Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions


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.