Tracy's Art Calendar — Kansas City for February 15-18, 2012
From last year's Kansas City Artists Coalition Art Auction: artists Phil Marak and Philomene Bennett pose with the 2011 Honorary Chairperson Director/CEO of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Julián Zugazagoitia. The 2012 Honorary Chairperson is University of Kansas Hospital Vice President and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lee Norman.
Image: courtesy of KCAC for publicity; may not be reproduced without permission
Tonight is the preview, Sweet Art Reception, for the Kansas City Artists Coalition's 29th Annual Art Auction (on Saturday). As with many organizations, it's the largest fund-raising event for KCAC and allows exhibitions, artist residencies, and educational workshops and lectures to continue.
The 2012 auction includes work by Philomene Bennett, Cathy Broski, Tom Corbin, Bowie Croisant, Peregrine Honig, Anne Lindberg, Lou Marak, Jim Sajovic, Mark Southerland, and many more such respected artists. A full list can be seen here.
Thursday, UMKC's gallery opens CEPH love YOU too by visiting artist Ryuta Nakajima, who is a master of Japanese Esoteric Buddhism and an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota Duluth. He holds a master's of fine art degree from the University of California, and his work involves investigating the "effect and implication of visual culture through an exploration of cuttlefish camouflage patterns." Cuttlefish are those cepholapods (related to squid and octopii), which have the remarkable ability to change their colors very rapidly for communication, concealment, and courtship.
Of course, during the school season, Thursday night is also Current Perspectives lecture time at the Kansas City Art Institute: February 16th's guest is David B. Levy, animation director and writer who has produced work for Cartoon Network, Disney, Fox Broadcasting Company, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, and the Sesame Workshop.
Current Perspectives is at 7 p.m., and UMKC's reception is from 5 to 8 p.m., so you can make both.
Friday, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art presents another installment of Electromediascope, and it's a big night for the West Bottoms, where Bill Brady opens his new gallery with East West Shift to the Middle (part #1); the Dolphin opens a group exhibition, I Aim Too High and a solo show by photographer Michael Sinclair, Public Domain; and Plug Projects hosts a mid-exhibition event for the evolving exhibition by Andrew Jacob Schnell, Multi-Channel: An Exhibition in Flux.
Please check back tomorrow for more details, (though you can find out most things with the links provided already).
Thursday & Saturday:
Sweet Art Reception
to honor the contributing artists and patrons of the 2012 Annual Art Auction
Refreshments, desserts and the opportunity to preview and bid on silent auction works or to place absentee bids or buy out works (should you be unable to attend Saturday's main event)
at Kansas City Artists Coalition, 201 Wyandotte Street, Kansas City, Missouri: 816-421-5222
Artist and Patron Reception: February 15, 7-10 p.m.
Tickets: $12.50 at the door; open to the public
Auction Night: February 18, doors open at 6 p.m. and starts the silent auction, which runs through 7:45 p.m.; the live auction begins at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $25; reserve seat tickets can be purchased for an additional $100
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