March 28, 2018

Artist Joyce J. Scott Speaks at Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture

Come hear a relevant voice for our time at the Inaugural Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture featuring Baltimore-based artist Joyce J. Scott who is known for her artistic commentary on issues regarding race, politics, sexism and stereotypes. The lecture is from 6-7 p.m. on Friday, April 13 in Epperson Auditorium on the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) campus, 4415 Warwick. Scott is a printmaker, weaver, sculptor, performance artist and educator, but she is probably most well known for her work in jewelry, beadwork and glass. Her art reflects her take on all aspects of American popular culture, her ancestry and the immediate world of her neighborhood. Scott will be exhibiting in Open Spaces this fall.

This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment and was established as part of a 2:1 Match through the $25 million “Great Gift” by an anonymous donor.  The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to KCAI students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives from KCAI, members of the Hoffman family and local experts in art and design.  Establishing partnerships with other Kansas City area cultural or educational organizations, like Open Spaces, is an important component of the annual lecture.

Sharon and John Hoffman have supported KCAI for almost fifty years and have both served on the KCAI Board of Trustees. They are major collectors of contemporary art, and own works from numerous KCAI alumni including sculptor, dancer and performance artist Nick Cave. The Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment is another way for them to show their deep commitment to nurturing and supporting the careers of artists.

“Joyce J. Scott, an inspiring lecturer and recent MacArthur Fellow, exemplifies the type of contemporary artist we want to share with KCAI and the Kansas City community.  We also welcome the opportunity to introduce her work before it is displayed later this year at Open Spaces. We hope our annual Visiting Artist program will be enjoyed by the entire art community,” said John Hoffman.

September 24, 2018

Jason Pollen’s Exhibition Inside/Out Benefits Student Scholarships

Former Fiber Chair Jason Pollen’s exhibition INSIDE/OUT is at the Box Gallery, 1000 Walnut St. in downtown Kansas City through October 26. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit student scholarships at KCAI. Comprised of Portals, Outliers, Descendants, Oracles, and Nomads, these series of works were inspired by a fascination with how surfaces can both conceal and reveal. Our skin acts as an envelope, hiding its precious contents; the earth we live on hides the fathomless depths of its molten core. Pollen strives to make works whose surfaces intimate the deeper animating force that is the creative process. During a lifetime of dedicated practice, Jason has focused on the phenomena of color, light and shadow, movement and stillness. The works are successful if they prove to be thought- and feeling-provoking, and communicate fascination and delight.

August 31, 2018

Professor James Woodfill and Stephen Lichty Design Installation for New Monticello Library

An installation at the recently-opened Monticello Library in Shawnee, Kan., Mediated Set (Cart Forms and Glass Inclusions), is a collaboration of Painting Professor James Woodfill and New York-based artist Stephen Lichty for a site-specific commission through the Johnson County Public Art Commission. “Our contribution to the Library consists of seven modified book cart sculptures and a set of adjustments to the glass separating the building’s private meeting rooms from an otherwise open plan. As a consequence of our collaborative approach these works represent a full stack of conceptual and material negotiations. Two people looking at the same thing will see something different. Learning to affirm difference has been the virtue and strength of our collaboration, and a virtue that is echoed both by the County’s willingness to commission our experimental project and by the infinite possibilities – the sanctuary – given by any library and the agency of its patrons,” said Woodfill and Lichty in their artist’s statement.  Mediated Set (Cart Forms and Glass Inclusions) is a two-part installation carried out after extensive collaboration with the library designers and staff. The Glass Inclusions were meant as a mediator between the idea of public and private meeting areas, and involved added layers of read more…