Monthly Archives: May 2017

progressional currents

We are back this week on the KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project with the most ambitious takeover we have ever attempted! This go around we are hosting FIVE, yes we said 5, local and regional artists who are all currently exhibiting their ceramic works in the Underground Gallery. Please help us in welcoming Emily Connell (@emallady), London Dupere, Kim Lavonne (@kimberly_lavonne), Cydney Ross (@cydney_ross), Melanie Sherman (@melanieshermanceramics)! Several of these ladies artwork should look familiar to you if you have followed along the KCAC takeover over the past few months, but a couple are brand new too. We are definitely looking forward to seeing what all these fine, fabulous ladies are going to share with us, but in the mean time, here is a little information on their current exhibition and work.

Progressional Currents is an exhibition highlighting ceramic artists that have traveled to Hungary in order to expand and challenge their studio practice at the International Ceramics Studio (ICS) in Kecskemét. These artists lived and worked together during the summer of 2015 and 2016. At the ICS they worked alongside and learned from sculptors, plaster-masters and ceramic innovators from around the world. The works displayed reveal how each artist worked before visiting ICS, their approach to a new environment and material and how that has affected their work since returning to the United States. Concepts explore religion, architecture, the environment, anatomy and the occult.

We are very excited to see what these ladies have in store for us! Here are a few images of their artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

EmilyConnell  LondonDupere  KimberlyLavonne  CydneyRoss2  MSherman

Be sure to follow these five artists on their KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, June 1st – Tuesday, June 6th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

Throwback Thursday – KCAC Forum Summer 1995

KCAC Forum Magazine Summer 1995


City Councilman Ronald Finley recently made a proposal to reorganize Kansas City’s One-Percent-for-Art program, which is administered by the Municipal Arts Commission. This program requires that any new building project or renovation project undertaken by the City of Kansas City must set aside one percent of total construction costs to commission a work of art related to the project.

Mr. Finley’s suggestion would have given the city council the discretion to redirect monies from the one percent set-aside for non-art purposes (such as a sewer project mentioned in recent testimony).

Thankfully, the motion failed. However, a similar suggestion is quite possible in the future. Proposals like Councilman Finley’s and budget cuts to arts programs will decrease in popularity only when the public realizes that Its investment in art pays handsome dividends back to the community.

Prominent recent studies confirm the value of art’s financial returns. In early 1994, the National Assembly of Local Arts Agencies published the results of a three year study that analyzed the economic impact of nonprofit arts organizations nationwide. This study was the most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted, drawing on data from 789 organizations in 33 communities and 22 states for fiscal years 1990-1992. Among many landmark findings, the report shows that nonprofit arts organizations generate approximately $3.4 billion in federal income tax revenue annually. The 1994 budget of the National Endowment for the Arts was $167 million; therefore the federal government’s
return on its investment in the NEA in 1994 was about 2,035%.

Despite these numbers, William Goodling, Chairman of the House Committee on Economic and Educational opportunities, wants to phase out the NEA by 1999. Perhaps the programs that should be cut instead are those that cannot match the NEA’s performance.

In March 1994 the Mid-America Regional Council published the results of a 1992 cultural needs assessment for the Kansas City metropolitan area. This study used figures from the 1991 fiscal year. It found that 254 bi-state non-profit and governmental cultural organizations have a combined total budget of $50.9 million that generates approximately $105 million annually.

Reasonable estimates of the return on the area taxpayer’s cultural dollar can be produced by extrapolating other available figures. Kansas City’s 56 largest cultural organizations have a combined total budget of $48,421,000, or 95% of the budget for all 254 groups. In 1991 these 56 groups received a total of $9,147,000 of public money. If these 56 organizations also generate 95% of the total economic impact, or $99,750,000, then area citizens benefited from a 1,090% return on their tax money in 1991.

Funding from public sources is a necessity because it stabilizes non-profit arts programs. These programs in turn help guarantee regional economic development by creating a standard of living that attracts visitors, new residents, and businesses.

There is no denying that a community’s investment in new roads, sewers, and other infrastructure needs is a necessity. However, area citizens should realize that investing in the arts through public funding is also an infrastructure need.

anson the ornery

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project is returning this week with local artist, art installer and current KCAC exhibiting artist Anson the Ornery (@ansontheornery). Anson is a multimedia artist combining his backgrounds in music, visual arts, writing and acting to create interactive installations and performances that make the viewer a part of the creative process. He earned his BFA in Expanded Media from the University of Kansas in 2010 with minors in Music and English. Shortly thereafter, he moved to Kansas City to become involved in the growing arts scene.

Anson the Ornery’s artwork is a conversation, not a lecture. The environments Anson creates work to fully immerse the viewer’s senses to strengthen the connection between the audience and the satirical content of his artwork. Anson shares creative control with the viewer to develop a communal experience that results in surprising and unpredictable outcomes that critique traditional ways artwork is engaged. He goes as far as preventing the viewer from seeing his artwork or even asking the viewer to destroy his artwork to subvert the aesthetic purpose of his art. As viewers converse with Anson’s artwork they find a sense of ownership that intensifies their engagement with the art.

We are very excited to see what Anson the Ornery has in store for us! Here are a few images of his artwork and past Instagram photos to get things kicked off…

ShadesCover      Portrait - Tent - Square

Be sure to follow Anson the Ornery on his KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, May 25th – Tuesday, May 30th!

If you missed any of our previous Artist Lifestyle Artists you can always catch up on the KCAC Instagram (@kcartistscoalition) to see what has been happening or search social media with the hashtags: #kcartistlifestyle #kcacartistlifestyle

Throwback Thursday – KCAC Forum Mar 1995

KCAC Forum Magazine March-April 1995


The Kansas City Artists Coalition announces the successful completion of the 12th Annual Benefit Art Auction. Collectors, Patrons, and Artists came together to raise over 33,500 to support the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and our auction guests the Kansas City Clay Guild and the Society for Contemporary Photography.

BIG 20!
This year’s auction was the kick-off celebration for the Artists Coalition’s 20th anniversary. It was on March 5, 1975 that a large group of artists gathered in the studios of Philomene Bennett and Lou Marak to address How the Artist Can Benefit From Centralization.

Overwhelmingly the group felt a self-initiated organization was the only alternative to isolation, elitism, apathy and ignorance. The ultimate result of that meeting was the formation of the Kansas City Artist Coalition. Today, nearly twenty years later, the Kansas City Artists Coalition presents an outstanding and varied program of visual arts events, including exhibitions, panel discussions, lectures, gallery talks, Forum Magazine, KCAC NEWS, and Resource Center. KCAC has gained the recognition of the Kansas City community and is respected nationally for our high level of programming. KCAC has been the voice for local artists and through our programs have provided a sense of place and community for artists and art lovers.

New Gallery Anmounced!
The Jacqueline B. Chamo Gallery and Resource Center was also announced at the auction. This exciting new space the generous gift of our departed friend Jacqueline B. Chamo and her family. Although much has changed in the last twenty years ago there still remains the need for a venue for art which does not lend itself to commercial ventures a space for innovative and experimental work, a space for local and member artists. KCAC provides that venue, and our new gallery our third-expands our exhibition space to almost 5,000 square feet!

Big Thank You
One and All!
Jackie believed in the mission of the KCAC, her support helped KCAC open our first gallery and keep it open. Over the years, the Artists Coalition has had many, many supporters all of whom are tremendously important to the success of the organization. The foundation of the KCAC are the artists who choose to support it. Artists serve on committees, the Board of Directors, as officers, and work on projects which range from the mundane to the sublime. KCAC is nothing without artists.

But of course, artists are not alone in their love the arts, many of our volunteers and supporters come from other fields and contribute many hours and much funding to help KCAC achieve its mission. Without these generous patrons the Artists Coalition would not be experiencing a period of growth at this time when arts funding is in such jeopardy. KCAC’s other major Benefactors are the Francis Families Foundation and Lore and Mel Mallin. The Francis Families Foundation has been very generous in underwriting FORUM and the Exhibition Series. And by contributing to KCAC’s General Fund for many years now, the Francis Families Foundation has helped KCAC achieve both stability and growth over the past several years. The Kansas City Artists Coalition and the arts community can never thank Lore and Mel Mallin enough for their wonderful support. KCAC will have our 2oth anniversary in our main gallery this October. The Mallin’s provide this space rent-free and Mel has promised KCAC the gallery through this century!!