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Art & Art History Scholarship Winners Announced

The department of Art & Art History would like to congratulate the following students who were awarded scholarships, nearly $20,000 combined, for the 2020-2021 academic year:

 

Christopher Bown – Advertising Artist Guild Grant

Sabrina Owings – Dr. George Ehrlich Scholarship, Geraldine E. Fowle Art History Scholarship, and the Jedel Family Foundation Professor’s Scholarship

Mollie Stanek – S. Jane Voorhees Scholarship in Art and Art

Ezekial Taylor – John Gutowski Memorial Scholarship

 

 

Art History Professor’s Co-Edited Book Recently Published

Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art Book CoverThe Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.

The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars. Continue reading

CAS Dean’s Fall Reception presents Faculty and Staff Awards

The College of Arts and Sciences is pleased to announce one staff award and four sets of faculty awards that were presented at the annual CAS Dean’s Fall Reception on September 11.

Faculty Awards are as follows:

Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award (awarded to a tenure-track or tenured faculty member)

Royall Distinguished Professors (honors faculty committed to research excellence, creativity, and interdisciplinarity, as well as pedagogy)

Bernardin Research Development Grant (recipients are granted support to prepare a grant proposal in their chosen area of research)

Haskell Distinguished Research Award (recipients receive an award to support the completion of a scholarly project or creative work)

Staff Award is as follows:

Outstanding Staff Member

(awarded to recognize outstanding contributions made by staff members who are employed by the College of Arts & Sciences with strong characteristics including: respectful, responsible, resourceful, receptive, responsive, and reasonable)

Updates for UMKC Art & Art History’s Current and Prospective Students

Even though Volker Campus is closed, our faculty advisors are “open” to answer any advising questions you may have about Summer and Fall enrollment!                                                                                                                                                                      We are excited to welcome our students back to campus in the fall for face-to-face and online course formats. We are planning for every eventuality, and even as some courses are shifting to online or hybrid formats to maximize flexibility, our faculty are finding many innovative ways to interact actively with our students!

 

Current and Prospective Students:

  • All Summer 2020 courses will be offered online and can be found here.
  • Our Fall 2020 schedule includes:
    • All Art History courses have moved online
    • Our Studio Art courses will remain in-person and online. (last updated 5/1/2020)
  • Due to UMKC’s campus closure, our departmental advisors will, for the time being, not be able to offer in-person advising appointments.  Instead, we will be conducting all advising for Summer and Fall 2020 online through email and/or Zoom. Due to the high volume of advising requests, please be patient as you await a response from our academic advisors.
    • For current and prospective Undergraduate Students please reach out to Elijah Gowin (Department Chair) for one-on-one virtual advising.
    • Our Graduate Academic AdvisorsDr. Cristina Albu (Art History MA program) and Barry Anderson (Studio Art MA program), will be available to field any enrollment questions for our current and incoming MA students.
  • Please contact art@umkc.edu if you have any questions about course offerings, advising, or to learn more about our department.

 

Barry Anderson, Dept. Art & Art History, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

Department of Art & Art History faculty member, Barry Anderson, selected as a 2020 Art in the Loop Artist

 

WAITING ROOMS

Anderson’s Art in the Loop project, Waiting Rooms, is a series of animations shown on the KC Streetcar kiosks. These animations present fabricated, playful landscapes of the artist’s imagination, with some referencing actual elements from places along the streetcar line. Each animation is 15-20 seconds in length and is played at random times on all kiosks on the line.

 

 

Location

KC Streetcar Kiosks, located at each stop.

 

 

Bio

Barry Anderson’s work in video and photography has been featured in numerous exhibitions and festivals around the country and abroad. His work is included in the permanent collections of the Everson Museum of Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.  He is a Professor in Studio Art at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, teaching courses in motion design, photography, 3D modeling, and professional practices.

 

 

http://www.barryanderson.com
Instagram: @barryanderson
http://www.facebook.com/barryandersonart
Twitter: @barry_anderson

 

 

Dr. Joseph Hartman Receives Graham Foundation Grant

Graphic of the names of the Graham Foundation's 2018 grant recipientsDr. Joseph Hartman, Assistant Professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History and Latinx and Latin American Studies program, recently received an internationally competitive grant from the Graham Foundation, one of the most significant funders in the field of architecture. Hartman was one of only 74 proposals selected out of over 600 applicants worldwide.

“This award will surely go down as one of the proudest moments of my career,” Hartman said. “To gain recognition from a world-renowned architectural organization like the Graham is affirming not only to the quality of my research but also to the rising visibility and importance of Caribbean, Latin American and Latinx communities.” Continue reading

Dylan Mortimer’s struggles lead to a Cure

As an artist known for making impressively scaled signs and combining hip-hop symbols with references to Christianity — Google him and his brilliant Prayer Booths still come up first — Dylan Mortimer has always made personal art. But his latest exhibition transcends the personal for something revelatory. Cure is his externalized dialogue with God, one in which he attempts to lay out the terms of his genetic lot, his cystic fibrosis.

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German and Classics

German

Students who choose to study German at UMKC will learn the German language and study German and Austrian literature, culture, and politics. The German faculty teach courses and do research in a variety of disciplines including language pedagogy and literary theory in addition to German theater, film, and music.  Courses in the German program are always innovative, inspiring, and interdisciplinary!

Minor in German

Many students choose to minor in German along with their primary major. The minor consists of six courses (18 credits) beyond the 200 level, of which 12 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level. More information on the requirements for the German minor can be found here.

Minor in German Studies

For students interested in the cultures and histories of the German=speaking countries, a minor in German Studies combines some language learning with coursework across many disciplines. Students must take two courses (6 credits) in the German language at any level, and may take more than two; 9 credits must be in coursework at the 300-level or above. More information on the requirements for the German Studies minor can be found here.

German Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Scott Baker for more information and major advising.

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Classics

Students who choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Languages and Literatures with an emphasis in Classics will study ancient Greek and Latin texts with professors hailing from the departments of English, History, Art History, and Anthropology. For more information on this truly interdisciplinary program, go to the Classical and Ancient Studies Program.

Classics Undergraduate Advisor

Contact Dr. Jeff Rydberg-Cox for more information and major advising.

Futurist Lucite Plains art exhibit features work of three professors

Lucite Plains is a new performance collaboration between Kansas City-based artists and UMKC professors Ricky Allman and Barry Anderson. Combing elements of Allman’s paintings and installations with Anderson’s work in video and animation, and adding music composed for analog synthesizers and guitars, the performances create a psychedelic futurist experience. The concept came from a melding of themes they have been working on individually for the past few years including eco-futurism, geological ritualism, ancient mythology and retro utopian visions.

For their first extended performance residency, they will be presenting a series of seven events October 19-21 at SubTropolis as part of Open Spaces where they will be joined by guest musician, artist, and fellow UMKC colleague Davin Watne.

Learn more about about the complete performance schedule and ticket info.

Preview a video of a studio rehearsal

More than She Imagined: Q&A With Studio Art Graduate Heather Burton

Q&A with Heather Burton, who landed a career before graduationHeather Burton, an Olathe, Kansas, native, graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art in December 2017. Before graduating though, she’d already landed a job. Check out Heather’s story in this Q&A:

How was your graduation day?

It was overwhelming to me. It’s the day you work so hard for since you’re 5. I kept worrying about my cap falling off, and of course it did as I walked up to receive my diploma. Continue reading

NOVEL 2020 UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition

NOVEL 2020

UMKC Art Department Student Online Exhibition 

 

 

The UMKC Gallery of Art is pleased to announce the virtual opening of Novel 2020 our digital version of the Annual Student Exhibition. This show takes place annually each spring semester to showcase the work of both graduate and undergraduate students within the department. Due to novel circumstances, the exhibition has moved to an online platform. Our distinguished faculty juried each submission and selected the art that highlights our students’ highest achievements. This year’s exhibition will include work selected from 24 students in all mediums. The conversion to an online platform allows the gallery to showcase our student’s artistic talents, as well as their growth, adaptability, and desire to face challenges head-on.

 

Please click on the link above to view the exhibition and join us in spreading the word about our virtual gallery. Stay safe and enjoy the work, we will see you soon.

 

List of participating artists:

 

Carmen Lopez-Anderson, Christopher Bown, Daniel Garcia-Roman, Gabby Saffier, Haleigh Peterson, Jack Wrisinger, Jeff Henry, John Campbell, Julia Smith, Keith Baynham, Kelly Woltering, Lauren Myers, Luke Blevins, Makayla Booker, Megan Lashbrook, Nhu Nhieu, Kimmy Sims, Rachel Houtman, Sabrina Owings, Sarah Bleha, Sharon Mitchell, Sidney Saunders, Sophia Vietze, Vincent Fallis.

 

List of awards and award winners:

 

 

Best in Show: Megan Lashbrook, Fortune Tellers

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2nd Place: Lauren Myers, Take the Gamble

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3rd Place: Sophia Vietze, Untitled

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Science Fiction Solutions

Neighborhoods, acrylic on canvas

Ricky Allman is best known for explosive post-apocalyptic paintings inspired by his rejection of his Mormon upbringing.

In his new works, the Kansas City artist continues to move away from the dire visions of his past to guardedly optimistic predictions for the future.

“I don’t believe in the apocalypse of humanity; despite all our problems, we’re definitely going to figure out our way,” Allman says.

Allman remains attached to his signature motifs of architecture, the mountains of his native Utah, and airy, confetti-like exhalations, but he now places them at the service of futuristic imaginings. Continue reading

UMKC Art History Professor named a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam

Courtesan (after Eisen) Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887Professor Frances Connelly, Ph.D., a professor in the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, will serve as a Visiting Fellow at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam in June 2018. While there, she will lead a seminar as part of the “Van Gogh Museum Visiting Fellow in the History of Nineteenth Century Art” program.

The Van Gogh Museum’s program, now entering its 12th year, brings foreign scholars annually to the Netherlands to teach a seminar in 19th century art to graduate students and professionals. Connelly’s seminar is entitled The Grotesque in Late Nineteenth-Century Art. It will explore the workings of the grotesque in this unsettled and unsettling period and explore why it is a particularly powerful means to grapple with its social upheavals and cultural shifts. Continue reading

UMKC Art Professor’s Videos at KC Streetcar Metro Center

Totemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art HistoryTotemic Persona, by Barry Anderson, M.F.A., digital motion professor and chair of the UMKC Department of Art and Art History, is being shown at the KC Streetcar Metro Center Northbound Stop and Kiosk, located at 12th and Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri. Continue reading

Professor’s work featured in Art in the Loop Project

Professor Toivanen's HopscotchUMKC College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of 25 artists selected for the third annual Art in the Loop Project in Kansas City, Missouri.

Toivanen’s work, a larger-than-life rendition of the childhood game of hopscotch entitled “Hopscotch,” will be on display in Ilus Davis Park at 11th Street and Locust through September.

“Hopscotch aims to provide moments of surprise and playful delight in the downtown business environment,” Toivanen said. “Images of familiar toys and even a spilled ice cream cone merge into the sidewalk, inviting participation from viewers.”

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UMKC Art Professor’s Work Featured in Annual Sculpture Exhibit in Lawrence

University of Missouri – Kansas City College of Arts and Sciences Associate Dean and Studio Art Professor Kati Toivanen was one of eight artists selected for the 28th annual Lawrence Outdoor Downtown Sculpture Exhibition in Lawrence, Kansas.

An opening reception and walking tour will take place at 5:30 pm on Friday, June 10 beginning at the South Park/Parks and Recreation office. The artwork will be on display through Spring 2017.

Toivanen embellished public waste receptacles with custom image panels. The inspiration for her piece, entitled “Treasure Hunt,” came from local shops and vendors in downtown Lawrence.

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