2006-2007 exhibitions

"America Starts Here: Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler"

June 9 through Sept. 29, 2007

During their collaboration from 1985 to 1995, Kate Ericson and Mel Ziegler produced conceptual art projects, ranging from important public projects and site-specific installations to drawings and mixed media sculptures. Ericson and Ziegler, both alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute, redefined public art in a way that was welcoming to a diverse set of communities. They devised projects that altered sites subtly, using poetic language and wit to illuminate mainstream American contexts and highlight individual community issues.
This first retrospective exhibition of Ericson and Ziegler's career, the show provided a critical analysis of the artists' position in the history of 20th century art. The exhibition includes sculpture, installations, models and video documents of site-specific works.

The exhibition is a joint-project of the MIT List Visual Arts Center and the Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College, and is organized by Bill Arning and Ian Berry, in collaboration with Mel Ziegler. The exhibition and catalogue are sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; Peter Norton Family Foundation; The Judith Rothschild Foundation; and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

"Sum of the Parts: Surface Design Association Members Exhibition"

May 29 through June 4, 2007

Featuring work by members of the Surface Design Association, this installation was designed to showcase innovative uses of textiles. Included in the exhibition are 202 pieces which collectively illustrate surface design, weaving, quilting, knitting, stitching, three-dimensional work, non-traditional materials and many other techniques and processes.

"2007 Annual B.F.A. Exhibition"

April 21 through May 19, 2007

This exhibition included work by B.F.A. candidates from all departments at KCAI including: animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, fiber, graphic design, illustration, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography and new media, printmaking, and sculpture. The exhibition is organized by Heather Lustfeldt, assistant curator, and the Artspace. 

"Collecting Ink"

March 3 through 31, 2007

Curated by Craig Subler

The exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Southern Graphics Council. Kansas City will host the council's annual conference from March 21 through 25. The conference will welcome thousands of visitors to Kansas City and include the participation and support of many local and regional institutions through a variety of exhibitions, public art presentations and workshops. Laura Berman, assistant professor of printmaking at KCAI, is the conference director.

"2007 KCAI Faculty Biennial Exhibition: It's Only Natural"

Jan. 20 through Feb. 17, 2007

"It's Only Natural" featured work by 25 faculty members at KCAI from the departments of ceramics, fiber, foundation, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography/new media and printmaking. (Pictured: "Self-Portrait with Kenny," in-progress, Jessie Fisher, 2006, oil on linen, 28 inches by 32 inches.)

"Cryptozoology: Out of Time Place Scale"

Oct. 28 through Dec. 20, 2006

Curated by Mark Bessire and Raechell Smith and organized by the Artspace and the Bates College Museum of Art, the exhibition featured work by Rachel Berwick, Sarina Brewer, Walmor Correa, Mark Dion, Sean Foley, Joan Fontcuberta and Jean Formiguera, Ellen Lesperance and Jeanine Oleson, Robert Marbury, Jill Miller, Vik Muniz, Rosamond Purcell, Alexis Rockman, Marc Swanson, Jeffrey Vallance and Jamie Wyeth, along with Loren Coleman’s Future Museum of Cryptozoology. 

"2006 Charlotte Street Foundation"

Sept. 9 through Oct.14, 2006

This exhibition showcased the work of the 2006 Charlotte Street Foundation individual artist grant award winners. Organized by guest curator Maria Buszek, assistant professor of art history at KCAI, the show featured new work by Anthony Baab, Deanna Dikeman, Justin Gainan, Elijah Gowin and Aaron Wrinkle.

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