Contemporary Exhibitions

Feb. 7 - March 15, 2014
Sunday Painter: Kansas City Plein Air Coterie,
Michael Schonhoff, guest curator

Join us for a curator talk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, with an opening reception immediately following from 7-9 p.m. The Kansas City Plein Air Coterie (KC PAC) began in March 2012 when founding members Robert Bingaman, Lee Piechocki, Nicole Mauser and Kelly John Clark met on Sundays to paint en plein aire (in open air), eat breakfast, discuss contemporary art and examine their studio practices. More than 80 artists now participate. The exhibition provides a holistic view and interpretation of KC PAC's practice by presenting multiple selections from the large body of artwork.

 

 

 

 

 

Sept. 6 - Oct. 12, 2013
L'hourloupe, David Rhoads, guest curator

Join us for a curator talk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, with an opening reception immediately following from 7-9 p.m. The exhibit features sculpture, oil painting and mixed media work by Anthony Baab, Josephine Halvorson, Gabriel Hartley, David Livingston and Scott Wolniak.

 

Apr. 5 - May 4, 2013
Dawn Woolley and James Moore - UK Artists

Artists and curators Dawn Woolley and James Moore create their art through different disciplines but their works reflect threads of conceptual likeness. Based in Cardiff, UK, Woolley and Moore produce works that are fantastical in seriousness yet tempered with a limber sense of humor. Woolley, a photographer and video artist from England, and Moore, a painter from Wales, will present their work in an exhibition co-curated by Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce and Kansas City artist Grant Miller.

Feb. 8 - Mar. 23, 2013
Seth Johnson - Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

In his upcoming exhibition at the Greenlease Gallery, Seth Johnson will present an installation of paintings, drawings and sculpture.

Johnson’s new works are informed by the abundance of information and things that define the identities of individuals found in today’s contemporary culture. Working from a future imagined and projected space, the works will serve as markers and diagrams of how we currently are. Using multiple sources, Johnson contextualizes everything from plastic surgery to ergonomic shoe design.

Johnson received his MFA in 2008 from Maine College of Art, with an emphasis in studio art and critical theory, and a BFA in 2001 from the Kansas City Art Institute. Johnson has exhibited his work locally and nationally. His recent exhibits include “Center for the Advancement of Transmodern Awareness” in Kansas City; “TRY II” at the Heaven Galley, Chicago; “Heartland” at the Smart Museum, Chicago; and “Slow Cooked” at Okay Mountain, Austin. Johnson lives in Kansas City and works as a graphic designer at Grand Arts.

Aug. 24 - Oct. 6, 2012
"Sargasso": Evan LaMontagne

LaMontagne’s art was greatly influenced by his grandmother’s love of Mexican murals and by his father, who began his career as a sculptor at the age of 50.

Inspired by the sea, LaMontagne’s abstract oil paintings are both atmospheric and evocative.

Feb. 10 - March 17, 2012
"Unearthed" Mark Cowardin and Michael Krueger   

Artists Mark Cowardin and Michael Krueger's drawings, prints and sculptures address the destruction and carelessness caused by human beings' disregard for nature. Both artists visually and rigorously provoke and awareness of reckless self-interested consumption of resources and the destruction of human, animal and natural life. In the exhibit, the artists will draw inspiration from the socio-political and historic events that have impacted our environments.

Cowardin is an assistant professor at Johnson County Community College. He earned his M.F.A. in sculpture from the University of Arizona and has his B.F.A. from the University of Kansas. He has had solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Krueger is an associate professor of printmaking at the University of Kansas. He earned an M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a B.F.A. from the University of South Dakota. His research has taken him all over the world, and has shown internationally and nationally.

Oct. 21 - Dec. 3, 2011
"Celestrial Terrestrials: Between Heaven and Earth"
Guest curated by Elisabeth Kirsch

 In an exhibition centered around spirituality and supernatural themes, guest curator Elisabeth Kirsch invited artists of a variety of mediums to respond to religion today.

"...From prehistoric cave painting, to guardian figures on African reliquaries, to countless statues of saints and angels, to the pop culture superheroes and heroines, artwork has depicted how humans have sought help from spirit guides. The exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper, sculpture and videos by contemporary artists who deal with the complex subject of supernatural intermediaries." (-Elisabeth Kirsch)

The group exhibition featured works from Marcus Cain, Russell Easterwood, Gear, Tanya Hartman, Diane Henk, Jessica Kincaid, Ke Sook Lee, Christopher Leitch, Linda Lighton, Kim Lindaberry, Richard Montoya, Dylan Mortimer, Nora Othic, Jason Pollen, John Sandbach, Ron Slowinski, Sun Smith-Foret, Renee Stout, Vivian Torrence, Richard Welnowski, and Dan Younger.

"The mix is both exciting and overwhelming given the vastness of the subject and amount of work on display. Unlikely convergences of style, time period, culture and belief systems create a charged, diametrical context in which Kirsch achieves an integrative installation...." says Heather Lustfeldt of the Kansas City Star.

Aug. 26 - Oct. 1, 2011
"Between Thee and Me"

Invitational Group Exhibition

"Between Thee and Me" was a collaborative project between the Greenlease Gallery's Van Ackeren Collection of Religious Art and the Michael Klein Judaica Collection at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom - a program of the Kansas City Jewish Museum of Contemporary Art.

The exhibition aimed to bridge actual and perceived cultural distances among the artistic Jewish and Jesuit communities.

Anne Pearce, director of the Greenlease Gallery, and Marcus Cain, curator of KCIMCA, invited area artists to respond to works in these religious art collections. Artists were asked to select an object or artifact that stimulated a visual response and to create a work of art from this inspiration.

The works were featured in two independent, invitational group exhibitions. The first was held at the Epsten Gallery at Village Shalom, with a separate show at Rockhurst's Greenlease Gallery.

Apr. 29 - May 13, 2011
EXCHANGE: Show Me the Money
A Group Exhibition, Curated by Luke Pretz

Rockhurst University was proud to present an exhibition curated by Luke Pretz, a student currently attending the University.

Pretz will graduate in May 2011, after studying economics, mathematics and English. He leaves Rockhurst with a presentation in his fourth area of study: fine arts. While studying with Professor Anne Pearce, Luke has learned to bridge a gap between his interest in art and academia.

Of his show, Pretz writes,"Exchange: Show Me the Money is more than an art show about economics, it is an attempt at a new means of economic investigation. Economics has traditionally relied upon the numerical abstraction of complex data in large amounts, which results in specialized analysis and rhetoric that is not immediately accessible to the general population... The new means of investigation seeks to maintain a complex approach to the issues at hand while providing results that are readily interpreted by all and can be contextualized with in the general experience."

Feb. 11 - Mar. 19, 2011
Hardcore Paintings
Jessie Fisher and Julie Farstad

Artists Julie Farstad and Jessie Fisher will exhibit exquisitely executed works in their upcoming show, Hardcore Painting: Confessions and Premonitions. Farstad and Fisher's technically dazzling recent works will be on display Feb. 11- Mar. 19 in the Greenlease Gallery.

Both artists define contemporary painting in three words: illusion, appropriation and transcendence. Greenlease Gallery Director Anne Pearce believes that Farstad and Fisher have hit their mark. "Not unlike a cut from a new razor blade," says Pearce, "the content and layered meanings within their works begin with a trickle then eventually flood the viewer's mind."

Both artists have exhibited their work nationally. Farstad has had solo exhibits in New York and Chicago. She received a bachelor's degree in painting from the University of Notre Dame, and a master's degree in painting from the University of Illinois, graduating summa cum laude from both institutions.

Fisher has exhibited her work in Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Philadelphia and Kansas City. She earned her bachelor's in fine arts from the University of Minnesota and a master's degree in painting and drawing from the University of Iowa. She has studied at the Scoula Internationale della Grafica in Venice, Italy, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

Oct. 15, 2010 - Dec. 4, 2010
Forces from the Past
Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez and Fabian "Spade" Debora

Los Angeles artists Juan Carlos Munoz Hernandez and Fabian "Spade" Debora draw upon their upbringing to inform their paintings and sculpture for their exhibit Forces from the Past, which opens with a reception Friday, Oct. 15, in the Greenlease Gallery.

Both artists were impacted by gang activity, drugs and destruction until they met the Rev. Greg Boyle, S.J., and become involved with Boyle's Homeboy Industries, a program aimed at transforming gang members and at-risk youths to productive citizens.

Debora works for Homeboy Industries as a drug counselor and is its artist in residence. Hernandez, who has exhibited in Los Angeles, Culver City, and Santa Monica, California, has worked with sculptor Robert Graham.

ART-TEST
Curated by Sean Kelley

Art-Test, an invitational group exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculpture, fibers, ceramics and furniture presented by guest curator Sean Kelley, will feature the work of artists Joscelyn Himes, Scott Beattie, Lynus Young and Brock DeBoer.

Kelley, a Rockhurst University alum, was associate director of the Morgan Gallery and co-founder of Grand Arts with Margaret Silva. He opened the Sean Kelley Gallery in 1989. Since 2003, Kelley has been a private art dealer and consultant.

'Luminous'
Linda Lighton Illuminates Greenlease Gallery with Her Ceramic Sculptures

An installation of lighted, suspended ceramic sculptures by Linda Lighton opens Friday, April 16, in the Greenlease Gallery. The artist will discuss her work at 6:30 p.m. before the 7-9 p.m. reception.

Lighton is a force of nature. Her limitless energy and creativity result in works that are at once seductively beautiful and rigorously thoughtful. Her exhibit, "Luminous," will be on display through May 15.

Lighton is a prolific artist and has shown her work extensively in the United States and around the world. She has had 46 solo shows since 1974 and has participated in more than 117 group exhibitions.

Lighten studied painting and ceramics, 1976-1978, at the University of Idaho before earning her BFA with honors from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989. From 1974-1976 she lived on the Colville Indian Reservation in eastern Washington state. She attended The Factory of Visual Arts in Seattle, Wash., from 1971-1974.

She has represented the United States at numerous symposiums and residencies: Fule International Ceramic Museums 2008; Israeli Ceramic Artists Association and Binyamini Foundation, 2005; International Workshop for Ceramic Artists in Tokonome, Japan, 1996; International Symposium, Latvia, 1998 and 1992; and at the Jiesia Bone China Factory Symposium, Kaunas, Lithuania, 1996.

Lighton is a fervent arts advocate and activist. She helped initiate the One Percent for Arts Program in Kansas City. She has served on the boards of Young Audiences of Kansas City; the Friends of Art, Nelson Atkins Museum; Review Magazine; the Kansas City Ballet; and the National Council for the Education of the Ceramic Arts. She currently serves on the Kansas City Jewish Museum Board, the National Committee at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and administers the Lighton International Artists Exchange Program at the Kansas City Artists Coalition.

Linda Lighton's work is in many national and international collections: the Nelson Atkins Museum, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Daum Museum in Sedalia, the Spencer Museum in Lawrence, the Iceon International Ceramic Museum in Korea, the Fule International Ceramic Museum in China, the Ariana Museum in Geneva, Johnson County Community College, and the University of Ohio, Athens.

Feb. 5, 2010 - Mar. 27, 2010
Voice for the Voiceless
Rev. Don Doll, S.J.

Fr. Don Doll Brings His Photographic Stories to the Greenlease Gallery
The Greenlease Gallery celebrates Rockhurst University's centennial with documentary photographs of Jesuit missions from around the globe by the Rev. Don Doll, S.J. The exhibit, "Voice for the Voiceless," opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5, with an artist's talk followed by a reception from 7 to 9 p.m. in the gallery.

Journalistically and artistically, Fr. Doll approaches his work as a man who seeks justice for those marginalized and lost in the milieu of material consumption. "I photograph to tell the stories of people who have no voice," says Fr. Doll. "Hopefully I can help others understand and work to change unjust social structures."

Fr. Doll is a Jesuit priest and well-known photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic and a number of the Day in the Life of... books, including America, California, Italy, Ireland, Passage to Vietnam and Christmas in America.

Fr. Doll was introduced to both photography and the Lakota people when, as a young Jesuit, he was assigned to the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota. Two of his books about Native Americans include Crying for a Vision (Morgan and Morgan, 1976) and Vision Quest: Men, Women and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation (Crown Publishers, 1994).

In May 1997, Fr. Doll received the prestigious Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., for his many years of work with Native Americans. In January 2006, Doll received the Artist of the Year award given biannually by the Nebraska Arts Council.

Fr. Doll has been an active member of the National Press Photographers Association. He received special recognition in the Nikon "World Understanding through Photography" award and the Robin F. Garland Award. He has served as a faculty member for eight annual University of Missouri Professional Photojournalism workshops.

Since 1969, Fr. Doll has taught at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., where he is a professor of journalism holding the Charles and Mary Heider Jesuit Chair. A recent project, "The Jesuits," has taken him around the world. One of his projects, "Finding Ernesto," aired in November 1999 on ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel.

Oct. 16 – Dec. 12, 2009
How to Cook a Wolf
Jennifer Boe

Jennifer Boe, Kansas City artist and curator, presents her newest work in a solo exhibition. Categorized as allegorical, "How to Cook a Wolf" examines food in a cultural, political and economic context. Boe's work, primarily embroidery floss on cotton, is meticulous and time consuming. The medium and content are intertwined.

Boe received her bachelor of fine arts from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2001 with an emphasis in painting and creative writing. Her work has been exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.

Aug. 28 - Oct. 10
text. (or in the vacancy of)
Joy Drury Cox & Marilyn and Peter Frank

Jeremy Mikolajczak guest curated "text. (or in the vacancy of)."

For this mixed media exhibition, which runs through Oct. 10, independent curator Jeremy Mikolajczak brings together the work of Brooklyn-based artist Joy Drury Cox and the Chicago-based husband and wife collaborative artists Marilyn and Peter Frank. Working primarily with a limited color palette and materials, Cox and the Franks examine the juxtaposition of text as "image and concept" and text as "image and concept through its removal." Minimal in every aspect, their collective work questions the very definition of language and the replacement of language for image.

Mar. 20 – May 16, 2009
INDA:5 Group Exhibition
Julia Cole, Co-Curator

The Greenlease Gallery proudly hosted "INDA: 5" in conjunction with the fifth anniversary of the Kansas City Art Institute's Interdisciplinary Arts Program (INDA). To mark this anniversary, Julia Cole, sculptor and KCAI faculty, and Anne Pearce, director of the Greenlease Gallery and Rockhurst art faculty, co-curated a retrospective show of current and past INDA students spanning the last five years.

Cole's and Pearce's mutual interest is celebrating art that reflects a responsive, dynamic, organic process has evolved into an exhibit of artifacts and experiences that delicately layer material, concept and intuition. Countering a culture of over-saturation, the works balance integration with a keen sense of excising the extraneous and allowing space for the poetic, quiet and mysterious moment.

INDA: 5 Show Catalog (PDF)

Jan. 24 – Mar. 7, 2009
Journal Series: Genetically Wired, A. Lloyd du Pont

A. Lloyd du Pont's solo exhibition titled Journal Series: Genetically Wired featured a selection of her powerful drawings on paper. A. Lloyd du Pont's private journal drawings are a stark contrast to the landscape paintings and prints she regularly exhibits to the public. The scale, sensitivity and symbolism in these large works reveal the layered and complex interior space of the artist. Using a variety of media and techniques, theses figurative works are intensely personal yet simultaneously universal.

Du Pont grew up in New England, attended Bard College and Boston University, and completed her Master's in printmaking and painting at University of Missouri—Kansas City. She resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Sept. 26- Oct. 18, 2008
Television
Jack Gustafson

Jack Gustafson's exhibition, Television, consisted of a series of ten photographic works, dealing with issues of identity, religion, and the American Dream. The works seek to magnify perceptions of ourselves, whether or not we as humans are content in living vicariously through a hyper-sensational narrative. Gustafson selected to photograph the televisions as he found them, turned off, implying that with the push of a button, we can ignore life in a state of ignorant hedonism.

Aug. 29 - Sept. 20, 2008
Ocular Hedonism
Jonathan Bridges

The term "Ocular Hedonism" refers to a commitment to perceiving the beauty in all of life's experiences. Jonathan Bridges' works may have roots in personal pain or challenge, yet they transform into a vehicle for the viewer's own experience of pleasure. The presence of the artist's hand is consumed by the works in Ocular Hedonism- a transference of energy that endows a work with an aura or soul.

Mar. 28 - May 19, 2008
Loose & Over the Pond
Lee Bowers

Loose & Over the Pond presented Rockhurst with a collection of drawings by Lee Bowers. A native of Topeka, Kansas, Bowers' paintings, pastels, and drawings were inspired by the flint hills, loose park, northern New Mexico, and the Cotswold district in England. She recently committed herself entirely to her painting after a 25-year career working in special effects for film and television in Los Angeles and Kansas City.

Jan. 25 - Mar. 8, 2008
Conceptual Play
Stanton Fernald and j.m.rees

Conceptual Play, including works by Stanton Fernald and jack rees, exhibited works about the interface between the world and our navigation of it. What we often associate with "concept" and "play" is contradictory. The work is meant to provoke an interweaving of differentiation and integration, accommodation and assimilation, truth and fun.

Nov. 9 – Dec. 8, 2007
Doing the Work Other Americans Won't Do
Chris Weaver

Chris Weaver is not only an artist, but a skilled craftsman. His solo show, Doing the Work Other Americans Won't Do, included assemblages, sculptures, and two bronze grills. Weaver works out of Prairie Grove, Arkansas, and has a background in ceramics.

Oct. 5 – Nov. 3, 2007
Intersection: Interpretations of the Human Form
Group Invitational Exhibition

Intersection: Interpretations of the Human Form was a group invitational show. The exhibition included works from Cody Critcheloe, Emily Driscoll, Gregory Eltringham, Lori Raye Erickson, Ross Kennedy, Kendall Kerr, Eric Murphy and Lonnie Powell.

Sept. 7 – 29, 2007
Raised in Craftivity
Guest Curator, Maria Buszek

Raised in Craftivity spotlights the work of contemporary artists working in craft media to celebrate, challenge, and subvert our expectations of these media and the cultures with which they are associated. Traditional crafts, usually disdained "domestic," are embraced by emerging gallery artists who explore the rich social and historical associations of these craft media and techniques. The exhibition included work by Bren Ahearn, Jon Bonser, Elaine Bradford, Orly Cogan, Maggy Rozycki Hiltner, Garth Johnson, Kate Kretz, Allyson Mitchell, Heather Nameth-Bren, Morgan Price, Karen Reimer, Ben Schachter, and Laura Splan.

Excerpt from gallery statement by Maria Elena Buszek.

Mar. 23 – Apr. 27, 2007
Salvaged Goods
Sandra Murchison

Sandra Murchison's solo show was comprised of mixed media pieces, all hand-crafted from disposable products. The work, which refers to the origin, condition, and memory of a place and its community, intends to raise questions about what our society sees as "disposable." The work references particular destinations, such as Gatlinburg Tennessee, which has become a commercial tourist attraction, and is hardly ever noted for its proximity to Smoky Mountains National Park. Murchison notices the historic markers that are constantly swallowed up by larder and ever-changing commercial development. Murchison takes products that are intended to be thrown away, and reconfigures them to create individual treasures.

Feb. 23 – Mar. 17, 2007
Shadow Tower
Steven and William Ladd

Born in St. Louis, Missouri , Steven and William Ladd collaborate on hand-crafted works based on the highly personal concepts of self-discovery and collaboration. Steven Ladd graduated from Rockhurst University in 1998, studying textile, fiber and costume design. While William led a modeling career in New York, Milan, and Paris, he began to take up beadwork, only to devote years to the craft. The brothers desire not to waste any materials, using every scrap from their creations to make scrolls, decorating the interiors of intricate boxes, in jewelry, or the covers of hand-made books.

Jan. 26 – Feb. 17, 2007
Beasts
Group Invitational Exhibition

Inspired by Margaret Atwood's poem "The Animals Reject their Names," Beasts includes work from a variety of mediums from 15 artists. Participants in the exhibition include: Tammy Kennedy, Barry Anderson, Peregrine Honig, Jennifer Field, Davin Watne, Debra Di Blasi, John Peterson, Michael Kruger, Christina Vantzos, Jessie Fisher, Gomez, Susi Lulaki, Elliott Downs, Eric Grimes, and Tony Allard.

Oct. 13 – Nov. 11, 2006
EPIC PAINTINGS
Wayne Wildcat

Wayne Wildcat, a self-taught artist who lives and works in Lawrence, Kansas, paints history and ideas, often blending realistic portraits into ideological landscapes. "I feel I have important things to say," says Wildcat of his work, "so I choose a monumental scale for many of my paintings." Wildcat's heritage ( his father was Euchee – a tribe that once lived in American southeast) informs his perspective. "Yet," he says, "I paint with full consciousness and appreciation of the European tradition of the great masters. I feel I am a messenger of my time. I paint history, often forgotten moments of history, lasting issues, fate dramas and scenes."

2006
Intimacy of a Place
Carol V. Granger

With her solo show, Carol V. Granger uses landscapes to reflect common, personal experiences. Although no people are seen in the photos, their presence is captured through their impression on the landscape. Her work, Granger says, "is about the cultural landscape – where we live and how we cultivate and use the surrounding environment."

Sept. 8 - Oct. 7, 2006
Whoop Dee Doo
Organized by Jon Peck, Matt Roche, Chloe Schempf and Jaimie Warren

The Greenlease Gallery hosted a live taping of Whoop Dee Doo: combining fine art, music, dance, theater, and comedy. The collaboration was composed of the efforts of over 60 artists, and served as a marketing pilot for a potential public-access television show. Some of the performances included Late Night Theatre, House of T.I.N.A., Street Jizz, and Witch and Hare. The opening night also consisted of a game show, dance-a-thon, and haunted graveyard.

Apr. 7 - May 26, 2006
SPACE BETWEEN
Leigh Salgado and Susan White

Space Between was a two-person show, combining works of local artist Susan White, and California artist Leigh Salgado. The two artists are similar in that they both use a wood-burning tool to create images on paper. However, White's images are informed by fast, insistent electronic music, while Salgado's patterns evoke sensual and spiritual connotations.

Feb. 24 - Apr. 1, 2006
XXXL: Extreme, Extra, Extra Large
Michael Barton Miller