Local artist and University of Missouri-Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences associate dean Kati Toivanen has just been announced as the event’s featured artist. Her work will be the focus of a pre-event exhibition, and she will create art to be given as awards to the local businesses and individuals honored at the 11th Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon.
Toivanen describes her work as, “windows into a world that doesn’t really exist.” Starting with plastic leaves and other imitations of life, Toivanen stitches together details of faux nature to create a new, more authentic one. Her final works appear organic despite being created from non-living subject matter.
Toivanen is a recipient of the Charlotte Street Award as well as the Avenue of the Arts public art project grant. In the spring of 2013 she was an Artist Fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
The Jan. 24 event will highlight the winners selected by the ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council. The luncheon will take place at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Mo. An art exhibition featuring Toivanen’s work will be held in the theatre’s Helzberg Reception area.
For additional information about the awards, the luncheon and a list of some civic and business sector winners, visit UMKC Today UMKC Assoc. Dean.