Category Archives: Student Work

And Here We Are, Fall 2015

For those coming back to the Kansas City Art Institute (KCAI) to pursuit their BFA, and even to those outside of KCAI revisiting this blog because they love to hear about everything FIBER, welcome back to another school year at KCAI!  And a special welcome to all the new and wonderful sophomores who entered the realms of fiber in the Fiber Department at KCAI!  I suspect it is going to be a grand year as we welcome new technologies, processes, ideas, and collaborations in order to fulfill our goals as successful artists. 

On the topic of artists (in general), I would like to make an announcement, preluding with some facts about an awesome organization that exists in Kansas City, Missouri.  Every year Charlotte Street Foundation awards artists in Kansas City a studio residency in one of their two facilities.

These awards go out to visual artists, writers, and performing artists and ensembles qualifying them for a year-long Charlotte Street Foundation studio residency which provides them free studios, rehearsal space, and related support for artists of all disciplines in downtown Kansas City.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Max Adrian”, 2015

While approximately 23 artists were chosen for the full year from 2015-16, with two returning Fiber majors, I would like to highlight the two new Fiber majors that were accepted for their first time this year.  These awesome visual/ fiber artists are Max Adrian and Kadie Nugent, both who graduated last year from KCAI, 2015.  Congrats and mazel tov!

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Kadie Nugent”, 2015

 

 

Also, per honorable mention, Hannah Carr and Lauren Sobchak from the Fiber Department at KCAI were awarded a second term with Charlotte Street this year as well.

FYI: To kick off the new studio residency term, the public is invited to meet the artists and learn about their work at a free “Studio Residents Slide Slam” Wednesday, September 16, 7:00pm at Charlotte Street’s la Esquina Gallery, 1000 West 25th Street. This fun, informal evening will feature 3-minute (timed) slide presentations (10 slides per artist) by 24 of the incoming studio resident artists—thus providing a rapid-fire introduction to the work, ideas, processes, and personalities of these diverse artists.

Max Adrian,

Max Adrian, “Act II, scene I: Outcry”, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Laundry Day Was Last Week” detail, 2015

Kadie Nugent,

Kadie Nugent, “Please Sweep”, 2015

 

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Undergrads Underground

On behalf of the Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee:

The Educational Outreach and Exhibition Committee is now accepting applications for exhibitions at Undergrads Underground, the KCAI gallery at Leedy Voulkos Art Center. Individual students or groups of students are eligible to apply. Applications are due by noon on Friday, October 2.  For any questions, contact Marie Bannerot McInerney and Kim Eichler-Messmer at eoec@kcai.edu.

See the Call for Gallery Submissions with application information and guidelines via the following link: undergrads underground call F15

Laura Spencer KCUR

Laura Spencer KCUR

The Locust Factory Exhibitions Tonight!

The Locust Factory KC First Friday Art Fair presents:

Kansas City Art Institute Senior Thesis Exhibitions-

“Lepidopteric Dichotomy”: Fiber and Video Installation, by Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, is an exploration of the process of production with textiles connected to the life cycles of different creatures, such as moths, who both constantly create and destroy fibers.

“Behind Closed Doors Vol. 1”: Photographs by Derek Hutsell, dealing with the subject matter of religious morality and sexuality.

“Woven Sanctuary”: Gradient Hand-Dyed Weaving Installation by Evander Camorlinga.

Locust Factory KC
504 East 18th Street, KCMO, 64108
Contact: Apryl McAnerney 816.716.5940

Opening Reception: First Friday, May 2nd, 6-9pm
Open Saturday, May 3rd, 12-4pm
Show closes May 3rd at 4pm.

Allay

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Allay showcases three individual artists whose aesthetics and concepts behind their work speak to the same idea of the verb allay: meaning to diminish or put to rest fears and worry, or to alleviate pain. While some of the work may be visually diverse, the language they each use comes together to create a fluid and dynamic dialogue.

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Toward An Ideology

Destination Gallery
4421 Warwick
Kansas City, MO 64111
Inside the KCAI Student Living Center

Opening Reception: Friday, May 2nd from 6-9PM

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Junior Aneesa Shami describes her work:

Overwhelmed by techniques and information, I did not know where to go next in my artistic journey. I began to make a map of where I’ve been. Notes mark my thoughts about things I’ve read, while various small objects parade the fiber process I’ve learned. All materials are scraps from previous projects or small samples made this semester. I took inventory of all the tools I’ve collected and reorganized them. Working through blind faith and intuitive impulses, this culmination of research is my foundation. It’s becoming my ideology.

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HOME // SPACE

This May Subterranean Gallery hosts our second relaunch exhibition, HOME // SPACE featuring the work of R.Shrum. The Exhibition opens on Friday May 2nd from 7-11 pm and will run through May 30th by appointment. The work of R. Shrum uses digital image and design based installations to explore the idea of home in relation to memory.

R. Shrum is a 2014 BFA Fiber candidate of the Kansas City Art Institute, Shrum has participated in the Ox-Bow School residency in Saugatuck Michigan and has participated in several shows in Kansas City, Missouri. Shrum lives and works in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shrum reconstructs childhood memories of domestic spaces through playfully arranging object and image. His work combines the production of image and concept inherent in printmaking, with the study of craft, technique and object based construction in relation to textile.  He utilizes the style of Mid-Century American living to activate feelings of security and comfort inherent in the home.  Surrealistic, portrait-like photographs of objects, serve as an entry into the mind of the child expressing the spirit of play. Light and reflection employ important roles in blurring the lines between time and space. Shrum uses an retro-specific language of color, form and motif allowing the viewer to draw personal connections by creating visual phenomena within familiar spaces and utilizing artifacts from their past.

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UPCOMING PROGRAMS with HOME// SPACE

Through the duration of R.Shrum’s Exhibition, Subterranean Gallery will be facilitating programs to help engage the public with his work.

Here are the program dates and themes:
Sunday May 4th1-3pm PDF Club guided artist talk and discussion with R.Shrum

Sunday May 11th1-3pm Curatorial Activity// The Hidden Stories of Objects

Sunday May 18th1-3pm Social Activity // What Makes Contemporary Space?

Sunday May 25th: 12-2pm ART BRUNCH // Gender and Identity in the Home – LIMITED SEATING RSVP REQUIRED-

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Te ak San

A solo exhibition by Krystal Jolicoeur

Opening Reception: May 2, 2014 6-9 pm

Leedy-Voulkos Art Center: KCAI Undergrads Underground

2012 Baltimore Ave.

Kansas City, MO 64108

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Tè ak San, or Soil and Blood, introduces Kansas City to the work of mixed-media artist, Krystal Jolicoeur. While living in a remote Australian aboriginal desert community, she observed the communal treatment of death by the residents. Individuals, deceased or living, did not simply pass or mourn, they experienced a transformative process. Those left behind were reminded of the true value of their life. Following a mourning ritual they embraced rejuvenation. Observing others’ external style of mourning made it easier for Jolicoeur to address her own losses, which she had quietly internalized. The patterns left in the red soil from the “sorry” ceremonies, had a lasting impact upon the artist, attracting her to the irrefutable connection to the human condition embedded in soil. Soil gives life, nurtures, and erases existence. The land supplements human needs and determines their lifestyle, all people are bound by blood to its constraints and freedoms. In Jolicoeur’s solo exhibition at the Leedy-Voulkos Underground Gallery, she presents a series of earthen sculptures and installations that correlate with the inevitabilities of life and its regenerative processes.

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Krystal Jolicoeur is a Haitian-American artist who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Krystal was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International scholarship in 2013, to travel internationally, where she studied in Tasmania and later volunteered in a remote Australian aboriginal community. Jolicoeur will graduate from the Kansas City Art Institute in May 2014 with a BFA from the fiber program, and is a mixed media artist whose work deals with culture and the human condition. http://www.krystaljolicoeur.com

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Pieced Together

Just a reminder that the opening reception for the Junior show, Pieced Together, is this Friday night from 5-7.

 

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“Pieced Together”, curated by Danny Orendorff, will feature work by eight junior fiber majors, creating work using a variety of materials and methods including weaving, quilting, fashion garments, and installation. The opening reception will be held in the gallery space on April 18th from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. The show itself will run from April 7th – April 28th. Featured artists include: Kadie Nugent, Lexie Abra, Zulian Martinez, Lauren Ventura, Nicole Leth, Alexis Flores, Kerry Hagins, and Aneesa Shami. Please join us for a fun and informative exhibition!

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Simultaneous Contrast: Quilted Color Works

 

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Simultaneous Contrast : Quilted Color Works

A Solo Show by Mariah Gillespie

Quilts have played a large role in America’s domestic history and are closely tied to the female experience. Women have created these objects for generations, contributing their time and expertise to the home. In contrast, paintings are understood through an art historical or museum context as objects of wonder or artifacts of history. By pairing quilt as object and paint as direct color a contrast forms between our expectations and known experiences.

Gillespie’s recent body of work, Quilted Color Works, uses quilt and paint as medium to transcend the ways color, shape, pattern, and material can interact. The work is dependent on the formal elements of composition, shape, and color pairing inspired by the work of painters Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella. Each quilted piece playfully overlooks this historical divide through the whimsical use of shape, color, and line.

About the artist:

Mariah Gillespie, originally from Norman, Oklahoma, is a senior at the Kansas City Art Institute pursuing her BFA in Fiber. She is interested in the history of quilt making, gender constructs, modern and vintage textiles, and color theory. Originally coming to KCAI to focus on photography, she soon realized that the textiles she was photographing were more important than the photographs themselves. This lead her to transfer into the Fiber department. Gillespie’s rich Oklahoman background, flled with memories of her grandmothers, home- made textiles, and near-by farm animals nurtured an aesthetic that is intrinsic to her daily life.

About Kansas City Textile Studio:

The Kansas City Textile Studio is a small art center in the historic Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City that is dedicated to providing education in textiles and fber arts, affordable and well-equipped communal work space, community gatherings, and fber art related exhibitions. http://www.kctextilestudio.com

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Synthetic Ties

Senior, Shenequa Brooks was featured in the Kansas City Star earlier this week, promoting her thesis show which opens tonight at Silver Screen Hair Salon.

Check out the article here http://www.kansascity.com/2014/04/02/4929921/she-weaves-family-into-her-art.html and be sure to check out Shenequa’s show tonight!