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November 2018

End of the Semester Sale

November 30, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - December 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 6411 United States
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Art lovers and collectors - get your hands on original artwork made by KCAI's talented students. KCAI's Endof Semester Exhibition and Sale is the best place to start your holiday shopping and absorb the amazing work on display across campus. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Ceramics, Fiber, Filmmaking, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design and Sculpture to see the great work from our students. Don't miss the debut of Something Old...Something New in Epperson Auditorium, an exhibition of artistically interpreted wedding dresses made from upcycled materials designed and crafted by Fiber department students as a part of a Sponsored Studio partnership with Events by Elle. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

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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

2019 Annual BFA Exhibition

April 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - May 5, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

The H&R Block Artspace is pleased to present the 2019 Annual BFA Exhibition featuring new work throughout the Artspace galleries created by graduating seniors earning their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Kansas City Art Institute and majoring in Animation, Art History, Ceramics, Creative Writing, Fiber, Filmmaking, Graphic Design, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture. This annual exhibit is among the most popular and widely attended exhibitions at the Artspace – anticipated by the KCAI community and the business and arts communities alike. About the Opening Reception Sponsor Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA) has been providing legal and accounting services to artists and organizations from all creative disciplines along with seminars to educate its members on best practices since 2004. KCVLAA provides a critical link between members of the legal, business and arts communities and plays a vital role in the arts ecology of Kansas City. For more information, visit www.kcvlaa.org. About the H&R Block Artspace Dedicated to artists, art and ideas since 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presents exhibitions of contemporary art and a range of public programs for a growing audience of students, educators,…

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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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October 2019

Wind in the Pines

October 25, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - November 27, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
KCAI Crossroads Gallery, 1819 Grand Blvd.
Kansas City , MO 66216 United States
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Performances: Friday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26 at 7:30 p.m. Please note seating will be limited for these performances Exhibition: November 1 – November 27, 2019 Opening Reception: First Friday, November 1 from 6 - 8 p.m. KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice 1819 Grand Boulevard, Kansas City, MO 64108 Public Hours: 12 - 5 p.m. Tuesday – Saturday For more information please contact Michael Schonhoff at mschonhoff@kcai.edu or 816.914.5394 The KCAI Crossroads Gallery: Center for Contemporary Practice is pleased to present Wind in the Pines by Aretha Aoki & Ryan MacDonald (‘08 Painting & Creative Writing). Aoki and MacDonald will be artists-in-residence from mid-October through early-November to realize two performances and install a related exhibition in the galleries. Aoki and MacDonald will also have special engagements with KCAI students while in Kansas City. Wind in the Pines is a project of the Center for Contemporary Practice program at the KCAI Crossroads Gallery. Wind in the Pines is an hour-long interdisciplinary dance piece that weaves memoir, 3D animation, sound and dancing to create an immersive excavation of a mysterious family past. Centering around Aretha Aoki’s Japanese family history during World War II, Wind in the Pines attempts to make the past feel present, despite language barriers, geographical and…

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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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December 2019

End of Semester Exhibition and Sale

December 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm - December 8, 2019 @ 5:00 pm
Kansas City Art Institute, 4415 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 6411 United States
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Free

One weekend. Fifteen exhibitions. Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase artwork made by KCAI's talented students at the End of Semester Exhibition and Sale. Browse all the studios on our 16-acre campus to shop for one-of-a-kind gifts and take in the amazing work on display. Make sure to visit each studio including Animation, Beals Studios, Ceramics, Epperson Auditorium, Fiber, Filmmaking, Foundation, H& R Block Artspace, Illustration, Interactive Arts, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Graphic Design, and Sculpture. All proceeds benefit individual artists and studios.  You can start shopping at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, but in some cases, the artwork will stay on display until Sunday when it must be picked up. Don't miss the End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8. Download this map to see all fifteen exhibitions.

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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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