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September 2019

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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October 2019

Faculty Event: Caleb Taylor Presents Bilingual Patterns

October 4 @ 6:00 pm - November 2 @ 6:00 pm
Goethe Pop Up, 1914 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64108 United States
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An installation by Armin Mühsam and Caleb Taylor Goethe Pop Up Kansas City presents Bilingual Patterns, a collaborative exhibition from German artist Armin Mühsam and American artist and Foundation faculty member Caleb Taylor. Conceived of as an expression of Wunderbar Together – the motto of the Year of German-American Friendship which blends words from German and English to create a unifying message – the two painters transform the architecture of Kansas City’s Goethe Pop Up into a continuous folded canvas. The resulting installation is an organic extension of Mühsam’s and Taylor’s studio practices, both of which employ geometry and collage as central factors in their painting processes and decision-making. As a consequence, cutting and re-assembling, solids and voids, are the determining gestures that drive the dialogue between these two artists – a conversation visualized in the interplay of each painter’s signature languages, enacted directly on the walls of this German-American cultural center. Opening Reception: Oct. 4, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. This exhibition will remain on display Tuesday -Saturday, 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. through Saturday, Nov. 2 

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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 Co-Curators are: Laura Berman, Professor in Printmaking, Eric Ward, Vice President of Public Programming at Linda Hall Library, Jason Dean, Vice President for Special Collections at Linda Hall Library Please join us for the exhibition opening on Thursday, October 10 from 6- 8 p.m.

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October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Crestwood Shops, 251 E. 55th St.
Kansas City, MO United States
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Thursday, Oct 24 at 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Crestwood Shops 55th St. between Brookside Blvd. and Oak St. Live pumpkin carving by KCAI Foundation students. Shop in Crestwood's distinctive boutiques. The artfully carved pumpkins will be on sale Oct 24-26 A portion of the proceeds from Crestwood Shops and restaurant sales will benefit KCAI student scholarships.

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Wind in the Pines

October 25 @ 7:30 pm - November 27 @ 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 @ 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 Sale

December 6 @ 5:00 pm - December 8 @ 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 End of 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 your last opportunity this year to explore the popular End-of-Semester Exhibition and Sale at KCAI from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 and from noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

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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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