2011 Exhibitions

March 4 – 25, 2011

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SARA SCHNECKLOTH combines several approaches to drawing into an exhibition that invites viewers to consider memory, the body, and the gesture of drawing.

DEBORAH RILEY creates stark photographs with added elements which she leaves open for interpretation by the viewer.

MICKI SKUDLARCZYK 'Dressed Meat' is an interactive installation made from sewn cow stomachs, into which the viewer is invited to enter, bringing an awareness to the intimate relationship humans have with the animals we ingest and become a part of our physical make-up.

April 8 – 22, 2011


Juror: Jackie Warren

Award Winners Krystal Kuhn, Smantha McPherson, Leon Jones, Will Preman

May 13 – June 10, 2011

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KEITH EKSTAM's work is a record or a trace, in a sense, of his existence and experience in his life. He builds sculptural forms using painted slips and englobe surfaces. During a residency in Fundacio, Spain, he explored geological forms that surrounded him.

KEVIN HUGHES's sculptures explore the dual concepts of relationships and toys. Through the similarities and differences of forms and their materials, Hughes delves into how people relate to one another.

EUH-KYUNG SUH work is a series of sculptural vessels that are a metaphor for human emotion, memory, and experience. She creates vessels inspired from Bojagi, a traditional wrapping cloth used to cover everything from ritual objects to everyday household belongings in Korea. She attunes the repetitive structure of the Bojagi to contain memories.

CALDER KAMIN utilizes clay animal forms to bring awareness to the conflict between nature and humanity and the “universal dismissal of animal death caused by humans.” Doing so, she brings to light the effects of human intervention in nature.

JULIE MALEN creates metaphorical scenarios interpreted in her clay objects where the viewer can create a narrative in what the objects represent and how they interact with each other. She is deeply inspired by 17th Century Dutch still life paintings and finds many of her themes within them.

July 8 – August 19, 2011


Juror: Dr. Patricia McDonnell, Director of the Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University

Award Winners: Kate Clements, Marcus Miers, Nancy Morrow, Luke Severson

September 2 – 30, 2011

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PHILLIP MICHAEL HOOK combines drawing, painting and various print making techniques in order to create intimate works. Much of the imagery derives from Hook’s love of microscopic imagery. His art is influenced through his research of cellular and molecular biology. Originally from Kansas City, Philip Michael Hook grew up near Columbia, Missouri.

SUKI KWON reaches to her roots to give raw silk fabric a sense of form in order to convey the concepts of beauty, simplicity and harmony with nature. Born in Korea, she decided to change her career path after a backpacking trip across Europe and pursue art.

SEAN NAFTEL uses founded objects to create works that possess inherent value as subject, based on their relationships to contemporary place and function. His art focuses primarily on found objects.

October 14 – November 18, 2011

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ALICIA CANDIANI Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Candiani, uses imagery to challenge social and political issues in her work. In Fata Morgana the artist utilizes cartography metaphorically, presenting maps as talismans that lead us to what we are searching for. In a second layer, it is a reflection about a contemporary global world where frontiers and identities – as mirages – are vanished and misleading. The work that she presents to us in this show, are pieces that she has designed and created here in Kansas City while residing in the Kansas City International Artists Residency Program at the Artists Coalition.

CHRISTA DALIEN Upon reflecting on images that she encounters on a daily basis, Dalien finds situations that speak about our connections to each other and the world around us. In this body of work in particular Dalien begins to explore the concept of colony collapse in which worker bees suddenly disappear from their hives. This event shows us how truly connected we are to one another and the chain reaction singular events can have.

JOHN SEBELIUS Recently returning from an Artist Residency at the Vermont Studio Center, Sebelius uses spray paint and unconventional materials to construct his works. Sebelius visually presents his investigation of the American Biker during their most revered event - The 70th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Memories and dreams surrounding certain individuals and images continue to serve as inspiration for the paintings.

December 9, 2011 – January 20, 2012

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AMY KLIGMAN The new works in Here We Are are “thinking places” or spaces where “things play out”. Kligman’s works are often studies of situations were emotions are heightened. This in turn creates dramatic and complicated imagery that is deceptively pretty and sweet. When the viewer looks beyond the bright colors, one senses a subtle world of anxiety, shame and shyness. In her current works Kligman is taking us to a place where one can consider people, decisions, what happened before and what happens next.

ELIZABETH MORISETTE The everyday object is the focus of Morisette’s work, and this theme is very much present in her new works in Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah. Morisette utilizes the art of “upcycling” or literally turning everyday items and trash into creative artworks. Her work often takes mundane and ordinary objects, and by incorporating them via traditional techniques, creates works that show off the base material and form in a new light. Utilizing items gathered throughout lifetimes, Morisette invites the viewer to remember a time, place or person that they once knew.

ERIC NICHOLS A Kansas City Art Institute graduate, Nichols’ body of work is rooted in process and experimentation. His fascination with the manipulation of material and found forms has led to his current body of work. Eric was awarded a grant in 2005 from the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program to study at the ceramics studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. During his travels, a cultivation of new ideas and worldly views began to influence his works. In his current body of work, imagery is unplanned and discovered through the layering process of shape, line, form and color. Nichols work is ultimately striving for the continuity of spontaneity, control and chance.