas City: Hugh Merrill, Miguel Rivera, and Jim Sajovic. The exhibition will open on First Friday, April 7 and run through Saturday, May 27th, 2017. There are major moments in an artists career that define their art practice. These zenith moments are experienced in the mastery of personal style, challenging experiences that redefine ones thinking, or even conquering a seemingly unconquerable quest. In September 2016, Jim Sajovic, long-standing professor at the Kansas City Art Institute celebrated his retirement. Anyone who knows Jim had no doubt that his retirement would only invigorate his art making process. The work that Jim has produced in the months following is nothing short of prolific, an entire new body to be exact. “Provisional Chaos”, is made up of colorful energized paintings that play on alignments and convergences of color and structural relationships. The concept and process of creating these paintings nods to Raphael Rubenstein’s notion of “Provisional Painting” where artists, “In different ways, all deliberately turn away from strong’ painting for something that seems to constantly risk inconsequence or collapse.” Jim sets out to create a piece with, “No idea what the appearance of the finished work will be.”…

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Printmaking Department Exhibition

April 7 @ 5:00 pm - April 26 @ 5:00 pm
Centric Projects,
1814 Main
Kansas City , MO 64108 United States
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prINTERPOLATION, the KCAI Printmaking Department Exhibition is taking place at Centric Projects in the Downtown Crossroads of Kansas City in April. This is the third time Centric Projects has hosted a group exhibition of current printmaking students from KCAI. The students are exhibiting new and recent work and will present a live printing event during the opening reception. Proceeds from the live printing event will be donated to the KCAI Print Club, a student-run organization that funds printmaking-related research projects and conference participation for KCAI students. Opening reception is Friday, April 7 from 5-7 p.m.

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