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?

I’m (more…)

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.

After a recent surgery,  (more…)

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



Review of Allman’s current show!

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Ricky Allman: Seven Simultaneous Sunsets @ Studios Inc Exhibition Space
by Dana Self, KC STUDIO, October 2, 2017

Ricky Allman’s multisensory work evokes apocalyptic narrative and images from popular culture, science-fiction movies and books, and the inevitable cyborg. He writes, “The first 30 years of my life I was anticipating the imminent apocalypse; hoarding food, memorizing scriptures and warning the wicked. After leaving these ideas behind . . . my brain allowed me to think of a future, a hundred, thousand, or five thousand years in the future. I began to think about self-replicating printers. Buildings that begin to reproduce by mining their own materials from the earth; errors in the duplication process produce mutations the way DNA mutations happen. Over time some of these mutations will become useful and these buildings will grow stronger and replicate stronger buildings.”

Allman’s paintings are visually stimulating and psychically arousing and his precise renderings of the spaces, architecture, and bodies of his future are mind-blowingly detailed. Painted in subtle shades of neutrals with brilliant colors punctuating the compositions, Allman’s visions never equivocate. His full commitment to his vision, notwithstanding some of the creepier imagery, carries the viewer willingly along this strange trip.

Allman’s fantastical musings of posthuman bodies in a seemingly posthuman world emerge in his dense pictorial matrix. His large-scale paintings depict the architecture, cities, bodies, and infinite spaces that he imagines can create and replicate themselves in an era in which “humans will become autonomous computers, buildings, cities, and super organisms with power and intelligence beyond anything we can currently measure.” In other words, something as yet unnamed, beyond even advanced cyborgs.

But if cyborgs (or their next, next generation) are, according to feminist historian Donna Haraway, the “illegitimate offspring of militarism and patriarchal capitalism,” we know they (more…)

Applications for 2018 Residency; APPLY NOW!

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Studios Inc is pleased to announce that studio(s) will become available in the beginning of 2018.  Applications are currently being solicited at; materials must be received no later than 3PM on 9.16.17.

Aimed exclusively at mid-career artists, this three-year, free-of-cost program isn’t just about creating a body of work. We augment our resident’s portfolio with both connections intra-program and to the community itself. As our residents build their physical body of work, we work to help them foster relationships with collectors, patrons, and art professionals in the creative community.

Studios Inc provides a three-year residency to competitively selected mid-career artists intent on (more…)

Gerry Trilling exhibition review!!!

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“Gerry Trilling: Narrative AtlasStudios Inc Exhibition Space

We are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Always have been. Even if we have short memories of who came from where, or for what reasons, countless stories thread in and out and through the families that have come to this country generation after generation. “Narrative Atlas,” Gerry Trilling’s final solo exhibition as a resident of Studios Inc, explores the role of material culture as a vehicle for memories: of family, of place, of ethnicity, of class, of community.

Trilling’s welcome mat to “Narrative Atlas” is the 2017 piece, “Activated Shelter,” a cushy lean-to of woven fabric stretched between two pieces of PVC pipe. Alternating warm wiggly lines in shades of orange, the work is a tactile temptation with op art style. It may be a (more…)

Gallery Talk @ Haw: MIKI BAIRD & DAVIN WATNE

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Saturday, June 24 (2-3PM)

Head to the Haw Contemporary this Saturday, June 24, for a gallery talk with artists Davin Watne and Miki Baird. Davin and Miki will discuss their current exhibitions that are on display at the gallery now through June 28. Light refreshments will be served.

See exhibition details below and stream or read the KCUR interview with Davin on his show Picture the Wall here.

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