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KCAC Block Party


KCAC Block Party – 40th Anniversary!

Friday, August 12, 2016 5 – 10 pm
On the street and in the galleries at 201 Wyandotte KCMO
Announcement PDF



Hundreds celebrated KCAC’s 40th Anniversary at a good old fashion block party on the street and the reception for the 40TH ANNIVERSARY RIVER MARKET REGIONAL INVITATIONAL EXHIBITION & 4SQUARE in the galleries.

The night was full of fantastic art, fun activities, new friends, and joyous re-connections for old friends.

Music was by Cachecanto. Food trucks El Tenedor, Mad Man's BBQ, the Pie Hole fed the crowd. The Farmhouse served beverages.

NTDFKCAC Block Party was supported by the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund.

KCAC's 40th Anniversary exhibitions, book, and events are supported in part by Scott Francis-Francis Families Foundation, Dana Gibson & Mel Mallin-Mallin/Gibson Family Properties, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Muriel McBrien Kauffman Foundation, members, patrons, and the Founder's Fund contributors.






Join us for a BRAND NEW monthly series right here in the KCAC galleries!

Artists come join in your local arts community and discuss relevant and important pre-designated topics of interest with Executive Director Janet Simpson. Free and open to the public.

Each month Janet will moderate discussions on various art world topics. These dialogues can help inspire your creative path and foster a creative community outside of your studio practice.

Coffee and snacks provided. YOU bring the discussion.

Previous Topics:

April 9, 2016- It's a Small, Small World.
May 14 - If You Build It.
June 11 - Marketing to Your Audience.
July 9 - Studio Visits.
September 10 - Looking at Websites.
October 8 - Artists Statements.
November 12 - Sales with Laura Nugent
December 10 - Inspiration & Where You Find It

January 14 - Balancing it ALL with Kwanza Humphrey 
March 11 - Artistic Collaboration with Ada Koch and Glen North



No Coffee Talk in February
April 8 - I am an Artist with Laura Nugent
May 13 - Books That Inspire...Bring a book that has inspired you.




Coffee Talk

The Wet Plate Collodion Process
Demonstration and Workshop
January 7 - 8, 2017

Demonstration Only
Saturday, January 7th, 9am-Noon
$10 or Free for KCAC members.
RSVP required. Limit 23

2-day Workshop (Includes Saturday demonstration)
Saturday, January 7th, 9am-5pm
Lunch break on your own, Noon - 1pm

Sunday, January 8th, 9am-5pm 
Lunch break on your own, Noon - 1pm

$165 per student this includes materials. 
Student limit 7

Steve will work with each student to create two 5x7 wet plate collodion images during a reserved 1 hour shooting session.

The student may shoot a portrait or still life within the reserved time allotment.

A variety of fabrics, stands and props will be provided or students may bring their own. Lighting gear and camera in addition to the chemistry and materials necessary to create the work product will be provided.

KCAC Residency, 201 Wyandotte, KCMO 64105

Payments must be made at the time of registration.
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Are you an artist? Are you a current college student? Have you ever wondering what the Kansas City Artists Coalition is? Do you KNOW what the Kansas City Artists Coalition is? Do you ever wonder "What can they do for me?"!?!?!

STUDENTSThis is your chance! Join us for an evening to learn all about KCAC and what we do for artists, students and our community! Executive Director, Janet Simpson and Assistant Director, Marissa Starke will be answering questions and providing information about KCAC programming that has been created specifically for student artists.

The evening is set up for you to swing in and out at your convenience, but be sure to try to stay for a major announcement made at 6 pm!

This event is free and open to the public, so bring your friends and fellow artists for an evening all about making KCAC work for YOU!





Art on the Route, Saturday, September 17, 3-6pm
Kansas City Streetcar Authority + Kansas City Artists Coalition // FMI: ArtsKC





Second Saturdays in the Summer // FMI: WineWalk





October 2016 Series

Strategies for Artists
Thursday, October 13, 6 pm
Grants & Opportunities 

ArtsKC, Art in the Loop, 1% for the Arts, and Charlotte Street

In case you missed it, Kansas City is getting national attention as an artist friendly community!
This discussion will take a look at exactly what it is our community offers to our local artists.
Public art? Public grants? Foundation grants? RFQ?  RFP? Support materials? Oh my!
Join us for a night of discussion about local grants and opportunities.



Thursday, October 20, 6 pm
The Legalities of Being an Artist 

David DeSimone, DeSimone Pearson, LC
Danielle Merrick, Associate Staff Director of the Entrepreneurial Legal Services Clinic, Executive Director Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts

Sponsored by KCAC & KCVLAA

How do I set up an LLC? Should I become a not-for-profit? What is a sole proprietorship?
Running a business is tough and sometimes it is tough just figuring out all of the legal jargon to see where you really fit.
Come on down to KCAC to talk with the experts on what is right for you and your art business.
Panelists will chat about the pros and cons of various business models and what is the best way to go about making it all work for you!

Thursday, October 27, 6 pm
Alternative Funding 

Arzie Umali, Assistant Director, Women’s Center,University of Missouri – Kansas City
Megan Crigger, Director of Creative Services, Office of Culture and Creative Services, Office of the City Manager

Looking for something other than grants? Want to know what other options are there? Join us for a discussion of alternatives that might work for you. We hear about people all the time making great things happen through “crowd funding”, but wonder what it is all about? Learn about platforms, such as, IndieGoGo, Kickstarter and GoFundMe.
Micro loans are also now available to artists. Is this a good resource for you? We’ll take a look at this option.


April 2016 Series

April Bill April Sherry April Todd

Thursday, April 28, 6 pm
The Gallerists are In…

Bill Haw, Sherry Leedy & Todd Weiner

Ever wonder what a gallery owner is looking for when they are looking for an artist? Do you ever want to ask them what they are thinking about when they are curating their gallery space?

Well, now is the time to jump right in and hear from some of the best Kansas City gallerists about their selection process, what they expect from their artists and what running a gallery in Kansas City is all about.

Bill Haw owner of Haw Contemporary in the West Bottoms since 2013. Sherry Leedy owner of Sherry Leedy Contemporary in the Crossroads since 1985. Todd Weiner owner of Todd Weiner Gallery in the Crossroads since 2011.

April ChrisThursday, April 21, 6 pm
The Growth is in the “Maybes”

Chris Dahlquist, Artist/Artist Advocate

What do political campaigns, professional sports, and our own creative practice teach us about building a thriving business? The most efficient and effective growth occurs in the “maybes”.

Fan favorite, Chris Dahlquist will help artists to learn to find the small changes that yield big sales results, and will benefit from tested proactive strategies that capitalize on opportunities, increase income, and gain precious studio time.

Dahlquist serves as an Artist Peer Facilitator in Artist Inc., a professional development program that helps artists across all disciplines build sustainable careers.

April Emily Instagram - An Artists Best Friend
Thursday, April 7, 6 pm
Emily Walters, Artist/Entrepreneur

We know that social media is an important tool these days in our business plans, and Instagram is quickly gaining speed and traction as yet another resource for artists to get their work out there.

Join us for an evening with local artist, business lady extraordinaire and a KCAC favorite, Emily Walters as she chats with us about all things INSTAGRAM! A primarily image based platform, Instagram is quickly becoming a great tool for artists to gain international exposure, build a broader clientele and grow sales.

Emily will speak about how to build an Instagram following and how to create a consistent look and feel for your feed in order to get the best out of each post. She will also talk about what those hashtags are all about and why they are necessary to growing your Instagram organically and successfully.

September 2015 Series

Simpson_Headshot THE ONLINE JURY PROCESS…the jurors side…
September 24, 6 – 8 pm
Janet Simpson/KCAC Executive Director

This is your opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at how a juror sees your work!

Join KCAC Executive Director, Janet Simpson, as she gives us a look at what exactly the online artwork review process looks like from the juror’s perspective. See how images and other materials appear to the judge. Get a virtual tour of Hear what a studio visit is really all about.

Ms. Simpson will discuss online application processes for Juried Competitions and Exhibition Proposals. She will show artists how judges and curators interact with your artwork and support materials. She will illustrate examples of "best practices" and "not so good." She will discuss how to name your support files properly. She will talk about the different types of reviews and online systems, as well as Juror instructions and solo vs. multiple juror scenarios.

Learn simple tips that can on improve your proposals!

Jennings_Headshot ARTWORK PHOTOGRAPHY…make or break your proposal.
September 17, 6 – 8 pm
Angie Jennings/Photographer

A good quality photo of your artwork is crucial to an artist's show application, exhibition proposal, and grant request. In the age of online EVERYTHING, a photograph of your work is often the only chance a juror will have to see your work. If you images are out of focus, not cropped properly or are poorly lit, you time is being wasted when it comes to applying for anything!

Join professional photographer and artist, Angie Jennings, as she teaches us about how to reproduce artwork accurately. Photographic images of artwork are often the first or primary way an artist gets their work out into the world. An image can positively — or negatively! — impact an artist’s career.

Ms. Jennings will discuss photographing your artwork in terms of composition, lighting, color accuracy and image quality. She will show you examples of acceptable and unacceptable images, a few simple setup tricks, and how to size and name your files properly.

Learn simple techniques that can yield great results!

Schall_Headshto ARTISTS' STATEMENTS…and why one is not enough!
September 10, 6 – 8 pm
Jan Schall/Sanders Sosland Curator of Modern Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

If you haven’t heard, artist statements are IMPORTANT!

Join, Curator of Modern Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Jan Schall as she discusses the importance of an artist statement and what jurors and curators are looking for when they are reviewing a portfolio, judging a call for entry or looking at an artists website.

Artists' Statements are an essential component of a proposal for an exhibition or grant. A statement from the artist is a chance to add a voice to their visual documentation and gives artists an opportunity to define the conversation they are having with their audience through their art.

On the flip side, visitors to an artist's website or gallery exhibition often have questions about the artwork. The artist statement provides insight into the artwork and "speaks" to the viewer in the artist's absence.

And yet another reason to review your artist statement is for publication purposes. Publications often have a longer life than the physical artwork and may find their way into libraries. When artists' statements are published, they may serve as the only information a reader has about the artist's art, process and life.

Ms. Schall will draw on her wide experience as curator, juror, grant panelist, and teacher to discuss the uses and various audiences for artists' statements.

July 2015 Series

Gennie Flynn Larry Thomas

Thursday, July 30, 6pm
RE:MEMBERING – archiving for artists
Artists Genevieve Flynn & Larry Thomas will talk about the Artist Initiative File project at the Nelson Atkins Museum Of Art - Spencer Reference Library 
Marilyn Carbonell, Head, Library Services, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Janet Simpson, KCAC Executive Director will join in for the Q&A.

Whether you’re an emerging artist or have an established career, the process of documenting your work and your career is important. Well maintained records are useful for applying for exhibitions, galleries, residencies, or creating personal archives for the Artist File Initiative at the Nelson-Atkins Museum. The process of sorting, inventorying and prioritizing materials may seem like a daunting task, but there’s help.  Tips from artists who have excelled and librarians from the Nelson will give you the motivation and tools you need to start archiving your career. Artists can submit Artist File Initiative documents after the panel.

Chris Dahlquist Thursday, July 23, 6pm
Chris Dahlquist, Artist / Artist Advocate

Ready to stake your claim in the digital frontier? Already built a website and wondering why nobody is visiting?
Whether you are building your first site or looking to optimize the one you already have, creative strategist Chris Dahlquist will show you how to effectively create a strategic framework for your digital presence. She will help you identify and attract the audience you desire, use your website to further your long-term career goals, and build an asset that will serve you for years to come.
Dahlquist serves as an Artist Peer Facilitator in Artist Inc., a professional development program that helps artists across all disciplines build sustainable careers.

Thursday, July 16, 6pm
Emily Walters, Artist / Entrepreneur

Do you ever find yourself asking just why social media is important? Should I use Facebook? Or Twitter? Or Instagram? How do I NOT spend all my valuable studio time on my computer? How do I make my business stand out on social media? What is social media branding? Emily Walters is a true social media and blogging maven. With 10 years of social media and three wildly successful blogs under her belt she is your go to on how to maximize your effects on platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to name a few. Emily will also offer helpful tips on how to make social media work for you as you work in your studio!




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(Pictured: Alejandro Thornton's Opening in the Charno Gallery at the Kansas City Artists Coalition)

October 9, 2014 Alejandro Thornton Artist-In-Residence Talk 7pm at KCAI Epperson Hall

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October 23, 2014 Nina Staehli Artist-In-Residence Talk/Performance 6-8pm BIG HEAD “TearHead” for a special performance at KCAC.




Nelson Atkins Museum of Art - Spencer Reference Library
Artist Initiative Files Workshops


KCAC is happy to announce that we will be partnering once again with the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art on a project that will directly affect our local artists and arts communities!

Last week, I sat down with KCAC Executive Director, Janet Simpson and Museum Head Librarian, Marilyn Carbonell to discuss the Artists File Initiative that is launching at the Library of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art this year.

The Artists File Initiative program is looking to archive local contemporary artists in Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri as well as artists in the outlying region. By creating individual files for each artist, the Nelson-Atkins Library is helping to document the Kansas City arts community and serve as an active archive for artists who are currently working and have worked in the area. Each artist’s profile will contain an artist statement, resume, list of exhibitions that they have participated in, exhibition cards and more. Not only does the Nelson-Atkins Library catalog your file, but they also submit the information to the database, which is the world’s largest online catalog and available to anyone with access to the Web.

Kansas City Artists Coalition will be holding workshops over the next several months in order to discuss how artists can get their very own archive rolling and what information is needed so that their careers and accomplishments are documented in one of the most prestigious museums.

We look forward to seeing this grow with your help. Let’s spread the word.

Stay tuned for more information and workshop dates here!

The next Artists Initiative File Workshop is
Wednesday, July 30th, 6:30 – 7:30
Kansas City Artists Coalition

Past Artists Initiative File Workshop: June 26th, 6:30 – 7:30
The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in the Art Reference Library of the Bloch Building




KCVLAA Lecture Series


KCAC is pleased to announce that we will be continuing to work in conjunction with The Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers & Accountants for the Arts (KCVLAA) to present a series of workshops. KCVLAA is also offering reduced prices to KCAC members on fees for workshops and KCVLAA membership.

All KCAC members have two options:

  • If you do not want to join the KCVLAA, all KCAC members are able to attend KCVLAA programming held at the Artists Coalition for a reduced workshop fee of $10. This fee applies regardless if the KCAC member pre-registers on-line or registers at the door.

For more information on KCVLAA membership and upcoming workshops contact the KCVLAA at 816-974-8522 or email them at





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Public Hanging

Friday, November 15 from 6pm – 10pm.

There will be appetizers, beverages and music provided throughout the night. Invite your patrons, family and friends.

The more the merrier.




Fabrizio Acquafresca Lecture

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Join us Wednesday, June 26 at 6pm for a meet and great along with a lecture on the works of world renown artist Fabrizio Acquafresca. Fabrizio Acquafresca is an artist and teacher of chasing and repoussé in Italy. His family has been in the industry of chasing and repoussé since the 14th century and the technique has been passed down from generation to generation. Acquafresca has been teaching professionally for 12 years, predominantly in Florence at both the Lorenzo de Medici School of Art and at Alchimia: Contemporary Jewelry School, but also around the world including in the United States, China, and Istanbul.

Acquafresca will be in Kansas City June 24 – 28, 2013 teaching a chasing and repoussé class at the studio of Genevieve Flynn.