John & Maxine Belger Family Foundation
Belger Arts Center
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Belger Arts Center

Belger Arts Center
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Friday, October 2 to Thursday, December 31

"The Oxford Project"
Photographer Peter Feldstein and writer Stephen G. Bloom.

Listen Listen to The Walt Bodine Show (KCUR 89.3 10/05/09) discussion.

We would like to thank photographer Peter Feldstein and Rainy Day Books for a memorable opening night! Copies of The Oxford Project are available at Rainy Day Books in Fairway, KS.

Also, thank you journalist Stephen G. Bloom, who generated the text for The Oxford Project, for attending on First Friday, November 6th.

"Hold That Thought: Contained Narratives"
Sculptural containers and vessels from the Belger Collection.

Please contact us for more info about any of our exhibitions.

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Belger Arts Center to Host Exhibition
of Stories from The Oxford Project

Popular Book Comes to Kansas City as Art Exhibition
For immediate release – July 30, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO – The Belger Arts Center will close out a very memorable year of exhibitions by displaying more than 20 triptychs of photographs and revelations from The Oxford Project. Since 1984, what began as a lark for University of Iowa Professor Peter Feldstein and his neighbors in tiny Oxford, IA, has evolved into a snapshot of small town life that has moved people all over the country. The exhibit will run from Friday, October 2, through Thursday, December 31.

Feldstein photographed 670 of the 676 residents of Oxford in 1984. In 2005 he shot new portraits, and this time a writer friend of Feldstein’s, Stephen Bloom, interviewed dozens of the subjects in the pictures. Bloom says, “The Oxford Project is a national portrait of overlooked triumphs and travails. In the faces and voices of these strangers, we grow to understand ourselves better.
They remind us of who we dreamed we would become, and who we turned out to be.”

Public readings of the stories from The Oxford Project have been performed in Iowa City and New York City. An award-winning book about the project was released by Welcome Books in late 2008. The Belger Arts Center is very proud to collaborate with Peter Feldstein on this upcoming exhibition of pictures and text about the Project. For more information on the Project please visit

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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  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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