The 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
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)
- Cristina Albu, Ph.D., from the Department of Art & Art History
- Hadara Bar-Nadav, Ph.D., from the Department of English
- Joseph Hartman, Ph.D., from the Latinx & Latin American Studies Program
- Sungyop Kim, Ph.D., from the Department of Architecture & Urban Planning + Design
- Fengpeng Sun, Ph.D., from the Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences
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)
Beginning the week of March 23rd, 2020, the Department of Art & Art History has transitioned to remote operations as we abide by Kansas City’s “stay at home” order which goes into effect on Tuesday, March 24th, 2020. We will still be accessible via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, to answer any questions that current students, prospective students, and members of our UMKC community may have.
UMKC continues to monitor COVID-19 and how it affects our community. More information can be found here.
Current and Prospective Students:
- Please stay in contact with your professors regarding Spring 2020 coursework which has all moved to our online educational portals (Canvas, Zoom, etc).
- Due to UMKC campus closure, Poppy Di Candeloro, our Undergraduate Academic Advisor, will no longer be holding in-person advising appointments. Instead, she will be conducting all advising for Summer and Fall 2020 online through email, email@example.com.
- We have been asked to preemptively cancel all in-person course sections for the Summer 2020 semester.
- Due to the high volume of advising requests, please be patient as you await a response from our academic advisors.
- Our Graduate Academic Advisors, Dr. 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.
Dr. 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
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.
Speaking to about 15 people at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center on a Monday evening in December Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
Heather 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
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
Professor 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
Totemic 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
UMKC 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.”
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.