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

Shae Bishop - Trojan Tweed - Kansas City Gallery
Shae Bishop
Trojan Tweed, 2014
21” X 21” X 2”
high refractory ceramic, low-fire glaze and china paint.
Image courtesy of Belger Crane Yard Studios.

Shae Bishop and Emily Duke Exit Show
September 5 - October 31, 2014
2100 Walnut St, Kansas City, MO 64108
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An exhibition of new works by Shae Bishop and Emily Duke marks the culmination of their artistic residencies at Red Star Studios.

Shae Bishop’s application of pattern to ceramic surfaces and his figurative sculpture forms made of interconnected ceramic tiles, merge the physical characteristics of clay and textiles. By combining specific references and elements from diverse historical and personal sources, he creates complex and thought-provoking visual interplay.

Emily Duke’s ceramic sculptures address concepts rooted in architecture, the American landscape, and manufactured serviceable objects. Using slab-built terra cotta clay, Duke assembles forms bound by tension and weight. Her latest series of ceramic sculpture is a convergence of imagined and fabricated objects.

Renee Stout - Fatima's Sign - Belger Arts Center - Kansas City
Renee Stout
Fatima's Sign, 2002
Acrylic and mixed media on wood
36 x 48 inches

Word Play: Selections from the Collection
July 11 - October 4, 2014
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Before the 21st Century, "text" was a noun, and often found on artwork. In some cases the art consisted primarily of text. Some people liked text on artwork, some didn't. The Belger Collection primarily focuses on American artists active from around 1960 until the present. Within the collection we find artworks that feature text in varying degrees. Word Play: Selections from the Collection takes a look at how artists incorporate words, phrases, or complete sentences into their imagery.

"The Belger Arts Center is amazing in its presence in Kansas City; not quite a museum, not a university gallery, not a commercial gallery. It is an entity in itself that defies definition. It is an incredible resource and contribution to the visual arts in Kansas City."

- Dr. Kathleen Desmond, REVIEW magazine, November 2004

Feel free to contact us for more info about any of our exhibitions or to schedule tours for groups of 10 or more.
  The Belger Arts Center - 2100 Walnut, 3rd Floor - Kansas City, MO 64108 - Office: (816) 474-3250  
  The Belger Arts Center is located on the 1st & 3rd floors at 2100 Walnut St. Kansas City, MO in the Crossroads Arts District.
Open Wed-Thur-Fridays 10am-4pm & Saturdays Noon-4pm or by appointment. Open "First Fridays" of each month until 9pm.
Exhibition is always free and open to the public. Please call to schedule tours for groups 10 or more.

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