Category: Campus of the Arts

Kansas City Jazz Exhibit at Miller Nichols Library

By , April 16, 2018 3:19 pm

Miller Nichols Library, 3rd Floor, LaBudde Special Collections Gallery
Exhibit Opening Reception Thursday, 19 April from 4-5pm / RSVP
 

There has been Ellington. There has been Basie. There have been Herman, Kenton, and more musical giants with huge legacies. There are none, save Louie Armstrong and Dizzie Gillespie, who come close to matching the down-to-earth musical contribution of Jay McShann.

Jay McShann performing at the Century Room, Kansas City

These words, part of a tribute written by Bill Jones, describe Kansas City jazz, boogie-woogie, and blues pianist Jay McShann (1916-2006), known affectionately to many as “Hootie.”

McShann is recognized as one of the last great pianists fluent in the Kansas City jazz style, and his far-reaching influences as a musician, bandleader, and mentor still impact the jazz world.  His archives are housed in UMKC’s LaBudde Special Collections, and these documents give valuable insight into McShann’s musical life. This semester, a team of UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance graduate students has explored the collection to create an exhibit showcasing the diverse experiences and contributions that explain McShann’s life and legacy.

Come experience the exhibit, rich in history and images, from April through September 2018. The opening event is April 19, 4-5:00pm. All are welcome for light refreshments, live jazz, and a closer walk alongside this local icon.  The exhibit will be open throughout Fall 2018.

UMKC Art Gallery show explores history, culture and identity

By , March 6, 2018 2:02 pm

The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the next exhibition, “We All Come From Something” by Judith G. Levy. The free exhibit runs March 8 through April 6. An Opening Reception is scheduled from 5 ‐ 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 8.

In “We All Come From Something,” the artist reconstructs historical narratives and family stories to show that American culture is complicated and filled with expressions of commonality and contradiction. Levy’s work is animated by images, text and ideological references to explore how perceptions, definitions and concepts are shaped.

The exhibition encompasses mediums ranging from photography and video to neon works and outdoor installations that surround the Fine Arts Building on the UMKC campus. Also included in this exhibition is the Memory Cloud.

Levy, a native New Yorker, has lived in the Midwest for the past 19 years, and worked for many years in public mental health. She has presented solo exhibitions of her work at venues including The Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana University, Big Car Gallery in Indianapolis, Soo Visual Arts Center in Minneapolis and Navta Schulz Gallery in Chicago.

The UMKC Gallery of Art is located on the UMKC campus in Room 203 of the Fine Arts Building, 5015 Holmes St. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.

Exposures Through Time now on view at Miller Nichols Library

By , March 10, 2016 1:11 pm

sky doorExposures through Time

Photography Exhibit by Gregory Gutenko

Miller Nichols Library Link Gallery on the Ground Floor

View a retrospective of photographs from 1970 to 2013 by Dr. Gregory Gutenko, UMKC Associate Professor of Communication Studies.  Although he has worked primarily with film and video, photography was his original medium of choice for the recognition of overlooked things and now, coming full circle, he returns to it.

 

2015 UMKC Student Art Exhibition

By , April 28, 2015 9:33 am

Student-Art-Exhibition740The UMKC Gallery of Art will host the 2015 UMKC Student Art Exhibition April 30 – July 30. The exhibition features works by 38 graduate and undergraduate artists.

An opening reception will be from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m., Thursday, April 30 in Room 203, UMKC Fine Arts Building. Scholarship awards also will be presented during the opening reception.  All currently enrolled students at UMKC were eligible to submit work across a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, video, and performance.

Sarah Walko served as the juror for the 2015 UMKC Student Art Exhibition. Walko is an artist, director, curator and writer. She is currently the program director of Marble House Project, a non-profit arts organization in New York City and Dorset, Vermont. Prior to this position she was the executive director of Triangle Arts Association in New York and curator of Savannah College of Art and Design.

First Annual Student Art Print Sale

By , November 18, 2014 11:14 am

Art ShowThe Department of Art & Art History invites you to support our student artists by attending the first annual Student Print Sale Benefit from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Miller Nichols Library Learning Center lobby.

Come see the creative works of our students and buy a limited edition piece. Cash only will be accepted.

 

New! University Singers open to all students

By , November 11, 2014 10:34 am

music notesDo you miss singing in a choir?  But you’re not a Conservatory student?  All students are invited to audition for University Singers–anyone can audition and you do not need to take the choir for class credit in order to participate (unless you need the fine arts credit).

University Singers is made up of 60 Men and Women and sings a wide variety of music, performing in some of the most beautiful spaces in Kansas City, including the stunning Kauffman Center for Performing Arts.  Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings, 7-9pm.

Auditions are required:  Wednesday, November 19th from 3-6pm at Grant Hall, room 322.

To sign up for an audition time or for any questions, contact Michael Patch at mrp4c5@mail.umkc.edu.

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