Visual Arts

Arts & Culture

Meet the conservators who preserve and protect the works at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The museum’s conservation departments — one for paintings and one for objects — restores works so they’re close to the artists’ original intent.

Development

Innovative artist housing will be part of KC neighborhood revival

Kansas City has just gotten tax credit approval for three crucial residential projects east of downtown, including a new “arts block” project that will provide affordable live/work spaces for artists. That project is modeled on a successful Chicago development. All three tax credit buildings will provide replacement housing for residents of the outdated Chouteau Courts low-income housing complex.

Visual Arts

Local photographer uses her camera to shine a light on the homeless in Johnson County

Olathe photographer Sharon Rodriguez, 70, focuses her camera on the homeless in Johnson County, the most affluent county in Kansas. Rodriguez, a mom, grandmother and a great-grandmother, is a former IT worker who has found her passion as an artist photographing the homeless and bringing awareness to those who struggle to get by. Her black and white photographs coupled with short, hand-written stories, are on display at the Johnson County Library’s Lackman branch, 15345 W. 87th St. Parkway in Lenexa. The exhibit, "Shining the light on the homeless of Johnson County," is part of “Bear Witness,” exhibitions across several branches that explores art as activism. The photographs are on display through Dec. 23, 2016.

Visual Arts

Fine art meets tattoos in this handcrafted jewelry

Cheryl Eve Acosta’s handmade metal pieces stick to the skin with makeup adhesive, mimicking a tattoo, but removable. The Kansas City metalsmith’s Tattuage line of jewelry — on display this First Friday — was inspired by her time working in the deserts of New Mexico.

Videos

West Bottoms' artist Cody Brown blends tradition with modern in furniture and home design

Cody Brown, owner of R24 Studios in the West Bottoms, has shown his talent in furniture and home design that he may soon have his own TV show on HGTV.
Shelly Yang The Kansas City Star
West Bottoms' artist Cody Brown blends tradition with modern in furniture and home design 3:32

West Bottoms' artist Cody Brown blends tradition with modern in furniture and home design

Local photographer uses her camera to shine a light on the homeless in Johnson County 2:51

Local photographer uses her camera to shine a light on the homeless in Johnson County

Julián Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum 2:54

Julián Zugazagoitia, director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum

KC artist Scribe balances his two artistic worlds 2:03

KC artist Scribe balances his two artistic worlds