Category Archives: Student Work

Sex & Ice Cream Debut at Raygun KC


This Friday, Junior Nicole Leth’s clothing line, ‘Sex and Ice Cream,’ is debuting at the new Kansas City Raygun location.


Here’s a message from Nicole:

“The line will include clothing made out of the burger, bra, ice cream cone, streamer, and panty print along with some over-dyed repurposed shorts, duffle bags, donut bralettes, and other stuff!
There will be copious amounts of donuts, cupcakes, and fruity liquor at the opening with plenty of photo-opps and chances to try stuff on and buy stuff!
The “One Day” project will also be debuting with the panty print and wooden panty wall decor; all proceeds from those items along with the rest of my items will be donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.”


The opening will be held at the brand new Kansas City Raygun location at 1803 Baltimore Avenue with festivities starting at 5 and ending at 9.





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MOD GALLERY is proud to present: “Paracosm”

April 4 -April 27, 2014

Exhibition Opening: April 4, 6pm-9pm

Closing Event: April 25, 6pm-9pm

Gallery Hours: By appointment



 MOD Gallery’s newest exhibition Paracosm shows work by Ruthie Becker and introducing Kansas City to work by Max Rosenbaum. This exhibition presents both two dimensional and three dimensional works that focus heavily on texture and fluidity of mediums.

Ruthie Becker’s work is highly focused on color and the power of color evoking visual pleasure. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Ruthie was exposed to a variety of cultures in her youth, which is reflected in her work. She wants to inspire and encourage an intimate journey for viewers, inviting them to “see into her soul, her longings, and her thoughts.” To Ruthie, the vibrant color in my work represents that awakening ecstatic life force, which she first witnessed as a child. Through col- or, she hopes to bring out the beauty in the mundane. Ruthie has shown in Slack-n-Tickle Gallery, Mod Gallery, and Vala Gallery, among others. Her work was also featured in a recent edition of The Woven Tale Press, and on KCTV-5 about Free Art Friday in Kansas City.

Utilizing found objects as well as repetition in pattern, Max Rosenbaum creates sculptural self portraits, focusing on ma- terial and minimal color. Max’s works merge both fiber processes with sculptural techniques to fabricate strange objects with a weird tactility. In creating these sculptures, Max hopes to accomplish a greater understanding of events he has experienced and relationships he has encountered. He is a 2014 BFA candidate in Fiber and Creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute.

MOD Gallery and Space with a hip downtown vibe. Open to the public each First Friday. Come to experience the space, view local art, grab a drink and listen to some great regional bands and DJs. MOD Gallery is located in the heart of KC’s Crossroads Art District at 1809 McGee, Kansas City, MO 64108.



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Access Alumni Closing Reception


The Access Alumni Exhibition at the Vulpes Bastille closes this afternoon- Join the festivities and see a presentation by Fiber senior, Laruen Sobchak.

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Pieced Together: Fiber Junior Show


“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!

Synthetic Ties

Silver Screen Hair Salon presents:

“Synthetic Ties” April 4th-29th, 2014

Opening Reception: April 4th, 6pm – 9 pm

Salon Hours: Sun.- Mon. 1pm – 9pm

Tues. – Sat. 9am – 9pm



“Synthetic Ties”

A Solo Exhibition by Shenequa A. Brooks

Silver Screen Hair Salon newest exhibition “Synthetic Ties” introduces to Kansas City the work of fiber artist Shenequa A. Brooks on the first friday of April. This exhibition focuses on heightening and beautifying the undertone of synthetic hair in the African-American hair culture while exploring the interaction of African-American women and their hair.


Brooks presents sculptural and flat weavings as well as a performance the night of the opening. The exhibition focuses on the intimate, powerful, celebratory, and socially pleasing feelings one experiences while getting their hair done. This communicative bond is shared between women of all races but it is her belief that it is particularly apparent with women in the African-American culture.


Shenequa A. Brooks was born in St. Thomas, U.S Virgin Islands and lived in Miami, Florida for 15 years, graduated Suma Cum Lade from New World School of the Performing Arts High School as a visual artist major. From there she moved to Kansas City, Missouri where she attends the Kansas City Art Institute and soon to receive her BFA in Fibers. Shenequa Brooks is an African-American women who explores braiding synthetic-hair as her material of choice and how it bonds the women in her culture together.

About Silver Screen Hair Salon:

Silver Screen Hair Salon vision is through artwork and Old Hollywood we will be able to provide our clients with an experience unlike anywhere else. In Silver Screen Salon’s art gallery section, we are giving the “new kid” a chance. Our gallery is constantly changing the art on the walls to make room for new artistic dreams. We hope that you, like our stylists, will get inspiration from these weavings. Silver Screen Hair Salon is in the Crossroads of Kansas City, Missouri at 1718 Wyandotte Street, 64108

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The Textile Museum

Last semester, Junior, Aneesa Shami received a scholarship from the Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. to attend their annual symposium. Following is a brief description that she wrote about her experience there.


The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. holds an annual symposium centered around a specific exhibition they organize, and this year’s focus was Southeast Asian textiles (from October 12-13). The Textile museum offers a program for undergraduate and graduate students to apply for a scholarship that waives the symposium fee, and I was one among seven chosen. Saturday, all the selected speakers presented for the symposium, while on Sunday, the Textile Museum curator led a group tour through the Southeast Asian exhibit. The symposium had two anthropologists offering presentations on Javanese culture and how it relates to their textiles in the context of globalization, the CEO of Jim Thompson speaking about his Thai Silk Company and an art historian presenting on weavers from Laos and the textiles they produced.

During the symposium’s ten minute intermission, I talked with the students sitting next to me in the audience and learned about their graduate art programs. One girl was in FIT’s program, giving advice for my own graduate school journey. She told me that if I was interested in research, I should look to a school’s museum or gallery–if I enjoyed what they displayed, then I would probably work well within the program. Two other girls went to George Washington University, both in a design program; their primary professor sat in front of us, and I told them about how KCAI’s fiber program works. All three of them were envious of the extensive facilities and knowledge I had access to, telling me that they were dying to get just one textile class at their school.

The next day, the curator led us around the exhibit and two of the contemporary artists, Nia Fliam and Agus Ismoyo, showed up to talk about their work. It was incredible to hear them explain each piece, the concept behind their technique. The curator paired their pieces with traditional batik cloth from Java, the primary technique used in their work. Both of the artists talked fluidly about their processes, and I felt lucky to see them actively discuss their ideas.

Overall, it was a wonderful opportunity to see people that live in different areas in the U.S. and learn about what they work on; I enjoyed meeting many of the symposium goers as well as listening to the presentations. It helped center my identity further in what I want to do in future years; it encourages me to continue with my work by knowing there are others that love doing theirs.


For more information about the Textile Museum, visit their website at

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Lepodordric Dichotomy

Lepodordric Dichotomy is a collaboration between Emily Blaser and Kristen McLaren, seniors in KCAI’s fiber program.  They are working with moths (Lepidoptera) which both create the material, silk, and destroy, wool. They are working with traditional textile processes, including weaving, and video projection. They are using the scientific approach in order to create their work, treating each piece as an experiment.  In order to help fund this collaboration, Kristen and Emily have created an indiegogo check it out Indiegogo
Their show will be at the Locust Factory, May 2nd, located at the Locust Factory, 504 East 18th St. Kansas City, MO 64108!
Also they are updating their progress on their Blog, and on Tumblr
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OBJET~ boutique pop-up shop + Tea Time ‘zine

You are all cordially invited to OBJET~ boutique pop-up shop opening this Friday night!!!

Curated by Charlotte Street Studio Resident Dean Roper, OBJET ~ boutique is a pop-up shop hosting a selection of utilitarian objects made by contemporary artists.

Opening Reception: January 31, 2014

Time: 6-9pm

Venue: Paragraph Gallery / 23 East 12th Street KCMO 64105

Dates: January 31- March 8, 2014

Gallery Hours: Wed, Fri, Sat 12-5pm; Thurs 11-6pm

The KCAI Fiber Department’s very own Maegan Stracy and Hannah Carr both have items in the shop, so be sure to go check it out!

For more information visit the event page on FB:

or the Charlotte Street website:



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Fiber Dept End of Semester Show KCUR Feature

Work from the Fiber Department End of Semester Show has been featured on he KCUR site.  Thank  you to Max Belanger, Paige Beltowski, Luis Gonzalez and Lauren Chastain for participating in the article.

KCAI Fiber Department Showcases Student Work