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lisa ferro-ryan

Happy Summer Solstice to all of our awesome friends! To celebrate the beginning of all things summer, we are kicking it off with a brand new artist for the KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project! This week we are happy to jump into the world of local artist Lisa Ferro-Ryan (@lisaryancreates). Lisa’s work popped up on our feed several weeks ago as we went down the social media rabbit hole and we just HAD to invite her to join in on all the KCAC Instagram fun. Her playful images and bright colors are the perfect way to welcome summer to all our awesome followers!

SO, without further ado, here are a few words about Lisa, her work and her method:

“I fell in love with mixed media because it’s so messy and playful. I enjoy all the stages if it so much. I like getting my fingers in the glue and then playing with the layers of paint and other media to see where I can go with the painting. Most of the time I don’t have a plan, but I abstract a form that I see from the paint and papers. When I do have an image already in my mind I still work with the layers of media pulling out the images that I find like pictures that you see in the clouds. When I am painting I lose myself in the work and my only focus is on figuring out the puzzle in front of me and the story that wants to be told comes out every time. ”

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

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Be sure to follow Lisa on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, June 22nd – Tuesday, June 27th!

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

jillian youngbird

Summer feels like it is firmly upon us here in Kansas City, but we have the best solution to this heat wave…The KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project! This week we are happy to share the works of local artist Jillian Youngbird (@jillianyoungbird). We have been watching Jillian’s work evolve and unfold over the past year and we are very excited to be able to share her world with everyone through the KCAC Instagram account! Her works are an investigation into the world that is happening around her and in turn her reactions to what she sees occurring. The results are manifested through paintings, sculptures and performance pieces that invite the viewer into a little slice of Jillian’s world.

SO, without further ado, here are a few words about Jillian, her work and her artistic approach to her artwork:

“I grew up in a place where you warsh your clothes and swim in the crick. A small time capsule of community that spit and farmed and could turn out a folksy phrase as easy as one draws breath. It’s a place “all timber and bobcats”, as I once heard.

Being of Native American decent, while growing up in the Ozarks hills formed an interesting narrative in my self-identity. Story-telling has always been an important part of both cultures. In my study of Ozarkian and Native lore I’ve come to find common threads and motives; different versions of the same story. This kind of artistic story-telling can function as expression of personal and group identity, as well as providing political and social control. Regardless of whether it tells the whole truth or a romanticized caricature, folklore gives you a vibrant visual history.

Through the study of nature, history, and folklore I use recycled and found materials from my environment to create sculpture, photographs and performances that investigate my impact on the natural world and my place between two interwoven cultures.”

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

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Be sure to follow Jillian on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, June 15th – Tuesday, June 20th!

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

evie englezos

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project is hitting it hard again this week with the ceramic genius of local artist Evie Englezos (@sweetdestructor)! We have watched Evie’s work grow and evolve over the last several years and decided it was high time we asked her to jump on the Lifestyle Project train. Fortunate for us, she said YES. Evie’s ceramic work crosses between functional and sculptural and all the while keeping true to her playful and bold line work and imagery.

Here are a few words about Evie, her work and the method behind the beautiful pieces she creates:

“Sweet Destructor is Evie Englezos, a zine-crafting printmaker, turned ceramicist and volunteer wildlife rehabber. While working she thinks about earth and the natural world, the beauty of mystical thinking, death and humankind’s desire to cheat it, past and future histories, ancient and recent mythologies, science and fiction and fantasy, the joy of creation and the necessity of destruction. You know, the regular stuff.”

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

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Be sure to follow Evie on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, June 8th – Tuesday, June 13th!

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

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…

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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