ARTNotes for Sept. 4

September 4, 2012

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Calendar of events 

Sept. 6: An all-campus “Welcome Back” picnic will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the campus green. Hosted by President Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., the picnic for KCAI faculty, staff and students celebrates the start of a new academic year.

Sept. 8: “The Big Draw (& Print)” will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. Intended for all ages, the family event will feature two art-making sessions led by local artists, including “Exquisite Collage” and “Cut and Paste Gestalt,” an open drawing session and visiting artists from The Print Factory. All materials for the event are provided and admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the event, contact Beverly Ahern at or 816-802-3571.

Sept. 11: ArtSounds kicks off its fall season at the Kansas City Art Institute with “The Goldberg Variations” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall. Collaborators Kairy Koshoeva and Jennifer Owen will present a concert and contemporary dance choreography to selections from “The Goldberg Variations” by J.S. Bach. The choreography, created for five dancers, will reflect the structure of the music with the intent of enhancing the experience of the patterns of Bach’s work. For more information, contact campus information at 816-802-3423.

Through Sept. 29: The “2012 Kansas City Flatfile,” an exhibition featuring two-dimensional artwork by Kansas City-based artists, is now on view at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The invitational biennial exhibition provides visitors with a unique and intimate art viewing experience, encouraging viewers to browse through individual artist portfolios stored within flatfile cabinets or select video works to screen in the “Videofile.” Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit

President Chanda to participate in Sept. 5 panel discussion

A proposed downtown campus for the arts will be the focus of a panel discussion from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Helzberg Auditorium at Kanas City’s Central Library, 14 W. 10th St. Among the panelists will be Jacqueline Chanda, Ph.D., president of KCAI. Other panelists will include Peter Witte, dean of the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Jerry Allen of the Cultural Planning Group. Allen is a consultant to the Mayor’s Task Force for the Arts. Mike Burke, chairman of the task force, will moderate the discussion. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To sign up and to view an event trailer, visit Co-sponsors of the event are the Art in the Loop Foundation, the Downtown Council of Kansas City, KCAI, the Kansas City Public Library, the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City and the UMKC Conservatory of Dance and Music.

Lester Goldman Drawing Competition Award Exhibition

The 7th Annual Lester Goldman Competitive Drawing Award Exhibition, dedicated to the memory of longtime painting faculty member Lester Goldman, will be on view Sept. 3–14 in the Dodge Building main gallery. Goldman’s drawing classes encouraged passion, experimentation and excellence, values which, according to Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, were present in this year’s competition finalists. Erin Russell (’12 painting) was named winner of the competition, and finalists included Hayley Elkins-Treadwell (junior, painting), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Evan Pardue (junior, painting) and Frederick Vorder-Bruegge (senior, painting). There will be a gallery talk at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 12 with the artists and jurors Jonah Criswell, special instructor of painting, and Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history.

The five competition winners and finalists also will represent KCAI in an upcoming traveling exhibition, “Disegno 6: Contemporary Undergraduate Drawing,” which will make stops for showing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the Memphis College of Art before returning to the Dodge Building galleries this spring.

The 8th Annual Lester Goldman Drawing Competition is scheduled for April 2013. The competition is open to students from all levels and disciplines. Open to all media and interpretations of drawing, students will be asked to submit a portfolio of 12 works that show the students, use of drawing in relation to their studio practice. For more information about the competition or exhibitions, contact Jessie Fisher at Pictured: From left to right, artwork by Erin Russell, Madeline Gallucci and Frederick Vorder-Bruegge.

Summer 2012 NYC AICAD: Mapping the City exhibition

An exhibition of student work from a three-week studio intensive in New York City this past summer will be on display Sept. 3–14 in the 3A gallery in the Dodge Building. The studio course was led by Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting, and participants included students from various disciplines. Varied media, materials, readings and strategies were used to engage students in the New York environment. The map, as a material and conceptual tool, was used as a conduit to a greater understanding of New York as a dynamic, living interface. Students involved in the course included Philip Bakala (senior, painting and art history), Caranne Camarena (’12 painting), Amanda Castro (junior, painting), Brett Ginsburg (senior, ceramics and art history), Rachel Kruse (senior, painting), Thomas Luna (junior, painting), Will Meier (senior, painting and creative writing), Andrew Ordonez (senior, painting), Molly Ryan (senior, sculpture), Alison Trent (senior, sculpture), Frederick Vorder-Bruegge (senior, painting), Malory Ward (junior, painting and art history) and Emily Wilker (senior, painting). Elizabeth Matthews, a graduate student from Burren College in Ireland also took part in the program. Pictured: Clockwise from top left, artwork by Andrew Ordonez, Philip Bakala, Thomas Luna and Malory Ward.

CPS class offered in partnership with Nelson-Atkins

The Kansas City Art Institute School for Continuing and Professional Studies recently announced a new art history series, “Here's Looking at Art,” offered in partnership with The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The series provides an opportunity for students to analyze and discuss art in multiple contexts. Classes will take place at the museum where students will navigate exhibitions with their instructor, learning skills for “reading” objects and discovering the hidden stories the art has to offer.

“Here's Looking at Art” is an ongoing series that will offer four-class courses beginning Oct. 4. The first course, “Introduction to Looking at Art,” will be taught by Dr. Rose May, head of interpretation at the museum. To register, visit The courses are listed among adult programs under the art history section, and the cost is $129.

Ceramics students and recent grads featured in Ceramics Monthly magazine

Work by four KCAI ceramics students is featured in the September issue of Ceramics Monthly. Each September the magazine publishes “Undergraduate Showcase,” highlighting selected student works from art colleges and universities around the country. This year, Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics), Emily Connell (’12 ceramics), Rob Lugo (’12 ceramics) and Maret Miller (senior) were among nine students chosen. Of the other five non-KCAI students featured, one attends San Jose State and is a student of Stan Welsh (’77 ceramics), and another attends Arizona State University and is a student of Kurt Weiser (’72 ceramics).

Painting student chosen for Yale/Norfolk summer arts program

Frederick Vorder- Breugge (senior, painting) was chosen to represent KCAI at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, Conn. this past summer. The program focuses on painting and sculpture with additional courses in printmaking and drawing, digital photography and critical theory. “The competitive program brings together promising, strongly motivated students from across the country,” said Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting and member of the mobility committee. “We hope people will join us in viewing the work Frederick made at this year’s program in Norfolk.” Vorder-Bruegge’s drawings and animations from his time in the program will be exhibited through Sept. 14 in the Dodge Building galleries. Pictured: “Untitled,” Frederick Vorder-Breugge, 2012, inkjet print video still.

Faculty updates

Work by Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, is currently on view at the Echt Gallery in Chicago and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg through Sept. 28, where she will lecture Sept. 27 on “Provocation in Ceramics.” In October, her work will be exhibited at the J Fergeson Gallery in Farmville, Va. (Oct. 5–Dec. 15). A solo show of new work by Gamble will open Nov. 2 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. Her images and essays have been published in the latest Lark Books 500 series, entitled “The Best of 500 Ceramics,” which celebrates the best of the 500 Lark Books in ceramic art. She will be published in the next edition of “International Contemporary Artists” art book, Volume V.

Miguel Rivera, chair of the printmaking program at KCAI, has been invited to be an artist-in-residence Sept. 15–30 at Guanlan Original Printmaking Base in Shenzhen, China. He will create a suite of prints in the company of Chinese print masters and other international artists. Hugh Merrill, who also teaches printmaking at KCAI, is currently an artist-in-residence at the same location. Rivera and Merrill were nominated independently for the residency. For more information, visit


Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, received first place in “Longitude,” a yardage competition at the 2012 International Handweaver's Conference in Long Beach, Calif. For more information, visit Pictured: “Felt Lace Waves,” Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, 2012, superfine merino wool dobby woven, hand-felted and cut.

Calls for artists

The KCAI communications department invites students to create and submit a 30-second to 2 1/2-minute video on the topic of “Why I chose KCAI.” Videos can be realistic or surrealistic and use (or not use) animation or motion graphics. A panel of judges made up of KCAI faculty and staff will review entries and select a winning video and a runner-up. The winning video will receive a cash award of $500, and the runner-up will receive a cash award of $250. In addition to being eligible for cash awards, winning work will be featured on the KCAI website alongside videos produced by professional production companies such as Brainroot Light and Sound and Proffer Productions and will be highlighted on the KCAI YouTube Channel and promoted via Facebook and Twitter. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Nov. 21. Submit a DVD (.mov files) to the communications office, located on the third floor of Vanderslice Hall. For more information, contact

The Overland Park Arboretum is looking for students to participate in “Flying Brooms,” a 2013 exhibition of decorated broomsticks suspended from tree limbs throughout the park. The exhibit will be on view during the last two weeks of October 2013. Participants must provide their own brooms. For more information, contact Sandy Engelkemier at 913-897-9771 or

Young Friends of Art is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Party Arty fundraiser Jan. 26 at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Young Friends of Art is an organization that caters to young professionals who are interested in meeting new people and supporting arts in the Kansas City community. This year’s theme for the event is based on the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection, scheduled to be on view at the museum next spring. The exhibition will feature work by Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera and other modern Mexican artists. Young Friends of Art promises to harness the spirit of the Gelmans, who lived well and entertained lavishly in 1940s Mexico. Event attendees “will revel within a verdant garden paradise accented with troops of white peacocks and wild Mexican orchids.” For more information, contact Kate Maxwell at 913-907-0888 or

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

La Esquina – “Manifest Destiny” opens Sept. 7 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. The exhibition by Renée Cinderhouse (’01 sculpture) is described as “a storybook installation in sculpture focusing on American history, the Midwest as frontier and story-telling as the means to create personal and cultural identity.” The exhibition also will include performances by Kansas City musicians. For more information, visit Pictured: “Manifest Destiny,” Renee Cinderhouse, 2012, ink on encyclopedia pages published in 1954, 6.5 inches by 9.5 inches.

Overland Park Arboretum – An installation of work by KCAI sculpture students is on view through Oct. 1 at the Overland Park Arboretum, 8909 W. 179 St., Overland Park, Kan. Last semester, sophomores were challenged to create ephemeral works of art that would complement the surroundings and change with nature during the months leading up to October. Materials incorporated into the works include hay, rocks, dyed cloth, wood and vinyl. The work can be seen along the Cottonwood Trail, West Trail and in the Prairie. Students with work on view include William Bradley, Benjamin Bradshaw, Charles Cintron, Oliver Clark, Kimberly Davidson, Rebekka Federle, Kirsten Holt, Elizabeth Howe, Lauren Lanza, Nicholas Missel, Maxwell Newman, Laura Valle, Erin Van Jura, Zachary Voss and Wyatt Wood. The arboretum is open from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday and admission is free. For more information, contact Julie Bilyea, recreation supervisor for the City of Overland Park, at 913-344-8656.


Spray Booth Gallery – “Covenant” is on view through Sept. 14 at Spray Booth Gallery, 130 W. 18th St. The exhibition features work by Peter Granados (’11 painting) and Tyson Gough (’11 painting). A closing reception will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 14. Regular gallery hours are 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, visit Pictured: Artwork by Peter Granados, courtesy of Spray Booth Gallery.

The Studios Inc. ­– “Ecstasy and Dreams” opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 14 at The Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell St. The exhibition features new oil paintings, fabric collages and soft sculpture by Julie Farstad, associate professor of painting, and will be on view through Oct. 26. For more information, call 816-994-7134. Pictured: “The Accident,” Julie Farstad, 2012, oil on claybord, 10 inches by 13 inches.


Telephonebooth Gallery ­– “Residue & Extraction” opens with a reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at  Telephonebooth Gallery, 3319 Troost Ave. The exhibition features recent work, described by the gallery as hybrid forms of sculpture and painting, by Katherine Perryman (’01 painting) and will be on view through October. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. For more information, visit Pictured: “Wallflower,” Katherine Perryman, 2012, latex, fabric and wood. Image courtesy of Telephonebooth Gallery.

Upcoming events at KCAI

Check out a listing of all upcoming events at the Kansas City Art Institute.