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May 2018

Outliers by Jason Pollen

May 29, 2018 @ 9:00 am - June 8, 2018 @ 6:00 pm
Art Gym, 1460 Leyden Street
Denver, CO 80220 United States
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Join Art Gym Denver for Outliers – Recent Mixed Media Work by Jason Pollen, hanging mixed media orbs within orbs that are created through painting, stitching, dyeing, laser cutting and collage. His exhibit will also feature works from his Portals, Descendants and Spanners series. Jason is professor emeritus of the Kansas City Art Institute and president emeritus of the Surface Design Association. In his recent body of work, The Outlier series, Jason drew creative inspiration while experimenting with a digital laser-cutter in the institute’s David T. Beals Studio for Art and Technology. This unique tool allows for intricate pierced patterns in the wood that make up the independently rotating circles within circles. “The exhilarating exploration of new technologies gives me unanticipated creative options,”he says. “But it is still the dye, paint, textiles and threat that constitute the ‘main event’ in most of my works.” Jason earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s in painting from City College of New York. He moved to Paris, where he worked for several years as a textile designer, creating collections for, among many others—Chanel, Dior, Givenchy and Yves St. Laurent. He began his teaching career as a lecturer at the Royal College of Art in London, then held…

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September 2018

Insight

September 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - October 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Sherry Leedy Contemporary Art, 2004 Baltimore Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Artists are the cultural equivalent of the proverbial canary in the coal mine. As sentinel species, artists are out front, alert and hypersensitive to the world around them. They re-contextualize almost everything, and in so doing reveal surprising ways of thinking about art, our world and the status quo. Artists speak in the language of art using color, form, line and material to discover something new, unexpected and true. Form and meaning are inseparably bound and content ranges from nuanced visual poetry to bold calls to action and everything in between. The exhibition, IN/SIGHT, focuses on artists and artwork that demonstrate the broad range of engagement with material and content taking place in Kansas City and the region. Participating Artists: Tom Huck, Judy Onofrio, Mary Ann Strandell, Roger Shimomura, Ana Maria Hernando, Sarah Sense, Tom Jones, Patty Carroll, Art Miller, Anne Austin Pearce, Tanya Hartman, Marcus Cain ('98 Painting), Ky Anderson ('95 Fiber), Billy Hassell, KCAI Chair of Ceramics Cary Esser, Norman Akers ('82 Painting), Brandon Reese ('92 Sculpture), Annie Helmericks-Louder, Vincent Falsetta.

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October 2018

Freight Train Rabbit Killer

October 5, 2018 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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KCAI Crossroads: Center for Contemporary Practice presents Freight Train Rabbit Killer, a pre/post-apocalyptic American opera, at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5. The performance, a collaboration of the Crossroads Gallery and Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) Illustration Department, is the result of a workshop by visiting artists Freight Train Rabbit Killer duo Kris Bruders and Mark Smeltzer. Freight Train Rabbit Killer’s work incorporates music, costuming, performance and visual art and a DIY aesthetic. The Rabbit Killer is a spirit shaman in the form of a rabbit. Don’t let reality fool you, ‘cause this rabbit is on a mission to hunt all of the High Sheriffs of predation to work his way to Satan and take him back where he came from.  Freight Train, a vigilante naturally or unnaturally bent on justice, on a mission to purge the world of its predators feeding on the innocent. Predators like CEOs of banks, insurance companies, politicians, people that run this unfair world. The two set out on an unsettling adventure set to heavy rhythmic juke and trance songs as the soundtrack to this epic journey. The music delivers on the spiritual, profane redemption and loss. http://freighttrainrabbitkillerband.com

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December 2018

Warren Rosser – Unexpected Consequences

December 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - January 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Haw Contemporary Crossroads, 15 West 19th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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Unexpected Consequences, a solo exhibition of new paintings by former William T. Kemper Distinguished Professor of Painting Warren Rosser opens December 6 and runs through January 16 at Haw Contemporary Crossroads. Please join us for a reception at the gallery on Thursday, December 6 from 6-9 p.m. Artists Statement Unexpected Consequences refers to the process of reacting to a particular set of circumstances. A year ago, my right hand needed surgery and I found myself unable to paint for a couple of months. I could still move a mouse, however, so painting software became an avenue for making, and for all the unexpected possibilities that ensued. In contrast to digital processes, painting is a more tactile experience with many surface modulations. Paint has a certain resistance. It has to be manipulated, moved around and deposited on the linen surface, and there is a delay in the process. Paintings have many inconsistencies – flaws, so to speak – which for me actually help guide decision-making. There is more evidence of change, of excavation; the surface of the paint reflects the history of the making. Paintings have a slower read. With digital painting, one does not have to wait for the paint…

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March 2019

Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present

March 1, 2019 @ 9:00 am - May 4, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Haw Contemporary, 1600 Liberty
Kansas City , MO 64102 United States
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  Please join us for an opening reception Friday, March 15 from 6-9 p.m. at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, 1600 Liberty Street, Kansas City, MO. Lineage and Impact: KCAI Faculty Past and Present, March 1- May 4 at Haw Contemporary Stockyards, celebrates seven decades of working artists on the faculty of the Kansas City Art Institute, a community that values making, teaching, and learning art as interdependent, often inextricable practices. Beginning with and paying homage to Wilbur Niewald, who began teaching in 1949, the exhibition honors artwork by luminaries and pathbreakers such as Ken Ferguson, Hirokazu Fukawa, Lester Goldman, Jane Lackey, Jim Leedy and Erin Zona, as well as emerging talents appointed to the faculty as recently as 2018. In keeping with KCAI’s commitment to forging connections across and between all artistic disciplines and practices, Lineage and Impactrepresents a multitude of fields: animation, ceramics, drawing, fiber, fiction, film, music, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and video, as well as installations and collaborative works resistant to classification. Media on display range from cast glass to silicon circuitry, from combed cotton to works on canvas, from letterpress to digital print, from modular synthesizer to modern languages; from rendered video to natural pigments. This vibrant collection…

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April 2019

Hoffman Visiting Artist Lecture Presents Visual Artist and Social Critic Titus Kaphar

April 4, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Epperson Auditorium – KCAI campus, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO United States
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Can art amend history?  Come and explore new narratives with visual artist and social critic Titus Kaphar, whose art reimagines historical events. His paintings, sculptures and installations seek to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance. Kaphar is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant and a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grantee. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, Ark., The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Perez Art Museum (PAMM) in Miami, amongst others. This free public lecture is underwritten by the Hoffman Visiting Artist Endowment. The purpose is to bring nationally recognized artists who focus on contemporary art practices to give an annual talk to Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) students, faculty and the Kansas City community, as well as work with students and faculty in their studios. The Visiting Artist is selected through a process administered by a select group of representatives from KCAI, members of the Hoffman family and local…

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End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

April 26, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - April 28, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 6411 United States
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Art lovers and collectors – don’t miss your opportunity to purchase artwork made by KCAI's incredibly talented students. KCAI's End of Semester Exhibition and Sale is the best place to shop for artwork and absorb the amazing work on display across campus. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Sculpture to see the great work. All proceeds benefit individual artists and studios. You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, April 26, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. For a map of KCAI, located at 4415 Warwick in Kansas City, Mo., visit http://kcai.edu/campus-life/campus/. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 26; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 27; and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, April 28.

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September 2019

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

September 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - October 5, 2019 @ 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

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…

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November 2019

Liz Collins The Best of Both Worlds

November 21, 2019 @ 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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January 2020

Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know

January 31 @ 6:00 pm - March 14 @ 5:00 pm
H&R Block Artspace, 16 East 43rd Street
Kansas City, MO 64111 United States
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Join us for an opening reception Friday, January 31, 6-8 p.m. Celebrating 20 years of artists, art and ideas in 2020, the Artspace continues its commitment to presenting timely, solo projects by internationally recognized, mid-career artists offering diverse perspectives. The Artspace is pleased to present Sonya Clark: Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know, a timely project by textile and social practice artist Sonya Clark, focuses on the seemingly unremarkable dishcloth that played a crucial role in ending the Civil War in the spring of 1865. Pressed into service as the South’s flag of surrender at Appomattox, Va., this cloth became known as the Confederate Flag of Truce.  Featuring six new works created for the exhibition, Monumental Cloth, The Flag We Should Know reimagines the Truce Flag and invites us to reconsider the stories our inherited monuments and symbols present. This exhibition continues Clark’s ongoing exploration of the legacy of cultural symbols and serves as a timely catalyst for dialogue about the scars of the Confederacy and America’s ability to acknowledge and reckon with history, social justice, institutional racism, and racial inequality. Upcoming Public Programs Image: Sonya Clark, 2015. Photo credit: Diego Valdez. SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, March 5 The Artspace is pleased to host Sonya Clark as the Kansas City Art…

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