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

We will re-open our third floor galleries on Friday, October 7, with two exhibitions - paintings from Roger
Shimomura, and 2D and 3D work from the Belger Collection

Paolo Porelli - Twighlight Zone Granny - Kansas City Gallery
Paolo Porelli
Twighlight Zone Granny, 2015
12.5" x 7.5" x 3.5"
White earthenware, glaze and over-glaze
Courtesy of the Artist

Paolo Porelli: Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous
September 2 - December 17, 2016

Paolo Porelli’s exhibit, Humankind: The Sublime and The Ridiculous is exhibited at the Belger Arts Center, 2100 Walnut Street. Known for his figurative sculpture, this body of work is a hybrid of ideas culled from mythological imagery, pop-culture references, and contemporary society to articulate the human behaviors — both good and bad.

Paolo created many of the exhibition works last winter during his Fellowship Residency at Belger Crane Yard Studios. Porelli came to the studio from Italy, where he has been running his own ceramics studio since 1990. In more recent years he and his wife, Lori-Ann Touchette, have operated c.r.e.t.a rome, an international art residency program.

Roger Shimomura - Chinese Imposter #5 - Kansas City Gallery
Roger Shimomura
Chinese Imposter #5, 2012
54" x 54"
acrylic on canvas
Courtesy of the Artist

Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff
October 7, 2016 - January 21, 2017

This fall Belger focuses on a local hero — the legendary Roger Shimomura. In its first showing outside the Pacific Northwest, An American Knockoff opens Oct. 7, 2016 through Jan. 14, 2017. This exhibition features acrylic paintings of Shimomura with recognizable American icons such as Porky Pig, Goofy the Dog, and Uncle Sam.

In this series, the artist inserts himself into the work, battling or becoming stereotypes in a tongue-in-cheek fashion, to personify the Asian-American experience.

"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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