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March 2017
Free

A Common Sense Reading Series

March 18 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery,
1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Saturday, March 18th, 7pm Cyrus Console-Şoican Robert Fernandez Mary Hickman Simone Savannah KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice 1819 Grand Blvd KCMO 64108 Cyrus CONSOLE-ŞOICAN is the author of Brief Under Water (Burning Deck, 2008), for which he received a Fund for Poetry award, The Odicy (Omnidawn, 2011), and Romanian Notebook (Faber/FSG). Recent poetry has appeared in Boston Review, Critical Quarterly, Lana Turner: A Journal of Poetry and Opinion, Seattle Review, and No: a journal of the arts, where he served as contributing editor 2002-2009. He holds a B.S. degree in organismal biology from the University of Kansas, an M.F.A. degree in writing from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College, and a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Kansas, where his poetry won several notable prizes. Robert FERNANDEZ is the author of the poetry collections We Are Pharaoh (Canarium, 2011), Pink Reef (Canarium, 2013),and Scarecrow (Wesleyan, 2016). He holds an MFA in poetry from Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, The New Republic, Poetry, Conjunctions, A Public Space, and elsewhere. He was selected by Robyn Schiff as a New American Poet by the Poetry Society of America,…

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Current Perspectives – Maria Tomasula

March 23 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Epperson Hall – KCAI campus,
4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Born and raised in Chicago, Maria Tomasula is an active part of the Chicago art scene. Maria Tomasula received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Illinois, and then continued her education at Northwestern University, where she earned a Masters degree in Fine Arts. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Notre Dame and also is a Lecturer at Northwestern University. Her recent solo exhibitions were at Forum Gallery New York and Los Angeles, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN and at the Mexican Fine Arts Museum, Chicago, IL. Her work was also included in Larger than Life: Women Artists Making it Big at Susquehanna Art Museum in Harrisburg, PA (2003), Recent Acquisitions at Mexican Fine Arts Museum in Chicago (2002), Obsessive Drawing at Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts (2001), Timely and Timeless at the Aldrich Museum in Connecticut (1994) and Transitional Objects: Contemporary Still Life at the Neuburger Museum of Art, Purchase College, New York (2006-2007). With striking color and theatrical compositions, Tomasula’s artwork is influenced by the votive painting of Mexico, as well as the contemporary writers of Latin America. As an artist she seeks to create very unique, but realistic…

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Current Perspectives – Jonathan Lethem

March 30 @ 11:45 am - 12:45 pm
Irving Amphitheater,
4402 Oak St.
Kansas City,
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Lethem is an award-winning novelist whose books include Motherless Brooklyn, Chronic City, The Ecstasy of Influence, and The Fortress of Solitude. His newest book, A Gambler’s Anatomy (Doubleday 2016), is a noirish novel about, among other things, the shadowy world of backgammon. Lethem was born in New York and spent his early childhood on the KCAI campus where his father, the painter Richard Lethem, was on the faculty. In 2005, Lethem was awarded a MacArthur “Genius" fellowship, and he currently teaches at Pomona College, where he is the Roy Disney Chair of Creative Writing.

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April 2017
Free

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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Current Perspectives – Peter Kuper

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Hall – KCAI campus,
4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Peter Kuper’s illustrations and comics have appeared in magazines around the world including MAD where he has written and illustrated SPY vs. SPY every issue since 1997.He is the co-founder of World War 3 Illustrated, a political comix magazine and has produced over two dozen books including and adaptation of Kafka's The Metamorphosis and Ruins which won the 2016 Eisner award for best graphic novel. He has been teaching comics courses at The School of Visual Arts for 25 years and is a visiting professor at Harvard University.

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Artist Talk: Warren Rosser

April 19 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The School for Continuing Studies,
32 East 46th Street
Kansas City, MO 64112 United States
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The Kansas City Art Institute - School for Continuing and Professional Studies cordially invites you to an evening featuring our very own William T. Kemper distinguished professor of painting, Warren Rosser. The evening will include craft cocktails with admission and a presentation of Rosser's work. Artist Talk: Warren Rosser WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19 from 6:30 - 8 P.M. $25, refreshments provided with admission Ages 21+ The School for Continuing and Professional Studies offers art history and fine art courses for ages 6 through adult, for more information on upcoming courses visit: http://www.kcai.edu/continuing-education

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End-of-semester exhibition and sale

April 28 @ 5:00 pm - April 30 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI,
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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Art lovers and art collectors don't miss Kansas City Art Institute’s (KCAI) End-of-the Semester Exhibition and Sale, April 28-30.  Find a treasure trove of original artwork and goods made by KCAI’s talented students in animation, ceramics, filmmaking, fiber, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, graphic design and sculpture. All proceeds benefit individual students and KCAI studios. Hours are Friday, April 28, 5 to 8 p.m; Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, April 30 noon to 5 p.m. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/.

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May 2017
$100

Tom Maniaci’s Frame Your Face

May 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Stand Gastro Bistro,
34977 Woodward Ave.
Birmingham, MI 48009 United States
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Tom Maniaci's Frame Your Face presents the 8th annual Art of Giving at The Stand in Birmingham, Michigan on Thursday, May 25, from 6 to 10 pm, with a patron after party from 10 pm to midnight. Food, event cocktails, music, live and silent auction, raffle and a Frame Your Face paint-by-number portrait for attendees to paint. This year's benefitting charity is Team Joseph, a non-profit organization whose mission is to aggressively fund cutting-edge research to find a treatment or cure for Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Frame Your Face paint by number canvases have raised over $275,000 at charity events since 2005. Tickets are $75 and $100 online, or $100 and $125 at the door.

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June 2017
$125

Art & Design Auction

June 3 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
KCAI,
4415 Warwick Blvd.
Kansas City, MO MO United States
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Mark your calendars now for the Kansas City Art Institute’s Art & Design Auction on June 3 when KCAI’s newest studios and The Rowland Commons will be the epicenter for a fabulous evening of fine art and festive fare. It’s an event so big and bold, it only happens every other year. Honorary Chairs Sue and Lewis Nerman and Event Chairs Abby and Alex Wendel are planning an evening perfect for friends who share a passion for supporting art and design education. Keith Jacobshagen (’65 design) is the Star Artist and one of his signature landscape paintings will be featured in the live auction.  The silent auction, hosted by Paddle8, an international art auction site, will open two weeks before the event, giving you plenty of time to bid on artwork created and donated by distinguished alumni, faculty and friends of KCAI.  The auctioneer for the live auction is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House. Proceeds from this event support scholarships for students; expansion of curricula and programs; recruiting and retaining distinguished faculty members; and technology acquisitions.   The auction ensures KCAI maintains its reputation as one of the premier…

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