Category: Campus of the Arts

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 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.

New Photography Exhibit opening at Miller Nichols Library

By , November 12, 2013 5:04 pm

RBExhibitMNLInvite‘Chance Encounters’ photography exhibit opens Nov 13

Artist Rolf Brommelsiek creates and photographs staged environments to elicit emotion and examine the complicated relationship between automobile and man.

“The tension and mystery contained within these images coupled with their ability to elicit a sense of ‘no place/no time’, the real and the imagined, and the blurring of past with present, serve as the foundation for this body of work.”

‘Chance Encounters: The Photograph as Palimpsest’ exhibits in the Dean’s Gallery on the second floor of UMKC’s Miller Nichols Library through January 30, 2014.  Meet the artist during an opening reception on November 13, 2013 from 4-6:00pm.

Rolf Brommelsiek,  artist and designer, creates architectural design elements for commercial projects.  These include specialty features in Club Med’s first urban center in Paris, France, as well as restaurants in San Francisco, California and Naples, Florida.  His artistic projects include numerous public sculptures, with his work Rabone 9 was selected for Kansas City’s Avenue of the Arts.  Returning to his roots in photography, Brommelsiek has recently focused on creating theatrical ‘sets’ around specific themes that are photographed.  The result of this process are two bodies of work:  ’Homage to Detroit’ that explored the car as myth in society, and ‘Chance Encounters: The Photograph as Palimpsest’ which examines the car through a series of staged environments to elicit a mood of tension and mystery.  Brommelsiek holds a Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University in sculpture.

Gallery of Art Media Exhibition and Interdisciplinary Event Series

By , November 4, 2013 4:55 pm

SonanceThe Sonance Media Exhibition and Interdisciplinary Event Series will present digital media, performance, and installation-based work each week throughout the month of November and the first week of December.

Spanning diverse disciplines such as dance, sound, video and installation, Sonance is the first of its kind at the UMKC Gallery of Art.  This exhibition showcases forms of expression that activate all our senses and engage in phenomenological outcomes.  Please join us each week for a new sensorial experience at the UMKC Gallery of Art.

Digital media work on view between events, during gallery hours:

  • Cooper Holoweski: Katabasis
  • Jeffrey Moser: Poppies Will Put Them To Sleep
  • Joshua Haycraft: Celebrations

Schedule of events:

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A Call to Words: Veterans and Why They Write

By , October 28, 2013 5:35 pm

Last LambsThis year marks the 40th anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War.  To honor our veterans, BkMk Press,  is holding two free events in early November.  These events also celebrate BkMk’s rerelease of Last Lambs: New and Selected Poems of Vietnam by Bill Bauer.  Both nights, Bauer and H.C. Palmer, another poet and Vietnam-era veteran, will take part in a conversation moderated by New Letters on the Air producer, Angela Elam.  They will also read from their poetry and discuss how writing has helped them find meaning in their post-war lives.

The events will take place Tuesday, November 5th at Park University’s Meetin’ House at 7pm (reception starting at 6:30) and on Thursday, November 7th at JCCC’s Hudson Auditorium at 7pm with reception to follow at Café Tempo.  No RSVP required.  Learn more about the events here.

“An Orwellian experience,” is how Bauer describes the out-processing of soldiers back into the civilian world.  “I was never debriefed except to have my teeth checked and given blood tests for venereal diseases.” At the heart of the November events are a desire to promote writing as a way to help soldiers reintegrate back into civilian life and reflect upon their past and present experiences.  “Writing about my experiences (many years later),” says Palmer, “has brought about healing.  I’ve come to understand that I had no choice in the matter.”  This desire is the impetus for The Writers Place’s vision of a veterans writing group.

Founded in 1971, BkMk Press has been a part of UMKC since 1983.  BkMk concentrates on publishing collections of poetry, short fiction and creative essays. Publishing roughly six titles a year, BkMk Press has more than 125 titles in print.  Financial assistance for BkMk Press is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, by UMKC, and by private donations.

Also partnering with BkMk Press for these events are:  Johnson County Community College and Park University’s Warrior Center,  New Letters magazine, New Letters on the Air, Rezvets, and The Writers Place.


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