John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
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Renee Stout - Baby's First Gun
Renee Stout
Baby's First Gun, 1998
Mixed Media
6 x 7 x 5 inches
Courtesy of the Belger Collection

Tommy Frank - Bailout - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Tommy Frank
Stoneware and Lacquer
30 x 36 x 36 inches
Image and Piece Courtesy of the artist

William T. Wiley - Seeds of Abstraction - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
William T. Wiley
Seeds of Abstraction, 1999
Acrylic, Charcoal & Graphite on Canvas
58.5 x 71.5 inches
Courtesy of the Belger Collection

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...So Runs the World Away
June 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO – Artists have been commenting on the world around them for centuries. Sometimes their themes are buried, sometimes they are in your face. Sometimes we don't want to hear it. The Belger Arts Center's next exhibition will feature a dozen artists who deal with imagery that is bound to spur discussion of current events. “For some must watch, while some must sleep: So runs the world away,” opens on First Friday, November 4, 2011. An opening reception will be held from 6-9 pm to kick off this exhibit, which will run through February 3, 2012.

Much of the work will come from the extensive Belger Collection, but there will also be supplemental artwork from local artists Adam Beris, Tommy Frank, Linda Lighton, and Ben Radatz. Radatz, of the cutting edge graphic design collective mk12, will show images he captured during a recent trip to areas that were devastated by the nuclear accident in Chernobyl. The other three Kansas City artists will add sculpture to the exhibit.

From the Belger Collection we will show works by Terry Allen, Robert Arneson, William Christenberry, Alice Kettle, Ed Kienholz, Moses Nornberg, Renee Stout, and William T. Wiley. Allen is the artist who created the Modern Communication sculpture that recently has been the subject of an on-going debate about various aspects of public artwork in Kansas City. Alice Kettle is a fiber artist from England who donated a cloth triptych that deals with the World Trade Center attack. It was originally shown in the United States during the Surface Design conference of 2009.

The current exhibit of ceramic murals and sculptural works by Richard Notkin will continue in an adjacent gallery until December 31, 2011.

The Belger Arts Center was founded in 2000 and since that time has hosted more than 40 exhibitions of two and three-dimensional artworks. The exhibits have attracted more than 60,000 visitors from six continents. The Belger merged with Red Star Studios, a ceramics collective, in the spring of 2010. The two groups are currently sharing a building, but Red Star Studios will move to the Belger Warehouse Complex at 2011 Tracy Avenue in the near future. The Warehouse Complex already serves as home base for the Lawrence Lithography Workshop print house and for a metalwork facility run by Asheer Akram. Akram fabricated one of the new “Shuttlecarts” which were recently unveiled at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The carts were designed by Peregrine Honig. For more information on the Richard Notkin exhibit, or the Belger Arts Center, contact Mo Dickens, gallery assistant, at , or 816-474-3250.


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