The first Kansas City Flatfile exhibition was held at the Artspace in 2001 in conjunction with the Pierogi Flatfiles exhibition featuring flatfiles from Joe Amrhein’s Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The Kansas City Flatfile has since become a biennial invitational exhibition featuring a wide range of work by emerging and established artists from the Kansas City area.

The exhibitions include flat work in various media, and all of the work is contained in individual portfolios enclosed in flatfile cabinets. Visitors are invited to browse the files and handle the work, which offers a unique and personal viewing experience. In addition, the exhibition has expanded to include a digitalfile component, with screening stations featuring a variety of time-based work that viewers can select and watch at their leisure.

Throughout the exhibitions, guest curators are invited to curate temporary salon-style presentations from the flatfiles and queues from the digitalfile. The Kansas City Flatfile and Digitalfile has a studio-like characteristic for the participating artists and the public and encourages a natural exchange of ideas and practices through a hands-on approach. It provides an opportunity for a wide range of Kansas City artists to show their work to an equally diverse audience, which often includes arts professionals and collectors in the Kansas City area and beyond.

Past Flatfile and Digitalfile Exhibitions

2016 Kansas City Flatfile And Digitalfile

Main Gallery

06/11/2016 - 09/24/2016
The H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents the 2016 Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile, an invitational biennial exhibition…
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2014 Kansas City Flatfile and Digitalfile

Main Gallery

06/07/2014 - 09/27/2014
The 2014 Kansas City Flatfile an invitational biennial exhibition featuring two-dimensional artwork by over 170 Kansas City visual artists. Engaging in a…
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2008 Kansas City Design Flatfile

Main Gallery

10/18/2008 - 12/13/2008
Featuring important and innovative architectural design from the region, the Kansas City Design Flatfile is co-organized by the Artspace and the…
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2005 Kansas City Flatfile

Main Gallery

10/22/2005 - 12/17/2005
The 2005 Kansas City Flatfile includes a wide range of two-dimensional and time-based artworks by nearly 140 Kansas City artists.…
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2004 Kansas City Flatfile

Main Gallery

02/07/2004 - 04/03/2004
Originating in 2001 in conjunction with the Pierogi Flatfiles, the Kansas City Flatfile is an innovative exhibition presenting art work…
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