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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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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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Paintallica – Worst Show Ever

April 7 @ 6:00 pm - May 27 @ 5:00 pm
Leedy-Voulkos Art Center – Main Gallery,
2012 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Tiger Final 4x6 300dpi

Paintallica is a collaboration of artists, including Jay Schmidt ('74 sculpture) and former KCAI faculty member David Dunlap, who create improvised, site-conditioned installations incorporating drawing, painting, sculpture and more. The group's project will culminate at the opening reception of their exhibition, Worst Show Yet, on April 7 during First Friday. Paintallica's installations emerge from a few days and nights of immense work, field research, discussion and play, and usually involve chainsaws, wood in many forms, drawing, paint, fire, a wide range of motor vehicles and occasionally neon. Their imagery and tools are remnants of the working-class, rural American roots of most of the members. Recent installations include Sensitivity Training and Double Vision Quest, which showcased intentionally confrontational and impulsive work. The raw and uncensored nature of Paintallica is integral to the mission of addressing sensitive, immediate and often taboo issues. Paintallica was formed in 2002 by a group of painters in the graduate program at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. At first it was simply a pact to visit each other’s studios regularly, but soon evolved into opportunities to collectively fill gallery spaces. Paintallica's members have exhibited extensively nationally and internationally and have storied individual biographies that include…

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Plastic Planet by Calder Kamin

April 22 - May 28
Galveston Arts Center,
2127 Strand
Galveston , TX 77550 United States
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Calder 8-19 Philip Rogers Photo-3

Like the scavenger animals Calder Kamin ('09 ceramics and art history) sculpts, she collects a variety of colored plastic bags from her friends and family. Kamin strips and twists the bags into textures like fur or grass to create the work in her exhibition Plastic Planet. This same plastic litters road, fills oceans, and has entered the tissue of all living things. Her work poses the question, “What are the steps to solve this crisis?” I addition to the exhibition, Kamin’s Neocortex Classroom provides visitors an opportunity to absorb the problems of our planet, such as pollution and extinction caused by humans. Through hands-on activities and events, Kamin is motivated to inspire her audience make better choices for the environment. Kamin's art sparks activism and an opportunity to participate in the greater good by transforming materials and her audiences.

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May 2017

Time McClendon Collection

May 4 @ 10:00 am - June 24 @ 5:00 pm
MLB Designs and Boutique,
2020 Baltimore
Kansas City , MO United States
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MLB Designs & Boutique Gallery is thrilled to announce that Time McClendon will be showcasing his wonderful wire art in May and June. Time, a resident of Sherman Oaks, California, is a sculptor and jewelry designer. McClendon has perfected his passion for bold shapes and movement in his Time McClendon Collection. The consummate visionary, Time has created this masterful collection by wrapping and weaving a polished tarnish resistant silver wire; topped with Swarovski elements. Time uses wire like a painter uses a brush to create his magnificent one-of-a-kind pieces.

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Central Oregon Backroads

May 5 @ 5:00 pm - May 27 @ 7:00 pm
Oxford Hotel,
10 NW Minnesota Ave.
Bend, OR 97703 United States
Alexander - Central Oregon Backroad (Ptng. 6)

Art at the Oxford, Oxford Hotel, presents Marlene Alexander’s ('68 painting and printmaking), Central Oregon Backroads, with acrylic and oil on canvas paintings through May 27, 2017.  The artist will attend the champagne opening on First Friday, May 5 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Marlene Alexander made Bend, Oregon her home in 1971.  Her current exhibition at the Oxford reflects her continual awareness of her high desert environment with resultant admiration and inspiration. Central Oregon Backroads depicts aspects of the desert experience often trivialized or ignored.  Where some see dusty, barren backroads, Alexander sees beauty and peaceful solitude.  Her current paintings evolved from time spent during the past 40 years hiking the open desert of Central Oregon, breathing the scents of sage and bitterbrush while observing the silent and often hidden creatures in their awareness of outsiders.  The artist painted on location in the desert during her radiation treatments for breast cancer and developed a spiritual ‘need’ to spend much of her time there as “the most healing place I know.”

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Narrative Atlas

May 12 - June 16
Studios Inc.,
1708 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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What stories we keep, what memories we lose, and what happens next. Gerry Trilling's ('89 painting) NARRATIVE ATLAS is an exhibition of constructed paintings, text and small drawings. “Narratives are built into maps; where and how you begin, where and why you want to go, how and by what means you get there. An atlas is a book of maps filled with stories. NARRATIVE ATLAS is a mainframe for my meditation on assimilation. What stories we keep, what memories we will lose, and what will happen next. The unknown is always rich territory for an artist.” Gerry Trilling is a resident artist at The Studios Inc. The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Greater Kansas City.

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May 12 @ 6:00 pm - June 10 @ 5:00 pm
La Esquina,
1000 W. 25th St.
Kansas City , MO 64108 United States
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In June 2016, artists and scientists convened near the confluence of the Missouri and the Kansas Rivers to swap river stories. From those discussions, the idea of bringing together contemporary art, current scientific research, interactive natural resource workshops, and big river adventures was born. Built around the theme of the Missouri River and its tributaries, real and metaphorical, Tributary creates an experimental resource evaluation that mingles observation, experience, and intuition to improve understanding of one of our nation’s greatest natural resources. Tributary exhibiting artists and scientists include: Professor of Sculpture Karen McCoy, Caitlin Horsmon, Sarah Hearn, Melisa McGrath, Steven Snell, Anson the Ornery, Lynn Benson, Tim Amundson, Libby Reuters, and Joshua Brown, Carrie Elliott, Dave Heimann, and Heather Krempa. Chief Hydrologist for Tributary is M.O.I.–The Minister of Information. Please join us for the opening reception, Friday, May 12th, 6-9PM.

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