John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
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Sasha Alexandra - Untitled - Kansas City Gallery
Sasha Alexandra
Untitled, 2013
7" x 10" x 10
Red earthenware, wire, luster, and underglaze.
Courtesy of Phillip T. Eirich & Melanie Sherman Collection
Photo by EG Schempf
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Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995-2015

January 8, 2016 – March 19, 2016
Opening Reception, Friday, January 8, 6-9 PM
Belger Arts Center
2100 Walnut Street, Kansas City, MO 64108

Every Semester: Collecting KCAI Ceramics 1995 – 2015 celebrates two decades of the Kansas City Art Institute ceramics department as told by 14 regional collectors who acquired student works, often through the popular end-of-semester exhibitions.

The selections demonstrate a wide range of artistic investigations, techniques, and media that have long been the hallmark of the KCAI curriculum. According to the exhibition organizer, Cary Esser, professor and chair of the KCAI ceramics department, "many pieces in the exhibition reflect an interest in human and animal forms. They reveal a marriage of figure, vessel, and surface that tell personal stories."     

In addition to student works, the exhibition features tenured and tenure track faculty who taught at KCAI during the same period: Ken Ferguson, Victor Babu, George Timock, Cary Esser, Paul Donnelly, Jane Shellenbarger, and Misty Gamble.

Featured Student Artists: Lauren Adams, Sasha Alexandra, Christen Baker, Shae Bishop, Ariel Bowman, Jessica Brandl, Greg Burel, Emily Connell, Sebra Debrecht, Jasmine Dorau, Meg Flynn, Katelyn Gettner, Mariko Brown Harkin, Ben Harle, Meredith Host, Aly King, Roberto Lugo, Lauren Mabry, Nathan Mabry, Joel Mancina, Juan Carlos Ornelas, Korla Luckeroth Molitor, David Price, Katie Queen, Gabriel Reed, Morgan Ringer, Miguel Rodriguez, Cydney Ross, Melanie Sherman, Keith Whitecloud Simpson, Paul Anthony Smith, Michelle Tobia, Waseen Touma, Chase Travaille, Kevin Tweed, Jen Wilkinson.

Special Thanks to the following for lending student artwork from their collections: Belger Collection, Irene Bettinger, Tom Binger, Ron and Toni Cattelino, Mo Dickens and Cary Esser, Philipp T. Eirich and Melanie Sherman Collection, Ken Ferguson Teaching Collection, Catherine Futter, Pam and Gary Gradinger, Scott Long, Virginia and Richard Nadeau, Travis Pratt, Jeff Schmidt and Clark Greenlee


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