Brett Reif, associate professor and director, School of the Foundation Year
Originally from New Orleans, Brett Reif received his M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an...Read More
Originally from New Orleans, Brett Reif received his M.F.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an associate professor in the School of the Foundation Year at KCAI.
Reif has exhibited work at the H&R Block Artspace at KCAI; Spaces Gallery in Cleveland; Hallwalls in Buffalo, N.Y.; and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, among others. Recently, he participated in exhibitions in Kansas City, Mo.; Banff, Canada; Omaha, Neb.; New Orleans; and St. Louis.
He recently exhibited at the Campanella Gallery at Park University in Parkville, Mo., in a show entitled "Septic Charms" as well as in the KCAI faculty exhibition "Narrow Margins: 2011 KCAI Faculty Exhibition" at the H&R Block Artspace. In March 2011 his work was featured in "Bedlam Bath & Beyond" at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.
Chris Chapin joined KCAI in 2009. Previously, he was professor of communication arts and fine arts at Otis College of Art and...Read More
Chris Chapin joined KCAI in 2009. Previously, he was professor of communication arts and fine arts at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, where he also served as chair of academic governance and as a member of the president's senior cabinet.
Chapin holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University in College Station and a Master of Design degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Institute of Design in Chicago. He has held various posts in the private sector, including freelance art director for Ogilvy & Mather, and since 1996 he has been a principal and creative director for the California-based Parallax Design Group.
Jim Sajovic creates large-scale acrylic paintings that have been said to "seduce the eye with hidden layers and subversive complexity."...Read More
Jim Sajovic creates large-scale acrylic paintings that have been said to "seduce the eye with hidden layers and subversive complexity." His works have been exhibited at galleries and museums, nationally and internationally, including: Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles; Edinburgh, Scotland; Milan, Rome and Venice, Italy. His works are held in many public and private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia.
His exhibitions include: Jim Sajovic, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., 2000; Millennium Garden, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, Mo., 1998; Jim Sajovic, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Ga., 1997; Inferno, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 1996; Dark Paintings, 1995, and The Dante Paintings, 1993, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, Kansas City, Mo.; New American Talent: The Tenth Exhibition, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin, Texas, 1994; and Motion Pictures: The Art of Jim Sajovic, The Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kan., 1990.
Published commentary on Sajovic's work has appeared in "Notes for a Young Painter" (Prentice-Hall, Inc.), the quarterly New American Paintings (Open Studios Press), and in numerous periodicals including Flash Art and New Art Examiner.
Sajovic's work has been supported by grants from the Mid-America Arts Alliance/National Endowment for the Arts, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Crosby Kemper Foundation and the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education.
Having earned a B.F.A. degree from the University of Illinois and an M.F.A. degree from the University of Florida, Sajovic joined the faculty at KCAI in 1971.
Steve Whitacre's area of artist interest encompasses large sculptural works that explore the estuary between art and architecture and...Read More
Steve Whitacre's area of artist interest encompasses large sculptural works that explore the estuary between art and architecture and the aesthetics of architectural space in relationship to sculpture and personal, poetic language.
Whitacre's works are held in many private collections and have been widely exhibited in this country, England, Scotland and Italy.
In Europe, Whitacre served on the faculty of Hull Polytechnic in England as artist-in-residence within the School of Fine Arts and Architecture, and at Brighton University in England, while concurrently researching trends in art and architecture in England and France in 1988. Whitacre continues to travel extensively in relationship to his discipline and as a matter of ongoing research concerning education in the visual arts. He is often invited as a guest lecturer or critic to various institutions. Recent engagements include the California College of Arts and Crafts, School of Art Institute of Chicago, the Architectural Association of London, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Kansas and Cranbrook Academy of Art. In addition, he has served as a juror and panelist for the American Institute of Architecture and the Municipal Art Commission of Kansas City.
Whitacre directs a private design practice, SBW Associates, based in Kansas City. This practice is project-oriented, centering on a collaborative approach to design in order to serve a broad client base and to address a wide range of team-oriented conceptual and physical design issues. Within the period of the last year, this approach has been expressed in projects with private developers, public institutions and individual clients. The nature of these projects has encompassed urban design and planning, gallery exhibition design, event design, furniture design, and architectural interiors.
Whitacre's efforts have been supported by grants from the Alliance of Independent Colleges of Art, Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education, the 3M Corporation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Arts Council of Great Britain and the National Endowment for the Arts. He has been on the faculties of Ohio University and the University of Kansas School of Architecture.
Whitacre has been a member of the KCAI faculty since 1969. He studied at the Columbus College of Art and Design and earned B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from Ohio University.
A member of the KCAI faculty since 1993, Russell Ferguson is associate professor in the School of the Foundation Year. His areas of...Read More
A member of the KCAI faculty since 1993, Russell Ferguson is associate professor in the School of the Foundation Year. His areas of interest include sculpture, drawing and printmaking, with specific application of narrative drawing to the fields of painting, printmaking, scenography and illustration.
Ferguson describes himself as "a bricoleur:" He endeavors to make the materials he works with take on the shapes, configurations and forms as well as multiple meanings and double purposes, e.g., functional, structural and formal, metaphorical.
He has had solo and group exhibits in Germany, Australia and Cuba and in the Western, Mid-Western and New England regions of the United States. His works are held in private collections regionally and internationally.
Ferguson has recently exhibited (to critical approval) three-dimensional wood constructions derived from, and in relation to, his landscape drawings. He has worked on set design for the Kansas City Ballet and the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City , as well as a site-related installation at Dolphin Gallery in Kansas City. In addition to academic awards and fellowships, he has received travel grants and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Travel to specific community, landscape, and architectural sites in the United States, Germany, Scotland, and Spain informs his work. His eight-year apprenticeship with Paolo Soleri at Arcosanti was supplemented by a variety of projects, ranging from work with a Zen priest on the Navajo reservation to fellowships and bursaries at the Culhern Garden School and Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. Ferguson is a maker/fabricator working within the industrial milieu of the West.
Ferguson holds an M.F.A .degree from Yale University and a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute.
Sherry Sparks has particular interest, as an artist, in design, painting and photography. Her work has been included in various group...Read More
Sherry Sparks has particular interest, as an artist, in design, painting and photography. Her work has been included in various group shows, local galleries and in juried shows such as National Copier Art Exhibitions at the New York State Museum and the Mid-Four Exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Mo.
Sparks received the Active Sponsor Award for her work in the Mid-Four Exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins museum.
She is a designer with Asiatica, Ltd., in Kansas City, where she designs the accessories and contributes to the fashion collection. Asiatica's couture line is shown in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
Sparks holds B.F.A. and M.F.A. degrees from the University of Kansas.
Misty Gamble’s work is inspired by the human figure and its infinite capacity for communication. This makes sense given that, as a...Read More
Misty Gamble’s work is inspired by the human figure and its infinite capacity for communication. This makes sense given that, as a child, Misty was immersed in her father’s world of puppetry and the performing arts. Traveling to many parts of the world as a young girl and later as an adult has made an indelible impact on her life and work. In 1998, she was invited to be the first American to perform in Iran (since 1979) at the 7th International Puppet Festival in Tehran.
Gamble’s current work — life-size ceramic figurative sculptures and installations of multiple figurative fragments — focuses attention on issues surrounding femininity and challenges conventional standards of morality, normalcy and propriety. She is the recipient of numerous honors including awards from the Martin Wong Foundation, National Conference for the Education of Ceramic Arts and the Ellice T. Johnston Foundation. In 2008, she received an artist grant from the Ruth Chenven Foundation and was honored as a Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist. She has been awarded long-term residencies at Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine, where she earned the Howard Kottler Fellowship, and the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach, Fla. Recently, Gamble was invited to lead an Artist-Invite Artist Residency at Watershed and was an invited artist at Project Art in Cummington, Mass.
Gamble is a full-time faculty member in the School of the Foundation Year at the Kansas City Art Institute. Before receiving her M.F.A. degree from San Francisco State University in the visual arts, she worked for two decades as an agent, publicist and event coordinator in music and the performing arts.
Caleb Taylor earned his M.F.A. degree in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008), and his B.F.A. degree from Northwest...Read More
Caleb Taylor earned his M.F.A. degree in painting from Montana State University-Bozeman (2008), and his B.F.A. degree from Northwest Missouri State University (2004). He was named a Charlotte Street Foundation Fellow in 2010. He is the recipient of the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation M.F.A. Grant and has completed residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Urban Culture Project. Additional awards include a 2009 ArtsKC Inspiration Grant and a ThinkTank Emerging Educator Fellowship.
His paintings and drawings are published in New American Painting and have been exhibited in numerous shows at venues including Dolphin Gallery and Grand Arts in Kansas City, Mo., and CUE Art Foundation and Brenda Taylor Gallery in New York. Taylor’s work is collected nationally and is included in the collections of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kan., and KU Medical Center in Kansas City, Kan.
In addition to his studio practice, Taylor is a founding member of PLUG Projects, a curatorial collaboration in the Stockyards District of Kansas City. PLUG exhibits national artists and is a recipient of a 2011 Rocket Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, Spencer Museum of Art and Charlotte Street Foundation.