ARTNotes for Nov. 26

November 26, 2012


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Calendar of events

Nov. 29: The Kansas City Art Institute continues its fall visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Nandipha Mntambo co-sponsored by H&R Block Artspace at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Nandipha Mntambo graduated with an M.F.A. degree from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town in 2007. For more information, visit or call 816-802-3423.

Nov. 30-Dec. 2: Kansas City Art Institute’s end-of-semester student exhibition and sale takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Student artwork from the departments of ceramics, digital filmmaking, fiber, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture will be showcased. Work will be displayed in studio departments throughout the campus. Exhibition and sale hours are 5-7 p.m. Nov. 30; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 1; and noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 2. For a map of KCAI, visit For more information, call 816-802-3423.

Dec. 9: H&R Block Artspace at KCAI continues its “Portraits of Thoughts” creative workshop series in conjunction with “Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artists Awards” currently on view at the gallery, from 1-3 p.m. at the Artspace, 16 E. 43 St. The workshop features an activity for arts professionals led by Sheri Jacobs, MA-ATC registered art therapist, based on the painting “Burden of Light” by Marcus Cain (’98 painting). The event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited to 20 participants. To RSVP to the event, call 816-876-7747 or email

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

H&R Block Artspace sets holiday schedule; opens exhibit to begin new year

H&R Block Artspace will be closed to the public Dec. 13 through Feb 1, reopening with the exhibition “Xijing Men Collaborative” Feb. 2. An opening reception has been scheduled from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 1. For more information about the holiday schedule or the exhibition, contact Artspace at or 816-561-5563.

Illustration department plans internship event 

The KCAI illustration department will host an internship fair from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 29 in the illustration building called “The Harvest” to help facilitate connections between local businesses/artists and students. Senior and junior illustration students will set up trade-show style with work samples, business cards and portfolios and will be available to talk to anyone interested in hosting an intern. More than 90 individuals from over 30 local companies have been invited to attend. This event is open to illustration students hoping to obtain a potential internship opportunity. For more information, contact Skye Livingston at or 816-802-3518.

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.

CPS offers early bird discount for 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.

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 on the large mirror in the Vanderslice lobby 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 purchase for the gift. Gifts can be turned into Lee Piechocki in admissions,, (816) 802-3300; Gina Golba in Mineral Hall, (816) 802-3397; or Amy Gross in the Advancement & Alumni House,, (816) 802-3463.

Student updates


Carie Musick Allman (senior, fiber) has a crocheted installation currently on display at Latte Land, 1201 Main St. as part of the Kansas City Power & Light District’s Holiday Windows on Main art contest. The installation, entitled “MAKE | Believe” will be on display until Jan. 5.People can visit to vote for Allman’s display, giving her and a charity a chance to share a $5,000 prize. Voting ends Dec. 16. Pictured: “MAKE | Believe,” Carie Musick Allman. Image courtesy of the artist.

Alumni updates


Grace Grothaus (’07 interdisciplinary arts and art history) made her international debut Nov. 21 at the World Creative Biennale in Rio de Janeiro. Grothaus said she is the only representative from the United States with work in the exhibition. In her new series “Re(View) in situ” Grothaus said she has taken layered paintings and re-envisioned them through augmented reality. “Re(View) in situ” will be on view Dec. 16 at the Hardesty Arts Center and MA Doran Gallery in Tulsa, Okla., and in March at la Esquina in Kansas City. Also on Nov. 21, “Re(View) in situ” debuted as an app in the Apple store. For more information, visit Pictured: Grothaus demonstrates “Re(View) in situ.”


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.

Faculty updates


Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber will have work on view in the exhibition “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” Dec. 14 through Mar. 17 at The Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Mich. According to Verbeek-Cowart, the exhibition explores the fine art textile and fabric movement through the artworks of 48 of the finest artists in the field today. After Muskegon, the exhibition will be on display at several venues throughout the United States. Pictured: “Kuba Lace” Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, 2011, Dobby-woven, hand-felted, cut super-fine merino wool, 87 inches by 87 inches. 


“The Fire and the Rose” by Jim Sajovic, professor of foundation, acquired by the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in January 2012 for the museum’s permanent collection, is on view in “Be Inspired!” at Kemper at the Crossroads, 33 W. 19th St. The exhibition will be on view until June. On First Fridays, the gallery is hosting a series of artist conversations, when artists whose work is in the exhibition will speak about their work. Sajovic will be the featured speaker at 6 p.m. May 3. For more information, visit Pictured: “The Fire and the Rose” Jim Sajovic, 2001. Image courtesy of the artist.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions


Blue Gallery – Rich Bowman (’91 painting) is showing a series of new paintings in an exhibition entitled “Passages” through Dec. 3 at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. For more information about the exhibition, call 816-527-0823 or visit Pictured: “Highland Pass #6,” Rich Bowman, 2012, oil on canvas 37 inches by 51 inches.


The Roost – Ashley Ariel (senior, photography), Malynda Eshleman (senior, photography), Ryan Pechnick (senior, photography) and Janet Simpson (senior, photography) all will have work on display at a show entitled “Residual Cycles” at The Roost, 1100 Santa Fe, from 7-11 p.m. Nov. 30. There will be an artist talk the following day from 1-3 p.m. at the same location. The exhibition is focused on the documentation of moments from each photographer’s travels, family and daily life and will be on view through Dec. 14. Gallery hours are by appointment only. For an appointment, email Pictured (clockwise from top left): Photos by Ashley Ariel, Malynda Eshleman, Ryan Pechnick and Janet Simpson.

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. For more information, visit

Red Star Studios – Roberto Lugo (‘12 ceramics) will be featuring work during “Digital Debut,” on view through Dec. 31 at Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. Using humor and irony, his work tells of his personal experiences. Gallery hours are Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, visit Pictured: Diabetic Sugar Bowl IV, Roberto Lugo, 2012, porcelain, 7 inches by 7 inches by 4 inches. Photo by Stephanie Kantor, Red Star Studios.

Red Star Studios – Guy Michael Davis (‘03 ceramics) and Katie Parker (‘03 ceramics), who both teach at the University of Cincinnati, are returning to Kansas City to install site-specific work at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios. They are creating new work using archival molds found at the Rookwood Pottery in Cincinnati. An opening reception has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at Red Star Studios, 2100 Walnut St. For more information about the exhibit, contact Michael Baxley at or 816-474-7316.

Upcoming events at KCAI

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