studiosinc:2018 TONIGHT

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OPENING TONIGHT studiosinc:2018 a group exhibition! Join us from 6:00 – 9:00 PM and see live performances from Ricky Allman, Barry Anderson, and Davin Watne at 6:15 and 8:15!!

The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present studiosinc:2018 a group exhibition featuring resident artists Ricky Allman, Patty Carroll, Caitlin Horsmon, Misha Kligman, Miguel Rivera, Colby K Smith, Debra M Smith, Hye Young Shin, Susan White, Kathy Liao, and Benjamin Rosenthal.

Introducing: Ben Rosenthal!

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For the next few weeks Studios Inc will be publishing an introductive series centered on our newest batch of artists: Ben Rosenthal, Kathy Liao, and Susan White. This week we focus on the works of visual artist Ben Rosenthal.

Rosenthal’s work oscillates between the varied realities of religion, sexuality, and militarism and their relationship with technology, through a queer “technosexual” lens. The work of spectral glances [in] and [of] prophetic tremors, [not touching] is a series of large installations combined into one unit containing a series of video channels that oscillate between a protruding finger covered in frenetically twitching patterns, masses of shapes and bodies that are coated in bright colors and visual textures, dental camera recordings probing the body of the artist, and bright colorations of TV noise all paced by the sounds of mediated breathing and recited queer sexting.The installation blasts the viewer’s senses and creates pockets of emotions like curiosity and sensuality that pervade throughout the entire space.

Ben Rosenthal will premiere a two-installation piece called of surfaces tension[ed] against petrified flesh[ness] at our group exhibition studiosinc:2018 on view from 3.09.18 through 4.13.18

Ben Rosenthal earned an MFA in Studio Art from University of California, Davis and a BFA in Art from Carnegie Mellon University. Ben Rosenthal’s work has been featured internationally at various exhibitions, festivals or venues in Stuttgart, Germany; Bangkok, Thailand; Gimpo-Se, South Korea; Mexico City, Mexico among others. Rosenthal is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Kansas. He teaches visual art, performance art, experimental animation, graduate seminar, and interdisciplinary acts.

Welcome to Studios Inc!

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Studios Inc welcomes Ben Rosenthal, Kathy Liao, and Susan White into our 2018 Residency Program. With their amazing work, accomplishments, and dedication to their studio practice; we’re launching into 2018 with an amazing and diverse group of artists. The Residency Program is aimed exclusively at mid-career artists. This free, three-year program gives them the ability to strengthen their portfolio, build lasting relationships, and become more immersed in the Kansas City community.

Rosenthal’s primary discipline is in video and other new media, his practice is interdisciplinary, and rapidly traverses disciplines within the field of visual art including sculpture, installation, performance, and drawing. His art questions the authenticity and intimacy of our physical and virtual realties. It strives to look at notions of militarism, religion, and technosexuality. 


Kathy Liao is a painter who utilizes a mixed media platform of paintings and photographs.It centers on different forms of art coagulating into a concept that examines the modern relationships of distance, intimacy, and technology, in layers of paintings based around moments, memories, and observations with and recorded snapshot photos.


Susan White sculpts with thorns, honey locust trees and other materials to create discrete sculptures and large installations. Her use of organic materials explores the elemental relationship of the body to the landscape, the cellular nature of the body, the granular nature of the soil, the sense of time and space in the natural world.

An interview with Debra Smith

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Resident Artist Debra Smith studied fashion and textiles at the Italian Academy of Fashion and Design. She also holds a BFA in Textiles(93) from the Kansas City Art Institute and an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences(02) from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

We sat down with Debra Smith in her studio one early autumn afternoon. Her studio was filled to the brim with fabric pieces. They adorned her walls, filled up her work drawers, and covered the long table where we spoke. Taking in all the textures and colors made the whole space comfortable and reminiscent of being inside a giant quilt.

We discussed her art origins and her most recent show, Memory Trace. We also talked at length about her current aspirations and her plans for the future with her residency extension.

 What inspired you to become an artist? How did you get started?

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See The Magic Happen!!

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We invite you to see the magic happen and join us for the opening reception of Memory Trace, an exhibition of pieced vintage textiles by resident artist Debra Smith, tomorrow, 11.10.17 from 6:00-9:00PM!

Memory Trace is an exhibition of pieced vintage textiles. In an effort to expand community outreach, Debra Smith will be creating a temporary studio within the walls of the exhibition space. She invites the community to get a peek into the creative eye and the evolution of her pieced silk textiles.

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This Months Featured Artist: Dylan Mortimer

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This month’s featured artist from the collection is Studios Inc alumni, Dylan Mortimer.

Recently Dylan has been featured in publications such as Sculpture magazine and KC Studio. In the September 2017 issue of Sculpture magazine, Dylan’s work at The Drugstore is mentioned as “…sizable glittering sculptures…” that “…examines health, Christianity, and the biology of disease.”

In the October 2017 issue of Sculpture magazine Dylan is the featured artist.  Neil Thrun says that Dylan’s work is “…uniquely honest to Mortimer’s personal sense of both art and ministry.” Check out the in-depth article where he discusses the intersection of his Christian and artistic identity.

Currently two of Dylan’s pieces in the show titled Structure,  on view from 10.06.17 to 11.24.17.

Current and alumni featured in 3 publications!!!

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Studios Inc is proud to host the 27th International Sculpture Conference: Intersections + Identities, from October 25-28, 2017. With three days of programming, they will explore new communities and discuss exciting topics in contemporary sculpture.

In anticipation, several publications are featuring Kansas City artists and shows.  The September issue of Sculpture Magazine features current resident Caitlin Horsmon and Studios Inc alumni  Brett Reif and Dylan Mortimer in the “Made in the Middle: Art and the Crossroads of Kansas City” article. Dylan Mortimer is also given a more in-depth article in Sculpture Magazine’s October issue where he discusses the intersection of his Christian and artistic identity.  In the September/October issue of KC Studio magazine current resident artists, Caitlin Horsmon, Jill Downen (extension program resident), and past Studios Inc alumni, Dylan Mortimer, and Jarrett Mellenbruch are featured in Artists Pages: Kansas City Sculpture.

First Friday Line up!

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First Friday, KC’s top contemporary artists, live performance, amazing craft beer, and ample parking!!! What do all these have in common? Studios Inc!!!

Start your evening with us at 5:00 PM with the opening reception for structure, an exhibition featuring work by Jill Downen, Tanya Hartman, Jarrett Mellenbruch, Dylan Mortimer, Brett Reif, Colby K Smith and Gerry Trilling.

Seven Simultaneous Sunsets by Ricky Allman, with Hexray, a live performance by Barry Anderson and Ricky Allman at 8:00 PM



Opening Reception: NARRATIVE ATLAS by Gerry Trilling

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The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present NARRATIVE ATLAS, an exhibition featuring resident artist Gerry Trilling, on view from 05.12.17 to 06.16.17 with an opening reception Friday, 05.12.17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

NARRATIVE ATLAS is an exhibition of constructed paintings, text and small drawings.  “Narratives are built into maps; where and how you begin, where and why you want to go, how and by what means you get there.  An atlas is a book of maps filled with stories.  NARRATIVE ATLAS is a mainframe for my meditation on assimilation.  What stories we keep, what memories we will lose, and what will happen next.  The unknown is always rich territory for an artist.”   

Gerry Trilling is a resident artist at The Studios Inc. The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists in the Greater Kansas City.

Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00  – 4:00  PM
Saturday            12:00 – 4:00  PM

Gallery Talk
5.13.17 Saturday           12:00 – 1:00  PM

First Fridays during Exhibition
6:00 – 9:00 PM

An Interview With Gerry Trilling

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Studios Inc Resident Artist Gerry Trilling received her B.F.A. in Painting from Kansas City Art Institute, and has also studied weaving, dyeing, and paper making. Trilling has traveled extensively through Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe focusing on how patterns can create a large visual landscape. We sat down and asked her a few questions about what inspires her, her creative process, and advice for young artists……..Q: What originally inspired you to start creating? What is your background in art? (more…)

April First Friday: Anti-mimesis

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April showers bring May flowers and a new show to Anti-mimesis: Life imitating art and other print perspectives opened for April’s First Friday. Featured in the show is work from Andrea Flamini’s Topopah Test Range as well as Patty Carroll’s Anonymous Women. Also included in the show are Miki Bair, Jill Downen, Elijah Gowin, Colby K smith, and Jamie Warren; on view from 04.07.17 to 05.22.17

Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday 10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM

Patty Carroll and The Dichotomy of Domesticity

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Resident Artist Patty Carroll was launched onto the scene with the release of her book, Anonymous Women. It is a compilation of staged photographs, essays, and commentary by Carroll, and art critics. Abbey Schubert from the Chicago Reader said, “Carroll describes this split as the ‘dichotomy of domesticity’, a phrase alluding to the way the home can function as both a relaxing refuge and a restrictive prison for women.”

The photographs depict models that are costumed in drapes, obscured by lettuce, and sometimes the subject is lost within the background. Carroll uses the images to continue to question the gender norms of the Chicago suburb she grew up in but also the rest of the United States. It is a culmination of 25 years of work, as she started the project the 90’s.

The book can be ordered through Amazon.

Opening Reception: Unapologetic by Hye Young Shin

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The Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present Unapologetic, an exhibition featuring resident artist Hyeyoung Shin, on view from 3.10.17 to 4.14.17 with an opening reception Friday, 3.10.17 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

Unapologetic is an exhibition of drawings inspired by Joan Didion’s book ‘The Year of Magical Thinking’ and Shin’s  experience of loss. The exhibition expresses the profound appreciation for human life that Shin gained during her father’s final stage of life. Shin is the Assistant Professor of Print Media in the Department of Art & Art History at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Shin received a Master’s of Fine Art from University at Buffalo, and two BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Printmaking and Painting from Hong-Ik University and Kyoung-Sung University in Korea. Shin has exhibited in the Fine Art Gallery at San Francisco State University, University at Buffalo Anderson Gallery, 20|20 Gallery of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop in the Elizabeth Arts Foundation, Big Orbit Gallery, Western New York Book Arts Center and has been featured in many group shows nationally and internationally.

The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid-career artists living in the Greater Kansas City metro area.

1708 Campbell
Kansas City MO 64108

Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday     10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00  – 4:00  PM
Saturday            12:00 – 4:00  PM

Gallery Talk
Saturday           12:00 – 1:00  PM

First Fridays during Exhibition
6:00 – 9:00 PM

An Interview with Robert Gann

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Robert Gann has been the associate director of since the fall of 2016. In addition to curating Gann is finishing his degree in art history, criticism and conservation at the University of Missouri, Kansas City.  We recently sat down and spoke with Robert about what drew him to curatorial work, what goes into planning a show, and what he aspires to do next in his life.

  1.    Who or what got you interested in art? More specifically what sparked your interested in curatorial work?   

I have always had artistic inclinations.  Over the years my interest and areas of study have gone from drafting, studio art and finally Art History.  When I first started my collegiate pursuits this was the only field of study that held a passion for me.  I have always been in gallery settings in one form or another.   All these factors eventually brought me to Studios Inc where I was given the chance in the curatorial role to utilize my skills, creativity and education.

  1.    What brought you to Studios Inc?

I was attracted to Studios Inc because it was a non-profit organization.  Throughout my life I have always wanted to give back through volunteering and have sought organizations that offer that.  I have been acquainted with Studios Inc for a long period of time and was always immensely impressed with the opportunity they offer mid-career Artist.  Studios Inc was the perfect place to land for me, it’s an extremely creative environment which believes in giving back to the Artist in our community.   

  1.    When you finish your degree at the University of Missouri, Kansas City what do you hope to do?  

Take a day off.  Maybe even treat myself to a weekend off who knows?  On professional note it has been a long term goal to combine my insurance background and academia to pursue a career insuring fine art and specie.  Professional goals change though so we will see what the future holds.

  1.    When putting together a show, who decides what pieces are in the show? If it is you, how do you go about which pieces will be the best fit for the show?

I make the decisions, but also use the knowledge and skill set of my coworkers if I am second guessing exhibition of a piece. When curating each new show, I look to the different types of works in the collection to see how well they will speak to each other within their juxtaposition once displayed.  My goals when I curate the quarterly exhibit is to ensure its cohesive and the pieces are displayed in a manner that maintains the artist integrity of the works

  1.    To bounce off the last the question, what all is involved in curating? Is it just organizing the exhibition or is there more to it? Is there more that you wish curators did?

As the public enters the gallery, they have to walk into an environment that flows and invites their attention to the works.  The exhibit requires a cohesiveness and the show should stand out to make an impression.  This takes weeks of planning and preparation.  Several phases are required.  These include conceptualizing the next show, selecting the right pieces, if acquiring a new piece also working with artists to coordinate pick up, removal of the prior show, repairs to the gallery space, meticulous attention to hanging and spacing, ensuring press releases go out, updating online public art forums and on occasion making a last minute change in the exhibition to make the show flow better.  To answer the last question I think it would be beneficial for curators around Kansas City to meet and exchange ideas regularly.  This would work towards best practices, offer broader inspiration and create closer ties within the Arts community.

  1.    What is the most rewarding part of your job at Studios Inc?

Each show highlights some of the best artist that Kansas City has to offer.  I am thrilled to be able to use my creative process to help recognize them.

  1.    Contrary to that, what is the least rewarding part of your job?

Love the Vinyl letter signs but they are definitely not my favorite to put up.

  1.    What has been your favorite show put on at Studios Inc?

The Artist Statement.  This allowed to exhibit spectacular pieces but also provided the public insight into what may have been a driving force or influence of the Artist at the time the piece was being created.