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November 2017

Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows 2017

November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - March 4, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Johnson County Community College, 12345 College Blvd.
Overland Park, KS 66210 United States
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Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art  Johnson County Community College Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows 2017 Featuring Karen McCoy, KCAI sculpture professor, Stephan Proski ('10 painting; creative writing), and Samara Umbral ('09 painting) November 16, 2017 - March 4, 2018 Reception: 6-8pm, Thursday, November 16, 2017 Lectures 7-8pm in Hudson Auditorium   Featuring hors-d'oeuvres and refreshments in Museum Atrium Charlotte Street Foundation annually honors three outstanding Kansas City-based visual artists with unrestricted cash awards. These Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards recognized locally based artists who are creating outstanding work and provide financial support, critical attention, and increased exposure for Award fellows with the aim of fostering their continued artistic and professional development. http://www.nermanmuseum.org/exhibitions/2017-11-16-charlotte-street-fund.html

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January 2018

Ellen Carey: Dings, Pulls, and Shadows

January 17 - July 27
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX United States
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Since the 1990s, experimental photographer Alumna Ellen Carey has been making photographs that defy photographic conventions of depicting identifiable subjects. Instead, her works depict vibrant fields of color that are meditations on the very nature of photography as an image created by the action of light on a light-sensitive surface. The exhibition Ellen Carey: Dings, Pulls, and Shadows features seven key works that explore the artist’s interest in color, light, and the photographic process as the subject of her practice.

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This is Really Happening. See?

January 20 - April 1
Kansas City Central Public Library, 14 W 10th St.
Kansas City , MO 64105 United States
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Don't miss the first of a yearlong series of Library exhibits curated by students – evolving from a class taught by KCAI’s Michael Schonhoff – Casey Lee Holden and Nelson Pereira turn their cameras on their own surroundings. Holden, who came to KCAI from rural Oklahoma, captures the life of her family and its not-so-glamorous reality. Similarly, Pereira photographs the life of his neighborhood in El Salvador as a way to memorialize the everyday exchanges between people and their environments. See it at the Central Library through Sunday, April 1. The exhibit is curated by Amy Hixson, who is pursuing a degree in painting and art history at KCAI. It is underwritten by Pam and Gary Gradinger and the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts.

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chance diaries: dream things by Christopher Leitch

January 23 @ 12:00 pm - March 2 @ 8:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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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 has had a wide-ranging artistic career as 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, Kan. “Chance operations are not necessary when the actions that are made are unknowing.”  -  John Cage Opening Reception: Friday, February 2 from 6 - 8 p.m. Public Program: Gallery talk with the Artist on Saturday, February 10 at noon  

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Chroma Machine Suite: Forecasting Fault Lines in the Cosmos

January 27 @ 12:00 pm - March 17 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present Chroma Machine Suite: Forecasting Fault Lines in the Cosmos, an exhibition of work by Dannielle Tegeder, including two new commissions created with 14 students at the Kansas City Art Institute during the artist’s residency at the Artspace. In an ongoing exploration of invisible systems, the artist reveals her deep engagement with ideas of architecture, urban planning, painting and collaboration in a dynamic environment that merges drawing, sculpture, animation, sound, and performance. This immersive and evolving sculptural installation will be re-activated through a series of performative iterations in collaboration with Jane Gotch, a Kansas City-based choreographer, and dancer, who will be joined by dancer Karen Lisondra. Dannielle Tegeder lives and works in New York. Her works have been included in exhibitions at the Montclair Art Museum, Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Carrie Secrist Gallery, Chicago and Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York. Jane Gotch has presented her choreography in Lawrence, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn. She has danced with Myra Bazell, Netta Yerushalmy, and as an apprentice with Tere O'Connor. She has collaborated with artists Johanna Brooks, Brad Cox, Leo Gayden, Helen Gillet, Shawn Hansen, Peregrine Honig, Miles Neidenger, Paul Rudy, Mark Southerland and…

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February 2018

Jason Pollen: “Ancestors/Descendants” at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery

February 2 - March 23
Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, 1650 N. 35th St.
Lincoln, NE United States
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The fourth exhibition of the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery’s 2017-2018 programming year opens Friday, February 2 at its east campus location. The exhibition continues through March 23. Kansas City-based artist Jason Pollen will speak about his exhibition at 5:15 p.m. in the gallery, located on the second floor of the Home Economics Building on East Campus Loop. Ancestors/Descendants is fiber artist Jason Pollen’s most recent body of work. It has reconnected him with the exuberant world of children at play. With fervor, determination and undiminished curiosity, he gives shape to form using pigments, brushes, threads and twigs that he fashions into compelling dimensional constructions. Pollen hopes that these assemblages convey more than the sums of their parts. The colors, textures and shifting shadows guide the viewer on a deeply fulfilling, enchanting journey through the labyrinthine world of the artist’s imagination. Pollen intends his work to be thought-provoking and to communicate his fascination with and delight in “child’s play”.  For twenty years Jason Pollen served on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, where from 1997 – 2010 he was Chair of its Fiber Department. As President of the Surface Design Association from 1993 – 2009, Pollen helped to grow both a national…

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Marcus Cain: Alignments

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - March 31 @ 5:00 pm
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Director of Alumni Relations and Development Advancement Marcus Cain’s new series of paintings, Alignments, are inspired as a reply to the constant stream of information experienced in our hyperactive world. Cain is interested in, what he calls, “ a territory between looking and seeing” and these paintings hasten to reflect and respond to our common experience of action and reaction. Employing the humblest of tools, Cain stamps the surface of his canvas with pieces of wood dipped in color. The repeated marks accumulate and reveal, or conceal, intervals of pattern that cluster together, and then break apart. Woven color divides space and suggests shadow and light, the movement, gravity and atmosphere of our world. Cain says of these paintings, “Collectively these works are meditations on personal and universal mythologies, acts of transformation and discovery and loss in the natural and man-made world.”

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Cary Esser: Second Surface

February 2 @ 7:00 pm - March 24 @ 5:00 pm
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Chair of Ceramics Cary Ess­er, explores the aesthetic and technical edge of possibility within the medium in her new series of wall reliefs, The Sec­ond Surface. Esser's inspiration for this series comes from two sources, the ex­perience of visiting the ancient caves of Cappadocia, Turkey and of seeing his­toric examples of the Native American Parfleche, softened rectangles of folded hide that form carrying cases. Motivated by the history, a sense of enclosure and mystery, and the experience of light and shadow, Esser has created her own Par­fleche series of envelope-like forms that are both strong yet vulnerable. Esser's Parfleches are defined by uniform skins of texture ranging from a sleek, black, sheen to a soft, dry, white crackle and everything in between. The form seems held by the surface, often as delicate as a breath, fragile yet resilient. The combination of the two is insepa­rable, poetic and powerful as they con­spire to reveal or conceal an interior that can be glimpsed but never fully known.

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Pele Prints at The Epsten Gallery

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - April 8 @ 4:00 pm
Epsten Gallery, 5500 West 123rd St.
Overland Park, KS 66209 United States
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Pele Prints at The Epsten is open February 4 - April 8, 2018 Public Opening Reception: Sunday, Feb. 4, 1-4 p.m., Gallery talk with Amanda Verbeck & Laura Berman, 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 1 p.m: Crescendo Conservatory Dance Performance with costumes & choreography inspired by Pele Prints at the Epsten. Organized by Crescendo Conservatory Director. Michele Hamlett-Weith. A selection of work from Pele Prints, a St. Louis-based fine art printmaking studio headed by its founder, master printer & publisher, Amanda Verbeck Featured artists: Brandon Anschultz, Laura Berman (KCAI Professor in Printmaking), Benjamin Guffee, Sarah Hinckley, Xochi Solis, Jessie Van der Laan, and Ken Wood  

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Sweep

February 10 @ 8:00 am - March 31 @ 5:00 pm
Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802 United States
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“Sweep” is a regional and national survey of more than 20 contemporary painters, presenting new or recent artwork by all of the painters currently represented by the Gallery, as well as an equal number of invited local/regional painters.  Running the gamut from magical realism to hard-edged abstraction, the paintings displayed in “Sweep” address the subjects of beauty, ethnicity, justice, history, spiritualism, landscape, story-telling, and formalism. Historically, art has both responded to and predicted greater societal trends. Our current dynamic time is bringing renewed attention and experimentation with past and current “schools” of painting, including those outside of the European painting traditions.  At this time, no particular style rules and the syncretism of styles and cultures often produces fascinating new hybrids in both subject and technique. This situation places us in an interesting and rewarding time to appreciate current painting practice.   We present the latest work of a group of experienced painters at a high point in their craft.  There is abstraction, minimalism, narrative, contemporary realism, social commentary, night landscapes, natural forces, diverse cultural symbolism, non-traditional materials, and more. Sweep treats the viewer to a wide-ranging, strong exhibition showing the validity of the many current approaches to painting. The exhibition features…

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