John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation

Belger Arts Center
Exhibition History

March 7, 2014 - September 6, 2014     (Read Press Release)
William Christenberry
This a selection of works of one of the Belger Collection's core artists featured various mediums, from his earliest drawings to some of his most recent two- and three-dimensional work.

February 7, 2014 - May 3, 2014     (Read Press Release)
"Velocity of Change: The Evolution of Albert Kahn's Pratt & Whitney Plant in Kansas City"
The Belger Arts Center joined forces with architectural historian Cydney Millstein, and photographer Richard Welnowski for a very special look at Kansas City from World War II and after.

February 1, 2013 - September 21, 2013     (Read Press Release)
In addition to the three-dimensional sculptural works, adornment was also represented in prints and paintings from the Belger Collection. We delved into the Collection and brought out some nice (tattooed) gloves, (paper) hats, (metal) shoes, a (roofing nail) coat and more.

October 5, 2012 - January 26, 2013     (Read Press Release)
Katie Parker and Guy Michael Davis
Two graduates of the renowned ceramics department at the Kansas City Art Institute return to install site-specific work at the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios galleries.

February 3, 2012 - April 6, 2012     (Read Press Release)
"The Mind’s Eye: Landscapes from the Belger Collection."
2D and 3D work from American artists from the 1970s to 2010.

November 4, 2011 - March 2, 2012     (Read Press Release)
"For Some Must Watch, While Some Must Sleep: So Runs the World Away."
Social Commentary in artwork from the Belger Collection and more.

October 6, 2011 - December 31, 2011     (Read Press Release)
Richard Notkin
Red Star Studios and the Belger Arts Center present this exhibition featuring Notkin's recent commentary-laced murals and works from earlier periods in his career.

July 1, 2011 - October 7, 2011     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
Lawrence Lithography Workshop: Suites and Portfolios
Featuring more than 70 prints, from over 30 years of Printmaking at LLW.

March 4, 2011 - June 3, 2011     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
Wendell Castle in the 21st Century
Featuring new work from the incomparable Wendell Castle.

October 1, 2010 - January 15, 2011     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
from the Melting pot into the fire, UNDADOG, and KCAI in 3D
Fall was a busy time for the Belger; housing 3 excellent exhibitions, including from the melting pot into the fire: CONTEMPORARY CERAMICS IN ISRAEL making just its 3rd North American stop.

July 9, 2010     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
Terry Allen Book Signing
Featuring Terry Allen discussing his work and signing copies of his latest book.

March 5 - August 6, 2010     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
Beneath The Surface - Excavating the Belger Collection
In celebration of the Belger Arts Center's tenth anniversary, we were pleased to present an exhibition that brought attention to the Belger's collecting vision - sometimes referred to in-house as "Cultural Anthropology and the Unit Theory".

October 2nd - December 31st, 2009     (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
"The Oxford Project" 
Photographer Peter Feldstein and writer Stephen G. Bloom
 "Hold That Thought: Contained Narratives"

May 29th - September 4th, 2009    (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
"Surface Design Conference Exhibitions"  
Featuring Alice Kettle, El Anatsui, Jenny Angus, Ray Materson

March 6, 2009 - May 1, 2009
    (Read Press Release + See Photo Gallery)
Rare Visions - Detour Art
Curated by Mike Murphy & Kelly Ludwig

November 7, 2008 - February 6, 2009     (Press release)
Robert Stackhouse: Works from the Belger Collection

July 11, 2008 - October 3, 2008     (Press release)
Inspiration: African-American Quilts from the Collection of Maude Wahlman
Curated by Christina Wahlman

July 11, 2008 - October 3, 2008     (Press release)
Interpretation: Silver Screen Quilts by Sun Smith-Foret
Curated by Christina Wahlman

May 2, 2008 - June 6, 2008     (Press release)
Collective: 08
A BFA exhibition by the Kansas City Art Institute Graphic Deisng Seniors.

March 7, 2008 - June 6, 2008     (Press release /  Info)
Creighton Michael: Cursive

March 7, 2008 - June 6, 2008     (Press release /  Info)
Terry Winters: Works from the John and Maxine Belger Foundation

October 5, 2007 - February 1, 2008     (Press release /  Info)
Looking West
Curated by Evelyn Craft Executive Director of the Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL.

June 1, 2007 - September 7, 2007     (Read Press Release)
“Undressed” – Kate Kretz
“Tranquil Moment” – Kyoung Ae Cho
“Marking the Everyday” – Dorothy Caldwell
“On Pins and Needles” – Annet Couwenberg
“Harmonic Reverberations” – Laura Bernard

These five solo exhibitions were held in conjunction with the 2007 International Surface Design Association Conference.

March 2, 2007 - May 4, 2007
Jasper Johns
Selections from the John & Maxine Belger Foundation Collection

March 2, 2007 - May 4, 2007
Prints of Wales - Curated by Richard Noyce
In conjunction with the Southern Graphics Council

November 3, 2006 - February 2, 2007
American Dream: In Question
Selections by Evelyn Craft Executive Director of The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.

July 7th, 2006 - October 6th, 2006
American Dream: By Design
Selections by Evelyn Craft Executive Director of The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, Fl.

February 3, 2006 to June 2nd, 2006
Seating Arrangement
Innovative 20th Century Chair Design

Curated by: Rod Parks - Retro Inferno
Assistant Curator - Eric Sweet

March 3, 2006 to June 2nd, 2006
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Caja de visiones / Box of Visions

Photography from the Collection of Mrs. Colette Álvarez Urbajtel

October 7th, 2005 to January 6th 2006
Ryan Kelly: The Sesquicentennial Whitmaniacs Congress
Art installation by Ryan Kelly

October 7th, 2005 to December 2nd, 2005
Eye of the Collector:
Art Pottery and More from the Morgan Collection

Selections by: Cary Esser

June 3rd, 2005 to August 5th, 2005
Common Threads – Wendy Lugg
Pojagi and Beyond – Chunghie Lee
Silences – Anne Lindberg
Chrysalis – Jason Pollen

Four exhibitions in conjunction with the
International Surface Design Association Conference

February 4th, 2005 to May 6th, 2005
Dreamer-Ecstasy: Jim Sajovic
NEW4: Maria Park, Elijah Gowin, Paul Tosh and Barry Anderson

September 3, 2004 – January 7, 2005
Manipulated realities: From Pop Art to New Realism
Showing over 120 works from collectors.

February 6 - July 3, 2004
The African Art Experience
African Art from the collections of David Gelbard, Raymond Lake, and Maude and James Wahlman
Curated by Dr. Maude Southwell Wahlman, Dorothy and Dale Thompson Endowed Professor of Global Arts, UMKC.

October 3- Jan 2, 2004
Terry Allen: Voices & Scrawl
Curated by Mark Spencer.

April 5 - June 27, 2003
Juane Quick-to-See Smith
Curated by Charles Muir Lovell, Director, Harwood Museum of Art, University of New Mexico.

January 11 - March 8, 2003
Kati Toivanen: Whirl
Curated by Kate Hackman.

October 12 - December 14 2002
Readers, Advisors and Store Front Churches: Works by Renee Stout
Curated by Steve Phillips, Curator, Phillips Collection & Michelle Workman, UMKC.

June 15 - September 14, 2002
John Gutowski: Photographic Suites, 1979-2001
Also featuring:
Dilated Pupils: works by 10 artists studying with John Gutowski at UMKC.
Curated by Elizabeth Kirsch, UMKC and Cydney Millstein.

March 13 - May 23, 2002 NCECA
Confrontational Clay
Curated by Judith Schwartz
New Territory
Curated by Cary Esser.
Curated by Linda Lighton & David Furman.

October 5, 2001 - January 25, 2002
Proof Positive: Universal Limited Art Editions

November 4, 2000 - April 6, 2001
Current Evince: William T. Wiley
Lost and Found: Terry Karson - Sara Mast

March 10 - June 23, 2000
William Christenberry: The Early Years and Beyond


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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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