"2010 B.F.A. Exhibition"

April 17 - May 15, 2010

Artwork by 98 candidates for the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the Kansas City Art Institute was on view at the Artspace. In connection with the exhibition, art history and creative writing students read from “Compendium 2010,” an anthology of their writings and images, on May 14.

With work installed throughout the Artspace — in the main gallery and also on the upper level — this invitational exhibition includes work from all departments at KCAI, including animation, art history, ceramics, creative writing, digital filmmaking, fiber, graphic design, interdisciplinary arts, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture. (Pictured: "Korean Luncheon," Mihwa Im, senior, ceramics, porcelain.) 

"The 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards"

Nov. 14, 2009 - March 27, 2010

For the fifth time since opening in 1999, the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute presented an exhibition in partnership with the Charlotte Street Foundation. This year’s exhibition, “The 2009 Charlotte Street Foundation Visual Artist Awards,” featured new work by fellows Dylan Mortimer, Jaimie Warren and Andrzej Zielinski.

“Dylan Mortimer, Jaimie Warren and Andrzej Zielinski, all 30ish give or take a few years, spent some or all of their formative years as artists in Kansas City, and they all emit a certain and increasingly recognizable generational attitude,” said Raechell Smith, director of the Artspace. “They are more confident than a previous decade’s generation ever was about the viability of launching and sustaining a credible art career in Kansas City. It’s likely that each of these artists has benefited from the pioneering, DIY spirit that Kansas City has become known for, taking full advantage of the opportunities that exist and creating others along the way.”

The Charlotte Street Foundation has now recognized 68 Kansas City-based visual artists with Charlotte Street Visual Artist Awards, with a total of $422,500 in unrestricted case grants distributed directly to the artists over 12 years. (Pictured: Jaimie Warren, “Untitled (Self Portrait, Dinosaur Mouth),” color photograph, 30 inches by 40 inches. Courtesy of the artist and Higher Pictures.)

"Black Is, Black Ain't"

June 27 - Oct. 17, 2009

"Black Is, Black Ain’t" took its title from Ralph Ellison’s "Invisible Man" and featured 26 artists whose work offered glimpses into one of the most timely and complex issues in contemporary American culture: race and “blackness.”

The exhibition explored a shift in the rhetoric of race from an earlier emphasis on inclusion to a present moment where racial identity is being simultaneously rejected and retained. The exhibition brought together works by black and non-black artists whose work together examined a moment where the cultural production of so-called “blackness” is concurrent with efforts to make race socially and politically irrelevant.

Artists included Terry Adkins, Edgar Arceneaux, Elizabeth Axtman, Jonathan Calm, Paul D'Amato, Deborah Grant, Todd Gray, Shannon Jackson, Thomas Johnson, Jason Lazarus, David Levinthal, Glenn Ligon, David McKenzie, Rodney McMillian, Jerome Mosley, Virginia Nimarkoh, Demetrius Oliver, Sze Lin Pang, Carl Pope, William Pope.L , Robert A. Pruitt, Randy Regier, Daniel Roth, Joanna Rytel, Andres Serrano, Hank Willis Thomas and Mickalene Thomas.

The exhibition was curated by Hamza Walker and organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago and is made possible by an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award, with additional support from the Woods Fund of Chicago. (Pictured: "Tashma," Paul D’Amato, 2007, archival inkjet print. Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery.)

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