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Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship

kcaiceramicsdept @ April 3, 2014
Two seniors from the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department have been awarded 2014 NCECA Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowships. NCECA awards six fellowships annually, three to undergraduates and three to graduate students. This year, for the first time, two students from one undergraduate program received fellowships – they are KCAI seniors Melanie Sherman and Joey Watson!Students in the KCAI ceramics department have been awarded Regina Brown Fellowships in five of the last six years, but having two winners in one school year is unprecedented.Melanie Sherman, from Grayslake, Illinois, will use her fellowship funds to research 18th century European porcelain. She plans to visit Dresden, Germany, home of the Meissen Porcelain factory and other historical sites. Joey Watson, from Phoenix, Arizona, has an interest in ceremonial objects of ancient and contemporary cultures. He will travel to New York City and study the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, and other institutions.


Joey Watson and Melanie Sherman

Joey Watson and Melanie Sherman

NCECA Reunion

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KCAI hosted an Alumni Reception at the 48th Annual NCECA Conference held this year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Thanks to Ugli’s Pub for providing a great venue.  Below are some pictures of our illustrious alumni!

Jesse Ring (BFA 2006) & Casey Whittier (BFA 2008)

Jesse Ring (BFA 2006) & Casey Whittier (BFA 2008)

Mike Fujita (BFA 2005), Teri Frame (BFA 2005), Korla Lukeroth (BFA 2009)

Mike Fujita (BFA 2005), Teri Frame (BFA 2005), Korla Lukeroth (BFA 2009)

Mariko Brown (BFA 2010), Ariel Bowman (BFA 2011), Professor Paul Donnelly

Mariko Brown (BFA 2010), Ariel Bowman (BFA 2011), Professor Paul Donnelly

Professor George Timock & Richard Notkin (BFA 1971)

Professor George Timock & Richard Notkin (BFA 1971)

Meredith Host (BFA 2001) & Steve Roberts (BFA 1993)

Meredith Host (BFA 2001) & Steve Roberts (BFA 1993)


Guy Michael Davis (BFA 2003), Katie Parker (BFA 2003), Meredith Host (BFA 2001), Alex Watson , Reeder Fahnestock (2002)

Jobs Posting for April 2014

calderkamin @ April 1, 2014


Murray’s Ice Creams & Cookies has an opening for a part-time Murray’s Soda Jerk. Contact Murray at murrayshomemade@gmail.com, call 8169315646 or visit their Westport location and slip a sheet of paper with your contact info and availability through the mail slot.

Artist & Craftsman Supply at 229 Southwest Boulevard is hiring full-time staff. Must have knowledge in a variety of mediums. Contact Nicholas Naughton at   816-221-5454 or kc@artistcraftsman.com to apply.

Dan Needham of Needham Floral seeks a part time floral assistant. Contact INFO@NEEDHAMFLORAL.COM for more info.

Universal Construction Company, Inc. seeks a full-time Marketing / Project Assistant. Contact Patti Sadler or Steve Smith patti@universalconstruction.net for more info.

KCAI is seeking applications for the full-time position of executive administrative assistant to the president.

The City of KCMO has several art related positions open.

Lexmark is seeking a design-conscious, enthusiastic, detail-oriented and organized illustrator with a strong background in conceptual and corporate illustration and graphic design to join the creative wing of its global marketing team.  Applicants should contact: Sherri Lockridge at sherri.lockridge@perceptivesoftware.com

Midtown Self Storage Need a weekend only person to help with UHaul, pulling trucks up, cleaning, returning, running of our storage elevator. This position is part-time and pays an $9 hour. Contact Jolie Vorce at midtowninvt@sbcglobal.net

The Kansas City Apparel Store is looking for a photographer/video engineer (current student) that will work within our urban,religious, and popular segments.  The photographer will be exposed to the business,design,and manufacturing process. Contact Chris Rogers cr@kcapparelstore.com for more info.
Catholic Charities of Kansas City-St. Joseph seeks a Graphic and Web Designer. This is a full-time position with a $34k salary. Contact Tara McGranahan tmcgranaghan@ccharities.com for more info.
Decision Counsel, a SF Bay Area based Agency is expanding its operation to Kansas City and is looking for talented designers. Contact Todd Soligo for more information: tsoligo@decisioncounsel.com
ACE Gallery Beverly Hills, an established and internationally recognized art gallery has several openings. Those postings and others in the LA area can be found here:
David Zwirner LLC seeks a full-time Assistant Registrar for immediate hire for our secondary market gallery, located at 537 West 20th street in NYC. The ideal candidate must have 2-3 years of related experience at a commercial gallery.
THE MISSION | Houston seeks a motivated Gallery Assistant to provide administrative, secretarial and clerical support to the gallery staff including answering incoming phone calls, handling incoming and outgoing mail, providing scheduling support, making travel arrangements, filing, maintaining supplies and data entry.
Robert R. McCormick Museum at Cantigny Park, IL has an opening for a museum educator.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, IN seeks an exhibition and collections coordinator.
Several openings for Summer Camp Jobs at Oregon College of Art and Craft.
The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation (in the Portland area)  seeks an assistant collections registrar.

Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis has an opening for Exhibitions & Gallery Manager.


Sex & Ice Cream Debut at Raygun KC

kcaifiber @ March 31, 2014
This Friday, Junior Nicole Leth’s clothing line, ‘Sex and Ice Cream,’ is debuting at the new Kansas City Raygun location.


Here’s a message from Nicole: “The line will include clothing made out of the burger, bra, ice cream cone, streamer, and panty print along with some over-dyed repurposed shorts, duffle bags, donut bralettes, and other stuff! There will be copious amounts of donuts, cupcakes, and fruity liquor at the opening with plenty of photo-opps and chances to try stuff on and buy stuff! The “One Day” project will also be debuting with the panty print and wooden panty wall decor; all proceeds from those items along with the rest of my items will be donated to the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.” The opening will be held at the brand new Kansas City Raygun location at 1803 Baltimore Avenue with festivities starting at 5 and ending at 9. http://www.sexandicecream.net/ http://www.icecream4acause.com/ http://raygunsite.com/


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MOD GALLERY is proud to present: “Paracosm” April 4 -April 27, 2014 Exhibition Opening: April 4, 6pm-9pm Closing Event: April 25, 6pm-9pm Gallery Hours: By appointment


MOD Gallery’s newest exhibition Paracosm shows work by Ruthie Becker and introducing Kansas City to work by Max Rosenbaum. This exhibition presents both two dimensional and three dimensional works that focus heavily on texture and fluidity of mediums.
Ruthie Becker’s work is highly focused on color and the power of color evoking visual pleasure. Born in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Ruthie was exposed to a variety of cultures in her youth, which is reflected in her work. She wants to inspire and encourage an intimate journey for viewers, inviting them to “see into her soul, her longings, and her thoughts.” To Ruthie, the vibrant color in my work represents that awakening ecstatic life force, which she first witnessed as a child. Through col- or, she hopes to bring out the beauty in the mundane. Ruthie has shown in Slack-n-Tickle Gallery, Mod Gallery, and Vala Gallery, among others. Her work was also featured in a recent edition of The Woven Tale Press, and on KCTV-5 about Free Art Friday in Kansas City. Utilizing found objects as well as repetition in pattern, Max Rosenbaum creates sculptural self portraits, focusing on ma- terial and minimal color. Max’s works merge both fiber processes with sculptural techniques to fabricate strange objects with a weird tactility. In creating these sculptures, Max hopes to accomplish a greater understanding of events he has experienced and relationships he has encountered. He is a 2014 BFA candidate in Fiber and Creative writing at the Kansas City Art Institute. MOD Gallery and Space with a hip downtown vibe. Open to the public each First Friday. Come to experience the space, view local art, grab a drink and listen to some great regional bands and DJs. MOD Gallery is located in the heart of KC’s Crossroads Art District at 1809 McGee, Kansas City, MO 64108.

Wickerson Studios with Mark Honer’s eye!

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I though that this video perspective of Wickerson Studios might interest you. It is only the beginning but the potential is worth thinking about. The DHTV representative saw the article on the cover of KC Studio and thought my work out is Kansas was worth a look. http://vimeo.com/90493240 password: wickerson

Life is Beautiful

Michael Wickerson @ March 30, 2014

Drone with Mark Honer

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Access Alumni Closing Reception

kcaifiber @ March 29, 2014


The Access Alumni Exhibition at the Vulpes Bastille closes this afternoon- Join the festivities and see a presentation by Fiber senior, Laruen Sobchak.

the Last Canadian Man in America

Michael Wickerson @ March 28, 2014

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