ARTNotes for Nov. 12

November 12, 2012


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Calendar of events

Nov. 13: ArtSounds presents “The Machine the Sneetches Built” at 7:30 p.m. at Paragraph Gallery, 23 E. 12th St. The collaborative performance features composer John Chittum, collaborators Andrew Seager Cole and Brad Van Wick, and sculptor Bobby Zokaites.
Nov. 14: “Asceticism,” an exhibition of student work will be on view through Nov. 16 in the Dodge painting gallery. Featured artists in the exhibit are Carie Musick Allmon (senior fiber), Philip Bakala (senior painting and art history), Mary Brawn (junior painting and CASL), Colby Dalton (senior painting), Derek Dobbins (junior printmaking), Olivia Gibb (junior painting), Keller Gordon (junior painting), Karla Hernandez (senior painting), Anthony Hurlburt (senior painting), Zachary Miley (senior illustration and painting), Andy Ozier (senior illustration), Anne Raab (‘12 sculpture and creative writing), Juilian Stropes (junior painting), Haley Treadwell (junior painting), Christian Valasquez (junior painting), Emily Wilker (senior painting), Alec Wright (junior painting) and Emily Young (junior fiber). The work selected for the exhibition forms a response or argues ideas of self-negation, discipline and neutrality within an artist’s studio to the essay Aesthetics of Silence by Susan Sontag. A gallery talk will take place at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 14.
Nov. 15: KCAI continues its fall visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by 2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Fellows Marcus Cain (‘98 painting), Anne Austin Pearce (attended) and Luke Rocha (attended), co-sponsored by H&R Block Artspace and Charlotte Street Foundation, at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus.Each artist received a $10,000 unrestricted cash award, and their work is on view through Dec. 12 at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI. For more information, visit or call 816-802-3423.
Nov. 17: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI continues its “Portraits of Thoughts” creative workshop series in conjunction with the “Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artists Awards” exhibition, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Artspace, 16 E. 43 St. The workshop will feature an activity for adults led by Noel Kearns, M.A., ATC-BC registered art therapist, based on the painting “Self-conscious” by Marcus Cain (‘98 painting). The series aims to explore the space that exists between verbal and visual communication and comprehension and features Charlotte Street Foundation award winner Cain in association with the Kansas Art Therapy Association. The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited to 20 participants. RSVP for the event by calling 816-876-774 or emailing
Through Dec. 12: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St., in partnership with PUMA Creative, will host screenings of films4peace, an annual short film commission visually interpreting the subject of peace. Films4peace is curated by Mark Coetzee and features 17 films by 21 international artists. For more information, visit

Early ARTNotes deadline for Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the deadline to submit articles for the Nov. 26 edition of ARTNotes is Monday, Nov. 19. Please send all requests to Brian Spano at KCAI offices will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday.

ArtsKC recognizes KCAI as one of best workplace giving campaigns for 2012

During the first week of April this year, KCAI held a fundraising campaign to educate faculty, staff and students about the importance of the ArtsKC Fund. Through its many efforts during the successful spring program, ArtsKC has now recognized KCAI as among the best workplace giving campaigns for 2012.
“This was just the second year we have participated in the program,” said Nicole Ratliff, vice president for advancement. “We saw this as an opportunity to support our alumni as well as the college. This is a great moment for us to thank the staff and faculty for their contributions and to show the community that KCAI is a leader in the arts.”
More than 50 percent of the individual artists who receive funds through the ArtsKC Fund Innovation Grants are KCAI alumni and faculty.
Funds were raised through a series of events including, “Spare Change for Art,” Café Nerman Golden Ticket discount cards, an ArtsKC raffle of art-related prizes and The Basket Case silent auction. Staff members also had the opportunity to “Buy Your Birthday Off,” with proceeds going to the ArtsKC Fund. The campaign raised $2,616. An awards luncheon is scheduled for Jan. 25 at Starlight Theatre to honor several businesses and institutions, including KCAI, “for their extraordinary leadership in workplace giving campaigns.” For more information, visit

Holiday pop-up shop opens Nov. 16 in Vaderslice Hall

The Academic Advising and Career Services Holiday Pop-Up Shop is scheduled for 3-6 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Vanderslice Hall Reception Rooms. Artwork from KCAI alumni Kate Clements (‘11 painting), Leila Hybl (‘09 fiber), Kelsey Pike (‘11 printmaking), Angelica Sandoval (‘00 design) and Maegan Stracy (‘12 fiber) will be on sale. Some of the alumni will be able to accept credit cards; however, checks and cash are encouraged. Pictured: Work by Kate Clements.

Fifth annual Harvesters food drive runs through Dec. 11

KCAI is teaming with Harvesters–The Community Food Network to sponsor a food and fund drive Nov. 13 through Dec. 11. Donations received through the drive will help Harvesters feed those in need throughout Kansas City. Harvesters’ agencies provide assistance to nearly 60,000 people every week, and nearly half of those are children and the elderly. For every $1 donated, Harvesters can provide five meals. Items needed include non-perishable food and personal hygiene products. To make a donation, contact Amy Gross, special events assistant, at 816-802-3463 or In addition to the food drive, the KCAI cafeteria and Great Western Dining are partnering with Harvesters for the annual Late Nite Breakfast on Dec. 4. Students bringing canned goods for Harvesters can partake in a late night breakfast free of charge. On Dec. 6, staff and faculty can enjoy breakfast in the cafeteria for a donation to Harvesters.

Fiber department begins informal critique program 

The fiber department has started a new informal critique program. Students from other departments and recent graduates who want to engage in critical dialogue are welcome to participate in the conversation. The first critique session will take place from 6-9 p.m. Nov. 15 in the sewing room of The Warehouse. The first half hour will be an open discussion about common critique issues and ways to improve critique. The goal of the program is for students to improve their overall critique skills and experience. To sign up or for more information about the critique sessions contact Maegan Stracy, technician in the fiber departement at

KCAI alumna to lead two-week Tuscany trip

Paula Smith (‘82 ceramics) will host a trip to Tuscany May 5-18. The trip is entitled “Clay, Food & Art History: Two Weeks in Tuscany.” Students will explore the medium of clay, responding to the region’s architecture, della Robbia medallions, Etruscan pottery, hilly landscape and culture. Smith said she will mentor students, both novice and advanced, “to find their own unique artistic voice through this traditional medium using wheel and hand building techniques.” For more information about the trip, visit

KCAI students schedule auction to support Kiva project



As a way to gain a better understanding of the economics of microfinance loans and help those less fortunate, students in Hal Wert’s Globalization class have organized an art auction for 7 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms to support the Kiva project. Students and faculty have donated items for the auction. Kiva is a nonprofit organization that provides small loans to entrepreneurs in third-world countries who do not have access to a solid banking system. The loans provide an opportunity for individuals to start or grow their business, rise from poverty and improve their quality of life. In addition to the auction, money is being raised through a student and faculty art exhibition that runs through Nov. 25 at the Rag and Bone Gallery, 1412 W. 12th St., entitled “¢hange for Change: Building Futures Through Microfinance.”

CPS offers early bird discount on non-credit spring classes

Several new classes have been added to the School for Continuing and Professional Studies spring schedule includingDiscover Drawing, Discover Fiber, Discover Printmaking and Discover Sculpture. Part of the Discover Series, these classes are designed to introduce students to experimentation with multiple mediums. The full spring class schedule is online now. A 20 percent early bird discount for non-credit spring classes is available to students who register online before Nov. 30. Pictured: Bill Lutz, watercolor.

Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around

A nine-panel bronze installation designed and created by Michael Wickerson, associate professor and chair of sculpture, was installed in October at the new Argentine Library in Kansas City, Kan. Using the concept “Look Up, Look Down, Look All Around,” Wickerson decided to literally frame these three actions within bronze castings of vertical stacks of checked out library books.
“Towering to the sky, these books imply active reading and research, climbing to knowledge and teetering and swaying in one’s attempt to perceive, experience and understand the world around us,” Wickerson said.
Artistic license and freedom, along with cooperation of the committee member, allowed Wickerson to not only develop a unique concept for the bronze castings but also to turn the process of creation into a teaching tool. The large castings were poured during the month of June at KCAI in the sculpture foundry with the assistance of junior sculpture students Keyan Alemifar and Lizzy Olson, who had the opportunity to see the project through during a three-week summer directed study. In addition to the technical training, Alemifar and Olson were part of the concept development phase and were granted the opportunity to model two of the nine panels from wax to bronze. In turn, Wickerson awarded the students a stipend for their personal artistic merit.
The bronze sculptures can be seen on the exterior façade of the building near the front entrance at the new library during business hours. Pictured (clockwise from top left): Lizzy Olson, Michael Wickerson and Keyan Alemifar open a bronze cast casing after pouring the mold earlier that morning; Wickerson presents Olson and Alemifar with checks for their help on the bronze sculptures; Wickerson cleans off the first bronze casting from a test pour in the Volker complex. Photos by Cat Szalkowski (’04 photography and new media).

Purchase an angel to help a child for the holidays

KCAI is teaming up with The Salvation Army for the Angel Tree Program. Beginning Nov. 13 and running through Dec. 11, there will be angels available in the Vanderslice lobby on the large mirror to purchase to help a local child have a Merry Christmas. The angels will have the child’s name, age and an item they want for Christmas. There is a $30 maximum for the gift. Gifts can be turned into Lee Piechocki in admissions,, (816) 802-3300; Gina Golba in the Living Center, (816) 802-3397; or Amy Gross, special events,, (816) 802-3463.

Alumni updates 

Jeannie Hulen ('96 ceramics), associate professor of ceramics and chair of the art department in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas, has been named a 2012-2013 Fellow of the Southeastern Conference Academic Leadership Development Program. The program's objective is to identify and mentor academic leaders in SEC schools. Over the course of the academic year Fellows participate in two regional workshops as well as in programs specific to each campus. Hulen joined the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Arkansas in 2002, was promoted to associate professor of ceramics in 2008 and was appointed chair of the art department in 2010.
Notes on Land, an exhibition by Erika Hanson ('06 fiber), lecturer in the KCAI fiber program, and Justin Gainan ('04 fiber), is on view through Nov. 30 at Tompkins Project, a contemporary art gallery in Brooklyn directed by Milton Quint Stevenson ('04 sculpture). The exhibition features work representing the themes of interaction with landscape, references to art history and nostalgia. Installation work by Hanson is comprised of weavings, tiny shelves, halogen lamps, ice and succulents. Sculptures and photographs of performance by Gainan address ideas of interaction between human and object. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: Look, Justin Gainan, C-print.
Barry U. Barnes ('90 ceramics) will have work featured in "Two Sides to Every Story," an exhibition on display through Dec. 1 at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center at Ivy Tech Community College in Bloomington, Ind. Additionally, Barnes will have work on display in an exhibition at the Shircliff Gallery of Art at Vincennes University in Indiana through Dec. 8. Barnes earned his M.F.A. from Arizona State University in 1994 and is currently an assistant professor of art at Vincennes University. He has permanent installations of work on display at the University of Indianapolis; the American Art Clay Company (AMACO) in Indianapolis; the Mesa YMCA in Phoenix; and the Arizona Museum for Youth in Mesa, Ariz. Pictured: "Wall Block II," Barry U. Barnes, 2012, stoneware clay, 22 inches by 11 inches by 5 inches.
Jonathan Springer ('07 graphic design) was recently named art director at POP, a graphic design agency in Seattle whose clients include national and international companies like Nike, Target and Microsoft. To see Springer's work, visit
Miguel Rodriguez (’00 ceramics), who lives in Las Vegas, will be part of a performance Nov. 15 during the 13th Annual Latin Grammy Awards. Univision will broadcast the show live, starting at 7 p.m. CST, from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas. “It is exciting, for sure,” Rodriguez said. “A representative of the musician with whom I’ll be performing went looking for a Las Vegas artist at a local Dia de los Muertos celebration run by Clark County Parks and Recreation. The gentleman in charge of the cultural center where the festival took place recommended me, as I have worked with him on a few public art installations. Initially, I was just supposed to create a giant traditional procession puppet called a ‘mojiganga.’ The musician also came across images of a gigantic skull mask that I created and have performed in a few times. She loved it and asked me to be part of her performance.”

Faculty updates

Corey Antis, assistant professor of painting, has work featured in the book “Architectural Inventions: Visionary Drawing of Buildings.” The book, with images from various architects, designers and artists, presents a visual study of structures that exist only on paper. In addition, Antis is participating in the Plug Projects exhibition “Mystery” and was recently a part of the MDW Art Fair in Chicago, a showcase for independent art initiatives, spaces, galleries and artist groups, highlighting artist-run activities and experimental culture locally, nationally and internationally.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Subterranean Gallery – “Curatorial Studies,” an exhibition featuring several KCAI alumni, is on view through Nov. 30 at Subterranean Gallery, 4124 Warwick Blvd., Apt. B. Amanda Gehin (‘06 painting), Molly Kaderka (‘11 painting and art history), Jadyn Senne (‘11 painting) and Paul Anthony Smith (‘10 ceramics) are featured in the exhibition, which includes drawings, paintings, collages and sculpture. “Curatorial Studies” is viewable by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, visit Pictured: KCAI alumna Molly Kaderka (left) discusses the upcoming exhibition with Subterranean Gallery director Ayla Rexroth.
Greenlease Gallery – Greenlease Gallery on the campus of Rockhurst University, 54th Street and Troost Avenue, presents “On Display: Exploring Body Image,” a multimedia group show curated by Terry Lynn Campbell (‘10 interdisciplinary arts). The exhibition, which a spokesperson for the gallery said explores “themes of objectification and society’s fascination with body image,” will be on view through Dec. 1. The gallery is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. For more information, contact Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce at 816-501-4407 or
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art – Linda Lighton (’89 sculpture) and Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. Their talk will take place during a 6 to 8 p.m. reception that celebrates their exhibitions “Taking Aim” and “Abject Reverie,” respectively. The exhibition will be on view through Dec. 22.
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