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August 2017

John Ferry – September

August 31 @ 10:00 am - October 2 @ 5:30 pm
Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City , MO United States
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Thursday, August 31 – Oct 2, 2017 Blue Gallery 118 Southwest Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64108 816.527.0823 BlueGalleryOnline.com Tuesday - Saturday 10 am – 5:30 pm First Fridays 10 am – 9 pm and available by appointment

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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

Window Women – Jill Downen

September 2 @ 5:00 pm - November 11 @ 5:00 pm
Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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Marking the artist’s fifth solo exhibition with Bruno David Gallery, Jill Downen (Chair of KCAI Sculpture) presents an installation Window Women in the WINDOW ON FORSYTH (on view 24/7), a stack of sculptural blocks representing female breasts that command attention. Stacked in neat rows, subtle nuance reveals that each is uniquely shaped, a result of the artist’s additive and subtractive processes, layering plaster and sanding surfaces to achieve feminine curves. Presented at street level, is this a nod to Amsterdam’s women in windows, fecundity available for consumption? Or is this an homage to Artemis, the ancient Greek diva of Ephesus, with a cultural stream of commerce flowing from the goddess image? Downen’s work addresses such dialogue in relation to contemporary situations such as women’s marches and a nasty women arsenal in pursuit of equality. Bruno David Gallery, Window on Forsyth, 7513 Forsyth Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 http://www.brunodavidgallery.com/

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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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Shift – Bob Kolar

September 15 @ 10:00 am - October 12 @ 5:00 pm
Kiosk Gallery, 916 E 5th St.
Kansas City, MO 64106 United States
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Bob Kolar, KCAI Illustration faculty member has an exhibit opening on September 15 at Kiosk Gallery in Kansas City titled "Shift." A show of personal work titled "Shift". Change Gears, Alter direction, This has been Bob's mindset as he moves from a corporation to self-employment, from a large studio to a spare bedroom, from group efforts to solitary acts, and from a commercial pursuit to a personal one. Whether Bob is illustrating a picture book, designing a toy, or creating these personal works, it is always about shapes. Kolar is interested in the sense of volume and space that a simple shape creates. These images are built from the same familiar shapes that Bob uses in all of his work. They don’t have the literal content he uses in his works for children, but Kolar is striving to create the same sense of presence, motion, tension, playfulness, and maybe story. This show is another shift. Image: Shift - Bob Kolar, 8 x 8, Giclee print, 2017

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October 2017

Current Perspectives: Daniel Cummings

October 5 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Epperson Hall – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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DANIEL CUMMINGS was born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1980 Lives and works in Los Angeles. He holds an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of California Los Angeles and a B.A. in Studio Art from Bard College. Cummings has had multiple solo exhibitions including 2016 Recent Paintings, ACME., Los Angeles, CA 2014 Sculpture, Paintings and Drawing, ACME., Los Angeles, CA 2012 Cultural Arts Center, Longview, MO Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, ACME., Los Angeles, CA 2011 ACME., Los Angeles, CA. His awards include the Mrs. Sidney Temple Scholarship for 2006-­‐2007, UCLA DʼArcy Hayman Award for 2005-­‐2006, UCLA Milton and Sally Avery Scholarship in the Arts for 2001-­‐2002, and Bard College Hane Fromm Yacenda Scholarship in the Arts for 2000-­‐2001, Bard College.

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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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Current Perspectives: Allison Wade

October 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Painting Bldg. on KCAI Campus – K101, 4415 Warwick
K, MO 64111 United States
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Allison Wade is a visual artist working in sculpture and drawing.  She received her MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a BA in English literature from Stanford University.  Recent solo exhibitions include Know Better at devening projects + editions (Chicago) and you and you and you at Trinity Christian College (Palos Heights, IL). Wade has been awarded residencies at Ox-Bow, ACRE, Mustarinda (Finland), and the Vermont Studio Center and has been a visiting artist at Miami University, Rhodes College, the Cranbrook Academy of Art’s Ceramics Department, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Interlink program.  Born and raised in Texas, she lives and works in Chicago, where she is a Lecturer in the Department of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University. Image: Know Better: Scenario #2 wood, fiberboard, drywall, joint compound, steel, marble, fabric, hand-needlepointed fabric, granite, brass, glazed stoneware, paint, stain 78 x 48 x 15 inches 2016      

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October 28 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
KCAI, 4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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SATURDAY OCTOBER 28, 2017 1:00pm – 5:00pm Show your portfolio to schools from all across the country. Find out more here.

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November 2017

Rita Blitt Gallery & Sculpture Garden Opening

November 3 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Rita Blitt Gallery, 1700 SW Jewell Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621 United States
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Washington University celebrates the legacy of award-winning artist Rita Blitt as the Mulvane Art Museum unveils the Rita Blitt Gallery and Sculpture Garden. The Gallery and Sculpture Garden will connect Rita's art to White Concert Hall, creating a meaningful link between the performing and visual arts on campus.

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