ARTNotes for Feb. 25

February 25, 2013

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Calendar of events

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
Through March 2: “Austerity Measures,” presented by KCAI’s office of Academic Advising and Career Services as part of its Access Alumni Events series, continues at Cara Y Cabezas Contemporary Gallery, 1714 Holmes Road. A closing reception with a celebratory potluck and artist talks is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. March 2. For more information, contact Calder Kamin at
March 7: Author and poet Juliana Spahr is the guest lecturer for KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vancerslice Hall on the KCAI campus. She is the Aurelia Henry Reinhardt chair of the English department at Mills College in Oakland, Calif. Spahr is a National Poetry Series Award winner, a two-time winner of the Gertrude Stein Award in Innovative American Poetry and a four-time grant recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or
March 12: Visiting art historian Mey-Yen Moriuchi, Ph.D., will give a talk from noon to 1 p.m. in Irving Amphitheater entitled, “Race and Identity in 18th and 19th Century Mexican Painting.” The program is sponsored by the School of Liberal Arts.

Peter Sellars, opera, theater, festival director, to speak at KCAI’s 2013 commencement

Peter Sellars, a renowned opera, theater and festival director, will be the keynote speaker at KCAI’s 2013 commencement May 18.
Sellars has staged operas at the Glyndebourne Festival, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Netherlands Opera, the Opera National de Paris, the Salzburg Festival, the San Francisco Opera and Teatro Real (Madrid), among others, establishing a reputation for bringing 20th century and contemporary operas to the stage, including works by Olivier Messiaen, Paul Hindemith, and Gyorgy Ligeti.
A Harvard graduate, Sellars was appointed artistic director of the American National Theater at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., at the age of 26, where between 1984 and 1986 he originated seven productions and presented 18 others from a wide range of American and international theater companies.
Sellars is a professor in the department of world arts and cultures at the University of California-Los Angeles and a resident curator of the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, the Erasmus Prize, the Sundance Institute Risk-Takers Award and the Gish Prize and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Pictured: Peter Sellars

Three KCAI students to present at art history symposium

KCAI’s School of Liberal Arts will host an art history symposium at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI on March 2. Three papers written by KCAI students have been selected through a juried process and will be presented at the symposium, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon. Those presenting are Philip Bakala (senior, painting and art history), “Appropriation as Visual Discourse over Pictorial Genealogy and Subjective Interaction”; Kendell Harbin (senior, art history and printmaking minor), “How to Travel through an Entropic Landscape (and come out on the other side): An Essay on Robert Smithson’s ‘Tour of the Monuments of Passaic’”; and Hannah Lodwick (senior, painting and art history), “The Anthropomorphic Reification behind Lichtenstein’s ‘Brushstrokes.’” For more information, contact Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history, at

High school students invited to spend spring break at KCAI

KCAI is offering an alternative to the usual spring break for high school students by inviting them to ArtBreak this March. ArtBreak, administered through the School of Continuing and Professional Studies, is a weeklong intensive assortment of art classes on the KCAI campus.
Computer Animation and Drawing Marathon will be held March 11-15 at the North Campus, 1801 N.W. Platte Road, Riverside, Mo. Kiln Fired Glass and Oil Painting will be offered March 18-22 at KCAI’s Main Campus, 4415 Warwick Blvd. The courses are held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. The price for each class is $309, plus studio or material fees.
Students can register online at For more information about ArtBreak or other youth classes, contact CPS at 816-802-3333.

The Nelson to host artist talk with LaToya Ruby Frazier

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art invites KCAI faculty, staff, students and friends to attend an artist talk by LaToya Ruby Frazier at 6 p.m. March 1. The event will take place in Atkins Auditorium at the museum. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For tickets, call 816-751-1278 or visit A visual artist from Braddock, Pa., Frazier is associate curator for the Mason Gross Galleries in the Visual Arts department of the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She was appointed critic in photography at Yale School of Art in New Haven, Conn., in 2012. The Whitney Museum of American Art has described Frazier as “a photographer and media artist who uses the conventions of social documentary to probe and upend traditional narratives of urban growth and the triumph of industry. Exposing the underbelly of corporate practices — rapid de-industrialization and outsourcing, environmental negligence and inner-city gentrification — Frazier’s work examines the crises of post-industrial communities and the class divisions wrought by capital.” For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: “Momme,” LaToya Ruby Frazier, gelatin silver print, gift of the Hall Family Foundation, 2011.67.5, image courtesy of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

CPS hiring instructors for youth classes

KCAI’s School for Continuing and Professional Studies is looking to hire instructors for youth classes. Anyone with experience in computer animation, draw manga, claymation movies, digital photography or jewelry and fashion design can apply online at For more information about instructor positions, contact Mary Dwyer at 816-802-3449 or

Student updates

Erika Goering and Michael Van Jumper, seniors in the KCAI graphic design program, have won a $500 Idea Award from Design Ignites Change. The awards recognize student designers who tackle socially-conscious problems, giving visibility and support to bold ideas for positive change. Their project, entitled “Protein Pods and a New Coat of Paint,” arose from an ongoing partnership between KCAI’s graphic design department and several organizations in the Rosedale neighborhood of Kansas City, Kan. The project targets the issue of childhood obesity through an environmental graphic design makeover of Rosedale Middle School’s cafeteria. Strategies included a lunch line reversal, so healthy foods are seen and acquired first, and creating two types of menus with healthy items renamed to be more appealing. Pictured: Michael Van Jumper and Erika Goering with one of their menus.
Eli Brumbaugh (senior, graphic design) has been named a “Student to Watch” by Graphic Design USA Magazine. Brumbaugh’s profile is one of 25 that appear in the January/February issue of the magazine, which saluted top design students from colleges and universities across the nation. The profile reveals that Brumbaugh’s favorite app is Squarespace Note, his favorite color is Pantone 2905 and his favorite typeface is Geogrotesque. To view the profile, which talks about how Brumbaugh grew up in Houston and helped to establish ArtStorm Gallery in the Houston Museum District, visit Pictured: Eli Brumbaugh

Faculty updates

Miguel Rivera, chair of printmaking at KCAI, will show work at the 41st annual Southern Graphics Council International Conference March 20-23 in Milwaukee, where he will participate in a panel discussion entitled “Voices of Silence.” The title refers to “zones where graphics/print media has brought greater focus to marginalized issues giving voice to the silent, to subaltern politics or ecological issues.” For more information about the conference, visit For more information about the Voices of Silence panel discussion, visit In addition, Rivera is spearheading the fourth edition of an international project entitled “Crossover.” The collaborative project involves artists “questioning the established norms of the original production and authorship of artistic work.” Participants work on individual pieces and then circulate them to others. Ultimately, a collection of works will be exhibited in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and in the United States. For details, visit

Calls for artists

The Art in the Loop foundation is seeking artists to create innovative, original artwork for the ARTwall in downtown Kansas City. Artists will be selected to create 2-D images that will be reproduced as large-scale digital prints on heavyweight vinyl. The works will be displayed for about one year each. The ARTwall is mounted to the Town Pavilion Garage on the northwest corner of 13th Street and Grand Boulevard. To qualify, artists must live within 300 miles of Kansas City, Mo. The deadline for submitting qualifications to the Art in the Loop Foundation is 4 p.m. March 25. To view the Request for Proposals, visit
The Anti-Defamation League-Plains States Regions, in cooperation with the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, invites artists living within a 250-mile radius of Omaha, Neb. to submit qualifications and proposals to be considered for the 2013-14 Typecast/Recast public art exhibition. This is the inaugural year for what the ADL hopes will become a recurring project for Omaha. The deadline for submission of entries is March 2. Selected artists will be expected to install their works by Aug. 16. For more information about the exhibition, visit

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Cara Y Cabezas Contemporary Gallery - "Austerity Measures,” presented by KCAI’s office of Academic Advising and Career Services as part of its Access Alumni Events series, continues through March 2 at Cara Y Cabezas Contemporary Gallery, 1714 Holmes Road. The alumni curator panel includes Jonah Criswell (’05 painting), Ari Fish (’06 ceramics), Bobby Howsare (’09 printmaking), Marie McInerney (’02 fiber) and Davin Watne (’94 painting). The alumni’s selections were made based on students’ submitted work and the students they wanted to meet in a series of studio visits. A closing reception with a celebratory potluck and artist talks is scheduled for 3 to 5 p.m. on March 2. For more information, contact Calder Kamin at
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. 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
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
Blue Djinn Gallery - Sid Laser (’77 painting) will be showing work at Blue Djinn Gallery, 1400 Union Ave. through March 30. An opening reception is scheduled for 6 to9 p.m. March 1 at the gallery. For more information about the exhibition, contact Pictured: "A Pity," Sid Laser, oil, 40 inches by 30 inches

Opportunities List

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