Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is taking its case for expansion to museum neighbors and members. It particularly needs better office space and is looking to expand into houses it owns across 45th Street from the museum. It’s also working with the city and others interested in developing a cultural arts district stretching east from the Country Club Plaza.
Crystal Bridges, in Bentonville, Ark., is showing pieces on loan from the American Folk Art Museum in New York made by self-taught American artists from the Revolutionary War to the Industrial Revolution. Also, a guide to other interesting sights in Bentonville.
The new Corrigan Station parking garage in Kansas City’s Crossroads Arts District is seeking a custom art installation. Developers Copaken Brooks, 3D Development and the Art in Loop Foundation are sponsors.
Great Bend, Kan., native Jeremiah Ariaz traveled to five German cities to see their Western stage show sets and to explore themes of cultural appropriation. His show is on display at the Volland Store in Alma, Kan.
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures unveiled a new exhibit of fine-scale works on Saturday. The French interiors highlight royal furniture from Louis XV and Louis XVI. The miniature version of a desk belonging to king Louis XV contains over 16,000 individual pieces of fruitwood.
Fritz Scholder (1937-2005), who was one quarter Luiseno, blew up and reinvented contemporary American Indian painting, though that was never his plan. The show at Overland Park’s Nerman Museum contains more than 40 rarely seen monumental paintings and exquisite lithographs by Scholder.
Fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys will be on display in Philadelphia from July 1 to 31 in “Donkeys Around Town,” a program for the Democratic National Convention. Twenty-eight artists painted the donkeys in six days. Lynnette Shelley painted the Missouri donkey, and Edgar Jerins painted the Kansas donkey.
Jarrett Mellenbruch recently won a $6,000 Rocket Grant to build one of his Haven beehives at the Kansas City Zoo. The hive will include an interior monitor to allow visitors to see how a hive works and scientists to study colony collapse crisis.
He has created portraits of 12 members of the local LGBTQIA community. The project began out of anger, but as time went on his intention shifted dramatically. His exhibit opens Friday, July 1, at Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
Terri Wilson of Kansas City was pleased with the work of artist Ryan Wilks of Kansas City. Wilks unveiled a large painting of Wilson for residents and staff members at the Hope Care Center, celebrating the event with a party. Wilks' painting of Wilson is part of the project “Gender Treason,” which represents various members of the LGBTQIA community in Kansas City. The show opens July 1, 2016, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
Artist Ryan Wilks of Kansas City produced 12 large portraits for his exhibit “Gender Treason,” which represents various members of the LGBTQIA community in Kansas City. Wilks decided not to paint his own portrait but wanted to share his vulnerability with the others who told their life stories. A full body cast of Wilks will be on display with his paintings at the show, which opens July 1, 2016 at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center.
Clients and case managers of Wyandotte Center work on a mandala at the ArtMakers' Place in Kansas City, Kan. The center uses the art studio and gallery as part of its treatment for people living with mental illness.
“Jazz Speaks for Life” explains the civil rights movement through musical, visual and literary contributions. The exhibit is on display through September, with related events planned through the summer.