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

Asilia Guillen - Heroes and Artists Come to the Pan American Union To Be Consecrated - Kansas City Gallery
Asilia Guillen
Heroes and Artists Come to the Pan
American Union To Be Consecrated
, 1962
20" x 24"
Oil on canvas mounted on cardboard.
Collection OAS Art Museum of the Americas
Gift of Jose Gomez-Sicre

Art of the Americas
April 8, 2016 – August 6, 2016
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The Belger Arts Center is proud to present Art of the Americas, curated by Licia Clifton-James, Vice President and Board Member of the Pan American Association of Kansas City and wife of Kansas City Mayor Sly James. The exhibition includes works from 28 of the 35 countries represented in the Organization of American States. Clifton-James’ goal is to encourage cultural knowledge about our neighbors in the Western Hemisphere while establishing Kansas City as the cross-cultural hub of the heartland.

Desire - Belger Arts Center
Patti Warashina
Whisper, 2011
Low-fire clay, underglaze, glaze, mixed media
16.5" x 30" x 13"
Photo by Belger Arts Center

Role Models
March 4 - May 21, 2016

Celebrating the art of mentoring, the Morean Arts Center and Florida CraftArt invited 17 artists to select one person who mentored them and one person to whom they have mentored. The resulting exhibition, “Role Models,” demonstrates the power and importance of influence, inspiration, and trusted advice.

Desire - Belger Arts Center
Zehra Cobanli
Child Alyan and Others, 2015
Earthenware, underglaze, slip casting
24” x 47” x 3”
Photo courtesy of the artist.

February 5 - May 21, 2016

For the last 15 years, the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program has fostered the sharing of ideas around the world. For this exhibition, more than 30 artists from 22 countries answer the question, "What do you desire?" The answers, some shrouded by cultural constraints, reflect some of the most important political and social issues of the day.

The Garden Party - Belger Arts Center
Rain Harris and Kyle Triplett
Tulpenwoede, 2015
Black clay, resin, metal, salt
7.5' x 5' x 6'
Photo courtesy of the artists.

The Garden Party
February 5 – May 21, 2016

Garden Party explores the fine line between the need to preserve and the need to re-imagine, re-configure, and re-contextualize the world around us. Tapping into the rich visual and symbolic history of the garden as muse, the selected artists question artificiality, preciousness, and romantic notions of the sublime.

The following exhibitions can be found at Belger Crane Yard Studios (2011 Tracy Ave): Desire, Objectify, The Kansas City Connection: Victor Babu, John Balistreri, Chris Gustin and Matt Long, Decalcomaniacs, Archie Bray Foundation: Resident & Visiting Artists.

"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.
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  The Belger Arts Center is located on the 1st & 3rd floors at 2100 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO in the Crossroads Arts District.
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