Casey Whittier, photo from LUXcenter.org
While Cary Esser, professor and chair of ceramics, is on her sabbatical at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena Montana, we have the pleasure of welcoming back Casey Whittier as her sabbatical replacement! Casey graduated from KCAI in 2008 with her BFA and a concentration in ceramics, and in 2011 received her MFA in ceramics at the University of Colorado in Boulder, CO. She has exhibited work at venues such as the LUX Center for the Arts in Lincoln, NE, as well as the Vulpes Bastille and the Belger Arts Center here in Kansas City, MO. In the fall semester she had joined us as an adjunct professor, teaching a course entitled This is Place (more information on this course in this post: ), and has performed as and adjunct at many other institutions. Her work “explores the intersections between nature and imagination, desire and destruction and the overriding issue of mortality. Through intimate sculptures and large-scale installations, her work often addresses issues of scale and space in relationship to the human body,” (quote from http://www.kcai.edu). We are lucky to have her working with students from the junior and senior classes this spring.
Casey Whittier, Reflecting Pools
Porcelain daisies, mirrored plexi, monofilament, music wire, paint
8 ft x 2 ft x 3 ft; photo from http://www.caseywhitier.com
Senior class of 2014-2015, photo by Mo Dickens
The weather is still cold, but winter break is over and the ceramics department here at KCAI is back in swing! Seniors are preparing to finish strong with the 2015 BFA exhibition at H&R Block Space and 2015 Spring Exhibition for the department. George Timock is back from sabbatical and Cary Esser is now enjoying her’s, working up at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. George Timock is serving as the department chair in her absence. Be sure to keep up with us as we finish out another productive year here at KCAI!
Bloch Executive Education @ UMKC
5108 Cherry Street
We're working with a group of executives from a local corporation and they will be putting together a document that will look a lot like a magazine. We will convert their submissions to a digital magazine format, but we'd like to provide each team some time with a graphic designer to help with visual design, charts, layout, and display suggestions.
There are 4 teams to work with. Time commitment would be 2 hours meeting with the team, followed by 1 hour of offsite design work, totaling 3 hours for each team.
Compensation for the 12 hour project is $800-$1200 dependent on experience and skills.
Desired dimensions: 8.5 x 11 magazine format
Row, row, row your boat...
(left to right) seniors Nathan Neufeld, Pierce Haley, Katelyn Gettner, Dia Saunders, Jose Serrano, and Jessica Morris
The semester has flown by, and as everyone finishes up their last week of classes we say goodbye to yet another end of semester ceramics show. Entitled Terraform, this year’s fall show came and went in a flurry of cleaning, sweeping, mopping painting, and installing. The weekend started out early, with the Patron Preview opening on Thursday, the 4th, and the show opening to the public on Friday, the 5th. There was plenty of good food, good friends, and–of course–good artwork for all to share. Special thanks go to all of the ceramics students and faculty for pulling together this fantastic show in between final critiques, other classes, and catching sleep!! Congrats to all! Here are a few shots from the show to share the wonderful experiences and work:
Kelsey Kennedy, junior (finishing touches!)
Bryan Juarez, senior
Jose Serrano, Angie Yang, Sarah Ferrer, and Sam Ferrer admiring senior Kara Dunbar’s Work
Chase Travaille, senior
Jose Serrano, senior
Jessica Morris, senior
Nathan Neufeld, senior, discussing his work.
Nathan Neufeld, senior
Cary Esser and Mo Dickens, enjoying the work of Maddie Scott, a sophomore
Pierce Haley, senior
I’m excited to announce a return to Anderson Ranch Arts Center next summer to teach this upcoming workshop! Anderson Ranch Arts Center holds a very special place in my heart, and it is a fantastic place to immerse in art-making and learning.
Enrollment begins January 2, 2015.
More info is here or at: Laura Berman ARAC Summer 2015