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Fisher of Men

Michael Wickerson @ July 23, 2014

Jorge Luis Borges wrote a fascinating short story ‘Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius’ about a world, discovered in an Encyclopedia, which slowly through the literary process, comes to posses customs, philosophies, psychology, history, language and literature. So much so that it inevitably grows to encompass and eventually overwhelm our own world. Tlön and Uqbar are a world which:

A secret and benevolent society… arose to invent a country. Its vague initial program included "hermetic studies," philanthropy and the cabala. From this first period dates the curious book by Andrea. After a few years of secret conclaves and premature syntheses it was understood that one generation was not sufficient to give articulate form to a country. They resolved that each of the masters should elect a disciple who would continue his work. This hereditary arrangement prevailed; after an interval of two centuries the persecuted fraternity sprang up again in America. In 1824, in Memphis (Tennessee), one of its affiliates conferred with the ascetic millionaire Ezra Buckley. The latter, somewhat disdainfully, let him speak - and laughed at the plan's modest scope. He told the agent that in America it was absurd to invent a country and proposed the invention of a planet. To this gigantic idea he added another, a product of his nihilism (4): that of keeping the enormous enterprise a secret. At that time the twenty volumes of the Encyclopaedia Britannica were circulating in the United States; Buckley suggested that a methodical encyclopedia of the imaginary planet be written. He was to leave them his mountains of gold, his navigable rivers, his pasture lands roamed by cattle and buffalo, his Negroes, his brothels and his dollars, on one condition: "The work will make no pact with the impostor Jesus Christ." Buckley did not believe in God, but he wanted to demonstrate to this nonexistent God that mortal man was capable of conceiving a world.
-- Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths, 1988

Though I doubt Mike has ever read any Borges, his sculptures and drawings attempt in their own way to modestly duplicate Ezra Buckley’s efforts, in that they are the awkward remnants of a machine-age which never happened.

His sculptures are built out of concrete, steel and bits of wood. There’s an industrial feel to them; both in the sense that his work seems to be the creation of some foreign manufacturing, but also because they’re the tools that would work in some unknown and unknowable endeavor.

I’m tempted to say that they seem to be the modernist leavings of a more primitive world. Of a civilization left behind. An awkward society of giants able to lift monstrous tools of stone and wieldy machines of iron. Yet, at the same time, those very materials are those of the world of now. Concrete, forged steel and milled wood. They’re the detritus of our industrially developed North America and its crumbling manufacturing sector.

And so, like Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius, Mike’s sculptures are the firmament of a world not rediscovered, but one created in toto and waiting, either for entropy to bury it again, or for the lands of his fertile invention to overcome and overwhelm our own.

- Lars Townsend, Michael Wickerson Catalogue Essay, 2012

Student Opportunity Deadline: Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey announces a $500 award!

calderkamin @ July 17, 2014

KCFAA

Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey has a 30 year history of making dance accessible to all, teaching young people critical life skills through dance, and modeling interracial and multicultural community partnerships.  To celebrate our 30th Anniversary and community members that exemplify the life and vision of our mission, we are requesting proposals from Kansas City Art Institute students to create an three-dimensional award for KCFAA to present at their 30th Anniversary Gala.

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The winning design will receive $500 plus the cost of materials to produce the piece.

Medium options:  glass, ceramic, fiber and other materials considered.  Material must be three-dimensional, inspired, and appropriate to use as an award.

Dimensions:  No larger than 24″ x 24″

Theme: The ART of Dance

Proposals due: August 1, 2014

(please include estimated cost of materials)

Proposal Winner Announced: August 18, 2014

Project Review: September 2014

Project Completion: October 1, 2014

 

Proposals submitted to:

Randy Williams, Advancement Office

Kansas City Art Institute

4415 Warwick Blvd.

Kansas City, Mo  64111

e-mail: rwilliams@kcai.edu

phone: 816-802-3527

 



Job Postings for July 2014

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Local

HMK Hallmark has a part-time opening for a Graphic Artist – Service Specialists. They are responsible for the stores graphic design, laser engraving, dye sublimation, embroidery, and high speed printing/book binding. Submit resume to sm0399@hmkcsg.hallmark.com or contact Leslie Anderson, Store Manager 816-931-4555 for more info.

KCAI has an opening for an academic and career advisor.
http://www.kcai.edu/employment/academic-and-career-advisor

Townsend communications, Inc. has an opening for Corporate Art Director / Graphic Designer. The Art Director  formulates concepts, designs and production of layouts for magazines, advertisements, other related publications and company sales /promotional aids. Applicants should contact Alice Chandler: alicec@townsendkc.com

Bitterman Family Confections  has an opening for a Creative Designer. This position makes custom labels for customers using their logo and adding a creative spin. Product flyers, catalogs, signs, candy bar wrappers, etc as needed. Submit a resume and link to your portfolio to HR@BITTERMANCANDY.COM

Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies seeks a people person to fill a Soda Jerk position. Contact Murray Nixon at mplosey@gmail.com.

The University of Missouri Extension in Lexington, MO has an opening for a Community Arts Regional Specialist

The Kansas City Ballet currently has a receptionist position open.
http://kcballet.org/aboutus/employment/receptionist.html

Full time Graphic web Designer and Product Manager Position in Overland Park focusing on building wordpress sites.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/med/4536121400.html

Framer position in westport.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/med/4524553922.html

CR Promotions is currently hiring a part-time Graphic Design Artist for the Kansas City area.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/med/4528387147.html

DeCloud Studios, an Overland Park, KS based School Yearbook & Senior Photography Company is currently accepting applications from talented, responsible and highly motivated individuals to join our team as a Seasonal Photo Editor.
http://kansascity.craigslist.org/med/4517643604.html

Phoenix Gallery is opening a second gallery in the Plaza and would like to hire a KCAI student or alumni for a part-time position. Send your resume and contact info to Susan Shea at info@phoenixgalleryks.com

Division-D in Columbia, MO has an opening for a Digital Creative Associate. They are responsible for internal branding, developing and designing creative units for current and future clients. Send your resume, contact info and portfolio to careers@divisiond.com

Kansas City Web Design® seeks a Full Time Web & Graphic Designer / Project Manager. To apply go to http://kcwebdesigner.com/contact-us/ for more info contact Phil Singleton phil@seokcmo.com

University of Missouri in Columbia has several opening available: https://myhr.umsystem.edu/psp/tamext/COLUM/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_CE.GBL?SiteId=9  and at their extension school http://extension.missouri.edu/careers/positions_available.html

National

Interact Center is a non-profit arts organization offering full time creative practice at the professional level for adults with disabilities. We are a state-licensed adult day care center offering both theatrical and visual arts daily artistic programming. Mission-driven and creative, we are looking for the right candidate to join our team.
http://springboardforthearts.org/jobs/visual-arts-staff-instructor/

Curator: Utah State University’s Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) seeks a visionary Curator specializing in modern and contemporary art with a particular emphasis on art and artists of the western United States.

http://jobs.usu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=59832

Various job opportunities at the Guggenheim Museum: NYC.
http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/about/jobs/full-time

Current available positions at The Museum of Modern Art, MOMA.
http://www.moma.org/about/jobs

Current available positions at The Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC.
http://whitney.org/About/JobPostings
SFMOMA (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art) current Opportunities. San Francisco, USA.
http://sfmoma.snaphire.com/home

The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago job opportunities. Chicago.
http://www2.mcachicago.org/employment

School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Current Full-time Faculty Positions. Chicago, USA.
http://www.saic.edu/about/jobsatsaic/facultypositions/full-timefacultypositions/

Cincinnati Artswave current Job Opportunities.
http://www.theartswave.org/connect/jobs

Association of Midwest Museums current Job Opportunities.
http://www.midwestmuseums.org/jobs.html

The Art + Design Department at Columbia College Chicago is accepting applications .
http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/jobs/lecturer-graphic-design-lecturer-advertising-art-direction

Gold Coast boutique in Chicago seeks dynamic individual, must have general sales & office work experience in addition to product photography & photo editing skills.
http://www.chicagoartistsresource.org/jobs/photography-position-entry-level-sales-full-time-gold-coast

Kompleks Creative, a graphic design and digital marketing agency based in Downtown Durham, NC, is searching for a graphic designer to join their team. To apply visit:  http://komplekscreative.com/careers or careers@komplekscreative.com

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Beach Museum Open A.I.R. Resource Page

calderkamin @ July 8, 2014

Calder’s artistic practice and ideas are based on her research. Calder created a list of YouTube videos and links that cover her ideas on de-exinction and tallgrass prairie megafauna for gallery visitors during her mini residency at the Beach Museum of Art at K-State.

Resurrection Biology

CNN: Bringing back a mammoth for cloning

TED Stewart Brand: The dawn of de-extinction. Are you ready?

Pure Nature Specials – The Return of the Buffalo

http://rewilding.org

http://www.nationalgeographic.com/deextinction/

 

 

 

 

 

 



Coalescence – Solo Exhibition

labcake @ July 6, 2014


Coronae 6, monoprint, 25 x 25″, 2014.

Coalescence

Solo Exhibition

July 17-August 17, 2014
opening reception: Thursday, July 17, 6:30-8:00pm


1234 Ninth St NW, Washington, D.C.  20001     202.232.4788
Wednesday-Saturday 11-6, Sunday 12-5, and by appointment

Laura Berman – Coalescence

Layers build, imagery compounds, colors mix and patterns form in Laura Berman’s latest monoprints. Her process of working is playful and dynamic so that her imagery can become beautifully mixed and re-mixed again. Berman’s work focuses on essentials of direction, precision, iteration, and play within space– reflecting the eternally active coalescence of everything in our universe.

Berman is inspired by landscapes both immense and miniscule. She has recently spent a lot of time in the very middle of Kansas. The Flint Hills region is a vast landscape of nothingness– no trees, no things, no people– it’s akin to being out at sea. Out there the distance between sky and land is short and unmediated. This new work reflects the slow and dramatic connections between enormous spaces on and beyond our earth and dense details found in environments of transition, such as blades of grass and rocks on a beach. These coalescing landscapes are all born of stardust and motion. Everything is related– and nothing is identical. Stars follow this pattern, as do planets, and rocks, and people. As it is in our universe, so it is in Berman’s prints.


Request for Qualifications for Graphic Design Services

Laura Berman @ July 3, 2014
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ArtsKC – Regional Arts Council
Deadline for responses: 5:00PM, July 7, 2014

For ArtsKC fiscal year beginning on July 1, 2014 and running through June 30, 2015, ArtsKC is seeking services from a design firm or freelance graphic design artist to assist ArtsKC by providing graphic design solutions and creating materials and digital renderings to be used for ArtsKC’s most high profile print materials, digital tactics, and templates for staff use for ongoing communications. Specifically, these pieces are likely to include, but may not be limited to:
  i.      Materials for our Annual ArtsKC Awards Luncheon (electronic Save the Date, printed invitation, and program)
ii.      Materials for the Annual Inspiration Breakfast – a fundraiser for the general operations of the agency (electronic Save the Date, printed invitation, and program)
iii.      Annual ArtsKC Fund brochure and support materials
iv.      Templates for our direct mail newsletters
The specific pieces contracted as part of the agreement will be negotiated based on hourly rate, evolving agency needs, and available resources.
ArtsKC seeks a firm or individual available to provide such services for a 12 month period. Interested parties should submit a statement of qualifications to provide such services using the following guidelines and instructions.
  1. Submission Requirements:
Statement of Qualifications should provide a straightforward, complete, and concise description of the firm’s capabilities and qualifications to provide graphic design services to ArtsKC. Please prepare three copies of your statement and work samples. Each copy should be bound in a single volume and include any documentation you may wish to submit.

i.      Contact information
On a single cover sheet, please provide:
  1. The lead firm or individual’s name
  2. Contact person’s name
  3. The year the firm or practice was established
  4. The type of work, specialty, and size of firm
ii.      Please respond to all of the questions as presented herein. ArtsKC prefers that all services not completed by staff members to be completed by a single firm or freelance graphic design artist for the entirety of the contracted period.
Interested firms or individuals are invited to submit a statement of qualifications that contain the following information:
  1. Brief history of graphic design services provided to nonprofits, arts organizations or artists, or other similar industries
  2. Description of the firm’s organizational structure, including work history, resume, or summary of specific qualifications of all staff who would work directly with ArtsKC
  3. Samples of up to five projects that you have completed and two potential client references. Please include a description of the nature of the work, the size and complexity of the project, and the amount and agreed fee arrangements.
  4. Any other information you believe would make the firm’s work on behalf of ArtsKC superior to that of other firms or individuals or any information about specific skills you hold which would be of benefit to our relationship.
iii.      Fees
  1. Whether you would be willing to agree to a fee cap.
  2. The normal hourly rate of each staff member whose resume or other qualifications you have included or whose job category may be required.
  3. ArtsKC will work with printers and other vendors to conduct the bidding process for services required.
  4. Any other foreseen fees or charges.
  5. Projected hours needed for one or more listed projects
Statement of Qualifications must be received by 5:00PM, July 7th, 2014.
Deliver or mail materials to:
ArtsKC
Attn: Sara Vogt
106 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64108

the “unattainable”?

Michael Wickerson @ June 30, 2014


Kansas City artist Calder Kamin first to take part in Beach Museum’s new Open A.I.R. program

calderkamin @ June 27, 2014

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MANHATTAN — A new artist-in-residence program at Kansas State University’sMarianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art lets museum visitors interact socially with art.

The Beach Museum of Art’s Open A.I.R., or Artist-in-Residence, program is a three-day mini residency with a focus on interdisciplinary social engagement. During the museum’s inaugural residency, Kansas City-based artist Calder Kamin will create work in-gallery related to prairie megafauna and manmade extinction.

“Open A.I.R. is an opportunity to interact with an artist and inspire creativity,” said Adrianne Russell, public programs coordinator at the Beach Museum. “Through Calder’s residency, we hope to demystify art and encourage people to engage in their own artistic practices.”

Open A.I.R. will take place in the Vanier Gallery during museum hours July 8-10, culminating in a public program at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 10, in the UMB Theater.

As an artist, Kamin is drawn to the contradictory aspects of our relationships with animals and the environment. Her sculpture and public projects provide education for audiences about how humans impact biodiversity. This interest dovetails with programming at the Beach Museum of Art, including the recently launched Prairie Studies Initiative, an interdisciplinary collaborative network working to develop programs that raise awareness of the value, importance, and challenges of the tallgrass prairies of Kansas, and The Meadow, a learning landscape of native prairie plants adjacent to the museum building.

In addition to leading all-ages, hands-on activities in the gallery, Kamin will answer questions and discuss her work as an artist as she creates digital drawings based on research of past and present ecology of the tallgrass prairie. She will project her digital imagery onto the gallery walls. Kamin also will interview the university’s biology faculty and local ecologists about climate change and de-extinction.

“Calder’s diverse, research-based practice aims to educate the public on how our actions both help and harm the animals around us,” said Theresa Bembnister, the museum’s associate curator. “Previously, her work has focused on urban areas. I’m excited to see her focus her attention on the tallgrass prairie ecosystem.”

Kamin earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Kansas City Art Institute. She was a Charlotte Street Foundation Urban Culture Project Studio resident, and received an ArtsKC Inspiration Grant and a Bread KC award. Kamin is the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Truck Artist for the 2013-2014 school year. Her work will be included in the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art’s upcoming exhibition “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now.”

The Beach Museum of Art is on the southeast corner of the Kansas State University campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Admission is free and the museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. The museum is closed Mondays and holidays. Free parking is available adjacent to the building. For more information, call 785-532-7718 or visit http://beach.k-state.edu.



National non-profit hosts card design competition

Laura Berman @ June 14, 2014
FYI– The non-profit group, National Eating Disorders Association, is hosting a card design competition for their e-card service. Full info below and here: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/birthday



NEDA’s Birthday Card Contest
Your design becomes our well wishes!
Contest Details:
Birthdays are special and we are giving you the opportunity to help the National Eating Disorders Association celebrate the birthdays of our wonderful supporters.  Here is the chance to have your creative artwork or photograph featured in NEDA electronic birthday greeting cards.  NEDA intends to send electronic birthday wishes to our supporters using the top five winning birthday card designs on a rotating basis.  Only individuals who have submitted their birthdates to NEDA will receive birthday wishes featuring one of the winning designs by email. In the future, our plan is to have the winning designs available for our supporters to purchase from the NEDA online store.  Spread the word to everyone you know and get involved in this exciting contest!
This contest is open to everyone.  Experience in arts or photography is not required.
  
Contest Start Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014  
Deadline for all entries: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 (will probably be delayed)
How to Enter: 
Using the form below, submit your full name, contact information, and birthdate along with your unique birthday card design as an email attachment. The subject title in the email should say “NEDA’s Birthday Card Contest”.
Submission Requirements:
  • Image Size:   4 x 6 in (may be Portrait or Landscape)
  • Document File Format: .JPEG, or .PNG
  • The words “Happy Birthday” or “Happy Birthday to You” must be incorporated in your design.
  • Each submission will be judged for originality, creativity and appropriateness for use as a birthday and/or greeting card.   
  • Only 1 entry can be submitted per applicant.
For more information:
National Eating Disorders Association
165 W. 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
Helpline: 1.800.931.2237
Visit our NEW Interactive Teen Website: www.Proud2Bme.org

Earth, Stone, and Timber

Michael Wickerson @ June 3, 2014


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