YWAs: Young Women Artists

I am excited to announce that I am in the process of co-curating an exhibition of young, Midwestern, female artists.  My co-conspirator, Meredith Moore, at the Wonder Fair Gallery in Lawrence came up with the title YWAs as an homage to the YBAs, or Young British Artists, who ruffled feathers in the 90s (and were, […]

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Crystal Bridges: All the Women Artists

On my recent trip to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, I photographed works by women artists with the intent of conducting my own Guerilla Girls-style “weenie count.” When I inquired at the info desk, I was told that approximately 400 works from the permanent collection are currently on view.  I counted a mere 28 […]

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Crystal Bridges: Part 1

I finally made the pilgrimage down to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.  It only takes about 3 1/2 hours to drive there from Kansas City, but it has taken me almost 3 years to make it happen.  I was not disappointed. Crystal Bridges opened in November 2011, a project of Walmart […]

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Glass Labyrinth by Robert Morris

Here’s a conversation I had with my Dad as we approached Glass Labyrinth, the 4,000-ton new installation on the south lawn on the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City by Kansas City Art Institute alumnus and mimimalist sculptor Robert Morris: Me: So, a labyrinth differs from a maze because a labyrinth has a single […]

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End-of-Semester Show at KCAI

One of my favorite twice-annual events is the end-of-semester show at the Kansas City Art Institute.  It takes me back to my student days (and nights) of bonding with my classmates over Quik Trip coffee while working hard (and playing hard) in studio to make our best possible work before the final critique.  These days, […]

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Thomas Hart Benton at the Missouri State Capitol

A weekend trip to the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City was the perfect way to combine my passion for art and my boyfriend’s interest in politics.   There is no better time to visit than the present, as this month marks the 125th birthday of Thomas Hart Benton. Seeing Benton’s State Capitol Murals in person […]

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Cultural Intersections and Illuminations at the Nerman Museum

Last Sunday, I had a wonderful time visiting the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas.  This museum is proof positive that not all of Kansas City’s cultural treasures are on the Missouri side of the state line.  The Nerman has an impressive permanent collection, representing local artists […]

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Impressionist France at the Nelson-Atkins

It is the closing weekend of Impressionist France: Visions of Nation from LeGray to Monet at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.  I had been meaning to see this since it opened.  But between healing from a broken elbow, moving, an odd work schedule, and so much more, I had a crazier-than-usual holiday […]

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Communitea

Artist Norleen Nosri created a tea set, epic in scale and ambition, for the city hall as part of Columbia, Missouri’s Percent for Art program. In this video, she discusses her goal of fostering social interaction through the ritual of enjoying tea. <iframe width=”420″ height=”315″ src=”//www.youtube.com/embed/qJuNxmpF_1I” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe> Her ceramic pieces are aesthetically beautiful on […]

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Five Life Skills Learned in Art School

Think a BFA or MFA is useless?  Think again.  It may not translate immediately into a high-paying job, but it gives one a toolbox of creativity that will last a lifetime.  Just because nobody wants to pay you to paint full-body portraits of Rod Stewart surrounded by strawberries doesn’t mean you don’t have skills that […]

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