March 4, 2019

Exhibition at Haw Contemporary Showcases Past and Present Faculty Art

Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, March 1- May 4 at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, celebrates seven decades of working artists on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, a community that values making, teaching, and learning art as interdependent, often inextricable practices. Beginning with and paying homage to Wilbur Niewald, who began teaching in 1949, the exhibition honors artwork by luminaries and pathbreakers such as Ken Ferguson, Warren Rosser, Lester Goldman, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy, Carl Kurtz, Steve Whitacre, Hirokazu Fukawa, Erin Zona, and Milton Katz, as well as emerging talents appointed to the faculty as recently as 2018.

In keeping with KCAI’s commitment to forging connections across and between all artistic disciplines and practices, Lineage and Impact represents a multitude of fields: animation, ceramics, drawing, fiber, fiction, film, music, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and video, as well as installations and collaborative works resistant to classification. Media on display range from cast glass to silicon circuitry, from combed cotton to works on canvas, from letterpress to digital print, from modular synthesizer to modern languages. This vibrant collection demonstrates the profound historical influence of KCAI’s long tradition of appointing outstanding artists to its faculty—several of the younger artists were students of the older ones. It also charts the up-to-the-minute influence of a diversity of original and accomplished artists—the current faculty—on one another. Throughout, the show reveals not only the wide array of individual artistic practices gathered at the Kansas City Art Institute but the dialogue among and between practices, by which one artwork is seen to teach another.

Participating artists: Corey Antis, Laura Berman, Anne Boyer, Shaun Cassidy, Christiane Cegavske, Maura Cluthe, Cyrus Console-Soican Jonah Criswell, Jill Downen, Rebecca Dubay, Jeff Eaton, Kim Eichler-Messmer, Cary Esser, Julie Farstad, Ken Ferguson, John Ferry, Jessie Fisher, Dwight Frizzell, Hirokazu Fukawa, Tyler Galloway, Lester Goldman, Diana Heise, Milton Katz, Carl Kurtz, Trey Hock, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy, Tom Lewis, Adam Lucas, Lisa Maione, Richard Mattsson, Karen McCoy, Lilly McElroy, Marie Bannerot McInerney, Cyan Meeks, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Hugh Merrill, Phyllis Moore, Il Sung Na, S.E. Nash, Wilbur Niewald, David Overholt, Jason Pollen, Miguel Rivera, Warren Rosser, Steve Rowell, Jim Sajovic, Ormaza Jean Schmitt, Steve Snell, Jordan Stempleman, Gary Sutton, Caleb Taylor, David Terrill, Pauline Verbeek-Cowart, Steve Whitacre, Casey Whittier, Michael Wickerson, Tal Wilson, James Woodfill, Erin Zona

Please join us for an opening reception Friday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, MO.

August 19, 2019

KCAI Announces Lineup for Fall Current Perspectives Lecture Series

Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) will welcome three notable Visiting Artists this fall to present at the Current Perspectives lecture series. These presentations by a diverse group of artists will inform, engage and celebrate relevant topics and practices in contemporary art and culture. The artists will also directly engage with students through a series of classroom conversations and critiques. Current Perspectives Lectures Each lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the KCAI campus at 4415 Warwick.  Tickets are not required and all events are free and open to the public. For detailed information visit https://kcai.edu/campus-life/publicprograms/. Daniel Eatock Talking In Circles Thursday, September 19 Spend an hour with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at Talking in Circles, where he’ll narrate insights to 360 images arranged around the circumference of a circle starting and ending at the top. Eatock’s fascination with the circle is evident in much of his work. His practice not only rounds the circle but reinvents and questions the very premise of what a circle might be. Lisa Congdon Finding Your Voice: Uncovering the Holy Grail Thursday, October 17 To Illustrator and Author Lisa Congdon, the process of finding your creative voice is akin to read more…

August 6, 2019

DANIEL EATOCK TALKS IN CIRCLES

Begin with Ideas. Embrace Change. Celebrate Confidence. Ad-lib and Make Things Up. From Daniel Eatock’s Manifesto Spend an hour on September 19 at 7 p.m. with witty artist and disrupter Daniel Eatock at a Current Perspectives presentation, Talking in Circles, where he’ll narrate insights to 360 images arranged around the circumference of a circle starting and ending at the top. Eatock’s fascination with the circle is evident in much of his work. His practice not only rounds the circle, but reinvents and questions the very premise of what a circle might be. The presentation will take place in Epperson Auditorium, located in Vanderslice Hall on the KCAI campus. With over 20 bios on his website eatock.com, it’s hard to choose just one to describe Eatock and his art. This one by Tim Milne, for the British website Container, sums it up –  Daniel Eatock is renowned for his exploration of the wit and conceptual irony that exist in everyday objects and situations. He devises systems, templates and opportunities for collaboration inviting contributors to shape the outcome and participate in the creation of his work. He embraces contradictions and dilemmas; seeking out alignments, paradoxes, chance circumstance, loops, impossibilities, and oxymorons. He likes to create the feeling read more…