Category Archives: KCAC Artist Lifestyle

tara karaim

The River Market Regional Exhibition (RMRE) at KCAC is up through September 22nd and as we walked through the galleries enjoying all the amazing artwork from artists across the region we realized that it was high time these artists did a take over of our Instagram account! SO, over the next few weeks many of the artists you see in our galleries for the RMRE will be taking on our account! THIS week we are happy to feature the work of current KCAC exhibiting artist Tara Karaim (@tarakaraimart)!

Without further ado, here are a few words from Tara about her work, subject matter and process…

“Is there a right way to portray the modern woman in art? If so what is it? Who is this modern woman really? These are the questions that drive me. As an art historian, I have been confronted with all of the wrong ways that men have portrayed women throughout time. I am certain there is not one correct answer, but I am determined to try.

In my current work, I am taking a new route to portraying women. I’m interested in how women want to be portrayed. Isn’t the true essence of being a modern woman, being what you want to be? I have departed on a path where I collaborate with my female friends, family, and colleagues and ask them how they see themselves and how they want to be seen. I am the recorder of their interests, personalities, achievements, and essences. I intend to show the depth and variety of women and I hope to empower them by legitimizing their choices in large, beautiful paintings.

In these works, I work closely with my female subject to convey what she has chosen to convey. Her thoughts and choices are just as important to the work as my painting it. I use a naturalistic style that captures all of the details of her vision. I strive for realism and accuracy in terms of the amount of detail in hopes of mirroring the amount of depth and detail in these women’s lives.”

We are thrilled to see what Tara has in store for us, so 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 Tara on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 17th – Tuesday, August 22nd!

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

taylor painter-wolfe

August is here in Kansas City and we have been enjoying some beautiful weather. We thought it only seemed right that we continue to include some beautiful art to go along with it, so we are very excited to share the works of current KCAC exhibiting artist Taylor Painter-Wolfe (@tpainterwolfe)! Taylor’s fiber works are on display in the Underground gallery at KCAC through September 22, but we just can’t get enough. SO, we thought it only seemed right that we invite her to join us on the Instagram account and see the world through her artistic lens.

Originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, Taylor attended The Kansas City Art Institute where she majored in fiber art. There she learned to make hand-dyed, handmade felted wool, which she used to create clothing, costumes, and fine art pieces. After graduating with a BFA in 2003, Taylor toured with and made costumes for a performance art band called The Ssion. She then traveled extensively in Australia and Southeast Asia, which influenced her to use landscapes and natural environments as inspiration in her work.

Taylor then lived in Washington where she focused mostly on creating felt wearable items to sell at boutiques and craft shows. She attended The University of Washington and received a masters degree in special education. In 2011 she returned to Tulsa to teach special education.

Taylor now divides her time between making and showing her work and teaching art part time at Lee Elementary School. She is currently creating pieces inspired by aerial images of landscapes where natural and man-made environments intersect. She draws from satellite images and aerial photographs to create abstract landscapes out of handmade felted wool.

We are very excited to see what Taylor has in store for us, so 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 Taylor on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 10th – Tuesday, August 15th!

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

june lee

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project is in for a real treat this week! We are thrilled to have current Residency at the Artist Coalition (RAC) artist June Lee (@artist_junelee) taking over the account! June joins us from South Korea and has been here since mid-July. We are very excited to see the Kansas City arts community through her eyes.

June was born in Seoul, South Korea and moved to the US at 18. She received her BFA at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber. Upon graduating, she moved back to Korea to teach in Seoul. June has participated in many shows and residency programs across the world.

Here are a few words about June’s artwork and inspiration in her own words:

“My work focuses on the individual in the contemporary society today. I explore the neutrality and duality of the individual as a distinct unit and again as a constituent of the collective society. In particular, I shed light on the social phenomena surrounding the individual in contemporary social space, especially on negative conditions such as bystander effect, mass psychology, scapegoating, and biases. Using East Asian element of the thread, which represents human life, to form human figure-like works, my art looks at the problems of the modern man from a third-person perspective”

We are very excited to see what June has in store for us, so 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 June on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, August 3rd – Tuesday, August 8th!

Also mark your calendars for these upcoming events with June:

**Artist Talk at KCAC on Thursday, August 10th from 6 – 8 pm

**Open Studio at KCAC on Saturday, August 12th from 11 am – 1 pm.

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

monica dixon

The KCAC Artist Lifestyle Project is kicking things back up this week with local artist Monica Dixon (@m.o.n.i.c.a.d.i.x.o.n)! We are thrilled to have Monica join us this week and to share with all of you her unique artworks and art experiences.

We first saw Monica’s work several months ago at the Art in the Loop 2017 kick off event. Her environmental friendly installation in City Market Park coupled with her weekly yoga meditations within the installation throughout this summer had us hooked! Monica’s artwork ranges from bold fiber installations to movement workshops based on encouraging community to come together and find expression through motion. Her multi-disciplinary art keeps the viewer asking for more and definitely had us interested in seeing what the next event or installation might be!

Her are a few words about Monica’s artwork and inspiration in her own words:

“My practice encompasses installation, sculpture, collage, costuming, and movement workshops. Pervading the various forms my work takes is a fascination with exploring the elusive, seemingly intangible elements of personal reality (memory, pain, pleasure, emotion, beliefs, etc.) through sensual experience.

My allegiance to fabric developed through realizing it’s potential give life to inanimate objects, and subtly bring the viewer into heightened awareness of their own sense of touch. Humans have an ancient and intimate relationship with fabric; we are almost constantly in physical contact with it. The inherent qualities of fabric – softness, agility, and fluidity, lend it to perpetual use in daily experience. This adaptable material warms, protects, adorns, and cleans the human body, the spaces we inhabit, and the objects we venerate. In my work with fabric, I explore this familiarity by projecting my own experiences and understandings into the pieces I create for audiences and participants to do the same. Vibrant color, liminal forms, soft geometry, and lush textures appear frequently. Similarly to how I use the material of fabric, these qualities serve as visual tools to bring viewers into relationship with their own tactile responses. Through sensory contemplation, we learn to decode the languages of pleasure and pain. We develop capacity for awareness, draw connections between the tangible and the intangible, and open ourselves to empathetic relationships to the unknown and the other.

In the search for beauty, vibrancy, and joy, I strive to create images, objects, spaces, and events that embolden people to accept and acknowledge what is uncomfortable or undesirable in order to cultivate consciousness and engage more fully with the material world.”

We are very excited to see what Monica has in store for us, so 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 Monica on her KCAC Instagram journey starting tomorrow Thursday, July 27th – Tuesday, August 1st!

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