News & Exhibitions

Kansas City Artists Coalition re: MEMBERS ExhibitionJul 10—Aug 20, 2015

Opening Reception: July 10, 6-8 pm

Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64105

Philomene Bennett is the co-founder and past-president of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. Bennett is a prominent painter and art instructor in Kansas City and has been an active artist for 50+ years. Bennett has had over 100 solo, two-person and group exhibitions of her work throughout the United States. Her work is in the collections of museums and corporations throughout the United States, including the Kemper Museum, Kansas City, Mo.; National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, DC; the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, Daum Museum, Sedalia, MO, Albrecht -Kemper Museum, St. Joseph, MO, Prudential Life Insurance, New York, NY, United Missouri Bank, Kansas City and Blue Springs, MO, Mutual Benefit Life, Kansas City, MO, Odyssian Technology, South Bend IN, American Express, Salt Lake City, UT; and many others.
Jim Sajovic is a Professor at the Kansas City Art Institute.  He has been involved with KCAC from the early days. Sajovic’s solo exhibitions include: Jim Sajovic: Hix Fragments & (pash’n), Todd Weiner Gallery, KCMO: Be Inspired, Kemper Crossroads Museum,:KCMO. Jim Sajovic: Evolution, Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO; Dreamer-Ecstasy, Belger Arts Center, KCMO Jim Sajovic, The Lowe Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia; Millennium Garden, The Albrecht-Kemper Museum of Art, St. Joseph, MO.  The Art of Jim Sajovic, The Mulvane Art Museum, Topeka, Kansas. Sajovic’s works are held in public and private collections in the United States, Europe, and Asia.  His artworks have been exhibited in galleries and museums, nationally and internationally, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Los Angeles; Edinburgh (Scotland), Paris (France), as well as Milan, Rome, and Venice (Italy). 
James Martin is an independent consultant, curator, educator and writer based in the Kansas City area. He serves as Curator of the Center for the Healing Arts at Truman Medical Centers and he currently consults on public art for the municipalities of Gladstone, MO; Merriam, KS; and Olathe, KS. He began his career in 1989 as Interim Director at the Kansas City Artists Coalition, and returned to work for KCAC in 1995 as Managing Editor of Forum Magazine. In addition, he was formerly Curator of the Sprint Art Collection and Assistant Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Janet Simpson is Executive Director of the Kansas City Artists Coalition and has been in this position since 1989.  The Executive Director has primary responsibility for the organization, including artistic direction of the Exhibitions Series and Programs.  Simpson has served on various committees and boards in her community, state and nation including the Kentucky Arts Council, the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s Urban Mission Task Force: Culture and Arts, Missouri Arts Council Organizational Development Working Committee; Kansas City Municipal Arts Commission 1% for Art Panel; the River Market Business Association Board of Directors; the Missouri Citizens for the Arts Board of Directors; and the National Association of Artists’ Organizations Board of Director, and was the Midwest representative to that organization and served on the Working Conditions Committee and the Conference Committee.

The Artists Coalition will publish an illustrated digital catalog. Copies will be available online and distributed to contemporary art curators and gallery directors nationally.

The Mulvane Art Museum:  Recent Acquisitions 2010-2015Jun 5—Aug 14, 2015

Open House:  June 20, 1-4 pm

The Mulvane Art Museum
17th and Jewell Streets
Topeka, KS 66621

Since 2010, the Mulvane Art Museum has acquired approximately 250 works of art in a variety of media, including painting, drawing, photography, glass, printmaking, and ceramics. The works range from a 17th century etched self-portrait by Rembrandt Van Rijn to folk art by Ann Carter to paintings by Topekan Barbara Waterman-Peters and everything in between. The exhibition will display works by Mountain Plains artists as well as works by artists from much farther afield.

Kansas City Artists Coalition River Market Regional ExhibitionJul 8—Aug 19, 2011

Opening Reception:  July 8, 5-8 pm

Kansas City Artists Coalition
201 Wyandotte
Kansas City, MO 64105

Dr. Patricia McDonnell, Director, Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas. McDonnell has worked in art museums for 30 years. She opened new museum facilities at Tacoma Art Museum (with architect Antoine Pedock) and the Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota (with architect Frank Gehry), and led curatorial programs to build an increased audience. McDonnell is a widely published scholar, a specialist on painter Marsden Hartley, and curated over 80 exhibitions on a range of modern and contemporary art subjects.

An illustrated catalog with an essay by Dr. McDonnell will be published.

Metamorphosis:  Paintings by Susan GraceJan 6—Feb 5, 2011

Reception: January 7, 7-9 pm
Gallery Talk: January 20, 7 pm

Lawrence Arts Center, Lawrence KS
785 843 2787