Category: Campus of the Arts

UMKC Poet-in-Residence Public Reading

By , September 16, 2014 1:36 pm

Writer-in-ResidenceAcclaimed poet Ellen Bryant Voigt is the 2014 Cockefair Chair writer-in-residence for the UMKC’s Master of Fine Arts Creative Writing Program.  She will give public readings and teach master classes at UMKC this month.

Come experience poetry the way it’s meant to be.  UMKC Friends of the Library invite you to a public reading with Ms. Voigt on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7:30pm in room 451 of the Miller Nichols Learning Center.

The evening is part of a series celebrating the inspiration of the UMKC Carolyn Benton Cockefair Chair in Continuing Education and includes a book signing and reception sponsored by UMKC Friends of the Library.

The author of eight collections of poetry, Voigt makes her home in rural Vermont, where she teaches in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.  In addition to her poetry, she is well regarded for her writing on the art of verse.  A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, she has received the O. B. Hardison, Jr. Prize from the Folger Library, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Merrill Fellowship from the Academy of American Poets.  Her poems often appear in The New Yorker and The Atlantic, and her work is included in “The Best American Poetry.”

Annual Student Art Exhibition Opens April 24

By , April 22, 2014 8:42 am

annual-student-exhibitionThe annual UMKC Student Art Exhibition opens this Thursday, April 24th at the UMKC Gallery of Art, 203 Fine Are Arts Building.

The year’s exhibit features a selection of works by 32 graduate and undergraduate artists across a variety of media. Scholarships will be awarded during the opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

The guest juror is Erin Dziedzic, curator and head of adult programs at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art. Before joining the Kemper in 2013, she worked more than six years as curator at Savannah College of Art and Design. She is founder and editor of artcore journal, an online biannual contemporary art journal.

The UMKC Gallery of Art hours through May 16 are 9 a.m. to noon, 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. Hours will change in summer. The exhibit runs through Aug. 1.

New Letters Writing Contest

By , April 22, 2014 8:41 am

New Letters CoverEntries for the writing contest sponsored by New Letters magazine of writing and art, published at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, will be accepted through May 18.

New Letters Literary Awards have discovered and advanced the work of writers since 1986. Winners from each genre — short story, poetry and nonfiction — receive $1,500 and publication in New Letters quarterly magazine.

Judges in past years have included Alberto Rios, Janet Burroway, Mary Jo Salter, Kim Addonizio, Daniel Woodrell, David Shields, Cornelius Eady and other writers. The 2014 judges will be announced later; all submissions are judged anonymously.

The entry fee is $18, which includes a one-year (four book-length issues) subscription to New Letters magazine. You can enter online or through mail: New Letters; University House, 5101 Rockhill Road; Kansas City, MO 64110-2499.

We Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century

By , January 17, 2014 1:51 pm

Art ShowWe Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century
Curated by the Graduate Art History Association and sponsored by the UMKC Gallery of Art
Fine Arts Building, room 203

January 23rd – February 20th, 2014

Opening Reception: January 23rd, 5-7pm
Guest Speaker Professor Burton L. Dunbar, Ph.D.

The UMKC Graduate Art History Association proudly presents their first annual exhibition, We Now Pronounce You: Redefining Marriage in the 21st Century, featuring an array of different contemporary artists from within the UMKC community who have created visual interpretations of what marriage means in the current social and political climate. Using Jan van Eyck’s The Arnolfini Portrait as an inspirational springboard, these multimedia artworks explore the different facets associated with the idea of matrimony, as well as underlying themes such as identity, commercialism, sexuality, and gender.

Featured Artists
Amber Acevedo, Heather Beffa, Jeremy Bena, Liz Black, Danielle Coronado, Gloria Devonshire,
Christel Highland, Jerry Hodge, Laura Hurcomb, Joseph Kern, Margo Miller, Christina Silvius, Ryan Schick, and Liz Wagoner

Program Lecture Series
Join us each Thursday morning and evening for presentations by the following departments and organizations: Sociology, English Language and Literature, History, Latina/Latino Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Conservatory of Music and Dance, The Women’s Center, and OUTLaws. See the UMKC Gallery website for the full schedule.

Film Screening
Co-sponsored by UMKC LGBTQIA and Film & Media Arts. February 13th, 5:30pm at Tivoli Cinemas, 4050 Pennsylvania Ave, Kansas City, MO.

Bridegroom. A Love Story. Unequal.

Tickets are free. Please RSVP to Ruth Brito at rmbhw5@umkc.edu to reserve seats.

Click here for more information on the show and lecture series

UMKC Theatre presents: Almost, Maine

By , November 19, 2013 9:54 am

Almost, MaineAlmost, Maine” By John Cariani and directed by John Rensenhouse.

“Welcome to Almost, Maine, a town that’s so far north, it’s almost not in the United States—it’s almost in Canada.  And it almost doesn’t exist.  Because its residents never got around to getting organized.  So it’s just…Almost.  One cold, clear Friday night in the middle of winter, while the northern lights hover in the sky above, Almost’s residents find themselves falling in and out of love in the strangest ways.  Knees are bruised.  Hearts are broken.  Love is lost, found, and confounded.  And life for the people of Almost, Maine will never be the same.  It’s love. But not quite.”

The show previews Nov. 29 & 30 and Dec. 3 and runs Dec. 4 – 8 at Studio 116, Olson PAC.

Student tickets are $6!  Buy online here!

Visiting curator lecture–Allowing for Failure

By , November 19, 2013 9:04 am

 FullerVisiting Curator Daniel Fuller presents public lecture Allowing for Failure 

 Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 9 am in Fine Arts Building 106

The Department of Art & Art History in UMKC’s College of Arts & Sciences is proud to host a lecture by Daniel Fuller, the Director at The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) at Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine. Fuller has presented exhibitions and projects that have happened within the ICA and some that have worked against ICA. Fuller is most interested in utilizing the teaching gallery to embrace the intrinsic value of risk.

Fuller received his MA in Museum Studies from Syracuse University. He has written for art:21 Blog, Art in America Online, and Art on Paper, among others. He has worked at ICA since 2010, with previous curatorial experience with the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage in Philadelphia and Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art in Peekskill, NY.

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