Past Artists

Artist Manager-In-Residence October 2017
In Partnership with CEC Artslink

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Arts Manager — In her position as cultural manager at the Paintbrush Factory Federation in Cluj-Napoca, Bucea manages Hotspot.art, a multidisciplinary program of performance, exhibition, and educational activities. In addition, she is PR and Communication Coordinator for the Festival Temps d’Image in Cluj and she has also played key roles with the Romanian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale since 2013. She has presented at, and participated in myriad cultural management and cultural policy activities throughout Europe. Bucea strongly believes that the arts are a useful means of mediating difference and is eager to observe and work with artists on community engaged projects during her residency.

KCAC artist-in-residence events:
Artist Talk – Thursday, November 2nd, 6 – 8 pm


Artist-In-Residence October 2017

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Jeff Gordon (JG) Mair is a Canadian mixed-media virtual artist mixed-media visual artist who combines elements of painting, installation and sculpture. His work has been exhibited in Canada, United States and Japan. Mair is based in Vancouver, British Columbia.

"site[d] is a mixed media series exploring several vacant lots in East Vancouver, B.C. Canada. However, they act as metaphors for any urban centre. Each site is recorded via hand-painted vignettes(infinity box), legal identifiers(data box) and organic samples(removal). They provide a lingering glimpse of the transitory state of the urban fabric. The work suspends time and space revealing a landscape trapped between decay and growth. Inherent to the themes are issues of land-development, reclamation, displacement and appropriation. The artist as archivist, has fashioned a revealing record of the traces generated by these temporary vacancies. Beyond the larger issues such as land development and displacement, the collection conveys the depth, history and personality of place."

KCAC artist-in-residence events:
Artist Talk – Thursday, October 26th, 6 – 8 pm

Artist-In-Residence August 2017

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Theresa is a Kansas City, Missouri native, multidisciplinary artist, currently experimenting in various artistic practices including ceramics, sculpture, and various forms of bookmaking. Theresa is currently working on a PhD in Art and Gender at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and is also practicing ceramic decoration at Escola d’Arte La Industrial Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. She completed a Master of Contemporary Artistic Creation (Master de Creación Artística Contemporánea) at the University of Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. She completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri, USA.

Her work is developed through explorations of color and pattern, and is accomplished in a variety of materials and artistic genres. Her current work is part of a larger installation and is an expression of gender and the recognition of gender fluidity in ancient Egypt as well as its influences on art and artisan work throughout ancient Egypt. She explores color, pattern, and layering with emphasis on line and depth.

Theresa Wilshusen KCAC artist-in-residence events:
• Open Studio at KCAC: Saturday, August 12th from 11 am – 1 pm
• Artist's Talk at KCAC: Thursday, August 24th from 6 – 8 pm

Artist-In-Residence July - August 2017

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June Lee was born in Seoul, South Korea. She studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago for her BFA and at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Fiber where she recieved her MFA. After graduating, she moved back to Korea, working and teaching in Seoul. She participates in many shows and residency programs all over the world.

“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”

June Lee KCAC artist-in-residence events:
• Artist's Talk at KCAC: Thursday, August 10th from 6 – 8 pm
• Open Studio at KCAC: Saturday, August 12th from 11 am – 1 pm



Artist-In-Residence May-July 2017

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Lynn Peters is a professor of sculpture, ceramics and design, currently teaching at Moraine Valley Community College in Chicago, IL.

Ms. Peters has worked in the art industry doing architectural restoration and in her own business making pottery for retail and wholesale markets.

​She studied at Sheridan School of Design, NY State University at Alfred and Rutgers University; and has completed traditional apprenticeships, both in production pottery making and mold and model making. 

​Nomadic by nature, she travels and works between Toronto, NYC, and Chicago.

KCAC artist-in-residence events:

Lefteris Yakoumakis (Greece)

Artist-in-Residence October 2015

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"My work explores the implications of switching from a preindustrial or rural way of life to a capitalist culture. I am inspired by nature, travel, folklore, lifestyles and social struggle. I convey imagery of natural landscapes, animal figures and myths as well as commonplace visual signs, pop culture and urban landscapes. I make small bodies of work consisting of paintings and/or drawings that correspond to my particular location and social environment.I paint to criticize and comment on my social environment. I aspire to bring attention to its darkest sides. However, I also seek alternatives to this grim reality. I use oils and acrylics for my canvas works and a variety of materials, such as pencils, markers, oil-pastels and ink, for my drawings."

KCAC artist-in-residence events:
• Open Studio at KCAC: Saturday, October 17th from 11 am – 2 pm
• Artist's Talk at KCAC: Wednesday, October 21st from 6 – 8 pm

Ireri Topete and Nunik Sauret ( MEXICO)

Artists-in-Residence October 2015

NUNIK SAURET was born in Mexico City. She has produced paintings and drawing for over 20 years. She studied painting and sculpture at La Esmeralda National School and continued to study printmaking at the Santo Domingo Print Workshop. She has specialized in Japanese graphic techniques under masters: such as Keisei Kobayashi, Tatsuma Watanabe, and Kuniko Satake. Sauret has been awarded the Creators Grant from the FONCA twice and has received a number of awards, scholarships and honorable mentions in Mexico, the former Yugoslavia, United States and Canada. Her work is included in over 120 lithograph folders. She has participated in 55 biennales/triennials in Mexico, USA, Colombia, Venezuela, India, Puerto Rico, Yugoslavia, Norway, Bulgaria, Cuba, Brazil, Spain, Japan, Canada, Poland and France. Her work is shown in over 26 museums, universities and Cultural Institutions of Mexico, Colombia, Bulgaria, United States, Puerto Rico and Japan: Modern Art Museum, Mexico; Banco de Mexico; Tosa-Washi International Committee, Japan; Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Hispanic Art, New York. She has held over 100 solo exhibits in Mexico, Colombia, Panama and Algeria. She has participated in over 400 group shows in Mexico, Colombia, the Netherlands, Puerto Rico, (former) Yugoslavia, France, Brazil, USA, Japan, Finland, Norway, Germany and Portugal. Her current work includes research of traditional Japanese techniques in order to combine them with alternative engraving techniques.

IRERI TOPETE graduated from the University of Guadalajara with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and has since exhibited in multiple international group shows in Mexico, the United States, Canada, Holland, Japan, Spain and Serbia. To date she has had 19 solo exhibitions and has received various awards through-out her career. Topete currently serves as the head of “La Raya”, the Graphic Arts Workshop at the Cultural Center in Puerto Vallarta, where she is able to continue to produce her own work. She also devotes a great deal of time working with the collective “La Malagua” which has played an important role in the emergence of Visual Arts in the region and has led to the development of projects on an international scope. With former professor, Nunik Sauret, Topete will come to the International Artists Residency to investigate variations and possibilities of Japanese Estampa, and create modular, expandable works.

KCAC artist-in-residence events:

• Exhibition in Charno Gallery: October 9th – November 12th
• Exhibition Opening Reception: Friday, October 9th from 6 -8:30 pm
• Artists' Talk at KCAC: Thursday, October 15th from 6 – 8 pm
• Open Studio at KCAC: Saturday, October 17th from 11 am – 2 pm

Hülya Küpçüoğlu (TURKEY)

Artist-in-Residence May 2015

Hulya Hulya Hulya

Hülya Küpçüoğlu was born in Adapazarı. She graduated from the Painting Department at Mimar Sinan University in 1993. She completed her master’s degree at the Visual and Environmental Arts of Istanbul Technical University in 1997.

She currently continues her doctoral degree with an emphasis in art, at the Painting Department of Mimar Sinan University. Küpçüoğlu has held solo exhibitions and participated in many group exhibitions, and has written art critiques for newspapers and magazines. She currently lives and works in Istanbul.

Saturday, May 2nd — Cookout on the dock, Noon
Thursday, May 14th — Hülya Küpçüoğlu Talk/Meet & Greet 6-8pm
Saturday, May 16th — Open Studio in the Residency, 11am-1pm

Alejandro Thornton (ARGENTINA)

Artist-in-Residence October 2014

Update: I Write/IDraw Catalog by Alejandro Thornton

The Kosmos culture foundation is inviting Alejandro for a residence to Lucerne/Switzerland and Berlin:
http://alethornton.wix.com/athornton and a solo show for him to go with it.


Ale Thorton

ALEJANDRO THORNTON was born in Buenos Aires in 1970, Thornton graduated from the National School of Fine Arts Prilidiano Pueyrredón, he is one of the emerging artists of the 2000 generation of Buenos Aires and has received awards and been included in biennials in Argentina and foreign countries.

Solo shows include Unthinkable, Pabellon 4 Arte Contemporaneo; Before the Word, Angel Guido Art Project both in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Hi, Matthei Gallery, Santiago, Chile.

“Ale's work is related to Cy Twombly's work, but has an interesting quality of "frozen calligraphic poetry" that I find interesting. His trajectory as an artist is consistent, serious and professional. That people want to change environments, concentrate on work and interact with individuals they normally wouldn't meet, I find commendable and nourishing. All these factors put together make me feel that it would be worthwhile for him and for you to have him in your residence.”
-- Luis Camnitzer, artist and professor emeritus from SUNY

Alejandro Thornton Artist-In-Residence Talk was at KCAI Epperson Hall October 9th, 7pm. Thorton'sresidency is in collaboration with the Kansas City Art Institute and in conjunction with “Crossover KC-BsAs” a progressive collaborative international printmaking project organized by artists Miguel Rivera and Alicia Candiani at Proyecto’ace. Thorton was recommended for the Kansas City International Residency at the Artists Coalition by Proyecto’ace/Artist-in-Residence International Program where he was a guest artist.

Funded by KCAC's Ambassador Society, the Curry Family Foundation, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

Alejandro Thornton announces two new projects one in New York City and one in Buenos Aires with Nina Staehli (Switzerland), fellow KCAC Artist-in-Residence 2014.

Ale Thorton
Untitled from Traverse

Artemisa Gallery, NYC
May 16 June 17, 2016

“Establishing a dialogue between two bodies of work by different artists is not an easy task. When both share common aesthetic values, plastic and conceptual interests may still go separate ways. Even then, such provisions do not guarantee two bodies of work will be antagonistic. Herein lies the challenge: to identify stylistic shades, creative principles, and formal choices to better analyze the work as a space which serves to reflect the artists themselves. When these common spaces exist and they are able to found, the bodies of work can maintain their individualities and also become a set, which in turn, creates a dialectical synthesis that enriches and empowers them both.

Luciana Levinton uses architecture as the foundation for her works. The Grand Palais in Paris and the historic Whitney Museum (now Met Breuer, New York), inspired a series in which she sketches facades, delineates floor plans, blurs interiors, and decontextualizes architectural elements to recreate precise figurations of architecture and bring viewers into a journey of the unknown. Strident combinations of short and long brushstrokes create phantom-like images of what can be identified as buildings, though not yet fully defined. The same journey applies to Levinton’s works on paper, which consist of brightly colored geometric shapes superimposed on top of architecture magazines from the 70’s. In these smaller works, colorful abstractions invade lines of text and floor plans on old pages and use them as a guide for compositional support. Viewers recognize two elements, one from the past and one from the present, as they coexist to create an aesthetic that is inherent and unique to Levinton’s work.

Alejandro Thornton’s works in acrylic on canvas and ink on paper address space from yet another perspective. The identifying characteristic throughout his entire body of work is a quasi obsessive repetition of the letter A. Thornton’s goal is to raise the letter to near iconic status; however, the overall aesthetic makes his attempt paradoxical as his use of repetition produces abstract webs comprised of infinite combinations of ‘A’. At once the letter becomes a module, which can be repeated ad infinitum to create a network of images that is necessary for Thornton to capture the viewer's attention.

Both artists begin working with easily recognizable figures only to create abstractions without spatiotemporal references. Levinton eliminates redundant information, while Thornton uses repetition as his mantra. In the case of each artist, dependence on a monochromatic color scheme synthesizes their distinct bodies of work to become a tertiary element in an otherwise binary exhibition.

Levinton and Thornton know how to delineate a path within the visual arts. Constructive language, conceptualization and composition become the foundational elements from which each builds their practice. To establish connections between the two is a fine observation task that makes sense of the exhibition proposal at hand. In Traverse, two intelligent points of view which question themselves come together and reflect Levinton and Thornton from a common area.”