John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
Press Release
Belger Arts Center
Jesse Small
Mixed media installation

Belger Arts Center
Paul Smith
The Birthing Process, 2009

Belger Arts Center
Tracy Krumm
Bulge (Strapped), 2009
Crocheted brass and nickel, fabricated steel,
found objects, patina, resin
33 in. x 12 1/2 in. x 8 in.

Belger Arts Center
Julie Malen
Bull in a China Shop, 2009
Stoneware, commercial dishes, decals,
ready-made objects

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September 17, 2010

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Belger Arts Center will join other local venues in celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the Kansas City Art Institute in October, with two exhibits from graduates and faculty of the school. A few weeks later, an international exhibit of Israeli contemporary ceramics will open in an adjoining gallery. All of these exhibits will be held in our third floor galleries. Red Star Studios will continue to operate on our ground floor through the end of 2010, as they prepare for a move to a larger facility on the east side of Kansas City in 2011.

Here's the schedule for the Fall 2010 season at the Belger:

October 1, 2010 through January 15, 2011
UNDADOG (United Nations Dollar-A-Day Observer Group)

This unique installation from Jesse Small will let visitors enter an abandoned war “situation room”. Small, a 1997 graduate of the KCAI Ceramics Department, has maintained a porcelain studio in China for the last five years, while simultaneously running an art studio in Kansas City. His local shop, adjacent to Lawrence Lithography Workshop on Tracy Avenue, creates mostly large-scale metal and plastic pieces with the help of “Edward”, Small's computer-controlled router. Small's work often mixes military imagery with ornamental chandeliers, fencing, and other design features from every day life. Small says UNDADOG will focus “on the waste of war. War has an insane business plan.”

October 1, 2010 through January 15, 2011

This exhibit will look at recent three-dimensional artworks created by a half-dozen faculty and graduates of the Kansas City Art Institute. There will be a blend of artwork from the Belger Collection, mixed with pieces borrowed from artists. Exhibiting will be: Tracy Krumm, currently on the faculty of the KCAI Fiber Department; Paul Anthony Smith and Keith Whitecloud Simpson, 2010 graduates from KCAI Ceramics; Terry Karson, class of 1973 (Painting Dept.) Julie Malen, class of 2009 (Ceramics); and Lora Campbell (class of 2011, Art History and Ceramics).

November 5, 2010 through January 15, 2011
from the melting pot into the fire: CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS IN ISRAEL

The Belger Arts Center is one of only three North American stops for this exciting look at the wide-range of ceramic work coming from Israel today. The other venues were the Gardiner Museum in Toronto and the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC. Sculptural works and vessels in this exhibit show evidence of chutzpah, humor, and more. There will be 37 pieces in this exhibit from 42 artists (five pieces are collaborative pieces).


Belger Arts Center Statement.

The Belger Arts Center is located at 2100 Walnut Street (one block east of Main) in the Belger Cartage Service building. The gallery is open Wednesday through Friday from 10 am – 4 pm, Saturday from noon – 4 pm, non-holiday First Fridays from 10 am – 9 pm, and by appointment.

The office for the Belger Arts Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 am – 4:30 pm. For more information please visit or contact Gallery Assistant Mo Dickens at (816) 474-3250 or Email at

Since March of 2000 the Belger Arts Center has hosted more than 35 exhibitions featuring a variety of media including fiber, ceramics, painting, sculpture, digital projections, and innovative design. More than 50,000 visitors have attended exhibits and other events at the Belger Arts Center.


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