Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace serves the mission of the Kansas City Art Institute as a dynamic teaching museum, engaging students and introducing audiences to important contemporary art and artists.

Current Exhibition

NEW, FIVE: KCAI Biennial
September 27 – December 7, 2019

Casey Whittier, Deep Sigh/Short of Breath (how we hold together/when we fall apart), 2019, ceramic beads, glaze, fishing line, nails; courtesy of the artist; courtesy of the artist. Photo by T. Maxwell Wagner.

 

The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to announce the opening of NEW, FIVE: KCAI Biennial. This exhibition introduces new and recent works by artists, designers, poets, and scholars who have recently been appointed to the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute. NEW, FIVE: KCAI Biennial features a range of media including drawing, sculpture, ceramics, video, animation, graphic design, illustration, and text. Participants include Bona Bones (Animation), Héctor Casanova (Illustration), Christiane Cegavske (Animation), Eleanor Lim-Midyett (Liberal Arts), Adam Lucas (Graphic Design), Lisa Maione (Graphic Design), Il Sung Na (Illustration), Sean Nash (Painting), Steve Rowell (Photography), Jean Schmitt (Foundation), Steve Snell (Foundation), Christopher Spaw (Foundation), Jordan Stempleman (Liberal Arts), and Casey Whittier (Ceramics).

NEW, FIVE: KCAI Biennial is organized for the Artspace by members of the Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee (EOEC), a faculty-led committee dedicated to connecting the KCAI community of students, faculty, and staff to professional opportunities to exhibit, share, extend, and expand the reach of their work and creative practices. Each year, EOEC works together with local affiliates and institutional partners to organize exhibitions of student work, create opportunities to exhibit work by faculty and staff and publicize student grant opportunities.

 

Program schedule:

NEW, FIVE: KCAI Biennial
September 27 – December 7, 2019

Opening Reception
Friday, September 27, 6 – 8 p.m.
Sponsored by Crane Brewing Company

TNT (the noon thing)
Join this public engagement series and hear from participating faculty members as they discuss their work:

Friday, October 11, 12 p.m.
Eleanor Lim-Midyett, Steve Snell, Jordan Stempleman

Thursday, October 24, 12 p.m.
Adam Lucas, Christopher Spaw, Lisa Maione

Friday, November 15, 12 p.m.
Christiane Cegavske, Bona Bones

Friday, November 22, 12 p.m.
Sean Nash, Casey Whittier, Jean Schmitt

Artspace After Hours: Open House
Friday, December 6, 5 – 8 p.m.
The Artspace will host an Open House coinciding with the Kansas City Art Institute’s End-of-Semester
Exhibition and Sale. Please stop by and enjoy some sweet, spicy ChaiPod chai and view the NEW, FIVE:
KCAI Biennial exhibition before it closes on December 7.