Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

Hank Young: People + Places


Hank Young: People + Places

Hank Young is a Kansas City native whose photographic journey is in its fifth decade. For most of those years, Young’s photography served the corporate, advertising and editorial community, including 42 years in professional and college athletics. This exhibit will feature both his past work, and a new chapter of photography inspired by ordinary people and the extraordinary places they inhabit. Hank’s photos have been published internationally in a wide range of magazines: Time, Newsweek, People, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, Golf Digest, Forbes and Fortune. His work also has appeared in the pages of the London Times, New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.


Art of War: Gifts of Peace


Art of War: Gifts of Peace

The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (CGSC) may be one of Kansas City’s best-kept secrets. Established in 1881 and located at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, it is an elite graduate school for Army and international military officers. As part of “The Art of War Initiative,” this exhibit highlights the college’s impressive history and art collection. The paintings, sculptures and objects on display reflecting commerce were selected from more than 3,800 in the College’s collection, and represent the school’s long tradition of teaching leadership and building international relations.


Glory of the Hills


Glory of the Hills

The Glory of the Hills – Paintings of the Flint Hills from the art collection of Cliff Stone.

Cliff Stone of El Dorado, Kansas, was a banker, WWI hero, generous community supporter and avid art collector. This exhibit features that artwork he collected over his lifetime.


Impressions in Sound


Impressions in Sound

Since the 1980s, the way we purchase, store and listen to music has changed drastically. Listening to digital music on our phones and mp3 players is more accessible, convenient, portable and affordable than ever before. But what are we missing when we focus on convenience over quality? This exhibit provides visitors access to high-end sound technology and the opportunity to listen to a short list of music. The experience is intended to serve as a reminder of the difference, importance and thrill of high quality music – and hopefully ignite a passion for Kansas City music. Visitors are invited to visit The Box Gallery’s Facebook and Twitter pages and share their favorite song, and a selection will be incorporated into the exhibit.


Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery


Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery

A new art exhibition at The Box Gallery features the work of three artists, Adolfo Gustavo Martinez, Isaac Tapia and Gemma Tornero. The exhibit includes paintings and mixed media works, and opens on November 10th. All three artists have close ties to The Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery, the best place in Kansas City to celebrate and learn about Latino culture through visual arts. The exhibit introduces the artists’ work to a downtown audience while raising awareness of the Mattie Rhodes Center.



Reflecting the Times

Reflecting the Times includes works by Harold Smith, Stefan Jones and Jason Piggie, and will be curated by Ramona Davis, founder of KC Black Artists Network.






Art of Architecture

The Art of Architecture at The Box Gallery features sculptures of architectural landmarks made entirely from Lego bricks. The artist, Adam Reed Tucker, is a Lego Certified Professional. The exhibit will include 12 large-scale models that capture the essence of some of the most famous buildings in the world, including the Empire State Building, Jim Mao Tower, the Gateway Arch and the Willis Tower.




Art by Jessica Brandl, Craig Clifford, Alanna Derocchi, Ryan Kelly, Brett Kern and Peter Morgan.






Urbs in Horto

An exhibition titled “Urbs In Horto – A City In a Garden” features a sampling of maps and plans on the J.C. Nichols legacy. At the center of the exhibit is a hand painted Country Club District Map from the J. C. Nichols Company. The illustrated map was created in 1930 by an architect of the company, Earl Willson Allen (1908-1961).



Grand Ole Opry

An exhibition in Downtown Kansas City will feature thirty black and white photographs of the Grand Ole Opry. The exhibition documents the radio show known as the “home of American music” through the work of commercial photographer Gordon Gillingham during the 1950s.




An exhibition in Downtown KC will feature a super-sized textile installation, pattern-charged design and a 9-look fashion show. Artist Whitney Manney titled her exhibit and her label’s sixth collection, ArkhiMODiste. A runway fashion show will be held at the opening reception, Friday, September 11th at 7pm.



Some Assemblage Required

An exhibition titled Some Assemblage Required: Sculptural Work by John Gaunt will feature over 25 sculptures and drawings. Lawrence based John Gaunt has held a life-long interest in drawing, but over the last few years has developed a body of philosophical and anthropomorphic sculptural work in his home studio. Gaunt animates found metal objects by energizing obsolete machine parts that would otherwise be consigned to the scrap heap.



Commerce Bank 150th Anniversary

To celebrate our 150th anniversary, Commerce Bank is showcasing our creative employees. Following a companywide call-for-artists, a group of judges selected 33 artists to display their photography at the The Box Gallery. Artists were asked to submit work inspired by our anniversary theme, Strenght-Community-Innovation.



Fleur-ishing Art

An exhibition, titled Fleur-ishing Art: An American Impression, features twenty-six artistic flower arrangements, each inspired by a work of art. Members of the Westport Garden Club worked in teams to create unexpected and creative flower arrangements. The flower arrangements are poetic interpretations of artwork from Commerce Bank’s fine art collection.



Photographs Tell the Story

The show, titled, Photographs Tell the Story, Selections from the Wilborn Archives, includes over sixty photographs and an antique camera from the archives of local photographer Chris Wilborn. The show, curated by Bruce Bettinger, will include large panoramas and local iconic sights including a group portrait at Longview Farm and a pre-race scene on the short-lived wood track of the Kansas City Speedway.



Take Shelter

Kansas artist, Tom Parish, is infatuated with exploring and photographing native stone root cellars. Usually elusive structures, Parish has found more than 270 underground arched-roof shelters throughout the Flint Hills and Kansas prairie. They were made by early homesteaders, built by individuals and families to sustain lives and provide security. This exhibition includes Parish’s photography (180- to 360-degree images) and an audio recording revealing their hidden beauty and mystery.



Fair and Balanced

“Fair & Balanced: The Antique Scale Collection of Fairbanks Scales Inc.”, features a wide variety of scales and associated items, including a postal and package scale dating back to 1862, and several important patents of Fairbanks Scales products. Other items on display include antique postage, barrel, and counting scales, and early images of the company, products, and famous users.



Photography of the Great Plains

A photography exhibition featuring images of the Great Plains presents breathtaking landscapes and close encounters with wild creatures. But the show offers more than a collection of beautiful pictures. It raises essential questions of how we will preserve what remains of our Great Plains natural heritage.The exhibition, titled Great Plains: America’s Lingering Wild, features color photography by Nebraska based artist, Michael Forsberg.



Art in the Loop

Art in the Loop: Celebrating Ten Years of Revitalizing Downtown KC with Public Art takes a new look at the organizations’ successful projects and reveals their plans for the future.



Art into Action

An exhibition of aerial photography by artist Alex MacLean, titled Art into Action, features fifteen large photographs of the Kansas City region and a video on loan from the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC).



Commerce Bank Employee Art Show

The Second Annual Commerce Bank Employee Art Show features work from 22 Kansas City Metro Bank employees. The artwork was anonymously selected by a judging committee and six awards were presented at the opening reception on Friday, February 7, 2014. Each of the winning artists selected a non-profit organization to donate their prize funds.



Jazz Photography

Many are familiar with Kansas City’s rich history of jazz, but a new photography exhibit at The Box Gallery reveals the remarkable live music scene brewing in the 18th and Vine District. The exhibition, titled KC Swing: Jazz Photography by Diallo Javonne French, features black and white photographs that channel the rhythm and intensity of live performances.  The show opens on First Friday, November 1st.


Order No. 11

Order No. 11: Martial Law on the Missouri Border outlines a tragic period in western Missouri’s history during the Civil War. Created by Wide Awake Films, the exhibition includes Civil War-era objects and reproductions, map graphics, an original portrait of two Missouri sisters caught in the war, a reproduction sculpture of a Civil War-era handcart, and a video that elaborates on the display.


Collecting in the Crossroads

An art exhibition, titled, “Collecting in the Crossroads: Works from the Haenisch Collection,” features over fifty works from Todd Haenisch’s private collection. The mix of work reads like a cross-section of the arts district’s early renaissance. The show includes a wide mix of paintings, drawings, ceramics and mixed media works from artists who live, work or have exhibited in Kansas City. The show includes art by Lori Ray Erickson, David Ford, Archie Scott Gobber, Jim Leedy, Mott-ly, Wilbur Niewald, Jesse Small, Stretch, Davin Watne, Susan White, James Woodfill, and others.


What The Rock Record Tells Us

Welcome to Kansas City, a vast shallow sea teeming with primitive forms of life… Kansas City has come a long way since those days – about 300 million years ago. A study of the rocks beneath our feet reveals the existence of ancient seas, swamp-like forests, and continental glaciers – as well as the skeletal remains of a vast array of extinct creatures entombed in the rock, and recovered as fossils.


CB Employee Art Show

Members of the Volunteer Judging Committee had their work cut out for them in selecting which of 89 employee-artist entries would be featured in a showing at The Box Gallery in the Commerce Pavilion, running now through Feb. 21. The judges’ work became even harder when choosing which of the entries – ranging from water colors to photographs, stained glass to dyed eggs – would be awarded prizes.


Graham Porter

At the age of 95, Graham Porter has been a photographer for over 35 years. Throughout his career he has experimented with photographic techniques to enhance the emotional quality of his work. This exhibition illustrates three important series made during Graham’s career, with a focus on his most recent body of work, Fragmentia.


Royal Magnificence

The American Royal has been a proud Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each fall it hosts the world’s largest barbecue contest, livestock exhibitions, professional rodeos, prestigious horse shows and parade. For over a hundred years The American Royal’s events have not only celebrated and energized our region’s rich agricultural heritage but also helped shape Kansas City.


America’s Creative Crossroads

The Kansas City region has a legacy of artistic and entrepreneurial innovation spanning more than 125 years. Today, the KC metro has one of America’s most inventive and creative cultures. A new collaborative campaign, titled America’s Creative Crossroads, highlights the Kansas City area as an intersection of artistry and technology. It is designed to elevate the KC region in the minds of potential residents, visitors, talented professionals and businesses.


Tom Corbin

Sculptor Tom Corbin may be best known for his elegant elongated figures and bronze furniture, but as his career builds momentum the artist has incorporated new themes into his work. In his exhibition Tom Corbin/New Work at The Box Gallery, the viewer is invited to explore Corbin’s creativity through his sculpture, furniture and rarely exhibited paintings.


The Kansas City Collection

The Box Gallery presents an exhibition titled, “The Kansas City Collection – Our Town As Seen by Local Artists.” The exhibition features seven artists, including Wilbur Niewald, Richard Matheson, Anne Garney, Mark Mohr, Dana Forrester, Bob Holloway and Ernst Ulmer. On loan from a local corporate collection, the show will consist of representational paintings depicting scenes and icons of Kansas City.


Form Follows Function

Theatrical Designers are charged with the responsibility of transforming dramatic literature into three-dimensional existence. Through scenic design, costume design, and lighting design the tone and aesthetic atmosphere is invented, so the actors can bring the content to life. The UMKC Theatre graduate students come out from behind the scenes, to showcase their talent in an exhibition, titled Form Follows Function.


You Are Here

YOU ARE HERE, named after the symbol on way-finding maps, visually transports the viewer back to the period between 1900 and 1930. The site of The Box Gallery on 10th Street between Main and Walnut was once the bustling center of the City. Yet most of the turn-of-the-century buildings and the businesses they housed are gone. Using super-sized photographs, advertisements, postcards and memorabilia, guest curator, Bruce Bettinger recreates the vitality of downtown K.C. circa 1910.


Photography by David Douglas Duncan

David Douglas Duncan is considered among the most influential photographers of the 20th century.  Best known for his war photographs from World War II, the Vietnam War and the Koran War, he also traveled the world as a photojournalist for Life magazine.  This exhibition features images from his peace-time travels, and intimate photographs of his good friend, Pablo Picasso.


Ships in Scale, selections from the Kansas City Square Riggers Club

This special exhibit features hand-made ship models built by members of the Kansas City Square Riggers Club.  The Club was founded in 1996 by Paul Gagne for the purpose of promoting ship modeling.  The club members are devotees of ship and maritime history, diligently constructing historically accurate works that recall the notable impact of these nautical legends.  The model ships on display are recreations of historical American and European ships from the early 1700’s through the 1960’s.