April First Friday: Anti-mimesis

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April showers bring May flowers and a new show to studios.gallery. 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 studios.gallery since the fall of 2016. In addition to curating studios.gallery 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 studios.gallery 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.

Internship Spotlight: Northland CAPS

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Studios Inc is proud to be a partner of Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (Northland CAPS) this semester. The Northland CAPS program provides high school students with a hands on learning environment while being immersed in the business community. The goal is to have students ready for the real world and give them the opportunity to pursue their desire
d career path. Our first two interns from the Northland CAPS program are Sicily and Jesse.

Sicily is interested in pursuing journalism after high school, which is why she decided to join th
e team. She helps with managing the Studios’ social media accounts and assists the other interns with content production for the Studios’ various media outlets.

Jesse, our Digital Medial and Design intern,  is in charge of digital media content. When being asked why Jesse wanted to pursue an internship with the Studios he said, “The instructor for CAPS told me about the program and knew it was something that could get me started in the graphic design world.”  Jesse closed his interview by stating, “I researched the Studios Inc and saw how helpful they are to artist and the arts community in Kansas and decided to dip my toes in”. (more…)

First Friday opening: \spek-trəm\ 5:00 PM

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studios.gallery is pleased to present \spek-trəm\ variance of sculpture and form, an exhibition featuring current and former resident artists ; on view from 2.03.17 to 3.21.17.

studios.gallery is the one-stop shop for KC’s greatest artists. The gallery in the Studios Inc facility hosts a large and varied collection of work donated by artists from our Residency Program. Proceeds generated through sales and lending program are used towards funding of Studios Inc programs.
 Gallery Hours
Tues – Friday 10:00 -12:00 PM
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 – 4:00 PM
1708 Campbell St, Kansas City, MO 64108

Join us next Friday: Robert Bingaman Exhibition

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BingamanRobert01Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present Until It’s All You See, an exhibition featuring new paintings by resident artist Robert Bingaman, on view from 11.13.15 to 12.18.15 with an opening reception Friday, 11.13.15 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

In Until It’s All You See, Bingaman continues to explore nocturnal views of glowing pools. The four paintings on view are however loftier in size, technique, and luster. The ambitious scale and masterful use of color function together to electrify the canvas as well as the gallery. Accompanying the paintings is an (more…)

Opening Reception This Friday – StudiosInc:2015

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PrintThe Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present StudiosInc:2015, an exhibition featuring resident artists Brett Reif, Jarrett Mellenburch, Colby K Smith, Jill Downen, Miles Neidinger, Robert Josiah Bingaman, Tanya E. Hartman, Gerry Trilling, Ricky Allman, and Debra Smith.

Studios Inc:2015 will be on view from 1.09.15 to 2.15.15, with an opening reception, Friday, 1.09.15, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

The Studios Inc provides studio space, professional development, networking, and exhibitions for mid- career artists in Greater Kansas City. The Studios Inc will be a catalyst for creating a nationally viable visual arts community in Greater Kansas City that contributes to the area’s cultural significance and economic sustainability.

Studios Inc:2015
1.09.2015 to 2.15.2015

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

Studios Inc Exhibition Space
1708 Campbell
Kansas City MO 64108

Studios Inc hosts UMKC events this weekend

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HAYA FLYAfilm flyaThis weekend Studios Inc will be hosting two UMKC  events. Tonight The University of Missouri Kansas City’s GlobeMed organization will be holding an art auction, showcasing work from student artists at 7 PM. All proceeds will be donated to fund the construction of a health center in rural Uganda. Saturday December 13th The University of Missouri Kansas City’s Student Film League will be hosting the first annual student film celebration. This event is a collaboration between the film students of UMKC and KCAI, it will be located in the Cosmic Cowboy’s studio at 6 PM. Both events will be free and open to the general public.


Opening Friday: Jaimie Warren

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no nippleThe Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present I Will Always Love You, an exhibition featuring resident artist Jaimie Warren, on view from 11.14.14 – 12.14.14 with an opening reception Friday, 11.14.14 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.  I Will Always Love You is an exhibition of photographs, videos, and photographic gifs that are a culmination of her creations made throughout the past three years at Studios Inc, and through projects and residencies in San Diego, Los Angeles and New York City. Warren will also create a small performance during the opening reception as


Robert Bingaman showing at the Nerman in June

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‘Night Pools’ at Nerman Museum leads a lively roster of summer art exhibits
May 14
The Kansas City Star


In mid-April, Kansas City artist Robert  Bingaman showed slides and talked about  his work as part of the Nerman Museum  of Contemporary Art’s Third Thursday  visiting artists presentations.

The next thing Bingaman knew, the  museum’s executive director, Bruce  Hartman, invited him to do a show —  right away. Hartman was captivated by Bingaman’s new swimming pool paintings — presented as luminous blue geometric shapes surrounded by (more…)

Join us Tonight: RE-TREAD by Matthew Dehaemers

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IMG_1275RE-TREAD, an exhibition featuring resident artist Matthew Dehaemers, on view tonight from 6:00 – 9:00 PM

RE-TREAD is an exhibition that embarks on a body of large and small-scale work, both sculptural and two-dimensional, by Matthew Dehaemers. The imagery is inspired by family past and present-an exploration of relationships from personal and universal perspectives. Some of the work is an (more…)

Opening Reception Friday: RE-TREAD

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Studios Inc Exhibition Space is pleased to present RE-TREAD, an exhibition featuring resident artist Matthew Dehaemers, on view from 03.14.14 to 04.18.14 with an opening reception Friday, 03.14.14 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM.

RE-TREAD is an exhibition that embarks on a body of large and small-scale work, both sculptural and two-dimensional, by Matthew Dehaemers. The imagery is inspired by (more…)