Call to Artists: 2014 Visiting Critic and Curator, David Everitt Howe

HoweThe Artspace is pleased to host visiting curator David Everitt Howe for the 2014 Visiting Critic & Curator Program (VCCP). Howe will conduct studio visits with select Kansas City-based artists September 18 through 20. He will also present a talk about his work as a visual art curator and critic on Thursday, September 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Epperson Auditorium on the Kansas City Art Institute campus.

Lawrence Band set their Sights on Green Shores this July!

carswellhope-band-photo1Carswell & Hope celebrate their debut album release with a crowd-funded tour to Ireland

Lawrence-based alt rock 4-piece Carswell & Hope travel to Ireland, the home of their front-man and songwriter Nick Carswell, on July 22nd for a national tour in support of their debut record, A Hunger. The tour includes concerts all over Ireland, as well as visits to some of the Green Isle’s most intimate venues and pubs, as the band bring their new breed of Irish flavored indie-rock to Ireland.…

Call to Artists: Big Kansas City Round 2

BiGKCBig Kansas City round 2 is coming up October 8-10.

With the event held inside an airplane hangar, you could guess that Big KC takes atmosphere very seriously. Every year they invite local artists to apply to have their work featured at Big Kansas City. These installations are a key piece of providing a unique atmosphere that reflects the spirit of the conference.This year they are exploring the connections between creativity and technology.

Congratulations to M-AAA Artistic Innovations Grant winners!

barbarasatterfieldM-AAA has awarded $207,800 in Artistic Innovations grants for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014–June 30, 2015).

Fifteen artists and arts organizations within M-AAA’s partner states received the grants, which support the creation of new work within the fiscal year. Grant allocations by state:

  • Arkansas: Two grants, $25,000
  • Kansas: Two grants, $21,700
  • Missouri: Two grants, $28,000
  • Nebraska: Three grants, $43,100
  • Oklahoma: Four grants, $60,000
  • Texas: Two grants, $30,000

A total of 137 grant proposals were submitted through an open call that asked for a letter of intent.…

KCAIC announces Sept. 1, Nov. 7 deadlines for CEPS grant applications

KansasThe Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission (KCAIC) has announced deadlines to apply for Creative Economy Project Support grants. Initial applications must be submitted by Sept. 1, and final applications by Nov. 7. To download an application form or learn more about guidelines for KCAIC programs, please visit

Initial applications consist of a short form that provides the Commission with a brief description of the proposed project concept and intended partnerships while the proposal is still in a work-in-progress state.

Victor and Penny at the RecordBar on Friday night!

Victor&PennyVictor & Penny and their Loose Change Orchestra welcome Springfield natives Bella Donna and Portland troubadors The Harmed Brothers to the Record Bar! Lovely ladies, hot gypsy jazz, indiegrass, sexy soloists, prohibition era style sinnin’ – what could be better on a steamy July night?

Friday, July 25th
10pm showtime | $10 cover
Advance tix:

10p — Bella Donna
11p — Victor & Penny with the LCO
12a — The Harmed Brothers

ABOUT Victor & Penny: With tight vocal harmonies, a fiery ukulele and a red-hot jazz guitar, V&P bring a modern voice to prohibition era jazz and clever original tunes.

ArtSpeak Radio hosts Artist INC Fellow, Sandra Moran

SandraMoranThis Wednesday at 6pm tune into 90.1 KKFI at 6pm for ArtSpeak Radio.  This week’s guest is Artist INC Fellow, Sandra Moran.  Moran is a teacher, author and international woman of intrigue.

A native Kansan, Sandra has worked as a newspaper journalist, a political speech writer and an archaeological tour manager. When she’s not running around Kansas City (literally) or torturing college students with the fundamentals of anthropology, she can be found in her lair listening to Pandora and making up stories.

International Arts Organization looking for artists to showcase in Kansas City Show and beyond

RAWRAW is an independent arts organization for artists, by artists. RAW aims to provide independent artists of all creative genres, with the tools, resources and exposure needed to inspire and cultivate creativity. By connecting artists with one another, RAW offers a platform so that they might grow together. RAW promotes artists both online and offline through monthly showcases and a plethora of online marketing.

What Works: Artist Development Workshop at InterUrban ArtHouse

What WorksArtists, just like traditional small business owners, have to wear many hats—creator, fabricator, accountant, marketer, technologist, and more. And, just like traditional small business owners, artists can find this to be a daunting task. How do some artists make the leap to sustainable and profitable artistic practices?

InterUrban ArtHouse is partnering with Artist INC, to offer this workshop on August 15th from 1pm to 3pm.

Artist INC Fellow, Robin VanHoozer, featured in article about Missouri encaustic painters

VanHoozerThe Missouri Arts Council has published an article about encaustic painters from Missouri and Artist INC Fellow, Robin VanHoozer is included!  They have featured two of her paintings along with a great article containing information about encaustic painting.  You can find some of Robin’s recent work at the PS Gallery in their “Late Summer Exhibit” opening on August 2nd.  To read the article please click here.

Robin VanHoozer finds the link between the reality of the outside world and the inner being.…

To Sign or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question

signornot“Rather than being the one waiting to see if they are going to renew my contract, it’s me renewing theirs,” Vega says. “And that makes a difference”

To Sign Or Not To Sign: Artists Big And Small Face The Label Question : NPR

by Allyson McCabe

You might be surprised to learn that the chart-topping duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis are not signed to a major label. Neither are veterans likePeter Gabriel and Wilco. They’re all self-releasing albums….

To listen to the whole story, click here.…

Last Call for Art Writing for PLUG Projects 3rd issue of 8.5×11

8x11Send your submissions to PLUG Projects for 8.5 x 11 by July 31st!

Potential contributors are asked to author a one page submission that will be edited, compiled, and distributed by Plug as a biannual “snapshot” of the art related thoughts and events in the Kansas City area. Current submissions should relate to art being made and seen recently in the Kansas City region.

“Red Death”: an original opera by Bryan Colley and Daniel Doss

Red DeathThe team that brought you “Khaaaaan! the Musical,” “Hexing Hitler/Sexing Hitler,” and “Chicken Heart” proudly presents the new opera “Red Death” at the Kansas City Fringe Festival. Written by Bryan Colley with music by Daniel Doss, the opera is adapted from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.” Tara Varney directs this, her seventh collaboration with Colley at the Fringe.

Confectionary, a solo show by Madeline Gallucci opens at PLUG on Friday

GallucciPLUG Projects is pleased to announce “Confectionary” a solo exhibition of Madeline Gallucci’s work. Confectionary is a culmination of Gallucci’s two years in the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project residency, in which her studio was situated on the 6th floor of an office building located in downtown Kansas City.

Gallucci’s work explores, dissects, and reinterprets our everyday environment by means of vibrant drawings, whimsical paintings, and digital prints.

ArtSpeak Radio Discusses Domestic Gallery Spaces on Wednesday!

10405693_746600562049080_2812349858862657768_nJoin ArtSpeak Radio co-host Blair Schulman as he chats with Melaney Mitchell of Subterranean Gallery and Crystal Ann Brown & Bobby Howsare of The Hown’s Den: Nomadic + Domestic Exhibition Space on Wednesday, July 16th from 6pm-7pm on 90.1 KKFI.

About Subterranean Gallery:

Subterranean Gallery strives to facilitate dialogue and community engaged programing that extends the reach of already established and emerging visual artists, writers, and thinkers.

The Epsten Gallery is extending our Call to Artists for our upcoming UrbanSuburban X

Epsten Urban Suburban 2013-installation_5x7Submission Deadline:  July 21, 2014 

Call to Artists: 

The Epsten Gallery announces a call to artists for UrbanSuburban X: Perception & Reflection (on view at Epsten Gallery September 7 – October 26, 2014) a juried exhibition in which all selected works will be for sale on a ʻfirst come first servedʼ basis.  Artists residing within an 80-mile radius of Greater Metropolitan Kansas City are eligible to apply.

OVAC Executive Director Position

ovacJob Title: Executive Director

Organization: Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Salary Range:  $45-55k depending on experience
Application Due: July 15, 2014
Full Time/Permanent

The position and ideal candidate:
OVAC seeks an inspiring leader who understands the value of relationships in building and maintaining a self-sustaining statewide organization.  An ideal candidate is a strong strategic thinker with excellent non-profit management skills. The Executive Director must be flexible and adaptive, resourceful and values-driven (and will also have a good sense of humor).…

New book by Andrew Simonet, Download version is FREE!

MakingpaperbackMaking Your Life As An Artist

A Guide to Building a Balanced, Sustainable Artistic Life.  Don’t Starve. Make Art.


We want 100,000 artists to read this book. (26,491 downloads so far in two weeks. Nice work, everybody.)
We want you to share the free ebook everywhere. It’s free, people. Pass it around. Don’t hold back.

(Seriously. There’s no catch, no money-making scheme hiding behind the free-ness. It’s free because I want tons of artists to read it.

Kansas City artist Calder Kamin first to take part in Beach Museum’s new Open A.I.R. program

Calder_posed head shotA new artist-in-residence program at Kansas State University’s Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art lets museum visitors interact socially with art.

The Beach Museum of Art’s Open A.I.R., or Artist-in-Residence, program is a three-day mini residency with a focus on interdisciplinary social engagement. During the museum’s inaugural residency, Kansas City-based artist Calder Kamin will create work in-gallery related to prairie megafauna and manmade extinction.

“Open A.I.R. is an opportunity to interact with an artist and inspire creativity,” said Adrianne Russell, public programs coordinator at the Beach Museum.…

Call for Submissions: 3rd Issue of Undercurrent KC

undercurrentUndercurrent is gathering submissions for their third issue, due August 3rd.

This is the third issue with a general theme: something unique, off-the-cuff, underground, and/or interesting about Kansas City. Past issues have included articles about feminism in KC, navigating healthcare without insurance, and pieces about poverty.

Please contact Undercurrent directly if you have any submission ideas for this issue. More information:

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