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The Mutt Mood Elevator

calderkamin @ January 23, 2015

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Designer needed for spring project at UMKC

Laura Berman @ January 13, 2015

 Contact information: 
 Caleb Owen
 Bloch Executive Education @ UMKC
 5108 Cherry Street 
 BEH 417 
 Kansas City, MO 64110

 Email: owencj@umkc.edu
 Website: umkc.edu/executive

Project Description:
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.

To Apply:
If interested, please contact Caleb Owen at 816-235-2892 or owencj@umkc.edu
Please send examples of previous projects to owencj@umkc.edu.
Desired dimensions: 8.5 x 11 magazine format
On-line application website or link: Contact owencj@umkc.edu

OSCAR-ENA!!!! 2015

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Row, row, row your boat...

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Terraform: Fall 2014 end of semester ceramics show!

kcaiceramicsdept @ December 15, 2014
(left to right) seniors Nathan Neufeld, Pierce Haley, Katelyn Gettner, Dia Saunders, Jose Serrano, and Jessica Morris

(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 , junior

Kelsey Kennedy, junior (finishing touches!)

Bryan Juarez, senior

Bryan Juarez, senior

Jose Serrano, Angie Yang, Sarah, and Sam admiring senior Kara Dunbar's Work

Jose Serrano, Angie Yang, Sarah Ferrer, and Sam Ferrer admiring senior Kara Dunbar’s Work

Chase Travaile, senior

Chase Travaille, senior

Jose Serrano, senior

Jose Serrano, senior

Jessica Morris, senior

Jessica Morris, senior

Nathan Neufeld, senior, discussing his work.

Nathan Neufeld, senior, discussing his work.

Nathan Neufeld, senior

Nathan Neufeld, senior

Cary Esser and Mo Dickens, enjoying the work of Maddie , a sophomore

Cary Esser and Mo Dickens, enjoying the work of Maddie Scott, a sophomore

Pierce Haley, senior

Pierce Haley, senior

Anderson Ranch Arts Center – summer 2015 workshop

labcake @ December 12, 2014


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

Contemporary American Print Makers

labcake @


My work is featured in this new book, available January 2015: Contemporary America Print Makers, by E. Ashley Rooney and Stephanie Standish. (Schiffer Publishing). This book highlights more than seventy print-based artists and thirty print shops from across the United States whose work embraces the history and techniques of traditional printmaking while pushing the bounds of new print media.

More info here: http://www.schifferbooks.com/contemporary-american-print-makers-5615.html

Alumni Opportunity with A. Zahner Company

calderkamin @ December 10, 2014
As a member of our KCAI alumni community, I just wanted to make sure you were aware of this new opportunity for alumni to submit entries for a biennial competition to have your artwork fabricated for free with the A. Zahner Company, the largest fine-art fabricator in the United States, which also happens to be located here in Kansas City.
Visit azahner.com/kcai  to apply, see fabricated works by past winners, or to cast votes for entries that have already been submitted. (As you will see from the few entries received and posted to the site, your submission would be especially welcome.)
Entries are due December 15, 2014, at 11:59 PM. Voting will take place from December 1 – December 31, 2014

. The winner will be announced January 21, 2015.

Every other year, A. Zahner Company has continued to sponsor a competition for KCAI students to fabricate an artwork for the Biennial KCAI Auction, the proceeds of which go to future students’ scholarship funds. This year, however, the competition is being opened up to KCAI alumni as well.
The winning contestant will have his/her artwork produced by Zahner and receive an additional $1,000. Zahner donates the metal, engineering, and production of the project, and the produced work will be featured in the Live Auction portion of the 2015 KCAI Biennial Art & Design Auction held in Kansas City on June 6, 2015. All proceeds will go to the KCAI Student Scholarship Fund for future students. This competition is open to all students* and alumni** at the Kansas City Art Institute.
Rules for Entry
*Competition open to all KCAI sophomores, juniors, and seniors as well as Alumni of the Kansas City Art Institute. **Current employees and family members of A. Zahner Company or Kansas City Art Institute are not eligible contestants for entry. Contestants may submit multiple entries.
Guidelines for Submissions
The description should clearly describe the artist intent as well as the desired outcome of the project. Contestants may choose to deliver 3D Mockups or additional materials to Zahner for consideration. For hand-delivered or shipped materials, please use the address below. This is optional, and will not increase or decrease chances of winning the competition.
ATTN: Lauren Landreth
A. Zahner Company
1400 E. 9th Street
Kansas City, Missouri 64106
Proposal materials are to be shipped at the expense of the applicants.  Entries will be not returned to applicants and become property of A. Zahner Company.  All applicants must fill out the online form, and may submit only one image. If the artwork will be outdoors, it must be designed and constructed to withstand the elements of the four seasons.
– The artwork may be any size up to 12’x12’x12’.
– The artwork should not require any ongoing maintenance.
– The artwork must have a minimum lifespan of 25 years.
– The artwork will be located in an area that is used by the general public.
– Subject matter should be suitable for a viewing audience of all ages.
– The artwork should have no sharp edges and be mounted securely.
– The artwork must be able to withstand touching and handling by the public.
Winning Artists Will:
Not be responsible for costs incurred in the construction of the artwork; not be responsible for the transportation of the artwork to the site; be willing to allow use of pictures of the artwork for the promotion of the project by both A. Zahner Company, Kansas City Art Institute, and publications.
The jury reserves the right to reject any or all of the proposals at their discretion. Winning Artists will be notified by phone. Artists whose work is not chosen will receive notification by mail.
Voting and Judging:
Friends, family, and the general public are invited to vote on entries. Voters may vote for as many projects as they want, but only once per project. Voters must create an account to vote, and may only vote for each project once.
After voting has ended on December 31, 2014, the top finalists will be invited to present their designs to a jury on January 13, 2015, at 4pm Central time.  Artists will each have five minutes to present and discuss their designs with panelists, and a winner will be selected and announced January 21, 2015.
Prize Package:
Grand Prize:    Artwork Fabricated by A. Zahner Company for June 6, 2015 Auction + $1,000
Second Prize:  $750
Third Prize:      $250
If you should have any additional questions, please contact Zahner directly.

Cultural ReProducers: Propositions, Manifestos, and Experiments

labcake @ December 2, 2014

Cultural ReProducers: Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments is finally in print! This risographed think-tank explores the intersection of contemporary artmaking and family life through text and images from 28 international artists published by and with the collective Temporary Services in glorious duotone with a centerfoldout poster of the Cultural ReProducers manifesto. Due to the multilayered nature of the zine (44 pages in 3 colors with a centerfoldout manifesto poster) it was painstakingly collated, folded and stapled by hand and there are just 400-ish copies in existence.

Orders within the United States are just $7 US plus shipping ($8.50 postpaid). You can support the work of Cultural ReProducers by ordering your copies right here.

Thanks to Temporary Services the zine will also soon be available as a lovely e-book and archival PDFs at $2 each through their imprint Half Letter Press.
For those of you in Chicago, join us for the event Co-Occupations, a reading, curated bookshelf and zine launch co-organized with Caroline Picard for Sector 2337 on Wednesday, December 10th at 7:30pm (doors open 7pm) including a live performance by musicians/parents The Speers. The event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents, curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols and on view through February 14th at Columbia College’s Glass Curtain Gallery. Please join us if you can! Sector 2337 is located at 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL.

Propositions, Manifestos & Experiments features contributions by: Christa Donner, Candida Alvarez, Laura Berman, Andrew Yang, Lise Haller Baggesen, Keiler Roberts (Powdered Milk), Lenka Clayton, Jennie Temple (Project!! Wakaka!), Stephanie Diamond, Selina Trepp, Chiara Galimberti, Lauren Weinstein, Alberto Aguilar, Fred & August Sasaki, Orla Whelan (AtHomeStudios, the Mothership Project), Crystal Ann Brown & Eliot Hown (The Hown’s Den), Libby Clarke, Rebecca Niederlander & Iris Anna Regn (Broodwork), Jane Marsching & Andi Sutton (Plotform), Kyle Schlie (S.A.C.K.), Melissa Potter, Claire Ashley, Andre Francke & Kim Dhillon (Invisible Spaces of Parenthood).

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