A. Zahner Company to fabricate winning sculpture for KCAI Art and Design Auction

14 February 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 14, 2013) — Hannah Lodwick, a senior majoring in painting and art history at the Kansas City Art Institute, 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. 

“Factum through Topography,” the winning design, will be constructed of metal and will be a star attraction at KCAI’s 2013 Art and Design Auction, which will take place June 1 on the KCAI campus. The theme of this year’s auction is “Innovation.”
“We’re very excited about this piece and its potential for attracting attention and competitive bids,” said Mary Wetzel, co-chair of the auction. “It showcases the incredible talent of KCAI students and really embodies the auction theme of ‘innovation.’ We are enormously grateful to the A. Zahner Company for supporting the students’ creativity, giving them the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of having their creative concept become a reality and then donating this major work of art to the auction, which raises funds for student scholarships.”
Lodwick said her winning concept 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 viewer will discover hidden shadows created by the perforation,” she said. “The topographic levels will create distinctive shadows, and the material qualities of the metal and perforation will change, depending on the time of day and the people who are interacting with the object.”
The sculpture competition was open to all KCAI students, a four-year college of art and design with an enrollment of more than 800. A panel of judges screened entries and selected finalists and the winning design. Judges were asked to consider three components of each entry — written proposal, presentation and maquette — and to make their decisions based on three factors: artistic value, constructability and marketability. Judges listened to each presentation and asked questions. Bill Zahner, president and CEO of A. Zahner Company, provided information about each entry regarding what his company could do to add to the process for each proposal and answered judges’ questions about feasibility. The judges selected three finalists: Lodwick took first place; Siara Berry (sophomore, sculpture) took second place with “Gesture;” and Ian Cochran (senior, sculpture) took third place with “Solitaire.”
Judges 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.
  • Kelly Dickens, a local artist.
Production of the piece will begin immediately. Plans call for the sculpture to be completed and delivered to KCAI by mid-May, where prospective buyers will be able to view it on the KCAI campus. The minimum bid has been set at $15,000.
About the 2013 Art and Design Auction
The ninth biennial KCAI Art and Design Auction will take place from 6 to 11:30 p.m. June 1, 2013, on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick Blvd. Auction items include artwork donated by KCAI faculty and alumni and classic 20th century design pieces acquired with assistance from local design and architectural firms. Proceeds benefit the student scholarship fund at KCAI. Honorary chairs are William 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. For additional information or to purchase tickets, visit www.kcai.edu/auction.
About the Kansas City Art Institute
The Kansas City Art Institute is a private, independent four-year college of art and design awarding the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with majors in animation, art history, ceramics, digital filmmaking, digital media, fiber, graphic design, illustration, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and studio art with an emphasis on creative writing. The college also offers certificate programs in Community Arts and Service Learning and in Asian Studies for students enrolled in the B.F.A. program. KCAI hosts “Current Perspectives,” a free public lecture series; free exhibitions at the H&R Block Artspace gallery; and evening, weekend and summer classes in art, design, multimedia studies and desktop publishing for children, youth and adults. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization. For more information, visit KCAI on the Web at www.kcai.edu.
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Contact: Anne Canfield, 816-802-3426 or acanfield@kcai.edu