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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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September 2019

Staff Event: Ari Fish Presents Latch: Comfort Measures

September 6 @ 6:00 pm - September 28 @ 9:00 pm
Vulpes Bastille Gallery, 1737 Locust St.
Kansas City , MO United States
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Latch : Comfort Measures is the sixth temple in Ari Fish’s temporary temple series. A fully immersive installation, from floor to ceiling, to sight and sound, Latch explores ideas of the maternal. Congregants are immediately asked to reconcile their experience with a dropped ceiling measuring at just above five feet. Warm lighting and a rhythmic and, at times, confrontational score to the installation, create an environment that is simultaneously comforting and challenging. One cannot help but to feel as though they are in an ethereal and bodily space, either cast out away or trapped inside, insisting upon the inquiry of ‘ are you in or are you out?’. With its curated contributors with broadly ranging ages and media, Latch offers community programming for everyone. Each contributor has been specifically selected to represent a detailed aspect of the maternal . Each have been given the space to do what thou wilt . In the spirit of the maternal, Fish will hand over the installation to visual artist Annie Woodfill during the last week of the exhibition. Woodfill will have complete authority over the space until it’s closing on September 28th, 2019. Latch : Comfort Measures opens on the evening of Friday,…

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Faculty Event: Miguel Rivera Presents Geo Matrix

September 13 @ 6:00 am - October 18 @ 9:00 pm
Studios Inc., 1708 Campbell
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Studios Inc is pleased to present the solo exhibition, GEO/MATRIX, featuring resident artist Miguel Rivera. In his work, Rivera searches for new forms and complex paths embedded in abstraction. He accomplishes this by reinventing structures and routes that stem from one’s daily life such as maps, the magic of belief in forces of physics, historical plagues mapping and architectural forms from baroque church facades. This body of work titled Geo/Matrix has evolved into layers. It is a progression of manipulated photos, hand drawn images, painted or printed shapes, and vector drawings that become edited by the destructive nature of laser energy. GEO/MATRIX will be on view from 09.13.19 to 10.18.19. Studios Inc exhibitions are available to view during operating hours: Tues-Fri from 10-4pm and Sat 12-4pm Opening Reception: Friday, Sept 13 from 6 - 9 p.m. featuring a performance by MYTH-SCIENCE TRIO (Thomas Aber, Dwight Frizzell, and Michael Miller). More info at studiosinc.org

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Faculty Event: Jill Downen Presents Here all is distance, there it was Breath

September 14 @ 6:00 pm - October 26 @ 8:00 pm
Bruno David Gallery, 3721 Washington Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108 United States
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Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14. 6-8 pm Exhibitions Dates: September 14 – October 26, 2019 Gallery Talk with the artists: Saturday, October 5 at 4 pm Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present four exhibitions. Integration: Sacred Space, a series of recent sculptures by Thomas Sleet; Here All is Distance, There it was Breath, a new series of 40 small plaster-drawings by Jill Downen; Adventure, a series of new paintings by Daniel Raedeke; and Sad Panther, a new video work by Damon Davis. The exhibition Here all is distance, there it was Breath features Jill Downen’s recent 8 x 10 inch drawings, executed in plaster, lapis lazuli and gold leaf, nearly forty works in all. This new body of work expands the artist’s renowned exploration of human spatial experience and the contemplative value of architectural form. Refined by decades of work with large scale sculptural installations, Downen’s drawings benefit not only from precise conceptual motivation, but also from her distilled palette and proven skill with plaster, lapis and gold leaf. Each piece depicts a moment in which new space emerges or where fragmented structure moves toward balance. Downen draws these moments from the capacities for movement inherent in her materials, resulting in gold-leafed glyphs that emerge from snow-like ground, contours of poured or chiseled plaster, or deep, scriptural lines of lapis…

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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

Then and Now: Photography and the Printed Image

October 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - March 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Linda Hall Library, 5109 Cherry St.
Kansas City, Missouri 64111
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Then and Now brings a contemporary perspective to the shared histories of photography and print media. This exhibition pairs students from the Printmaking Department at Kansas City Art Institute with the Linda Hall Library. Working closely together, the students will be inspired by research with photographs, prints, and books in the Library’s collection. Combining old and new methods of printmaking and photography, these design projects will examine photographic processes of the past with breathtaking new results. See them alongside the original images that ignited the spark of imagination. Exhibition Opening: Thurs, Oct 10

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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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