2017 KCAI Biennial Exhibition

The Kansas City Art Institute is home to faculty that are passionate about teaching because they are artists devoted to their craft and the continued growth of their artistic practice. The campus at large is a creative community made up of full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, and staff who work together contributing to a diverse landscape of talent and creativity. For these reasons, the 2017 KCAI Biennial Exhibition will expand eligibility to include all current faculty and staff members with a studio practice in order to highlight the full spectrum of artists employed by KCAI.
Inspired by the fall convening of the International Sculpture Center conference in Kansas City, this exhibition aims to uncover the many ways that artists form ideas and give form to those ideas. KCAI faculty and staff are invited to submit existing or proposed works of art that consider the sculptural realm to be juried by Jennifer Baker, Assistant Curator at H&R Block Artspace; Sally Frater, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Ulrich Museum of Art; and Joey Orr, Assistant Curator of Research at the Spencer Museum of Art. The jury’s definition of sculpture is intentionally broad. Forms that are molded, carved, cast, found, assembled, and/or installed will be considered, and entries for sculpture that is conceptual, social, kinetic, soft, environmental, site-specific and/or made of sound or light are encouraged.
Exhibition dates  October 21-December 16, 2017
Opening reception  Friday, October 20, 5:00-7:00 pm
ISC conference  October 25-28
Submissions due June 15
Acceptance notifications July
Juror Studio visits September 18-21
Statements, cvs, object information due early October
Artist drop-off work at Artspace early October
Artist pick-up December 18
Submitting artists must be current faculty or staff at KCAI. Complete proposals must be submitted via Submittable prior to the deadline at 11:59 pm, June 15, 2017. No partial proposals will be considered. No physical mail submissions will be considered. Artists will be responsible for all transportation and handling of artworks. All artwork must be delivered to the Artspace by October 10 and picked up after December 16.
Proposals MUST include the following:
  • Images of the proposed artwork, representative sample(s) of previous works comparable to the proposed artwork, and/or work that demonstrates your practice (maximum 10 images in JPG format)
    Name files: Lastname_Image1.jpg, Lastname_Image2.jpg
  • Image list providing title, date, media, and dimensions or any other important information. 
    Name file: Lastname_ImageList.pdf
  • Proposal including dimensions, media/materials, sketches, and all technical specifications--for example, if power/data connections are required (PDF format) Name file: Lastname_Proposal.pdf
  • Artist statement (500 word max. PDF format)
    Name file: Lastname_ArtistStatement.pdf
  • Curriculum vitae (PDF format)
    Name file: Lastname_cv.pdf

Visiting Critic and Curator Program

History of the program

Initiated in 2000 through support from the Missouri Arts Council, the Visiting Critic and Curator Program (VCCP) is designed to engage Kansas City artists in a dialogue with nationally recognized curators and critics. Hosted on a biennial basis by the Artspace, VCCP invites submissions through an open call to artists as well as submissions from Kansas City artists and M.F.A. and B.F.A. candidates in their final year.

VCCP invites a nationally recognized critic or curator –– alternating between critic and curator for each program –– to select a group of Kansas City artists for individual studio visits and discussions in Kansas City. The program opens up a dialogue between a Kansas City artist and a critic or curator from outside of the region and exposes the visiting critic or curator to the dynamic contemporary arts scene in Kansas City. The Artspace organizes a public lecture by the visiting critic or curator as the culmination of the program. 

Previous visiting critics and curators include Michael Pittari, former editor of Art Papers in Atlanta; Amada Cruz, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y.; Kathryn Hixon, editor of New Art Examiner, formerly published in Chicago; Anne Pasternak, director of Creative Time in New York; James Elaine, curator of Hammer Projects at the UCLA Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; and Stuart Horodner, director of the Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, Dean Daderko, curator at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and David Everitt Howe (left), a Brooklyn-based independent critic and curator. 

Kansas City Flatfile & Digitalfile

The first "Kansas City Flatfile" exhibition was held at the Artspace in 2001 in conjunction with the "Pierogi Flatfiles" exhibition featuring flatfiles from Joe Amrhein's Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. The "Kansas City Flatfile" has since become a biennial invitational exhibition featuring a wide range of work by emerging and established artists from the Kansas City area.

The exhibitions include two-dimensional work in various media including drawing, photography, print, painting and mixed media. All of the work is contained in individual portfolios enclosed in flatfile cabinets. Visitors are invited to browse the files and handle the work, which offers a unique and personal viewing experience. In addition, the exhibition includes a videofile featuring a variety of time-based work which viewers can select and watch at their leisure.

Throughout the exhibitions guest curators from the Kansas City area and surrounding region are invited to curate temporary salon-style presentations from the flatfiles. The "Kansas City Flatfile" has a studio-like characteristic for the participating artists and the public and encourages a natural exchange of ideas and practices through a hands-on approach.

The Kansas City Flatfile provides an opportunity for a wide range of Kansas City artists to show their work to an equally diverse audience, which often includes arts professionals and collectors in the Kansas City area and beyond. Artists are invited to participate and submission to the Artspace's Visiting Critic and Curator Program places artists on this list.

June 9 - September 29, 2018
2018 Kansas City Flatfiles & Digitalfile
Opening reception: June 8, 6 - 8 p.m.

Pictured at left: Artist, alumna and Greenlease Gallery director
Anne Austin Pearce reviews an artist portfolio with a Rockhurst student.