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August 2017

Mel Ziegler: A Living Thing – Flag Exchange

August 31 @ 9:00 am - November 10 @ 5:00 pm
Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street
New York, NY United States
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Tattered American flags from each state hang from the ceiling of historic Federal Hall displayed by artist and KCAI alumnus Mel Ziegler ('79 sculpture). Ziegler's exhibit "A Living Thing - Flag Exchange" is featured in this article https://news.artnet.com/exhibitions/mel-ziegler-flag-exchange-1068908 and is on view at Federal Hall, 26 Wall Street, New York, NY, August 31–November 10, 2017. Ziegler, who often travels throughout rural America for his work, began the project in 2011, when he noticed a tattered flag hanging in Tennessee, its white stripes almost entirely disintegrated. “I just thought it was so poignant that I had to have it,” The exhibition, curated by Hesse McGraw, is titled “Mel Ziegler: A Living Thing – Flag Exchange.” The name is taken from the United States Flag Code, which states that “the American flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing.” Perhaps that’s why the flags take on such an emotional quality here, hanging in delicate shreds in one of the country’s most historic buildings. Built in 1842, Federal Hall sits on the site of the country’s first US Capitol building under the Constitution, the spot where George Washington was inaugurated in 1789.

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Laura Berman – Setting Space

August 31 @ 5:00 pm - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Weinberger Fine Art, 114 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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"Setting Space" features new prints and paintings by KCAI printmaking professor Laura Berman that describe the dynamics of time and distance. Forms grow together, settling into each other and creating new worlds.  Endless play and thoughtful reflection are at the heart of Berman's work. She is a masterful colorist, building layered landscapes that defy traditional definition. The exhibition is on view from August 31 - October 28. The opening reception for Setting Space is Thursday, August 31 from 5-8 p.m. with an Artist talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. First Friday WFA members events are September 1 & October 6 from 5-8 p.m.

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September 2017

Pattern Languages

September 8 @ 6:30 pm - October 21 @ 9:00 pm
Rockhurst University, 1100 Rockhurst Rd.
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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The Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University will kick off its 2017-18 calendar with a diverse exhibition of artworks by Charlotte Street Foundation awards fellows on Friday, Sept. 8. The show will open with remarks by the curator and artists at 6:30 p.m. in the Greenlease Gallery, and a reception to follow from 7-9 p.m.  Titled “Pattern Languages,” the exhibition is part of “Every Street is Charlotte Street,” the 20th anniversary celebration of the Charlotte Street Foundation. Works selected by guest curator Kate Hackman, former artistic director for the foundation, include drawings, paintings, sculpture, textiles, installations and video art by artists Shawn Bitters, Marcus Cain ('98 painting and printmaking), David Ford, Madeline Gallucci ('12 printmaking), Archie Scott Gobber ('88 painting), Jane Gotch with Elizabeth Stehling, Marcie Miller Gross ('88 fiber), Anne Lindberg (former KCAI faculty), Adolfo Martinez, Garry Noland, Glenn North, Sonie Joi Ruffin and James Woodfill ('80 painting and assistant professor in painting at KCAI.) The unifying theme among the works is the use of pattern as a strategy for communicating ideas and making meanings: pattern as content. In some works, the artists employ patterns to convey personal narratives, cultural histories, and/or social or political concerns. Others generate their own…

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Open Model Sessions

September 9 @ 12:00 pm - November 11 @ 3:00 pm
Painting Bldg. on KCAI Campus – K101, 4415 Warwick
K, MO 64111 United States
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Media is open but please, no solvents or photography. If you would like to work with a sculpture stand please contact Professor Fisher prior to the session at jfisher@kcai.edu. Sessions are open to current students, alumni, faculty and staff from any discipline and any level. Easels and horses provided. There will be 1 pose per session with the ability to move around the room for those who would like shorter poses and multiple views. Poses may be extended over multiple sessions for longer-term work if the schedule allows. Each Session is from Noon-3 p.m. in K101 Painting. Saturday, September 9th Saturday, September 16th Saturday, September 23rd Saturday, September 30th Saturday, October 7th Saturday,  October 14th Saturday, October 21st Saturday, October 28th - Session Cancelled- National Portfolio Day Saturday, November 4th Saturday, November 11th  

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October 2017

Natural Tension – Oliver and Miranda Clark

October 6 @ 5:00 pm - October 28 @ 5:00 pm
Todd Weiner Gallery, 115 West 18th St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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On Friday, October 6, 2017 from 5-9 PM the Todd Weiner Gallery will host the exhibition opening for “Natural Tension” featuring artists Oliver Clark ('14 sculpture), Miranda Clark ('14 sculpture), and Arny Nadler. The show will highlight sculptural works in various mediums corresponding with the International Sculpture Conference when from October 25-28, Kansas City will welcome sculptors and art professionals from around the world to participate in a four-day sculpture extravaganza.The exhibition will run through Saturday, October 28, 2017. Arny Nadler, an associate professor of art at Washington University in St. Louis, will moderate the panel discussion “Material Politics” on Saturday, October 28th at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Nadler will bring four sculptural works to Kansas City to include in “Natural Tension”. Nadler juxtaposes manmade and natural by creating soft organic forms made with hard manufactured materials. Although recently focused on large-scale outdoor sculpture, Nadler is a master of scale and portraying the human hand in our current world. Oliver Clark, a 2014 Kansas City Art Institute graduate, will debut a new body of work in “Natural Tension” featuring gargantuan wood and natural fiber sculptures that will span the entire 16 feet of the gallery walls. Like Nadler, Oliver is in…

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Linden – Marcie Miller Gross

October 6 @ 6:00 pm - November 10 @ 5:00 pm
Mid-America Arts Alliance, 2018 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Marcie Miller Gross  ('88 fiber) Mid America Arts Alliance + Every Street Is Charlotte Street 2018 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, MO  64108 6 October - 10 November 2017 Opening Reception:  6 - 8 pm, Friday, 6 October Linden is partially inspired by a recent residency to Berlin.  “My focus on the city led me to draw connections between the powerful sites of the Berlin Wall Memorial, the Chapel of Reconciliation, and the history and significance of trees and forests in Germany.  In this urban context, I found the lushness of the lindens from darkness to the sublime, profound in their sense of hope.  The trees buffer, envelop, shelter offering repose and sanctuary.  The lindens give a looming protection and timeless witness to the city’s ghosts.”

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George Timock : A Legacy In Clay 1973 – 2015

October 6, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 14, 2018 @ 9:00 pm
Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Opening Reception Friday, October 6th, 2017 Location: Belger Arts Center 2100 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64108 A Legacy in Clay displays sculptures from the revered professor who taught at Kansas City Art Institute for 43 years. Timock's career spans 49 years with more than 100 exhibitions including select solo shows. His works are in several permanent collections including the Smithsonian Institute, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Be sure to join us First Friday from 6-9 p.m. to meet George and enjoy refreshments at Belger Arts Center.

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Transition – Ryozo Morishita (’73 painting)

October 16 @ 9:00 am - October 28 @ 5:00 pm

Ryozo's most recent paintings will be showing October 16 through October 28 at Obishin Fureai Gallery, Hokkaido.

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Three States

October 21, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - January 6, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Joseph Nease Gallery, 23 West 1st Street
Duluth, MN 55802 United States
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Joseph Nease Gallery opens its inaugural exhibition Three States on October 21, 2017, with Matthew Kluber, Kathy McTavish, and James Woodfill. The exhibition runs through January 6, 2018. So what is Three States? Art critic, Dave Hickey once suggested “that all an artist needs is to decide where to live, how to live and what they want their art to look like.”  Similarly, as a gallery, all you need to know is where you want it to be, how you want it run, and what you want the work you show to look like.  Thus, we are in Duluth, Minnesota, with a thoughtfully run gallery showing artwork that we want (you) to see. In our inaugural exhibition titled Three States, we feature artists from three states with work that is related by motion, technology and finally formed by the space it occupies.  Each of these artists, Matthew Kluber (Iowa), Kathy McTavish (Minnesota), and James Woodfill (Missouri) share these commonalities, but through painting, projection, motion, and vantage point options give distinctly different viewer experiences.  Matthew Kluber is an artist whose “painting (projection)” work investigates the intersection of painting and digital technology.  Kathy McTavish is a media composer, cellist and installation artist…

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International Sculpture Conference

October 25 - October 28
KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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The International Sculpture Center (ISC) will hold the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities in Kansas City, MO from October 25-28, 2017. This four-day conference will bring together an audience of artists, educators, arts administrators, museum directors, collectors, patrons, students, and sculpture enthusiasts. Programming will include the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE Show; ARTSlams & mentor sessions; engaging panel discussions at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; opening reception & artist studio tours at Studios Inc.; keynote address; evening reception at Belger Arts Center; gallery hop in the Crossroads; workshops at Kansas City Art Institute & the University of Kansas; and optional art & culture trips. Pre- and post-conference tours & workshops will be held October 24th and October 29th. Register Now! Registration is open and available to ISC members, non-members, students, and all those with an interest in sculpture. Join us in Kansas City where we will explore new communities and discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture! For details about the conference and other ISC events visit the ISC website at http://sculpture.org/kc2017/, or by contacting the ISC Conference & Events Department at events@sculpture.org. Conference Locations Nelson Atkins Museum of Art 4525 Oak St, Kansas City, MO 64111 Kansas City Art Institute…

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