When World War I ended in 1918, the nation celebrated victory. Patriotism was at a peak, and the citizens of Kansas City opened their hearts and wallets to support their country. This exhibit recalls Kansas City at the Great War’s conclusion in 1918-1919.
ArtsKC is a non-profit organization that advocates, funds, exhibits and promotes the Arts in Kansas City. This show highlights their Now Showing program, a long-running initiative that exhibits artwork by local artists in office spaces of KC companies.
Wild Savage Beauty features photography, video, and audio captured during many trips to remote game reserves in Botswana, Africa. As visitors view the images, they will be transported to the bush with audio recording of the African environment, such as a lion’s roar, a hyena’s mournful call, and birds singing in the trees. With this project, photographer Steve Lumpkin works to remind the public how important it is to conserve this irreplaceable habitat and protect endangered animals.
Kansas City artist and musician Allan Winkler may be best known for his ceramics, murals and cut-outs, but his boundless creativity spills out in many forms. This exhibit focuses on work created from found and discarded materials recycled in unexpected ways. At first, his technique and materials appear unsophisticated, but Winkler’s talent for transforming our everyday world into something magical skillfully sparks the imagination and spirit.
Since Ancient Greece, artists and writers have been inspired by each other’s artform. This is the meaning and spirit of Ekphrasis. In this exhibit, selected artists and writers were paired and challenged to create new work. View 40 original works of poetry and prose and 40 artworks – and explore the subjective landscape of inspiration and creative interpretation.
INSIDE/OUT is comprised of Portals, Outliers, Descendants, Oracles, and Nomads. These series of works were inspired by a fascination with how surfaces can both conceal and reveal. Our skin acts as an envelope, hiding its precious contents; the earth we live on hides the fathomless depths of its molten core.
This exhibit celebrates KC PLAYS, Art in the Loop’s summer program of temporary artwork, events and performances in Downtown KC. Visit the gallery to learn how local artists created unexpected installations along the KC Streetcar line, interactive fun at the Kansas City Public Library, and projects in West Terrace Park – all free and family-friendly.
Comics have shaped American popular culture since their first appearance in 19th century newspapers. But it was the visionary founders of Andrews McMeel Universal in Kansas City who, starting in 1970, challenged convention to give voice to groundbreaking comic storytellers and cultural commentators, having a profound and lasting effect on the medium.
HOPE 22 was named for the alarming fact that approximately twenty-two veterans take their own lives each day, according to the Department of Veteran Affairs. With this exhibit, HOPE 22 aims to raise awareness surrounding our country’s veteran suicide epidemic while educating the public on mental health issues. The exhibit includes twenty-two photograph portraits of Kansas City veterans, each displayed with short personal stories of struggle, resilience, and hope.
Image: GySgt. Bradley Jackson, photography by Steve Gibson
For over seventeen years, local artist Susan Lordi Marker has found inspiration for her work in the ecosystems of native tall-grass prairie. Her exhibit features eleven works of cloth, each hand-manipulated to create vibrating patterns and dramatic textures. By experimenting with materials derived from the earth, including linen, silk, gold leaf, and iron oxide, the artist creates meditative works in rich, harmonious tones.
UMB Bank and Commerce Bank both have Kemper family connections and a long tradition of supporting the arts. But few know it was Charlotte Crosby Kemper who inspired generations of Kempers to celebrate the arts. More Than a Pretty Face features a selection of portraits from both corporate art collections, as well as tips for viewing portraiture.
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. People + Places features both his past work and a new chapter of photography inspired by ordinary people and the extraordinary places they inhabit.
As part of The U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s The Art of War Initiative, this exhibit highlights the college’s impressive history and art collection. The paintings, sculptures and objects on display 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.
Clifford Stone of El Dorado, Kansas, was a WWII hero, banker, community advocate, and patron of the arts. The Glory of the Hills features artwork he collected after being inspired by the poetic writing of Rolla A. Clymer on the glorious seasons of the Kansas Flint Hills.