John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation

Belger Arts Center
Press Release

Robert Stackhouse: Blue K. C. Way, 1999
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Artist: Robert Stackhouse
Indigo Way, 1986
Watercolor on paper mounted on Linen
90 inches x 167 inches


November 28, 2008, for immediate release

KANSAS CITY, MO – A survey of Robert Stackhouse artworks fill the galleries of the Belger Arts Center. About 50 paintings and sculptures are on view until February 6, 2009. “Robert Stackhouse: Works from the John and Maxine Belger Belger Family Foundation” is the first exhibition the Belger has done about Stackhouse, one of the primary artists in the Foundation collection. 

Nick Maleski of the Kansas City Star newspaper said the exhibition, which includes examples of several of Stackhouse’s iconic images, produces “a mythic vision that is, at times, of epic proportions.”

Stackhouse currently lives in south Florida, but spent a very productive time in his career in Kansas City during the 1990s. In 1996 a temporary sculpture, KC Way, was erected on the grounds at the Kansas City Art Institute with the help of the school’s students. Stackhouse, who frequently constructs temporary sculptures, once said, “I make sculpture to give myself something to paint.”

Images of snakes, passage ways, and boats have appeared in Stackhouse’s work for more than 35 years. Visitors to this exhibition will get strong examples of how Stackhouse uses these images in various media.

* See "Belger Arts Center Statement" below (included as part of press release).

Belger Arts Center Statement.

The Belger Arts Center is located at 2100 Walnut Street, one block east of Main Street, 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.

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Since March of 2000 the Belger Arts Center has hosted more than 30 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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