Category: Campus of the Arts

Student Art Exhibition by Colin Mosely

By , October 18, 2019 2:37 pm

A Longing for Interspecies Companionship

M.A. Exhibition by Colin Mosely

November 7-December 13, 2019

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 7, from 5-7 pm

A Longing for Interspecies Companionship is an experimental, multi-disciplinary exploration of interstitial spaces and the invisible links contained within, entangling all animals, plants, fungi, and minerals. These spaces and connections are often disregarded, due to our humanist ideals of exceptionalism and individualism. Through the use of computer programming, animation, sculptural structures, and audio environments, Mosely exposes these overlooked and ignored correlations between biological and mineral entities.

Mosely sees his role as a knowledge seeker and translator, and throughout his practice allows biological studies to inform his artwork. His practice then serves as a way of translating these otherwise imperceptible relationships across biological and mineral categories, emphasizing the interdependence of all living creatures. Mosely’s animations represent plants acting in relation to their insect, mineral, and fungal companions, helping us envision action-based responses and enabling us to learn how to get along with other living beings. It is the artist’s hope that his work compels viewers to reconnect to their environment and sense the lively territory we are all engaged with.

Re:Print Exhibition at UMKC Gallery of Art

By , August 15, 2019 11:53 am
From right to left: John Wilson, Friday Night Fights; Lynn Manos, Fifty One Italian Dinghies; Laura Kuchynka, August iv; Lois Thompson, Where The Light Comes Through #1

UMKC Gallery of Art presents Re:Print, a new exhibition featuring an amazing array of prints by Hand Print Press. In 2019, Hand Print Press marks their quarter century partnership with The University of Missouri-Kansas City and their professional explorations in printmaking. To commemorate this anniversary, Hand Print Press decided to revisit and reflect on their artistic output and to use their collective past to start their future.

For the exhibit “RE:Prints”, members both past and present were invited to search through HPP’s archived portfolios to find images to inspire new prints. Whether it was to pay homage to, riff on, or have a dialogue with the archived prints, members were given free rein to use any printmaking technique(s) to interpret their inspirational print. The result is a remarkable exhibit which shows the wide range of subject matter, unique processes and brilliant techniques that are under the umbrella of printmaking.

The Exhibition runs from September 5th through October 18th, 2019. Opening Reception on September 5th from 5-7pm.

The UMKC Gallery of Art is located in the Fine Arts Building, room 203 (5015 Holmes Street).

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About HPP
Hand Print Press is unique in the region for its mission of mentoring young printmakers. Over the past 25 years, HPP has funded grants for UMKC printmaking students and the purchase of equipment and supplies for the printmaking studio. Three national juried print exhibitions in the university’s gallery have been sponsored by HPP, providing UMKC students and the general public with exposure to a wide range of printmakers.

UMKC Student Art Exhibition opens May 2

By , April 19, 2019 12:37 pm

The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the 2019 UMKC Student Art Exhibition, which runs Thursday, May 2 to Saturday, May 11.  It features the work of 23 graduate and undergraduate artists.  All currently enrolled students at UMKC were eligible to submit work across a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and video.

An opening reception will be 5 – 7 p.m., Thursday, May 2.  Scholarship awards will be presented during the opening reception at 6 p.m.

Congratulations to the participating artists:  Allison Spedding, Angel Goldenberg, Anna Diouf, Benjamin Cottrell, Colin Mosely, Emily Spreitzer, Erin Parrot, Jacob Wold, John Campbell, Katya C. Enriquez, Liz Dickinson, Luke Blevins, Madelyn Stewart, Marley Rogers, Megan Lashbrook, Megan VandeVelde, Noah Kellough, Rabecca Steger, Sarah Komer, Thang Nguyen, Tracy Khiew, Vince Fallis, Zachary Wolter.

José Faus served as the juror for the 2018 UMKC Art Exhibition.  Faus is a local multi-disciplinary artist, writer and UMKC alumnus.  Faus is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective, sits on the boards of the UMKC Friends of the Library and the Charlotte Street Foundation and is board president of The Writer’s Place.  Faus has published chapbook, This Town Like That and full-length book of poetry, The Life and Times of José Calderon.

2018 Annual Student Art Exhibition

By , April 18, 2018 4:03 pm

2018 Annual Student Art Exhibition

April 26 – July 27, 2018

Opening Reception:  Thursday April 26, 2017, 5-7PM; awards presentation at 6pm

The UMKC Gallery of Art announces the 2018 UMKC Student Art Exhibition, which runs Thursday, April 26 through Friday, July 27, 2018.  The show features the work of 28 graduate and undergraduate artists. All currently enrolled students at UMKC were eligible to submit work across a variety of media, including painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, graphic design, and video.

Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday April 26, from 5-7PM; scholarship awards will be presented during the opening reception at 6PM.

Amy Kligman served as the juror for the 2018 UMKC Art Exhibition.  Kligman is the Executive/Artistic Director at the Charlotte Street Foundation.



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.

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