Belger Arts Center
John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
Current Exhibition

Open Second Friday!

There will be two new shows opening at 2100 Walnut St on July 11th. The 2014 Resident Artist Exhibition will be opening downstairs and Word Play: Selections from the Collection will be opening upstairs.

Renee Stout - Fatima's Sign - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Renee Stout
Fatima's Sign, 2002
Acrylic and mixed media on wood
36 x 48 inches

Word Play: Selections from the Collection
July 11 - October 4, 2014
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Before the 21st Century, "text" was a noun, and often found on artwork. In some cases the art consisted primarily of text. Some people liked text on artwork, some didn't. The Belger Collection primarily focuses on American artists active from around 1960 until the present. Within the collection we find artworks that feature text in varying degrees. Word Play: Selections from the Collection takes a look at how artists incorporate words, phrases, or complete sentences into their imagery.

Tenant House V - William Christenberry  - Kansas City Gallery
William Christenberry
Tenant House V, 1964
54 X 66
oil on canvas
Image: Belger Arts Center

William Christenberry
March 7 September 6, 2014
Held Over, by Popular Demand!
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Belger Arts Center is pleased to announce the William Christenberry exhibition, a selection of works in various mediums, from his earliest drawings to some of his most recent two- and three-dimensional work. The exhibition opens on First Friday, March 7, 2014 with an opening reception from 6-9pm. William Christenberry is on view through May 3, 2014.

John Balistreri - Signal - Kansas City Gallery
John Balistreri
Signal, 2014
Image courtesy of the artist.

John Balistreri: By and Large
May 2 August 16, 2014
Belger Crane Yard Studios
2011 Tracy Ave, Kansas City, MO 64108
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By and Large includes John Balistreri's newest large-scale ceramic sculptures that were created over a 2 year period at the Jun Kaneko studio in Omaha, NE. Totemic, monumental, fluid in form and color, his new body of work is an amalgamation of what he considers the most visually interesting characteristics of his previous work.

The exhibition also includes works on paper and canvas. These paintings and drawings represent a wide aesthetic range and phases of the process Balistreri used to create the ceramic sculptures in the exhibition. He describes some of the drawings as the alter ego to his large clay work--expressive, energetic, and spontaneous in ways the large methodical and time-consuming clay work, is not

"The Belger Arts Center is amazing in its presence in Kansas City; not quite a museum, not a university gallery, not a commercial gallery. It is an entity in itself that defies definition. It is an incredible resource and contribution to the visual arts in Kansas City."

- Dr. Kathleen Desmond, REVIEW magazine, November 2004

Feel free to contact us for more info about any of our exhibitions or to schedule tours for groups of 10 or more.
  The Belger Arts Center - 2100 Walnut, 3rd Floor - Kansas City, MO 64108 - Office: (816) 474-3250  
  The Belger Arts Center is located on the 1st & 3rd floors at 2100 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO in the Crossroads Arts District.
Open Wed-Thur-Fridays 10am-4pm & Saturdays Noon-4pm or by appointment. Open "First Fridays" of each month until 9pm.
Exhibition is always free and open to the public. Please call to schedule tours for groups 10 or more.

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