Artist Opportunities

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Visiting Critic and Curator Program

History of the program

Initiated in 2000 through support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Visiting Critic and Curator Program (VCCP) is designed to engage Kansas City artists in a dialogue with nationally recognized curators and critics. Hosted on a biennial basis by the Artspace, VCCP invites submissions through an open call to artists as well as submissions from Kansas City artists and M.F.A. and B.F.A. candidates in their final year.

VCCP invites a nationally recognized critic or curator –– alternating between critic and curator for each program –– to select a group of Kansas City artists for individual studio visits and discussions in Kansas City. The program opens up a dialogue between a Kansas City artist and a critic or curator from outside of the region and exposes the visiting critic or curator to the dynamic contemporary arts scene in Kansas City. The Artspace organizes a public lecture by the visiting critic or curator as the culmination of the program.

Previous visiting critics and curators include Michael Pittari, former editor of Art Papers in Atlanta; Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Kathryn Hixon, editor of New Art Examiner, formerly published in Chicago; Anne Pasternak, director of Creative Time in New York; James Elaine, curator of Hammer Projects at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and Stuart Horodner, director of the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and David Everitt Howe (left), a Brooklyn-based independent critic and curator.

Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile

The first “Kansas City Flatfile” exhibition was held at the Artspace in 2001 in conjunction with the “Pierogi Flatfiles” exhibition featuring flatfiles from Joe Amrhein’s Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The “Kansas City Flatfile” has since become a biennial invitational exhibition featuring a wide range of work by emerging and established artists from the Kansas City area.

The exhibitions include two-dimensional work in various media including drawing, photography, print, painting and mixed media. All of the work is contained in individual portfolios enclosed in flatfile cabinets. Visitors are invited to browse the files and handle the work, which offers a unique and personal viewing experience. In addition, the exhibition includes a videofile featuring a variety of time-based work which viewers can select and watch at their leisure.

Throughout the exhibitions guest curators from the Kansas City area and surrounding region are invited to curate temporary salon-style presentations from the flatfiles. The “Kansas City Flatfile” has a studio-like characteristic for the participating artists and the public and encourages a natural exchange of ideas and practices through a hands-on approach.

The Kansas City Flatfile provides an opportunity for a wide range of Kansas City artists to show their work to an equally diverse audience, which often includes arts professionals and collectors in the Kansas City area and beyond. Artists are invited to participate and submission to the Artspace’s Visiting Critic and Curator Program places artists on this list.

June 11 – September 24, 2016
2016 Kansas City Flatfiles & Digitalfile

Opening reception: June 10, 6 – 8 p.m.
Pictured at left: Artist, alumna and Greenlease Gallery director
Anne Austin Pearce reviews an artist portfolio with a Rockhurst student.

Education Opportunities

The Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute by providing extraordinary learning opportunities for KCAI students through a student work program and an internship program. Student interns and assistants are involved in all aspects of our gallery –– from the inception of an exhibition’s beginning to its design and installation to its reception by a public audience.

Through their roles at the Artspace, students gain insight and expertise that expand their educational opportunities at KCAI and an introduction to a range of professional opportunities available for them after college. Artspace interns also have an opportunity to curate one exhibition in the Roger Cohen Resource Room to implement all they have learned and contribute publicly to Artspace programming.

Artist-in-residence Program

On occasion, the Artspace invites artists to create new work for an exhibition or project while in residence at the Artspace. Artists are invited to interact and collaborate with KCAI students, faculty and Artspace staff as well as meet with Artspace visitors during their residency.

Past Artist-in-residence participants:
2016 : Simone Leigh
2014: Kate Gilmore
2012: The Xijing Men: Tsuyoshi Ozawa, Chen Shaoxiong and Gimhongsok
2007: Mel Ziegler
2006: Jeffery Vallance, Sean Foley, Marc Swanson
2005: Ghada Amer
2003: Wenda Gu
2002: Jamie Walker, Sadashi Inuzaka, Frances Whitehead, Jeanne Quinne, Walter McConnell
2000: Lee Boroson
1998: Eve Sussman, Karen McCoy and Don Wilkison, Bill Botzow, Adam Kuby, Li Shen, Susan White, Lynn Hull