The Kansas City Artists Coalition’s exhibitions explore the diversity of expression that shape contemporary culture, art, and ideas. KCAC is a space for innovative and experimental art, which does not readily lend itself to commercial venues. KCAC also aggressively supports and embraces local and regional artists’ work.



(Photo Credit: Julie Denesha and Jill Toyoshiba)

APRIL 14 – 28, 2017


April 14– Opening Reception, 6 – 8 p.m.

Tom Deatherage, owner of The Late Show, is the juror for Kansas City Artists Coalition’s 21st Annual Undergraduate College Student Exhibition Juried Competition. The Late Show is a favorite venue for local artists who appreciate Tom's no nonsense approach to showing and selling work. KCAC co-founder, Philomene Bennett says, when she walks into The Late Show she still gets the feeling that she's seeing something new. "I'm really proud I'm part of the art scene," Deatherage says. "And I really am part of it. I realize it, and it makes me feel good. I thought I was just kind of edgy, but I'm part of the scene. I understand how little time I have left and am trying to make the most of it. Because I'm 72, but I'm pushing hard.”





LIZ MARTINEZ Gone are the days where women were expected to be married and with children by the time they were twenty years old. Today women are pursuing something much more than just being a home maker and taking care of wifely duties. They are breaking barriers, becoming CEO’s and not having children. Martinez's work is a critique on traditions and expectations instilled in her as a child. She uses traditional Mexican patterns and embroidery in her work to subversively critique those expectations. Similarly to Frida Kahlo, Martinez's work is a representation of her struggle between being her own person and wanting to pursue her dreams, while still feeling obligated to fulfill the role of a traditional Mexican woman.