Upcoming Exhibitions

MARCH 2 - 30, 2018


CYNTHIA BJORN is inspired by the energy within moments of clarity and moments of calming peace… in the midst of chaos. She tries to capture the tone involved with these junctures. Bjorn has a fascination for mark making. Whether painting in oil or acrylic, Bjorn pays attention to the integrity of the brush stroke and the qualities of the paint. So much can be expressed through the stroke of a brush. Whether it is how fast you deliver the stroke; or how hard you push against the surface; or how the brush moves through your fingers: there is a language that happens in a conversation between the artist and the surface of the painting. She layers the paint, until she has created a statement, which speaks to the tone of the intention.


THE VENERATION OF THE FEMININE SPIRIT Sara Sally LaGrand's works reflect her hopes for a new generation of women. As the year 2017 progressed from the post inauguration, the open attacks on the vulnerable from a chauvinist in office were followed by resistance, from the pink pussy hats to the #MeToo movement, channeling into deities venerated in this series. LaGrand grew up in the era of Gloria Steinem and the ERA movement. To her, the young women in her life deserved to feel that sense of personal empowerment she was able to embrace with events of third-wave feminism. LaGrand wanted them to see themselves as iconic women of history and to paint them, with modern elements, in heroic poses from Italian Renaissance Art.


CARL D'AMICO is a self taught scenic detailed colorist that works primarily with pen and ink, liquid acrylic, water color and some colored pencil. A "Detailist," in that he works with a multitude of intricately fine lines and a “Colorist” because he uses soft overlays of ink or watercolor to fill in the spaces between those lines. However D'Amico does not idenify as a realist in the sense he deliberately strives to make more of a whimsical version of a scene than an exact representation of it.


RAMSAY WISE finds landscapes compelling as subjects because they seem suited to straddling abstract and representational modes, the area between which he feels most comfortable working. They suit his application methods as well, which are often improvisational and decidedly industrial. Wise uses things he either finds in the garage or at hardware stores: trowels, large masonry brushes, squeegees, spray paint applied directly from the commercial canister.


MARCH 9 - 30, 2018


JOHA BISONE gathers most inspiration through the natural world. Using delicate detailing and graceful line qualities, Bisone creates moments of reality that transform into whimsical landscapes. Intuition and curiosity lead the way. Sometimes an unintentional color or mark is made that can lead the piece in a slightly different direction which she follows. Intrigued with ideas of space and form, color versus line, and reacting and conversing with what the painting is slowly revealing.


APRIL 13 - 27, 2018


Mallin and Jacqueline B. Charno Galleries
April 13 - 27th, 2018

January 1, 2018 – Call open on www.callforentry.org
March 7 – Entry submissions due
March 21 – Notification of artists begins
April 6-7 – Artwork due, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
April 13 – Opening Reception, 6 – 8 p.m.
April 27 – Exhibition ends
April 28 – Pick up works, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Leigh Rosenberg Earnest Memorial Fund will award a total of $500 in scholarship/s.

The exhibition is open to currently enrolled undergraduate college students in Missouri and Kansas and who are under 30 years of age.

Students may enter one time only with 1-3 artworks. NO multiple entries. All media is eligible. DO NOT submit details or more than one image of the same artwork. Entries must be original work, completed in the last two years and not previously shown in KCAC Galleries. If accepted 2 D work must be framed and wired for installation; works on paper should be framed under plexiglas. Sculpture must not weigh over 150 lbs. If accepted, video artists must provide a .mp4 file on a usb for display on 47" LED or provide display equipment for the duration of the exhibition. For more information call: 816/421-5222 or visit www.KansasCityArtistsCoalition.org

www.CallForEntry.org site will walk you through Image Preparation and the Application Form. Begin your image prep right away, you can save your portfolio and return to it at anytime. There is no entry fee.

Image/s. Use good quality image/s (showing just the artwork, NO background); prepare the images according to the specifications at CaFé.
Information. Proof of your age. Proof of current enrollment as undergraduate in a Missouri or Kansas college or university. You will also need to know the name of your art department chairperson.

ACCEPTANCE Artists whose works are accepted will be notified beginning March 21. Notices will be made via the e-mail you use for your Café Registration; however, we must also have a telephone number where you can be reached on this date. KCAC reserves the right to reproduce accepted works for publicity, documentation and promotion of the exhibition. Artwork must be displayed April 13-27, 2017. Students should not submit work needed for scholarship exhibitions.

Works must be hand delivered to Kansas City Artists Coalition on Friday/Saturday, April 6-7 between 11-4 p.m. Work must be picked up April 28 between 11-4 p.m. If works are not picked up on April 28, KCAC will dispose of the work(s) in any way it sees fit without liability or further notice to the artist or lender.

KCAC will take 30% commission on work sold from the exhibition. Price submitted must include KCAC commission and frame, if applicable.

KCAC provides insurance for the exhibition.


MAY 11 - JUNE 29, 2018


PAUL SANTOLERI'S drawings respond to surface and surroundings, borrowing lines and images from his environment in an effort to enable the work to create itself. Using rhythms and repetitions that build narrative, the forms spin into abstractions based on emotions, pattern, movement, and direct response to instinct. These drawings become room drawings, where the viewer experiences the work by walking through it.


JOHN LAMBERTON's work is derived or sourced from a light formed image. Lamberton uses technology to render ideas as an evolution of capabilities and interests that he has sought out along the way. Currently he is exploring the spatial nature of the world, give voice to the notion that we live in a dimensional universe. Lamberton looks beyond a surface representation and portray the complexities and nuance that fills our lives.


JULY 13 - SEPTEMBER 21, 2018


EMILY CONNELL has a BFA from Kansas City Art Institute. Residencies: Red Star Studios KCMO, Kansas City Collection IV, Kunstraum KC, International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary, La Meridiana International School of Ceramics, Italy, and Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project, Artist Inc. Fellow. Awards include ArtsKC Inspiration Grant and Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship through the National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA).

KELLY LYNN DANIELS has a MFA from University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA from California State University Chico. Residencies include, Red Star Studios, KCMO, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Newcastle, Maine, and Arch Contemporary Ceramics in Tiverton, RI. Awards include numerous assistantships and scholarships at Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as well as Mary M.C. H. Eccles Scholarship, Dean’s List, Jack Windsor Award for Ceramics, and Bernard Osher Foundation Scholarships.

CHRISTINA ERIVES has a MFA from Pennsylvania State University, MA and BA degrees from California State University Northridge. Her residencies include Foundation Resident at Red Star Studios, KCMO, Rasquache Residency, Cholula, Mexico, Short term Resident, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, MT, Arquetopia Ceramics Residency, Puebla, Mexico, and New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, NM.

TOMMY FRANK is currently studio manager at Belger Crane Yard Studios and coordinator of the Red Star Residency program. He has a Master of Fine Arts from Bowling Green State University, a Post-Baccalaureate certificate from University of Florida Gainesville, and a BFA from Asbury University. Residencies include Arrowmont School of Crafts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Archie Bray Foundation, and St. Petersburg Clay Company. Awards include First Place and Best of Show at The Annual Northwest Ohio Community Art Exhibition, Clay Champion of the World Craftsman House Gallery and Studio, Artist Achievement and Promise Award, and Eagle Scout Award.

HIROMI IYODA has a MFA from University of Nebraska, Lincoln and a BFA from California State University Long Beach. Residencies include Red Star Studios, KCMO and Ox-Bow School of Art. Awards include James Tingey Visiting Artist Fellowship at Kendall College of Art and Design, Fellowships and Othmar Scholarship at University of Lincoln Nebraska, Finalist “57th” International Competition of Contemporary Ceramic Art in Faenza, Italy, Travel scholarship award to study in Spain and France.

WEN DAN LIN MFA from Arizona State University, BFA from KCAI. Residencies: Red Star Studio, KCMO, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and International Ceramic Studio, Kecskemet, Hungary. Awards include Arizona Artist Guild Award, Susan Furina Memorial Scholarship, and Martin Wong Foundation Scholarship.

SARAH JEWELL OLSEN has a MFA from West Virginia University, BFA from University of Alaska Anchorage, Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts, and participated in the Jingdezhen Ceramics Institute Study Abroad Program in China. She is a resident at Red Star Studios, KCMO. Awards include Graduate Teaching Assistantships, Chautauqua Schools of Fine and Performing Arts Summer Scholarship, Dean’s Purchase Award, Dean’s List Scholarship, and USUAA Travel Grant.