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June 2019

Now/Here at H&R Block Artspace

June 7 @ 6:00 pm - August 31 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present Now/Here, a group exhibition featuring Kansas City-based artists who explore narratives through the lenses of experience, memory, place, history, and race.  Now/Here features a selection of works that include photography, painting, sculpture, prints, and installation, while the exhibition presents a range of visual languages and approaches to materiality that considers questions of representation and identity. Featured artists: Patricia Bordallo Dibildox, Ruben Castillo, Jorge García Almodóvar, Rashawn Griffin, Kwanza Humphrey, Kathy Liao, Whitney Manney, Desiree Morales, Andrew Ordonez, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo, Rebeka Pech Moguel, Anthony Marcos Rea, William Plummer, Angelica Sandoval, Kiki Serna, Hyeyoung Shin, Chico Sierra, Heinrich Toh, William Toney. Guest Curator Silvia Beatriz Abisaab (’16 Photography) is an artist, organizer, and active member of the Kansas City art community.  Her work has been exhibited in numerous venues in Kansas City, and she has held positions and worked collaboratively with organizations that include the Kansas City Art Institute, Charlotte Street Foundation, Front/Space, and 50/50.  She is a founding member of the Artists of Color Alliance (AOCA), established in Kansas City in 2016 as a collective of self-identifying creatives of color active in the Midwest region, as a discussion forum to explore issues of…

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July 2019

Lead Bank Presents LEAP Winner Anella Fernández

July 1 - September 27
Lead Bank, 1801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO United States
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The graphic collage The Dolls that Rose by Lead Bank Emerging Artist Prize (LEAP) winner Anella Fernández (Sophomore, Fiber) will be on display July 1 through September 27 at Lead Bank at 1801 Main. An opening reception for the artist will be held on Friday, July 5 from 4-6 p.m. In this graphic collage series, Fernández creates a dialogue about the commodification of the female body throughout history while juxtaposing text, morse code and braille. Drawing inspiration from the work of Barbara Kruger, Man Ray, Adolf Wolfili, Hannah Hoch, Julie Mehretu, Paul Siestema, Max Ernst and Salvador Dali, she uses images from antiquity, advertising, photographs and art history. The work of Titian, Édouard Manet, Claes Oldenburg and Hans Bellmer, are juxtaposed against quotes from artist Carolee Schneemann’s Interior Scroll, Freud's Studies on Hysteria  and from the comfort women documentary The Apology. If you look closely, the handwritten braille reads excerpts from Maya Angelou’s poems about confidence and femininity contrasting the fetishized female nudes in each collage.  Braille is not seen, but rather felt, explored and learned. Fernández uses braille as a symbol of femininity that requires more than a visual cue; it requires knowledge and further examination. Each year, Lead…

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August 2019

Rise Over Run

August 9 @ 7:00 pm - September 6 @ 10:00 pm
Monaco, 2701 Cherokee Street
Saint Louis, Missouri 63118
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Caleb Taylor Warren Rosser

Rise Over Run is a group exhibition that features Kansas City-based artists former William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting Warren Rosser, Associate Professor of Foundation Caleb Taylor, Marcie Miller Gross, and Armin Mühsam. Artists featured in this exhibition are represented by Haw Contemporary, Kansas City. With their combined sensibilities for constructed space, four Kansas City artists present Rise Over Run, an exhibition investigating the structural potential of site, structure, and the connections existing between their practices.  Each artist’s work is an extended dialogue with content raised by contemporary architecture – modularity, mass and void, physicality and site response – underlining the idea that all manners of art-making are acts of construction.  These concentrations for all four developed over a career of looking, thinking, and a passion for materiality: Rosser with geometric abstractions that make room for the gestural; Taylor and Miller Gross with compositions that each allude to architecture but go their separate ways with the content it expresses; Mühsam with work investigating the dynamics between landscape, representation, and abstraction. The strongest common factor in the sculptor’s and the three painters’ diverse bodies of work is their preoccupation with the built form and an aesthetic that rewards close and sustained attention.  Their…

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September 2019

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

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Katy Stone

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — 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…

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Daniel Eatock Talking In Circles

September 19 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Begin with Ideas. Embrace Change. Celebrate Confidence. Ad-lib and Make Things Up. From Daniel Eatock's Manifesto Spend an hour 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. 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 of falling backward. Daniel trained at The Royal College of Art as a graphic designer, but is…

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ArtFare 2019

September 22 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The American, 200 East 25th St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64108 United States
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$150
ArtFare display

ArtFare Pairs Artists and Chefs for an Evening to Savor Nine artists and chefs collaborate to thrill your senses at a spectacular event hosted by the Vanderslice Committee to benefit the Kansas City Art Institute. Each chef will create delectable fare based on an KCAI alumni’s work. Guests will enjoy the artfully prepared food and cocktails and a silent auction. Buy tickets here. Artist and Chef Pairings Nathan Neufeld (’15 Ceramics) and Stewart & Lon Lane of Lon Lane’s Inspired Occasions Melanie Sherman (’14 Ceramics) and Michael Corvino & Jeff Workman of Corvino Supper Club and Tasting Room E. Nash Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting and Rick Mullins of Café Sebastienne Kadie Nugent (’15 Fiber) and Daniel Nutty & Cody Hogan of Lidia’s Hannah Fine (’17 Sculpture) and Celina Tio The Belfry ad Celina Tio Consulting Cydney Ross (’13 Ceramics) and Martin & Katrin Heuser of Affare Miranda Clark (’14 Painting) and Justin Hoffman & Bob Brassard Broadmoor Bistro Marcus Cain (’98 Painting & Printmaking) and Linda Duerr of The Restaurant at 1900 Eric Sall (’99 Painting) and Andrew Longres of The American            

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October 2019

Lisa Congdon Finding Your Voice: Uncovering the Holy Grail

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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To Illustrator and Author Lisa Congdon, the process of finding your creative voice is akin to uncovering your own superpower. Your artistic voice is what sets you apart, and, ultimately, what makes your work interesting, distinctive, worthy of discourse, and desired by others. No matter your medium or genre, having your own voice as a creative is the holy grail. And yet, it is a topic we rarely discuss. Join Congdon, author of Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic, as she unravels the mysteries and delights of the process of finding your voice, including what it means to have an artistic voice and why having one matters, how to navigate influence, and practices that can accelerate the process of finding and refining your voice. Illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her bold and colorful drawings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including Comme des Garçons, Hansen Textiles, Crate and Barrel, Facebook, MoMA, REI, and Harvard University among many others. She is the author of eight books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist and her latest book Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your…

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November 2019

Liz Collins The Best of Both Worlds

November 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Embracing abstraction, optics, and extreme material contrasts, and surrounding the viewer in vibrating color fields, Artist Liz Collins explores the boundaries between painting, fiber arts and installation, intuitively laying bare expressions of energy, emotion and the viscereality of existence. Join her at a Current Perspectives lecture The Best of Both Worlds as she touches on persistent themes in her work and explores her hybrid art/ design practice through a few recent projects. Collins has had solo exhibitions at the Tang Museum, BGSQD, LMAK and Heller Gallery in New York, AMP in Provincetown, MA, the Knoxville Museum of Art in Tennessee, Gallery DLUL in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and has staged large scale performance/ installations in Los Angeles, Zagreb, and on an island in New York City, among many other places. Her work has been included in numerous exhibitions at art fairs, galleries and museums internationally, including Spring Break, NADA, Collective, Arte Laguna, the ICA/Boston, Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Museum of FIT, the New Museum, Museum of Arts and Design, MoMA, Sargent’s Daughters, September Gallery, NoLAB Istanbul, and the Drawing Center. Collins’ awards include a USA Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at Siena Art Institute, MacDowell, Haystack,…

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May 2020

Commencement 2020

May 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Unity Temple, 707 W. 47th Street
Kansas City, MO United States
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SAVE-THE-DATE Commencement 2020

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