ARTNotes for Feb. 11

February 11, 2013

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Calendar of events

Feb. 12: ArtSounds presents “Two Chamber Operas” at 7:30 p.m. inEpperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The collaborative performance featuresRyan Oldham and Nihan Yesil. For more information, visit
Feb. 14: Nathan Fox (’97 illustration) will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Fox is chair of the master of fine arts in visual narrative program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. The lecture, part of the “Current Perspectives” series, is sponsored by the KCAI illustration department. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-802-3426 or email
Feb. 16-17: Third Annual Kansas City Japanese Film Festival, co-sponsored by KCAI at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Films begin at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16 and 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17.
Feb. 21: Ross Sawyers (’02 photography and new media) will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Sawyers is an assistant professor of photography at Columbia College in Chicago. The lecture, part of the “Current Perspectives” series, is sponsored by the KCAI photography and digital filmmaking department. For more information, call 816-802-3426 or email
Feb. 28: KCAI continues its visiting artist lecture series, “Current Perspectives,” with a presentation by Matthias Pliessnig (’00 sculpture) at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 816-802-3426 or email

Hannah Lodwick wins Zahner sculpture competition

Hannah Lodwick (senior, painting and art history) has won the opportunity to have a sculptural concept turned into reality by the A. Zahner Company, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company best known for its use of metal in the world of art and architecture. Her work will be featured in the live auction at KCAI’s 2013 Art and Design Auction, which raises funds for student scholarships. The auction will take place June 1 on the KCAI campus.
“Factum Through Topography,” the winning design, will be constructed of metal and, according to Lodwick, evolved from a drawing she made from a painted brushstroke. From the light, middle and dark tones in the drawing, she created a topographic map, making the dark tones the lowest height. She then created a clay version of the drawing and sliced it into 20 sections.
“The vision for the object is to discover what it means to have a drawing become a site by creating its own geography,” she said. “The viewer’s participation in activating the object will be crucial.”
The sculpture competition was open to all KCAI students. Three finalists were selected: Lodwick, Siara Berry (sophomore, sculpture) and Ian Cochran (senior, sculpture). Judges for the competition included Matthew Hufft, founder and creative director of Hufft Projects and co-founder and creative director of Edwin Blue, a furniture company that focuses on handmade modern furniture; Devan Case, principal of Pendulum Studio; Julie Bilyea, arts coordinator for the City of Overland Park, Kan.; Katie Daily, director of the American Advertising Federation of Kansas City; and Kelly Dickens, a Kansas City artist.
Production of the piece will begin immediately. Plans call for the sculpture to be completed and delivered to KCAI by mid-May, so that prospective buyers will be able to view it on the KCAI campus prior to the auction. For more information, visit Pictured: Hannah Lodwick

CPS launches photography certificate; in need of equipment

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies will offer a photography certificate for adult students beginning in August. The program was created to meet an increased interest in its photography classes. The photography certificate features courses in areas such as traditional photography, digital photography, Photoshop, lighting and digital workflow. With this addition, CPS is in need of additional supplies and is asking for donations. For information about the types of cameras and equipment needed, contact Krystal Kuhn at or 816-802-3487.

KCAI co-sponsors Third Annual Kansas City Japanese Film Festival

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will host the Third Annual Kansas City Japanese Film Festival Feb. 16 and 17. KCAI is one of the co-sponsors of this benefit to help communities in the Tohoku region of Japan continue rebuilding two years after a devastating earthquake and tsunami hit that area. The films being shown on Saturday are “Toyo’s Camera,” “The Burmese Harp” and “The Cats of Mirikitani.” Sunday’s showing will include “442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity” and “MIS: Human Secret Weapon.” Donations will be accepted in lieu of admission. For more information about the event, visit

French artists to visit Kansas City

Vincent Buffile, a third-generation potter from the Ateliere Buffile in Aix-en-Provence, France, and his wife, Monique, will be in Kansas City Feb. 24 through March 4 to lead a two-day workshop at Red Star Studios in the Belger Crane Yard Studios complex, 2011 Tracy Ave., and to visit the KCAI campus. The hands-on workshop, set for March 2 and 3, will focus on screen printing and slab construction. Cost to participate is $40, and space is limited to 30 participants. KCAI faculty, staff and students are eligible to participate at no cost. While in Kansas City, the Buffiles will visit the KCAI printmaking studio on Feb. 27 and the ceramics studio on Feb. 28. For more information or to enroll in the workshop, contact or visit Pictured: Monique and Vincent Buffile

KCAI alums and students to show work in ‘Disegno 6: Contemporary Undergraduate Drawing’

Erin Russell (’12 painting), 2012 winner of the Lester Goldman Drawing Award, and finalists Hayley Elkins-Treadwell (junior, painting), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Evan Pardue (junior, painting) and Frederick Vorder-Bruegge (senior, painting) will be showcasing work in the traveling exhibition “Disegno 6: Contemporary Undergraduate Drawing.”
The exhibition opens Feb. 18 in the Painting Gallery of the Dodge Building on the KCAI campus, where it will be on view through March 1. 
The exhibition then will make stops at Memphis College of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art and the University of South Carolina. TheDisegno exhibition series is a yearly traveling drawing show organized by Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, who said calls for next year’s competition will be coming soon. For more information on the Lester Goldman Competition or theDisegno Series, visit or contact Fisher at

Faculty updates

Michael Wickerson, chair of the sculpture department, has been named to the Mid-America College Art Association board of directors. MACAA provides a forum in which its members may raise issues and share ideas relevant to its profession, including theoretical questions of aesthetics, classroom strategy, studio practice or the ongoing challenges of artistic life within the American system of higher education. Wickerson said his role on the board will align with his interests and abilities as he becomes more involved.

Call for artists 

Downtown Alive! is accepting booth applications for the second annual Corks & Canvas Art & Wine Walk in Blue Springs, Mo. The event is from 2 to 8 p.m. June 22, and the deadline to submit an application is June 1. There is no upfront fee for booth space; however, a 20 percent fee will be collected from each artist if they sell any merchandise during the event. For more information, contact Roscoe Righter at

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

The Warehouse Gallery – “Line, Pattern, Repeat,” showcasing work by recent KCAI alumni, continues through March 3 in the gallery of The Warehouse, KCAI’s new fiber building, 4218 Walnut St. A gallery talk from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 will feature remarks by some of the artists, who will speak about their work, and the exhibition’s curators will talk about the show’s conception. Featured artists include Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics), Chris Daharsh (’12 painting), Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), Ben Harle (’12 ceramics), Bobby Howsare (’09 printmaking), Naomi O'Donnell (’11 printmaking), Will Preman (’12 ceramics), and Jacyln Senne (’11 painting). Curators for the exhibition were Skye Livingston (’12 fiber and art history) and Maegan Stracy (’12 fiber and art history). The exhibition will be on view from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment. To schedule an appointment, contact Pictured: “Hextile,” Shae Bishop; photo by E.G. Schempf
Dodge Painting Gallery – The inaugural “Drawing Marathon,” presented by KCAI’s painting department, is a new exhibition of student and faculty work as a platform for challenging all studio practices with new sources of information, time and materials, explored through the drawing medium. It runs through Feb. 15 in the Painting Gallery of the Dodge Building. Sophomore students were asked to take part in creating 4-foot-by-5-foot drawings using a black-and-white palette in response to a situation staged by painting faculty members Corey Antis, Jonah Criswell and Jessie Fisher. Faculty and students participated in nighttime marathon sessions to create the final works now on view in the gallery. For more information about the exhibit, visit the new painting department blog at Pictured: Poster for “Drawing Marathon”
Belger Arts Center – “Adornment,” which opened Feb. 1 at Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut St., includes work by Shae Bishop (’12 ceramics), Ellen Green (’98 painting) and Misty Gamble, assistant professor of foundation. More than two dozen artworks will be on display in this exhibition of works entirely from the Belger Collection. Selections were made by Evelyn Craft, executive director of the Belger Arts Center and a member of the KCAI board of trustees. The exhibition continues through June 8. Pictured: “We Do Tattoos,” Renne Stout, 1999, mixed media, 26 inches by 20 inches; image courtesy of the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation
SPYN Gallery – “Secret Salon” continues through Feb. 23 at SPYN Gallery 2011 Baltimore Ave. It is a group show featuring the work of Christopher Bell; Jennifer Boe (’01 painting and creative writing); Kate Clements (’11 painting and art history); Deanna Dikeman; Ari Fish (’06 ceramics); Eliot Glenn; Ted Kaldis; Judith Levy; Roberto Lugo (’12 ceramics); Megan Mantia (’07 printmaking and art history); Robyn Nichols (’79 design); Jason Pollen, former chair of the KCAI fiber department; Leone Reeves; and Jane Signorelli. Pictured: “A Musical Offering,” Jason Pollen.


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