Born in 1971, Michael David Wickerson, tenured associate professor and chair of the...Read More
Born in 1971, Michael David Wickerson, tenured associate professor and chair of the sculpture department at the Kansas City Art Institute, teaches a variety of traditional and contemporary skills and crafts.
Wickerson is a Canadian artist working in Kansas City, experienced in wood-working and metal casting. He has exhibited throughout North America since 1994 and has displayed artworks overseas in Holland since 2008. Currently, he has completed three adobe, rammed earth and sod buildings at Wickerson Studios, located on his 11-acre property in Kansas City, Kan.
Purpose (artist's statement)
"I wish to further develop the private studio and sculptural landscape of Wickerson Studios by facilitating it with additional equipment, supplies and materials in order to serve a growing community of artists.
"My efforts and ambitions seem to be moving beyond the my personal development and exhibition of sculptures and ideas. I feel the need to expand my efforts in the arts. My American arts community has grown from 12 students in 2001, when I moved here from Canada, into an international exchange of ideas spanning the globe. Beginning to develop my private studios on an institutional level will allow me to continue to serve the alumni and artists that I have come to know. I look forward to creating new artworks, all the while, serving other artists with the same enthusiasm and drive that has inspired me to make a life for myself in America that develops personally and professionally with creative individuals.
"Meanwhile, I wish to pursue a series of artworks, Cupola/Cupola, and events focused on bronze casting, iron casting, and clay kiln firing. Cupola/Cupola is a collection of new fangled drawings, bronze sculptures and outdoor public works that have been inspired by the time I have spent traveling, working and living in the Netherlands, specifically Friesland. It is the northern Klokkenstoelen that captured my imagination and later melded with my iron cupola designs. These bell towers and furnace wagons are the subject of my past artworks and the basis of all of my current projects."
Most recently and with permission from DHTV and special thanks to Bryce Benlon and Mark Honer, Wickerson Studios, LLC. is extremely excited to release a small sample of the documentary/film project under way. During the summer of 2014, Wickerson Studios collaborated with DHTV in Kansas City in an effort to document a short film, “Fisher of Men," which is to be showcased on CinemaKC in November 2014 and is currently being submitted to several national film festivals.
In 2014 Wickerson’s digital analogue happening “Fire Over Kansas” was displayed simultaneously at Obiekty powracajace in Kraków, Poland; at Naked Architecture in Utrecht, the Netherlands; and at City Ice Arts, Kansas City, Mo. This international collaboration was recognized on the cover of KC Studio magazine in the spring of 2014 and presented at Arizona State University in Pheonix in the fall of 2013.
In 2013, Wickerson Studios initiated a relationship with two schools of thought and action: the Make Trybe School of Transformative Design and Musica Universalis. These two-year-long relationships are intent on initiating and developing a variety of innovative experiences to the Midwest from Vision Quests to musical performances.
Over the past few years Wickerson has also completed three major bronze and aluminum castings commissions. In 2014 Michael collaborated with A. Zahner Company to renovate the Commerce Bank Canopy involving 197 aluminum aechitectural accents in Kansas City, Kan., and in 2012 he undertook and completed two public commissions for the new South Branch Library in the Argentine neightobood in Kansas City, Kan., that resulted in 59 bronze castings ranging from small donor-ecognition plates to 100 pound bronze panels.
Wickerson received a full sabbatical in 2010 from KCAI, along with a faculty development grant in 2011. He has initiated an improvement plan intended to update the facilities and equipment safety in the sculpture department at KCAI. He is a current a board member of the Mid-America College Art Association; a member of the American Foundry Society (Mo-Kan chapter); and a member of the Kansas City International Visitors Council and the Kansas City Artists Coalition.
He co-founded and co-directed the Wickerson Studios, LLC. in Kansas and has taught at Memorial University in Newfoundland and York University in Ontario. Wickerson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and a Master of Fine Arts degree from York University in Toronto, Canada.
Photo of Michael Wickerson courtesy of CornbreadWorks in the Netherlands.
Karen McCoy’s primary work for the last two decades has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture. McCoy focuses on the...Read More
Karen McCoy’s primary work for the last two decades has been large-scale, sited environmental sculpture. McCoy focuses on the relationship between nature and culture, creating work based on extensive research into the geological, cultural and social histories of each site. She also works in video and photography and makes drawings and prints. Her most recent installations have been for the 125th anniversary of the Kansas City Art Institute, a piece commissioned by the Spencer Museum at the University of Kansas; Sculpture Key West; and Guandu Nature Park in Taipei, Taiwan. In 2007 she received a three-month grant from the Asian Cultural Council to conduct research in Japan on the relationship of culture, landscape and built form. In 2003 she was selected as the lead artist for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial ArtCorps project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In her work for this project, McCoy and her collaborators paid tribute to the Native Americans who had inhabited the area at the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Other grants and commissions have allowed her to create work Japan, France, Denmark, Lithuania and in the United States in California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, South Carolina and Wyoming.
McCoy has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the Andy Warhol Foundation (under the auspices of the Camargo Foundation), the Asian Cultural Council, Artslink and the Art Association and Land Trust of Jackson, Wyoming. She has had numerous residencies, including the Tokyo Wonder Site and Youkobo Art Center in Tokyo, Japan; the Camargo Foundation in Cassis, France; the Kala Institute in Berkeley, Calif.; the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming; and the Djerassi Foundation in Woodside, Calif., where her residency was awarded the Pritzker Foundation Endowed Fellowship for a distinguished residency.
She has had solo exhibitions at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, Mass.; Pindar Gallery in New York; the Camargo Foundation in France; and the Jan Weiner Gallery in Kansas City, Mo. She has participated in many group exhibitions, including shows at the Allandale Farm in Brookline, Mass.; theYerba Beuna Arts Center in San Francisco; Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, Calif.; Youkobo Artspace in Tokyo, Japan; Project Space at Paragraph with the Urban Culture Project in Kansas City, Mo.; the H&R Block Artspace in Kansas City; and Northern Illinois University Gallery in Chicago.
McCoy’s work is included in “Earthworks and Beyond” by John Beardsley, “World of Art” by Henry Sayre, “Gardens without Boundaries” by Paul Cooper, “Landscape Narratives” by Matthew Potteiger and Jamie Purinton, “Krakamarken: Land Art as Process” by Jørn Rønnau, Sculpture Magazine, Land Forum Magazine, The New York Times art section, The Dallas Times Herald Art Review and the Philadelphia Enquirer.
She is an associate professor of art in the sculpture department at Kansas City Art Institute where she has taught since 1994, serving as chair of the department from 1994 to 2003 and as acting chair in 2010-11. Born in Missouri, McCoy earned an M.F.A. degree at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1978.
Jill Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in...Read More
Jill Downen's art is a focused investigation of the symbiotic relationship between the human body and architecture expressed in temporal installations, drawings, and models. Her art envisions a place of interdependent relation between the human body and architecture, where the exchanging forces and tensions of construction, deterioration and restoration are made tangible.
In 2010, Downen was named a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellow. Significant awards include a 2009 MacDowell Colony National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship with additional support from Leon Levy Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. In 2007, she was awarded a Cité International des Arts Residency in Paris, France where she first exhibited "Hybrida," an ongoing series of works on paper. Downen was selected for the 2004 Great Rivers Biennial, a grant and exhibition sponsored by Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and the Gateway Foundation. Downen has been invited to lecture about her work at national events including the 2007 Luce Irigaray Circle Conference on philosophy in New York and the Phillips Collection "Conversations with Artists" in 2011. The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis also has invited Downen to participate in symposiums on modern and contemporary art.
Downen is represented by the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis. She holds a B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and an M.F.A. degree from Washington University where she is recognized as a Danforth Scholar.
In 1997, Alejandro Aptilon established in Mexico City his architectural practice, Alejandro Aptilon Arquitectos, which has designed...Read More
In 1997, Alejandro Aptilon established in Mexico City his architectural practice, Alejandro Aptilon Arquitectos, which has designed multiple projects in Mexico and internationally. The firm won first prize in an international competition for the Promotional Pavilion for the JVC complex in Guadalajara in collaboration with Ricardo Nurko. In 2005 the firm was selected as one of 12 important emerging voices in Mexican architecture for the “Mexico City Dialogues” exhibition at the American Institute of Architects gallery at the Center for Architecture in New York.
Also In 1997, Aptilon was a recipient of the Young Creators National Award, granted by Mexico’s National Endowment for Culture and the Arts, and from 1997 to 2000 he created, directed and produced a television series on modern Mexican art and architecture, “Ciudades Invisibles” (“Invisible Cities”), for Mexico’s national public television network, Channel 22. In 2014 he was awarded first prize for the Art in the Loop competition, a permanent art installation to be displayed in downtown Kansas City in collaboration with Rachelle Gardner. Aptilon has lectured extensively in Mexico and the U.S. and has taught in both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He is a founding professor at the interdisciplinary Centro de Diseño, Cine y Televisión in Mexico City, and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture, Design and Planning.
Aptilon was born in Mexico City and received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), and his master’s degree in architecture theory and design from Columbia University in New York. His work and writings have been internationally exhibited and published, and he is co-author with Alfonso Pérez-Méndez of the book “Las Casas del Pedregal 1947-1968” (Barcelona, 2007).
As a multi-faceted artist/designer, art gallery director/curator, Luis Garcia’s immersive life in the arts provides a unique and unparalleled depth to the artistic communications work for his clients at spyn design studio in the Crossroads Arts District of Kansas City, Mo.
Since receiving his B.F.A. degree from the Kansas City Art institute in 2004, Garcia has had the pleasure of working with with clients such as A. Zahner Co., The Kansas City Museum, StoneLion Puppet Theatre, 2101Broadway, Vista Condominiums and The Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
Beyond helping clients shape their company’s branding and design standards with backbone, Garcia is driven to give back to our community through his art and design initiatives and, for the past nine years, showing artists through his art gallery, Base, every First Friday, for a total of 93 showings as of August 2014. That’s a plethora of art showings!
Garcia has served on several boards and committees, such as the Art + Copy Club (special event co-chair), a component of the American Advertising Federation, Urban Culture Project Curatorial Committee and currently as vice president of Hispanic Capital Day Inc., based in St. Louis. He remains connected to his roots as an actor, painter and sculptor through the ongoing creation of commissioned works for private collections.
James Whitworth received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1988 and a Master of Fine...Read More
James Whitworth received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1988 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Arizona in 1992. He then returned to the Kansas City, Missouri, area and joined the faculty/staff at the Kansas City Art Institute full time in 1994.
Working in the sculpture department at KCAI, he has taught B.F.A. candidates from all disciplines campus wide. Additionally, he has taught many intensive summer programs, such as KCAI's Pre-College Art Lab for high-school students and Educators ArtLab for outstanding high-school art teachers from throughout the U.S. and abroad.
Whitworth's work specializes in metals, welding, foundry, etc., but he loves to stress and advance the use of mixed media, believing that any physical items are viable for art and expression. He has shown his work in Arizona, California and Utah in addition to the Kansas City area.