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Irma Starr Studio Visit

kcaiceramicsdept @ November 6, 2014
Kelsey , junior

Kelsey Kennedy, junior with Irma Starr

Earlier in the semester, juniors in the department had the chance to visit the studio of Irma Starr, a local Kansas City ceramic artist. While there, the students not only got the chance to view a professional studio set-up but also learned old English Staffordshire pottery techniques (particularly slip trailing). It was a beautiful afternoon, providing a relaxed and creative learning environment, as well as a bit of old fashioned fun!

Brittney Smith, junior

Juniors Brittney Smith and Kelsey Kennedy with Irma Starr

Maggie Demeulmeister, junior

Maggie DeMeulmeester, junior

Irma Starr slip trailing

Irma Starr slip trailing

Irma Starr (left) with juniors Maggie Demeulmiester and Melanie Johnson

Irma Starr with juniors Maggie  DeMeulmeester and Melanie Johnson

Melanie Johnson, junior

Melanie Johnson, junior

2014 E.A.S.T. Guest Artist at Fisterra Studios

calderkamin @ November 5, 2014

More info about other stops at http://east.bigmedium.org/

Free and open to the public:

November 15-16, 11:00am – 6:00pm and again

November 22-23, 11:00am – 6:00pm

Austin visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth hosts her annual Austin party at her home and art studio during the 2014 EAST Austin Studio Tour. Enjoy refreshments and taste Jennifer’s homemade posole as you see her artwork in the context of where she makes the art. Fisterra Studio’s event is unique every year in that a new group of guest artists will be present and their work on display.

The theme for the art and artists this year is “Intimacy.” Any open house tour is fascinating for voyeurs who like to see how others live. This year at least three of the artists will be doing intimate interactive projects with and for visitors, the other artists’ subject matter is intimacy. Katelena offers one-on-one comfort-fetish rituals in an emotional day spa, Comfort Station. Jennifer will be producing drawings indexing the body space of visitors. Lisa will have an installation in the master bedroom about the minutiae of relationships. Wells’ work is about the private mirrored space between two planes. Jason’s work is an intimate study of the objects in our lives that we collect and discard. Aaron’s film documents the fragility of bodies in conversation with a mortician. Lauren’s installation in the bathroom will surprise. Calder’s interactive art projects examines our relationship with nature and the ways humans impact biodiversity.

Aaron Weiss

Calder Kamin

Jason Webb

Katelena Hernandez Cowles

Lauren Klotzman

Lisa Choinacky

Wells Mason

Their collective body of work ranges from 2D, 3D, film/video, installation and performance.  Check out their individual websites listed above.

Thank you Austin Way for the great article!


Cultural Arts Division, City of Austin

Thank you Austin Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for inviting the world!


Thank you Texasian Travels!


Thank you Downtown Austin Alliance!


PAID Internship for Graphic Design student at Kansas City Area Development Council

Laura Berman @ October 28, 2014
The Kansas City Area Development Council is currently looking for an intern. They are trying to fill the position relatively quickly, which will last through the end of this year.

The individual would have the opportunity to create graphic tools and materials for our team and the top 250 companies in Kansas City. The position is full-time and paid.

Please address any questions to:

Kaitlin Xouris
Marketing & Talent Recruitment Initiative
Kansas City Area Development Council
30 w Pershing Road, Suite 200, Kansas City, MO 64108
cell: 913.424.7776 | direct: 816.374.5634

Pitch Pick 2014: Best South-Flying Artist

calderkamin @

Calder Kamin at Crystal Bridges
Critics’ Choice

We’ve been Calder Kamin fans ever since we saw her ingenious Impact Proof installation, back in 2012. That witty, urban-minded project involved the fabrication of highly convincing bird decals and their placement on the windows of tall buildings to avert avian crashes. This past summer, Kamin was named by curators at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art as a participant in a wide-ranging exhibition titled State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now. When pilgrims to Arkansas’ art mecca see the Kansas City Art Institute alumna’s work, she will have returned to her roots in Austin, Texas, to resume her studio practice there. But she was here when Alice Walton’s people called, and her art looks great anywhere, so we’re claiming her as our own.


Luncheon with the McKeowns!

kcaiceramicsdept @ October 23, 2014
Byron and Deanne Mckeown with KCAI alumni and staff

Byron and Deanne Mckeown (center) with KCAI alumni and staff

Byron and Deanne McKeown created the Special Project Award in 2002 to assist juniors and seniors in the ceramics department by giving them the opportunity to realize a special artistic or research project. The funds can be used to buy materials, small tools, and/or equipment to help fund the production of an artwork, as well as for travel to research and document art in another locale. Byron and Deanne, who live in Sedona Arizona, came to KCAI on September 3oth. Themselves alumni of the school, while here they toured the campus, visited with current students, and were able to meet with past recipients of the grant and KCAI staff at a special luncheon held in their honor.

Art Never Stops!

kcaiceramicsdept @

Three students were awarded scholarships to attend out of state workshops this summer:


Brittney Smith, Junior

Brittney Smith, junior

Brittney Smith, junior


Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina

In the summer of 2014, Brittney Smith was awarded the Penland Partners scholarship to attend a workshop at the Penland School of Crafts in Bakersville, North Carolina. She participated in a workshop with Lindsay Pichaske called “Evocative Animals.”

Taylor Baker and Bryan Juarez both received the Brooks and Copaken scholarships to attend workshops at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, Colorado. Taylor worked with Paul McMullen in his workshop, “3D Printing Molds.” Bryan worked with Anne Currier.

Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO (Photo by Taylor Baker)

Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO (Photo by Taylor Baker)

3D Printers (Photo by Taylor Baker)

3D Printers (Photo by Taylor Baker)

Workshop Studio (Photo by Taylor Baker)

Workshop Studio (Photo by Taylor Baker)

Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO (Photo by Taylor Baker)

Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, CO (Photo by Taylor Baker)



Michael Wickerson @

Fundraiser at Potbelly

mgillespie0123 @ October 14, 2014

Mark your calendars for KCAI night at Potbelly Sandwich Shop, 4725 Broadway. This Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m., 25 percent of sales will go toward’s KCAI’s annual fund, benefiting general scholarships, equipment needs, technology and more.


Nicole Leth will have items for sale at this event from her Sex & Ice Cream clothing line, including avocado t-shirts, watches, baseball hats, and assorted donut dresses!

Designboom is looking for an intern! (it’s in Milan, Italy)

kellyludwig @ October 7, 2014
OK everybody - thank Ashton Shechtor for this find!


do you want to work at designboom?
then we would like to hear from you!

provided that you are:
- good at what you do
– knowledgeable about and have an interest in architecture, technology, design or graphics / video editing
– ready to work hard with a team of other enthusiastic types who aren’t bad at what they do either
– passionate about contemporary culture
– somebody with initiative and the ability to perform under deadline pressure
– fluent english speaker
– a nice person who’s easy to get along with

as an intern at designboom, you will given responsibilities that are essential to the management and success of our publication. during your time with us you will learn a lot (!!!) and quickly become knowledgeable in a variety of creative topics, processes and materials.

there never is a dull moment at designboom. we are continuously on the go, and as an active member of our team, you will have the opportunity to travel and visit different exhibitions and events; and of course living in milan, one of the global epicenters of design, you will be in a city full of established ateliers, surrounded by a strong creative history, as well as contemporary style!

we are currently seeking a candidate to fulfill an internship with a focus on SOCIAL MEDIA COMMUNICATION

with over 900,000 facebook followers, more than 240,000 on twitter, and surpassing 2.56 million google-plussers, designboom is seeking someone to not only listen, respond, and engage with our international audience, but also expand the community participation and outreach throughout our various platforms. we are looking for a creative and enthusiastic individual who lives and breathes in the social stratosphere. with a background in communications, and/or marketing — and a strong interest in art, architecture and design — you will work on our presence through various networks. you will create and edit all content for platforms such as facebook, twitter, google+, pinterest, tumblr, instagram and similar sites. delivering a consistent voice to our readers is essential, and you will build on our rapidly growing group of social media followers. you should also have an interest in keeping up to date on the various trends and applications related to social media, and have a keen eye for detail.

the internship would be 8 months long in duration.

the details:

you will work in designboom’s office in milan, italy, where you will be an essential member of a small international team of smart people focused on solving design and communication challenges. you will report directly to designboom’s executives and will be co-responsible for developing the social media content on designboom. working hours are monday to friday, 9am – 6pm (except in circumstances where we may have to work extra to meet deadlines). you will receive a monthly stipend to help cover the cost of your living and work-travel expenses. as part of your internship you will experience the life and culture of milan.

how to apply:

applications must be submitted via email to: <contact@designboom.com> and should include:

- a statement of interest & brief strategy of the vision you would want to adopt for designboom’s social media
– a portrait picture
– resume (CV)
– links to examples of your own social media outlets
– subject line : ‘internship in social media communication’
*emails should be no heavier than 2MB.

please send your applications ASAP as we are currently selecting candidates.

*** the designboom internship program is based on a tradition of mentorship.
in the past, we have had many talented interns from all across the world. interns from countries outside of the EU (european union) would need to prepare the necessary paperwork enabling them to stay in italy for 8 months. designboom will provide a letter stating its offer of internship and consult with you on different strategies related to your country of provenience in obtaining a student / holiday working VISA.

Firebelly Design is looking for designers

kellyludwig @

Are you looking for:
• the design projects you've dreamt of?
• a small studio that encourages growth?
• a truly collaborative team?
• the ability to impact good organizations and people?

If so, we are looking for senior level print/digital designers to apply for an opening on our team.

If this describes you, send us note and include some recent projects: work@firebellydesign.com

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