KCAI CROSSROADS GALLERY:
CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY PRACTICE

In 2015, Margaret Silva; alumna, former board member, and longtime supporter of the Kansas City Art Institute, generously gifted 1819 Grand Boulevard, the building that housed Grand Arts for 20 years, to KCAI. The facilities include two galleries, a large cross-disciplinary studio and an artist-in-residence apartment. Renamed KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, the space provides an exciting opportunity for the college to be a part of the popular Crossroads Arts District. We envision programs that expand the academic curriculum by offering students a cooperative and cross-disciplinary learning environment. The site will also be the location for a new KCAI artist-in-residence program. Director Michael Schonhoff will guide the site’s programs, while a faculty group, the Center for Contemporary Practice Committee, will build the curricula for this location.

KCAI Crossroads Gallery Presents: Katy Stone Stone Exhibition (once upon a time)

Katy Stone, a contemporary American artist who draws her inspiration from nature, phenomena and memory, will present her first Kansas City solo exhibition (once upon a time) September 6 through October 5 at KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice at 1819 Grand Blvd. Stone’s exhibition will feature a site-specific installation in conversation with a skylight, a temporal window installation and small gallery of related works. Emily Zimmerman, Director and Curator, Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington is the contributing essayist for the exhibition.

An Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 6 from 6-8 p.m. and a Gallery Talk will take place on September 7 at noon. Stone will be the artist-in-residence and will engage with KCAI students and faculty throughout her residency.

Spreading across the wall, spilling onto the floor, or cascading from architectural supports, Katy Stone’s artworks are like Rorschach tests of natural phenomena. She paints on a variety of materials and layers the elements into sculptural assemblages and installations that blur the boundaries between drawing, painting, and sculpture and act as both kaleidoscope and microscope.

Stone has exhibited nationally and internationally at galleries in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Vienna, and museums including The McNay and the Boise Art Museum and alternative spaces including Suyama Space in Seattle. Her commissioned public artworks include projects for the GSA’s Art in Architecture Program, Washington State Arts Commission, The City of Seattle, Cleveland Clinic, Michigan State University, and corporate clients including ConocoPhillips and Microsoft.

For more information on her work, visit http://www.katystone.net

Director

Michael Schonhoff

Director

Born in Dubuque, Iowa, Schonhoff’s experience as an arts professional extends nationally including projects involving exhibitions, collections, living artists, and publications. Curatorial projects include The Position We’re In, KCAI: Crossroads Gallery, Center for Contemporary Practice, Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie, Greenlease Gallery at Rockhurst University, You’re Such A Good Sport, Paragraph Gallery, Charlotte Street Foundation, Black & Blue, University of South Dakota, and Colleen Burner, The Skin That Forms On The Surface, Project Wall, H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute. He is the co-founder of Kunstraum KC, an artists’ studio initiative located in Kansas City, Missouri and currently, he serves as the Director of KCAI Gallery.

His artwork has been presented in solo and group exhibitions locally, nationally and internationally and his works appear in numerous public and private collections including the Nerman Museum of Art at Johnson County Community College, the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas, the Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art at Kansas State University, the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation in Missouri, AGB Graphics Collection in Wisconsin, and the Studio Place Arts in Vermont. Schonhoff also completed a studio residency at takt kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany through the Lighton International Artist Exchange Program and a curatorial residency at the Banff Center in Alberta, Canada, through KCAI.

As a musician and songwriter Schonhoff has written, toured, and recorded with the bands Male NurseBoba FettishWelton Founderstartruck, and thee DEVOTION.

Schonhoff earned his MFA in Visual Art at the State University of New York at Buffalo receiving an academic art scholarship. His BFA was completed at Iowa State University where he was awarded the Helen Beresford/Frances Seeds Scholarship in Art. He lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Contact: mschonhoff@kcai.edu

Hours and Location

Noon – 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday
Open 6 – 8 pm on First Fridays (except January)
1819 Grand Boulevard, KCMO 64108
Call us at 816-914-5394

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