Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, professor and chair of fiber
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M...Read More
Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, a native of the Netherlands, received her B.F.A. degree (1982) in fine art from the Maryland Institute and her M.F.A. degree in textile design from the University of Kansas (1995). After teaching at KU, she joined the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, where she has been developing the area of constructed textiles since 1997. She was on the board of the Surface Design Association and coordinated two (2000 and 2003) textile conferences, which took place on the campus of the Kansas City Art Institute. She is one of the leaders in the use of new technologies in hand-weaving and is actively researching Jacquard applications using industrial looms in The Netherlands and the US.
Most of her weavings span several feet in both directions and comment on the nature of woven surfaces. Through structure, material, image and/or surface treatments, she demonstrates that weaving is unique in building an image. Her industrially woven work crosses boundaries between Fine Art and applied textiles and is directed toward structurally textured fabrics for apparel as well as home-furnishings. Her work has been exhibited extensively in both national and international venues including France, Germany, Japan, Korea, Australia and Austria.
She is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Kansas City Art Institute's Excellence in Teaching award (2007) and the 2008 Kansas Arts Commission Master Fellowship. Her work is in private and corporate collections and has been featured in books and publications such as Fiberarts Design Book, American Craft Magazine, Fiberarts Magazine, Surface Design Journal, Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot and Textileforum.
Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and...Read More
Kim Eichler-Messmer received her M.F.A. in textiles from the University of Kansas in 2007 and her B.F.A. in drawing, painting and printmaking from Iowa State University in 2002. She was an artist in residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tenn., in 2007-2008. Today she teaches surface design and quilting workshops regularly at Arrowmont and from her studio in Kansas City, Kan.
Her quilt-based work is entirely hand-dyed and explores color transition and gradation as inspired by landscape. In particular, she is interested in capturing and abstracting qualities of light that occur at sunrise, dusk, sunset and during different weather events in the Midwest. Her primary aim is to visually abstract the landscape while also bringing it into sharper, emotional focus. Her quilts exist both as works of fine art and as functional objects to be used and loved.
Her work has been exhibited nationally in numerous solo and juried shows and has also been featured on prominent design blogs such as Apartment Therapy, Refinery 29 and Design Sponge. In addition to making one of a kind quilts, she has designed quilts for manufacturing with Pottery Barn Teen. She is currently writing quilt patterns and tutorials for Empty Bobbin Sewing and Clothworks. Her book, "Modern Color: An Illustrated Guide to Dyeing Fabric for Modern Quilts" is being published by C& T Publishing.
Marie Bannerot McInerney is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator. Her process driven work investigates conceptions of...Read More
Marie Bannerot McInerney is an interdisciplinary studio artist and educator. Her process driven work investigates conceptions of fragility, instability, truth and experiential knowledge.
McInerney has exhibited across the United States and abroad including shows at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Bellevue, Wash.; Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in St. Louis, Mo.; Corcoran College in Washington, D.C.; The Schiller Garden House at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany; and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Mo. McInerney co-authored an essay in the newly published book, Probing the Skin: Cultural Representations of our Contact Zone, and she was recently awarded a Cultural Exchange Grant from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin to travel and present work. She co-founded The Independent Art Market, an artist collaborative in St. Louis, Mo. and worked in the costume and fashion industry for over a decade as a designer and manufacturer of knitwear for SKIF International and as the head dyer/painter at Opera Theatre St. Louis.
McInerney’s formative years were spent in Houston, Texas before she earned her B.F.A. degree at the Kansas City Art Institute and her M.F.A. degree at Washington University in St. Louis as a Danforth Scholar. She is one of six artists that make up the curatorial collaboration PLUG Projects, Vice President of Annual Meetings for the Friends of Dard Hunter, a contemporary hand papermaking organization, and she serves as assistant professor in the fiber department at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her B.F.A. degree...Read More
Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a recent graduate of the Kansas City Art Institute, receiving her B.F.A. degree in fiber. She currently lives and works in Kansas City and was recently awarded as a resident in Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project Studio Residency program.
Her quilted works are lush with color relationships, painted pattern and bold shape. Her work is hand-dyed and hand-painted, bridging the gaps between quilt-making and historical painting through treated surface and material tactility. She is interested in the history of quilt-making, gender constructs, modern and vintage textiles and color theory. Originally coming to KCAI to focus on photography, she soon realized that the textiles she was photographing were more important than the photographs themselves. This led her to transfer into the fiber department.
Gillespie’s rich Oklahoman background, filled with memories of her grandmothers, homemade textiles and near-by farm animals, nurtured an aesthetic that is intrinsic to her daily life.
Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture...Read More
Cory Imig is an interdisciplinary artist currently working in Kansas City, Mo. She received her B.F.A. degree in fiber and sculpture from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2008. After graduation, Imig attended residencies at Virginia Commonwealth University and The Vermont Studio Center. In 2011, she was a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project studio resident and was one of five artists awarded a Rocket Grant with Plug Projects in the West Bottoms.
In 2012, Imig was a fellow in the Oklahoma Art Writing and Curatorial Fellowship Program, working with curators and critics such as Gregory Volk, Elizabeth Dunbar and Hamza Walker. She has exhibited work throughout Kansas City at the Charlotte Street Foundation Project Space, City Arts Project, the Kansas City Artist Coalition and the Kansas City Library.
Maegan Stracy graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 receiving a double major in...Read More
Maegan Stracy graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2012 receiving a double major in fiber and art history. Stracy is a multimedia artist and fashion designer interested in the intersection between one-of-a-kind garments and contemporary art. Stracy’s work ranges from installation-based pieces to wearable garments. Through material choices and investigations, Stracy creates pieces that appeal on a visceral level. The work is an immediate response to our instinctive need to touch and an observation of interaction. Stracy’s recent projects include a residency at the Arteles Creative Center in Haukijarvi, Finland and a Spring/Summer collection featured at Fashion Week San Diego and the W. 18th St. Fashion Show in Kansas City. Currently Stracy is living and working in Kansas City, producing her own work and developing a new curatorial project ARENA, set to take off fall 2014. More of her work can be found at www.maeganstracy.com.