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ARTNotes November

November 9, 2015


Tony Jones Named KCAI President

On Oct. 22, the college announced Tony Jones' appointment as our 24th president. Hired on an interim basis in December 2014, Jones will now lead the college through June 2017, with a possible contract extension. Board Chair Pat McCown stated, “My fellow trustees and I saw in Tony an opportunity to secure a leader who is achieving positive results and to offer stability for students, faculty, staff and the community. We are proud to have him at the helm during this exciting chapter in KCAI's 130-year history.” The entire KCAI community welcomed the news of Jones’s appointment and are looking forward to his continued leadership.


Report on the Success of Kansas City Artists

Local News Channel KSHB-41 Action News recently featured Madeline Gallucci (’12 printmaking), campus activities and housing coordinator, and Laura Berman, professor of printmaking, in a segment about the success of Kansas City artists following a report published in the Kansas City Business Journal. According to the study, the occupation “artists and related” is ten times more plentiful in Kansas City than the national average. Also, with an average annual salary of $75,740, Kansas City ranks second in the nation (amongst 106 markets nationwide) for highest average pay of "artists and related.” To see the news segment, click here, and to see the article, click here. "The Bottom Line on Area Paychecks." Kansas City Business Journal, 33 (53). Pictured from top: Still images from the news segment of Christa Dubill, 41 Action News anchor, and Madeline Gallucci.

Kate Gilmore Wins ArtPrize's $200,000 Juried Award

KCAI congratulates Kate Gilmore, the 2014 artist-in-residence at the H&R Block Artspace, on receiving one of two $200,000 grand prizes at the seventh annual ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Mich. Pictured: “Higher Ground” by Kate Gilmore (2015). Photo by Neil Blake and courtesy of Michigan Live.

99-year old KCAI Alumnus and Benton’s Student Returns to Campus

Eric Bransby (’42 painting), who studied under Thomas Hart Benton while at KCAI, recently celebrated his 99th birthday on campus with faculty, staff and special guests. He returned to Kansas City to visit his alma mater and attend the opening of his solo exhibition at the the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg, Kan. The artist was accompanied by filmmaker Jay Kriss, who is documenting Bransby’s professional achievements in the upcoming film, “One Last Mural: Eric Bransby and the Art of the Mural” to be aired on PBS. Pictured at top: Eric Bransby, the guest of honor, filmmaker Jay Kriss and Wilbur Niewald (’49 painting and M.F.A. ’53 painting)professor emeritus of painting; pictured at bottom: President Tony Jones and Eric Bransby.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 10: The ArtSounds performance series presents "Black Crack," a new work that creates a communally shared space with composer/performer/audience equality. Collaborators include Sebastian Thomas (junior, painting and creative writing), Will Bradley (’14 sculpture) and Dwight Frizzell, professor of filmmaking.

Nov. 12: Mumbai-based artist Sahej Rahel will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus as part of the college's "Current Perspectives" lecture series, which is free and open to the public. To learn more, visit:

Nov. 14: The Art of the Car Concours® and the National Museum of Toys/MiniaturesTM invites you to a gallery talk at 2 p.m. with guest curator Matt Reeves in the temporary exhibit “Pedal to the Metal: Pedal Cars and American Car Culture.” The cost of attendance is included with museum admission. Also, A Common Sense Reading Series presents Cody-Rose Clevidence, C. Violet Eaton, Tod Marshall and Sara Nicholson in Irving Amphitheater on the KCAI campus at 7 p.m.

Nov. 16, 17 and 18: Each day from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., a book sale of new and used books, magazines, art auction catalogs and art exhibition catalogs will take place in Jannes Library. Cash, checks and credit cards are accepted. The sale benefits the library’s acquisitions fund.

Nov. 19: The 2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Award winners Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, Rashawn Griffith and Misha Kligman will speak at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus as part of the "Current Perspectives" lecture series, which is free and open to the public. To learn more about the artists, visit

Nov. 20: From 5 to 8 p.m., Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 4725 Broadway, will donate 25% of their sales to KCAI. Invite your friends and family to dinner at Potbelly to support KCAI.

Dec. 4, 5 and 6: The Kansas City Art Institute's "End-of-semester Student Exhibition and Sale" showcases contemporary student artwork from the departments on campus. Exhibition and sale hours are 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 5 and noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 6. Students will display their pieces in studio departments located throughout the campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Dec. 11: President’s Holiday Party for trustees, faculty and staff at 11:30 a.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus. Also, this is the last day of classes.

CPS Classes in December
This year, CPS is offering animation, drawing, jewelry and holiday classes during early to mid-December. Parents can shop for holiday gifts on the Plaza while their child makes polymer clay creations, or they can get creative themselves in a class on hand-printing wrapping paper. Available courses include:

Youth, ages 6-11:
Polymer Clay Creations, instructor Jen Wilkinson
Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, $29 + $15 material fee

Youth, ages 9-14:
Animated Holiday Greetings
Sat. & Sun., Dec. 12 & 13, 1-4 p.m. $29 + $10 material fee

High school:
Abstracted Rhythm Animation, instructor Kenny Long
Sun. Dec. 6 & 13, 1-5 p.m. $89 + $10 material fee

Self Portrait Workshop, instructor Ari Fish
Sat. Dec. 12, noon to 5 p.m. $49 + $10 material fee

Hand Printed Wrapping Paper, instructor Nick Naughton
Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to noon, $29 + $30 material fee

Abstract Jewelry, instructor Jen Wilkinson
Sat. & Sun., Dec. 12 & 13, 9 a.m. to noon, $69 +$30 material fee

Student News

Scarritt Elementary School Mural Project in the News

KCPT recently covered the illustration department’s three-year project to transform the vacant Scarritt Elementary school in the historic Northeast by painting murals over its doors and windows. After the school’s closing in 2011, it became a magnet for vandalism and loitering, but, according to Héctor Casanova, the project's leader and a KCAI instructor in illustration, the mural project will have “... a great deal of positive effect on the neighborhood.” To read an article about the project in Flatland KC, KCPT’s digital magazine, click here, and to watch a video on the murals from KCPT’s Arts Upload television program, click here, scroll to videos, choose the video from Oct. 29, 2015 and forward to 9 min 12 seconds. Pictured from left: Allason Lewis (junior, illustration), Steven Bolds (junior, illustration) and Hector Casanova, illustration instructor

Faculty & Staff News

Three recent works by Jim Sajovic, professor of foundation, are featured in the October/November issue of New American Paintings 120, 2015, The Open Studios Press, Boston. Pictured: “Besame,” by Jim Sajovic (2014), 64 inches by 58 inches.


Michael Schonhoff
was promoted from assistant curator at H&R Block Artspace to the director of KCAI Grand Arts Gallery. Schonhoff and a committee of faculty members are currently working on developing programming for the new space. In addition, Schonhoff will be involved in organizing the inaugural exhibition of alumni work to be opened during the NCECA conference in March 2016.

The recently released book “Transmissions / Signals” examines the history of dialogue between Warren Rosser, William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting and chair of painting, and James Woodfill, associate professor of painting. The 100-page book includes over 80 plates and several essays contributed by David Cateforis, Ph.D., professor and chair of the history of art department at the University of Kansas, and Rebecca Dubay, Ph.D., assistant professor of art history at KCAI. To purchase the book, click here.

Richard Anderson
, retired professor of liberal arts at KCAI, recently published “Smoking Mirror,” a work of historical fiction about the life of a Mexican friar. According to Anderson, “it is a continuation of the cultural anthropological sermon I preached for 36 years at the ‘Tute.” The digital version costs $3.99.

Alumni News

Work by Matthew Krawcheck (’06 painting) will continue on view in the exhibition “Project 837” at VisArts, Rockville, Md., through Dec.13.

Through Dec. 22, the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art in Sedalia, Mo. will showcase the three-person exhibition “Kindred Virtuosities: Recent Work by Miki Baird, Garry Noland, and Susan White,” featuring new work by Susan White (’96 sculpture). Pictured: “Dwelling III” (detail) by Susan White (2015), bronze, 12 inches by 12 inches by 18 inches. Photo courtesy of the artist.

The artists Chris Kienke (’94 design), chair of the foundations curriculum at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Chung-Fan Chang, assistant professor at Stockton University in New Jersey, will present site-specific installations in the exhibition, “For Kite and Flag: Identity and Perception,” at the National Central University in Taiwan from Dec. 7 to 20. Pictured: "Flag Bomb Collage" by Chris Kienke, 42 inches by 24 inches, collage and acrylic on paper.

The collaborative artists Megan Mantia (’07 printmaking and art history) and Leone Anne Reeves (’03 ceramics and creative writing), who operate under the pseudonym BLANKET, continue their ambitious project to restage the Venice Biennale in Kansas City with pavilions and events in many unexpected places across town. Click here to see where the pavilions are located and to follow the calendar of events.

Jeff Rumaner (87 sculpture) a.k.a. STRETCH, a sculptor, restaurateur, inventor and artist, recently opened his third GRINDERS restaurant, GRINDERS HIGH NOON, located at 206 Choctaw St., Leavenworth, Kan.

Local KCAI-related Exhibitions

50/50 In the exhibition “THINGS TO BE READ / COSAS POR LEER,” four artistsPatricia Bordallo (15 photography), Brett Ginsburg (13 ceramics and art history), Julian Chams (12 painting) and Kameelah Janan Rasheedutilize text in four different ways to react to the social “upheaval” of the present day.

Belger Crane Yard Gallery Through Jan. 23, the Belger Crane Yard Gallery will present Schema: A Journey Through Traditional Patterns and Imagery,” featuring the work of Melanie Sherman (’14 ceramics), and the solo exhibition “Christopher Kurtz.” Also, “Suites,” a solo exhibition by Peregrine Honig (attended), continues through Dec. 19.

Haw Contemporary   Haw Contemporary presents “Full Phase,” Eric Sall’s (’99 painting) first solo exhibition with the gallery. The show runs through Dec. 31.

H&R Block Artspace "The 2015 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards” exhibition continues through Dec. 16 and features new work by Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, Rashawn Griffith and Misha Kligman.

Kiosk Gallery —  Now located at 916 E 5th St., Kansas City, Mo. in Columbus Park, the Kiosk Gallery presents “Play,” an exhibition of paintings by Liz Smith (’99 painting) and Jennifer Ann Wiggs that remains on view through Nov. 12.

Kansas City Central Library — In honor of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the library presents “Intimate Riot,” an exhibition guest curated by Peregrine Honig (attended) and featuring work by Leo Esquivel (’95 printmaking), Catherine Clements (’11 painting and art history) and Marcus Cain (’98 painting and printmaking). The show runs through Jan. 17, 2016. For additional information, click here.

Kemper at the Crossroads — The exhibition “The Center is a Moving Target: If You Lived [T]here,” on view until Jan. 6, includes work by Jill Downen (’89 painting), assistant professor of sculpture, and James Woodfill (’80 painting), associate professor of painting. The show addresses the elusive modern definition of “regionalisms” in contemporary art.

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center — Solo exhibitions by Scott Seebart, lecturer in painting and ceramics, Jessie Fisher, associate professor of painting, Richard Mattson, retired professor of Foundations, and Jeff Burk (’79 photography) are now on display at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.

Missouri Bank — “Artboards,” the bank’s double-sided billboards above its Crossroads location at 125 Southwest Blvd., feature large-scale images by Charlie Mylie (’09 interdisciplinary arts and art history) and Maria Ogedengbe (’06 painting) through the end of November 2015.

Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art — “Anonymous Women: Draped,” an exhibition of photographs by Patty Carroll, wife of President Tony Jones, is currently on display at Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave.

Subterranean Gallery — On Friday, Nov. 13, the Subterranean Gallery, located at 4124 Warwick Blvd. Apt. B, will host an opening reception from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. for “Somebody’s Home,” an exhibition featuring work by Juliana Noelle Lynn (’14 painting). The showruns through Dec. 14 and can be seen by appointment only after the opening.

Calls for Artists

Applications to the 2016 Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards will be accepted until Nov. 16. The awards recognize three exceptional visual artists based in the five-county Greater Kansas City Metro area with unrestricted cash awards of $10,000 each. To apply, visit

The City of Olathe seeks entries to its Downtown Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit. Entries must be received by Jan. 4, 2016. Artists will receive a $1,500 honorarium for each work selected. For more information, click here.

The Charlotte Street Foundation now accepts programming submissions on a rolling basis. Applicants can be artists (of any discipline), curators or cultural producers wishing to partner with Charlotte Street. Proposals may be for contemporary arts projects, including visual art exhibitions, installations, original live performances, video screenings, literary readings/events, public programs and collaborative projects. For more information, click here.

Opportunities List

KCAI’s Academic Advising and Career Services office publishes creative opportunities and career opportunities lists with employment, freelance, volunteer and RFQ listings for students and alumni. Download the current creative opportunities list here. Download the current job and career opportunities list here.


Upcoming events at KCAI

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