ARTNotes for Dec. 10

December 10, 2012



This will be the last ARTNotes until Jan. 14. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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Calendar of events

Through Dec. 12: The “2012 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” exhibition continues at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43rd St. The exhibition features new work by 2012 Fellows MarcusCain (‘98 painting), Anne Austin Pearce (attended) and Luke Rocha (attended). For more information, visit or

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

KCAI Kiva Corps raises more than $800

Students in Hal Wert’s “Globalization History” class held two fundraising events this fall. One was a month-long show and sale of student work at the Rag and Bone Gallery, and the other was a silent auction of donated art held in KCAI’s Vanderslice Reception Rooms. The combined events raised more than $800, which the students will loan to budding entrepreneurs in developing countries. Sixty percent of the loans have been made to women in a wide array of occupations. The KCAI Kiva Corps is in its third year and has made 68 loans in more than 20 countries valued at more than $4,000. “We wish to thank all those at KCAI, students, faculty, staff and alumni, who have enthusiastically supported this innovative approach to curriculum,” Wert said.

Michael Schonhoff named Missouri state representative for AAMG

Michael Schonhoff, assistant curator and community outreach and exhibition manager of H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, has been selected as the Missouri state representative for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries Midwest Region. AAMG is the leading educational and professional organization for academic museums, galleries and collections. Among his duties, Schonhoff will be responsible for participating in membership drives at the state level, providing ideas to the AAMG board and suggest conference topics, and meeting with academic museum or gallery personnel to learn of their challenges and accomplishments and report back to the AAMG regional representative. 

H&R Block Artspace sets holiday schedule; next exhibition opens Feb. 2

H&R Block Artspace will be closed to the public Dec. 13 through Feb 1, re-opening 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 upcoming exhibition, contact Artspace at or 816-561-5563.

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 that continues 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

Student updates


Kahlil Irving (junior, ceramics and art history) has been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study at the International Ceramics Studio in Hungary during the spring 2013 semester. Irving was chosen from more than 2,600 applicants. The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is congressionally funded. Pictured: “Cups,” Kahlil Irving, 2012. Photo by Jim Walker.

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

Tex Jernigan (‘07 sculpture) and Dominique Karwoski (‘08 ceramics) recently collaborated on “The People’s Flag of Arizona,” an installation that was part of the exhibition “Canal Convergence,” on the banks of the Arizona Canal at Scottsdale Waterfront. Anyone was able to participate in becoming a part of the installation and its resulting optical illusion by standing, jumping and/or striking a pose in the middle of the Arizona flag to be photographed by Jernigan and Karowski, who made the images available to download and share. To learn more about the exhibition, visit Pictured: “The People’s Flag of Arizona.”

Faculty updates

James Woodfill, assistant professor of painting, along with Matt Wycoff (’02 sculpture) will showcase work in the exhibition “Drift,” running through Dec. 28 at Beta Pictoris Gallery in Birmingham, Ala. Wycoff also is curating the exhibition. In addition, Woodfill will have work on display locally at Dolphin Gallery, 1600 Liberty, at an exhibition entitled “Repeat.” It runs through Jan. 5. For more information about “Repeat,” visit Pictured: “untitled (Landscape #2),” James Woodfill, 2012, mixed media.

Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber, will have work on view in “Innovators and Legends: Generations in Textiles and Fiber” Dec. 14 through Mar. 17 at The Muskegon Museum of Art in Michigan. 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.

Calls for artists

The Washington State Vancouver Diversity Council is seeking art submissions by students and faculty from across the nation for a show entitled “My Story.” The exhibiton will be shown in two galleries throughout the month of March and acknowledges the differences of culture, religion, ethnicity, age, abilities, sexual orientation, class, race and nationality. Submissions may be fine-art works, including prints, photography, graphic art, sculpture, painting and drawing, or digital media, including animation, video, electronic literature, iPad applications and sound art. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31. For more information about “My Story,” visit

Currents: The Santa Fe International New Media Festival, scheduled for June 14-30, is looking for the unique ways artists use technology as a tool for expression and communication and ways scientists, programmers and developers are integrating the arts and aesthetics into their explorations and projects. Categories include new media installations (video, sound, interactive, computer/software modulated or robotic sculpture or computer/software assisted fabrications), single-channel video and animation, multimedia performance, experimental or interactive documentary, digital dome projection, web-art, art-gaming, mobile device apps and youth new media makers. All submissions must be received online or postmarked no later than Feb. 1. For more information about the festival, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

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 in “Residual Cycles” through Dec. 14 at The Roost, 1100 Santa Fe. The exhibition is focused on the documentation of moments from each photographer’s travels, family and daily life. 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.

Red Star Studios – Work by Roberto Lugo (‘12 ceramics) will be featured in “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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 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.

Guy Michael Davis (‘03 ceramics) and Katie Parker (‘03 ceramics), both of whom 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.The exhibition runs through 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.