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May 2019

Build It Better Yourself and Time Bank

May 23 @ 12:00 pm - July 3 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City , MO 66216 United States
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The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Build It Better Yourself and Time Bank exploring artist-making processes as well as theory and practices relating to the Arts and Crafts movement, D.I.Y. culture, makers spaces and digital automation. Time Bank invites one to consider a related alternate economy that has historic and contemporaneous ‘currency’ and was co-organized by intern Isabella Matute (Senior, Photography). The exhibitions were developed from the course Topics In Contemporary Art: Build It Better Yourself, and investigate self-sufficiency, community-individualism, the history and tradition of craeft, the history of homesteading, industrial automation, alternate economies, socialism-capitalism, agrarian nostalgia and amateurism vs. master built. The exhibition includes works by recent KCAI graduates Brooke Cirone (’19 Graphic Design), Rebecca Cook (’19 Animation), Shannon Deatrick (’19 Painting), Muriel Hansen (‘19 Ceramics & Art History), Nicholas Kerns (’19 Sculpture), Alexandra Lisenbee (19 Graphic Design), Alyza Perez (’19 Printmaking & Art History), Zane Smith (’19 Interactive Arts), Devon Wolfe (’19 Graphic Design) and Joseph Canizales (Senior, Sculpture). Artist April Pugh served as master studio technician. Special thanks to KCAI students, Seth Peters (Junior, Illustration) and Josepha Costelloe, (Senior, Painting), KCAI faculty Michele Fricke and Phyllis Moore and Executive Vice President of Academic…

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June 2019

Art & Design Auction

June 1 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 6411 United States
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On June 1 the Kansas City Art Institute campus will be the epicenter for a remarkable evening of art, entertainment, creative food and festive drink at the Art & Design Auction. Honorary Chair George Terbovich and Event Chairs Ellen and Jamie Copaken are planning an evening perfect for friends who share a passion for supporting art and design education.  This year’s ADA celebrates Kansas City’s creative economy and the KCAI alumni, faculty and friends that have helped shape it. Browse and bid on more than 250 silent and live auction artworks donated by our faculty, alumni and friends. The artwork will span across mediums and price points to include sculptures, paintings, prints, fibers, ceramics and more.  Live auction items include work by famed alumni Lester Goldman (1942-2005) (Late Faculty) and Angela Dufresne (’91 Painting) as well as Sculpture Chair Jill Downen (’89 Painting & Faculty) among others. The silent auction, hosted by GiveSmart will open a week before the event, giving you plenty of time to bid on artwork.  The auctioneer for the live auction is Kansas City native Quig Bruning, vice president and specialist in the jewelry department at Sotheby’s Auction House. The silent auction will also include fourteen…

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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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