ARTNotes for April 8

April 8, 2013


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Calendar of events

April 11: Ceramic artist Shawn Spangler will present at KCAI’s “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. Spangler earned an M.F.A. degree from Alfred University in New York and recently completed a residency at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. He is a visiting assistant professor at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact 816-802-3426 or visit
April 18: Painter and sculptor Dike Blair will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus as part of the college’s "Current Perspectives" lecture series. Since 1980, Blair's work has been shown in venues such as the Gagosian Gallery, Feature Inc., Wexner Center for the Arts, the Walker Art Center, Centre Georges Pompidou, the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the 2004 Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: 816-802-3426 or visit
April 19: The opening reception for the “2013 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition” is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI, 16 E. 43 St. Artwork by candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at KCAI will be on view during the exhibition, which continues through May 18. The exhibition includes work from most departments at KCAI, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. For more information, call 816-561-5563 or visit
April 23: ArtSounds continues its season with “(D)Construction,” a multimedia installation featuring the students of Mara Gibson’s Creative Collaborations class. Gibson teaches composition and theory at the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St. Initiated by faculty from the UMKC Conservatory and KCAI, ArtSounds explores cross-media expression through creative concert-making. ArtSounds performances are free and open to the public.
April 25: Karen Kice (‘01 ceramics and art history) will give the Distinguished Alumni presentation as the culmination of the college’s 2012-2013 “Current Perspectives” series at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. In addition to her degree from KCAI, Kice earned a masters of science degree in architectural history and theory from The Bartlett School of Architecture at University College London. Currently she serves as the Neville Bryan assistant curator in the department of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago, where her work focuses on contemporary architecture and urbanism. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: 816-802-3426 or visit

Patrick Clancy and Richard Mattsson

Patrick Clancy, professor and chair of photography and digital filmmaking, and Richard Mattsson, foundation professor, will be retiring at the end of the spring semester after long and notable careers as educators at KCAI.
Mattsson joined KCAI in 1965 and has taught in the foundation program for 48 years. He chaired the program from 1966 to 1972. While teaching, he has maintained his practice as a studio artist, with areas of interest that include painting, drawing and printmaking. His work has been shown nationally in solo, juried and invitational group exhibitions. His activities have been supported by the Ethel Morrison VanDerLip Award for travel and study in Europe, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education and the Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art. His exhibition history includes the Ottawa (Kan.) University Gallery; the Nippon Club in New York; the “Granlund Selects” Invitational Exhibit in Wayzata, Minn.; Cleveland State University in Ohio; the Groveland Gallery in Minneapolis; and throughout Kansas City, including the Charlotte Crosby Kemper Gallery; Dolphin Gallery; Watson, Ess, Marshall & Enggas law offices; and the Leedy-Voulkos Gallery. His work is represented in a number of collections, including those of Louis Sosland, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Continental Insurance Corporation and Kansas City, Kansas Community College.
Clancy joined KCAI in 1986 as associate professor and chair of the photography/video department. Throughout his career in higher education, he has continued his studio practice as an artist working with photography and digital media. He has received grants from the New York State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Capital Foundation and the Missouri Arts Council. Clancy was a fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Study and Conference Center in Bellagio, Italy, and participated in the Harvestworks Artist-in-Residence Program. He was a founding member of Pulsa, a collaborative group of artists that pioneered early electronic and interactive computer art through viewer-activated light and sound and video installations. His work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Visual Studies Workshop, Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies, Camerawork, San Francisco Cinematheque and the Photographic Resource Center. His projects explore different aspects of time as a medium and experience within the still and moving image. For 20 years, he has co-curated “Electromediascope,” an international survey of contemporary experimental film, video and new media, with Gwen Widmer as part of the modern and contemporary art department at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Pictured: Patrick Clancy (top) and Richard Mattsson; photos by Gwen Widmer and Cat Szalkowski (’04 photography), respectively.

KCAI preparing for 2013 Art and Design Auction

On June 1, KCAI will host its ninth biennial art and design auction, an event that raises funds for student scholarships. Artwork generously donated by KCAI faculty and alumni takes center stage at the auction. Also offered for sale will be classic, 21st century design pieces acquired with assistance from local design and architecture firms; special travel and fine-dining packages; and one student sculpture selected through a campus-wide competition and fabricated by the A. Zahner Company. The competition was detailed in the Feb. 11 issue of ARTNotes, where Hannah Lodwick (senior, painting and art history) was profiled as the winner. (For details, visit
Two hundred works will be offered for sale in silent and live auctions. Featured in the live auction will be a work by Akio Takamori (76 ceramics). The piece is being donated to the auction by Dick Belger and KCAI trustee Evelyn Craft Belger, who noted that additional works by Takamori will be on view May 3 through Aug. 24 at the new Red Star Studios location in Belger Crane Yard Studios, 2011 Tracy Ave. The Takamori exhibition is being hosted by Red Star Studios in collaboration with the Belger Arts Center and Barry Friedman Ltd.The show will include lithographic prints created by Takamori with Mike Sims, founder of The Lawrence Lithography Workshop.
Honorary chairs of the KCAI auction are Bill and Meg Zahner. Event co-chairs are Mark and Kathy Donovan and Richard and Mary Wetzel. Other volunteer leaders include Marti McLarney and Pam Woodard, patron solicitation chairs; Liz and Nate Orr, new friend chairs; Dan Meiners, ambiance chair; Jon Taylor, design items chair; Laura Berman, associate professor of printmaking at KCAI, and Russell Ferguson, foundation professor at KCAI, faculty chairs; Summer Farrar (’05 fiber), Archie Scott Gobber (’88 painting) and Laura McGrew (’90 painting), alumni chairs; Tom Styrkowicz, publicity chair; and Hal Brent, finance chair. A party for auction patrons is set for May 1 and will take place at the home of trustee Sue Nerman and her husband, Lewis Nerman.For more information, visit Pictured: “Sleeping Woman in a Red Dress,” Akio Takamori, 2013, stoneware with under glaze, variable heigh 9 inches by 32 inches by 19 inches; photo by Vicki Takamori.

Open Studios today in foundation

Several foundation studios in the West Building will host “open studios” today. Professor Steve Whitacre’s students will exhibit work from 4 p.m. to midnight in Studios 9 and 10. Studios 5 (Professor Jim Sajovic), 3 (Associate Professor Sherry Sparks) and 8 (Instructor David Overholt) will be open from 5 to 8 p.m.

ArtsKC Fund Campaign set for April 22-26

The ArtsKC Fund Campaign will return to the KCAI campus the week of April 22. The ArtsKC Fund is a community-wide initiative that provides funding for arts organizations and individual artists. For the past six years, the Arts Council of Metropolitan Kansas City has raised money for the arts through workplace giving campaigns.
KCAI is a recipient of the ArtsKC Fund Ovation category, which provides an average of $5,000 annually to the college’s Annual Fund. Additionally, many KCAI alumni and faculty members have received grants through the Inspiration Grant category. Over the past six years, 51 percent or 65 of the 127 Inspiration grants presented have been to KCAI alumni and faculty.
Beginning April 22, KCAI will conduct a series of opportunities on campus to help raise funds to support the arts in Kansas City. This is a way of supporting KCAI alumni and faculty who live and work in Kansas City. The campaign will conclude with a celebration during KCAI’s Field Day activities on April 26.
Some of the activities will include an ArtsKC Raffle, Spare Change collections jars, Buy Your Birthday Off and much more. New this year will be the ArtsKC Cake Walk as part of the campus Field Day celebration. For more information, contact Randy Williams at or 816-802-3527.

Access Alumni to host series of events in April

Access Alumni Events will host a tour of two local art museums from 1 to 4 p.m. April 13. KCAI students are invited to convene between 12:30 and 1 p.m. at the Student Living Center to participate in a tour of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art, both in Overland Park, Kan. Transportation will be provided.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 23, Eleanor Whitney, program officer for external affairs and fiscal sponsorship of Artspire, will speak in The Warehouse on the topic of finding a job in the arts. Artspire is a program of the New York Foundation for the Arts, and Whitney will describe the organization’s resources, fundraising activities and support for programs available nationwide for artists at every stage of their careers. For more information about Artspire, visit For more information about NYFA, visit
KCAI’s office of Academic Advising and Career Services will hold its annual networking reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. April 25 in the Vanderslice Reception Rooms on the KCAI campus. Representatives from local businesses who have provided professional experiences and internships for KCAI students are invited to mingle with KCAI students at this event, which provides a thank-you to local professionals and companies while allowing them a chance to network with potential interns and prospective employees. Students and faculty interested in attending the networking reception should RSVP to Rishad Gandhi at

Discounted tickets available to The Forum at Ink’s Middle of the Map Fest

The Forum, a two-day interactive event at OfficePort, located in the Crossroads Arts District, is composed of expert keynotes and interactive panels that opens dialogue between participants and more than 40 of Kansas City's most innovative leaders and thinkers in the tech, art and cultural communities. Discounted tickets to The Forum are available for KCAI faculty, staff and students.
The Forum is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 18 and 19. Attendees are allowed to come and go as they please. Tickets are normally $50 but are offered to the KCAI community at a discounted rate of $35. Visit to purchase tickets.
Keynote speakers include: Clint Edmonson, architect evangelist of Windows 8, cloud and mobile applications for Microsoft Corporation;Robb Heineman, CEO of Sporting Kansas City;Adam Jones, historic preservation architectural designer and developer for the Hobbs Building/Ripple Glass; John McDonald, founder and president of Boulevard Brewing Company/Ripple Glass; Sandy Kemper, founder and chairman of the board of Pollenware and The Collector’s Fund; and Stephen Kingsmore, director of the Children’s Mercy Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine.For more information about the event, visit

Fiber class plans pop-up shop April 26-27

Students in Kim Eichler-Messmer’s Entrepreneurship and Indie Design class and several KCAI alumni are organizing a pop-up shop for April 26-27. Eichler-Messmer, assistant professor in fiber, said the focus of the class is guiding students toward developing their own unique, handmade product line to make and sell. The pop-up shop will include fiber, ceramics, jewelry, prints, clothing, accessories and books. Shop hours are 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 26 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27 at The Warehouse, 4218 Walnut St. For more information contact Eichler-Messmer at or 785-764-2310.

Student updates

Brittany Hand (sophomore, graphic design) placed second in the Study Abroad category recently at the Study Missouri International Education Day Photo Contest and received a monetary prize for her efforts. Hand’s award-winning photo of confetti being thrown from above the Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark in Venice, Italy, will be printed, mounted and exhibited in the Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City, Mo., during International Education Day on April 30. All of the winners of the photo contest can be found at Pictured: “Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark,” Brittany Hand, 2012.
Andy Ozier (senior, illustration), who had two works accepted into the New York Society of Illustrators 2013 student competition, has received a $1,000 scholarship from the organization, Steve Mayse, professor and chair of illustration has announced. For more information about the competition, visit Pictured: “Issey Assemblage,” Andy Ozier, 2012, mixed media, 12 inches by 4.5 inches.

Alumni updates

“Mother ghost,” by Casey Hannon (’07 graphic design and creative writing), received a starred review in the April 1 issue of Publishers Weekly. The reviewer said the book and individual stories “pack an intense emotional punch.” “With intricately crafted, delicate yet jarring language, Hannan presents a vision of the world that is wholly original and enthralling,” the reviewer stated.
The president and board of governors at York University in Toronto, recently announced that Shawn Brixey (’85 sculpture) has been named the new dean of the university’s faculty of fine arts, effective July 1.
The position is an evolution of his history of building and leading hybrid arts initiatives as well as an extension of his close involvement with The Canadian Foundation for Innovation over the last few years.
With 55,000 students enrolled across its four integrated Toronto campuses, York is the third largest research university in Canada, and the FFA is one of the largest fine and performing arts faculties in North America.
The FFA has an operating budget of $35 million and supports 250 faculty and 3,500 graduate and undergraduate students working across art, dance, design, digital media (joint with engineering), film/video, theater, art history and cultural studies. The FFA offers six interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees and 16 graduate degrees, including a Ph.D. in art studio practice. For more information about Brixey’s new position, visit Pictured: Shawn Brixey.
Three artists — all alumni of KCAI — have each received $10,000 in unrestricted cash gifts as 2013 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award Fellows. An original pool of 111 applicants was narrowed to 10 artists and then again to the three artists who were selected: Mike Erickson (’99 printmaking), Erika Lynne Hanson (’06 fiber) and Paul Anthony Smith (’10 ceramics.) For details, visit Pictured: “U.E.I.W.E.L.: Iceberg 1875,” Erika Lynn Hanson, 2012, woven linen; image courtesy of the artist.
David Rich (’74 painting) has an exhibition of paintings at Ethan Petit Contemporary in Brooklyn, N.Y., running through June 2. Rich is known for his decisive modeling of abstract pictorial space and his distinctive style of urban nocturnal landscape. For more information about the exhibition, visit Pictured: “Place of Open Intervals,” David Rich, 2011-2012, oil on canvas, 56 inches by 60 inches.
Nick Cave (’82 fiber) was recently featured in the New York Times about his new site-specific performance in collaboration with dancers from the Ailey School. His creation of life-size horses greeted commuters at New York’s Grand Central Station. To read the New York Times story, visit

Faculty updates

President Jacqueline Chanda has announced that the KCAI board of trustees has approved the following faculty applications for promotion and tenure, all of which take effect this fall, at the start of the next academic year: Chris Chapin, professor of graphic design, has been approved for tenure; Tom Lewis, assistant professor and director of the School of the Foundation Year, has been approved for tenure and will be promoted to the rank of associate professor; Phyllis Moore, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the School of Liberal Arts, has been approved for promotion to full professor; and David Overholt, foundation instructor, has been approved for promotion to assistant professor.
The world premiere of a work by Dwight Frizzell, associate professor of digital filmmaking, and Michael Henry will unfold at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27 at the City Stage Theatre in Union Station in downtown Kansas City. Entitled “DARWIN (2012),” the work is a chamber opera dramatizing the life of Charles Darwin. Staged in collaboration with the Owen/Cox Dance Group and the newEar Chamber Ensemble, the opera is presented in historical context, with words and music featuring period musical references, nature soundscapes, events and scenes from Darwin’s life. Tickets cost $20 for adults or $10 for students with I.D.
According to the newEar Season 20, 2012-2013, commemorative program, Frizzell and Henry began their musical collaborations in 1983. Together they have created, produced and presented a series of projects including the 1996 Peabody Award-winning “Harry’s Shadow,” supported by newEar and broadcast as part of the NPR series “Lost and Found Sounds.” NewEar presented the premier performances of “Out of Time,” Frizzell and Henry’s one-act monodrama created for soprano Patricia Johnson of the New York City Opera; Sonic Force for A-10 Warthog Aircraft, Helicopters, Military Band and Multichannel Sound Projection; and “H for Thermonuclear Device and Remote Chamber Ensemble,” featuring a B61 Mod II thermonuclear gravity bomb on stage as soloist accompanied by a chamber ensemble located in a simulated bomb shelter, projected into the performance space via live video and multichannel sound feeds.
For more information, visit Pictured: “Darwin (2012)” graphic.

Staff updates

Jake Fowler, servers and systems technician in campus technology, recently built the new website for Blue Gallery. David Kuhn of Blue Gallery provided the design. To see the site, visit

Welcome to KCAI

Andy Martin has joined KCAI as a safety and security officer. Welcome, Andy!

Calls for artists

Charlotte Street Foundation is seeking applications from visual artists, performing artists and writers interested in being considered for its Urban Culture Project Studio Residency Program. Applications are due May 30 for yearlong studio residency terms, September 2013-2014.  Applications will be accepted exclusively through Entering its 10th year, the Studio Residency Program provides free studio spaces and rehearsal spaces to young, emerging and/or already accomplished area artists in need of space in which to create and develop their creative processes, professional practices and peer networks.
The residents of Woods Chapel Lodge, a rent-subsidized senior living facility at 1000 N.W. Arlington Place, Blue Springs, Mo., would welcome pro-bono help in turning a 3-foot-tall tree stump on their grounds into a sculpture of some kind. The residents do not have funds to pay for this work. Anyone interested in donating services may call resident Janet Dean at 816-220-5553.

Local KCAI-related exhibitions

Blue Djinn Gallery – Daniel Chase (freshman), Dakota Davis (attended) and Sam Stevens (freshman) are showing work in an exhibition called “An Experiment in Mapping at the Blue Djinn Gallery, 1400 Union Ave. The exhibition runs through April 27, and gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
The Late Show – Recent paintings by Terri Wheeler (’96 painting) will be on view through April 27 at the Late Show, 1600 Cherry St. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment by calling 816-474-1390.
1522 Saint Louis – A group of artists, including Amanda Gehin (’06 painting), are participating in a news series of installations entitled “Adjacent To, Or Further More” at 1522 Saint Louis gallery, which is located at 1522 St. Louis in Kansas City’s West Bottoms district. The artists were asked to step outside of their usual methods of working. Each artist’s exhibition opens at a different date: Amy Kligman, March 29; Emma Hunt and Jason Underhill, April 26; Julian Freeman, May 25; and Gehin, June 21. The exhibition runs through June 30. Pictured: “Wallpaper Test (In Yellow),” Amanda Gehin.
Garney Art – Anne Garney, who has taught classes in KCAI’s Continuing and Professional Studies program, is showing several of her paintings in a solo exhibition, “Anne Garney: Caribbean Landscapes,” at Garney Art, 1922 Main St. The show features paintings from her trips to St. John, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Tortola, Mexico and Costa Rica as well as a few other beach scenes. The exhibition may be viewed by appointment through May 3 by calling 916-842-3388. Pictured: “Trunk Bay Overlook,” Anne Garney, 2012, oil on canvas.
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Gallery – Mike Lyon (’75 painting) is showing work in an exhibition entitled “Post-Digital Prints and Drawings” at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave. through April 27. Lyon is a student of both Japanese art and culture and 21st century computer technology. The tools Lyon employs to create his images are reductive digital photography, the use of computers and automated inventions of his own design. Pictured: “Maggie,” Mike Lyon, 2012, white and black ink on pigment-tinted watercolor paper 85 ½ inches by 44 inches.
The Roost Gallery – Timothy Amundson (’09 photography) is opening a solo exhibition of large-scale photographs, projection and sound installation, and a collaborative performance, entitled “FUGUE STATE” April 12 at The Roost Gallery, 1100 Santa Fe Road. Amundson will conduct an artist talk at 1 p.m. April 13 at the gallery. The exhibition runs through April 21. Pictured: “Some Voids,” Timothy Amundson, 2012.
Belger Arts Center – “Adornment,” which continues through June 8 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.
Longview Cultural Arts Center – The third MCC-Longview Art Faculty Biennial, running through April 20, features several KCAI alums, including Amy Kephart (’95 ceramics), Kim Lindaberry (’76 ceramics), Daniel Reneau (’04 painting and art history) and Jim Smith (’85 painting). Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, and the gallery is located at 500 S.W. Longview Road in Lee’s Summit, Mo. Pictured: “Celestial Terrestrials,” Kim Lindaberry, archival digital print mounted on di-bond aluminum, 29 inches by 47 inches.
La Esquina – Lyndsey Griffith (attended), Grace Groathus (’07 interdisciplinary arts) and Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts) will feature work in a group exhibition entitled “Focus: OK<->KC.” The exhibition runs through April 20 at La Esquina, 1000 W. 25th St.
Blue Gallery – Tim Hahn (’75 painting) has work on display in an exhibition entitled “New Works” at Blue Gallery, 118 Southwest Blvd. The exhibition runs through May 3. Pictured: “Sailor’s Delight,” Tim Hahn, acrylic on wood, 24 inches by 24 inches.
All Souls Art Gallery –Diane Abelson (attended) will show pastel paintings in an exhibition at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church Art Gallery, 4501 Walnut St. The exhibition runs through April 19. The gallery is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays and by appointment on weekends. For more information about the exhibition, contact
The Warehouse Gallery – “Blind Trajectory,” a group exhibition featuring the work and process of junior fiber students, runs through April 21 at The Warehouse Gallery in KCAI’s new fiber building, 4218 Walnut St. Featured artists include Chris Bender, Emily Blaser, Brock, Shenequa Brooks, Hannah Carr, Krystal Jolicoeur, Emily Kenyon, Lena Klett, Lauren McLaren, Laura Millar, Max Rosenbaum, Sarah Wylie and Emily Young.For more information, contact Sarah Wylie at or 417-766-3692.
KCAI Stairway Gallery – Recent work by Kimberly Kersey Asbury (’96 painting) is on viewthrough April 15 in the KCAI Stairway Gallery, which is located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. The works are photo-based images from Asbury’s White Horse Dialogues and Subterfuge series. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information about the artist, visit Pictured: Gallery view of Kimberly Kersey Asbury’s exhibition.

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