KCAI Access Alumni Exhibition Opens March 7

Exhibition of work by KCAI students to open March 7 at Vulpes Bastille in Kansas City


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Feb. 25, 2014) — “Progress and Prosperity,” a juried exhibition of work by Kansas City Art Institute students, opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. March 7 at Vulpes Bastille, 1737 Locust St. The show continues through March 29, when a closing reception and artist talks will take place from 3 to 5 p.m.

The exhibition is one in a series sponsored by KCAI’s office of Academic Advising and Career Services. AACS hosts “Access Alumni Events,” whose purpose is to connect students with KCAI alumni. In preparation for the March exhibition, AACS convened a panel of alumni curators to select artwork. Jurors include Anthony Baab (’04 painting), Theresa Bembnister (’01 illustration and creative writing), Connie Griffith (’07 ceramics), Holly Hayden (’03 graphic design) and Dean Johnson (’08 graphic design). The alumni’s selections were based on artwork submitted by KCAI students, as well as decisions the jurors made about students they wished to meet personally in a series of studio visits.


Exhibiting students include Aneesa Shami (junior, fiber); Becca Clews (senior, photography); Ben Gould (junior, sculpture); Derek Dobbins (senior, printmaking); Emily Blaser (senior, fiber);  Hannah Carr (senior, fiber); Hennessey Luther (junior, sculpture); Julian Stropes (senior, painting); Kahlil Irving (junior, ceramics); Lauren Sobchak (senior, fiber); Mariah Gillespie (senior, fiber); Mariah Randall (junior, sculpture); Max Newman (senior, sculpture); Molly Garret (senior, animation); Patrick Wolf (senior, printmaking); Shenequa Brooks (senior, fiber); and Tuesday West (senior, ceramics).