Category Archives: Thesis Shows

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 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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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.



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


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.


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.

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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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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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