KCAI alumna Colleen Burner featured on H&R Block Artspace’s Project Wall

25 October 2012

Pictured: "The Skin that Forms on the Surface," Colleen Burner, 2012.

Kansas City, Mo. (Oct. 25, 2012) – “The Skin That Forms On The Surface,” a new Artspace Project Wall by Colleen Burner (’10 painting and creative writing), is now on view at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute, 16 E. 43rd St. The Project Wall, situated on the western façade of the Artspace and facing the intersection of 43rd and Main Streets, is an ongoing site for temporary public art projects that feature selected and commissioned works by international, national and regional artists.

“The Skin That Forms On The Surface,” a large-scale digital reproduction of a collage, was created specifically for the Project Wall. While studying at KCAI with Associate Professor of Painting Julie Farstad, Burner created a series of works that helped inform this new collage. She has parlayed those works into an acutely organized process, filtering found materials and searching for what she describes as “fit” and “rightness.”

Burner’s creative practice explores narratives through visual art and writing. Her image repository, a select collection of old National Geographic magazines and books about the American landscape, informs her approach and ultimately helps her create a whole new fictional context. Burner embraces themes of punch line, joke and payoff, assembling improbable combinations of people, places and animals. 

Burner currently lives in Portland, Ore. where she is pursuing an M.F.A. degree in fictional creative writing at Portland State University. Burner’s work has been featured at numerous galleries including The Monarch Gallery, Spray Booth Gallery, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Address Gallery in Champaign, Ill. She was the recipient of an Artist, INC professional development scholarship in 2010 and her writings have been read at the Fishtank Performance Gallery in Kansas City and published in Number One (volume 63) and the 2010 KCAI Compendium. For more information about Burner’s artwork, visit www.frenchforgluing.com.

About the H&R Block Artspace 

Since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute has been dedicated to presenting quality exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for students, educators, artists, arts enthusiasts and the general public. The Artspace receives important support from the H&R Block Foundation, the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, and private contributions. The Artspace is located at 16 E. 43rd St., one block east of Main Street. Public hours are noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free. For more information about upcoming exhibitions and public programs, visit the Artspace on the Web at www.kcai.edu/artspace or call 816-561-5563.

About 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 and multimedia studies for children, youth and adults through the School for Continuing and Professional Studies. Founded in 1885, KCAI is Kansas City’s oldest arts organization.


For more information, contact Cat Szalkowski at cszalkowski@kcai.edu or 816-802-3458.